Six noted designers and decorators who live or work on the South Fork have staged an unusual showhouse that will open this weekend as a benefit for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. They have taken over six rooms in the organization’s thrift shop, on the Montauk Highway in Sagaponack, and decorated them on intriguing themes. Grace Coddington, the creative director of Vogue, is the honorary chairwoman.
Unlike traditional showhouses, which are usually in mansion-size houses that are for sale, the third annual showhouse for ARF is in twin Dutch colonial-style buildings with small rooms. They will be filled with objects and furniture from the thrift shop, which will all be for sale rather than the house. The idea, Sarah McConnell, the event’s co-chairwoman and an interior designer herself, said, is that “there are endless opportunities for things that once seemed old.” The weekend will kick off with a cocktail party on Saturday and the rooms will open to the public on Sunday, remaining on view until Tuesday.
In a reference to the once-notorious house called Grey Gardens in East Hampton, Annie M. Napoliello has chosen “Little Edie’s Boudoir” as her theme. Ms. Napoliello’s work has been described as “high-end glam with tag-sale chic, boho-hippie with sleek modern edges.” Elizabeth Dow, who is known for hand-painted wall coverings and textiles and has a studio in Amagansett, is offering “50 Shades of . . . Grey.”
Preston Phillips of Bridgehampton, a well-known architect who enjoys interior design, is creating a room for a “Party for Two.” Barbara Ostrom, whose book about more traditional designer showhouses is due out next year, has created “A Writer’s Room.” Ms. Ostrom has frequently been seen on television design shows.
James Huniford, of the Huniford Design Studio, who has been cited as one of 10 top designers by Architectural Digest and has a Bridgehampton house, has titled his room “Sagaponack Serenity.” Finally, Ann and Susan Madonia, a mother-and-daughter team of the eponymous shop in Southampton, have settled on “A Quiet Summer Interlude.” All of the designers are reported to be animal lovers, and they are donating their time and expertise.
Almost 20 percent of ARF’s $2.4 million operating budget comes from the shop. Funds are also raised at its “Bow Wow Meow Ball,” which will be held on Aug. 17 this year, from a garden tour, set for June 15, as well as from individual and corporate donations. It receives no government assistance.
Lisa McCarthy, the president of the board, said the operating budget always has a shortfall, and she noted that ARF had had a 65-percent increase in the number of animals it accepted for adoption this year — with concomitant increases in food and medical costs.
Saturday’s cocktail party will begin with a $250 per-person preview hour at 5 p.m. Otherwise, the party costs $150 and will begin at 6. Wines from Channing Daughters and hors d’oeuvres by the Dancing Gourmet will be served.
The showhouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, with a $10 donation suggested. Children will be admitted free.