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Rooms With A View Wows Again

A recap of Rooms with a View 2013

This vignette, created by Lynne Scalo of Lynne Scalo Design, shows her interpretation of the ‘Americanism’ theme.

With the theme of “Americanism: Timely and Timeless Design” as their guide, this year’s Rooms with a View designers created vignettes that showed what ‘Americanism’ truly means to them. Lynne Scalo, Thom Filicia, Bryant Keller, Claudia and Amy Ruger, Nancy Corbett, Steven Gambrel, Carey Karlan, Victoria Vought, Francine Murnane, Carolyn and Tricia Izzo, Tiffany Eastman, and Saranda Berisa, each created a 5x8 vignette for the annual event, which helps raise money for the Southport Congregational Church.

Honorary Chairman Thom Filicia said that this year’s show was not only about creating a vignette that is captivating to the eye, but also a space that can make a statement. “These small spaces can be very impactful and tell a great story or narrative,” Filicia said. “This year is a great example of how each space feels so interesting architecturally, decoratively, and they feel very specific and defined. I think that the challenge is really getting to a point where you understand how powerful these small spaces can be and yet how beautifully they all work together.”

For interior designer Bryant Keller, the idea of America being a ‘Melting Pot’ served as his primary source of inspiration. Keller’s vignette mixed pieces from Morocco, Russia, India, Italy, Africa, and England. “It’s the idea of us all getting along and making something beautiful as a result,” Keller said.

Event co-chairs Tiffany Garrity and Karen Jones said that this year they are hoping to raise $100,000 to help support the church as well as more than twenty other charities. Jones said they are expecting 3,000 people to attend the 2013 Rooms with a View, originally founded by renowned interior designer Albert Hadley.

In addition to the twelve vignettes, the event also featured The Marketplace with more than thirty vendors, a fashion show, a Harvest Luncheon, and a Champagne Tour and Dinner with Filicia, who has served as Honorary Chairman of Rooms with a Room since Hadley’s death in 2012.

“My favorite parts of this event of course are the people, the cause, what they do with the money that is raised, and the programs they create. They reach out to the community here and they reach out to other communities, and I think that is really incredible,” said Filicia. “I also love the idea of bringing together artists. It’s about connecting with people and at the end of the day that is what design is really about.”