The 36th Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House

Behind the scenes with one of the Show House designers.

This spring I am fortunate enough to be participating in the 36th Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House. The event will take place at The Eck House, a home built in 1972 on land that was part of Nicholas Ruxton Gay's Good Fellowship Farm. The farm changed hands thoughout the 18th and 19th centuries, until it was sold to Charles and Viola Eck in 1942.

Then, in the early 1990's when the property came under development pressure, Baltimore County government stepped in to purchase the now 45-acre property to be included in the new . In addition to this beautiful residence, the park includes open meadows, organic farm fields, orchards, a marked trail system, and past historic structures.

The Decorators’ Showhouse, an annual event, is the largest fundraiser for the BSO. I am so excited to be participating this year with a very talented group of Baltimore Interior Designers and Decorators. As we have less than a month to pull our spaces together before move in day, I thought it would be fun to share my behind the scenes preparations. 

The space I am designing is a bedroom for a teenage girl with a palette of chocolate browns and raspberries. I love my fabrics, they give the room a lot of character while still maintaining a sophisticate feel. The fabrics inspired my color choices for the walls and the ceiling and also for a surprise inside the closet. (If I gave all my secrets away, no one would come to the show house!)

The furniture I will use is a combination of traditional and modern elements. As the pieces start to arrive I will give you some sneak peeks! Because the bed is always the focal point of any bedroom I designed a custom modular headboard fabricated from individually upholstered sections of chocolate chenille which will serves as a backdrop for the colorful fabrics used for the bed linens and pillows. I have a fabulous upholstered chair with cool modern lines, and found the greatest button tufted ceramic garden bench to sit beside the chair.  

Show houses are always exciting for designers to participate in because we become our own client. As such each rooms is a true reflection of our individual design aesthetic. Additionally, because  we absorb the cost of decorating the room, we tend to come up with some very clever solutions to design problems in an attempt to cut corners cost wise. I hope you will consider coming out and seeing the work that all these great designers have put into their spaces.

The house opens on April 29 and runs through May 20. For more information you can visit the BSO Decorator Showhouse Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BSDSH. If you “like” the page you can keep up on the progress of all the designers at the house.

For now I am busy pulling together the final pieces of my design...new hardware on the bedside tables, selecting frames for the custom artwork done by a fabulous up and coming young artist, deciding at what point enough bed pillows are enough bed pillows, etc...stay tuned, I will be back with more updates!

For more design ideas visit my website at www.millbrookcircle.com.

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