July Events for the Design Minded

June 30, 2018

Text by Lynda Simoton


Designing Beauport, Room by Room
July 7
Explore the beautiful summer home of early 20th-century interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper at this special tour that provides access to rooms rarely seen. Marvel at his use of light and color, and explore the home’s exemplary collections of furniture, glass, ceramics, and textiles. 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. $15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers, advanced registration required.  historicnewengland.org

Brimfield Antique Flea Market
July 1015
The Brimfield Antique Flea Market is considered one of the premier antiques and flea markets in the country. Visit this summer and see what all the hoopla is about! The show features more than 6,000 dealers selling everything from funky collectibles to fine antiques. Show hours and admission vary depending on field and venue location. Brimfield, Mass., brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com

Experience Floral Exuberance: Roseland’s Victorian Garden
July 11
Tour the 1850s boxwood-edged parterre garden at Roseland Cottage. Gardener Amanda Shaw will discuss the philosophy behind the original plantings and share the details of the 1970s restoration. 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. $10 members, $20 non-members, reservations required. Woodstock, historicnewengland.org

The Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo
July 13–15
This much-anticipated event returns again to historic Guilford Green. More than 180 nationally recognized artisans will be on hand to sell their wares, including ceramics, fiber, glass, leather, painting, photography, and more. Family-friendly crafts, demonstrations, and music will set a festive tone. Friday noon–8:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday noon–5 p.m., guilfordartcenter.org

Garden Conservancy Open Days
Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
July 14­–15
Tour some of Merrimack Valley’s most outstanding gardens at the Garden Conservancy Open Days. Three gardens will be open to the public, including a large private perennial garden, a farmhouse garden, and an “idealized” woodland garden designed by Robert Gillmore. $7 per garden nonmembers, 50 percent off for members. Advance admission tickets can be purchased at a discount. gardenconservancy.org

Nooks and Crannies
July 14 and 20
This in-depth tour allows visitors to explore all the details of the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Take the opportunity to peek in places not usually open to the public such as closets, passageways, and other intriguing spaces. July 14, 9 a.m.–noon; July 20, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. $20 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers, advance registration required, historicnewengland.org

Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s Secret Garden Tour
July 15
Delight in a day exploring some of the most beautiful gardens in Provincetown. After the tour you can enjoy a visit to the museum, as admission is included in the price. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $40. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown,  paam.org

Tenth Annual Nantucket Garden Festival
July 17–19
Gardening ethics, sustainability, and conservation will be the focus of this year’s Nantucket Garden Festival, which encompasses a variety of events including garden tours, workshops, and family activities. ackgardenfestival.org

Historic Homes and Summer Gardens
July 21
Put on some comfortable shoes and get ready to explore six historic homes plus six summer gardens in beautiful Hancock, New Hampshire. In addition to touring the private homes, you will be able to see recent renovations to the Hancock Historical Society and Hancock Meetinghouse.  Boxed lunches can be purchased in advance, and you can end the day enjoying small bites and wine at the Hancock Inn. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tour tickets $20 in advance, $25 the day of the tour;  $15 for boxed lunch, Hancock, N.H., hancockwomansclub.org

Living In Harmony with Nature: Gropius Landscape and House Tour
July 21
Join Historic New England for an exciting evening at the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Walter Gropius put the same exacting care into the design of the landscape of his home as he did to the house itself. Refreshments will be served. 7 p.m.–9 p.m. $35 Historic New England members, $45 nonmembers, advanced registration is required. historicnewengland.org

26th Annual Rock River Artists Studio Tour
July 21–22
This annual tour explores the breathtaking scenery and artwork surrounding Newfane, Vermont. Begin at the Old South Newfane Schoolhouse, and then hit the road for a self-guided tour that takes you to the open studios of 14 world-class artists. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., rockriverartists.com

The Garden Conservancy
Open Days: Litchfield and New London Counties
July 23
Tour some of the area’s most exceptional private gardens. Five gardens will be open to the public including Bunny Williams’s celebrated garden in Falls Village. There are several Open Days throughout the summer. Visit the Garden Conservancy website for more details. $7 per garden, beginning at 10 a.m., gardenconservancy.org/opendays

The Newport Show
July 28–29
Whether you are a serious antiques collector or a casual enthusiast, The Newport Show is an annual must-see event. The festivities launch with a gala preview party on Friday, July 27, and continue throughout the weekend. July 28 10 a.m.–6 p.m., July 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $15 for one-day admission; $20 for a weekend ticket, which includes admittance to the exhibit, a daily lecture, and the chance shopping at more than 40 booths from the country’s top antiques dealers. The Stephen P. Cabot and Archer Harman Ice Center, St. George’s School, Middletown, R.I.,  thenewportshow.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: Events are subject to change. Please confirm details with event organizer prior to your visit.




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