Junior League Show House In Hartford

It has been 3 years already since the last Junior League Show House in Hartford. A stately brick on Scarborough St in Hartford’s historic West End is the site of this year’s event. Designers from around the area have been busy working on story boards that were due today. Noon was the deadline for submission and people were still arriving at 11:55am. I turned in my proposals at 11:40 with time to spare!

Participating in a Show House can be a very stressful experience. You must pull together a beautiful finished space that will awe your audience in a few short weeks. The ideas can came quickly as you are scheming through the night, but often the materials and labor needed are not so easy to find. There is always lots of scrambling and substitutions to be made. But, in spite of all the trauma and drama, it is great fun. Friendships are formed that last a lifetime. There is always someone to lend a hand or a hammer when needed. We eat too much junk food and skip the gym. Someone is always laughing.

As designers, we wonder should our proposals be edgy and avant guard or traditional? Do we want to be known for radical designs or safe classic looks? We live in the conservative Northeast, but do the Show House visitors come to see something wild and exotic that they would never use? Often the most memorable rooms are the ones that are the least likely to be duplicated, but they are talked about for years.

I try to work for a little bit of glamour and an unexpected splash or color. To me, it is most important that guests walk into my rooms and smile.

The first week of March the room selections will be announced and work can begin the end of the month. We are all anxiously awaiting the results. Stay tuned.

Preview – Junior League Designer Showhouse

The Junior League Designer Showhouse for 2012 will open to the public on May 5th.
The boards were submitted and final selections for spaces were announced.  I am doing the master bedroom.
These are shots of the room in its beginning condition.  Work will commence on March 19th

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Snowy January And In Palm Beach

Color Is More Than White

In this snowy January, there are few better places to visit than Palm Beach.

I was fortunate enough to be there last week and stopped in at the “2011 American Red Cross Designers’ Show House” This event is in its 35th year. It was so spectacular, a friend and I actually went back twice.

The house is a lovely Mediterranean style located directly on Lake Worth. The back yard has its own beach as well as pool, fire pit, hot tub and boat slip. There was a sculptural Living Wall and garden walking paths. Of course the peaceful, flowing tropical palms are everywhere.

Lime Green is the color that was carried through several of the rooms. It was put together with a deep lacquered navy trim and blue and white ikat fabric in the family room. It was used in ceiling panels of the living room and combined with chocolate brown in the loggia off the master bedroom.

It was a great departure from the quiet, beige, tonal look that we have seen in the past several years. Although safe, it is hardly exciting. This was EXCITING and new.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

For any of you planning a trip to South Florida in the next month, it is well worth a visit. The house is located in West Palm Beach on North Flagler Drive.

Also, for those EXTREMELY LUCKY few who may actually be looking for property in Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post featured cover story in Accents & Arts of January 23rd was celebrity mansion of Lily Pulitzer. On the market for $11.5 million, it can make anyone’s pink and lime green dreams come true!