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2015 Decorators’ Show House: In Pictures

On the heels of last weeks’ post detailing the breadth of designers involved in transforming this years’ Decorators’ Show House, we explored the estate up close. The 42 individually decorated spaces spread over the sprawling main house, carriage house and property grounds are now open for viewing until May 17th.

Located at 164 Lincoln Parkway, the 1907-08 Arts & Crafts style Edward H. Webster House is directly next to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The main house contains 7 bedrooms and 7 baths in 6,600 sq. ft. while the carriage house in the back of the property has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths over a comfortable 1,234 sq. ft. It is currently on the market for $1.49 million.

The list of features in this years’ Show House is impressively long: custom murals, generous windows, stained glass, multiple fireplaces, several grand staircases, dozens of statement light fixtures, various kinds of hardwood flooring, several bar areas, one of a kind artwork throughout, ensuite baths, walk-in-closets, endless woodwork and a half-dozen outdoor spaces.

While work on updating the main house mainly consisted of cosmetic upgrades, the carriage house posed particular challenges for the renovation, including collapsed ceilings and busted floors. Despite the difficulties, the end result is a veritable sleeper hit. Upon entry of a building that normally might be an afterthought, featured are three architectural pieces creatively integrated into the structure of an open staircase. They had originally been located in the Gold Dome Bank downtown but were repurposed at some point by a previous owner. Double height ceilings in this space along with a cavernous walk-in-closet in the main bedroom contribute to a wow factor that elevates what it means to be a carriage house.

The pictures shown reveal only a fraction of the home and designers. To get the full experience – from the grandest living spaces to the tiniest nooks – a visit is a must.

The admission price of $25 is well spent. Proceeds from admissions benefit area cultural institutions and services – a goal consistent with the mission of the Junior League of Buffalo who implements the Show House in partnership with The Buffalo News. Past beneficiaries of the $3.7 million raised to date include The Darwin Martin Restoration Corporation, Child and Family Services/Haven House and the Massachusetts Avenue Project. Such organizations rely on funding sources like these to fulfill their missions across the city. As an added benefit, newly introduced this year is a ‘Cultural Campus Collaboration’ which is a partnership of Buffalo culturals offering various discounts if you visit the Show House.

Click on a photo for a larger view.

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Living Room – Sue-Jolie Rioux of Tres Jolie Maison, Inc.

 

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Florida Room – Karen Bialkowski of Kittinger Gallery and Design Studio

 

Breakfast Room - Jillian Czyz of Rider Frames and Gallery and Ann X. White of White Design
Breakfast Room – Jillian Czyz of Rider Frames and Gallery and Ann X. White of White Design

 

Laundry Room - Barbara Tesmer of Tesmer Builders, Inc. with Barb King of Clarence Builders Supply, Inc.
Laundry Room – Barbara Tesmer of Tesmer Builders, Inc. with Barb King of Clarence Builders Supply, Inc.

 

Main foyer, passageway, and staircase - Laura Fulciniti of Buffalo Wallpaper and Paint with Mary Terese Nasca of MTN Designs
Main foyer, passageway, and staircase – Laura Fulciniti of Buffalo Wallpaper and Paint with Mary Terese Nasca of MTN Designs

 

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Second floor hall – Emily Lord-Hettrick

 

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Second Floor Library – Christine & Pedro Manuel of Manuel Barreto Furniture

 

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Bedroom #4 – Aaron Mach of FivePrime

 

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Bathroom – Karen Matoone of Tile Shoppe Design Gallery

 

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Master Bedroom – Mark Taylor of Mark Taylor Interiors

 

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Master closet – Diana Augspurger of Creative Storage

 

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Master sitting room/nursery – Mark Taylor of Mark Taylor Interiors

 

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Recreation room – Robin Reback Janiak with Reback Interiors

 

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Carriage house living and dining area – Michael Machalski of Ethan Allen. Architectural staircase added by a previous owner.

 

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Staircase mural (depicting Gold Dome Bank on stair wall) – Nin Bogu from Bogue Art Studios

 

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Carriage house master bedroom – Timothy Waziak of Timothy Aaron Creative

 

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Front entrance – Seasonal Nursery, along with Teresa Buchanan of Lockwood’s Greenhouses & Nursery and Wendy Bailey of Arthur’s Home Furnishings – 

 

Show House hours thru May 17th: 

 

Monday: Private tours only. Call 884-8865 for more information.

Tuesday – Friday: 10AM – 12:30PM & 6PM – 8:30PM

Saturday: 10AM – 4:30PM

Sunday: 10AM – 4:30PM

 

Get Connected: Junior League of Buffalo, 716.884.8865

Written by Tim Scanlon

Real estate and design nerd.

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