Friday, July 17, 2009

York Decorator Showhouse: Preview

A sneak peek at “Secret Hideaway
designed by Linda Hentschel

Old York’s 20th Annual
Decorator Show House:

McIntire Farm

270 Cider Hill Road, York, Maine
July 18th – August 15th

Take a ride to York, Maine and for a ticket price of just $20 you can get away to a seashore-inspired show house this summer. Tour over a dozen inspiring spaces at the 20th anniversary of the Old York Decorator Show House held this year at McIntire Farm, a 1920’s farmhouse that overlooks vintage fields along with the sun-drenched marshes of the York River.

I visited the show house in its “before” stage and can’t wait to see the designer-transformation. The property is beautiful, with a huge attached barn (my favorite), a wrap-around farmer’s porch and lots of great spaces that I am sure will offer many decorating ideas along with “oohs and ahhs!”

This year, two of my friends will be in the show ... Linda Hentschel and Patricia Finn. Be sure to stop by their rooms to see their amazing talent for yourself. Check future blog postings for more updates on their work (we have been collaborating on the re-decorating of the Stevens Estate in North Andover).

In her own words ...
Linda describes the philosophy
behind her York transformation
in her
blog entry posted
for Accent Magazine.

Show House Hours
Open Mon., Wed. – Sat.
from 10 am – 5 pm

Thurs. until 7 pm and
Sun. from 1 pm – 4 pm

Closed on Tuesdays

For tickets and more information
call (207) 363-4974
or visit the
Museums of Old York website

This lily, brought home from York, Maine
now thrives in my Lynnfield garden

And if you visit on a Sunday, you could also squeeze in a visit to one of the featured gardens presented by the Old York Garden Club “Summer Sundays in the Garden” held between noon and 4pm now through August 16th. This bi-annual fund-raising event offers a public viewing of many well-established private gardens in and around coastal York. You simply can’t beat the $3 admission fee either, so grab a friend (or two) and make the trip to York to see all things pretty!

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