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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

2010 DPVA Designers' Show House

Substance and style will reign supreme June 18 through 27 during the DPVA’s 10 Days of Design, a fitting name for the Designer Show House & Gardens at 201 E. Schantz Ave. in Oakwood’s Schantz Park Historic District. The Scouts have put heart and soul into making the event a success in many ways—from delighting the senses of attendees to raising money in support of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Show house visitors will witness the fabulous master suite, which is filled with distinctive Scout flair, passion and personality. The Scouts’ palette includes Navajo White (a staple wall color from Sherwin Williams), exotic turquoise, rich cocoa and deep red. To make the most of a tour through the Designer Residence, follow these tips: • Have an open mind and challenge your usual approach to decorating. Think of what design elements you can bring into your own home. Be inspired. • Bring a notebook and write down color combinations, lighting ideas, window treatments and furniture styles that grab your attention. In fact, if you’re even a dash artistically inclined, draw quick sketches of looks you love. (Remember: No cameras are allowed in the residence, but the show house program will include professional photos.) • Take your time and let the show house experience soak in. A stroll through this magnificent manse should be thoroughly enjoyed. “Notice the details in vignettes,” suggests Debbie. “This is a great opportunity to learn novel ways to display artwork, memorabilia and collections you might already have. And what better opportunity to check out a designer’s real-time portfolio than to visit his or her show house room or space.” • Keep in mind that many pieces (including artwork, accent pieces and furniture) exhibited in the show house are for sale. On Sunday, June 27, you can shop the designer rooms, boutique and landscaped grounds for bargains and items specifically crafted for the event. • Ask questions and be sure to attend Meet the Designers Day, June 22, as well as presentations the designers will host daily throughout the event. • Bring an appetite. Local restaurants and grocers will supply savory fare at the Dine by Design Bistro. • Don’t forget live music will complement the refined show-house ambience. The performance schedule is listed on the DPVA’s web site. • Above all, make the show house a memorable affair and invite friends and family members to accompany you. Buy tickets in advance, and be sure to wear comfy clothing and sensible shoes as the manor has three stories and is situated on a large lot. You don’t want to miss one note in what the DPVA calls “a symphony for the eyes.”

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