Last weekend I had the pleasure of touring the Charlottesville Design House in Keswick. The designs inside and outside this lovely brick colonial home were just beautiful, but the real beauty of this entire project was seeing how so many people and businesses within the community came together to support a much-needed service in our area.
The Charlottesville Design House is an annual fundraiser for the Shelter for Help in Emergency. The Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) is an organization in the area that provides many services to victims of domestic violence, including a safe shelter, a 24-hour hotline, counseling, and various supportive services. Many individuals and businesses volunteer their time to make this fundraiser happen and a gracious homeowner allows the use of their home for the Design House project. Everyone from the designers, vendors, and a local professional photographer all give their time and work to benefit the shelter.
That is why you will only see small areas of the house in my photos. I would prefer you to visit Robert Radifera’s website and check out his Design House photos. Robert has been the official photographer for the Design House for the last seven years and I wish for his work to be recognized because he has volunteered his time, not only to photographing the design house, but also working along side his wife at the shelter for many years. When you visit his website, please take the time to read about his personal story about a dear friend he and his wife lost to domestic violence, and why it’s so important they continue their work for the shelter and to advocate for victims of domestic violence. Thanks to Robert and his wife Lauren for their dedication to the shelter!
A big thanks to the designers, businesses, and various other individuals who made this design house possible as well. The rooms were gorgeous and it was so neat to see the various styles throughout the house. The rooms were each unique in their own way! I would like to mention the designers before I move on to the snapshots of my tour.
Foyer- Heidi Brooks Interior Design (Heidi Brooks) | Steele Sterling & Crandall Interiors, LLC (Penny Crandall)
Library- Stedman House (Kori Messinger, Nicole Fagerli)
First Floor Master Bedroom- Interiors by Moyanne (Moyanne Harding)
Living Room- Gibson Design Group (Andrea Gibson)
Breakfast Room and Kitchen- Folly Charlottesville (Victoria Pouncey, Beth Ann Kallen)
Powder Room and Laundry Room- MSS Designs (Nina Crawford)
Second Floor Master Bedroom- Michelle Willis Adams, LLC
Second Floor Child’s Bedroom- Jackson + Parks Design (Jennifer Greenhalgh)
Second Floor Guest Bedroom- Fine Art & Design (Tatiana Yavorska-Antrobius)
Lower Level Vestibule- Designs by Cheryl ( Cheryl Jarvis Southworth)
Lower Level Office- Ethan Allen Interiors (Connie Norwood)
The designers did a beautiful job and if you live in the Charlottesville area, I hope you get the chance to visit the Design House next year if you missed this one.
I was impressed as soon as we stepped in the door. Check out this sitting area in the foyer…a glass of wine anyone?
The coziest library I’ve ever seen. Beautiful art pieces, a fireplace, and books galore. If you are a book lover, you wouldn’t want to leave this space.
The first floor master bedroom had furniture pieces along every wall and I loved the mix of classic and modern pieces.
The lighting and hardware caught my eye as well…
The cabinetry, counter top, and sink all come together perfectly to create the wet bar in the living room. Oh, and the Grand Marnier…didn’t want you to miss that.
The fireplace on the screened-in porch was one of my favorite things about this house. I am just sure the new owner of this home could use this screened-in porch well into the cold months, using the fireplace. I’ve been camping in January (that was not a good idea, so I don’t recommend it) so I know I could be out here on a cold night.
Our next stop was the breakfast room and kitchen. I really liked all the patterns they included in this design and the kitchen cabinets and appliances put mine to shame. Not hard to do with my 60’s cabinets, but still, I could imagine all these lovely things in our kitchen.
The second floor master bedroom was one of my favorite rooms because the style was very similar to that of my Great-Grandparents home, which had an oriental style. My Great Grandmother had a lovely home that was always decorated so nicely, and I know she would have loved this lamp and the bedding.
You know, I am warming up to the idea of wallpaper again and this pattern in the boy’s bedroom is making me think it might be a good idea. You may have noticed a similar pattern on the curtains in the breakfast room.
More lighting…I couldn’t pass up this interesting sconce in the stairway.Martini anyone? I mean, who wouldn’t want that while they’re doing the laundry? If I had a laundry room this nice, there would be reason to celebrate.
The basement had a few more rooms that were beautifully designed, with an office and media room. The black and white tile floor in the basement hallway is what captured my attention right away. The walls were lined with paintings from local artists that were available for purchase .
I don’t know how much money the Design House raised for the Shelter for Help in Emergency, but I can say it was a success just from the experience and seeing how so many people came together to make this happen. What a wonderful way to use design to benefit a service that is much needed in our community. Please visit to Shelter for Help in Emergency’s website to learn how you can help the shelter OR learn how they can help you if you are in an unsafe home environment. If you don’t live in the Charlottesville area and need help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for resources available in your area.