Tour The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2022
Designers transform Southampton's historic Ivy Lodge, which dates from the mid-1800s.
HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE
Presented by HC&G, the 21st edition of the Hampton Designer Showhouse took place in Southampton’s historic Ivy Lodge, which dates from the mid-1800s and was beautifully transformed by 22 talented design firms, all to raise funds benefiting Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Read on for more about how great design can benefit a good cause.
Shannon Willey of Sea Green Designs went for a surfer girl theme in this bedroom. Hand-painted chambray walls by Chandler Decorative Arts “really make the space special,” she says, “and help give it a relaxed, sun-bleached vibe,” as do a pouf and circular jute rug from Jaipur Living. Willey also highlighted “the unique built-in bunk beds” with linen coverlets from TL at Home.
Inspired by the late Lee Radziwill’s estate in Buckinghamshire, Kim Tomasino upholstered the ceiling and walls in pink fabric, creating a fitting backdrop for a charming Victorian wicker chair from Chairish and a whimsical floor lamp. “The attic-level room has exposed wood and reminds me of a charming Hamptons treehouse,” says Tomasino. The Vaughan ceiling fixture adds a contemporary touch.
Bedroom and Bath
Designer Amy Kummer’s Palm Beach–inspired bedroom and bath “capture the timeless style, glamour, and beauty of a young girl,” says the decorator, who titled the space “Garden of Dreams.” A blue floral print on the walls lends an ethereal air to the bedroom.
Sconces in both the bedroom and bathroom are from Vaughan.
“Fashion meets a flower painting” is how decorator Elsa Soyars describes her sunroom, inspired by the work of Southampton-based artist Jeff Muhs, whose canvases line the walls. A flirty sofa from Ram Design Home and a custom bench create an “interesting, light, playful, and textural environment.”
Designer Chad James aimed to “tap back into what the house once was in the 1800s, with a nod to the era of grand estates.” Against a backdrop of a pretty wall covering, furnishings include a French buffet and various antique pieces from James’s travels. “It’s an unusually special space that has tons of character,” the designer says.
Interior designer Dee Ann Federico went for a “coastal modern” theme in the kitchen, “giving it a feeling of timelessness,” from the York wallcovering to the Cosentino quartz countertops and backsplash tile from the Tile Shop, all of which create a fitting stage for state-of-the-art appliances from JennAir. “We reimagined the cabinetry instead of throwing it out,” Federico says. “Whether it’s the 1800s or 2022, the kitchen is still the heart of the home. With older houses, you need to respect their character.” Federico used OMNIA hardware and Kohler fixtures throughout the kitchen.
The natural light in this top-floor bedroom “gives it a very ethereal feel, like a private escape from the rest of the home,” says designer Donna Benedetto. “Work, life, balance,” her Zen-inspired decorating mantra, is achieved with a serene palate and minimal furnishings including a vintage Halabala armchair and custom plaster coffee tables from Behind the Hedge, a sofa upholstered in a Designers Guild bouclé, a cushion covered in a striped linen from Osborne & Little, and a shimmery window treatment from the Shade Store.
For the study, Barbara Lewis of the Lewis Design Group chose a decorating scheme of soft greens layered with organic textures and natural motifs. “I was instantly taken with the room’s view of the property’s beautiful trees,” Lewis says, “and was inspired to embrace a biophilic design, connecting the space to nature.” A floral Lee Jofa fabric on the windows and faux bois pattern on the walls helped her achieve her goal.
“I live in Cold Spring Harbor, and my house was built from ship timbers,” says Laurie Duke, whose design for the den was inspired by an oil painting of a sailboat on the water. Accordingly, she chose fabrics from Lee Jofa and Thibaut and a custom carpet from Stark, all of which give the space a breezy, seaside air.
With a goal of keeping this ample, gracious space “very soft and pretty,” decorator Barbara Ostrom employed curtains from Baum Draperies and a matching blue paint from Sherwin-Williams, along with an array of accessories and furnishings from English Country Home and Christopher Guy. “It’s the primary bedroom, so I wanted it to be romantic and sexy,” Ostrom says.
Inspired by minimally accessorized, mid-20th-century spaces, interior designer Robert Brown went for “refined living” in the dining room, choosing Rozelle tables and Mykonos chairs from Harbour Outdoor, dinnerware from West Elm, and a hand-sewn area rug from Rush House. The walls are coated with a Sherwin-Williams paint. Draperies from the Shade Store establish and emphasize the blush-toned palette, ranging from pink to apricot to copper. “There are so many colors associated with the coast,” Brown says, “and we wanted to do something less predictable.”
“Sometimes the smallest spaces can be the most impactful,” interior designer Tiffany Eastman says about her breakfast room, which she “saturated with textures and softness.” Custom chairs from DF Furniture, covered in a Romo fabric, surround a Lumens table, all with a backdrop of a diamond-sketch wallpaper from York Wallcoverings and a custom banquette and acrylic artwork by Eastman.
Interior designers Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler’s second furniture collaboration with Kravet plays the starring role in the “serene and soft” living room, which also features a pair of velvet-upholstered 1950s Italian armchairs and a 1970s Murano glass chandelier from Venfield. “With its dramatic mountainous landscape in soft, ethereal colors,” adds Mabley, Fromental Lumière’s Rockface wall covering “was our launching point. Mural-style wallpapers have had a huge resurgence.” The large canvas is by Robert Dash.
“Hamptons meets French countryside” was the mantra driving interior designer Lori Miller’s plan for the brick terrace, replete with furnishings from Ligne Roset and lighting by BEVOLO Gas & Electric Lights. “The minimalistic setup is cozy and inviting,” Miller says. “We wanted people to feel like they’re sitting on a terrace in the South of France.” Floral arrangements and potted plants are by Andrew Martone Landscaping Design, and Hamptons View Landscaping planted the garden.
Made from powder-coated metal, all furnishings on the pool surround are from Los Angeles–based designer Ann Marie Vering’s Oscar line for Brown Jordan. “The entire collection was inspired by hanging baskets I came across at a floral market,” Vering says. “It has a romanticized feel.”
Featuring a wall covering from York, Kohler fixtures, shower tiles from the Tile Shop, and Vaughan sconces, Keith Baltimore’s primary bath has its roots in the “glamorous Hamptons lifestyle,” says the designer, who incorporated “an eclectic mix of old and new, with both traditional and modern aspects as well as Asian influences.” The blend of designs creates a harmonious result. “I’ve done lots of showhouses during my career and am kind of like a house whisperer: The house speaks to me and tells me what to do.”
Bedroom, Deck, and Bath
In the words of designer Tisha Collette, “organic meets glam” in this bedroom, adjacent deck, and bath. Two Balinese beds play up the space’s beachy vibe, along with bed coverings from the Monogram Shop and a host of one-of-a-kind accessories and furnishings from Collette’s Hamptons consignment shops. Meanwhile, the deck features Harbour Outdoor furnishings, while the bath shimmers thanks to fixtures from Kohler, tile from the Tile Shop, and a handsome Venetian mirror.
Marcelo Fernandez for Design Within Reach
The covered terrace is “made for viewing the property and connecting with the outdoors,” says designer Marcelo Fernandez, who furnished the space with an Eos sofa, Hay lamps, a Design Within Reach rug, and various pieces from Richard Schultz’s iconic 1966 Collection for Knoll. Fortunately, he adds, “DWR offers one-stop shopping for the best modern furniture, as well as distinctive rugs, lighting, accessories, and art.” Rounding out the scheme are a lantern from BEVOLO Gas & Electric Lights, a pair of Carl Hansen & Søn Cuba chairs, a blue Magis chair by Thomas Heatherwick, and pillows from Maharam.
Hall Bath and Powder Room
In the hall bath on the house’s second floor, interior designer Courtney Sempliner envisioned a “playful family bathroom that’s exuberant and fun and not taken too seriously.” Accordingly, a tiger-print wall covering from York and whimsical towel ladder from Serena & Lily play foil to fixtures and fittings from Kohler, including the vanity.
As for the first-floor powder room, Sempliner adds, “We went for something a bit moodier and more glamorous.” The sconces and mirror are by Vaughan, the fixtures and vanity hardware are from Kohler, and the hand towels in both spaces are from Weezies.
The living room designed by fellow showhouse decorators Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler inspired the look of the adjoining bar room, which features a custom aluminum paint on the bar, stone from ABC Stone, Nanz hardware, vintage barstools from Wyeth, and SilverLining-designed cabinetry. “We sought to create a space that blends traditional Hamptons style with a modern flair and exciting finishes,” says designer Josh Wiener. Artisan Miriam Ellner’s verre églomisé backdrop, Hoku Waves in Silvers and Blues, was installed by Westhampton Architectural Glass.
Lit by fixtures from Vaughan, the second-floor gallery features a variety of canvases by artist Leila Pinto, which are also seen elsewhere throughout the house. A Sherwin-Williams paint serves as a neutral backdrop. Ocean-inspired works from her “Hamptons” and “Climate Change” series predominate, as Pinto is “particularly drawn to the tranquility of the ocean and the vastness of the open sea. Since this is an older house, some of my brighter works infuse warmth and energy into the space.”
Bedroom and Bath
Inspired by “old-world charm and the grandeur of time gone by,” interior designer Shaunali Nanda of Sloane Luxury Interiors and Sloane by Hand custom-stitched the pelmets, blinds, and cushions in the bedroom and accessorized both this space and the adjoining bath with pieces by artisans from Kashmir, New Delhi, and Rajasthan. The bedroom features a ceiling light fixture from Vaughan.