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Puttin' on the Glitz

Glitz and glamour highlight this year's Junior Symphony Guild (JSG) Designer Showhouse




Left to right, back row: Tom Jensen, Sarah Omer, Jane Wilson, Jody Smith, Rosemary Anna, Carol James and Kris Spring. Middle row: Cathrin Crampton, Marie Cramer Ashley Cramer, Chris Thomas, Linda Bryant, Lisa Kipp, Evelyn Wright, Nancy Admire, Stevie Liptak and Andrea Mezger.

Left to right, back row: Tom Jensen, Sarah Omer, Jane Wilson, Jody Smith, Rosemary Anna, Carol James and Kris Spring. Middle row: Cathrin Crampton, Marie Cramer Ashley Cramer, Chris Thomas, Linda Bryant, Lisa Kipp, Evelyn Wright, Nancy Admire, Stevie Liptak and Andrea Mezger.
Front row: (seated) Dar Ried, Noelle Jackson, Patti Pike, Barbara Uhrich, Carol Binding and Marcia Norman

Girl's Bedroom

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Glitz and glamour highlight this year's Junior Symphony Guild (JSG) Designer Showhouse, its "High Society" theme inspired by the home's history of society parties and celebrity guests. "We had a lot of fun entertaining over the years, enjoying the energy of wonderful, talented people," says the homeowner. Eighteen top design teams re-imagined that same energy, transforming the interiors and exteriors into spaces that range from continental sophistication to unabashed indulgence.

The Denver Country Club home, with its spacious, open floor plan, is perfectly suited to host the showhouse event, which is expected to attract between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors this spring. Designed in 1979 by modern architect James Sudler II, who collaborated on the Denver Art Museum, this 5,000-square-foot contemporary home was built with entertaining in mind.

With the original homeowners poised to move out in January, the guild moved in with its team of designers, builders, contractors, craftspeople and artists. "Each year we ask the design community to bid on specific rooms and present us with detailed boards," says JSG president Sarah Omer. A design council reviews the presentations and makes its selections. "We also choose a color palette to create cohesiveness," she says.

Showhouse chairs Evelyn Wright and Chris Thomas, along with house and design chair Cathrin Crampton, oversaw the intricate process of coordinating the design teams who donated tremendous talent and time. Local companies generously donated or loaned materials, furnishings, art, paint, appliances and more.

While many rooms beckon with opulence and refined taste, others are pure fantasy with mirrored furnishings and silk draperies that flow like champagne. Small spaces boast over-the-top creativity, from an exaggerated Picasso-like painting to a whimsical nod to Hollywood and high fashion. Gorgeous fabrics and finishes grace every room, with an abundance of lustrous and reflective surfaces. Designers drew inspiration from luxury hotels, exotic travel, Hollywood, society, nature and even cutting-edge technology.

The 31st Annual Junior Symphony Guild Designer Showhouse, located at 160 High St. in Denver, is open to the public from April 29 through May 21. It represents a year-long effort on the part of the guild's volunteer members, who logged untold hours to locate an appropriate home, select the designers, organize the event and staff the showhouse. All proceeds from the event and the accompanying boutique support ongoing music education and appreciation in Denver area schools. Programs include introducing young children to symphonic and orchestral music, performances at elementary schools and a mentoring program for middle school band and orchestra students. For more information, visit jrsg.org.

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