The irresistible lure of home decor bargains to help deserving kids brought everyone from Nancy Shevell -- sans Paul McCartney -- to Aida Turturro, seen here, to Nicole Miller to Ramona Singer. It was Saturday’s 18th annual Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale, Auctions and Cocktail Party Gala, benefiting the Southampton Fresh Air Home, which will bring physically challenged kids to its camp for its 109th year.
It’s Turturro’s eighth year at the event -- in the beginning for her Montauk home, now for her friends' homes. “I’ve bought a million couches,” she tells us, “two armoires for myself and I’ve given away two more. Whether you need it or not the money’s going to a great charity.” Turturro also contributes directly to the kids’ “Wish List,” helping fund what the sales do not. “I need nothing,” she admits. “but you just want to buy more: chotchkes, lamps. So, I go around, ask friends, ‘What do you need?’ and make little lists."
“Some people, it’s hard to buy for.” But for the receptive others, well, you get the feeling she cases her friends’ homes. “I got some pillows for my girlfriend’s couch, I’ve been wanting her to get forever,” she tells us, “a cabinet for towels for a neighbor’s bathroom -- I’m going to help her fix it up -- and an amazing coffee table that will look great in her house."
But don’t expect Turturro to embrace decorating as a second career. She’s too busy acting. She just returned from Italy, where she concluded a sold-out production of “Fiabe italiane” (“Italian Folk Tales”), cousin John Turturro’s reimagining of Calvino fables, also starring his wife and son, that he would like to take to New York. That led to an offer to do an Italian movie next month. “No, I don’t speak Italian,” says the "Sopranos" star. “I have to learn Neapolitan, which is even worse."