North Fork Designer Show House Opens Friday

For the first time, a designer show house will be opening on the North Fork.

The inaugural North Fork Designer Show House, taking place at Cutchogue Presbyterian Church’s manse house, will feature rooms decorated by 16 designers.

One of the show house’s founders, Kate DiGregorio, described the manse as a “perfect location” for the benefit—it can conveniently be found on Cutchogue’s Main Street next to the village green. The church even spent about $30,000 fixing up the house for the benefit, as the manse was originally built in 1835.

The idea for the show house started with six friends, including DiGregorio, who wanted to create an event that would help fund charities they considered vital to the community. So far, their plan has succeeded—the show house will benefit local charities CAST, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, Maureen’s Haven and Katinka House.

Among the designers taking on the house’s decorating challenge are Debbie Gildersleeve of Renee’s Home Furnishings, who will be doing the living room; Elizabeth Schlaefer of 1670 Furniture House, who has undertaken the dining room; and designer Conni Cross, who is tackling the attic.

An opening reception for the event will be held on Friday, August 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will include hors d’oeuvres from chefs across the North Fork. Tickets for the reception are $100.

Tours for the public will be held between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from August 2–17

Interested in visiting the design house? Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 and include a show house journal. Those interested in attending the opening night reception or scheduling a private tour should send an email to nfdshowhouse@gmail.com. Private tours of the house will also be offered for groups of 20 or more, at a discounted rate of $20 a ticket. For more information, visit northforkdesignershowhouse.com.

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