Top interior design talent from the Hamptons and farther afield is on public display through Labor Day in Bridgehampton at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse brings in more than two dozen design firms annually to each take a room in a newly built house and demonstrate the great work they can do. Following a preview cocktail party, which will be held Saturday, July 19, the house will be open daily for six weeks, and hundreds of interior design aficionados will come through to get inspiration or find a designer who matches their taste.
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The event is also an opportunity for the home builder to show off. Located on Pauls Lane, this year’s showhouse is by Paramount Builders. Paramount’s interior designer, Greg McKenzie, who is customizing 11 Paramount houses being constructed throughout the Hamptons, is the 2014 showhouse’s design director.
McKenzie recalls that when Paramount was approached about providing the showhouse and the builder asked for his input, “I said, absolutely.” Not only is it great press for Paramount, he says, it is a great benefit for Southampton Hospital—the showhouse beneficiary since 2002.
McKenzie, of East Hampton, has participated in past show houses—and this year his firm, Greg McKenzie Design, did the library—but this is his first time as design director. He makes sure the rooms flow together, but he would never tell the individual designers what to do, he says. “That’s their creative freedom.”
Each bedroom, living area, bathroom and hallway is decorated with designers’ unique touches that demonstrate the range of today’s popular and emerging styles.
Among the designers participating in 2014, McKenzie says that are many newcomers to the showhouse. “The idea is really to bring in new talent,” he says.
Another partner of Paramount, Dan Silberman and his firm Mancaves, provided the theater, with the speakers hidden in the walls and behind the projection screen, and did all of the electrical work and Savant lighting control and home automation throughout the house.
Judy Hadlock and Sean Bruns, for Mecox Design Services in Southampton, designed the dining room, putting their mark on every detail, from the host and hostess chairs down to the napkin rings. Because Paramount puts the wine cellar right off the dining room when it builds houses, rather than relegating it to the basement, Hadlock and Bruns also designed the wine room.
Ciuffo Cabinetry makes its showhouse debut. The Long Island family business not only designed the entire kitchen, it also handled the master his and hers closets and partnered with Kerry Delrose of Delrose Design Group on the rec room.
Bakes and Kropp, of Manhattan and Southampton, has the entire pool house. Mabley Handler Interior Design, of Water Mill, designed a bedroom.
Mark Borghi Fine Art, of Bridgehampton, provided paintings, as did Mark Humphrey Gallery, of Southampton. Lucille Khornak Photography, of Bridgehampton, also contributed to the house. Eva B. Karsai decorated the second-floor hall with art, and Manhattan’s Henry & Co Design was responsible for the upper landing. Anne Tarasoff Interiors, of Manhasset, decorated the pool terrace and living room porch. Melanie Roy Design did the mudroom, and Fort Salonga’s Loria Design Group designed the lower-level lounge. Patrik Lönn Design, of Manhattan, did the great room and The Rinfret Group, also from the city, was responsible for the foyer.
Additional designers include Kate Singer Home, Southampton’s Old Town Crossing, Allison Hennessy Design, The Alpha Workshops, Caleb Anderson Design, Elsa R. Soyars Interiors, Gil Walsh Interiors, India Hicks, Katie Leede and Company, Lillian August Furnishings + Design, Phoebe Howard, and Tobi Fairley & Associates.
The 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse Gala Preview is Saturday, July 19, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $225 each and available at
The showhouse, at 408 Pauls Lane, Bridgehampton, will be open to the public Sunday, July 20, through Labor Day, September 1, seven days a week between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is $35, including the 2014 Showhouse Journal. No children under 6, strollers or pets are admitted.