Nonprofit has designs on Centreville home

An extraordinary contemporary home in Centreville is expected to draw thousands of visitors next month as the setting for the Delaware Designer Showhouse.

A 1974 contemporary home in Centreville is poised to attract visitors to the

A 1974 contemporary home in Centreville is poised to attract visitors to the Delaware Designer Shophouse, which begins Sept. 22.

The inspirational show house will feature the creativity and talents of nearly 20 local interior designers and landscapers, with proceeds benefitting its principal sponsor, the Junior League of Wilmington, as well as four other nonprofits. The show house will be open Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 22 to Oct. 16, according to a Junior League press release.

Organizers, who hope area residents will mark their calendars, said the 4,400-square-foot custom home, located a short distance from Route 52, was built in 1974 on 3.5 woodland acres with two flow-through ponds, and was designed with entertaining in mind.  When its current owners planned a facelift to prepare it for sale, a Designer Showhouse to benefit local organizations seemed like a natural fit, the release said.

Renovations to the home include a welcoming courtyard entrance with a new pergola, a stunning new kitchen, and entertaining and dining spaces, all with an eye toward bringing the woodland setting indoors. Visitors will also find inspiration in two new, spa-style bathrooms as well as a budget-conscious upgraded bath that feels completely fresh, the release said.

The homeowner’s unique contemporary art collection has served as a muse for designers throughout the home. Many local artists are featured, including Ed Loper, Vicki Vinton, Graham Dougherty, Ken Mabry, Jon Mort, and Caroline Chen.

Highlights of the show house include a contemporary custom natural cherry and honed black granite kitchen designed by Zoe Hewitt. The sumptuous bathroom in the master retreat, by Ellen Cheever and Giorgi Kitchens, features a sleek European design and includes a unique step-in shower with a beautiful free-standing black and gold quartz shower column floating in a glass wall, according to the release.

Five different bedrooms each present a unique look with designs by Megan Gorelick, Jeanne Buzby, Kerri Kelly, Nile Johnson, and one transformed to an artist studio by Lou Clayton. The custom master closet is outfitted by California Closets, and the basement media and game room are enhanced with pool table and games.

Outdoors, a refurbished deck invites summer entertaining. And as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the property maintains its woodland spirit, and gardening is loosely defined, with wildlife conservation as the design priority. A new pergola and front courtyard are accented with colorful container gardens from Gateway Gardens for the front entry, deck, and patio areas, the release said.  Real-estate information on the home will be available during the tour.

In addition to the Junior League, proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Delaware Nature Society from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25; the Delaware Contemporary museum from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2; the Delaware Fund for Women from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9; and the Oxford Art Alliance from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16.

Tickets are $25 in advance and are for sale online at www.DelawareShowhouse.com.  Tickets purchased at the door will be $30. Parking will be available at a nearby parking lot close to the private location.

Founded in 1918, the Junior League of Wilmington Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers For more information, visit www.jlwilmington.org or call 302-652-0544.

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