Near & Far Aid announces 2016 Designer House Tour

Fairfield County philanthropic organization Near & Far Aid will hold a 2016 Designer House Tour which opens the doors to six exclusive homes decorated by renowned designers in the gold coast enclaves of Fairfield, Southport and Westport. The tour, ‘Celebrating the Art of Living,’ will be held on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To open the day’s event, Near & Far Aid will host a pre-tour Designer Power breakfast at the Patterson Club in Fairfield featuring visionary designer Anthony Baratta. One of the most celebrated and respected interior designers, Baratta will be discussing in depth ways of using color and design. He will be available that morning for a signing of his recent book, All-American, The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta.

Adding to the oasis of good taste and beauty, new to this year’s tour, Near & Far Aid will be hosting an afternoon tea party from 1 to 3 p.m. at a stunning private home. The tea party will be catered by the Royal Tea Company. Tickets for the tea party are $35 per person.

Ticket prices for the Designer House Tour are $65 in advance or $75 on the day of the tour. The Designer Breakfast is $75.

“Near & Far Aid’s Designer House tour provides an inside look of some of the area’s most exquisite homes that are decorated by top-tier designers while helping to support our organization’s mission to target poverty in our backyard,” said Jessica Grutkowski, co-chair of the house tour and Southport resident.

“The house tour has become a spring-time tradition and it is a fun-filled day of touring amazing homes, getting design inspiration and unique décor ideas for your own home,” added co-chair, Christine Enea Yeranossian of Fairfield.

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About Near & Far Aid

Near & Far Aid provides funding for agencies and programs in Fairfield County that are working to break the cycle of poverty. We work with other community leaders and funders to forge partnerships with a common goal of strengthening our community. For over 60 years, Near & Far Aid has remained an all-volunteer organization, currently working with more than 100 local agencies that address the causes and effects of poverty, and has granted over $14 million since 2000.