Inspired by: the Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve

This time last year I was chosen as part of a student design team to install a room in a showhouse in the historic Hempstead House at Sand's Point Preserve. The project spanned several months and the mansion, 40 rooms set on 300 acres.  To call it impressive is an understatement. Each day I drove to the mansion, I felt like I was stepping into the pages of The Great Gatsby.

Today I'll share some pictures of the exterior and architectural details.

The 50,000 square foot mansion overlooks the Long Island Sound.

Can you believe that view?

The estate was built to suit the eclectic tastes of its original owners. Less was not necessarily more for them but there are some incredible architectural details and gems. The geometric stone fence above and stained glass windows below are some of my favorites.

the views from two of the upstairs bedrooms

the grand staircase we climbed each day to work on the room


which led to this massive chandelier and intricate ceiling


the ornate doors inside the entrance


the sunken atrium, known as Palm Court, and another geometric pattern on its glass ceiling


During the 1940s the home was used as a temporary residence for British children displaced by the war.
(this and all interior pictures except window views, from this post on Scouting NY)


Today the Hempstead House is lovingly cared for by the not-for-Profit group, Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. It is frequently used for weddings and events as well as for shooting movies and television, including Boardwalk Empire.

Here's a photo from their room in the Showhouse.

photo from Friends of the Sands Point Preserve

The estate is truly a window into a bygone era and a treasure trove of design inspiration.

Be sure to come back next week when I'll be sharing a moodboard inspired by one of the architectural details from the estate as well as the room we worked on.

Thanks for visiting,