Putting On a Show House – Its Sneak A Peek Weekend

As we race towards November and the holiday season we would like to take a moment to tell you about an event that is quickly approaching– Sneak A Peek Weekend, our first major event of the show house. And with a superb view like this, we don’t think you will be disappointed.


Since our last blog post, ‘Putting On a Show House – It’s Starting’, there has been a flurry of meetings, events and planning sessions, held at various locations around Grosse Pointe. Between the 2 chairs, the 3 sub chairs and the 18 committees that have the responsibility of putting this fabulous event together over the next 8 months, things are moving fast.

First up is the Sneak A Peek weekend on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. The event provides a great opportunity to tour the home and “Sneak a Peek” at the undecorated house before the design work begins. Admission to Sneak A Peek” is $5 per person, purchased at the door, and street parking on Windmill Pointe Drive will be allowed for the event. The house is not wheelchair accessible, and does not have an elevator.

Aside from the tour of the house we will also have an area in the garage for visitors to purchase tickets for the DSH event in May, a ‘Deck the Halls’ gift area, featuring fresh wreaths and bows along with a Project EAT display.

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Project EAT is the JLD’s community impact initiative that is made possible from proceeds from the Designers’ Show House. In its newest partnership with Humble Design, a local non-profit, the JLD is outfitting kitchens with essentials such as small appliances, pots and pans and utensils, for families who need assistance. Our Kitchen Kits help provide well-equipped kitchens to those in need so they can cook healthy food.

Sneak A Peek weekend promises to be an exciting event, the planning and preparation continues in earnest as we prepare to welcome the public into this fabulous home for the first time. From the major details of how many volunteers we need to staff the event to the minor details such as who has a car big enough to transport all the signage.

After the doors to Sneak A Peek close we turn our attention to the Afterglow Gala Party on Saturday, November 21st. The Afterglow gala party is an elegant evening featuring entertainment by Rennie Kaufmann, food, beverages and dancing. It promises to be a superb affair. So join friends, and family to kick off the holiday season in style. The party begins at 9pm, tickets are $77 online (including processing fee) and can be purchased here.


We look forward to seeing you over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

Written by Katie Doelle
© 2015 Junior League of Detroit

Drawn to perfection

The first designer to complete their project for the 2016 show house is Lisa Amori, owner of Rainy Day Art and Framing Company. This fabulous illustration of 15500 Windmill Pointe Drive captures the house beautifully.

Lisa’s illustration of past show house’s are always high point of the event.

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Rainy Day offers custom framing, which is a major part to the business. With over 25 years experience, they will impart artistic flair to help you create a beautiful and unique framed piece, including: paintings, sports jerseys, photos, diplomas, children’s art and keepsakes.

For full details please visit:

Show House – the birds eye view

When we said the Show House is close to the lake, we really mean it is right on the water.

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This stunning aerial photograph  – courtesy of – shows the beautiful location of this stunning home which features a unique canal running from Lake St. Clair to a dry dock under the living room.

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Putting On a Show House – It’s starting!

It’s mid September, the kids are back at school and the crisp autumn weather is just around the corner. Here at the Junior League of Detroit we are already turning our attention to our 21st biennial Designers’ Show House.

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Given that the main event doesn’t start until May 7th 2016, and time seems to move so quickly we have started early. We have already begun to plan our Sneak A Peek weekend, which takes place on November 14th and 15th, 2015.

The Sneak A Peek weekend provides an excellent opportunity for members of the public to see the house. People come to this event for a number of reasons, some come to focus on the architecture, while others come to see the empty rooms before the wonderful interior designers transform them.

The house is amazing, and those of us who have seen it are very excited by its history, layout and uniqueness. Located at 15500 Windmill Pointe Drive, Grosse Pointe Park, the house was designed by architects Benjamin and Straight in 1927 for American aircraft designer and VP of Engineering at Packard Motor Car Company, Colonel Jesse G. Vincent.


The 5,256 sq ft English Tudor style home features a unique canal that runs from Lake St. Clair to a dry dock under the living room, While we can neither confirm nor deny stories of rum running, we can point out there is a basement tavern room complete with a bar located just steps away from the boathouse.


The Junior League of Detroit hopes to take advantage of the individuality of the home to introduce several activities at the Sneak A Peek weekend. At this stage this is still in the early planning phase, but we hope to have more information to share with you in next months blog post.

In the mean time the planning and preparation continues, and aside from the Sneak A Peek weekend there is much to think about – but that’s the way we like it and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Every month we will be writing a blog post to share updates, stories, event news, and covering all that is entailed when it comes to ‘Putting on a Show House’.

Welcome to the Junior League Designers’ Show House, the journey starts here!

Written by Katie Doelle
© 2015 Junior League of Detroit