The folks behind the fascinating Idea Houses of Hamptons summers past are back with a new design to-do -- the Holiday House Hamptons. The Hamptons Cottages and Gardens-sponsored show house opens this weekend in Bridgehampton.
This is the gone-east version of the 5-year-old Manhattan Holiday House show house benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, started by Evelyn Lauder. No wonder the event -- where designers whimsically decorate around a holiday theme, sometimes one that's their own creation -- has headed to Long Island: Founding chair Iris Dankner, a designer and breast cancer survivor, is from Woodmere.
Here's a peek at what's in store for inspiration-seekers.
The occasion chosen as the theme of Manhattan designer Ally Coulter's master suite is certainly the most complicated: "Ella's Hollywood Starlet's 1st Hamptons Birthday Celebration," which she says refers to a fictitious young celebrity's inaugural summer on the East End. The design is simpler: It's all white, which she identifies as a trend.
DIY TIP If white doesn't work for you, hold to another color. Just make sure to "pick the color you love," says Coulter. And resist the temptation to stray from it when decorating. "You have to be disciplined."
NATURAL WITH A TWIST
Water Mill's Mabley Handler Interior Design went for a polished but organic feel in the blue and white "In By Memorial Day" great room. "Its evocative of natural elements with a pop of sophistication," says Austin Handler, partner with wife, Jennifer Mabley, citing the mother of pearl coffee table with white lacquer finish.
DIY TIP "If you're using natural elements and they have a rustic side, balance them with whites and creams," Handler suggests. This will lighten them up.
IN THE WOODS
The golden-hued "Swedish Summer" bedroom features ash furniture, which Manhattan designer Marshall Watson identifies as a new trend in design. "It's very available in the market," says the part-time East Hampton Springs resident.
DIY TIP The four-poster bed, side tables and arm chair are from his high-end collection for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. But he says ash furniture is "very affordable" now. "Ash is less than walnut, not as rugged and expensive as oak," says Watson.
LOVELY AND LUSTROUS
"Silver is very in vogue," says Connecticut designer Susan Glick of her powder room, called "Silver Jubilee" in reference to a 25th anniversary celebration. Her space features a white coral mirror with silver tipping, black-and-white photos in nickel frames and silvery gray metallic grasscloth.
DIY TIP "You can do it with the materials of your choice," says Glick, suggesting affordable accents such as metallic paint in a platinum tone and accessories with mirrored surfaces.
NOT A WASH
"A laundry room, you forget," says Manhattan's Tamara Magel, who summers in Bridgehampton. But not the one she created at the show house, which she calls "Beach Chic" after her own imagined holiday. The highlight is wallpaper from her vibrant "Burst" textile pattern, which she has turned into a line of swimwear.
DIY TIP Using a fun wallpaper in a small, forgotten room can give the area "credibility and substance," Magel says.
WHAT Holiday House Hamptons, a benefit for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation presented by Holiday House and HC&G
WHEN | WHERE Opens Sunday, through July 21, at 4 Fair Hills Lane, Bridgehampton
INFO Opening gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday; gala tickets are $250 each; regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Mondays and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; regular ticket price is $30; 917-971-7380, holidayhousehamptons.com