Oklahoma City Orchestra League President Cindy Raby rose to the challenge of choosing the 2013 Symphony Show House by not only one-upping previous years' projects — she went all out and two-upped her predecessors.
This year's show house is actually three show houses.
Dubbed “The Trio at the Abbey,” the league will present its 40th annual fundraiser through May 19 to benefit the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and numerous music education programs throughout the community.
The homes will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 at the door as well as numerous retailers. See www.symphonyshowhouse.com/.
As the board was undertaking its yearly search to identify an ideal show house, Raby said, a conversation was sparked with Fairview Farm developer Mark Gautreaux.
Gautreaux suggested his addition within Fairview Farm, The Abbey.
“But I told the committee they'd have to pick because I actually had three models there,” he said. “It turned out they loved the idea of three separate houses.”
Dana Galiga, event co-chair, agreed that the three-house proposal was intriguing from the beginning.
“This is a great opportunity for the Symphony League,” she said, since it gave designers more than 11,000 total square feet of “clean slate” to showcase their work.
Design committee chairman Kim Underwood said that the 2013 Show House features 72 spaces highlighting the work of 38 designers. One home is traditional, one is contemporary and one is Italian.
“There really is a style for everyone,” Raby said, noting the landscaped gardens of The Abbey.
Even among the “whimsical” and “unusual” elements, she said, “There's something for everyone to take back to their own home.”
Visitors will be able to soak up inspiration at their own pace. This year's “self-exploring” tour format does away with scheduled tours, allowing guests to venture through the design spaces at will.
The Contemporary House, at 1501 NW 158, is the largest of the three at 4,590 square feet.
The home's formal dining room, serving as the welcome center for the event, has been transitioned into a “dining gallery,” hung with works from Dodson Galleries by artist Joy Richardson.
Once inside, the home opens from a sunlight-bathed kitchen as detailed by L&L Designs, into a “great room” where Mathis Brothers' Angela Davidson has created an unexpected yet inviting family gathering place under wood beams and a vaulted ceiling.
Possibly even more inviting is the basement, transformed by Neely Design Associates into an in-home cinema. The downstairs living space is rounded out with an adjacent wine cellar and kitchen and a modern, eclectic guest bedroom from S.C. Designs.
Returning to the main floor, the master suite has been imagined by Meister Designs and Fabrics Unlimited, combining for a blend of contemporary and traditional that extends into the master bath and his and her walk-in closets, staged respectively by The Men's Warehouse and Kokopelli.
The Patio, accessed via both the master suite and the great room, is an outdoor living and entertaining space taken on by Amini's Galleria.
Both the “Traditional” and “Italian” houses offer similar gems waiting to be discovered.
Like happening upon a stone cottage in southern Europe, visitors to the Italian house, 15820 Chapel Ridge Lane, are first greeted by a shaded courtyard, then a gracious foyer that opens into a stunning yet cozy 2,646-square-foot, two-bedroom retreat with 17 different designs, from grand rooms to intimate spaces.
The “Traditional” house, across the lane at 1401 NW 158, is the middle of the three layouts at 4,208 square feet. Yet another stunning entry invites guests into a foyer doubling here as a gallery and commanded by the curving staircase that leads to the second floor.
Two bedrooms downstairs — one appointed here as a nursery, and the spacious master suite — are balanced with two more upstairs. A theater room completes the upstairs level.
Raby said that visitors traditionally “make a day of it” when attending the Symphony Show House.
The Abbey Cafe (located in the Contemporary house) will serve lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. Lunch, including drink, will be available for $12.
The Boutique at The Abbey, located in the Traditional house, will offer jewelry, gifts, home decor and art for sale during show house hours.
Designer Sales, in the Italian house, will make items featured in the rooms and outdoor spaces of each house available for purchase to visitors.
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