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Final days of fantasy


If you haven’t been to the Designer Show House on the Hudson, you still have a chance, as it’s open through the weekend.

And how could you not want to go inside this…

The $3.2 million chateau in Upper Grandview is open for tours through Sunday. Some 10 area interior designers have filled the place with some really impressive furnishings — and ideas.

I wrote about the event, which benefits Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, last month when it opened.

But because of deadlines, I had to pay a pre-opening visit. At that time, some rooms were nearly done; others had little more than paint.

That’s why I was excited to finally get back earlier today to check out the “finished product.”

The home, by Nyack-based builder Michael DeMarco and on the market through the Nyack office of Prudential Rand, is pretty stunning on its own.

As filled with decorating ideas and so much lovely art… wow.

Lynn Jacobs, development associate at Meals on Wheels and the project’s coordinator, took the time to give me an informal tour.

Here are a few of the highlights (and keep in mind my “snaps” hardly do the space justice; you’ll want to see it all in person).

With so many hardwood floors, I was wondering what to wear for my tour and opted for flat boots… needn’t have worried, as a fun alternative was posted right outside the door.

The first area is the entry foyer, as done by Laura Blanco Interiors. Her company’s based in Manhattan, though she’s a Piermont resident. (And the sculpture, both the chair and the figural work, is by Eric David Laxman of Valley Cottage).

The dining room was done by Landau Ethan Allen of Nanuet:

The sitting room is by Karen Houghton Interiors of Nyack. Wouldn’t you love to grab a book and spend the afternoon here?

As we walked, Jacobs told me again how much a collaborative effort the project was — designers called to help, places loaned things, etc.

“All the local people have been really amazing,” she said, pointing to one of the many rugs from Pari Janati of Pari’s Gallery in Nyack.

And they’ve had a steady flow of visitors.

“The buzz all around it has been wonderful,” she added.

The kitchen, complete with rich brown walls, is by Margot Klope Interiors of Hillsdale, N.J.:

And the living room, by Kay Wallin Impeccable Designs in Upper Saddle River, N.J.:

Moving to the second floor, you “exit” the turret (the home of the swirling staircase) to find this burst-of-color landing from Susan Langone of Piermont.

An upstairs bedroom/sitting room by Caitlin Burck:

Jacobs told me these lovely paintings in the room are by Burck’s mother, Frances Wells, the noted Hudson River painter. Her work is also featured in other parts of the home, including a gallery on the ground floor.

The master suite by Melody Moricco and Melody Interiors of West Nyack:

Including a pretty well-appointed bath:

For the young ones, stop by this casual vignette, set up by Kid’s Supply Co. in Manhattan (the owners, Jacob said, live in Snedens Landing).

And then, the guest suite by Nancy August and Jennifer Fox of August K. Fox Interiors of Grandview.

This one was just too beautiful… I had met Jennifer Fox when I was there to do my story, and she told me how the room drew on the architecture of the home and its European feel. The designers imagined a guest, perhaps from Europe, staying here along the Hudson. Talk about hospitality!

And it’s always fun to notice the details, such as this letter. It’s meant to be from guests in the room, who talk about how lovely it is to be staying there with such a view of the Hudson. Sweet touch.

Visitors are invited to the home’s ground floor, as well. In addition to an art gallery showcasing primarily local artists, the area also houses the practicalities from refreshments to coat check to restrooms.

So, that’s an overview. If you go — or have already been — let me know what things were your favorites.

And when you’re done, be sure to take a final glance out over the view… as I’ve said before, this entire property is a place for daydreams.

The house is open for tours from noon to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday. Admission, payable at the door, is $10.

The show house is at 9 Welles Lane.

For more details, call 845-624-6325.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 5:19 pm by Mary Shustack. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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Mary Shustack has been living — and shopping — in this region her whole life. This blog will follow her never-ending search for beautiful things, from home-decorating accents to funky tote bags to quirky collectibles. Come along as she browses through the shops, boutiques, markets and fairs of the Lower Hudson Valley.


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