Designer showhouses are charity events. They give interior designers the opportunity to share some of the amazing work they create with the public. The opportunity to participate can help raise awareness and network the designer within the community at large. And a single great showing has the possibility of boosting their careers. If I am honest though these aren’t my concerns. What I really enjoy is seeing the creativity each designer brings to the table. I love evaluating whether they did a great job of integrating their ideas with the existing architecture.
So each year, I search and select which designer showhouses I can attend. I want to get them on my schedule as soon as I can. I’ve found that the sooner I get a location on the schedule the more likely I will actually get there. The truth is each location becomes a new adventure for me. And I look forward to seeing how each designer integrated their style into the look and feel of the home. And more important than all of this, the adventure puts some variety into my week.
But the first step is making a list of the showhouses in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. These are my stomping grounds. These are the places that I work, travel, and photograph on a regular basis. So far this year I have found two showhouses that I plan to attend for 2013. If you find any that aren’t on this list let me know and I will add it.
Please note that many organizations that run these events don’t do them every year. This list will only contain the locations that are going to be available during the 2013 designer showhouse season.
Clement Doyle Designer Showhouse
360 Old Dublin Pike
Doylestown PA 18901
April 28 – May 26
The ticket price is $25.00 at the door and $20.00 through advance sales. The showhouse benefits Doylestown Hospital and the mission of the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. For more information visit their website.
Cape May Designer Showhouse
Cape May NJ
June 21 – Oct 31
The ticket price is not available yet. For more information visit their website.
Knox Summer Estate Designer Showhouse
437 Buffalo Road
East Aurora, NY 14052
April 27 – May 19
The pre-sale ticket price is $16.00. The Buffalo News and Junior League of Buffalo sponser multiple programs from the proceeds of this event. For more information visit their website.
Hartsborne Mansion Designer Showhouse
80 Oaks Road
Little Silver, NJ 07739
Coming in April 2013
Ticket pricing is not available yet. The showhouse benefits Hospice and home health care for people in NJ.
Hampton Designer Showhouse
July 21 – September 2
The ticket price is $30.00 and includes a journal. The showhouse benefits Southhampton Hospital. Buses run from NYC or Bridgehampton. For more information visit their website or call (800) 936-0440 or (631) 283-4600.