Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00
The mansions in Glen Cove are a part of its history, and most of them are becoming just that: history. With a little foresight and a big investment, however, some are being preserved, and for a good cause. The former home of Lydia Pratt on Dosoris Lane, which had sat vacant for about five years, was recently renovated to become a designer show house to benefit the American Heart Association, and those interested in taking a peek at the glorious mansion can stop by for a tour from now through Thanksgiving weekend.
Artist Eva Karsai, a longtime resident of Glen Cove, came up with the idea of using the property as a designer showhouse after a new owner took possession last year. Having painted a mural in the house for the previous owner in 2001, she was familiar with the house and felt passionate about preserving it, while also well aware of the great expense of renovating. She then went searching for a producer and a charity and says “everything clicked” for this to come together as the inaugural “Home Is Where The Heart Is” designer showhouse.
“The designers were really impressed with the house,” says Karsai. “I’m so happy everything worked out.”
Each of the 25 designers was given a room or space, such as an entryway, and had the liberty of creating it the way they wanted, while also being responsible for the renovations. However, there were some parameters, such as making the color scheme flow, making the space feel livable and to respect certain wishes of the owner, such as preserving the original sink in the downstairs bathroom.
As a result, the spacious home feels elegant yet comfortable and homey, with lots of natural light and rooms that are very inviting and practical. The house was built in 1890 and sits on 6 acres, adjacent to the Glengariff Healthcare facility.
Karsai says they also went to great lengths cleaning up the outside, uncovering the gardens and making sure to preserve a pine tree that was a gift from the Egyptian ambassador.
Showhouse producer Tony Manning of Mitchell Manning Associates has put on the Hampton Designer Showhouse every year for the past 12 years. “This was a beautiful house to begin with,” says Manning. “The scale is luxurious but not too overwhelming; it’s relatable to today’s lifestyle. The decorators refreshed and updated and made it reflect the way people live today.”
Proceeds all benefit the American Heart Association. The designers involved are all from the New York Metropolitan area, and some local talent has had a part in the process. Margreet Cevasco of Margreet Cevasco Design in Sea Cliff transformed the breakfast nook, Kate Singer of Huntington took over the living room, Greg Lanza of Glen Cove did the guest bedroom, Catherine Brown Paterson of Locust Valley did the library and Christine Doctor of the Plant Doctor in
Glen Cove redesigned the lower garden terrace.
Alexa Hampton of Mark Hampton LLC is the 2013 Honorary Showhouse Chair; Kim Hendrickson –Radovich of Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design is the 2013 Showhouse Design Chair; Gabor Karsai of Landmark Realtors Inc. is the 2013
Showhouse Community Chair. The 2013 Design Sponsors included Country Carpet, Downsview Kitchens by the breakfast room, ltd., Farrow & Ball, Kravet Inc., Robert Allen and Silestone by Cosentino.
The Showhouse is open from now until Sunday, Dec. 1. Showhouse hours are: Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Showhouse will be closed on Mondays and on
Thanksgiving Day. Admission to the Showhouse is $30 per person or $20 per person when purchased in groups of 20 or more. There will be no admission to the Showhouse 30 minutes before closing. Children under 6, strollers and pets are not admitted into the Showhouse.
For more information, visit www.americanheartshowhouse.com.