2015 ASID Designer Showhouse Wows Homeowners During The Winston-Salem Fall Parade Of Homes

Posted on | October 30, 2015 | No Comments

I’m not sure that North Carolina can look any more beautiful than it does in the fall, with the trees captivating the eye in show stopping colors. While many people take a scenic drive to the mountains this time of year, I chose to enjoy the fall foliage as I headed up to Winston-Salem – the chosen location for the 2015 ASID Designer Showhouse. The view on the way did not disappoint and neither did the innovative designs that greeted me upon my arrival.

In a home built by Isenhour Homes, the timing of the ASID Designer Showhouse was perfectly in sync with the 2015 Fall Parade of Homes, which is put on by the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem. Eight interior designers from across the Piedmont Triad showcased their talent and creativity throughout the house. My goal was to arrive as early as possible so that I could get photographs of all the rooms before the foot traffic picked up. I was able to dash into most rooms, clicking my camera as I went, but a few spaces were too filled with people to get off a shot.

Greeting me as I entered the house was my friend, Greensboro interior designer Jessica Dauray of Jessica Dauray Interiors. I have always enjoyed her classic and sophisticated style which also reflects a contemporary design influence. In designing the study, Jessica and Sidney Blanks felt that thanks to the digital age, a home office should no longer be defined by a dedicated desk with computer. The study was designed to provide a flexible workspace, comfortable seating and an inspiring environment. Vibrant colors and original artwork foster creativity and make this home office a lovely retreat.

The dining room, by Winston-Salem interior designer Deana Browder, of Deana Browder Interior Design, has a modern classic aesthetic with the use of Hickory Chair. A walnut stained table, modern wing host and hostess chairs and a French demilune sideboard provide a classic look, while the modern art canvases and window treatments with geometric details add to the simple, clean lines of the space.

I love a great kitchen and Winston-Salem interior designer Susan Carson, of Design Authentic Interior Design, did a great job of melding form and function in the kitchen, butler pantry and casual dining area. Family and friends have plenty of room to cook and gather here to enjoy each other’s company. Authentic selections of original art, colorful accents, with classic global elements in the furnishings, provide the perfect recipe to complement the clean lines of this functional kitchen.

Across from the kitchen is the family room, by Greensboro interior designer Maria Adams, of Maria Adams Designs. Tailored and sophisticated, yet inviting and comfy, this classic-modern family room encourages you to gather for warm conversations, family entertainment or quiet reading time. Styled in a mix of traditional and modern elements in soothing colors and fresh patterns, it is a space where families will make many fond memories. Obvious sharing of color palettes and design schemes by Susan and Maria makes the kitchen and family room look their best.

High Point interior designers Stacy Yow and Emma Legg, of Barbour Spangle Design, went out of their way to ensure that overnight visitors would feel pampered in the guest bedroom and bath. As a long time fan of Barbour Spangle Design, I delighted in how the duo created an environment that would allow any visitor to feel at home in this welcoming, sophisticated and luxurious guest suite. The classic lines and neutral tones with hints of blue create a calming atmosphere that mimics the light, airy feel of the house. The room also features all the amenities guests will need such as storage, a small desk, mirror, bedside lamps, and cozy places to rest.

Just like a warm, “Come on in y’all!” followed by a welcoming hug, Greensboro interior designer Ninoshka Boylston, of N-Design, sought to capture the charm and character of a Southern porch in her design. A rocking chair or a soft loveseat to provide respite from your day – a place to catch up with your friends – or simply sit and drink a glass of sweet iced tea.

I attended my first ASID Designer Showhouse in 1999. Design has greatly changed since then. Today’s house confirmed that rooms are meant to be lived in. It is clear that beauty and elegance of years past can successfully co-exist with the desire today for comfort and livability. This was definitely a Saturday afternoon well spent. I tip my hat to the designers involved and to the Carolinas Chapter of ASID for another great showhouse.

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