Designer showhouses showcase lifestyle trends



One reason that people tour designer showhouses is to observe and understand how national and regional lifestyle trends can be creatively and effectively incorporated into their own spaces. Two big private residences on St. Armands Key are on the Boys & Girls Clubs Designer Showhouse tour this year, providing the touring public plenty of reasons to go home and paint, wallpaper, buy new furniture, reconsider accessories and strive for better lighting. Or one could make the ultimate commitment and hire one of the showhouse designers to collaborate on a renovation project at your house.

AHTrendsAbout two dozen design professionals have transformed 29 indoor and outdoor spaces at a Mediterranean revival home and a contemporary residence.

Both houses are on the same block and both are for sale. Besides realizing a creative vision for each of the spaces, each designer has used spaces to demonstrate how national trends and those more relevant to Florida living can be used by homeowners with budgets both large and small. Everyone who visits these showhouses should return to their own abodes with useful ideas for better living.

Boys & Girls Clubs Designer Showhouse
361 S. Boulevard of the Presidents and 439 S. Boulevard of the Presidents
Now through February 17.
Monday - Saturday, 10-4; Sunday, 12-4

Marsha Fottler

Marsha Fottler has been a newspaper and magazine lifestyle, food and design writer since 1968 first in Boston and in Florida since 1970. She contributes to regional and national publications and she is co-publisher and editor of a monthly online magazine that celebrates the pleasures of the table called Flavors & More. (941) 371-8593.
Last modified: February 7, 2013
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