On Mother’s Day Mark, the girls and I went to church and then to lunch. Then I left the ones who made me a mother at home and went out for the afternoon with my brother. In my defense it gave them time for naps and a quick trip to Target for their last-minute shopping. Also? It’s kind of what I wanted for “my” day anyway.
James and I went to the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse, a gorgeous historic home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Kansas City. The Designers’ Showhouse is a fundraiser for the The Kansas City Symphony and its youth programs – and it’s basically like seeing a DIY Network show in person. As we walked through each room and saw its unique design, it was a lot of fun to see so many different styles from various Kansas City designers. And even though design and decorating is not exactly my strength, I learned a few things.
First of all, it seems that “put a bird on it” is still a thing. Or maybe it’s not. But including little touches that fit into a theme throughout your home might be. James and I had fun trying to spot all the birds used in most rooms of the Showhouse (as well as an interesting armadillo, for whatever that’s worth).
Secondly, I was reminded that details (even those of the non-bird kind) matter. James is very tall, but even if it weren’t for his height, I am certain we would have noticed the beautiful light fixtures featured in each room. Each one was different – from what we expected to see and from every other room. It was those added touches that made this home a Showhouse.
Finally, I realized that when decorating, I’ve got to think more creatively. Out of the box, you know. On one wall, I saw wooden dough bowls turned into mirrors, and in another, I was intrigued by the way all the books had their spines facing the wall. The desk above was decorated with a book simply opened with its pages looped and folded. And don’t forget that armadillo.
I also learned that it’s okay – and sometimes brilliant – to mix styles, interspersing traditional and contemporary pieces throughout a space; that the Nester knows what she’s talking about with that vignette business (I get it now! … Yes, I’m slow.); and that I really love abstract paintings by Kansas City artists (but, sadly, will never be able to afford the original pieces!).
Local friends, if you’re looking for something to do this month or would like to support the symphony, I definitely recommend checking out the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. The Showhouse is in Hyde Park near 39th & Gillham, and you can purchase tickets at the door. It’s open 10-4 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10-8 on Thursdays, and 12-5 on Sundays through June 7. You can buy tickets and find more info at http://showhouse.org/.
I received complimentary tickets to the Designers’ Showhouse but all elementary design lessons were my own!