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5/24/11

When The Show Is Over

Talking about designer showhouses yesterday, had me wondering what happens after the show.  The showhouse properties are almost always for sale (don't you wonder who buys them? I do!)...but with so many different designers in one spot, the overall decor effect is usually so disjointed, to say the least.  In an effort to hunt down a story about homeowners that have purchased a showhouse, I laughed when I came across this article in New England Home MagazineCindy Rinfret, the designer hired for this former Greenwich, Connecticut design house, referred to it as a "painted lady in distress."  I've seen enough showhouses to know exactly what she meant.  Fortunately, Ms. Rinfret was able to bring the house back to it's former grandeur and even add a lot of fresh new style. 

For the full article and the rest of the photos, click here.
Images via:  New England Home Magazine

21 comments:

  1. I have always wondered what happens if someone buys a showhouse - especially when the rooms are often not color-coordinated! Cindy gave this one a beautiful makeover... Love her work!
    xxoo

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  2. Sue, this is an amazing post.. love this home. Cindy did do a wonderful job. Some lucky person is going to move right in to perfection. xo

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  3. Beautiful redo. But I guess that's what has to happen - a total gut so that everything works together. Lovely final results!

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  4. Wow. That outdoor patio would be a dream. Love it.

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  5. This is absolutely stunning. I love the first and second pictures. She knows how to make every room look effortlessly beautiful.

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  6. I've always wondered the same thing. And wow this house is gorgeous!

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  7. Love the way she used blue & white porcelain to tie the home together. Now, the house feels like a real home where people can actually live.
    xo's

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  8. How I long for a kitchen of that size...love the last picture. Love from London xo

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  9. Beautiful-I love the outdoor flooring (blue slate perhaps??)

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  10. So interesting--thanks for sharing your detective work!

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  11. love the kitchen..the house looks beautiful with lovely coordination between all the rooms..thanks for sharing..have a wonderful day..do visit my blog when you have a moment..xx meenal

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  12. i too am enjoying that color palette. especially loving: the chandelier over the kitchten island and that outdoor setting, all of it! ;)

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  13. So interesting! She really pulled it together so well. I adore that kitchen.

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  14. That indeed is very interesting, to see how show-houses end up. This one is beautiful and cozy, the kitchen is my favorite.

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  15. Holy Moly! I love it! I've have often wondered the same thing when showhouses are over.

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  16. Breathtaking!!!! I wish I could move in - it is what we all dream of. A completely finished, beautiful home. Wow, Cindy did an amazing job!

    And so did you with this post!
    xoxo E

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  17. Yes, that would be a real task!

    This one looks wonderful and the reno has really tied it together nicely.
    Love the powder room and am fascinated by that floor. Looks like glossy mosaic.. Wow.

    x Charlotta

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  18. This is so gorgeous -- I especially love the first room!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  19. She did a beautiful job pulling it all together - I agree on them being a painted lady in distress after the show! We have a "Street of Dreams" show in Portland and after the houses are for sale - so I have always wondered about it too!

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  20. That kitchen island is gorgeous and I love the oversized lantern above it. I would love to make dinner in there!

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