Fine Design Inside and Out at Showhouse

Brian del Toro Inc. designed the living room. Durell Godfrey, photos

     The Hampton Designer Showhouse, which benefits Southampton Hospital, opened on Sunday at 990 Brick Kiln Road in Bridgehampton.

     The house features the inspiration of 30 interior designers who each take over a room in a traditional shingle home. Given the style of the house and Traditional Home magazine as a sponsor, the overall aesthetic is pretty safe, but still creative.

     In the kitchen, Robert Bakes has given custom oak cabinetry a subtle wash of white with the kind of finishing touches -- monumental handles and walnut trim on the shelves and drawer dividers -- that would raise the heart rate of any kitchen enthusiast.

     Barbara Page took inspiration from her daughter's transition to college for her upstairs bedroom. "I wanted to create a space that she would want to return to from her adventures." The well-traveled coed inspired Moroccan touches and other international elements of design in the room. Her wire tangle of a ceiling light should make anyone rethink bedroom lighting.

     Lighting took center stage in many rooms with a cocoon-like, bark-wrapped beacon in the basement at the entry to the media room, a giant orrery-like orb over the dining area of the kitchen, an "Alice in Wonderland"-inspired collection of off-kilter lanterns in the foyer, and a richly ornate chandelier, dripping with colored baubles in the formal dining room.

     This year's participants include Alan Court & Associates, the Alpha Workshops, Audio Command Systems Inc., Bakes and Company, Baltimore Design Group, Barbara Ostrom Associates, Barbara Page Home, Bradley Stephens, Stephens Design Group, Brady Design, Brian del Toro Inc., Bryant Keller Interiors, dale cohen designstudio, Dennis R. McAvena Inc., diSalvo Interiors, Hagins & Mortimer Design, Jack Levy Design LLC, Kim Murauskas for Frontgate , Kemble Interiors, Ken Gemes Interiors, Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design, Lillian August, Lowy Frame & Restoring Company, Lynne Scalo Design, Mark Humphrey Gallery, Michael Herold Design, Michael Mariotti Interior Design, Old Town Crossing, Patricia Fisher Design, Patrick Mele Design, Sherrill Canet Interiors, Varner Interior Design LLC, and Worth Interiors.

     The house is open seven days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Admission is $35.

More photos below and on Page Two...

Kemble Interiors was responsible for the master bedroom and its sitting area.
The formal dining room by Lillian August.
In this bedroom, Barbara Page channeled her college-age daughter to come up with a room she would want to come home to.
The family room, designed by Sherrill Canet Interiors, channels some Palm Beach fabulousness.
"The Keeping Room" with its orrery-style lamp was designed by Patricia Fisher Design.