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KSO ShowHouse opens to the public

The 19th annual Knoxville Symphony ShowHouse, located at 1210 Arborbrooke Drive in The Woods at Montgomery Cove in West Knoxville, welcomes visitors with 6,400 square feet of luxurious design and Tuscan flare. Visitors driving up to the home will see many different rooflines, including copper accents.

The two-story stone and brick ShowHouse is certainly elegant, but it has whimsical surprises as well.

Taupe-colored walls with white crown molding dominate the color scheme, although there are surprises. Yessick’s Design Center decorated a guest bedroom, and it would surely surprise even the most experienced home-tour aficionado. For example, the unexpected.

The walls are covered with black wallpaper and the ceiling is painted bright pink. The adjoining bathroom walls are papered with a black and white harlequin pattern, and the ceiling is zebra-striped.

“We’re seeing a trend toward black and white being the primary colors of the room being accented by punches of bold colors such as cobalt blue, line green, red and intense pinks,” said Laura Luallen, lead designer for the Turkey Creek store.

“We’re seeing a huge resurgence of wallcoverings — both on walls and ceilings,” she said. “It’s kind of a revisited trend. Years ago it [covered ceilings] was done with fabric.”

Luallen said she and assistant Sarah Garren and Michelle Maples, who is no longer with the design store, faux finished the bedroom ceiling with a four-layer technique. “It has dimension —- color on color on color, finished off with a pearlized glaze,” she said.

The house’s spacious floor plan emphasizes practical traffic patterns and includes amenities such as a dramatic media room with stepped theater seating and unique outdoor living spaces, including a covered porch with ceiling fans and a fireplace.

“Since nineteen ninety, we have continued yearly with this project and have contributed more than four hundred and fifty thousand dollars to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. How fortunate we are to be able to display such a beautiful home again this year,” said Evelyn Miller, ShowHouse chairman.

Fourteen of the area’s top designers decorated the home from top to bottom. The designers for the main level are: Scott Bishop of Westwood Antique & Design Market (foyer); Janice Moore, Michele Hunley and Suzanne Spreng of Town House Interiors (library); Cindy Hamby, Jill Thomas, Julie Stansberry, Jeff Heiskell, Laurie Sigmon, Lee Ridley, Carol Lewis of Braden’s Fine Furniture & Interiors (master bedroom suite); Connie Crawford and Susan Knolton of Ethan Allen Galleries (dining room); Jean Barr, IDS, and Brian Curtis of Barr House (living room); Doug Renfro and Erin Renfro of Renfro Interiors (guest bedroom suite); Alfie Rowan of Eden Rowe Accents (laundry room); Alfie Rowan of Eden Rowe Accents (powder room); Joyce Simms of The Painted Pig and Rhonda Webster of Stitches & Stems (mud room); Sally McFalls, Laura Hardin, Sarah King, GiGi Wright, artist, of Cottage Door Interiors (kitchen and keeping room).

Designers involved with the home’s upper level are Joyce Simms of The Painted Pig and Rhonda Webster of Stitches & Stems (home office); Darlene Dagnan, designer, Sandie and Nathaniel Galka, artists, of Darlene Dagnan Designs (upper landing and bath); Wolfgang H. Schaber, Mark A. Tuten, Carol Hudson, John Fish and Ashley Marie Kinder of Wolfgang Interiors in Turkey Creek (guest bedroom 2); Rhonda Gordon of Spoiled Rotten, formerly Gifts Galore, (guest bedroom 3); Sarah Garren, Laura Luallen and Michelle Maples of Yessick’s Design Center (guest bedroom 4); Darlene Dagnan, designer, Sandie Galka and Annalee Bohen, artists, (media room).

The ShowHouse builder is Chip Seigler. Seigler said he has a passion for building custom luxury homes with superior quality and has a serious sense of professionalism toward his clients. It is this combination that has made Seigler Building & Development one of the go-to names in the Knoxville area for custom homes.

The ShowHouse is listed through Stephanie Zeigler at Gables & Gates Realtors.

On the main floor ShowHouse is a two-story office and library with a fireplace and extensive built-in cabinetry. The master suite provides privacy and comfort with a sitting room and private deck, master bath with a dome ceiling and a walk-in shower with four showerheads and one rain head. Accompanying this master suite on the main floor is the guest bedroom suite with a full bath. The large, spacious kitchen, with Wolf appliances, opens into the living room. Alongside the kitchen is a keeping room with a fireplace.

The media room, on the upper level, has a 119-inch screen and projector and stepped theatre seating, another unusual, yet spectacular, feature of this home.

The Standing Ovation Gift Shop is open daily, and The Tuscan Sun Cafe is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both are on the main floor next to the kitchen and keeping room.

The ShowHouse is open to the public seven days a week April 14 through April 30. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 at the door and parking is on-site.


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