This past weekend I was out celebrating the opening of the Hamptons Designer Showhouse, including my space at it, the dining patio. This was my first experience designing a showhouse and it was an eye opening experience that taught me a lot. A big thanks to Frontgate for asking me to work with them on it and Traditional Home for covering it!
It was about 600 degrees in the sun so things were toasty outside, but we managed to get it completed without passing out. :)
My goal was to create a classic space that celebrated all the styles found in the Hamptons- bohemian, preppy and modern. I also wanted to utilize the portion of the patio running in front of the covered area as a place to sip a cocktail before or after dinner in some nice woven chairs by the fire bowl (and also be able to see the fire from the dining table, creating a really nice ambiance.) Drapes formalized the space and made it a bit more cozy. I mixed a slightly more modern table with classic black and white bistro chairs and a pair of slipcovered host chairs. I’m not a huge fan of “sets”, this makes it look more interesting.
This is the concept board I did before ordering anything:
Here is the rendering I had done by Jane Gianarelli for the showhouse brochure:
And then again in real life. I think if I could do it over I would layer even more- I realized that showhouse spaces are not about practical reality but actually the suspension of it. A rug, although kind of annoying under a dining table, would have been great. I may still add one :) That chandelier though- amazing (and rated for outdoor use!) Also, Frontgate is having a 25% site-wide sale today!
I got this big clamshell bowl from Wisteria and filled it with succulents- a great, long lasting arrangement for summer tables indoor or out.
I also filled these cool modern pots with a mix of succulents and asparagus ferns.
I wanted the taller version of the graphic planters for my large ferns so you could see them more against the house, but alas, they were backordered.
Moving inside, this was my favorite room designed by Kate Singer. Like, holy amazeballs can I move in?
The hallway upstairs was a lovely vignette by McGrath II
This small bedroom by Michael del Piero was great too- a serene mix of antiques and rustic details with modern accents.
I love me a good grid of artwork. :)
The den done by Melanie Turner was a mix of fun and serene.
A big shout out to my girls from Tilton Fenwick on their super fun master bathroom. So different and funky and 100% happy.
This bathroom by Liliane Hart was adorable.
The pool area by The Rinfret Group was a great mix of blue and white.
The Showhouse is open from now until September 5th, 2016 and supports Southampton Hospital. Get tickets online!