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Fine Home Source 2016 Adds Fashion To The Mix

An elegant country pool house by Crisp Architects.

By Jamie Larson

For nine years, the Fine Home Source has been the premier home show in our region. Conceived and hosted by Crisp Architects in Millbrook, New York, the exhibition presents everything from fabrics and furniture to lawn tractors and home security systems. But what makes FHS stand alone is that every single thing is the highest possible quality.

This year’s Fine Home Source Show on Saturday, Sept. 24 will feature more than 50 vendors at the Millbrook Bandshell from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Design by RG Couture.

Every year there is something new to see at FHS, especially this year with the inclusion of the FineFashion Show, headlined by designer Rowena Gill of RG Couture, who just happens to be based out of Millbrook. Crisp gives credit to his executive assistant Annette Santacroce for the idea, and though the addition broadens the scope of the event, it fits seamlessly because the designs and construction are, like everything else, of the highest caliber.

“It’s hard to overstate the fashion show,” James Crisp says. “It’s totally different than anything we’ve done.”

Joining RG Couture on the runway will be J.McLaughlin, Orvis, Punch and Alicia Adams Alpaca. Scalamandre Fabrics, known for its textures and patterns, is another addition to the show.

Room outfitted in Scalamandre Fabrics.

There will also be food offered from local purveyors, the music of jazz pianist Larry Ham and activities to occupy the kids. After its walk on the runway, Orvis will be out in the field teaching fly fishing techniques.

In an example of the show’s interesting juxtapositions, Crisp went right from speaking about fashion to Kalamazoo Outdoor Kitchens. In the market for a wine cellar? Stop by Signature Wine Cellars’ booth. You can talk to the people from Crisp about a new pool house.

If you’re not in the market for a whole new property there are slightly smaller items at the FHS, from furniture, fencing, windows and doors to florists, vineyards, electronics and a painter who specializes in portraits of dogs.

Gate by Ian Schwandt.

One of the event’s smaller vendors that Crisp likes to suggest people visit is Telescopes of Vermont. The company makes sculptural but functional garden telescopes perfect for evening star gazing.

The event has also become an excellent place for regional woodworkers to get out of the studio and flaunt their skills. Of course, there is excellent furniture on display but there are also fence and gate builders doing some intriguing work. Crisp points out the originality of Ian J. Schwandt in particular.

“It’s completely different from your average home show,” Crisp says.

Indeed — this one is even fashion forward.

Fine Home Source presented by Crisp Architects
Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Millbrook Bandshell
3327 Franklin Ave., Millbrook, NY

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