The Front Porch Wichita
On the Porch:
XVII Symphony Showhouse
Now you’ve one more reason to get outdoors and enjoy spring!
May 1–22 Open Daily 10–4 Mon–Wed & Fri–Sat 10–7 Thur 12–4 Sun
he biennial Symphony Showhouse is right around the corner. The setting for 2011’s extravaganza is yet another historic College Hill home. Owned by Billy and Stephanie Boyle and located at 225 N. Roosevelt, this Advance tickets from Neo-Greek Revival-style home participating designers, $10 was built in 1912, and it’s been in each; at the door, the Boyle family ever since. $13 each. For additional The Symphony Showhouse is information, call 218.1891. the premier fundraising project of the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony. First mounted in 1979, the sixteen previous Showhouses have raised more than $2 million to support Wichita Symphony programs and activities. The Symphony Showhouse typically hosts more than 11,000 enthusiastic visitors who delight in the extraordinary work and wares of Wichita’s best designers and merchants staged in a newly renovated home. Comprising some 5,000 square feet, this impressive residence boasts three storeys and more than fifteen rooms, and as usual, a select group of designers will bring their own creative themes to all of them. The makeover begins with the Boyles’ front porch and foyer, which is being designed and furnished by Bridget Mack, owner of Bridget Mack Interiors and coordinator for the Wichita Area Technical College’s Interior Design Program; Ellen Palmer, intern; and senior design-program students Kenna Corley, LaTasha Riegle, and Monica Yoho. Mack and her team chose the theme “Recycle, Reclaim, and Reuse,” which alllows them to incorporate cherished items that the Boyles have passed down from generation to generation, such as the Adirondack furniture that a grandfather had built by hand. Through William Morris-style stenciling and an Arts and Crafts-influenced palette of patterns and fabrics in soft greens, golds, and corals, the team hopes to evoke the gentler ambience of days gone by, when the front porch was a place to relax, watch the children play, and socialize with neighbors. “And,” says Mack, “we hope that it’ll be just that kind of front porch for the Boyles once again.”
See the work of these exceptional Front Porch Wichita advertisers at the XVII Symphony Showhouse, May 1 through May 22: Designer’s Expo, Guthridge/Nighswonger, Janie Chisholm Designs, Josephine & Company, Nelson Designs, Red Nest Interiors, and Rug Studio.
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