Remember a couple of years ago when Bridgeport got its first taste of a Designer Show House — promoter Franco Grimaldi connected with the owner of the Chimneys estate in Black Rock and found an interior designer to overhaul each room. Then the house was opened to the public for the first time ever, and a month-long fundraiser to benefit Unesco was born. The house was also used for a design lecture series and private parties — most notably a whodunit “Murder Mystery” party held by the Discovery Museum.
The next year, Franco found a new estate, a beautiful Mediterranean-style manse off a private road in Weston, and with help of the Connecticut Humane Society, organized a new Show House. We were in the very worst of the financial crisis back then, but still the designers and public came through. The Gallery at Black Rock even staged an exhibit in several rooms.
This year, Franco’s doing it again, and it’s benefiting the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, which has assembled an impressive crew of volunteers to make this work. He’s found a lovely 1922 house facing the water in Shippan Point in Stamford. This one even has a potting shed and greenhouse, allowing for even design possibilities.
Designers include: Bartony Design, Beverly Balk Interiors, Bloomsbury Gardens, Deb Ryan Designs, Debra Interior Designs, Designs by Jennifer Owen, Judi Egbert Interiors, Jack Fhillips Design, Gosp Designs, Greenwich Design Architects, Greg Lanza Interior Designs, Kenneth/Davis, Mary Delany Interior Design, Suzanne Bellehumeur-Mural Interiors, NuKitchens, Potomac Garage Solutions, Scaping Land Development Co., The Anacara Co., The Decorator’s Eye, Urban Gardens, Victoria Lyon Interiors.
A fan page on Facebook will track the progress of the designers.
Save the dates:
Opening Night Celebration: Saturday Sept. 25, 6 pm.
Public Viewing: Sunday Sept. 26 to Sunday Oct. 31 (Closed Mondays)
Noon to 5 Sundays – 11 to 5 Tuesday to Saturday.