ARF TRANSFORMS THRIFT AND TREASURE SHOP INTO STUNNING DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE
The Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons (www.arfhamptons.org) hosted a cocktail party and sale at the ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop in Sagaponack. The Thrift Shop was transformed into an incredible designer showhouse featuring six rooms styled by some of New York’s most illustrious interior decorators.
The event was Co-Chaired by Gordon Hoppe, Gigi Mahon, Lisa McCarthy, Alex Papachristidis and Marshall Watson and this year’s Honorary Chair Mary McDonald.
All proceeds benefited ARF and the organization’s dedicated work to find loving homes for animals in need.
The lineup of top designers, who created rooms for the sixth annual showhouse, included Sam Allen, Tracey Cavaniola, Nancy Corzine, John Stedila and Tim Button, Lynda Sylvester and Eldon Wong. All the designers are animal lovers who are donating their time and expertise to help the ARF cats and dogs, who are less fortunate than their own beloved pets. Each room featuredThrift Shop items and pieces donated from the designers’ own collections. Unlike traditional showhouses, every item in the ARF designer showhouse will be for sale.
Barbara Slifka, Lisa McCarthy
Guests from the principals of the design world and the Hampton social community attended the preview cocktail party and enjoyed a festive vodka bar, wine donated by Channing Daughters Winery and hors d’oeuvres by Peter Ambrose as they mingled and shopped among the themed rooms. Designer Sam Allen, of Sam Allen Interiors, is known for his clean and comfortable style that encompasses themes all the way from organic elegance to Parisian Hollywood glamour. Sag Harbor’s Tracey Cavaniola created a “Front Porch” within her space at the Thrift Shop, while Nancy Corzine, one of America’s top designers setting is an elegant bedroom. John Stedila and Tim Button of Stedila Design in New York City, create spaces for real people that reflect their needs, as in their “Writer’s Summertime Retreat.” The tufted leather sofa and hand painted green desk juxtapose with the rustic bales of hay create a whimsical retreat for a creative mind escaping the bustle of the city. Sylvester & Co.’s Lynda Sylvester’s “The Library Goes to the Dogs” is inspired by her rooms’ fireplace and natural ambiance. Lynda has filled her space with two of life’s essentials to happiness: dogs and books. Eldon Wong of Eldon Wong Designs created a festive dining room set just for the Barkley Family in his “Dinner Party at Dogtown Abbey.” Earls, countesses, ladies and staff, find out who will be barking up the wrong tree and be sure to stay tuned, who knows what other drama will be going on behind the scene in this vignette.
The evening included a selection of adorable ARF dogs and cats available for adoption and looking to find a loving new home.
Patrick Christiano, Mary McDonald, Barry Gordin