Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for a Designer Showhouse ticket for one ($35 value)
- $39 for a Designer Showhouse ticket for two ($70 value)
- Slideshow depicts the 2013 showhouse in Glen Cove.
The “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Designer Showhouse is open to the public from Friday, April 17, to Sunday, May 31. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The house is closed on Mondays. No admission 30 minutes before closing.
Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association, which is dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. American Heart Association Board Member and President of Kim E. Courtney Interiors Kim Radovich is the 2015 Design Chair and Tyler Wisler from HGTV’s Design Star is the 2015 Honorary Showhouse Chair.
"Home Is Where the Heart Is" Designer Showhouse
In 1926, Irving Brokow commissioned noted architectural firm Walker & Gillett to build a grand house in Mill Neck, New York. The 1920s attorney, who later became an international figure skater, artist, and author, envisioned an imposing property. As a result, the firm created a classic English Regency manor house that wouldn't look out of place on an English earl's vast estate.
The manor house eventually became the office of The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation in 1976. In 2015, the foundation donated the house to the Hampton Designer Showhouse Foundation Inc. so it could be used as the "Home Is Where The Heart Is" Designer Showhouse. A team of more than 20 of New York's top interior designers, decorative artists, and landscapers then took over, re-decorating the house's various rooms and transforming the grounds into a lush oasis.
From April 17 to May 31, visitors can wander through the revamped red-brick-and-limestone structure and marvel at its impressive columns extending to the roof, S-curve floating staircase, nine bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms. Those remodeling their own spaces can also get an idea of which designer might fit their aesthetic.
Proceeds from the gala and the subsequent home tours benefit the American Heart Association—hence the "Home Is Where the Heart Is" moniker.