In a year during which travel and in-person events have been severely stunted, Chairish’s annual Designer Showhouse Sale feels more opportune than ever. The online event allows shoppers to access 600-plus items previously featured in 22 prestigious U.S. decorator show houses from coast to coast. The sale’s fourth edition, which kicked off March 18 and will remain live until all items have sold, brings together more than 40 designers. Among them are Courtney McLeod, Ariel Okin, Iris Dankner, Whitney Durham, Sherry Hayslip.
“It is always so sad to see the rooms that we poured our hearts into designing taken down in one day,” Dina Bandman tells AD PRO. “Knowing that these special pieces will be enjoyed in a new home is such a nice feeling.” For this Chairish sale (the third she has participated in), the San Francisco–based interior designer selected treasures from her traditionally inspired guest bedroom suite at last year’s inaugural Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas. Grand Millennial admirers seeking whimsical, colorful touches, like a sage-green bookcase lined with Farrow & Ball wallpaper or a faux tortoiseshell side table, may find their solution in Bandman’s statement-making contributions.
New York interior designer Courtney Sempliner is a first-time contributor to Chairish’s Designer Showhouse Sale. “The suite we designed for the Caumsett Designer Showhouse in Lloyd Harbor, New York, was a tailored guest [suite] featuring Gracie wall covering, bullion fringe, trims, and lots of luxe accents,” Sempliner tells AD PRO. “With the feminine touches throughout, we envisioned our space being inhabited by a chic out-of-towner.” Sempliner adds that seeing her custom pieces, such as this upholstered wingback armchair, put to great use in another designer context is a “dream come true.”
As for items in the sale that she is eyeing, Sempliner points to Melissa Gerstle’s black-and-white outdoor furniture, which includes a Janus et Cie Amalfi daybed. Fellow first-time participant Jennifer Salvemini of JLS Lifestyle Consulting has her eye on a dramatic Thomas Pheasant blue chaise featured in Galiani Design Group’s room for the Aspire Designer Showhouse. “I would love to use this piece in a modern library setting with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and other low furniture to further accentuate the scale,” she says.
Salvemini’s concept for New York’s Kingston Design Showhouse, an immersive listening room, is one of the most unique spaces to shop from. “During the deeply isolating days of early COVID, I found myself often laying on my bedroom floor, staring at my ceiling and listening to music in a way I really hadn’t in years,” explains Salvemini, who took visual cues from sound waves and soothing clouds. “The experience wasn’t something that was happening passively in the background but rather was the entire event.” Shoppers can purchase 1940s Ampro speaker boxes to play their personally curated playlist, while getting lost in custom acoustic panels that double as earth-toned wall art. Across the board, each and every decorator agrees that the best part of participating in the Chairish Designer Showhouse Sale is being surrounded by great company. “It’s so inspiring to see what other designers come up with when they are free to exercise full creative license,” says Salvemini. An added bonus: getting to shop those designers’ rooms.
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