Near & Far Aid’s annual Designer House Tour

Philanthropic organization, Near & Far Aid, is readying for its annual Designer House Tour which opens the doors to six homes decorated by renowned designers in the enclaves of Westport and Southport. The tour, ‘Celebrating the Art of Living,’ will be held Friday, May 8.

Ticket prices for the Designer House Tour are $65 in advance or $75 on the day of the tour. The Designer Breakfast is $75 and the Toast the Tour Cocktail Party & Car Show is $100 in advance or $125 at the door. For more information, go to nearandfaraid.org.

“Near & Far Aid’s Designer House Tour captures elegance, beauty and unique design in Fairfield County while supporting our organization’s commitment to provide a better future for men, women and children living in poverty. Over the past two decades, Near & Far Aid has delivered over $16million in aid to targeted low-income communities across Fairfield County,” said Near & Far Aid President, Bitsy Higgins of Westport. “We are grateful for the scores of volunteers, sponsors and homeowners who make this event a truly memorable day for our patrons year after year.”

Carol Timpanelli, a Trumbull resident, and longtime supporter of the arts with a philanthropic spirit, is the chairwoman of this year’s tour. Committed to the greater good of Fairfield County for many years, she has served on the boards of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony; Downtown Bridgeport Cabaret Theatre; the Polka Dot Theatre; the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival; and the Trumbull Arts Commission.

To open the day’s event, Near & Far Aid will host a pre-tour breakfast at the Patterson Club in Fairfield where visionary designer Alexa Hampton will discuss her design process and offer tips for tackling a renovation. As the daughter of interior design legend Mark Hampton, she learned the language of good design, the vocabulary to speak it, and the elements that define it at a very early age. Now one of America’s most influential designers herself, Alexa Hampton has won countless awards for her design work on houses, apartments, planes, boats, furniture and even cars.

Hampton also is the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail. She will be available for a book signing of her recent book, Decorating in Detail, after the presentation.

From left to right, Jessica Grutkowski of Southport, Alexis Harrison of Fairfield, Molly Patton of Fairfield, Kelly Scinto of Fairfield (bottom), Carol Timpanelli of Trumbull; Beth Emmott of Fairfield; Christine Enea of Fairfield, Jen Agne of Fairfield and Vanessa Dembrowksi of Fairfield.

From left to right, Jessica Grutkowski of Southport, Alexis Harrison of Fairfield, Molly Patton of Fairfield, Kelly Scinto of Fairfield (bottom), Carol Timpanelli of Trumbull; Beth Emmott of Fairfield; Christine Enea of Fairfield, Jen Agne of Fairfield and Vanessa Dembrowksi of Fairfield.

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