I was happy to have the chance yesterday to visit the Junior League of Boston Designer Show House during press hours. This is the 35th showhouse since 1971 and the first in the last few years. I’d seen the house during the designer’s preview, aka “The Before”, and the “After” is really fantastic. Over 30 areas in the beautiful Mansard Victorian house in Newton have been transformed by some of New England’s top designers and I wanted to share some of my favorite people and spaces. I can promise, my photos do not do justice to these beautiful spaces.
Celelia Walker was tasked with designing the difficult space of the Back Entance and Hallway. She’s done a lovely job of showcasing the beautiful woodwork by putting together a collection of three coordinating wallpapers and adding historical prints that make a small space special.
In addition to the Conservatory, I also loved this small bathroom on the second floor. The original tiling and spectacular stained glass windows make this space a real standout, even before designer Janet Tosi Marena worked her magic. Her careful selection of modern pieces – such as a spectacular modern murano glass chandelier (don’t forget to look up!).
The Junior League of Boston is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLB invests approximately $195,000 in community projects annually. The Boston Showhouse helps raise funds for this work.
Buy your tickets here. The show house opens on October 16th and runs through November 18th.