After a one-year hiatus, the Baltimore Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House is back, featuring the creativity of more than two dozen designers who have applied their talents to a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in Timonium.
From April 30 through May 21, visitors can tour the 20 transformed spaces of the Mayfair mansion, a house built in 1812 for a member of the Cockey family, for whom Cockeysville is named.
Drawing inspiration from the three-story rustic home, area designers have peppered rooms with an eclectic mix of traditional and modern furnishings. The spaces in the show house range from the elegant living room designed around a baby grand piano to a third-floor alcove set up for a children’s night of stargazing.
“We thought it was going to be an amazing project and a challenge,” says Georgia Economakis, a student in a Community College of Baltimore County design class that decorated the kitchen and butler’s pantry.
The seven students in the class stripped two layers of wallpaper and painted the walls a bright teal to add color to a room dominated by dark wooden cabinets and a brick fireplace. They chose a rustic kitchen table and Windsor-style chairs, but set teal metal stools around a dining counter for contrast.
“We didn’t want it to be matchy-matchy,” says Ayana Carter, another student in the class, who described the look they achieved as “country chic.”
Kensington designer Rhonald Angelo chose similarly contrasting pieces for a second-floor landing that he envisioned as an artist’s showplace. He hung bright modern art on walls covered in a traditional beige damask paper. A claw-footed round antique table contrasts with acrylic chairs covered with sheepskin. The eclectic composition, Angelo says, allows “individual pieces to speak with their own voices.”
The varied styles are also evident in the master bedroom designed by Russell Slouck, who furnished the room with pieces from his York Road consignment shop. The result, he says, is a room that is traditional but not antique. “We live today,” he says. “I’m not trying to re-create the past.”
Slouck used a lavender-and-mauve color scheme to complement the room’s gray toile wallpaper. The colors are apparent in the room’s focal point — a giant elephant intricately painted on the headboard of the bed. Objects throughout the room catch the visitor’s eye, including antique Italian lamps on a marble-topped dresser and Japanese calendars that hang in a recessed dressing nook.
Designers Barbara Brown and Quintece Hill-Mattauszek teamed up to create a lady’s study meant to illustrate how pieces collected over a lifetime can be tastefully presented together.
In the room, they have placed ornate antique candelabras beside modern raspberry-cushioned chairs. A large abstract painting reflects the rich pink-and-purple hues that are highlighted throughout the room. Brown painted her grandmother’s secretary…