Eighteen interior designers are transforming the individual rooms of an 1835 Cutchogue farmhouse — and they’re doing it to raise money for local charities.
The idea for the 2014 North Fork Designer Show House, sponsored by The Corcoran Group, took shape in February, when six friends — Melissa Buckley, Kate DiGregorio, Nick Ellis, Christine Kosmynka, Barbara McAdam and Bob Tapp — were brainstorming ways to help community nonprofits, said Ms. DiGregorio, an agent with Corcoran in Southold.
“We’ve done charity events in the past, and I had a done a 5K for Community Action Southold Town, so we were just trying to come up with a new idea,” she said. “So Bob said, ‘What about a designer show house?’”
Luckily, the perfect property was available: an airy 12-room house next to the Village Green in Cutchogue, owned by Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. It had become vacant when the church’s former minister moved out in December, Mr. Tapp said. Church officials offered the use of the property and local designers were quickly recruited to revamp a room of their choice, with some decorators working in pairs or small groups.
“It’s a gift to be able to use the house,” Mr. Tapp said. The property features three bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 baths, a dining room, a kitchen, an office, laundry room and foyer. One bedroom connects to “bonus room” and there’s a stand-up attic.
Money for local charities will be raised through an opening night reception at the house Aug. 1 and group and private tours, which will be available throughout the month. Net proceeds from the reception and tours will be distributed to CAST, Maureen’s Haven, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and Katinka House.
In addition to Mr. Ellis and Mr. Tapp, decorators who have signed on to reinvent the historic house are Yvette Arce, Conni Cross, Caitlin Flynn, Debra Gildersleeve, Morgan Gildersleeve, Melissa Grinere, Lori Guyer, Amy Hill, Christine McCabe, Yvonne McNab, Marcia Miller, Hadley Wiggins-Marin, Elyse Parkhurst, Elizabeth Schlafer, Kristen Schultz and Ruth Shank.