by Marisa Marcantonio

Photos courtesy of The Hampton Designer Showhouse

Summer showhouses and garden tours are a chance to capture the esprit of warm weather living. Gardens are at their peak and entertaining at home often goes into overdrive. Bearing this in mind, it's always nice to pick up a few tips and tricks from the experts. 

This year's 12th annual Hampton's Showhouse line up has just been announced, and I am eager to see their interpretations of idyllic resort living come to life. Presented by Traditional Home, Mario Buatta is the Honorary Showhouse Chairman, while Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Design Co-chairs. Benefiting Southampton Hospital, the house, located in Water Mill, opens Sunday, July 22nd and runs till Monday, September 3rd. With no further adieu, here is the list:

The 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse Participants

Audio Command Systems Inc.

Bakes and Company

Dyfari Interiors, LLC

Greg Mckenzie Design

House of Honey

Jeff Lincoln Interiors, Inc.

Jennifer McConnell

Kate Singer Home

Katie Leede and Company

Lee Najman Designs

The Lee W. Robinson Company

Libby Interiors Inc.

Lillian August

Lucille Khornak Photography

Mabley Handler Interior Design

Mark Humphrey Gallery

Mercedes Courland Design, Inc

Old Town Crossing

Patrik Lönn Design Inc.

Robert Passal Interior & Architectural Design

Stephen Mooney Interiors

Tammy Connor Interior Design

Tara Seawright, Inc./interior design

Timothy Brown Studio


by Marisa Marcantonio

Bunny is back and has she been busy! Beeline Home, her furniture and accessories line is making it's High Point debut, AND her new book, Scrapbook for Living is out. Her entire collection will be on view at The Wesley Hall showroom, 310 North Hamilton. Beeline was launched out of Bunny William's New York office to retail stores in 2009. Now, Collection II boasts 45 new introductions of sofas, chairs, small tables, mirrors, lighting and additional accessories, and is available to a wide audience of buyers and designers. If you are at market, pop in for a visit and tell them Marisa at Stylebeat sent you. Take a peek here at some fab new additions.

Every High Point Furniture showroom should take a page out of Bunny's book. Seeing fully styled, easy to relate to, richly layered spaces makes them oh so appealing and easier for buyers to imagine in their stores.

Combining light and dark finishes, this room has a dynamic feel. Don't be afraid to mix things up, having the same finish throughout is boring.

Mirrors open up a space and add reflective surfaces.

The rich upholstery color palette provides inspiring design tips and shows buyers how to work with color. A little glimmer and gleam from a gilded mirror frame adds a touch of glamour.

A cozy reading nook makes a room comfortable. Accessory placement and fresh flowers are key, they bring a room to life. Think of them as beautifying essentials, not afterthoughts.

The glamorous Zeigfeld Mirror inspired by Venetian heritage and craftsmanship

The Star chair with classic lines

The triangular Porter's Drinks table in black lacquer with cut out sides

Photos courtesy of Bunny Williams
John's Sofa with a deep seat and nail head trim