Tis’ The Season

It’s that time of the year again.  No I’m not talking about Uncle Sam’s attempt to suck your dry during tax season….I’m referring to Showhouse Season.  As spring rolls in with rising temperatures and pleasant weekends, so comes the perfect opportunity to peruse designer experiments, room-by-room, in some of the most fascinating abodes across the country.  Not only do these events provide you with a inspiration overload but the proceeds go to some great charities and causes.

The granddaddy of the show home tour is the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.  All of the haute guys and gals of the design world exhibit their stylings at this annual celebration (May 7 and June 4).  Over four decades, the “ladies who lunch” committee has raised over $17 million for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.  Tell me that isn’t inspiring.  Check out the delectables from last year to get a taste of what to expect.

Susan Zises Green

James Rizner

Bunny Williams

Todd Alexander Romano

Brian del Toro

Lynne Scalo Design

Although I can’t make it up to the Big Apple this season, I have planned to visit the gorgeous Adamsleigh Estate in Greensboro, NC for the Traditional Home Magazine sponsored show house (April 20-May 5) benefiting the local Junior League of post-sorority girls.  Fab designers from up and down the east coast have convened on the furniture state to soak in the nostalgic luxuriousness of the palatial home of textile magnate “Hamp” Adams (sounds like a good ol’ boy).

Adamsleigh Show House

Some other great venues you may want to check out…

Atlanta Decorators’ Show House & Gardens (April 20- May 12)

Hampton Designer Showhouse (July 21- September 2)

San Francisco Decorator Showcase (April 27- May 27)


Washington, DC Design House (April 14- May 12)