Monday, May 4

Ringing in Spring with friends at the Inaugural 2015 Metro Designer Showhouse Gala and Alzheimer's Fundraiser at the historic Pearl

A Hop, Skip & lil' Jump 
to the Metro Designer Showhouse Gala 
To View Stellar Interior Design 
at a Beautiful Waterfront Property!

Rio Hamilton, Daman Crain, John Douglas Eason,
Patrick Hamilton, Mel Avlarez enroute to Showhouse

catching a large group exiting the ferry!
The PEARL waterfront residential property in Edgewater, New Jersey
Road trips are always fun, but boat trips take it up a notch in the fun department.  What better way to celebrate a beautiful almost-spring evening by taking a quick ferry jaunt with friends to New Jersey to view gorgeously-appointed apartments by interior designers and all with incredible views of New York City?  Leading New York City and New Jersey interior designers and architects were invited to transform seven newly renovated apartment units, all with superb waterfront views. In only nine short weeks, these loft residences in the historic PEARL were turned into luxury living quarters, and all to benefit the advancement of the fight to end Alzheimer's. The property was originally designed as Unilever’s research and development world headquarters in 1953 by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. 

Kathleen Dugan (NJ Alzheimer's Association Board Chair)

Robert Passal (Design Chair) and Steve Mandel
The Showhouse was sponsored by National Resources and ASPIRE Metro Magazine with renowned interior designer Robert Passal acting as the Showhouse Chair.  Friend Lisa McMahon worked her magic to help pull all the festivities and public relations together.  Signature cocktails were served at the gala, and, with celebrity chef Danielle Saunders serving up delicious nibbles, we all enjoyed a fabulous evening. A round of applause for the team effort bringing this Showhouse to fruition!
Participating Designers:
Fulya Can
Sam Ciardi
Andrea Daly
Joe Ginsburg
Anna Maria Mannarino
Amy Mano
Alan Tanskley
Catherine Weinstock
Please visit the showhouse 
until June 28 at 
45 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
Tickets available at 
John Douglas Eason, Patrick J. Hamilton, Rio Hamilton, Alvarez, Tamar Stephenson, Laurie Sheldon, Pierre Lenis, Christine Haney and Lisa McMahon (in front)
Standing) Steven Mandel, John Douglas Eason, Patrick J.Hamilton, Rio Hamilton, Mel Alvarez, Tamara Stephenson, Lisa McMahon, Laurie Sheldon, Pierre Lenis, Christina Haney (standing in front of Lenis), Claire Evans, Alana Frumkes, Sabrina Fierman
(Kneeling in front) Damon Crain and Mike Strohl
Designer Amy Manor (left)
Designer Joe Ginsburg (right)
Adrian Bonventeo (Artist) Doug Krueger, Caryn Kruger, Steve Mandel, Kat Larson, & Celebrity Chef Danielle Saunders
All charity proceeds from this year’s Metro Designer Showhouse will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter to aid in their missions to eliminate Alzheimer’s Disease through research, provide enhanced care and support to all affected, and promote the advancement of brain health.
Alana Frumkes, Tamara Stephenson (me), 
Alan Tanksley, Rebecca Miller
Lisa McMahon & Patrick Hamilton (right)
Rosemary Gaber, Lisa McMahon, Elaine Winter, Valerie Nebeling, Kathleen Dugan and Ken Zaentz
with John Douglas Eason and Damon Crain   
Charles Kurzius and Mary Ellen
  interior designer 
Alan Tanksley takes us through his designed space...
all the units are beautifully designed 
and it is worth the trip to the showhouse to see these creative spaces

 Happy Nesting
XO Tamara

*Select Photos by Andrea Fischman for Editor at Large
candids my Tamara Stephenson