The second Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse kicks off this month. More than 15 designers will transform 13 Pineapple Street, a rambling early 19th century wood-frame house on a charming fruit street near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
The showhouse will “capture the electricity and energy of Brooklyn in today’s design world” and serve as the fundraiser for the Brooklyn Heights Association, which helped to create the city’s first landmark district and is advocating for the neighborhood during the BQE repair.
Ellie Cullman is Honorary Design Chair, and Ellen Hamilton and Erika Belsey Worth are showhouse co-chairs. The showhouse “offers a rare opportunity to visit a historic single-family home while discovering the work of cutting edge designers” and seeing how they mix “old with new Brooklyn chic,” according to the event organizers.
This year’s designers include Ascher Davis Architects with Mahwish Syed Designs, Brooklyn Heights Gardens, Barsanti Desmone, Harry Heissmann Inc., Hendley & Co, Isabelo Design, Station Haus, Jesse Parris-Lamb, Judi Schwarz Interiors, Justin Scott Interiors, Kim Tomasino Interiors, Mikel Welch Design LLC for Room & Board, Murphy Waldron Interiors, Rodney Lawrence Inc. and The Rinfret Group.
The biennial showhouse replaced the annual Brooklyn Heights house tour, which ended in 2016 after 31 years.
Decorator showcases are popular ways for charities to raise money and for designers to advertise their skills by decorating a room in a house for free. In Manhattan, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House has been going for more than four decades and benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
The showhouse is not Brooklyn’s first: In the early 2000s, the Bridge Street Development Corp. held at least four yearly decorator showhouses in Bed Stuy, including one where each room was dedicated to a famous person who lived in the neighborhood, such as Lena Horne, Shirley Chisholm and Lawrence Fishburne.
The event will be open to the public from Friday, September 27 through Sunday, November 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. General admission is $40 ($35 for BHA members), and tickets are available at the door.
A preview party will take place Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $350. New York Cottages & Gardens (NYC&G) is the showhouse Design Media Sponsor and Brownstoner is the Platinum Sponsor.
For more information, visit the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse website.
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