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Exclusive Designer Tips from the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse

The fourteen annual Hampton Designer Showhouse couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

In the midst of a relentless New York City heat wave, we couldn’t wait to leave the crowded sidewalks to stretch our legs and feel a sea breeze. And, of course, to take in the sights of this year’s beautiful Hamptons interior design highlights!

After our visit, we spoke to a few of the talented Hamptons based designers who participated and got exclusive tips on how to recreate the looks at home. Read on for their advice!

Marlaina Teich Designs

Marlaina Teich used a gorgeous selection of intricate Beacon Hill fabrics in her bright, open kitchen, sticking with shades of blue to continue the nautical theme we saw throughout the home.

2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Marlaina Teich - photo by Jeff Cully of EEFAS

“I like to use my own kitchen as a place to experiment,” Marlaina told us. “It’s the perfect spot to try out new trends in color, wallpapers or to experiment with different vibes. Seriously neutral or fabulously fun, I like to layer color and pattern to create an inviting space.”

2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse kitchen designed by Marlaina Teich

Marlaina’s tip: “The chevron design in the glass front cabinets can be easily recreated as a DIY interior design project for a Saturday afternoon. Using chevron wallpaper, lay the pattern out centered on a piece of foam core, cut to the width and height of the cabinet space. Using a straight edge, trim the paper and use double tack mounting film to affix the wallpaper to the foam core. Climb up a step ladder and put the foam core in place. The best part: you can change this out for other patterns when you redecorate, the season’s change or the mood strikes!”

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