Delaware Designer Showhouse 2016

September 22 - October 16, 2016



"Waiting to Be Discovered: Designs to inspire you... to transform your home... from a diamond in the rough to a gem"


An extraordinary contemporary home in Centreville is expected to draw thousands of visitors this autumn as the setting for the Delaware Designer Showhouse. The inspirational Showhouse will feature the creativity and talents of nearly 20 local interior designers and landscapers, with proceeds benefitting The Delaware Contemporary and four other nonprofit partners.

The Showhouse will be open Thursdays through Sundays beginning September 22 and ending October 16.

Tickets used the weekend of September 29 to October 2 benefit The Delaware Contemporary's exhibitions and programs!

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The house before starting the renovation, improvements and design works (June 2016).


The 4,400 square foot custom home was built in 1974 on 3.5 woodland acres with two flow-through ponds, and includes a welcoming courtyard entrance with a new pergola, a stunning new kitchen, and entertaining and dining spaces, all with an eye towards bringing the woodland setting indoors.

The home showcases the creativity and talents of 18 local interior designers. Among others:


• Ceiling in the basement by Clipso Americas

• Master bathroom by Ellen Cheever with Giorgi Kitchens & Designs

• Kitchen designed by Zoe Hewitt Designs

• Wild Hog Railing system by Capital Lumber Company

• Powder room: Designer Mike Dodson and tile installer Kevin Bowman of Bolster Ltd

• Floors by Avalon Flooring

Many local artists are featured, including Ed Loper, Vicki Vinton, Graham Dougherty, Ken Mabrey, Jon Mort, and Caroline Chen.

The homeowners' unique contemporary art collection has served as a muse for designers throughout the home.

Don't miss the dramatic foyer entrance and the next choices we captured (Photos by HOY en Delaware):oct16-web-casa-06




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oct16-web-casa-04Entertaining room by Cheryl Umbles. "My inspiration for this room was the African art, but I also included objects from India, Turkey and art glass from Kentucky," said Umbles. "I tried to create an entertainment space".


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And going to the basement you will find these space:oct16-web-casa-12

And finally, finished basement recreation/media room Karen Kennedy and other collaborators for Eye for Design Interiors (not pictured because we want you to see this small masterpiece with your own eyes).

Some of the designers and members of the committee:14425416_539560729588342_7373173423942725115_oFront row -Virttoria Woodill (CBS3 & Polished for Pennies), Mike Dodson (MD The Design Doctor). 2nd. line from L to R -Cheryl Umbles (Interior Design),  Sandra Borror (Chair, showhouse committee), Karen Kennedy (Eye For Design Interiors) and Lore Evans (Glass Gallery by Lore Evans). (Photo courtesy Delaware Designer Showhouse).


The 3.5 woodland acres are a Certified Wildlife Habitat under a canopy of towering beech and tulip poplar trees. The lush and verdant understory includes a variety of native plants and shade-loving ornamentals. 

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Two stream-fed (flow-though) ponds and grounds were originally designed and planted by a well-known local landscaper. A unique front entrance and large back deck/terrace are updated and enhanced by three landscaping and gardening experts.

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Each weekend, proceeds will benefit The Junior League of Wilmington and the following nonprofit organizations:




















September 22 - 25 Delaware Nature Society

September 29 - October 2

October 6 - 9 Delaware Fund for Women
October 13 - 16  Oxford Arts Alliance

From September 22 to October 16, 2016 the house will be opened to the Public Thursday, Friday and Saturday (10am to 4pm) and Sunday (12pm to 5pm).

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Photo cover by Scott Hewitt.

Photos outdoor Courtesy of Eyes for Design Interiors.















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