Meet the 2016 Hamptons Showhouse Team
We assembled a dream team of designers, builders, architects, and landscape architects to bring you our stunning 2016 Hamptons Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York. Get to know these uber-talented pros.
Designer Meg Braff
“Color was on my mind from the very beginning—with the right combinations, it’s a fantastic tool for making a house feel special,” says the New York–based designer and member of the Coastal Living Designer Network. Braff has an antiques store in Locust Valley, New York, and in 2011 launched her own wallpaper line; 10 of her bright prints are featured in this year’s Showhouse.
Builders Anthony Balducci & Dave Bennett
“We wanted to take a modern approach to building a traditional Hamptons-style house,” says Bennett. The team opted for streamlined interior trim, simple Shaker-style cabinets, and a galvanized silver metal roof along the front. Balducci is a Long Island native who started his career in interior design, and Bennett has spent 20 years as a general contractor. Their company, Touch of Grey, is based in Hampton Bays, New York.
Architect Fred Throo
“Shingle-style architecture emerged as a rebuttal of the more exacting Victorian formality. The lines are more relaxed, which is a welcome idea out here in the Hamptons,” says Throo, who has been designing homes on Long Island for more than 25 years. He worked closely with Balducci and Bennett on this house as they aimed to “get a roomy, five- bedroom house onto a very narrow wooded lot,” he says.
Landscape Designer Calais Ongania
“No matter where you sit outside, there’s an amazing, colorful view,” says Ongania, of Southampton-based landscaping firm Mahoney Associates. The 28-year nursery pro and arborist, along with colleague Nasir Molla, chose flowers that bloom all summer, shrubs that will stay green through the winter, and hardy grasses that welcome bare feet.