2019 Symphony Designers’ Showhouse – My Recap

After one of the most brutal winters on record here in Kansas City spring has finally arrived. This spring has been absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I like to think it is our reward for putting up with such a gross winter. Since we are finally able to emerge from hibernation, I was excited to get out of the house and visit one of my favorite springtime events in K.C., the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year’s Showhouse took place in a grand Georgian Revival built in 1922 and situated on picturesque Loose Park. Area landscapers, Interior Designers, Interior Design students, and home stores show off their designs and product throughout the home.

I am highlighting a few spaces in the home that caught my eye, just a peek of what you will find in this luxurious home.

A pair of grand planters flank the front entrance to the home, provided by Family Tree Nursery.
The formal living room was bright and serene in shades of white and blue. Designed by The Design Gallery of Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Adjacent to the formal living room lies a space dubbed “A Novel Place” designed by JCCC Interior Design Student Association. This room provided a cozy, clubby feel with rich textures of leather and layered rugs in cowhide
A whimsical child’s room on the second floor of the home, designed by Fitzwater Design, featured an adorable teddy bear adorned day bed.
A sleek wine lounge by Howard Fischer Design provides a contemporary retreat.
In the master bathroom a copper and black freestanding bathtub stole the show with it’s visual impact and sleek style. Master bath design by Designer Consignment Furniture & Interiors.
The third floor of the home (and my favorite space in the house) is designed by Kitty Sondern Snyder Design. With creamy walls and an abundance of natural light, this space felt light, unfussy and airy. An eclectic mix of furnishings with a dash of boho made the space feel cozy and welcoming, yet current and fresh in design.
A charming window nook on the third floor space designed by Kitty Sondern Snyder Design.
Howard Fischer Design wins best light fixture (in my book) with this contemporary brass chandelier centered in the dining room of the home.
My second favorite room in the home is the sunroom designed by Ethan Allen. You will again hear me use the term “fresh” to describe the design aesthetic of this space. Clean-lined furnishings, neutrals accented with shades of blue and layered texture give this room a current vibe that is also comfortable and welcoming.
I kind of fell in love with the cute post box on the front of the home.


The Symphony Designers’ Showhouse runs through Sunday, May 12 and I suggest checking it out. I just gave you a tiny peek, there is so much more to see! For me, the Showhouse carries a lot of nostalgia as I have been going since I was very young with my mother. My love of interiors runs deep people! I have been thrilled to tour some of the best of Kansas City’s stately older homes by attending this event over the years. I have also picked up several design ideas gathering inspiration from the talented designers who put in a lot of time a care on the spaces that they are tasked with transforming.

I was very pleased with some of spaces this year that gave off a fresh, current and perhaps more attainable vibe. While I do love looking at glam, elegant spaces, I find myself drawn more to those that are bright, stylish and comfortable. The spaces that welcome you in, where you just “see” yourself living. I saw some of these spaces in this home this year and I hope its a trend we continue to see and to watch evolve.

If you love interior design, architecture of old homes, or just want something different to do this weekend, check out the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse which benefits the Kansas City Symphony (yet another artistic powerhouse that Kansas City is fortunate to have!)

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1 Comment

  1. Sam
    May 10, 2019 / 3:54 am

    Wonderful home.

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