Portfolio | Hipper show house

Dining room, RNS Show House at the Shore, by Thom Patrick Mooney, Barry Berkowitz of DC Collections.

A grande dame of designer showcases at the Jersey Shore, the annual Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund show house is going contemporary this year. "Meadows Edge," a 22-room fieldstone-and-clapboard home in Linwood, provides the setting for 22 designers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania to go a little more mod in their room presentations than in the past.

Martha Hatrack and Christine Betsy of Kroungold's Furniture in Marlton took a dated great room and gave it hip leather Barcelona chairs and a zebra rug in a lounge area. They covered a nearby bar countertop with "calming" metallic mosaic tiles, the colors pulled out of the three reproduction Gustav Klimts that hang on the wall.

Another design duo had the same MO. In their guest bedroom/home office, Suzanne Lacroix and Jessica Hannan, of Design Studio Interiors and Fine Cabinetry in Linwood, created an elegant and relaxing hideaway for guests with a custom trundle bed piled with sumptuous pillows. For a work area, they tucked a custom desk and shelving into the closet space.

One of the best things about the RNS Show House at the Shore: You can ask the designers how they did what they did Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., when they're on hand (along with craftspeople, product exhibitors and florists) to answer questions about their rooms.

- Kathleen Nicholson Webber

The 2007 RNS Show House at the Shore runs through Aug. 12 at 111 Country Club Dr. in Linwood, Atlantic County. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 8 Wednesdays and Thursdays. Admission: $25. For information on advance/group sales or directions, call 609-487-1190 or go to www.rnscancerandheartfund.org.

At 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, lectures by authorities in design will be presented at the Keystone Masonic Lodge, Poplar Avenue and Shore Road, Linwood. Your show house ticket gains you admission.