Putting On a Show House – Upcoming Events

Could April have gone any faster? It seems like only yesterday we were enjoying Easter weekend and now on Sunday May is here – where did the time go?

The good news is the house has been transformed inside and out. Not only have all the rooms been beautifully decorated, we now have a new lawn, the canal is full of water, there are flowers in the garden and the event tent is up.

The tent is where we will be holding many of our special events that will take place throughout the two weeks.

We are very excited about Packard weekend – May 13 through May 15. This special weekend will kick off with a Packard Prohibition Party on Friday May 13th. This promises to be a superb evening. Guests will enjoy:

  • a tour of the house
  • live music
  • Antique Packard Automobiles
  • Specialty drinks and Whiskey tastings (special thanks to Whiskey Six)
  • Much more….please view the image below for full details.

Packard Prohib Party Poster.2016 FINAL

The event runs from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, tickets are $35 – available at Whiskey Six, the Show House (during opening hours), the evening of the event or by clicking on the following link: ow.ly/4ndo5V

In addition to the Packard weekend, we have some great events to enjoy:

Saturday, May 7th  
12:00 – 2:00 PM          Presentation by John Kline on decorative painting techniques

Sunday, May 8th
10:00 AM                     Mother’s Day: 200 pink carnations courtesy of GP Florist

Tuesday, May 10th
7:00 PM                       Presentation by Gordon Robinson: Scott Shuptrine Interiors

Thursday, May 12th     
7:00 PM                       Presentation by Izzy Donnelly from GP Historical Society

Friday May 13th – Sunday May 15th Packard Weekend

Friday, May 13th  
7:00 – 11:00 PM          Packard Prohibition Party (house tours from 7:00 – 8:30 PM)

Saturday, May 14th     
8:30 – 9:30 AM            Yoga on the lawn (Full Lotus Yoga)
$15 for yoga and a yogurt parfait
$35 for yoga, yogurt parfait and a DSH ticket.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door the day of the event.

Tuesday, May 17th  
7:00 PM                        Fraser High School Flute Choir

Thursday, May 19th    
7:00 PM                        Presentation by Joel Baird from Krauseneck Carpet

Saturday, May 21st
8:30 – 9:30 AM            Yoga on the lawn (Yoga Shelter)
$15 for yoga and a yogurt parfait
$35 for yoga, yogurt parfait and a DSH ticket.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door the day of the event.

12:00 – 4:00 PM          Maestro’s Ice Cream Truck

2:00 – 4:00 PM            Presentation by Debbie Rossman on the Tiny House movement

Please click here to view and download a pdf of our event schedule.

We will also be providing regular updates of all the events on our Facebook page.

As we count down to opening weekend, there will be more news coming soon including an announcement about our exciting new Show House tour App.

Written by Katie Doelle
© 2016 Junior League of Detroit

Putting On a Show House – 30 days and counting!

You would think by April it would be dry, warm and sunny. Well it is dry and sunny, but it certainly isn’t warm. Lets hope within the next 30 days things take a turn for the better and we can put away our winter jackets.

I say 30 days because that is the time frame until the door of 15500 Windmill Pointe, our 21st Designers’ Show House, opens to the public. It has come around so fast, and we are still working hard on completing many projects and finalizing our list of events.

We have some great things going on, and over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing with you some exciting news, including:

  • Info about our first ever tiny house
  • The fabulous prizes we have for this years raffle
  • An update about some very exciting events, including a ‘Packard Prohibition Party’ on May 13th
  • News about our Market Place and café
  • A superb image of the house, created by a renowned artist

In the mean time, don’t forget about our Preview Party on May 6th, tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.

Stay tuned, 30 days goes by rather quickly and May 7th will soon be here – not long now!!

Written by Katie Doelle
© 2016 Junior League of Detroit


Putting On a Show House – A Room With a View

Where to begin? February came and went so quickly; even with an extra day this year we still could have done with more time to catch up on our many projects.

The opening day is getting closer; we are now just 9 weeks away from when the doors officially open on May 7th.

All the committees have been incredibly busy, and we have many great events to look forward to including ‘a first’ for the Designer’s Show House – a Tiny House. This will be located in the grounds of the show house and we are very excited given the popularity of tiny houses right now. We wait in anticipation to see how the small shed is transformed; it will certainly have a great view of the lake.

Since our last blog post the house has undergone many changes – the floors, heating system, electrics, plumbing and the kitchen have been transformed, and continue to be upgraded. The photo’s below offer a small glimpse as to the extent of the changes the house is currently witnessing. It is hard to keep up with the daily alterations, and I think we have all swallowed more than our fair share of dust.

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That said, the house is going to look superb and it is our pleasure to announce the 2016 Designers’ Show House room assignments’, welcoming some new designers and many old friends.

We are very excited by the plans these talented designers have for each and every room; all visitors to the show house will be guaranteed a room with a view, both inside and out.

Full details, room assignments and contact details can be found by clicking here.

In another exciting development advanced tickets are now on sale – purchase your tickets before May 6th to get them at the advanced price of $20 per person. Tickets during the event are $25 per person.

Stay tuned for the upcoming press releases, which will be appearing soon in the local media. We will be have details about the opening party on May 6th, updates on all the events that will be taking place at the house during May 7th – May 22nd, along with exciting news about a very special Packard weekend, May 13-15, including Packard vehicles on display and a Packard Prohibition Party on Friday, May 13.

For now, we can only hope the weather starts to improve and we can start working on the garden and transforming it into a beautiful lush lawn. After all a room with a view of the lake is a rather pretty one…a view of the diggers…not so much.

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Written by Katie Doelle
© 2016 Junior League of Detroit

Advance Ticket Sales Now Available

Purchase your tickets in advance, at a discounted rate, online in our eStore.

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Tickets purchased in advance are valid for entrance to the Designers’ Show House from May 7th-22nd. See the ticket description in the eStore for restrictions and details.

Advance price: $20 per person (before May 6th)
Price during the event: $25 per person May 7 – 22

Tickets will also be available at retailers’ – locations coming soon.



Group Tours at the Show House

Explore the Designers’ Show House and Gardens with your friends, family and colleagues with a Group Tour.

Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more at the rate of $20 per person.

Tours will be scheduled during all regular public hours and before opening, but no earlier than 9 am, Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am Sunday. Evening tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays will be scheduled no earlier than 6:00 pm.

It is a fabulous way to view the house with you own private group. We also offer the following options:

  • Convenient parking available on both sides of Windmill Pointe Drive and on the side streets.
  • Charter buses may drop off and pick up in front of the home; bus parking will be available at Windmill Pointe Park.
  • For planning purposes, allow up to 2 hours to tour the home and grounds.
  • The Café will be open during tours, with seating in the Tavern or in the tent on the grounds. Other dining options are available upon request.
  • The MarketPlace will be open for shopping after your tour.

If you are interested in setting up a Group Tour, please contact the Group Tours Chairman to request a date and time at grouptours@jldetroit.org or call 313-550-4915 for full details.

You may also download the registration form by clicking here.

We hope you will make plans to tour the 2016 Show House, and we look forward to your visit!



Putting On a Show House – ‘You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Book’!

Happy New Year! We’re back and raring to go as we begin the countdown to the main event.

You might think we have been sitting back over the Christmas period with our feet up eating candy. Well, maybe a day here and there, but for the most part there has been a lot of meeting and planning, fueled by the odd glass of wine or two, all in name of the festive season of course.

Aside from preparing for our special events, generating plans for the new Marketplace and focusing on the Café (to be located in the original lower level Tavern Room), one of our biggest projects at the moment is planning the Program Book. This is always a key component to any show house and provides us with the opportunity to share information about the residence, profile the work of our wonderful designers, list our sponsors and make sure everyone is up-to-date with all that is going on.

Just before Christmas we had a meeting to start planning the format of the book, the numbers of pages and what goes where and when. As we sat finalizing the time line for production a little voice from the end of the table said “You’re gonna need a bigger book”! We continued to finalize the dates, and then we hear it again “You’re gonna need a bigger book”! It suddenly dawned on us this was indeed right. Given that we are inviting several landscape designers to showcase their work and we are promoting the event as the ‘Designer Show House and Gardens’, then we are indeed going to need a bigger book. Good job we discovered this now before we set sail and there was no turning back.

While the process of creating the program book continues, our thoughts this week turn to the designer’s breakfast. This event provides us with the opportunity to meet with the designer’s, to talk with them more about the event and gives everyone the chance to get to know each other. Over the coming months we will be seeing them a lot at the house as they begin transforming the rooms. Judging by the huge amount of work going on in the kitchen right now visitors in May will be in for a treat.

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JLDHistory[1]With any Show House sponsorship plays a huge part in our ability to hold the event. For over 100 years, many programs and projects serving the Metro Detroit community were spearheaded and/or initiated by the Junior League of Detroit in collaboration with community leaders, businesses and other non-profit organizations. The generous donations from our sponsors play a big part in making these projects happen. Just from this years event alone we anticipate hosting close to 10,000 visitors and hope to raise a quarter of a million dollars to return to the community.

If you would like to consider helping us continue our long tradition of serving the needs of children and families in the metro Detroit area please feel free to contact the Sponsorship Chairman, Lena Carlile, at 313-378-4113 or by email: lcarlile@wealthsp.com – Thank you! Full details can be found by clicking on the image to the left.

As we look forward in hope that spring is just around the corner, we would like to say thank you for reading our blog. Don’t go away, there will be more news coming soon, including updates on our designs, and by next month we will hopefully have determined just how big the program book needs to be.

Written by Katie Doelle
© 2016 Junior League of Detroit

Putting On A Show House – ‘Twas the week before Christmas

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all thro’ the show house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

We will be back in January with the latest news, designer info, details on sponsorship opportunities, announcements about upcoming events and so much more!

But for now we just wanted to say…


Kick off the Holiday Season in style!

Kick off the Holiday Season in style with the Afterglow Gala Party at the Designers’ Show House!

It promises to be a superb affair, with:

  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Complimentary full bar
  • Music by Rennie Kaufmann
  • Dancing until midnight.

So join friends and family on November 21, 9pm at 15500 Windmill Pointe Drive Grosse Pointe Park, 48230

To make a reservation(s), please click here.

RSVP by November 16. Valet parking is available. Unfortunately this home is not handicap accessible.

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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.

Overhead photo

This stunning aerial photograph  – courtesy of Bing.com – 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.

Dry dock

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.

DSH logo

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