Hidden Hamptons: Hampton Designer Showhouse

Double Designer Extravaganza 

Now in its 17th year, the Hampton Designer Showhouse is an East End tradition that allows a variety of top designers to fully express their creativity and invites the public to experience the dazzling results. As always, this ultimate design fantasy references its beautiful surroundings while showing off the latest in interior fashion. This year, for the first time, there will be two houses on view to make things even more exciting.

With proceeds going to Southampton Hospital, the Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, Inc. is a much- admired local institution that is led by a stellar trio of designers: Honorary Showhouse Chairman Mario Buatta along with Co- Chairmen Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton. This year, the two houses (provided by Paramount Custom Homes) are located at 78 and 82 Rosko Lane in The Fields, Southampton; both are updated versions of the classic Hampton home. Each house features two stories and a finished basement, with seven bedrooms, a master suite, a junior master suite, six baths, one half bath, a formal dining room, mudroom, attached two-car garage, and 20 x 40-foot gunite pool with a bluestone patio. With two separate abodes, visitors will see very different interpretations of the same areas, resulting in more variety than past years and some interesting juxtapositions. Of the 32 contributing designers, 20 have worked on past Showhouses.

According to Tony Manning, Showhouse Foundation marketing chairman, “The opportunity to do two homes for the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented itself and the Foundation found it very exciting! It’s something that has not been done before and we thought it would be fun and interesting for visitors. Of course, with two houses, there is a lot more for people to see.” The Showhouse’s usual audience—design enthusiasts and a sophisticated clientele interested in the latest interior design trends—should be delighted by the expansion.

One highlight of this year’s Showhouse is the family room at 82 Rosko Lane, designed by Norwalk, Connecticut-based Lillian August Furnishings + Design, a Hampton Showhouse veteran. The company’s senior designers Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerrone explored the current trend of vibrant colors, using a mix of greens against a neutral, organically textured background. Comfortable seating ensures a relaxed environment, where the designers envision people gathering for a post-pool cocktail.

At 78 Rosko, a bedroom designed by Ranelle Wolf of Long Island rm Wolf Interior Designs has a romantically peaceful ambience, intriguingly described by the designer as “a bedroom with a mission to ignite souls, likened to a candle to burn with its flame…My mission is to provide every soul a flame. I gave you the match; only you can light your own candle.” Another bedroom, by Rayman Boozer of NYC’s Apartment 48, was inspired by the 1950s-60s Amal Coast setting of the film The Talented Mr. Ripley and the lifestyle of its title character: a charming young man on permanent vacation.

Inspired visitors can take away their own piece of the Showhouse, as each home includes a boutique designed by Sandi Berman of Deluxe, a fixture on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in vintage furniture, accessories, and couture costume jewelry. These two “pop ups,” each featuring a different theme, house a collection curated especially for summer gifting, wearing, and home decorating. Each boutique purchase includes a donation to Showhouse beneficiary Southampton Hospital.

Photo Credit: Alan Berry Photography
All Photos From the 2016 Showhouse