“A house, like a mother, is where you run to for comfort-a place that can heal your wounds and replace any feelings of vulnerability with security.”- Bobby McAlpine
Creating homes and nurturing havens for families is the most important part of what I am honored to do in my profession. As friends, families, and clients are sheltering at home right now, it has been incredibly meaningful to hear how much their homes comfort them during these crazy times. As people have been spending more time at home, they are feathering the “nest” a bit more and looking for unique items. Chairish is one of my favorite resources to find vintage pieces for client projects. I am thrilled to have been selected to participate in their exclusive Designer Showhouse sale, a curated collection of pieces hand-picked by designers from some of the country’s most prestigious Showhouses from coast to coast. I have included items from my LCDQ Legends Window, the Southeastern Designer Showhouse presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles , the Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse and the Traditional Home High Point Showhouse. There are some incredible finds in the sale that are marked well below the wholesale prices.
As far as design inspiration goes, it’s hard to top showhouses. Serving as literal design idea treasure troves, showhouses brim with the kind of go-big-or-go-home statements that separate the A-list designers from the masses. Which isn’t to say that we can’t all adopt a new show-stopping trick or two to put into play in our own abodes. Pulling inspiration from twenty-two showhouse rooms designed by participants of this year’s Chairish Designer Showhouse Sale, we’ve rounded up an array of interiors showcasing stunning statements that can be used to drum up drama in any room.
FABULOUS FABRIC CREATIONS
CATHY AUSTIN, LCDQ LEGENDS
A seasoned vet of the showhouse circuit, designer Cathy Austin knows that a little fabric can have an enormous impact. For the LCDQ Legends Window, Cathy complemented a feature wall covered in a Iznik wallcovering by draping the adjacent wall in a pleated fabric. The technique instantly renders the space posh and palatial in addition to transforming the room into a cocoon-like hideaway. Banishing any questions of whether the fabric wall is a temporary fixture, Cathy hung an inlaid Syrian mirror atop to indicate permanence.