Color Reigns in Hospital’s Designer Showhouse

Grays and drabs have been replaced with deep pinks, greens, and many shades of blue
The covered porch at the house at 78 Rosko Lane in Southampton, also referred to as Linden, was designed by Lisa Mende with a pop of orange. Durell Godfrey

Not satisfied with one house, this year the Hampton Designer Showhouse, which benefits Southampton Hospital, will feature two next-door houses in a new subdivision to the west of Southampton Village.

The two layouts gave designers more flexibility in addressing the functions of different rooms. Instead of the endless interpretations of bedrooms that are often a feature of these presentations, there are multiple living areas, outside porches and terraces, dining rooms, lounges, and mudrooms to consider. 

Separated into the “Beachcomber” and “The Linden,” the houses don’t seem to have any overarching theme that is unique to each one. This year, however, the more than 30 designers seem particularly enamored of color in a way they have not been in recent years. There is still an engagement with natural and organic materials, but the grays and drabs have been replaced with deep pinks, greens, and many shades of blue.

Some of the designers and firms based on the East End include Brady Design, East End Home, English Country Home, Greg McKenzie, Old Town Crossing, East Hampton Gardens, MancAVes, Grayson De Vere, Sea Green Designs, Mabley Handler, and Wolf Interior Design.

The showhouses will open with a preview cocktail party on Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will run until Labor Day. Mario Buatta is the honorary Showhouse chairman. Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the honorary design co-chairmen.  The houses are located at 78 and 82 Rosko Lane. Regular hours for viewing will begin on Sunday and will run sevens days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Children 6 and under, infants, stroll­ers, and pets are not admitted in the showhouses. Admission is $40 and the cocktail party tickets are $225 each.