House Tour: The DJF Builders Designer Show House
An inspired collaboration in support of a great cause, the DJF Builders Designer Show House opens to the public on Saturday, March 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina, offering visitors the opportunity to tour spaces by top design talents while supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, which will benefit from the proceeds. Designed by Carter Skinner and constructed by DJF Builders, the show house, which is located in the Country Club Hills neighborhood of Raleigh, has impressive features inside and out. Beautiful landscaping by Frank Liggett surrounds the white brick house with copper accents, and inside a stunning mix of styles showcasing current and timeless trends courtesy of nearly 20 interior designers (including local Scouted luminaries) provide a visual feast of colors, textures, and one-of-a-kind elements.
In anticipation of the opening, we got a sneak peek of the 5,500-square-foot home, and checked in with a few of the designers involved as they completed their installations. Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the inspiring spaces, and read on to learn about the designers’ approaches and featured items.
To visit: Tours are available Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The house is located at 3019 Granville Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina. Find additional information regarding tickets and restrictions here.
The Breakfast Nook. Martha Schneider, designer and owner of Raleigh-based home boutique La Maison, designed the breakfast nook. Schneider, who takes a style-meets-function approach to projects, created a glamorous yet comfortable gathering space featuring blush tones and soft neutrals. The focal point of the blush pink chandelier, the gold console, and the gold lamps lend to the glamour of the room, while the linen-covered host/hostess chairs and acrylic side chairs fulfill the need for comfort. The sunlit windows inspired Schneider to bring the outdoors in by placing vintage European planters on the corners to anchor the space. Resources: Lamp, table, chairs, console, planters, artwork, and accessories: La Maison. Chandelier: Louise Gaskill. Rug: Eatman’s Carpets. Draperies: Duralee. Chair fabric: Kravet. Photo by Smith Hardy.
The Kitchen: “Chrissy and I wanted the kitchen to be a showstopper,” says designer Emily Culley of Kitchen & Bath Galleries of North Hills, who worked with Chrissy Gupton of DJF Builders on the kitchen design. However, the fact that cabinetry is an integral part of the home and the future owners would need a functional, practical kitchen was also a strong consideration. The result is a classic yet fresh design with a few bold strokes that provides a welcoming gathering space. Resources: Custom cabinetry by Crystal Cabinet Works. Photo by Smith Hardy.
The Study: Tula Summerford of Raleigh-based Design by Tula created an alluring study for the lady of the house. Envisioned as an empowering, feminine space, it mixes modern, vintage, and antique elements, including 18th-century gilded frames, early 1900s crystal Italian sconces, and a vintage bar cart from the late 1960s accessorized with Rablabs, Baccarat, and MacKenzie-Childs pieces from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Black velvet wallpaper and bright silks help complete the modern-luxe look. Summerford was drawn to the room, which can serve as a library, office, or intimate entertaining space, due to the French doors that open onto the balcony. “It’s a free-flowing, free-thinking room, a great room to work out of and brainstorm in,” she says. Resources: Wallpaper: Christian Lacroix. Fabrics: Designers Guild. Custom lighting: Louise Gaskill. Custom abstract artwork: Jennifer Flannigan. Custom rug: Kyle Bunting. Draperies: Townes. Photo by Smith Hardy.
The Master Bedroom and Bathroom: Mother-daughter design duo Betsy Anderson and Katie O’Neal are behind this dreamy blue-and-white bedroom. “My mother taught me everything I know,” says O’Neal. “She raised us to have infinite appreciation for blue and white, so it felt fitting to use this timeless color combination and put a ‘Betsy twist’ on it for our first show house as a team. Anderson and O’Neal incorporated a variety of blue tones via fabrics, and selected white lacquer for the bedroom ceiling, chandelier, and bathroom walls to maximize the incredible natural light. Resources: Furniture and lighting: Steins Furniture. Wallpaper: Osborne & Little. Fabrics: Designers Guild and Osborne & Little. Art/Photography: Eve Simone. Photo by Smith Hardy.