This piece first appeared on the AtHome Magazine website. This weekend Southport Congregational Church’s annual fundraiser, Rooms with a View, founded by the late Albert Hadley is to take place from Friday through Sunday.
Come peruse the church’s library and great hall area to view 12 wondrous miniature showrooms. This delightful event, now chaired by Thom Filicia, was created so that the small local church could help those in need. What started out as a little design show has grown exponentially over the years and has caught the attention of many national shelter magazines.
This year, celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary, the 12 participating designers will all pay tribute to the legendary late Albert Hadley, America’s preeminent designer to high society. We will see how these designer choose to reinterpret his work in their 5-by-8-foot spaces, with three walls and an 8-foot ceiling.
This year’s designers are:
Christian Arkay-Leliever, Fairfield
Parker & Company, Parker Rogers II and Katie Holmberg, Southport
Forehand & Lake Interiors, Christina Lake, Fairfield
Jane Ellsworth Interiors LLC, Jane Ellsworth, Darien
Jenny Wolf Interiors, Jenny Wolf, New York
New York School of Interior Design, Margaret Mints and Veronica Whitlock, New York
Patrick Mele Design, Patrick Mele, New York
Sara Gilbane Interiors, Sara Gilbane, New York
Sister Parish Design, Susan Crater and Eliza Crater, Bedford, NY
Tara Seawright Inc., Tara Seawright, New York
Antonino Buzzetta Design, Antonino Buzzetta, New York
Barry Rice Design LLC, Full Circle Modern, Barry Rice, Brooklyn
Rooms with a View opens to the public today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $20.
In addition there are three premium events that require reservations:
A Friday gala from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and $500.
A Saturday lunch and fashion show, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $50 and include admission to the design show.
A Saturday champagne tour of the room vignettes and dinner with New York designer Thom Filicia is will take place on Saturday evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $500.
In addition to the room vignettes, there will be marketplace featuring more than 30 vendors selling crafts, antiques and accessories. Refreshments will be available at a cafe. Proceeds from the event will support the church’s missions and outreach programs in Connecticut and overseas.
Here is a sneak peak!