Rooms With a View Interior and Design Show

Celebrates 25 Years With a Spectacular Showcase

Photography by Alan Barry

ROOMS with a VIEW, the high-end interior design show created by late Dean of American Design, Albert Hadley, celebrated its 25th year of bringing designers together to showcase their work while raising money for the ministries and missions of Southport Congregational Church, particularly for 18 charities within the Greater Bridgeport area.

“This is our 25th year and we have been working all year to make this the biggest and best Rooms with a View yet,” shares Rooms with a View Executive Director, Christopher Phillip. “We have an incredibly talented group of designers and have a lot in store for this special anniversary year.”

The three-day design event featured 12 designers from across the country who were hand-picked by a design committee. Each designer created a six-foot-by-eight-foot vignette around the theme “25.”  These mini rooms were staged in the library and great hall of the historic, stone, Gothic Revival style Southport Congregational Church.

Designers for the 25th anniversary show include; Adams ID, Alexis Parent Interiors, Clarity Home Interiors, J.P. Franzen Associates, Handin/Browne, Ken Gemes Interiors, The Lewis Design Group, Moss Design, Parker & Company, Roughan Interiors, Sister Parish Designs, The Tailored Home, and Kenneth Lynch & Sons (outdoor vignette).

Presenting Sponsor of the 25th ROOMS with a VIEW was Waterworks. Other design sponsors included Farrow & Ball, Circa Lighting, Stark Carpets, Donghia, Williams Sonoma Home, Kenneth Lynch & Son. In addition to being a design sponsor Williams Sonoma Home designed the Narthex. Kenneth Lynch designed the outside space in front of the church.

In celebration of this landmark anniversary, the Chapel of Southport Congregational Church was transformed into a pop-up restaurant by Christian Arkay Leliever. Leliever’s guest experiences have been entertaining the public throughout the years at various Dining by Design (DIFFA) events throughout New York City to long standing restaurants, bars and music festivals throughout the United States.  His most recent endeavor is Bar Yoshi restaurant on the island of Nantucket. The restaurant was appropriately called, The Hadley.

“The Hadley is the place for conversation and delight,” says Leliever. “It’s a space that brings to light the simplicity and elegance of Albert Hadley’s concepts of color and space. The décor and fantasy that Albert so loved is shared through the transformation of the space.”

The SHOPS at ROOMS with a VIEW featured 40 vendors and artists selling jewelry, home accessories, antique prints, art and unique items of clothing.

ROOMS with a VIEW, kicked off with a gala preview party, Thursday, November 7th. Guests were treated to wine and beverages, fabulous hors d’oeuvres by local Culinary Visionaries as well as a silent auction.

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