Symphony Show House features opulent furnishings, unexpected walls and ceilings

by Heather Warlick Published: April 30, 2012

If the walls could talk at the 2012 Symphony Show House, they would likely recount memories of the

Roaring Twenties, when the elegant mansion was first built. The home, dubbed the “Jazz Age Manor,” is a 10,000-square-foot Tudor Revival estate in Heritage Hills built in 1925.

The walls might recall the fire that badly damaged the home in the '60s shortly after a new wing was added. They might bring up fond reminiscences of the Petyon family who bought and renovated the neoclassical-style home in 1983 and lived there until recently.

The walls might also mention that the home is for sale with an asking price of $1.8 million.

And they might speak of the many transformations they've undergone as decorating trends evolved during its 87 years.

Most recently, many of the home's walls have been updated, along with most of its interior and exterior spaces, by teams of Oklahoma designers who volunteered their time and talents to ready the home to be open to the public.

Each year, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League sponsors a different Show House as a fundraising opportunity to support the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Orchestra League Music Education Programs.

This year, the Symphony Show House is located at 440 NW 15 and will be open May 5 through 20.

Each room of the home has been re-imagined by the creative designers to reflect not only their personal styles and today's decorating trends, but also to enhance the home's architectural integrity and design.

Upon walking into the grand old mansion's front doors, visitors will be greeted by opulent chandeliers, extravagant furnishings and oversized mirrors in nearly every room that reflect the ambience and attention to detail the designers have lavished on its rooms.

And quietly surrounding guests are the walls which themselves have been given new lives by layers of paint, plaster, wallpaper and unexpected treatments such as prints of foreign money.

Interior decorators today know how important a statement walls can make and how they can be used effectively as major design elements.

A striking example of this can be seen in the home's downstairs hallway which connects the foyer to the library and formal dining room. There, designers Deb Johnson of Paint Inspirations and Jeannie Kind collaborated to create an old world Venetian plaster effect.

The designers layered paint in natural shades to build up the texture and bring depth to the color. They finished the treatment by thickly stenciling an oversized damask pattern atop the layers.

To offset the drama of the walls, the pair chose to paint the ceiling, again in several layers, for a subtle opalescence.

“Less is more,” Johnson said. “Don't mix two patterns that scream for attention. You want something to be subtle and something to be dramatic.”


by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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