The 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home.
This Year’s Hampton showhouse is located at 408 Pauls Lane (south of the highway) in Bridgehampton. It takes the form off a traditional shingle style house indigenous to the area. Built by Paramount Homes of the Hamptons the details of this home’s construction and it’s finishes are what really stand out for me.
A dear friend from Philadelphia Cary Leskowitz was staying in the area so we joined blogging forces to visit the showhouse and get a visit in at the same time, these houses are always more fun with a friend who’s in the biz too so we can compare notes, figure out how they did that and of course answer the constant question “who makes that?”
I am a trim person, whether very sparse or extremely detailed. To me the trim of a home is what dictates what styles of decoration look best. Some trim is pushy while others are open and receptive to a myriad of tastes. The trim of this house is one of those special kids that opens itself to many tastes while enforcing a simple traditional vibe.
Foyer stairs above.
As soon as we entered the home we were marshalled to the space of Melanie Roy by Mary Lynch who runs the show at the show house. Melanie’s mudroom space feels real and family oriented. You can feel the energy of “family” Hamptons in this organized and warm space that mixes the practical and the luxury of fine art. Barry McGee surfboards rest in the corner.
The dining room above and below was a fun example of the options for dining and entertaining in such a generous space. Mecox Gardens design services used one large table that can break away to four separate tables of 8. I love the use of different chairs at each table. A nod to the causal elegance of summering in the Hamptons.
The powder room located adjacent a cloak room and between the foyer and dining room used two of my favourite things, grasscloth and shell mirrors. Also by Mecox.
The library below is on the opposite side of the house with an adjoining bathroom could also serve as a guest suite. Designed by Greg McKenzie Design it is an eclectic, curated space filled with layers of tasteful art and object.
Obligatory selfie when traveling with a fellow blogger and designer.
Orange pops and warm golds in the Living Room by Lillian August
And back to the trim and details of the home that make me so happy……
A casual yet elegant detail of the kitchen ceiling that gives warmth and interest while keeping things casual.
Simple door casings and hardware.
No awkward joins, just lovely simple continuous lines traveling up the stairs.
Apron on the ledge of the staircase to the mudroom from the basement.
I went crazy for this corner of the stairs. A beautiful triangle X3.
A panelled wall displaying art along the balcony overlooking the foyer which joins the master bedroom to the other bedrooms on the second floor holds a secret………
A door fitted to inset the panelling and continue the baseboard opens to reveal a lovely suite by Phoebe Howard.
A corner of the lovely and restful bedroom suite by Phoebe Howard.
Another of the decorative items that took my breath away were these fabulous family portraits lining the family bedroom hall by Lucille Khornak.
I love tapered spindles on a staircase and this house has beautiful tapered spindles!
Trim details in the fabulous kitchen overlooking the great room.
Cerused oak with polished chrome edges makes a dramatic entrance against simple white cabinetry. Ciuffo Cabinetry did an exceptional job of all of the home’s cabinetry and mill work.
Carrie and I managed to run into another terrific friend visiting from Florida. Michele Jennings Wiebe and I had dinner the night before at Tamara Matthews- Stephenson’s home but was a total surprise to run into at the show house!
Carrie photo bombs the quintessential Hampton’s style pool.
Last but not least I had to “measure” the baseboards on our way out the door. Those are big baseboards, perfectly in scale with the volume of this lovely home.
Be sure and catch the last weeks of the show house if you haven’t been yet. There’s still so much to see that I haven’t revealed…..
Open daily Monday- Sunday now until September 1st.
For more information visit the Showhouse website