Near & Fair Aid, a woman's philanthropic group, plans to hold its annual Designer House Tour, one of its main fundraisers each year, on Friday, May 3.
The event will offer public tours of five area homes designed by interior designers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a news release. The houses, in Westport and Fairfield's Greenfield Hill area, will range from large and modern to small and traditional.
Houses will be seen in the following order:
"Queen Ann," Fairfield: This 19th-century Queen Anne-style home had recently undergone a dramatic facelift inspired by a contemporary art collection. The arts set the tone throughout the house -- from a vibrant Hunt Slonem butterfly painting in the foyer to Sylvia Martin's brilliant oil on linen `Bukit' hanging over the mantel.
"Bee Knees Form," Westport: David Mann of M+R Architects in New York transformed this 19th-century farmhouse known as the John Ward farmhouse. He modernized the home with the main house overlooking the property. The ceilings were raised in the old house, reclaimed hemlock floors were installed and amenities such as Thasos-heated bathroom floors, Waterworks fixtures and high-end kitchen appliances were added.
"Seaside Sophistication," Westport: This beachside home features a casual yet elegant living space with a sleek and dramatic look that accentuates its natural surroundings. Redding-based designer Ali Schwarz, whose experience encompasses designing homes in the Hamptons, transformed the home into a spectacular environment for sophisticated living on the Long Island Sound.
"Jodi Perno Design," Westport: Interior designer Jodi Perno finished this Tidewater-style home, which had stood vacant for many months, with sophisticated grays on the main floor and brought in a collection of objects, furnishings, Marches aux Puces finds and contemporary art. The home showcases the influence of the French and encompasses color, form, pattern with a dramatic edge, the release states.
"Inspired by Wim Pauwels," Westport: Built in 2009, this home is an amalgam of Greek Revival style with interiors inspired by Belgian architectural writer Wim Pauwels. Commonalities are shared between the Greek Revival style and the pared-down interiors. Despite the classical exterior, Paolo Vicente of Vicente-Burin Architects designed the home to have clean, modern lines inside. Spare, contemporary furnishings are paired with time-worn antiques.
A "Toast the Tour" celebratory cocktail reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in an up-country estate. Tickets cost $125.
Near & Far Aid is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing funding for projects that address the causes and affects of poverty in Fairfield County. Proceeds from the house tour and all Near & Far Aid fundraising events fund grants to over 100 agencies, the group said.
Since 2000, the organization has given over $12 million to Fairfield County agencies helping to break the cycle of poverty, the release states. Through its major fundraisers, it raised nearly $1 million in its last fiscal year.
Tickets for the house tour are $60 in advance, $65 the day of the tour. Tickets to the breakfast are $65.
Visit www.nearandfaraid.org and click on "Events" for ticket information.