2010 Hamptons Designer Showhouse in Sag Harbor, NY

I was in Southampton yesterday and I popped by the 2010 Hampton Designer Showhouse, sponsored by Traditional Home magazine and benefitting Southampton Hospital.  This year’s showhouse is located at 129 Stoney Hill Road in Sag Harbor, NY.  The 10,800 square foot home was built by Frank Bodenchak on 4.7 acres surrounded by 62 acres of private reserve.  I took a shortcut from Southampton because the traffic was bad and as I cut through the back roads, I felt like I had left the Hamptons and stepped into a Lord of the Rings or Hobbit movie set!  Here is a photo I took from my car en route:

I thought the trees might envelope me and it gave me a preview to the land reserve I was driving into.  Alas, after many windy turns through this densely forested area, I made it to the show house in tact with my notepad in hand.  The Stoney Hill Road home is currently on the market for $5.5 million and had a bit of a spec house feel, but I enjoyed perusing the rooms nonetheless.  It has seven large bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a two story foyer and living room area, a 36′ x 15′ library, a designer kitchen and breakfast room with a fireside living area.  The house has a huge second floor 1,750 sq foot master suite with private office/den, a sitting room, dressing room, fireplace, large balcony and an additional first floor master suite and separate studio apartment. The lower level had an amazing showcase caliber movie theater with seating for 12, game room, library, gym, sauna, wine cellar and room for a wet bar.    It also boasts 2,300 square feet of outdoor porches surrounding a 20′ x 46′ gunite pool, 8 person spa, water sunbed a two tier fire pit and space for a tennis court.

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The entry and living room were done by Patricia Healing and Dan Barsanti at HB Home.  They used furniture and goods from their store, Morgik Metal, NY Carpet and Phillip Jefferies…

I enjoyed the dining room, which was designed by Richard Keith Langham Inc.  Langham was trained in interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parson’s School of Design and The Study Center for the History of Fine and Decorative Arts in London.  He had an apprenticeship at Mark Hampton, Inc. and worked with Irvine and Fleming for eight years.  He started his own firm in 1990 and has worked with clients such as the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Mrs. William F. Buckley and actress Hillary Swank.  His work has been featured in just about every home decor magazine and I particularly liked his use of contrasting colors.    The dining room he designed, called “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” marked his fifth time participating in the Hampton’s Designer Showhouse.  He featured a stunning 19th century Indian cotton Agra carpet.  I am seeing a lot of designers pairing elegant wood tables, such as this Regency table, with painted chairs (in this case painted Neo-Georgian chairs dressed in spiffy pink leather).  I think the fabulous lantern hanging over the table came from Trans-Luxe Custom Lampshades in NYC.

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Wet bar with chicken wire.  (Photo copyright The Well Appointed House)

French doors opened from the two story foyer/living room area off to the backyard pool area.  I liked the pagoda inspired decorative trellis units and I saw Oscar de la Renta for Century labels on them (of course, I love his designs!).

The house has many side porches, perfect for lazy Sundays, and this one was designed by Annemarie diSalvo and Keith Mazzei at diSalvo Interiors.

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I was quite impressed with the playful outdoor shower area.  Shades of orange and pink dominate…and the bamboo border was fabulous!

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Additional patio lounging areas:

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The elegant kitchen was designed by Robert Bakes of Bakes and Company…everything was perfect.

The sunny breakfast area was done by Mary Foley and Michael Cox of Foley & Cox.  The duo both came from various divisions of Polo/Ralph Lauren where she worked in Creative Services and he in various home divisions.  Michael was the Design Director of furniture there and the pair formed Ralph Lauren Interiors together and founded their firm in 2002.  I found their use of suspended orchid plants to be incredibly creative.  They had one suspended from each window by clear fishing wire or some sort and it had a great effect.

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The Studio was designed by Lucas Studio, Inc, a boutique interior design firm in West Hollywood, CA started in 2005 by Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat.  Traditional Home magazine named Lucas Studio, Inc. one of the “Top 20 Young Design Firms to Watch” in 2009.

A guest suite in the showhouse was done by Franco Biscardi and Brian Brady of Brady Design, Inc.
The designers featured a nice mix of antique and new and I like the way the bright orange sofa contrasts the calming white effect of the rest of the room.  Are you noticing a lot of orange/tangerine in this showhouse?  You will see more…


The master suite was done by Diane Karmen and Skye Kirby of Lillian August in Norwalk, CT and featured items from their Lillian August for Hickory White collection.  According to their literature, the pair, “designed the space with the vision of an urban, sophisticated couple from New York City who weekends in Paris and summers in Sag Harbor.”

The bathroom was designed by Susanne Kelley of Bakes and Company.  I loved the fresh and open feel to the room and loved the accents she used.  Susanne opened waterworks in East Hampton in 1996 and she continues to design baths on the east end.  Her style ranges from traditional to modern…

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Beautiful and personal effects placed carefully on the vanity, all in the same cool silver tones with splashes of blue.  (Photo copyright The Well Appointed House)

Bedroom I was done by Irwin Weiner of Irwin Weiner Interiors.  It was an eclectic hodge-podge of various antiques, works of art and photographs.

Guest bedroom II was done by Jack Levy of Jack Levy Design.  Again here we see bright contrasting colors (this seemed to be a theme) of lavender and yellow.  I saw a lot of Philip Jeffries wallpapers at this show house and I really felt the influence of the 60’s and 70’s. 

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I enjoyed Arden Stephenson’s design of the third guest room.  I felt like I was in a guest bedroom at a beach retreat out of a Slim Aarons book with the punchy 1960’s golden yellows and turquoise blues.  She featured many products that you can buy right at The Well Appointed House.

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I am a fan of Lucille Khornak Photography and have enjoyed seeing her work in a few showhouses now.  I love the way she frames and arranges her colorful and energy infused photos.  These were in a hall off the master suite leading to the master bath.

The home theater system in the basement really took the cake.  Designed by Audio Command Systems, Inc. in conjunction with Barbara Ostrom, this home theatre was like nothing I have ever seen!  I really felt like I had been transported away from Sag Harbor and to a Coney Island theatre. They even had a doll sitting in a ticket book reminiscent of the fortune teller/magic wish machine in the movie BIG with Tom Hanks (a bit spooky).

The game room was designed by Bradley Stephens.  His concept for the game room was inspired by the refined sport of billiards and the exciting allure of a speakeasy.  A destination for smart cocktails and some friendly, good-natured competition.  If you look at the far end of the photo, you’ll see the shimmering navy walls, which come alive with Phillip Jeffries Ltd Lacquered Strie wallcovering, which created a glittering backdrop.  As I mentioned earlier, Phillip Jeffries was one of the winners of the show house…I saw his papers used in a number of areas.

I’ll end this blog entry with one of my favorite rooms  – the hollywood regency style pool lounge by Jennifer Madbley and Austin Handler of Mabley Handler Interior Design.  Again I saw orange!  Hermes watch out!  2011 is going to be the year of the tangerine…and again I see textured paper by Phillip Jeffries…

Rug by Madeline Weinrib….
I spy with my little eye….our Fairfield Coffee Table in Orangebuy it here

If you like the hues of orange and want some for yourself, check out our oversized 24″ x 24″ Dransfield & Ross Greek Key Pillows:

If you like what you see and want to see more, take a ride out to Sag Harbor!  Find some of the same products used by these top designers at The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks.  Enjoy!
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Melissa is the owner and founder of The Well Appointed House, a company that sells luxuries for the home, furniture, gifts, decorative accessories and is based in Greenwich, CT

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7 comments

  1. Karena

    Melissa, what can I say…a fabulous home love so much, too much to mention! Great photography!

    Be sure to enter the new giveaway on my site!

    Karena
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