Wilmington interior designer Megan Gorelick is known for her signature coastal style, an approach to design inspired by summers growing up in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
She’s not the only designer to bring a breezy, seaside sensibility to her work, of course. But her keen eye for color and knack for patterns are now getting her exposure further up the East Coast in one of the most competitive and sought-after markets in the country: Southampton, Long Island.
Gorelick was selected to be a featured designer at the Hampton Designer Showhouse, which kicked off two weeks ago in the exquisite town of Southampton. This year’s Showhouse is a sprawling but gracious shingle-style home, where Gorelick went to work reimagining the lower level salon as a stylish yet relaxed retreat inspired by her three college-aged daughters.
Gorelick and her siblings, including former Philadelphia Eagles football player Kevin Reilly, built memories on the water at the Jersey shore, sharing what she had then with her own children now. “I imagined a room where they could hang out during their summers off at the beach,” she says. “I wanted to create a space where they could lounge or entertain, thus the bar and artwork.”
Gorelick worked her stylistic magic around a tailored, lighted built-in unit by California Closets, choosing various books, accent pieces and decorative art to enhance each shelf. Across the room, a gold bar from Selamat is set against art deco-style wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries and chic sconces by Circa Lighting for a glossy, glammed-up version of cocktail hour.
Gorelick joins about two dozen other noted designers and creatives from around the country at this annual event, which benefits a local hospital (Stony Brook Southampton) and is visited by some of the New York fashion and design scene’s biggest names.
Gorelick’s studio is based in Montchanin, but her family decamps to the shore every summer. Translating that easy seaside vibe in sophisticated settings is a hallmark of her work, which encompasses suburban homes, beachside escapes and city residences. She loves any shade of blue and says, “All blues play nice together!”
Her work, however, is not limited to coastal homes. Gorelick has a roster of residential and commercial clients in the Wilmington area, including all spec units at The Pointe at Brandywine Park and projects at Minkovitz Laser Center and Epic Research.
Her room at the Hampton Designer Showhouse evokes her detailed aesthetic balanced by real life. “The idea was a room where my daughters could practice being grown-ups but keeping in mind that they would spill wine and plop on the sofa in wet bathing suits, so we used all performance fabrics from Kravet.”
Palecek’s woven rattan pendant and chair, and a timeless sisal rug from Stark Carpet invite a casual mood, while a full-sized gallery wall is an unexpected high-design feature, expressing Megan’s passion for creating highly personalized interiors.
One work in the room was a commission made from her daughters’ bikinis encased in plaster for a modern take on the beach scene. A colorful surfboard in the space furthers the point.
“My favorite piece of art is “Talk the Talk” by Miles Purvis that I bought at Miller Gallery in Charleston, where all three of my daughters went to college,” says Megan.
“All of their art has such a fun vibe. I fell in love with this particular piece because it represents the young artist receiving unsolicited advice from the Southern women in her town upon hearing about her engagement. Check out the strategically placed pennies – her two cents.”
Gorelick majored in fashion merchandising at the University of Delaware and says she “stumbled into interior design during a renovation on my own home.” She’s been hooked ever since.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse is located at 66 Rosko Lane in Southampton, New York and runs through September 2.