These Hampton Showhouse Interiors Celebrate Bold Pattern and Calming Coastal Style

dining room with orange ombre wall
Photo: John Bessler

More than 24 designers collaborated to create cohesive yet daring retreats in the 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse.

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Foyer Full of Pattern

multicolored mirror above black console table

Grab your sunblock! The third stop on Traditional Home's annual showhouse tour takes us to Southampton, New York, for our most recent Hampton Designer Showhouse, benefiting Southampton Hospital. In a special twist, the 17th edition of the showhouse spans two new-builds next door to each other. More than 24 designers collaborated to create cohesive yet daring retreats perfect for long weekends with friends and family. Come explore these bold beach homes.

A multicolored mirror hangs above a cerused black console table from R.E. Steel Antiques in the foyer by Greg McKenzie.

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Relaxing Entryway

foyer with elephant ears

"I wanted the foyer to communicate a sophistication while embracing the clean architecture of the relaxed home," Greg McKenzie says. An oval mirror with colored glass fragments reflects the light-filled entrance. A stately round pedestal table formed from concrete is ornamented with a glass cylinder vase full of large green elephant ears. Rush weaving on a basket, a tufted velvet ottoman, and an antique cerused-oak table in a black finish add textural drama.

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Glamorous Powder Room

powder room with black and white walls
Werner Straube

McKenzie's powder room exudes glamour. A black-and-white wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries, an antique mirror from Mecox Gardens, and faceted legs in a polished chrome finish on the console sink lend to the appeal.

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Colorful and Elegant Decor

family room with blue chairs
Werner Straube

Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerrone of Lillian August Furnishings + Design didn't shy away from color in this gathering area. "Because the space leads to the pool and covered porch, we envisioned it as a place to hang out with friends," Galasso says. "It feels inviting, boho-chic, and fun." The patterned Manuel Canovas window panel fabric jump-started the duo's design. Complementing textiles are punctuated with texture; note the metallic cork wallcovering, woven stool, and oversize Balinese basket. The sofa, sumptuous chairs, and coffee tables with clamshell tops and cast-stone bases are all available through Lillian August. A dazzling "Light Drop" chandelier by Studio Bel Vetro caps the elegant assembly.

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Classic Entry Hall

black console table with gold mirror and lamps

This bright entrance hall by Ken Gemes is unquestionably classy. Donning a subtle blue-and-white scheme, the airy space with beautiful architecture (see the panels and pretty moldings) welcomes guests.

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Defining the Space

stairway with white table and bench

"It became a study of colors of the sea and different art that defined the space," he says. Ming-style garden stools flank Highland House's white table with brass feet. A tufted bench with upholstery reminiscent of water can be easily pulled up. The clean-lined chandelier from Circa Lighting draws eyes above. Geometric stairwell carpet is by Stanton.

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Beautiful in Blue

powder room with blue color palette
John Bessler

The color palette from the foyer carries into the powder room also designed by Gemes. A beautiful Nina Campbell wallcovering wraps the space in blue.

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Simple and Sleek Design

minimalist dining room with french settee
Werner Straube

"This room is meant to express the notion that minimalism does not always imply simplicity," Michael Del Piero says. Nubby materials counter sleek surfaces and a crisp white palette. An antique French settee joins a round ottoman and custom "draped" chairs to offer flexible seating for a variety of gatherings. Motorized shades from Hunter Douglas let the host adjust the room's brightness without leaving the table. In the evening, light reflects off the sculptural hanging pendant.

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Naturally Calm

family room with blue sofas and club chairs
John Bessler

Another calm palette emerges in the family room by Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler. "We wanted to create a room that had our signature Hamptons style, balancing natural colors and organic finishes," Handler says. Their "Flying Point" club chairs, an updated take on the wingback chair, are the designers' favorite piece from their furniture collection with Kravet. A wood-grain-print wallcovering wraps the ceiling while nailhead-encrusted pillows decorate the sofas, upholstered in soft blue fabric.

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Seaside Dining

dining room with flowers

Cerused-oak pieces from the designers' Mabley Handler furniture collection for Kravet evoke a driftwood aura perfect for the seaside.

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Old-World Kitchen

kitchen with high gloss cabinets and stainless steal hood

"Industrial, English, and Hamptons" are the words Gary Ciuffo uses to describe this kitchen. Wire-brushed European rift-cut white oak, architectural metals, and exposed fasteners bring the room to life. "The metal strapping reinforces old-world joinery techniques," Ciuffo says. The designer selected Crossville's Basalt collection for the backsplash and Dekton by Cosentino "Vegha" countertops for a unified look. White high-gloss cabinetry, a stainless-steel hood, and polished-nickel pendants from Circa Lighting complete the space.

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The Perfect Blend

kitchen with dark island and ceiling

Dark and light artfully blend in this kitchen by Gary Ciuffo. "I was inspired by Italian design," says Ciuffo. "I wanted to bring that European-modern flair into a Hamptons kitchen." Appliances are from Sub-Zero/Wolf.

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Warm and Sunny

dining room with orange ombre wall
John Bessler

An orange ombré wallcovering by Brett Design radiates in the dynamic dining room designed by Brian Brady and Franco Biscardi. "The concept was that you are sitting outside in a field full of wildflowers watching the sunset," Brady says. Natural linen draperies let sunlight stream through while vintage leather chairs join teakwood-and-rope seats at the spacious table. Lush flower assortments recall the view beyond the windows. A minibar beckons in the far corner. The green striped rug alludes to grassy alfresco spaces, and a custom light fixture illuminates like stars overhead.

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Small But Efficient Laundry Room

laundry room with blue cabinets
John Bessler

Greg McKenzie maximized the small laundry room to create a pretty and efficient space. Natural light filters in through the window and dances around on blue lacquered cabinetry. Dual Electrolux washers and dryers can handle the weekend crowd.

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Bold Bedroom

teal desk and tufted sofa

The statement maker in this room by Matthew Frederick is the custom teal secretary with yellow interior by Browne & Moore. "It's a modern take on a classic Biedermeier design and is updated for the way people live and work today," Frederick says. The bold space boasts an appreciation for art and a good cocktail and includes a tufted chenille sofa for catnaps. A klismos-inspired desk chair with brass detailing provides a perch for work time. An aged-copper pendant speaks to the salt-air's effect on the mineral.

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Artfully Decorated

contemporary wall sculptures and horse statue

Contemporary wall sculptures by artist Kazumi Yoshida pair with a vintage horse statue.

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Feminine Bedroom

bedroom with canopy bed

Ranelle Wolf let "the divine feminine" serve as the inspiration for her pretty bedroom. A woven metallic wallcovering from York wraps the room in texture and subtle color. A canopy bed features a floral headboard and a dotted print on wispy, ivory bed curtains.

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Nature-Inspired Bedroom

wire shelf with linens and mirror
Werner Straube

The nature-driven bedroom by Melanie Roy for Garnet Hill exudes comfort. "It's an inviting space to relax and recharge," Roy says.

A rope mirror and a metal cubby system are both from Garnet Hill.

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Earthy Patterns and Textures

bedroom with green bench and ceramic tiles
Werner Straube

The upholstered bed with nailhead trim and small sheepskin pillows are from Garnet Hill. Verdant hues appear on the bench and coordinating ceramic tiles above the bed. A patterned rug and woven wall pendants amp up the earthy texture.

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Breezy Primary Bedroom

master bedroom with linen covered ceiling
John Bessler

The primary bedroom by Keith Baltimore is the epitome of dreamy. "Notice the sensation of breezy coziness created by the linen tented canopy; it's echoed in the informal aesthetic of the cool and clean environment," he says. By covering the ceiling, Baltimore was able to draw attention away from the fact that the king-size bed is wider than the space between the windows.

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Neutral Foundation

bedroom with neutral palette and sculpture

A neutral palette grounded by a sisal rug from Stanton serves as a foundation for Frette bedding and layered antiques. Motorized power shades from Hunter Douglas join embroidered Brunschwig & Fils fabric on the windows. "It's a private oasis of calm," Baltimore says.

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Chic Black Primary Bath

master bath with monogrammed towels

Kim Radovich didn't want to do the expected in the primary bath. "That's why I chose black for the walls," she says. "It offered a more urban-chic take on the space." Thibaut's "Yuma" wallcovering in an alligator-skin motif pairs perfectly with the patterned Roman shade fabric and graphic floor tiles. A mobile hides unsightly air vents while adding whimsy. Kohler's freestanding soaking tub augments the serene atmosphere. A double vanity by Ciuffo Cabinetry with ebonized wood and stainless-steel frame affords plenty of storage. The monogrammed towels are from Garnet Hill.

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Bubbly Hues

feather wallpaper and gold shelves
Werner Straube

Dubbed "Sand Goes Glam," the junior primary bedroom by Sean MFK Bruns flaunts shimmery flair in champagne tones. "We envisioned a room where the husband or wife could be working at the desk as the other lounges on the sofa enjoying music and cocktails," Bruns says.

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Elevated Accessories

seating area with sandy rug and skull

An original Knoll coffee table rests atop a handmade rug in a sandy hue. Accessories and books conjure a worldly aura while a shapely brass étagère, sparkling drapery sheers, and a chandelier with Murano-glass leaves elevate the opulence.

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An Ideal Retreat

bedroom with muted tones and chandelier

The bedroom by Christine Gentile offers a hospitable retreat from a hectic lifestyle. "The inspiration began with the extraordinary grass-cloth wallcovering in a green damask pattern," Gentile says. The muted respite includes a complementary custom bed frame, a creamy leather chair, and white linen ottomans. Luxury is suspended from the ceiling in the form of a seeded-glass chandelier. The lamp with quartz base is available through Circa Lighting. Fine European linens and delicate trims strung with shells and glass beads incorporate extra feminine details.

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Happy and Sophisticated

bedroom with fireplace and painting

Mixing pro Eddie Ross made sure the eye-catching primary bedroom he designed for Lowe's wasn't too overwhelming. "A neutral space was key to layering in the colors and patterns, allowing the eye to rest before you go on to the next," Ross says. To reflect light and avoid weighing down the room with too much color, the designer had the walls painted in high-gloss white. An array of happy hues and prints appears throughout the suite (see the teal velvet bench and the armchair with pink upholstery by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair). The coral table skirt fabric is from Thibaut. Ross' "sophisticated kaleidoscope of color" appears on the old-style canopy bed with carved bamboo frame. The portrait above the fireplace reminds the designer of Jackie O.

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Bright and Summery Bath

bathroom with two sinks and red curtains
Werner Straube

"Invigorating and energetic but still spa-like" perfectly sums up this luxurious bath by Catherine Davin. "We used clean albeit bright colors to build a summery Hamptons vibe," Davin says.

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Colorful Accents

bathroom with floating tub and chandelier

A floating tub is accessorized with an antique folding stool, white resin orbs, and a mirrored-glass side table. The Sputnik chandelier with acrylic tips is by Circa Lighting.

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Modern Jewel Tones

jewel tone bedroom with green velvet daybed
John Bessler

Rajni Alex pictured this jewel-tone bedroom belonging to "a young woman who understands the refinements of a modern sensibility, yet still has a rebellious streak." The blue wall in an agate motif tinged with gold was hand-painted by Caroline Lizarraga. A CR Laine daybed upholstered in green velvet is punctuated with a contrasting cushion and lavish pillows. The lacquered built-in with brass inlay opens to reveal a rich orange interior and a lot of storage. Hand-embroidered draperies enhance the eclectic air. A vintage rug, sculptural side table, and acrylic-spiked mirror button up the bold escape.

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A Place to Get Away

bedroom with blue chandelier

The coastal surroundings stimulated Shannon Willey's retreat study. "I wanted to capture elements of the land and sea found in the Hamptons," Willey says. The designer turned to texture to add warmth and dimension to the space (note the handcrafted wall art and geometric "Sea Glass" rug from Stanton).

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Bedroom Retreat and Study

indian bed with upholstered stools

The Indian bed feels like a hammock, providing a snug place to read or reflect. Rest your feet on the upholstered stools or use them as bunching tables. Pops of blue reference the nearby ocean. A chandelier with glass beads dangles above.

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Lounging in Luxury

couch with gold tables

Inspired by France (its cities, countryside, and seaside), Anelle Gandelman and Ariella Duker didn't skimp on glamour when it came to the lounge. "The result was a space that felt casual enough for friends to gather after the beach, but also functional enough to host a larger cocktail party," Gandelman says. Antiqued mirrors and a gilt sconce, both discovered at Brimfield Antique Flea Markets, ornament Thibaut's wallcovering, which simulates natural stone. A linen channel-tufted sofa sits pretty with pale pink pillows. A trio of brushed-brass tables rounds out the posh sanctuary. "It's St. Barts meets Southampton," Duker says.

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Gallery-Like Lounge

seating area with pink chair and large paintings

A bird motif wallpaper from Thibaut adorns the walls of the chic lounge by Kathryn Hunt. A sculptural pink chair pops in front of a pink painting. Botanical prints and large abstract paintings create a gallery-like feel.

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Nautical Bunk Room

black shiplap walls and bunk beds

Clad in black shiplap and overflowing with nautical touches, the bunk bedroom by Jean Liu begs for beachgoers. "We decided to showcase how to maximize a sleeping area in a relatively small space," Liu says. The Roman shade and armchair fabric are from the Frank Lloyd Wright collection for Schumacher. Books, a soccer ball, and an Etch A Sketch ensure the room is kid-friendly. A vintage surfboard adds a bit of cool to the back corner. Other oceanside touches include a woven pendant shade and a porthole-like sconce by Circa Lighting. "The shade reminded me of a sailcloth, with its rope mimicking the sailing lines of a boat," the designer says. Stanton's sisal rug adds softness underfoot.

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Perfect in Purple

purple walls and jewel tone desk with chandelier
John Bessler

Rachel Florez of Vintage Interior Design turned this bedroom into a woman's study that is a dream in purple. A custom jewel tone desk anchors the space while a Lladro chandelier dazzles overhead.

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Ready to Entertain

playroom with blue walls and white couch
Werner Straube

The playroom by Julia Grayson revisits the beloved blue-and-white scheme. A soft landing area (see the artsy armchairs and spacious sectional with lots of pillows) is equipped for entertaining groups. Pierced side tables can be easily moved, bringing flexibility to the sitting area. Thibaut's indigo wallcovering conjures a moody aura while a large lacquered coffee table rests atop a patterned teal rug.

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Serving All Ages

blue cabinets with glassware
Werner Straube

Blue cabinetry in the wet bar continues the playroom's color scheme. "My intention was for the space to be able to serve all ages at any time of the day," Grayson says.

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Smart Pops of Color

playroom with white walls and neutral furniture

White walls and neutral furnishings allow art to shine in the playroom by Chris Mead for English Country Home. An orange armchair, vintage globe lamp, and framed artwork provide pops of color in the otherwise quiet space.

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Reading Room

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John Bessler

Slipcovered chairs pull up to a French oak dining table where acrylic book holders allow curiosities to be explored.

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