This summer we’re participating in the 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home to benefit Southampton Hospital. It is our first time designing a Showhouse of this scale, and it’s been a wonderful experience.
The new construction house is more than 10,000 square feet, and was beautifully built by Bodenchak Design and Build. Each room (including all of the bathrooms, and there are many) is decorated by a different interior designer. It’s fun to walk through and capture the personalities of all of the creative participants through their work. We enjoyed meeting our fellow designers and seeing what they had come up with for their spaces. We were assigned the design of the the Front Entry. It’s a very large two story space, with a dramatic modern glass bannister paired with rift cut oak millwork. We chose to add a decorative finish in a metallic glaze colored to match the wood color, the work of artisan Dean Barger Studios.Our design concept began with the carpets. We were looking for something bright and cheerful, and were thrilled to find an amazing Swedish inspired carpet from Doris Leslie Blau. The runner at the landing was a perfect match. We added stitching patterns down the center and along the sides as a way of making it more casual.
The artwork is the work of Nathan Coe, a photographer from Nantucket, Massachusetts, whose work we admire. This dramatic red striped lighthouse diptych says “we’re at the beach.”
The demi-lune table from Chelsea Editions was the perfect fit for a tight spot between two doors. The lamp on top is from Barbara at BK Antiques, whose eye for the organic is exceptional. Her small ceramic vase on the tabletop ties everything together.
Our vibe was definitely relaxed/beachy, can you feel it? Honestly, we had a blast pulling it all together. Of course, we really prefer designing spaces more specifically for the real people who live in them. Watching our clients live in the spaces we’ve collaborated with them on- that’s where the joy lies.The Showhouse is located at 1597 Noyac Path in Sag Harbor, New York and will be open for visitors until Monday, September 5th.
Happy Summer everyone!