Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rehab, decorated.



Welcome to Mr. Hathaway’s “boutique three-quarter house,” as one friend described the facility that Mr. Hathaway, once a fixture of Manhattan’s social scene, has made of his home here. It’s a six-bed, men-only, “step down” retreat — that is, a residential treatment environment for those who have already completed a 28-day rehab program but, vulnerable to relapse, are encouraged to follow some sort of “stepped down” care.

Read it all HERE. Audio slideshow HERE.

Is good design good medicine? Can your home heal you?

I really recommend watching and listening to the audio slideshow. It’s such a good reminder that homes aren’t show houses, and that this isn’t just set design. It’s about having a space that makes your life better.

20 comments:

2 By Design said...

Not gonna lie, I kind of think this concept is brilliant. And the decor ain't too shabby either.

MoreSkinnyDays said...

I wish nobody did audio slide shows or videos--it's so not cubicle friendly, and where do they think we're reading NYT online anyway?

I like the concept. Beauty is important and that doesn't change when one goes through changes likes this. One question though, why highlight the skin art? Mr. Hathaway, Rehab, tattoos. Is this an Amy Winehouse video?

Shelley said...

What a wonderful idea--yes we need to recover in beautiful surroundings. Bless him for doing that.

Iheartfashion said...

Wish I'd done my rehab here!

hello gorgeous said...

I thought it was going to be Xmas photos of your house...

In response to your question, well, if teenagers are any example, then, no.

Anonymous said...

Like the idea, but having spent a year or so in a sober house, I have to say that when someone relapses anything that isn't nailed down is gone. Hope he got a hefty security deposit from his clients.

Anonymous said...

Marvelous work by the Times (contrast that with the $5K designer story earlier). Hathaway has obviously followed his heart and in the process achieved a minor miracle. Not only a wonderfully warm, idiosyncratic, artistic interior, but, more importantly, a refuge for those needing a soft space to land.
He knows the power beauty combined with a certain kind of comfort can bring to the soul (Head over Heels is brilliant with these kind of interiors).
Do I think homes can heal? Not directly. Do I think a beautiful and comforting interior space can help. Absolutely.

Anon.

Anonymous said...

Lonny needs Mr Hathaway.
Kwinter Design needs Mr Hathaway.
Actually, any number of "trained designers/decorators" need Mr Hathaway.
Shows you what a great eye, passion and true style can achieve. This is something from the heart, and it works.

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Anonymous said...

What a contrast to my mental storage containing all I learned about white paint choices...Loved that ... just loved it. Then POP all this color and visual movement, snapped me right back in to the fact that I am not finished with Christmas duties! What a great space and yes I believe that your space should be healing for what ever may ail you. My Texas Country wood burning Hot Tub does it for us. Analisa in Texas

David said...

I love the term 'extra man.'

I would think a comfortable place would be beneficial to someone coming out of rehab, so yeah, I think in some ways your home could heal you.

Currently my home is the cause of my drinking.

Decorno said...

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Anonymous said...

Would be gratifying to start seeing homes like this in House Beautiful, etc. Something a little wilder, a little more unruly, than the usual Gambrelian Studies in Tastefulness.

redbrickbuilding said...

Thanks for writing about the article. You're so right that homes are supposed to about making life better, not simply about creating a perfect appearance. I feel like we can't be reminded of that often enough. Kudos to Mr. Hathaway for doing something truly good.

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Kwana said...

Thanks for this. It gives me a lot to think about as a look around my sometimes distressful home.

maison21 said...

well, if ya gotta do rehab, it might as well be *pretty* rehab.

us said...

Such a great idea - and needed. There are very few sober living facilities on this side of the country - and zero non-concrete-bunkers.