Walk into any decorator showhouse and you’ll notice an astounding amount of wall and ceiling space covered by on-trend paints and stains. It’s a huge expense for participating interior designers so, when New Jersey-based paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore announced, for the second time, that it would be the exclusive paint sponsor for the Mansion in May, decorators rejoiced. And with 3,500 colors available, even the choosiest designer would be able to find just the right color.
For this year’s Mansion in May fundraiser at Alnwick Hall in Morris County, Benjamin Moore donated about 415 gallons of interior paints, stains and specialty coatings for more than 45 New Jersey- and New York-based interior designers to restore and decorate the magnificent mansion. The showhouse, also known as the Abbey, is a rare and largely unaltered survivor of “Millionaires’ Row,” the stretch of Madison Avenue between Morristown and Madison, which was lined by large and elegant estates during the Golden Age.
Mansion in May visitors will experience more than 45 restored interior design spaces and 17 freshly landscaped gardens. The transformed rooms include an Author’s Writing Spot, Left Bank Loft, Passage to Persia, Le Parc Central Voit, and a Twins’ Retreat. Outside gardens feature a tea garden, farm-to-table area, water features, sculptures, artwork and vibrant flowering plants.
“As a company committed to developing products that preserve, protect and beautify homes, buildings and structures, we are proud to once again provide the Mansion in May designers with premium coatings for their spaces,” says Kelly Sinatra, head of PR at Benjamin Moore. “We look forward to seeing the transformation and encourage consumers, homeowners and visitors to experience the show house in support of the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center.” Proceeds from the May 1 – 31 fundraiser will benefit the Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at the hospital.
Mansion spaces can be previewed through the new Interactive Tour on the official website at mansioninmay.org. Once onsite, touring guests can access the Interactive Tour on their mobile devices to scroll through rooms and gardens glimpsing “before” photos, design renderings, and Benjamin Moore paint colors.