By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
O’More College of Design and Traditional Home magazine are partnering in the creation of a designer show house for public view, April 5-21, to benefit the O’More Interior Design Department, an event that marks the first of its kind for Franklin and the college community. For the next two weeks, showings will take place Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Seventeen professional local designers and O’More alumni, spanning four generations worked on the project.
“To have 17 of our alumni working together on a project as massive as this makes the show house an unparalleled event in the Southeast,” said David Koellein, O'More Interior Design Department Chair. “The designers have collaborated so well to produce a magnifi cent showcase of our product.”
The show house, located at 313 Berry Circle in downtown Franklin, will feature interior and exterior styles that depict a traditional feel for modern families which will be published in Traditional Home, a design magazine that reaches about 5 million design lovers each year.
A portrait of Mrs. Eloise Pitts O’More dominates the dining
room by Crysta Parish (Class of 2002) of Dana Goodman
Interiors. Nods to the College’s founder can be found
throughout the home.
Designer Kim Zimmer of Kim Zimmer Interior Design said, “The concept of the house is that it fi ts into a mature, traditional neighborhood but is fresh and appealing for modern families. It is lighthearted and livable.”
The family area that Zimmer designed possesses a “modern aviary” theme, she said, which provides a comfortable place for a family to “nest.”
“It’s the perfect place to grab popcorn and watch a movie or relax with a glass of wine,” she said.
The décor is accented with bird prints and neutral base colors resembling nature with splashes of peach and blue, giving the room a lively, casual and welcoming feel.
“I wasn’t trying to follow the latest fashion, but develop a look that stands the test of time,” Zimmer said. “Birds never go out of style, and they are happy.”
The army of designers retained creative control of their assigned rooms during the development process. As a common thread bringing their creative works together, the designers implemented neutral paint colors while incorporating bright primary colors in the décor, based on their own artistic interpretation. Zimmer said that bright colors should not be feared this season in home décor.
The master suite by Kathleen Evers (Class of 1985) of K Evers Interiors – with its coffee bar, 400-square-foot ultra-glam dressing/bathroom and comfortable sitting area – opens to the private outdoor living space and formal gardens. Art from Haynes Galleries is featured throughout the home.
To kick off the show house’s two-week run, a Preview Party on Thursday, April 4 will allow guests a fi rst look at the home, an opportunity to meet the participating designers and talk with the Traditional Home editorial staff, while enjoying upscale-Southern hors d’oeuvres provided by local favorite Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant.
Tickets to the Preview Party event are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.omoreshowhouse.com or by calling 615-794-4254 x227. Proceeds from both the Preview Party and the home’s two-week run will benefi t the non-profi t College’s Interior Design Department.
More information on the O’More Designer Show House, including project plans, sponsorship opportunities and tickets, can be found at www.omoreshowhouse.com.
Posted on: 4/7/2013