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Symphony Show House features opulent furnishings, unexpected walls and ceilings

by Heather Warlick Published: April 30, 2012

In the master bathroom suite upstairs, designer Susan Tiffin of Susan Tiffin Interiors and Rhonda Nixon of Rhonda N. Nixon Interiors teamed up to create a glamorous Hollywood regency theme inspired by Liz Taylor.

The bathroom, whose walls are almost entirely mirrored, was decked out in black, silver and white with pops of plum. To soften all the mirrors, the decorators hung thousands of dollars worth of draperies, swagged at the sides.

Nearly everything brought into the Show House, such as these drapes, is for sale during the open house.

Reflecting in the bathroom's miles of mirrors, the room's ceilings are covered in a graphic black and silver floral patterned wallpaper.

“When we put the wallpaper on the ceiling, it was a surprise that when you look in the mirror, the ceiling just goes on for infinity,” Tiffin said. She loves wallpaper because it is durable, fairly easy to apply and is available in thousands of interesting patterns and textures. But applying it to the bathroom ceiling was a challenge that took three people to accomplish, Tiffin admitted.

Many designers today embrace black as a neutral and metallics as design elements. The master bedroom and its connected sun porch are decorated with this concept in mind.

The sun porch was decorated by Ronette Wallace of Off the Wall Interiors and Lezley Lynch of Lezley Lynch Designs and features an accent wall, painted by Lynch, that gives the transitional décor a touch of glamour.

Lynch started with a neutral shade of taupe and, inspired by peacock feathers she says are popular in décor trends, she painted a mural that “put a transitional spin on the traditional peacock design.”

Lynch said murals are still a great way to add interest and character to a room.

“What's more popular and current is mural designs that are abstract, not a scene,” she said. She hand paints her murals and uses minimal colors in bold designs.

Another unexpected wall treatment found in the Jazz Age Manor was created in the downstairs butler's pantry by designer Nora Johnson of Gold N Design.

She color copied foreign paper money her father-in-law collected during his world travels and used the copies as wallpaper behind built in shelves in the bar. To carry on her “Cash Bar” design, Johnson encrusted the top of a butler's tray with shiny copper pennies. All the pennies are lined up perfectly, heads-up, except on errant coin that is tails-up and upside down.

“I want a room to reflect personality and I want it to be a fun place,” she said.

It's unexpected and exciting ideas such as these that will inspire visitors to the Symphony Show House to bring their favorite design elements into their own homes.