Design New England

Sneak Peak: Designers’ Show House in Portland, Maine


A spacious Tudor-style house built in 1920 at 149 Western Promenade has been revived by 17 designers for the 2011 Designers’ Show House to benefit the Portland Symphony Orchestra. I made the 2-hour trip to Portland Monday to see the transformation — and boy, am beyond happy I did!

The main floor — living, dining, kitchen & study — were by far the best in show. The study (above), designed by Brett Johnson of Maine Street Design Co., featured a cleverly subtle wall treatment, with the purple fading from dark to light as it moved up the wall. Orange side tables and luscious fabrics gave the space a glamorous, welcoming vibe.


The kitchen (above), designed by Tracy Davis of Urban Dwellings, is an expansive space that wraps around behind the stove to reveal a secondary alcove (below). It also features an eat-in area with a gorgeous hand-painted print that looks like wallpaper at first glance.



The living room (above) was a magnificent use of space by Debbie Kingry and James Light of Simply Home, with a seating area around the fireplace, window seat, and desk tucked into the bay window.
Not only is the home open for tours, but has an impressive lineup of events/seminars. For more info visit, Portland Symphony Orchestra.

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