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Prepping for a Designer’s Show House!

Welcome back from your 4th of July holiday weekend!  I’m sure many of you were enjoying weekend visits to summer rentals.  I’ve just been invited to submit a room concept for the Mansions & Millionaires Designer Show House

 This year’s show house location is at Chestnut Manor in Upper Brookville, NY.  This is a North Shore Gold Coast mansion with a rich history reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.  Talk about a summer home!  

This  house is inhabited year round, yet I easily imagine summer extravaganzas with guests mingling in the formal dining room while enjoying the summer breeze gently blowing through French doors which open to the gracious patio.  Built in 1914, the original owners, C. Oliver Iselin and his wife, Hope Goddard, Iselin, were avid sailors.  They owned and sailed four Americas Cup yachts (Hope was the first woman to sail in an Americas Cup race), defending the Americas Cup three times.  They were known for their sailing, horsemanship and gardening.  The home was often the site of gracious entertainment.  The home still reflects this gold coast history, combined with more modern elements necessary for today’s lifestyles.

Pulling together a room as part of a Designer’s Show House is a wonderful opportunity, but it is also a lot of work.  I am currenlty focused on the design concept and gathering materials, furniture, fixtures and accent pieces from my favorite vendors.  I am intrigued by the history of this mansion and hope to reflect some elements of this history in my room. The Show House will be open from September 10 to October  30.  Stay tuned for more information about this fun, yet time consuming, project!