Decorators Best Blog Post by Barbara Karpf
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 beautifully decorated Hamptons home!
After our visit, we spoke to a few of the talented designers who participated and got exclusive tips on how to recreate the looks at home. Read on for their advice!
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.
“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.”
Marlaina’s tip: “The chevron design in the glass front cabinets can be easily recreated as a DIY Saturday afternoon project. Using chevron walllpaper, 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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