Trends from the Hampton Designer Showhouse


This summer’s Hampton Designer Showhouse features two locations — neighboring newly constructed homes in The Fields being built in Southampton by Paramount Custom Homes. Only four of the 28 homes planned for the 35-acre site have risen, so the locale is different from show houses of years past. This takes place at The Beachcomber and The Linden models, two of four that will be in the development.

It is believed to be the first time that the Southampton Hospital benefit has presented two homes for the event. “We have more designers than ever with more rooms for people to see,” says Tony Manning, president of Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, overseeing the event for the 32 decorators giving life to 38 spaces totaling more than 12,400 square feet. Note to self: Wear comfortable shoes with your fanciest Hamptons attire.

WHAT 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse, a fundraiser for Southampton Hospital WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week Sunday, July 23, to Sept. 4, with a gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at 78 Rosko Lane (The Linden) and 82 Rosko Lane (The Beachcomber), both off Magee Street, at The Fields development under construction in Southampton INFO $40, which includes a journal; tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance; no admission 30 minutes before closing; no strollers, infants, children 6 and younger, or pets; gala tickets are $225 each; 631-613-6061,

Alex Rajni

Rajni Alex's bedroom in the Linden house. A
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The closets make the bedroom at Bronxville, New York, designer Rajni Alex's bedroom in the Linden house. The custom blue lacquer built-in cabinetry features brass inlay and Hermes orange interiors. A decorative painting of blue agate grounds the room. Inside the closets on Joy Huggable Hangers. there are designer dresses by Sachin & Babi as well as shoes by labels such as Manolo Blahnik. "This room belongs to an edgy, glamorous girl," says Alex. "She's trying to discover the world but also discover herself."

DIY TIP "Have fun with closets -- they should not just be for clothes," says Alex. Paper the insides and install light fixtures and display books, art or perfume, she suggests.

Ranelle Wolf

Renelle Wolf's bedroom in the Linden house. This
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One of Manorville designer Ranelle Wolf’s goals in decorating her bedroom at the Linden was to “bring candlelight to your face 24/7.” She accomplished that by creating a romantic fantasy, complete with peach linen walls, a 1950s bar cart and her own watery paintings of feminine nudes and floral motifs on the walls and upholstery. What brings it all together is the 54-inch headboard she designed with a dreamy glimmering cotton fabric of flowers and birds.

DIY TIP “Let’s make this into a painting,” Wolf says she told a representative of the firm Hampton Interiors in Westhampton Beach when assisting her in crafting the headboard. When searching for artful textiles to use in a room, she suggests asking yourself, “What do you love?” She says, “This will tell you what to do next.” 

Lisa Mende

Lisa Mende's Loggia in the Linden house. This
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Designer Lisa Mende drew on memories of casual summers with family on the coast of her native North Carolina to decorate the loggia at the Beachcomber, but says she tried to incorporate “the elegance of the Hamptons’ high style of entertaining.” The exuberant outdoor place combines an array of lush and layered objects and materials — the playful orange-and-white plaid drapery, a custom Murano glass and shell chandelier with blue alabaster lamps, striking dinnerware featuring Versace designs, fancy Tiffany silver bamboo flatware.

DIY TIP Mende says that she brought several tablecloths for the setting, including one from France that retails for $350. “It didn’t work,” she says. She ended up covering the table with two throws selling for about $70 apiece. “People have to realize that they don’t have to have the most expensive items to make a space interesting,” she says. “Look around the house and be creative. Don’t try to look at things as they are, but what they can be.”



Art Works & Designs

Art McShane's doggy mudroom in the Beachcomber house.
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Dog lovers, make sure to see the mudroom at the Beachcomber. Port Jefferson Station-based Art Works & Designs created a whimsical ode to Milo, a now 9-month-old boxer mix that decorative artist and designer Art McShane adopted from Last Chance Animal Rescue in Southampton. For the walls, McShane and business partner John Filipowicz did a classic herringbone pattern incorporating dog bones. They placed pet toys in baskets under the bench, installed dog-tail hooks for hanging leashes and other gear, and fashioned Ellen DeGeneres’ fabric titled “Happy Animals” for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores into a window treatment.

DIY TIP When searching for a theme for a space, “start with one thing you love — a rug, a wall pattern, a color, a pet — and build a room around that,” McShane says. He suggests shopping locally, as he did. “Everything was discounted,” he adds.

Lillian August Furnishings + Design

Lillian August family room in the Beachcomber house.
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The all-white-exterior Beachcomber gets splashy inside — just beyond the foyer is the hot-pink and turquoise family room by Connecticut-based Lillian August Furnishings + Design, a vision made all the more arresting by the way the space frames the pool out back. In decorating the space, senior designers Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerrone took on the bold color trend, “which is really hot now,” says Emily Armstrong, a marketing assistant for Lillian August.

DIY TIP Natural elements such as the leather in the bar and the bronze accents in the coffee table and console make the daring hues work in the space, Armstrong says. 

Michael Del Piero

Michael DelPiero dining room in the Beachcomber house.
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Designer Michael Del Piero’s dining room, with the builder’s signature built-in wine rack, takes an unusual turn with a ceiling fixture that is actually a reflector lit by a spot light on the dining table. The brilliantly lit space gets a boost from sconces surrounding the room.

DIY TIP “Mix dining chairs,” says Del Piero, who has offices in Chicago and Amagansett. ”We have a wide variety of seating styles in our relaxed dining space. You can pick up flea market chairs and place them alongside fine dining chairs for an informal yet chic seating arrangement.”

Ciuffo Cabinetry

The Kitchen designed by Michael DelPiero in the
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Deer Park-based Ciuffo Cabinetry's sleek kitchen in the Beachcomber features brass accents, including Kohler vegetable sprayers, handles, faucets, pull-downs and other details. "That's kind of new -- the return of brass in the kitchen," says Steven Stolman, a designer and author who consults for Kohler, the show house's design sponsor. Brass, he says, adds warmth to the kitchen and plays well with stainless steel.

DIY TIP Even without luxurious materials, you can “go to your Home Depot or Lowe’s and create the look yourself,” says Stolman.

Anne Tarasoff Interiors

Gail Tarasoff's artsy hot pink bedroom bedroom in
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Anne Tarasoff Interiors in Manhasset designed a "pink, artsy girl's bedroom," says designer Gail Tarasoff-Sutton. There's lots of eye candy in the space -- wallpaper with crystall mircobeads, paintings done on pages ripped out of dictionaries and multicolored popcorn.

DIY TIP "I like hot pink as the accent," says Tarasoff, who suggests using shades of gray to ground the color in a room.



Melanie Roy

In Melanie Roy's bedroom there is a fern

Designer Melanie Roy stops the show with her faux fern wall in a guest room at the Beachcomber that plays off the Pantone color of the year: "greenery." It is showcased with a 72-inch glass television mounted on top besides a 1960s hanging chair and a table with logs set in resin.

DIY TIP Get good fern, says Roy, who has offices in Manhattan and Bridgehampton. She bought hers in squares and mounted them on mesh. "You can do this in any room," says Roy. "It's playful, it's fun, it's organic."

Catherine Davin

Catherine Davin's upstairs bathroom in the Beachcomber house.
(Credit: Veronique Louis)

There are 16 bathrooms among the two houses, all of which are outfitted (along with two kitchens and wet bars and laundry rooms) by design sponsor Kohler. Pennsylvania designer Catherine Davin’s dramatic master bathroom at the Beachcomber includes Kohler’s Veil Intelligent Toilet, which, retailing for $3,375, includes high-tech bells and whistles such as a “gentle” blow dryer, a heated seat and a built-in night light — all controlled by a touch screen that looks like an iPhone.

DIY TIP The scene will arrest visitors first with its high ceiling covered in bold blue wallpaper and the large window with its hot-pink textured silk curtains, all above the grand soaking tub. “In a clean, white bathroom, that hit of color is important,” Davin says. “It adds interest.” For impact without too much fuss, simply switch out towels and bathmats in strong hues, she says.

The Linden

The Linden house, one of the two houses
(Credit: Veronique Louis)

The Linden
78 Rosko Lane, Southampton
Asking price: $3.7 million
Square footage: 6,388
MORE Each of the two newly built homes in The Fields development being used for the show house features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half-baths on a 0.65-acre lot with a pool. The development has a tennis court, a sports court and a mile-long exercise path as well as 12 acres of parkland.
Listing agents Vincent Horcasitas (516-768-7330) and Robert Tramondo (917-952-6173), Saunders & Associates

The Beachcomber

The Beachcomber house, one of the two houses
(Credit: Veronique Louis)

The Beachcomber 
82 Rosko Lane, Southampton
Asking price: $3.6 million
Square footage: 6,025

MORE Each of the two newly built homes in The Fields development being used for the show house features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half-baths on a 0.65-acre lot with a pool. The development has a tennis court, a sports court and a mile-long exercise path as well as 12 acres of parkland.
Listing agents Vincent Horcasitas (516-768-7330) and Robert Tramondo (917-952-6173), Saunders & Associates

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