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5 takeaways from the Hampton designer showhouse
Aug 2, 2017
Melissa Studach

A summer in the Hamptons isn’t complete without a visit to the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Presented by Traditional Home, the showhouse invited more than 30 of the industry’s top talents to make their mark within the space. The event, which is now in its 17th year, has become a go-to for spotting the latest trends in design. Take note of the lessons we learned at this year’s showing.

2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse
Photos courtesy Instagram/@lisamendedesign, @petalbypedal, @eddieross
Hampton Designer Showhouse

1. Peachy-orange is the new millennial pink.
It’s a juicy assertion—and your Instagram feed may disagree—but several showhouse designers are displaying the apricot hue as a fresh take for interiors. Guests’ faces perked up as they entered the master bedroom’s high-gloss vestibule, coated in a peachy number from Fine Paints of Europe and designed by Eddie Ross for The Mine. Charlotte-based designer Lisa Mende sourced checkered textiles from Perennials Fabrics in the shade to outfit the beach-inspired outdoor dining porch. Covered in a custom Glow hue of Brett Beldock's Ombre wallcovering, the walls of Brady Design’s dining room set a gradient mood.

2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse
Courtesy Instagram/@hunterdouglas, @jeanliudesign; Photo by Anastassios Mentis

2. Designers have a feel for the organic.
Earthy textures and airy, light-filled spaces command this year’s showhouse. Chicago designer Michael del Piero partnered with Hunter Douglas to style the bright, minimalist-driven dining room. Natural textures from Stanton Carpet ground the black wall paneling in Jean Liu’s edgy bunk room. And Melanie Roy, who partnered with Garnet Hill, created a fresh corner nook in the bedroom with the help of a bamboo swing chair and lush plant wall.

Hampton Designer Showhouse
Courtesy Instagram/@AListInteriors, @TraditionalHome, @rajnialexdesign
Hampton Designer Showhouse 2017

3. Gold isn't going anywhere.
Compile several of the showhouse’s most eye-catching spots, and you’ll notice they have one thing in common: They’re all dressed in gold. Metallic Monroe tables by Erinn Valencich emit a gilded sheen in the lounge designed by A-List Interiors. Designer Rajni Alex blends gold finishes, like that of the Gabrielle Scott chandelier, with velvets and lacquered casegoods in the showhouse’s oh-so chic closet. The agate-inspired wallpaper, handpainted by Caroline Lizarraga, comes to life thanks to the gold detailing. In the showhouse kitchen, gold trim sparks glamorous contrast against the dark hardwood customs by Ciuffo Cabinetry.

Hampton Designer Showhouse
Photos by Steven Stolman (left and right) and Anastassios Mentis

4. Wallpaper is a bathroom must.
CompileThe small quarters have become the ideal setting for pattern play. Antique china plates become three-dimensional art when hung over the Christian Lacroix for Osborne & Little wallpaper in the bathroom designed by Rayman Boozer for Apartment 48. The Brushstroke wallpaper by Judy Ross Textiles for Garnet Hill channels Pantone’s Color of the Year in the Melanie Roy–designed space. And Cathy Davin of Pittsburgh-based Davin Interiors draws the eye up by layering a Thibaut design on the ceiling.

Hampton Designer Showhouse
Courtesy Instagram/@mableyhandler and @seagreendesign.

5. Coastal vibes will always reign in the Hamptons.
No need to check the phone for a location. One step into these serene showhouse spaces, and you’ll know you’re in the Hamptons. Decorated with items from their latest collection with Kravet, the living room by designers Mabley Handler alludes to beachfront view. In the bedroom, Sea Green Designs created an airy retreat with subtle nods to the nautical, like the recycled-glass chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux.

Located at The Fields (78 and 82 Rosko Lane) in Southampton, New York, the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse is open daily for tours until September 4. All proceeds benefit Southampton Hospital.

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