Event to Benefit Free to Live Animal Sanctuary
Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just love to keep up with the latest trends in interior design, you’ll want to mark your calendar for the second annual Oklahoma Designer Show House, scheduled for Sept. 9-11 and 16-18 in Edmond.
Ten area interior designers and their design firms were allowed complete creative freedom to set up showrooms at this year’s event, which will be held in a new, 5,200-square-foot home located at 3101 Oakdale Ridge Court, just north of N.W. 122nd off Bryant Avenue in east Edmond. The home was built by Steve McLean of Coldwater Creek Homes.
“This year’s group of designers represent the highest level of talent in the state of Oklahoma,” said Andrea Meister, an interior designer and show house founder/coordinator. Meister also is owner of Roost Oklahoma, a full-service interior design firm in Edmond that specializes in creating unique and customized spaces for the home.
Unlike at similar events, designers for this event are offered them the opportunity to participate without being handicapped by a long list of restrictions and guidelines.
“This allows them the ability to experiment and express their artistic visions free from any dictates,” Meister said.
Designers also were invited to use furnishings and products from their own personal showrooms, augmented with furnishings from Designer’s Market, Oklahoma’s largest showroom for designers. Designer’s Market, 11900 N. Santa Fe, was formally “to the trade only”; however, recently they have opened their showroom to the public.
Gia Rose, showroom manager at Designer’s Market, enjoyed supporting last year’s event so much, she is personally designing one room this year.
“As an interior designer and showroom manager, I love the freedom we are given to express what can be done by a professional designer! The first event was a huge success, and our showroom not only supported the designers with furnishings, we also helped out as the official ticket sales location. Some of the hottest designers in the state participated in the event. Thousands of Oklahomans toured the home, and the proceeds went to a great cause (Free to Live Animal Sanctuary).
“This year,” Rose added, “Andrea asked us for our support again, but she also asked if we would be interested in designing a room. I thought this would be a great opportunity to show off our design team’s talents as well as how to implement some of the hottest finishes and furnishings offered by the industry and our showroom.”
Rose and her design team–also composed of Laura Kelting and Emily Berndt–are looking forward to designing the upstairs guest bedroom of the show house.
“The concept of the design uses a modern gray scale with a touch of warmth to add a feeling of comfort. People often feel that gray is cold, boring and uninviting. We wanted to show how this concept can be implemented in a design, and not only make you feel relaxed, but have a real wow factor,” she said.
“This tricky balance is obtained through the use of soft textures, like velvet and fur, with contrasting sleek metals and vinyl. We placed classic elements such as wood finishes and an updated wing chair to tone down the harsh details, and give it a comfortable feel. The use of trendy patterns and a touch of color brings the modern flair of this room to life.”
In addition to Meister and Rose, featured designers are Travis Neely of Neely Design Associates, Phara Queen of Phara Queen Design, Jimmy Rupp of Interior Gilt, Kellie Clements of Modern Whimsy, Justin Venk of Facet14 Studio, Ashley Whiteside of Whiteside Interiors, Anne McCarthy of Emory Anne Interiors and Sunshine Gadbury of Perch’d Modern.
Meister added that “everything in the house will be for sale, as well as during the designer boutique,” to be held at the end of the tour run.
Some 10,000 people are expected to tour the 2016 show house, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the dates noted above. Tickets may be purchased prior to the event for $10 at Designer’s Market, 11900 N. Santa Fe., Oklahoma City, or at the door for $15.
A 24-page, full-color glossy magazine featuring the designers, show sponsors, home builder and more will be given to tour-goers.