The Baltimore Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House is back after a one-year break, presenting a fully renovated 19th century farmhouse. Over two-dozen designers, including interior design students collaborated with each other and only had 6 weeks to redesign the Mayfair mansion in Timonium.
The 200-year-old three-story farmhouse was built for a Cockey family member in 1812. Comprised of over 20 rooms and spaces, including an open living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and a third-floor alcove, the rustic home has undergone a major transformation with a multifaceted mixture of modern and traditional furnishings. The alcove is specifically designed with children and stargazing in mind.
Interior design students from a Community College of Baltimore County stripped away wallpaper on the kitchen walls and painted them a vivid teal color to give the room more clarity. The student opted for a rustic kitchen table with Windsor-style chairs. To complete the room, they added metal stools of the same teal color around the dining counter.
For the second-floor landing, designer Rhonald Angelo from Kensington selected indistinguishable pieces, including a round vintage table with claw feet and acrylic sheepskin covered chairs, vivid modern art and beige damask wallpaper. Angelo visualized the space as an artist’s showplace.
Russell Slouck, owner of a consignment at York Road designed the master bedroom with a mauve-and-lavender color scheme, vintage Italian lamps, Japanese calendars, and marble-toped dresser. Slouck said he wanted the room be traditional not antique. “I’m no trying to recreate the past,” he says.
Designer Dawn Blount-Walker from Baltimore transformed a second-floor room into a men’s lounge. The angled room features gray midcentury chairs, round game table, light-blue sectional sofa, electric fireplace and a flat screen TV, along with a round decorative rug with an orange diamond-shaped design.
Paul Henry, a show house veteran, worked diligently to transform the living room into a sophisticated entertaining space. She chose a baby grand piano as the focal point and added a painting above the fireplace. Affixed to the dark blue ceiling are white square pieces of molding.
The event is expected to raise an estimated $100,000 and draw between 7,000 to 8,000 visitors. The money will go to BSO’s educational programs, according to the event co-chairwoman Carolyn Stadfeld.
The show house will kick off on April 30 and run through May 21, beginning Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are available for $25 in advance at select locations and $30 at the door. All visitors are encouraged to take the shuttle and park at the Timonium light rail station, which is available for a $2 donation.
The BSO will be performing quartets and trios on Mother’s day.