Decorators’ ShowHouse comes to Shelby County

Published 6:17 pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mantooth Interiors decorated the master bedroom as a "sophisticated look for the modern woman." (Photo by Jon Goering.)

Mantooth Interiors decorated the master bedroom as a “sophisticated look for the modern woman.” (Photo by Jon Goering.)

By KATIE MCDOWELL/Lifestyles Editor

The 2013 Decorators’ ShowHouse will be held in Shelby County.

Interior designers and decorators from the Birmingham area have reimagined 21 rooms and areas in The Bryant House, located in Hoover. On April 20, the house will open the doors to the public to raise money for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Nan Teninbaum, spokeswoman for the Symphony Volunteer Council, said decorators began working on the home in March. Firms bid on and are assigned one or two rooms to decorate.

Each room has a theme, such as the “Charmingly Coastal Kitchen,” which was decorated by Kathy’s Kreations of Alabaster and features whites, blues and corals and seashell accents.

Designer Bill Aroosian redesigned the library as “Le Collecion.”

“The whole idea is this person is a world traveller, collects things and brings them home,” he said.

The room features items from across the globe, including chairs from a Paris flea market, a rug from Turkey, a salt lamp from the Himalayan Mountains and rows of books. Aroosian also brought light into the wood-paneled room by removing some of the blinds on the windows and painting the ceiling gold.

Teninbaum said the SVO expects a large crowd during the 16-day event.

“It will be in the thousands,” she said.

Much of the furniture and décor in the home will be for sale, and a decorator sales area will be open daily to purchase items. The items may not be picked up until after the event ends.

The ShowHouse will also feature a symphony shop selling items to benefit the ASO and a tea room and “sweet shoppe.”

The event will be held April 20-May 5. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2-6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 before April 19 and $20 after that date. Tickets for groups of 20 or more cost $15 each.

Parking is available at Riverchase United Methodist Church, 1953 Old Montgomery Highway, Hoover. Visitors will be bused to the home from the church parking lot. The last bus leaves for the ShowHouse one hour prior to closing.

Infants and children under the age of 8 are not allowed.

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