In the time it took Dana Galiga and Teresa Pope to envision, manage and produce the 2013 Symphony Show House event, they could just about have built the three houses from scratch.
Galiga and Pope serve this year as co-chairmen of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League's annual event, dubbed “The Trio at The Abbey” at The Abbey in Fairview Farm. The fundraiser opened last weekend and continues with the homes open daily through May 19.
The homes are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 at the door as well as numerous retailers. See www.symphonyshowhouse.com/.
The Symphony Show House, in its 40th year, is a major fundraiser for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, with a goal this year of raising $200,000, Galiga said.
With more than 11,000 square feet to fill in three new homes — that's 72 indoor and outdoor spaces, custom designed by 38 designers — where did Pope and Galiga start?
At the end of the 2012 Symphony Show House. Plans for the next show house start “pretty much the day after” an event closes, said Cindy Raby, Orchestra League president.
At first the job seems impossible, Pope said, “Then you just do what needs to be done.”
The pair agreed that it had been a year of late-night consultations — and that they were grateful for unlimited texting plans.
If there was ever a blueprint for tackling the show house, Galiga and Pope had to redraw it when the board was approached by developer Mark Gautreaux with an offer of not one, not two, but three show houses.
Galiga said they knew right away the triple home plan would be a hit.
It also meant triple the possibilities for private events such as evening parties to weddings, she said.
The three custom homes that make up “The Trio at The Abbey” include the Traditional, a 4,208-square-foot, two-story home at 1401 NW 158; the Contemporary, a 4,590-square-foot home with a large finished basement at 1501 NW 158; and the Italian, the smallest of the three at 2,646 square feet, at 15820 Chapel Ridge Lane.
The Italian home has a stone exterior and an interior featuring exposed, carved wood ceiling beams and hand-scraped floor planks that gives the place the feel of a Mediterranean cottage. Gautreaux described it as “all the quality we can deliver” at a more manageable scale.
The home welcomes visitors first into its Salotto Comodo — “cozy living room” — an inviting den or library just inside the front door where J. Mark Taylor of Traditions Fine Furniture & Design has surrounded the stone fireplace with plush armchairs and a rustic sofa accented with soft lighting and soothing, earth tone colors.
The kitchen, described as “Tuscan” by designer Kat Daggs of Bob Mills Furniture, incorporates appliances and workspaces to suit the professional chef along with a cozy island bar for dining or conversation.
The home flows unobstructed from kitchen to living room under a 20-foot vaulted ceiling. Daggs extended the rustic and casual look of the kitchen into this family area, featuring a leather sofa with bright silk pillows and iron lamps.
The master suite, with its “Renaissance Retreat” bedroom and “Bellisimo Bath” has been realized with old world charm and style by Crystal Carte of Carte's Interiors.
Full-length draperies and intricate bedding, along with antique furnishings, give the bedroom a European feel.
The master bath, which also features antique elements along with luxurious touches — from Travertine floor covering that extends to the shower and the tub surround — earns its “bellisimo” tag.
Even for a downsizing homeowner, the Italian home offers ample and luxurious space for guests in a suite designed by Susan Tiffin Interiors to maximize comfort and relaxation in a smaller space.
Tiffin's guest bath extends the feel of the adjacent bedroom and includes warming fabrics and textures combined with antique accessories.
Across the garden and a quiet lane from the Italian home, the Traditional home includes The Boutique at The Abbey, offering carefully chosen gifts, home decor and jewelry items.
Next door, the Contemporary home features The Abbey Cafe, where lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday