My relationship with the VIA's Bucks
County Designer House began when I designed my first room
for the 25th Anniversary house in 2000. I was assigned
an attic playroom, a small, hidden place that would intrigue,
but not invite children. Perhaps because the angled ceilings
made me feel as though I was a giant in the room, I immediately envisioned
a dwarf's cottage. I could see the trompe l'oeil fireplace
on the real chimney and that ceiling became the perfect thatched
roof. I completed the look with tiny children's furniture
that I refinished, and added hand painted birds as hooks
for the dress-up area. One viewer said that she expected
Snow White to pop through the window at any moment! Thus
began my decade long relationship with this wonderful organization
and event. Since then, I have done everything from stairwells
to bathrooms to bedrooms.
In most participating years, I have designed the entire room
but I have also assisted designers with just faux finishing the
walls in their rooms. In
addition to the VIA Houses, I have also participated with a fellow designer
in the Holy Redeemer Health System Designer Showhouse, in Bryn Athyn.
My most recent designer house was in Peddler's Village's Foxbriar
where I designed a
Sailor's Loft boy's bedroom. I guess I have become known for rooms with
crazy ceilings and unusual shapes, but I am energized by the challenge. I
had furniture custom built to get the most use of the space from a young boy's
point of view, and I hand painted the nautical chart mural on the ceiling,
as well as the curtains, and fully accessorized the space. This room
garnered enough praise to be included in two books: Designer Faux Finishing:
Ideas and Inspiration for Sophisticated Surfaces by Victor DeMasi and,
the yet to be published, Decorator Showhouses II.
I can only hope my entry in the upcoming 35th VIA Bucks County
Designer House will be met with as much interest. I look
forward to seeing you there!