Ideas Galore – and for a good cause too.

Ideas Galore – and for a good cause too.

design_house_2013_pantries1Well if it seems like I’ve been gone awhile – I have. Spring is the season of home shows and design house tours, and I was lucky enough to be involved in two great ones. If you were able to come and see either the SHE Design House or the Summit Southern Living Showcase House, thank you so much for attending. If you made it to both – Bravo – you saw two beautiful homes full of ideas. If you didn’t make it to either, make a note on your calendar now to come next year. Here’s what you missed..

This is the fourth year that the Shelter for Help in Emergency has put on this wonderful fundraising event. Why a Design House fundraiser? Because for the victims of domestic violence, a home should provide shelter, comfort, and happiness. Each year, an empty home, that is on the market, is selected and transformed by the Charlottesville design community. Each designer takes a room or space and works their magic with paint, furnishings, lighting, and accessories.

This year I saw the side-by-side pantries (with their sticky fixed shelves that wasted space) and I saw a way to provide more function and more square footage in the food pantry storage on one side, which opened up the other side for our great Virginia product: wine!

DH_2013_closet_lightingI also like to glean ideas for future projects. Look at the wallpapered ceiling in the baby’s closet with such a fun light fixture!

To see a gallery of images from this year and previous years, go here.

The second event of the season was a first of it’s kind in our area. Southern Living Magazine carefully selects custom home builders that transcend the pages of the magazine and can build your perfect dream home, and Summit Custom Homes is our local standout!

master-Bedroom-by-Gibson-Design-GroupThe home they built for this year’s showcase was warm and inviting, and the perfect blend of traditional with modern touches and state-of-the-art features. What do I mean? Fire up a movie on the flat screen and the lighting automatically dims. Now that’s magic!

Proceeds from this month-long event were donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Foundation for Childhood Cancer, and Operation Finally Home.

so_living_2013_master Local sponsors, like the Closet Factory, provided matchless craftmanship, and 3 local designers: Andrea Gibson, Stedman House, and Moyanne, furnished the interior so you could just see yourself living there.

I had a great space in which to create the master closet and I love having a place to create a windowseat. Don’t you love the belt and tie racks, and robe hooks?

so_living_2013_hooksTo see more about this house, visit Showcase Home Cville.

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