From the outside, this year’s Hamptons Show House looks very much like so many of the $5 to $20 million properties for sale on the East End. There are the lawns, the pool, the tennis court, the decks set up for outdoor dining and lounging.
Inside, however, is a slightly different story. For me, this house is all about the details: the muted colors, black-and-cream contrasts, interesting textures, well-curated art and accessories, and use of natural materials. Unlike last year’s Showhouse, which seemed to be all about drinking, with cocktail setups in every space, this house is about relaxing in intimate spaces, to perhaps read a book, view a painting. Here are close-ups of some of my favorite spots to sit, contemplate, be inspired, or perhaps enjoy a game of backgammon or darts.
And where more color is used, especially in the hot coral sitting room by Dyfari Interiors and the hand-painted peony powder room by Steven Stolman, it’s a welcome blast among the neutrals.
And then there are the practical aspects to the house. The to-die-for kitchen, closets and bathrooms. And especially this laundry room. I mean, who wouldn’t want two washers and dryers? And another prime spot for your photography collection? (I hope the steam doesn’t ruin the emulsion on the photo paper.)
The 2016 Hampton Designer Showhouse, located on Noyak Path in Southampton, is open through September 5. The $35 admission fee benefits Southampton Hospital.