The Acadiana Symphony Women’s League and River Ranch Development partnered with sponsors to present a special showing of construction and design talent for the Acadiana Symphony Decorator Showcase 2010. For the fifth year in a row, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory was the beneficiary of proceeds raised by the showcase that was staged in October. Numerous volunteers, top interior designers, builders, and décor suppliers combined talents to feature a stunning presentation of homes.
This year, three properties were featured in River Ranch, a traditional neighborhood development in the heart of Lafayette. In past years, only one home has been showcased. A traditional home on Biltmore by LaFosse Construction, a transitional cottage on Levinson Way by L.R. Mitchell Construction, and a contemporary condominium in Carriage House Condominiums by Ketteringham Builders were featured, each for sale at different price points.
“Our objective was to show people that no matter what size your home is, you can still have a very attractive and well-designed home,” says interior designer Jeffery McCullough, who served as the design director of the showcase.
McCullough, who splits his time between New York and Lafayette, has previously been associated with decorator showcases in the Hamptons. Named as one of the top “10 under 40” designers by New York Spaces magazine, McCullough has had some of his projects published in House and Garden, Traditional Homes, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, and House and Home magazines.
“My role was to select the designers, decide which designer would do each room, then create a design team for each property,” he says. “There were only nine designers who did all three properties. No one was trying to outdo each other. We even shopped together. It was an overall, cohesive design process.”
Decorators and design specialists who volunteered for the project included Albarados Fine Furnishings, Jodi Bolgiano, Mallory Page Chastant, Dunn’s Designs, Gerilyn Lytal Roth Interiors, Jeffery McCullough Design and Art Consulting, The Living Room, Paige Gary Designs, and W. Home Furnishings.
The three distinctive properties with three distinctive design styles portrayed one distinctive lifestyle, according to McCullough. “The traditional home of the Acadiana Symphony Decorators Showcase has taken traditionally based Louisiana design to a whole new level,” he notes. “Four designers partnered with the very best vendors to create a sophisticated and classic environment in a four-bedroom, approximately 4,000-square-foot home.”
Among the many stunning rooms in the traditional home is the dining room, which was designed by Gerilyn Roth and Laura Netterville for Gerilyn Lytal Roth Interiors. It showcases a selection of fine antiques from Lucullus Antiques (upholstered antique dining chairs) and Au Vieux Paris (antique dining table) that were blended with items from Renaissance Market, Albarado’s Fine Furnishings, and Le Marche to render a cohesive balance of colors, finishes, and textures.
The subtle Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter wall color adds luster to the dining room, which is illuminated by a chandelier from Visual Comfort. Lucullus, known for its amazing selection of culinary antiques in Breaux Bridge and New Orleans, set the table with fine antique china. “It is one of my favorite rooms in the traditional house,” McCullough says.
The kitchen/breakfast area by Paige Gary Designs features a soothing Benjamin Moore Night Mist wall color that nicely offsets the antique dining table and blue mohair dining chairs and chandelier from Lucullus Antiques, custom window treatments by Randa Christian, a cabinet and painted dining chairs from Gerilyn Lytal Roth Interiors, and bar stools from Le Marche. “She has done an incredible mix,” says McCullough. “The master bath is also by Paige. The concept started with the custom wallpaper by Studio Printworks in New York. She designed the fabulous orange silk custom window treatments. Paige also designed the maser study and sitting room in the house.”
McCullough and Emily Svendson for Jeffery McCullough Art and Design styled the teenage girl’s room. McCullough and Svendson created an element of sophistication that would adapt to the teenager’s evolving lifestyle.
“The bed was our starting point,” McCullough says. “I’ve mixed the antique foot stool and antique table with a Bergere-style chair from W. Home Furnishings. You have the old and the new. To add a touch of modern, I placed an abstract painting by Mallory Page Chastant, our artist-in-residence this year,” he adds. “It will appeal to a teenager through her college years and even beyond,” McCullough comments.
The room features a pagoda-style gilded bed by Annie Selke for Vanguard Furniture. It is swathed in a Jardin print by Jed Johnson Home Fabrics. Custom window treatments, bed hangings, and a couture pillow on the bed are by Pauline Hayden. “We used crystal lamps from Max and Company to provide a well-lit space, but they do not steal the show from a wonderful mix of art by Ramsey Gardes Ayers, Mallory Page Chastant, and Kelli Kaufman,” McCullough points out.
A girl’s bedroom by Jodi Bolgiano displays a more traditional design, featuring an utterly feminine, playful combination of elegance and whimsy. Bolgiano’s custom headboard and custom window treatments, combined with the “Bling” chandelier from Lamp Designs and contemporary paintings, create a fun yet dressy girl’s room. “People walk into this room and say how gorgeous it is,” McCullough exclaims.
The transitional cottage, although smaller at 1700 square feet, has a commanding presence throughout. “Four design firms worked magic in this house,” says McCullough of the new construction on Levinson Way in River Ranch. “The wonderful floor plan has a great flow for easy entertaining, generous bedrooms and bathrooms, and tons of storage,” McCullough notes.
The master bedroom by Albarado’s Fine Furnishings is a soothing combination of soft blue-green walls and neutral upholstery. A Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair upholstered headboard is complemented by a subtle yet exquisite rug from Cyrus Oriental Rugs. Abstract paintings by Erin Chance Fenstermaker and Mallory Page Chastant enhance the relaxed aura.
In the guest bedroom styled by McCullough and Svendson, the ceiling is adorned with beautiful Papillons paper by Studio Printworks. Above the bed is a stunning Jonathan Adler light fixture from Lamp Designs. Small and large abstract paintings add interest to the diminutive space.
A charming artist studio by the artist-in-residence, Mallory Page Chastant, features abstracts by the artist, a hand-painted chair by artist Natalie Domingue, and custom wood bowls by Dr. Bradley Chastant in a light-filled room that beckons inspiration and relaxation.
“The condominium is actually a bit larger than the transitional cottage,” McCullough explains. “Each of the three homes are all quite different, and all are beautifully designed and cohesive. Each one captures the distinctive lifestyle in River Ranch. We have been receiving rave reviews for all the homes,” McCullough continues. “We were able to work with some really fine antique dealers, artists, and designers this year.”
The Acadiana Symphony Decorator Showcase featured the best and brightest talent in the region to benefit the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Every visitor received a comprehensive resource guide identifying everything from the paint colors to all of the furniture and accessory sources, decorators, and design specialists who contributed to make this joint effort among talented professionals a huge success in Lafayette.