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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

lake 2 Digger 2

Written by Katie Doelle
© 2016 Junior League of Detroit

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.

photo (10)

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