Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My Hampton Designer Showhouse tour ...

I finally made it to the showhouse yesterday...A couple of days late, but I made it!!! As you already know, I was hoping to make it out there with my hubby this weekend, but he was called on to do a last minute event and he had to work. I just need to mention that he made the bar for JLo's 4oth birthday bash...Black, tufted with chandeliers inside of it...So fabulous!

Anyway, back to the showhouse...My wonderful and beautiful friend Violet was gracious enough to accept my invitation and I couldn't have had a better time. I had great company; I met a bunch of wonderful people; the house was stunning and the rooms were inspiring. As a designer I love to attend showhouses, because they remind me of why I love interior design so much. I truly feel such joy when I see each and every space. Every designer had their own vision and they did a great job executing it. I have my favorites, but I can certainly appreciate every design.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is presented by Traditional Home to benefit the Southhampton Hospital and was built by Farrell Building Co.
Ok, Ok...I know you're dying to get to the good stuff! I have lots of pictures for you to pine over. Nothing like the real thing, but I'm sure you're going to love it as much as I did...Enjoy!

The dining room was designed by Marshall Watson Interiors. The light fixtures were very interesting and innovative. The wall stencil and the ceiling detail was carefully addressed and the chair covers were even customized with guest names...I loved the upholstery of the settee too...Nice dinner party..Hmmm, maybe I'm overdue!

The Butler's Pantry and Powder Room were designed by Katie Ridder, presenting her collection of hand-printed wallpaper for Holland & Sherry. I knew right away that it was Katie's signature paper...beautiful!

Brad Ford ID...If you must know, this is one of my favorite rooms. Monochromatic at its best..the room was loaded with creativity, form, texture and light. A perfectly cohesive design...and who wouldn't love the idea of sofas suspended from the ceiling?

This is me! So happy..

This wall sculpture got a lot of attention. The cones felt like plaster, although I'm not absolutely sure. There were hundreds of these cones in alternating sized, with twine threaded through them, also suspended from the ceiling. The result was genius!

A closer view of Brad's creation..

This enormous kitchen, at least to my standards, was designed by Rinfret Interiors. The light just flooded into this space everywhere...White marble counter tops throughout, two porcelain farmhouse sinks, two refrigerators, gorgeous wood floors and country chic with a little whimsy all over the place. This kitchen was full of charm and all the amenities a perfect kitchen needs.

Here is my beautiful friend, Violet...so happy, just like me! She was in love with these chairs.

The living room, another one of my favorite spaces, was designed by Robert Stilin...I was so wrapped up in this gorgeous room and observing every detail, that I forgot to take pictures! This is the only picture I shot...I was sitting in the most comfortable metal and twine chair from across the way and this is all I have to show you...Well, take my word for it, the room was full of pristine mid century pieces with custom upholstery and breathtaking art. It felt warm, comfortable and very livable.

The Master Sitting Room was designed by Hamilton Design Associates. I really like that this designer was able to take a risk by combining contrasting patterns and vibrant colors into such a small space perfectly. It was very charming and comfortable and seemed to take me back in time...just lovely!

Bedroom VI was designed by Nathan Egan Interiors. This dynamic design team always knows just how to incorporate an eclectic mix of art and furnishing into their designs...Such the risk takers...I just couldn't help but spend the most time in this room because there was so much to enjoy. Color, art and originality!

The junior master suite was designed by Bradley Thiergartner Interiors. This room had so many interesting elements. Their design was tailored and traditional with a twist. It seemed that no matter which view of the room I took, it was like a perfectly designed vignette. Interesting antique pieces and carefully selected groupings everywhere. I really appreciated this room because of the attention to detail...I did find the art work over the bed a little disturbing though. I wouldn't want that to be the last thing is see in the evening and the first thing I see in the morning..

The master bathroom, designed by Brady Design was super spacious and just gorgeous! I loved every element about it. The color palette was soothing with the perfect geometric wallpaper and pops of color and texture. The space had a modern and glamorous feel. I especially loved the soaker tub and the murano glass chandelier, not to mention the biggest rain shower you have ever seen! Pure luxury...

The dressing room, designed by Kat Burki featured striae pale green walls, a mix of antique and contemporary pieces, and this fab cow hide rug, which I think is a Kyle Bunting rug. I had a custom rug designed from Kyle for the Hamptons Cottages and Gardens showhouse project I worked on last year while at my previous firm...great choice!

Viva Las Vegas! This media room was designed by Joe Ginsberg for S.E.A.L Solutions, a tech lifestyles company. Just one remote control for every feature in this room. Surround sound, color kinetics LED lighting, alarm system and the list could go on... This little box could even tell me the weather..Sensory overload right at the tips of your fingers...Who wouldn't want a private media room at home?

Hi...I'm in here...This gazabo, designed my Miguel Elias, was the filled with potted orchids from Dutch Petals and one of my favorite yellow fabrics from Quadrille! Very charming.

We've finally made it to the guest house designed by Lillian August. The concept for this poolhouse was based on a summer studio inhabited by an artistic couple. Tranquility is the best word I can think to describe this space. It felt very spacious, even though the scale of the furniture was pretty large. The art selection flowed perfectly and these floors were stunning! My personal favorite feature.....just the perfect ending to my designer showhouse experience.

I hope you've enjoyed a peak into the Hampton Designer Showhouse...The showhouse is open daily Monday - Sunday until September 6th, 11am to 5pm.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. You are so positively adorable, Mimi! It sounds like an amazing time. Isn't it nice to be reminded why you love being an interior designer? Sometimes you see amazing furnishings, textiles and settings and you realize: my role in life is to create beautiful things for people. And get PAID for it. How fabulous is that?!

  2. Oh Mimi,
    What great pictures... I bet that you had a wonderful time...I love the first one with you in it.......lovely fireplace and gorgeous wall lights. XXXX

  3. mimi!! i love it. i can't decide what i love best: the katie ridder wallpaper, the hanging sofas, the windsor smith fabric chairs in the guest house, nathan's room, the awesome china seas fabric in the gazedo or the wallpapaer in the master sitting room...how lucky are you to be able to go to this! thanks for sharing.

  4. It's gorgeous! I could so live in that guest house.

  5. I adore the green wallpaper in the master sitting room! Great pictures!

  6. such inspiring vignettes! i wish I could have been there with u to share the ooooohs & aaaaaahs! :)

  7. Mimi,
    It looks like such a relaxing happy day that you & Violet shared!!! I loved the master sitting room wallpaper & drapery fabric but the rest of the fabrics were just a bit too much for me. My moms nuts for the kitchen but me...I'll live in the guest house...permanently.
    Good luck with the hunt & kudos to the better half landing at JLo's. She better tip well....

  8. Oh I am so glad that you got to go! What a fun day...very jealous :) We do not have show houses in Australia like you do over there. The few charity one's we do get are not done by designers - more like catalog show rooms...nothing inspirational like this. I would be very happy with the guest house. You look fabulous sitting amongst the Quadrille fabric. I have been out of action a little this week - had to get my wisdom tooth out. Ax

  9. Ohhh it looks like so much fun!! Love those first lamps!x

  10. Thanks so much for sharing all these lovely spaces. Hamilton, Nathan & Bradley are my favorites. So much to look at & so fun! Great blog :D deb

  11. There's a lot of beautiful rooms, but no cohesiveness imo. What did you think about the house? The master sitting room was kinda cool, and I really loved the gazebo! I just got the C.Kemble book and it looks great! I'm having huge problems deciding on the art nouveau art, so if you have an opinion, don't hesitate to share it with me! :D

  12. Been to see Kellie at ada & darcy so followed her link she left, thank you so much for these gorgeous picks my mouth it still on the floor I so love the kitchen, the guest house looked so cosy & that little gazebo would be great to sit & get inspiration a place you could go to every day absolutly amazing. Elaine :)

  13. Great photos- what a fabulous day! Happy to have found your blog- from ada & darcy. BTW- love the wallpaper you did in your entry on another post! One of my favourites!

    Michelle Zuniga

  14. I want to thank everyone for your wonderful comments. Seems like the Guest house and the sitting room got the most votes! I could live in that guest house too...the pool was literally ten steps from the front door..not to shabby.

    All the best,

  15. Great photos Mimi - the rooms by Kat Burki, Brady Design, and Brad Ford were by far my favorites!!

  16. wow those brads creation are really something..very nice i like it..uniquely thought out.i can hang those in some part of the atlanta datacenter building.