From the east to west coasts and several cities in between, designers are donating their time and talents to a handful of show houses in the name of charity and good design. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming down the pipeline this fall.
Design Open House at Cedar Knolls, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, August 30 – October 20
This year's Design Open House at Cedar Knolls is located at the historic Frank Miller Gould estate, which was designed by Noel & Miller in 1929 and built the following year by railroad typhoon Jay Gould.
These 25 talented designers, landscapers and artisans have transformed the house from top to bottom: Artworks and Design, Cancos Tile & Stone, Claudia Dowling Interiors, Debbie Viola, Eileen Serwer Art and Design, Elizabeth Holmes Design, Gretchen Fuss Art & Interior Design, Jane Grucci, Jennifer Indence, Jennifer Karow, Jessica Belfiore, JLC Landscape & Tree Services, Karen Kalen, Kim Weiss Design, Lola Tucker Interiors by Rebecca Goodman, Mary Gray of Lightstorm Inc, North Shore Closets, Peter Charles Designs, Play Chic Interiors, Rachel Florez, Rosanne Lombardo Designs, Sons and Co Woodworking, Susan Disalvio and Willow Gardens.
Visitors must park at the Harbor Mist Restaurant in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, from there a limousine will drive to Cedar Knolls. The show house is open Thursday – Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and will also be open on Columbus Day. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors and students.
The show house will benefit Life's Worc, whose mission is to provide services that facilitate an independent and productive life experience for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism.
Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Designer's Showhouse, Chesapeake, Maryland, September 7 – 22
The Chesapeake Cancer Alliance hosts its annual show house and fundraising event supporting cancer patients in the community. The show house is located at the Rockfield Manor, built in 1921, which features "Prairie Style" architecture designed by Baltimore architect, Alfred Cookman Leach.
This year’s designers include Rebecca Johnson Interiors, Terry Varner of Decorating Den, Billie Smith of Distinctive Décor, Jim Ryan of Simply Grande, Sherry Miller of Rooms with a View, Janice Kaiser of Greenspring Nursery, Genevieve Britton of Painted Ladies, Elle Ellinghaus of elle designs, Alisha Piterra of Styled Interiors, Jan Christenson of Antiques by Design, Susan Sheridan and Paula Simons of Country Garden Center, Kim Little of Greenwood Interiors, Donna Harthausen of Details by Donna, Nancy Maher of Painted Garden, Marty Christenson of Unique Tile and Renovations, Steve Fornwalt of Simply Grand Events, The Carpenter’s Daughter and Mary Poughkeepsie.
The show house is located at 501 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD. It’s open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
Bi-coastal Showcase Houses: Titans of Business and the Best of Design, Port Washington, New York, and Beverly Hills, California, November 2 - 22
Design House International (DHI) will launch its first bi-coastal showcase house this fall in which interior designers are encouraged to engage their own "titan" clients or select a historic "titan" as inspiration for the design of their room.
On the East Coast, the show house will take place in the Hempstead House located at 127 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, New York. The designers who will be transforming the house include Christine Bauman of Christine Bauman Interiors, Liz Cordeiro of Liz Cordeiro Design, Nicholas Hertneck of Nicholas Lawrence Interior Design and many more.
On the West Coast, the show house will take place in the Greystone Mansion located at 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, California. The designers who will be transforming the house include Eric Brand of Eric Brand, Fernando Diaz of Fernando Diaz Interiors, Deniece Duscheone of S.K.I.N. Design Studio and many more.
The Showcase Houses will kick-off with an opening gala/masquerade ball on Thursday, October 30. They will then be open to the public every Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets to both Showcase Houses are available for purchase here. A portion of the proceeds generated by both homes will be donated to the Friends of Sands Point Preserve (Hempstead House) and Friends of Greystone (Greystone Mansion) for historic preservation.
Holiday House NYC, New York, New York, November 21 – December 18
One of the most anticipated show houses of the fall season is the annual Holiday House NYC in the Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street in New York City.
Sponsored by Traditional Home magazine, guests will be able to peruse rooms with themes embodying every holiday from Christmas to Halloween to Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
The show house will kick-off with an opening night gala on Wednesday, November 20, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. It will then be open to the public daily from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and will stay open late on Thursday nights until 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available online.
Proceeds from Holiday House NYC benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Stay tuned for the announcement of the designers.