It has more than 100 windows. Tons of arts-and-crafts details. Three floors of rooms, including first- and second-floor sunrooms. And an in-ground pool out back.
Welcome to the Palmer Centennial House at 288 Lincoln Parkway, site of the 20th Decorators’ Show House opening this spring.
There is much work to be done, as area decorators, craftsmen and other design pros prepare to transform this early 20th-century residence into what the Junior League of Buffalo describes as “a contemporary state of elegance.”
But, before all that, a sneak peek of the undecorated house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10, with tickets now available. (See details below.)
Decorators’ Show House is a biennial event co-sponsored by the Junior League and The Buffalo News.
A few highlights of the house:
• The dining room features paneled walls, leaded glass windows and a beamed and mirrored ceiling.
• The kitchen will receive a makeover from Empire Custom Kitchens & Countertops. An outdoor kitchen by Cortese Construction also is planned.
• The second floor has plenty of spaces for creativity, including enclosed sunrooms, an open porch, large closets and two Jack and Jill bathrooms (each one located between two bedrooms).
• The hardwood floors will be refinished by M P Caroll Hardwood.
• The property has an in-ground pool and a large garage that will house the boutique during the Show House run.
A bit of history: The home was designed by architect Ulysses G. Orr around 1910 when the street was known as North Lincoln Boulevard. It was built for the family of William Palmer, a prominent florist in Buffalo, according to the Junior League.
The house was last sold in 1996 for $305,000. Homeowner Dr. Jennifer M. Ruh, a family practice physician, plans to put it on the market.
“It was a great house to raise a family,” said the mother of four.
Designer Karen Bialkowski, of Interiors of WNY in Clarence, is getting ready to dive into decorating the 23-by-11-foot parlor, which is off the living room and features large arched windows.
The plan? “We’re calling it a ‘smart’ room, with Alexa smart elements to it – lighting, remote window treatment coverings and music. It’s going to be a lounge, for all practical reasons. It’s very long and narrow, so it’s very much a spatial challenge for me,” she said.
“It’s also going to have a little bit of a travel theme to it; I’m calling it a ‘wanderlust’ look,” she said.
As for the room’s furnishings, visitors will likely see a pair of chairs with ottomans flanking the fireplace and a small desk at one end, to make best use of the space, she added.
The large, L-shaped sunroom will be transformed by interior designer Mark Taylor.
“It’s a very light room with lots of windows. I’m doing a blue and white Ralph Lauren-style room with wide stripes. I’ve never done a traditional all blue and white room. The wicker furniture is kind of an arts-and-crafts/mission style in a rattan color with chairs and sofa with big wide arms,” said Taylor, who went with blue after seeing the blue and gray fireplace in the adjoining living room.
And although the ground is now covered with snow, the pool area will be decorated for the Show House by Arthur’s Home Furnishings in Orchard Park.
“We are calling it ‘Into the Rainforest,’ and we plan to have a big all-weather wicker daybed, chaise lounges and wing chairs, and all-weather fabric cushions in oranges and greens. We also have parrot pillows that are really awesome,” said Wendy Bailey, of Arthur’s.
Since 1981, Decorators’ Show House has raised more than $4 million to benefit the Western New York community.
The August Feine House, in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus at 766 Ellicott St., was the site of the 19th Decorators’ Show House. It featured the work of more than 45 decorators and landscapers.
That house has been renamed the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House on the Kevin Guest House Campus and hosts patients and families traveling to Buffalo for medical care.
The Junior League selected the Westminster Economic Development Initiative to receive $215,000 raised from the 2017 Show House for the expansion of WEDI’s West Side Bazaar.
A combo ticket, $25, is available now for admission to both the sneak peek of the undecorated mansion, Feb. 9 and 10, and the transformed 2019 Decorators’ Show House, April 27 to May 19. Tickets may also be purchased for just the sneak peek, $5, or the Show House at the early-bird price, $20. (The price for general admission is $25 after April 26.)
To order the combo ticket or individual tickets, visit the Junior League’s website, jlbuffalo.org. Combo tickets can also be ordered by calling the Junior League at 884-8865. There’s a $3 convenience/shipping and handling fee for every online, mailed-in or phoned order.
You can also purchase combo or sneak peek tickets in person (check or credit card only) at the Junior League headquarters, 45 Elmwood Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Tickets also will be available at the door during the hours of sneak peek.
* Take a look back at Decorators' Show House 2017:
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