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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Three Showhouse Room Makeovers

Traditional Home Magazine, November 2008, featured two showhouses, the Lake Forrest, Illinois Showhouse and the Orchard Hill Showhouse in Old Westbury, New York. The article pointed out that,"showhouses are meant to inspire". The photos were taken by Edmund Barr and Bruce Buck.

The room Liz McEnaney decorated, overlooked the home's gardens and she loved to garden so this was perfect for her. If you look at the picture below, you can see how she covered the walls with a hand painted mural of trees.

In the same room, there was a wall of ivory stone with arched windows that were left bare so one could easily see the gardens. She used a gray-blue color palette.


Annika Christensen covered the walls above with gray grasscloth. And she hung a Swedish painting. She used a blue and white seersucker to upholster a Swedish antique sofa and chairs. An organically shaped lamp created movement and a clear Lucite coffee table kept the room airy.


Kate Singer created a master bedroom in silver, gray, lilac and green. There was a vine motif hand-painted on the gray wall. There was a mirrored coffee table, a vintage settee, and pictures of women hanging on the wall.


There are two slipper chairs covered in silver silk velvet although to me they look lilac, and a tufted gray ottoman.


  1. thanks for visiting my blog! I know nothing about decorating. :)
    Maybe I can learn something here.

  2. Love that mirrored console and window in the first room. And I love that shaggy rug mixed with lucite and swedish furniture. Great pics!


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