The 2018 Symphony Designer’s Showhouse – My Recap

I love spring! It is my favorite time of the year. The weather warms, the kiddos can escape the confines of the house where they have been cooped up all winter, our backyard garden is planted and the trees bloom in beautiful pastels. Kansas City is a true beauty in the spring. There is also a reawakening of local activities at this time of year. One such activity, The Symphony Designer’s Showhouse presented by the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, is always a favorite of mine. I have been going to the Showhouse almost every year (besides the 10 years I lived away from KC) since I was a young girl. Through these tours, I have had the opportunity to view some of the finest of the grand dame homes that grace Kansas City and view local designer’s transformations of the home’s interiors. Every year I grab my guide book at the door, pen in hand, and take note of the design ideas that catch my eye. This year I thought I’d share some of these notes with you.

This past week I toured the latest Showhouse, located at 445 W. 56th Street, KCMO. The home , built in 1915, is a grand example of Colonial style architecture. Walking up to the entrance of the home, I was immediately impressed by the grandeur of the columns and portico entryway.

I’m a sucker for a sunroom and this space, by Woodson Antiques and Interiors, provides a peaceful retreat in soft blues and greys.

And how about this rug? Love it.

I love touring older homes because you see a level of craftsmanship that is rarely present nowadays. The wide arched doorways and extensive, ornate moldings throughout this home were so lovely. I also liked the Hollywood glam feel of the living room space by Howard Fischer Design. I particularly liked the lines and luxe upholstery of the peacock blue chairs by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams.

The “Tween Suite” by Johnson County Community College Design Student Association featured a gorgeous blue ombre painted feature wall. I think, with a little practice, this technique could be replicated in your own home.

A fun alternative to a standard drum ceiling fixture was provided by Wilson Lighting.

The Master Bath by Kohler Signature Store by First Supply featured a showstopping art-deco tiled wall in tile by Ann Sacks.

The sleek and modern Kohler Veil freestanding bathtub was a stunner.

A third floor bath featured a textured tile floor and shower in earth tones.

Graphic wallpaper and a modern light fixture added interest to a third floor room.

Unique architectural features, such as this small arched window on the third floor stair landing of the home, are a big part of what makes older homes special.

In the Hearth Room, by Midwest Design and Remodel, the new fireplace is wrapped in a lovely tile mosaic in blue-grey tones.

The backyard space of the home provided a lush oasis in the city with a sweeping terrace, hidden gardens and stone-walled seating areas.

If you are a home decor junkie (like me), appreciate fine old architecture or are looking for ideas for your own home, the Symphony Designer’s Showhouse is one you should put on your “to do” list.  You still have the chance to tour this beautiful Kansas City home.  The home is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday. The final day of the tour is Sunday, May 13.  Tour hours are 10am-5pm and tickets are $25 at the door, $20 presale from local ticket outlets.


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