Hamptons Designer Showhouse 2020
The Hamptons Designer Showhouse 2020, presented by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine, is now underway with spaces created by 11 design firms. Proceeds from tours of the 9,000-square-foot shingle-style home in Sag Harbor will benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for the second decade in a row but proceeds from donations this year have been specifically earmarked for the hospital’s Healthcare for Heroes Fund for COVID-19, which helps support hospital staff, and provides additional equipment and resources. The show house is open the month of September and there is a donate tab for those who are not able to attend but who wish to support the great cause.
Behinds the Scenes with Scot Meacham Wood
Industry influencer Scot Meacham Wood designed the delightful breakfast room that is just off the kitchen, which designed by Gary Ciuffo of Ciuffo Cabinetry, at the Hamptons Designer Showhouse. The room includes a number of our products, which thrilled us, of course! We asked him to share with us some behind-the-scenes images of installation day in his space, which is shown finished and professionally photographed above. To give you a sense of his design prowess, we asked him to share his thoughts on designing showhouse spaces and entertaining.
C&C: Tell me about your inspiration for the space and how it came together conceptually.
SMW: I’m certainly missing any sense of hospitality these days so creating a lush, casual morning breakfast seemed to assuage a certain loneliness that I’ve been feeling. As I was dressing the table, I could almost hear the sounds of weekend guests puttering their way downstairs, ready to greet the day with a homemade scone and a piping hot cup of coffee!
C&C: You have such a flair for making everything fun and festive. Is this innate in your personality?
SMW: I certainly like to think I’m “fun and festive”! So much of our work has been about creating magical homes for our clients and really pushing the boundaries of what they might be expecting.
C&C: Who in your family do you think instilled this ability in you and tell me what it brings to your life?
SMW: Oh, that’s easy: my Mom. She was an incredible hostess and entertainer. She taught me how to cook, to dress a dining table, to manage a conversation, and to always try to create something magical for my guests.
C&C: Around the table is where people gather and I loved your dining study in the High Point showhouse. Are the rooms in which people celebrate with food your favorite rooms to design? If so, why?
SMW: This space in the Hamptons Designer Showhouse is the breakfast room just off the kitchen so I wanted a slightly more casual space than the formal dining room in the house. I *do* like designing rooms with a true sense of purpose, and any space where food is shared clearly falls into that category. I think as a good Southern boy, I’ll always love the need for a formal dining room.
C&C: Do you like to entertain? If so, do you have lovely gatherings in your dining room that feel as sumptuous as the rooms you’ve designed for the showhouses?
SMW: Sadly, our recent move to New York has meant that there has not been any social entertaining in our new home. We have been VERY diligent about the recommendations for our safety.
C&C: The color on the walls of this space and the drapery fabric/table cloth bring so much warmth to the room. Yet there are bright pops of color in the fabric. Tell me about how you balance light/dark.
SMW: Balancing ‘light and dark’ is what design is about. The textile on the table and windows, SMW Home’s own Elizabeth Botanical, was inspired by a small document textile that I found in London several years ago. The original floral was on a bright yellow ground so we actually created this charcoal colorway specifically at SMW Home. The dark charcoal ground and the magnificent bright yellow chrysanthemums, surrounded by lush leaves in greens and turquoise, represents months of design ideas and color strike-offs! The decorative pillows in the space are in our York Check in Key Lime.
C&C: Tell our readers why you chose each product from the C&C lineup, such as what you knew it would add to the overall feeling of the space and anything else you’d like to say about them.
SMW: The room had a certain formality to it, and I really wanted to imbue the space with a more casual attitude. The Olisa Console Tables, which flank the room, not only provided the perfect spot for our coffee service but the rough-hewn texture of the surfaces complimented the exquisite Duende Table Lamps in their more modern glass! The central fixture, the Antibes Chandelier, was the perfect scale for the space and its woven style brought the iconic Hamptons ‘mood’ to the room.
C&C: What is your favorite thing about doing showhouses and why?
SMW: Mainly, showhouse work can be incredibly fun! It’s a great place to experiment with new products or new ideas—maybe something that a client might not know I can do—or to debut a new product or textile and always push the boundaries of what SMW Design and SMW Home can be!
C&C: What is the biggest challenge about doing them and why?
SMW: But Lordy, there’s a lot of pressure! Because we’re often using new products, there can be production delays or sometimes last-minute changes based on product shipments. Currey & Company has always been such a great partner with our showhouse work because I always know I’m going to get exactly what I’m expecting.
C&C: We love your “Tartan is the new black” message. Have you always been drawn to tartans and plaids? If so, can you explain why?
SMW: My family is Scottish so it’s a natural extension of my heritage: “Scotland the Brave!”
About Scot Meacham Wood
In case you haven’t read about Scot’s background, here’s a bit about the journey that has led him to this day: A Southerner with a deep-rooted connection to Scotland, Scot Meacham Wood is renowned for his timeless design and magnetic personality. Since establishing his firm in 2001, Scot Meacham Wood Design, he has become an interior design icon, showcasing commercial and residential projects across the United States and developing a captivating online presence.
Drawing inspiration from his heritage and thirteen years of experience working with Ralph Lauren, Scot’s signature style highlights European and Southern sensibilities, sartorial influences, and bold prints. With Scot Meacham Wood Home, the tastemaker premieres a one-of-a-kind collection featuring fresh takes on traditional Scottish textiles and antique home accessories. With its luxurious collection of fabrics and its focus on Scot’s signature tartan, SMW Home is truly a natural extension of the designer himself.
The Luxury of Rope
Given the casual feel of rope, many people may not think of it as a luxurious material but a look at the video above illustrates how painstaking the process of wrapping products in rope can be, including our Olisa Console Table, which Scot used in his space. As we move deeper into September, we hope everyone is staying safe and taking time for self-care.