Paint cans, stepladders and boxed-up accessories were all part of the scene earlier this week as interior designers and everyone else involved in Decorators’ Show House 2017 worked toward the same goal:
Preparing the August Feine House for thousands of visitors beginning April 29, when it opens its doors to the public for three weeks.
More than 40 area decorators, artists and landscapers have transformed the house – which includes 32 decorated rooms and spaces on three floors as well as a basement playroom, media room and bath.
This is the 19th Decorators’ Show House – a biennial community fundraiser presented by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News.
This year’s show house has a unique story: The 7,800-square-foot home is being restored as part of the Expansion Campaign for Kevin Guest House, located next door.
Kevin Guest House, which for more than 40 years has served as a health care hospitality house, purchased the house from a local law firm in 2015. The restored house is the future site of the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House on the Kevin Guest House Campus. It will provide additional housing for patients and their families traveling to Buffalo for medical care on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Through May 21, however, it will showcase area design talent and provide ideas and resources to show house visitors looking to spruce up their own home – inside and out.
Each room has a theme.
The Sophisticated Sapphire Sitting Room (Erin Kent Interiors) adjoins the Blue Velvet Retreat (Buffalo Paint & Wallpaper). The Feng Shui Library was designed with feng shui principles to create harmony and balance (Mark Taylor Interiors and Feng Shui Your World).
Other themes include the Buffalo Bourbon Lounge (Kittinger Gallery and Design Studio), the Historical Glamour Dining Room (Room) and the Stop and Smell the Flowers Hallway (Villa Maria College).
When choosing themes, colors, materials and other elements, designers kept in mind the future function of the home.
The third floor includes two apartments with kitchen, bath and two additional rooms.
“These apartments will be for bone marrow patients so it has to be a very sterile environment. The Corian countertops and LVT luxury vinyl tiles are nonporous,” said Deborah Scherer, show house chairwoman.
A few highlights:
• The Buffalo Bourbon Lounge by Kittinger features a custom-designed midcentury modern bar.
• The dining space and hallway in one of the two third-floor apartments were designed by Traci Ackerman of Red Disk and Philippa Radon. The hand-silkscreened wallpaper is from a new collection from Red Disk that showcases select Charles Burchfield designs. The design at the show house is an interpretation of Burchfield’s “Flowers at Night” from 1921.
The paint used in the printing process is from the Buffalo-based C2Paint company. Auburn Watson designed the kitchen in this space. Radon also pointed out the soft, cozy textures she chose, as well as herb-growing kits and mugs with feel-good words such as HERO and FRIEND printed on them.
• The Love You to the Moon and Back Serene Nursery by Natale Builders features a custom crescent moon cradle.
• A faux-brick wall in shades of gray can be found in the room called Mr. Feine’s Design Studio, created by Frontier High School Interior Design Students.
• The Jungle Theme Children’s Room from Special Spaces Buffalo includes a tree house and painted jungle scenery on the walls.
• The Traditional with a Twist Guest Bath designed by KAZ Companies includes an accessible shower with tile that has the look of travertine. It’s accented with a vertical band of sparkly mosaic tile.
“It’s amazing what they can do with prints and machinery to make tile look authentic – to mimic the look of stone, marble or travertine. And it saves you some money,” said Lisa Braun, a designer with KAZ.
The house was built in 1888 for John Irlbacker and his family. August Feine purchased it in 1906. Visitors may want to note that photography is allowed this year in the show house.
The Junior League encourages people to share their thoughts and inspirations on social media – #jlbshowhouse17.
Decorators’ Show House is located at 766 Ellicott St. between High and Carlton streets, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Here is what you need to know:
Dates: The show house opens to the public April 29 and continues through May 21.
Hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays are reserved for private tours only.
Tickets: $25 at the door. They also are available at Wegmans and on the Junior League website.
Parking: For daytime tours, the Junior League recommends visitors park at 134 High St. (Michigan/Goodrich Garage) or 1001 Main St. (Conventus Garage). There is a charge. Metered parking is also available along Ellicott Street. Evening and weekend parking is available free of charge at Buffalo Medical Group parking lot, 85 High St. Parking along Ellicott Street is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
Restrictions: No infants or children under 10.
Other details: The house is wheelchair accessible. The Wegmans Boutique will be on the grounds. Refreshments will be available next door at the Kevin Guest House.