Visit Designer Showcase Houses for Inspiration & Fun

Designer Showcase Houses are homes that have been decorated by local designers with supplies and labor often donated by local businesses and craftspeople.  Spring is a popular time for Designer Showcase Houses to open their doors to the public.  There is usually a fee charged for the tour with the proceeds benefitting a local charity of some sort.  The homes are often sponsored by the local historical society, symphony or a chapter of ASID (American Societyof Interior Designers).  These homes are a great source of inspiration for your interior design and/or landscaping projects.  They often feature the latest in technology and paint, furniture and accesssory trends. Following is a list of some upcoming home tours in areas across the country.

West

  1. Pasadena- www.pasadenashowcase.org  April 18-May 16, 2010
  2. San Francisco-www.decoratorshowcase.org/showcase/home.html No dates announced yet

South

  1. Tulsa, OK-(405) 848-6787 April 30-May 23, 2010
  2. Jacksonville, FL-www.jaxsymphonyshowhouse.com April 17-May 05, 2010
  3. Sarasota, FL-www.sarasotaorchestra.org February 13-March 07, 2010
  4. Palm Beach FL-March 6-March 26, 2010.  There is also a fundraiser for the Red Cross from Jan 21-Feb. 20, 2010.  Visit www.redcrossshowhouse.org for more information

East

  1. Buck’s County PA-www.designershowhouse.org May 2-May 30, 2010
  2. Manhattan,NY-www.kipsbay.org/showhouse.html april 17-May 17, 2010.  This is the “mother” of all showhouses with rooms often decorated by famous designers and artists.

Regardless of whether you are in the process of redecorating your home, building a brand new home or just like to look at beautiful spaces, you will enjoy visiting these houses.  Check with your local historical society or ASID chapter to see if your area offers a designer showcase house tour.