York Maine Decorator Show House 2010
One of my hobbies (and I have many) is visiting decorator showhouses. Recently, I toured the 21st Annual Decorator Show House sponsored by the Museums of Old York on the Southern tip of Maine. Even though this project house is not in a major metropolitan area, it was fabulous…actually, more than fabulous. It was well worth the time taken out of my vacation at the shore.
Decorators from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine worked their magic in twenty-three individual areas of the home. Months previous, each designer presented two different schemes for the space they wished to decorate. You might be surprised to learn that there was no set color palette for the home. So the decorators were free to develop their own individual plans. Yet somehow, it all worked. Beautifully.
Interestingly, a number of decorators chose to work with the color aqua which has been gaining popularity in both home and clothing fashions. Perhaps it was a home on the ocean that inspired the use or maybe it was for its calming qualities. No matter the reason, aqua was seen in several rooms combined with yellow, navy or even tangerine.
The house itself was built in 1904 in the Shingle Style. Shingle Style homes feature wide, welcoming porches and are a favorite for waterfront homes. They tend to look like they were added onto multiple times which can give them a rambling look. The shingled exterior has a natural feeling that easily blends into its surroundings.
My favorite room? Well, since neither the kitchen nor any of the bathrooms were totally remodeled for this project, I’d have to say the front porch was my idea of perfection. It had plenty of comfortable seating, a hammock-like porch swing, and a plethora of plants and decorative items that gave it a polished look.
The decorator showhouse sponsored by the Museums of Old York, Maine is open from mid July to mid August annually. Put it on your calendar if you are in the area next year. http://www.oldyork.org/visit/showhouse.html