Most design showhouses are properties for sale, and each designer creates a space for viewing. It’s a great way to market the property and the designer. However, the Kingston Design Showhouse in the Fall of 2019 was at Historic Wiltyck House in Kingston, New York, that's partially used as an Airbnb and home for the owners. The room I designed is the homeowner's private dining room; therefore, we took their taste and needs into account, especially on architectural decisions.
The overall style is a mixture of modern and traditional, feminine and masculine, and moody and bright, lots of depth but not overwhelming. The architecture serves as a canvas for the furniture showcased during the exhibit and then the homeowner's furniture that will occupy the space afterward. Small details such as replacing or refinishing the doorknobs, replacing the switches and outlets were not forgotten. Then more significant details such as the wallpapered ceiling, new ceiling medallion, and light fixture make a tremendous impact on the space. The wall paint is neutral enough but adds depth with its medium tone gray. Then we added a white border and mauve painted trim as an interpretation of the crown molding that's missing.
During the exhibit, we had local makers from the Hudson Valley well represented through furniture, accessories, art, and floral arrangements. All are makers that I love and want to share with you; without them, the room wouldn’t be as lovely as it is. Makers and vendors include:
Athabold from Germantown created beautiful floral/plant arrangements.
Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co. from Kingston displayed their natural oak Trestle dining table.
Flavor Paper from Brooklyn customized their Camelia wallpaper for the ceiling.
Forbes and Lomax from New York City brass switches added more character and elegance to what is usually an ignored detail.
Gallery and Goods from Pine Plains loaned paper sculptures and handmade ceramic vessels.
Gestalt in Hudson let us display various dining chairs in black that contrasted with the light oak table.
Hudson Valley Lighting chandelier anchors the space with a transitional style fixture that works well in the design and with the homeowner’s furniture that will move in the space after the exhibit.
Phaedo from Margaretville showcased their sculptural but light & airy Lexan console table.
Artist Rowan Willigan from Red Hook created a custom hide shaped canvas art/rug that complements the wallpaper.