One of the biggest challenges of furnishing a room for a showhouse is finding enough furniture and accessories to fill the space. For designers like Susan and I, who don’t have a store or showroom, we “depend on the kindness of strangers”. (Don’t you just love Blanche’s line in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire?)
World Market came to our rescue and provided us with anything we needed. Katherine and Ali were so much fun to work with and loaned us a desk and chair, table, cabinet and all kinds of accessories
We didn’t paint the walls or the ceiling and the furniture we brought in was dark wood and wicker. So accessories and fabric had to carry the color load.
You don’t have to spend lots of money to get a really great space. I know it’s a cliché, but once you start “thinking outside the box,” you will find all kinds of clever ways to decorate. The basic desk and chair are OK, but add a dining table runner and it becomes “Wow!”
The corner cabinet really popped with colorful towels, books and girly stuff.
Think odd numbers when creating a display. Things always look better in odd number groups whether you are arranging items on a mantle, dresser or bookshelf. The lunch box can hold all kinds of trinkets. A few touches of lime green offered a nice contrast to all the purple and orange.
The house opens to the public June 6. Stayed tuned for more of the big reveal!