The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its fourteenth year, is a showcase for America’s premier design talent. Over 25 top interior designers and decorative artists have turned a magnificent shingle style home into a decorating masterpiece. The Showhouse opened with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday, July 19, 2014, and will run until Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014 in Bridgehampton, New York.
The Gala Preview Cocktail event was quite a party and offered the chance to meet the talent behind the design. This house is – enormous. I will give you a tour of the highlights rather than a room by room tour, because, like I said, this is a LOT of house… to the tune of 8 bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms, 3 half baths, pool house, gym, man cave, 2.38 acres, you get the drift. Spoiler Alert: the house is for sale for a mere $13,495,000. Now I know I have gotten your attention. Let’s go take a peek at some show house highlights-
Let’s start with this welcoming first impression. If you know me, you know I love a little subtle humor tossed into design every now and then. I want this bust!
More of The Rinfret Group’s Entry Foyer. The silky rug shown above, by Country Carpet, was bliss underfoot.Great Room by Patrik Lonn Design
This is only half of it. The room is huge, open, light and neutral. Two seating areas and a grand piano.
Living Room by Nancy Galasso, Thom Bellucci and Diane Karmen of Lilian August Designs
This room has a chic mix of textures and color. I love the Eliko Rug and the chandelier by Troy Lighting.
This beautiful pop of color worked its way around the room with style.
Library by Greg McKenzie Design
I love the ceiling wallpaper and light fixture. This room has a full bath and can be used as a downstairs bedroom.
This dining room has a lot going on, which will require more than one photo. How great is this wallpaper?! Very warm and clubby feeling. Three tables are set to accommodate 32 guests, see detail below of the settings (Mecox KNOWS how to set a table right). Straight ahead, note the glass front wine room; how clever to place it IN the dining room. Two oversized Slim Aarons photos flank the doorway in which I stood to take this photo. Most of the items in this room are from Mecox Gardens, the original of the Mecox stores, located in Southampton.
Don’t you want to be at this dinner party?
A sitting area in the dining room- love this pattern mix.
Kitchen and Breakfast Room by Ciuffo Cabinetry
What a bright happy kitchen. Love the island and the pop of green.
Wow! How great is that white lacquer. And the enormous double Sub-Zero refrigerator.
Note the shape of the table…
Mudroom by Melanie Roy Design
Not sure what the builder had in mind for the use of this large space, but this designer did a nice job carrying out a beachy theme.
Nautical Bathroom by Melanie Roy Design
The stripes work… and the sconces are perfect. This bathroom is right off of the mudroom, continuing the theme.
I like the attention to detail even outside of the window- nice focal point in the lower level hallway.
OK, let’s go upstairs to the 2nd floor.
Hamptons Trellis Bedroom by Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler Interior Design
This bedroom has a lot of cool things going on in it. You really have to step into the room to gather all of the well-executed details and materials. The room is papered in Phillip Jeffries “Mad About Plaid” printed grasscloth wallpaper- even onto the slope of the tray ceiling, adding dramatic perspective to the room. Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler chose to debut Kravet’s new Diane von Furstenberg collection – and it is awesome. Most of the furniture is Kravet as well. The gorgeous hand-knotted Custom Cool Rug is customized by Mabley Handler, made of silk/wool/linen in a stunning range of colors.
Here we get a closer look at the custom rug, the fantastic chandelier by Bone Simple Design, and bed/bedside tables/desk/chair by Kravet. Such a beautiful mix of textures and pattern, pulled off with an eye for detail. This room is hard to capture all in one photo, but to stand in it makes you feel upbeat. This lively space ensconces you in a symphony of blues, corals, and even a hint of lavender (in the “batik Leaf” patterned rug). I always say, if you are going to be bold, you have to employ the right mix of skill and talent to pull it off. Clearly, Mabley Handler enjoys what they do and it shows. We see why they are THE go-to design firm in the Hamptons.
This ultra-feminine room feels like a soothing cloud of whites and light blues. We see some of her Mrs. Howard pieces in the mix, and with the soft textures, colors and lighting, she holds true to her “keep it pretty” mantra in the design of this charming room.
texture details, Phoebe Howard Bedroom
This very tailored table skirt is elegant. I like how the shifts of color and pattern play off of each other…
Range of lavenders and purples extends even to the roses…
This roof terrace drew a lot of attention during the opening gala. The stripes and tailored upholstery are so crisp and inviting, and the view is intoxicating, see below-
yep, that’s a view~ are you thinking cup of coffee, out on the terrace, every morning?
“Over the past 25 years, Traditional Home has showcased numerous show homes across the country and the Hampton Designer Showhouse has always featured prominently in our coverage,” commented Ann Omvig Maine, editor in chief, Traditional Home. “Year after year, the participating designers continue to surprise and delight us, which is why Traditional Home is thrilled to serve as the National Media Sponsor for the 6th consecutive year. We look forward to helping the Showhouse raise even more funds for Southampton Hospital this year so it can continue to provide essential services to the local community.” -Ann Maine, EIC Traditional Home
Can we say… POOL PARTY?! All furniture by Frontgate.
This pool house fronts onto the pool and backs onto the tennis courts, outdoor seating areas on both sides. After seeing all of this great pool and pool house furniture, I clearly need to revisit Frontgate, their furniture was good-looking.
See anything you can’t live without? Some of the designers have allowed their show house inventory to be sold on CricketsCrush.com.
What you have seen here isn’t even half of it, so if you are near, be sure to go see this house.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
Sunday, July 20 through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014. Showhouse hours will be as follows: Monday through Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the Showhouse. Admission to the Showhouse is $35 and includes the Showhouse Journal.
This year’s Showhouse located at 408 Pauls Lane in Bridgehampton, NY has been generously provided by Paramount Homes of the Hamptons, Inc. Proceeds benefit Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY.
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Jennifer & Austin says
Lovely feature on the Showhouse, and such wonderful photography! It is so great to see someone take such care in photographing and presenting these rooms that designers work so hard to create…So often people take and post quick snaps or bad iPhone photos…Your photography really captures the beauty of the rooms. Thank you!!!
Courtney Price says
Thank you for the kind words and the excellent design!
Lisa Mende Design says
Great post! I feel like I was there!!! As always you capture the event through the lens of your camera in a beautiful way!! xoxox
Courtney Price says
Thanks Lisa! Wish you had been there, it would have been fun to see you again.
Frank Rogers says
Would love to be a guest at the dinner party Mecox Design Services set up. Fantastic job and congratulations to everyone involved in this special event.Thank you for the wonderful coverage.
Courtney Price says
Frank, I will pass it along to Mecox 😉 they certainly know the recipe for great entertaining…. The designers all did an amazing job; I agree with you.
Bleakney Ray says
My first Hamptons Showcase!! With India Hicks, no less! You have found your calling, and I say this 20 years post. The freedom this life brings you is all of this. Kudos to your eye and your heart..these are clearly in every photo and thought.