The Noyack location of this year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse is as impressive as the thoughtful spaces its two dozen decorators have created inside and out. The gambrel-style house is a traditional design for the Hamptons, but it is painted white and features sleek chrome lighting fixtures and a steel-and-glass front door. Inside, there is an oak stairway with glass railings, whitewashed light-gray oak floors, polished steel elements and a kitchen with high-gloss European cabinetry. “We wanted the house to have an incredibly fresh and modern feeling to it,” says builder Frank Bodenchak, who is asking $5.195 million for the newly built home. Here’s a look at what else is new and fresh inside the show house, which opens Sunday, July 24, 2016, and runs through Labor Day.
1. The dining room
Oversized and stained lattice overlays on two of the walls of Manhattan designer Gideon Mendelson’s dining room came from the imagined client for his space — a woman whose chic and sophisticated grandmother owned a home in Palm Beach, Fla. An Italian 1970s ginkgo leaf brass chandelier, which is supposed to remind that client of her grandmother’s beloved banana tree, is a showstopping touch to the expertly tailored room. There are also handsome midcentury modern pieces such as caned-back Edward Wormley chairs, which are around the octagonal brass and travertine dining table.
DIY TIP. To make your own decorative wall, create a pattern of your own and buy wood at your local home improvement store, suggests Mendelson. The structure need not require hammering and nailing. “It can even be glued together,” he adds.
2. The great room
In the corner of her watery-blue first-floor great room, Huntington designer Kate Singer juxtaposes an early 1800s Swedish settee valued at $14,000 with a footstool she purchased for $40 at a consignment shop and then reupholstered with remnants of high-end fabric. “I love blending the super high-end with the more affordable,” she says. The high-low combinations continue throughout the space, including a $4,800 Bunny Williams side table next to a $750 Ballard Designs wing chair.
DIY TIP. “Don’t be afraid to comb tag sales, flea markets and consignment shops for old art and accessories and furniture,” Singer says. And, she adds, “Don’t shy away from imperfection. If something has a chip or a crack or slight imperfection, I am even more drawn to it. That shows it has a story and perhaps a very colorful past.”
3. The living room
Atlanta designer Melanie Turner’s boho living room features wallpaper with what she describes as a modern version of wood paneling from the 1970s. (“It’s not your parents’ paneling,” she says, joking.) A large white sectional with linen canvas sits atop a white alpaca rug layered over a thick abaca (also known as manila hemp) rug. In one corner, a rattan daybed is covered with a knit throw.
DIY TIP. Before the show house opened, assorted objects sat on the floor in a corner. These were items Turner says she decided to take out of her crisply and cleanly decorated space. “The single most important thing you can do in design is editing,” she says. “That’s my No. 1 secret — taking things away.”
4. The master sitting room
Manhattan designer Kyle Roberts’ yellow sitting room overlooking the property through sliding glass French doors features a desk that he designed along with carefully chosen and displayed artwork, such as Guy Laramée’s “Le Debut” carved book on a stand.
DIY TIP. Use newspaper to mark where furniture will be placed in a room before making final decisions on where pieces will be placed, Roberts says. “And I always tend to pick furnishings that are under scale — minimal-size arms, upholstery and carving detail,” he adds. “It’s easier to add more elements to an overly simple space than to take away something already purchased.”
5. Front bedroom
Designer Mary-Christine McNally’s light, bright bedroom gets grounded by the custom-designed wool carpet. Eyed from afar, the abstract design looks like a distressed wood floor with chipped paint. “It’s a brand-new house, but I like the idea of bringing some character to a room,” says McNally, who has offices in Sag Harbor and Manhattan.
DIY TIP. When she decorates a space, McNally says she starts with the carpet. “It’s the biggest element in a room, and the most impactful,” she says. Then she says she finds pieces that complement or coordinate with it.
6. Center bedroom
That headboard in Manhattan designer Mikel Welch’s bedroom is an 8-foot-tall, centuries-old, intricately carved dark wood door from Pakistan that had to be disassembled into eight parts and driven from Chicago. Welch, also the set designer for “The Steve Harvey Show,” says he chose to use the door this way, and add wood beams to the ceiling, because he wanted his room not to be bright and beachy as much as traveled and warm.
DIY TIP. “Start at your local thrift store and find a wooden, carved room divider,” Welch says. “Simply unfold, secure the back with hook plates and mount it on the wall.”
7. Master bedroom
Some of the most sumptuous features in Southampton designer Elsa Soyars’ master bedroom are less obvious to the eye — the fabrics. The grayish layered linen used for the sheers cost more than $200 a yard. She used it because “it looks a little like a Chanel shirt,” she says. The velvet on the bed costs just as much. The more obvious luxe touch in this lair: the Mexican-made hammock constructed of a drapey nylon material that hangs from the ceiling in one corner of the room.
DIY TIP. When fabric shopping on a nondesigner budget, “look for natural fibers mixed with manmade add-ons that will add softness and durability,” Soyars says.
8. The bunk room
Houston designer Julie Dodson calls this the “overflow” room for guests who need a comfortable, private space to rest. Instead of bunk beds, she used three twin beds, which she says are making a comeback in home decor. She created half-moon canopies for the beds, hanging a small bunny painting by Hunt Slonem within each structure. She used old rope and tied pieces of it in a bow to create faux hangers for the glam mirrors between each bed. “I wanted to create a fun, whimsical happy place,” Dodson says.
DIY TIP. Another way Dodson brought a sense of surprise to the room is one of her signatures — putting animals in random and unexpected places. Here, there is a plaster dog, with a real dog collar, on a floor pillow at the foot of one of the beds.
9. Second-floor master sitting room
Cold Spring Harbor designer Diane Guariglia’s sitting room off the master bedroom may be the most colorful space ever created at a show house. Just about every color in the wheel seems to be used in the room — and quite harmoniously. Guariglia’s inspiration? A feather print silk fabric used for a pillow that contains shades of midnight blue, chartreuse, turquoise and rust.
DIY TIP. “Find a fabric you love that has many different colors in it, not just multiple shades of the same color, and match various components in the rooms to each of the different colors in the fabric,” she says. “By doing this, you’re essentially taking the color palette from a small scale to a large scale. If you love the fabric and all of the colors in it, it is guaranteed you will love the room.”
10. Rear corner bedroom
The chandelier in designer Michael Del Piero’s bedroom is 5 feet in diameter. “It’s a cool focal point, and it’s an art piece,” says Del Piero, who has offices in Amagansett and Chicago. Chicago artist Lucy Slivinski welded the lighting fixture out of stainless steel found objects and rusted the finish, adding crystals she found in antique shops, Del Piero says. “In a small room, it makes the room look larger,” she adds.
DIY TIP. Find an old or new large basket that you like, turn it upside down and hire an electrician to install a globe light, which can be found at any home improvement store.
11. Powder room
How small is the powder room in the foyer? Try 53 by 86 inches. But designer Steven Stolman went big with a loud, vibrant, colorful wallpaper taken from a painting of cherry blossoms by artist Carmelo Blandino, who has homes and studios in Connecticut and Wisconsin. Here, the painterly flowers are larger than the heads of those who enter the space. “I realize that this is a very strong statement,” says Stolman, who has offices in Palm Beach and Milwaukee. “But the very nature of powder rooms allows for that. One isn’t in them for too long at any given time and they’re usually experienced alone, so why not?” DIY TIP “Wallpaper should never be installed by a nonprofessional,” Stolman says. “Buy a less-expensive paper but hire an experienced paperhanger.” And, he adds, “Don’t be shy. Small spaces can handle large-scale patterns as long as they are properly installed. Have the courage of your convictions.”
12. Master bath
What stands out in Manhattan designer Liliane Hart’s ethereal second-floor master bath is the shower — with its three shower heads, operable by remote control, built-in speakers for music and a light-show feature. Less obvious is that she tried to use local vendors and locally made products wherever possible, including a plaster chandelier by East Hampton designer Tracey Garet and a terrycloth-covered chair by Luther Quintana Upholstery in Deer Park.
DIY TIP. “A lot of shops these days source local artisans,” says Hart. If you want to make a pillow, for instance, buy fabric locally and hire a seamstress who lives in the area to make it for you, she says.
The house, located at 1597 Noyac Path, Noyack, is listed in July 2016 for $5.195 million. It has eight bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms. The house is 10,200 square feet on 3 acres with estimated annual property taxes of $20,000. The three-acre property includes a heated pool, hot tub, sun bed, outdoor tennis court, wine cellar and solar panels. The listing agent is Frank Bodenchak, Saunders & Associates.
When you can go
The Hampton Designer Showhouse, a benefit for Southampton Hospital, is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Sunday, July 24, through Labor Day at 1597 Noyac Path, Noyack. Children under 6, including infants, strollers and pets not allowed; admission is $35; 631-808-3432, hamptondesignershowhouse.com. Pictured is the master bedroom balcony, designed by CricketsCrush.