The Breast Cancer Showhouse opened to the public this weekend. Although the weather was more fall-like than early summer (after all this is Wisconsin) crowds of supporters flocked to the house to support cancer research and get loads of design ideas.
Many of the rooms in the house are traditional featuring warm, creamy colors with bold splashes of black. Each designer puts his or her personal stamp in their space.
The kitchen displays a fabulous collection of Toby mugs from Jim Jung’s (Boston Store) personal collection.
The laundry room was devoted to the home owner’s dog Zoë. Tom Hoffman (Tom Hofffman Designs) and Mary Shaufelberger (Steinkellner Decorating Studio) had pet portraits painted for the walls. Patty Virnig’s (Ivy Interiors) third floor bath is glamorous and feminine in bold, graphic black and white. Makes you wish you were going to a ball!
Our room is the last stop on the home tour. You walk into a blast of color. Carrie Storm of C.S. Storm Art brought in a collection of her latest paintings. We particular love the bra, panties and camisole still life.
Whoever said shag rugs are passé hasn’t been carpet shopping lately? Anything retro is hot. That includes accessories and colors from the 60’s. (Did I mention psychedelic?) A purple shag rug added the right amount of splash to the floor and grounded the entire room.
The vintage daybed with loads of colorful pillows is so inviting. A daybed is the perfect solution for a room that needs a mattress for sleeping and sofa for lounging and not enough room for both.
We chose furniture with medium to dark stains to contrast with the vanilla walls and bright fabrics. It’s important to remember that all woods in room do not have to match. The maple flooring looks great with the darker woods.
The bold, graphic purple flower fabric was our inspiration. We used it on the bedspread and used it again on a pillow, and the ottoman and vanity stool. You can use almost anything for inspiration a fabric, a beautiful rug, a painting or even a favorite accessory. Find the one thing that you love or gets your creative juices flowing! You have to start the design process somewhere!
The next time your community hosts a designer showhouse for charity, be sure to visit. Gather your friends for an afternoon of design. Not only will you support a good cause, but you will go home with more ideas for updating your home than you will have time to do.