Friday, July 13, 2012

York Decorator Show House 2012

photo courtesy Meredith Bohn

Saturday, July 14th is opening day at one of my favorite annual design events: The Old York Decorator Show House in York, Maine and I have a couple sneak peek photos for you! Designer Meredith Bohn of Hollis, NH sent me these fabulous pics ... how did she know I have a thing for designer baths? ; )

I’m loving the modern chevron patterned rug with the traditional clawfoot tub
in Meredith Bohns York Decorator Show House master bath.

I can’t wait to see the spaces in real life! Last year Merediths room was a french country inspired kitchen. It was featured in the Autumn issue of New England Finery Magazine along with my other favorite “designer focal points from the show.

Meredith Bohn Interiors for the 22nd Annual Old York Decorator Show House
photo by Michael J. Lee

There are always a number of special events tied in with this summer show which happens to take place in the town where my family has vacationed for decades. Next year I will plan to go up for the Friday night Preview Party and stay on through the weekend at my moms summer cottage. The first night of a show is always so exciting, with all the designers finally able to breathe a sigh of relief that the hard work is done and they can relax and simply enjoy the pretty scenery.

Another great event worth saving the date for is the Designer Luncheon. A panel of designers share their behind-the-scenes stories along with trends and tips. I attended a few years ago and since then, have become friends with the designers on the panel (Nicole Yee, Frank Hodge, and Joyce Jordan to name a few). Gerald Pomeroy will be on the panel this year. I highly recommend sitting in on this one to hear what Gerald has to share. He is so talented and such a genuine soul!

Below are just a few happenings, but do check out the Museums of Old York website for more.

July 18 - Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School luncheon program, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. -- Price: $60 includes Museums of Old York Decorator Show House Ticket. 

July 19 - Behind the Scenes at the Antiques Road Show with appraiser Don Cresswell, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, York Harbor Inn, 6 – 8:30 p.m. -- Price: $60 includes Museums of Old York Decorator Show House Ticket.  

August 8 - Luncheon at York Harbor Reading Room with a Designer Panel Discussion. Find out what really happens behind the scenes at the Decorator Show House from four of this year’s outstanding designers: Sue Bartlett, Gerald Pomeroy, Michael Engelhardt and Linda Zukas. York Harbor Reading Room, 491 York Street, York Harbor, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. $60 includes lecture, lunch and Show House Ticket.

For all events, order tickets online or call 207-363-4974.

Barbara Vaughn and Marianne Mooers of American Traditions, Inc.
 for the 22nd Annual Old York Decorator Show House
photo by Michael J. Lee

Let me know if you are planning to attend the show, and please share any favorite design tips you took away from it. I plan to go up very soon. I wouldnt miss it!   


  1. I will definitely attend. I willl be sharing some photos of the Kennebunkport Homes Tour I just went on featuring the home of the famous writer Kenneth Roberts.

  2. Thanks so much for the mention! I hope you like the rest of the space and the house is beautiful throughout....we have been getting some very nice feedback!


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