Tonight is the opening Gala Preview Party for the Wilcox Estate Grand Rapids Symphony Designer Showhouse. Dan & I did and upstairs bedroom from the old Butlers apartment. We were inspired by "Where Women Create", so we created an artists studio retreat space. We used this antique French Louis the XVI bed , Dan built the bed crown, the ottoman a fantastic industrial lamp and an artists cabinet. The last 2 you have to visit the house to see :-)
I also used my Dad's beautiful antique oak drafting table that I have been using for years now.
Furnishing our space with antiques is our "thing" of course but it also felt like the right design decision for this fantastic 1920 Spanish Mission style building. The building is fascinating on it's own. It was built as part of the Wilcox Estate as an activities building, housing and indoor pool and squash courts. Build in a square with a center courtyard for entertaining. It ounce had an amazing greenhouse off of one side that they grew fresh vegetables in year round. The Butler and the gardener had apartments here as well as the laundry and equipment garages. This is a wonderful historic adaptive use project. All of the Designers have done a great job. It is a must see! visit the web site for more details http://www.grsymphonyshowhouse.org/