Hampton Designer Showhouse Serves as Creative Platform for 18th Year

Shannon Willey of Sea Green Designs decorated the foyer for the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton. Lori Hawkins photos

Given a blank canvas in the form of a newly constructed Bridgehampton estate, interior designers both local and from around the country have each been tasked with designing a room reflective of their individual work, the ultimate showcase of their design talents without restriction. The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its 18th year, serves as both a creative platform for designers and inspiration for enthusiasts ranging from industry pros to the general public. Hamptons-based designers Shannon Willey of Sea Green Designs and Barbara Page Glatt of Barbara Page Home share how their experiences in designing a foyer and breakfast nook, respectively, to showcase the best in design while supporting a worthy cause.

Though sometimes overlooked in design, the foyer is the first impression of the interior of a home. Willey’s vision was to create a space that evokes the sense of relaxation people often seek at the beach while making visitors feel welcome the moment they step foot inside.

“It’s amazing to have free reign over a space like this,” Willey shares of the three-story entryway in the home donated by Barsalin Building and Design. “Getting the opportunity to work with all three levels of the house because the stairwells are part of the foyer allowed me to create the atmosphere I had hoped for, using the subtle ombré painted finish on the wall to keep the open, airy feeling that transitions to a deeper grounded mood as you enter the lower level.”

Wise words and some design accents inside the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

Ethereal shades of blue against the crisp white backdrop offer a sense of calm, while modern beachy accessories add texture in the form of painted reefs, levels of glass vases with white hydrangeas and stones, and natural accents reminiscent of the shoreline.

Coastal interiors are Willey’s area of expertise. With her full-service interior design firm located in Southampton, she aims to gain a full understanding of how a client intends to use their home. Taking into consideration if they entertain often, have young children or pets, and if the home will be used year-round or seasonally, Willey approaches projects with an appreciation that each client is unique.

“Mainly, I design for the way a client wants to feel when they are in their home, keeping in mind key elements of their lifestyle,” Willey says. “I create an overall vision at the start so clients have clear expectations of the outcome. I’m also known for my coastal aesthetic and am always influenced by the environment. I focus on the use of sustainable materials whenever I can.”

Finding the experience of a blank canvas both fun and liberating, Page Glatt creates living environments that evoke the spirit and personality of its owners using a classic yet fresh and modern approach to design. The kitchen space has soaring ceilings and a wall of windows that created an open environment for her to design the kitchen and breakfast nook.

“I wanted the space to feel both approachable and comfortable, a happy place for family sit downs.  I used a navy and white color scheme, which is classic Hamptons, but made the room feel modern and approachable with a variety of tones and textures,” Page Glatt says. “The 10-foot island is topped in white honed marble. It’s gorgeous but needed some contrast to make the island really stand out. I flanked the island with chrome stools topped in navy and white print seat cushion and added three beautiful nickel pendant lights above for added sparkle. For me, great design is all about the mix – using color and texture to create unique, beautiful spaces.”

In the breakfast nook a white beaded, tiered chandelier serves a focal point over the vintage 1970s glass and Lucite dining table accent by navy s-shaped wicker chairs. Canary yellow stools add a happy pop of color in the space. “By layering complimentary textures and adding color the room really comes alive,” says  Page Glatt. “It has a fun, beachy vibe.”

A chandelier inside the designer showhouse.

Barbara Page Home, which is located in Southampton and Manhattan, also takes a similar approach to interior design in that creating a space that is both beautiful and functional for the client and their needs is the ultimate goal. The more information Page Glatt can obtain, the better she can meet these needs.

Page Glatt, Willey, and the other 21 designers had five weeks of installation before 8,000 square-foot home with seven bedrooms and seven full and one-half bathrooms was opened to the public according to Tony Manning, Showhouse Marketing Chairman and owner of Tony Manny Consulting, Inc. “We look at their work and their websites,” Manning says of how the designers are chosen. “We also invite designers who have participated in the past as well as local designers and new designers from across the nation. We like to have a good mix of styles so there is something for everyone who visits the Showhouse.”

This year, Honorary Showhouse Chairman, notable decorator Mario Buatta, is joined by design co-chairs Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton. As to what visitors can expect this year, Buatta says each year is just as unique as the one before. “It’s always exciting to visit the Hampton Designer Showhouse to see the innovative and new approach that young designers bring to the Showhouse,” he says.

Managed by 501(c)3 nonprofit Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation, Inc., event proceeds benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The Showhouse is located at 2148 Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton and is open to the public daily through Labor Day, Monday September 3. Admission is $40 per person. For more information, visit hamptondesignershowhouse.com.