Interior Design

Bellarmine Show House Wows Again

Photo from the 2011 Bellermine Show House: Chest of drawers

Chest of drawers from the Bellermine Show House in 2011.

Don’t forget to visit The Designers Show House if you haven’t yet! The annual event, sponsored by Bellarmine Women’s Council to benefit the University’s Student Aid Fund, is at Stonecote Estate, 1005 Alta Vista, off Lexington Rd. It’s a great place to get ideas for furniture, paint colors and other local decorating trends.

Photo from the 2011 Bellermine Show House: Leopard Side chair

Leopard side chair from the Bellermine Show House in 2011.

The first thing that caught by eye as I entered the living room was Tassels signature use of vivid color and pattern. A stunning painted secretary desk in one corner set the the tone for the use of painted pieces throught out the house, including a desk in the study downstairs and a chest in a Modern Venetian themed bedroom upstairs. As at Homearama, upholstered headboards make a showing, as well as upholstered ottomans doing double duty as stools or tables and storage. Another trend was Art Deco inspired mirrors, side tables and other occasional pieces, a fun compliment to the more traditional designs.

Photo from the 2011 Bellermine Show House: Side chair

Side chair from the 2011 Bellermine Show House:

As for paint colors, strong reddish-oranges made a statement in the master bedroom (Chili Pepper) and Domain’s colorful bedroom (Coral), as well as in accents throughout the house. A warm sage (Tapenade) was inviting in the upstairs sitting room by Hubbuch & Co., and again repeated throughout. The new neutral gray (Truffle by Ben Moore) was perfect in the bedroom by Southern Inspirations. Many paints were provided by PPG Porter Paints. [Edited 9/28]

Photo from the 2011 Bellermine Show House: Apolstered headboard

Apolstered headboard from the 2011 Bellermine Show House

In accessories, animal prints are strong, and the fleur de lys still reigns, featured prominently on an accent shelf in the upstairs hall by Interiors by Carrie. One of my favorite rooms, the ante room sitting area by The French Pleat, combined several popular ideas, with colorful wallpaper and coordinating draperies, with leopard print chairs and a painted demilune table.

Photo from the 2011 Bellermine Show House: Ornamentals

Ornamentals from the 2011 Bellermine Show House

Author: Angela Mullins Boggs is the author of the Louisville design blog She has worked in sales/design in Louisville since 2000, at stores including Habitation, Calico Corners and Norwalk Furniture. A native of Whitesburg, KY and graduate of Georgetown College, Angie lives in Clifton with her husband Bruce and kitty Ariel.

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