AN INSIDE LOOK INTO THE WORLD OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATING IN THE HAMPTONS
BY JENNIFER MABLEY AND AUSTIN HANDLER OF MABLEY HANDLER INTERIOR DESIGN

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hampton Designer Showhouse Opens

Tomorrow night is the opening
gala for the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Water Mill. The Showhouse, which benefits Southampton Hospital, features the work of approximately 30 interior designers, each designing a room of the house to their own
whim. This is an opportunity for designers to make their own creative statement, unencumbered by a client's direction or restriction, so naturally the results are eye-catching, often stunning, and occasionally beyond belief. We
participated in the Showhouse last year, and we were looking forward to returning this year as guests, without the pressure of designingand installing a room in what is always a very tight time frame!

The opening gala benefit is probably one of the biggest events of the summer in the Hamptons, and sadly we are not going to be here this weekend to attend. And that's not the only thing we're missing...There's also the New York Stem Cell Foundation's Architect & Designer Tag Sale, the James Beard Chef's & Champagne event, Rock the Farm, the Itzhak Perlman Music Program Concert Series, the Hamptons Pursuit Car Rallye to benefit The Retreat...and the Hamptons Magazine Clambake, at the Montauk Yacht Club, no less! This weekend is a veritable perfect storm of great events and benefits in the Hamptons, and we're missing them all!

But it's the Hampton Designer Showhouse opening gala that we will miss the most. Aside from the amazing rooms (and great people watching, of course!), we wanted to be the to support our friends in the industry, especially Carole Reed, Brian Brady, Jeff Lincoln, and Co-Chair Jamie Drake.

For those of you in the area, we hope you will get the chance to visit the Showhouse this summer. We had planned to preview the house this week and take photographs to include in this post...Unfortunately the timing did not work out, but rest assured, we will be there early next week to see the house and take photographs to share with you here soon. In the meantime, we have included some photos of the room we designed at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse last year. Enjoy the weekend!

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is located at 179 David's Lane in Water Mill, and is open from July 26th - September 6th, 11am - 5pm. Click here for more information.



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