Go see great design...and do some good at the same time!

I've already heard from four people who saw the teaser pictures on the blog and are excited to see the Cville Design House this week. I hope there are more of you out there! I'll be volunteering at the house one evening this week and again on the weekend. I would love to meet some readers, so please be sure to say hello! You'll also get the May issue of Abode when you buy your ticket, so in addition to seeing the floor plans and designer info inside, you can see the feature about my room on the last page!

Before showing you the teaser picture of the day, I'd like to share a little bit about the charity that benefits from the Cville Design House. Because designers donate their time and spaces, the ticket sales from show houses benefit charity. This event is benefiting Charlottesville's Shelter for Help in Emergency.

The Shelter for Help in Emergency is a place for survivors of domestic violence to find temporary housing, counseling, and help with transitioning to permanent housing. S.H.E. also runs a 24 hour hotline, programs for children, and even has a foster program for pets (there's some fascinating information on that page about pets in violent households). Another important activity of S.H.E. is outreach and education in the community, especially with young people.

Your $20 ticket to the Cville Design House will do a lot of good in Charlottesville and five surrounding counties.

Today's teaser picture (remember, I got special permission to snap a few pictures with my iPhone when I was volunteering at the house) is from the "man cave" in the basement of the design house. Yep, there's even a basement and some of the biggest transformations were done down there. Rebecca Bell Nordin created a plush, inviting, and cozy space just steps from that indoor jacuzzi I mentioned the other day. She worked magic is a very small space and managed to create spaces for work and relaxation. Oh, and you HAVE to see the desk chair. It's stunning!

Is anyone else planning on heading over in the next few days? They have evening hours on Thursday and Friday, which I thought was a nice nod to those of us who work a normal 9-5 day.

May 8th - 16th, 2010

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm
Monday – Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday & Friday 10am - 2pm , 4pm -7pm

Ticket information is on the Cville Design House website.
The proceeds will benefit Charlottesville's Shelter for Help in Emergency.


  1. What a lovely display in your photo today .....

  2. I found out about the design house here and I'm going to go after work on Friday with a few friends since it looks like Fridays After Five is going to be rained out.

    Can you explain the parking situation? I read the information on the site and still don't know where to go.

  3. That's just a teeny, tiny bit of the room, Helen!

    Anne Marie, I'll talk logistics tomorrow morning. Most design houses ask that people not park at the house so the neighbors aren't disturbed.

  4. I really want to go on Saturday!!

  5. If you come between 10 AM and noon, I'll be the shuttle attendant!


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