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2012 Princeton and SOTA Designer Showhouses

From Allentown to Princeton, the showhouse goes on!



We are happy to announce that we've been selected as designers for two upcoming Designer Showhouses this Spring.  What makes Designer Showhouse projects so much fun is that they start with fascinating  properties that are completely transformed over the course of a month by scores of the area's finest interior designers, landscapers and craftsmen.  Empty spaces, often devoid of character but for their architectural value suddenly become warm, inviting, dramatic. Designer House visitors marvel over the before pictures as they walk through rooms now bursting with color, creativity and personality. 

And they leave with loads of ideas that inspire new projects in their own homes.

Now that March has arrived, the showhouses are open for the designers to begin work, and the design countdown has begun.  Veneshe Venetian Plastering, teaming up again with Bella Pintura Architectural Design Studio, have two exciting initiatives underway at the Princeton and Allentown designer showhouses.  Here's a bit about the designer houses, and a sneak preview of what we have in the works.


2012 Princeton Designer Show House

princeton-showhouseApril 22, 2012 - May 20, 2012

Priory Court, located at 124 Edgerstoune Road in Princeton, NJ was built in 1933 by famed Architect Albert Hopkins as his “Castle.”   Nestled within an enchanting arboretum, the house is replete with American Gothic details - cast stone moldings and architectural elements, hand planed wooden doors and ceilings, and even a Cloister and Music Room (where Albert Einstein learned the violin).  The empty home shows signs of age with outdated fixtures and colors.  The design challenge will be to create a modern living environment while preserving the grandeur of its structure and design intent.

Veneshe and Bella Pintura to the rescue

As soon as we saw the entry foyer to Priory Court, we were hooked. The heavy wooden door, slate floor, and detailed cast stone molding
around gothic archways evoke a wonderful sense of history and romanticism.  But whitewashed cinderblock walls and a lack natural and artificial lighting create a sterile environment in need of a designer touch.  Our grand plans for a grand entry include plastering the walls with natural Italian plaster in a warm, butter cream toned Marmorino lime plaster.  The ceiling will be plastered with a gold Milano Venetian Plaster, and embellished with plaster and gold leaf medallions.  We're collaborating with Off Grid Technologies, specialists in low voltage, eco-friendly lighting  design, to add warmth and ambiance.   

The Princeton Designer Show House & Gardens is the single largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Greater Princeton, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. More information is available here.

2012 SOTA Designer Show House

April 28, 2012 - May 20, 2012

The 2012 SOTA Designer Showhouse & Gardens will be held April 28-May 20, 2012 in a beautiful Victorian farmhouse on picturesque farm near Coopersburg, PA.  Located at 1770 Pleasant View Road,  Three Chimneys Farm is a beautiful Victorian farmhouse built in the 1870's by Zeno Weierbach.   Situated on extensive lawns featuring two ponds, a large red barn and gazebo, the fieldstone house is adorned with period details and classic Pennsylvania farmhouse charm.

Enter Veneshe and Bella Pintura

Inspired by the Victorian tile and contemporary sink, Lori and Holly proposed a plan for a "Modern Country Bath" that marries modern and retro design elements. sota-showhouse-design To soften sharp lines, we'll create a wall finish with the look of crushed velvet and the feel of suede, using all-natural Italian lime plaster. The ceiling will be plastered in translucent layers of Venetian plaster, with touches of silver leaf to add sparkle to the finishes. A hand-painted trompe l'oeil floor cloth introduces a touch of whimsy.

The Society of the Arts is an Allentown-based non-profit organization and the showhouse is SOTA's main fundraiser. The funds raised support educational programs at the Allentown Arts Museum and purchase prints for the museum's collection. Tickets go on sale in April and more information is available here.


Our Showhouse Design Tradtion

Lori and Holly have been collaborating on local Designer Showhouses for several years, and our past projects for the Bucks County Designer Showhouses have included a wine room, a yoga/meditation room and a living room. This year's projects promise to be equally fabulous!


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