Design House Week: The Charlottesville Design House

It's design house season in our region and I thought I'd profile a few of my favorite houses around the region.

In many cities around the country, design or show houses are used to raise money for charity. Designers sign on to decorate one room in a large home and the public buys tickets to see the results. Without clients to please, the designers are often free to take risks and let their creativity come out and play a little bit.

When I lived up north, show houses were often put on by the local Junior League. When I moved here, I was surprised that ours didn't have one and missed having one in my backyard. So, I wound up driving to DC or Richmond to see them (hence a week of profile my favorite design houses...there are lots of them!).

In 2010, I saw a poster for a Charlottesville design house and was so excited. I emailed the coordinating charity, the Shelter for Help in Emergency to volunteer at the house right away. By the end of my stint at the house, I had signed on to be part of the marketing committee the next year and a friend had bought the house (I probably spent more time in her house before she bought it than she did!).  The next year, I juggled my busy season at work with preparing for the 2011 design house. It was extremely rewarding, but I knew I couldn't be as heavily involved in the future. So, I've been a spectator instead of a volunteer since then.

The 2013 Charlottesville Design House is right around the corner and I can't wait to see it! This year's home is in the lovely Farmington neighborhood. The house opens on May 4th. There are several talks scheduled that are free to attend.

In past years, I was able to get some good sneak peek pictures out of the house...I'll see what I can do this year. As in past years, photographer Robert Radifera will take photos of the finished project.

Bonus: you can see how U-Fab's space in the 2013 Charlottesville Design House has come together on their blog!


  1. Thanks for sharing our space! -Carley @ U-Fab


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