This year’s Hampton Designer Show House seems like its made for a huge extended family that entertains lots of guests. There are so many comfortable, inviting sitting areas that, say, you had a book in one hand and a drink in the other, it would be difficult to decide where to sit down. My first choice, after some consideration, is the covered porch, decorated in hot pink and red, by Anne Tarasoff Interiors.
Seen from the outside, it was even more inviting, withe the curtains blowing in the breeze. And I’m partial to decorating with New Yorker cover art from The Cartoon Bank.
The pool looks delicious. The pool surround was designed by India Hicks, with furniture and accessories sourced only from Frontgate, a catalog and online resource.
The lines of the pool are reflected in the architecture of the pool house terrace, designed by Caleb Anderson.
The pool house, designed by Bakes and Kropp, is the space most visitors seem to want to move right into. With comfy furniture, a kitchenette, and ample storage space, it’s all a single person might need for a happy summer at the beach.
Mr. Anderson created a white garden, hanging from the pergola.
There is a different kind of plant environment on the space called the rear landing, designed by Allison Hennessy.
Back inside the house, the kitchen is where most visitors seem to gather. Chris Ciuffo, son of the owner of Ciuffo Cabinetry—a fourth-generation Long Island company—takes the time to demonstrate and explain all the details, including the materials, finishes—three coats of Italian lacquer on the cabinets—appliances, and hardware. Ciuffo Cabinetry is also responsible for the laundry room and all cabinetry in the house’s eight bathrooms and numerous closets.
The dining room, which is set for a dinner party 24 at three square tables, decorated by Mecox Design Services, features a provocative piece of beach/pool artwork.
It’s unlike me to like something feminine and a little fussy. But my favorite upstairs space is this charming bedroom by Gil Walsh. Deemed “a tribute to Betty Sherrill,” this room with its yellow walls and multiplicity of patterns and trims, seems a perfect spot for everyone from a pre-teenage girl to a grandma.
And on the lower level, near the game room, theater and rec room, a taste of the future of art: an ever-changing electronic painting.
The 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse is open every day from 11 am to 5 pm through Monday, September 1 at 408 Pauls Lane, Bridgehampton. Admission is $35, which benefits Southampton Hospital.