I parked my Jeep in the First Congregational Church parking lot in Kittery Point, Maine. I walked across the road and took a picture to memorialize my visit.
There is a lot that goes on “behind the scenes” at decorator show houses and that’s probably one reason why I’m addicted to visiting them. Watch me like a hawk in a show house because I’m that person who is looking very closely at the drapery detailing and turning over the edges of carpets to examine the knots. Posting signs that say “do not touch” and “no photography” is a charming challenge to me; I must know how that window treatment is attached to the molding. I may not “touch” the draperies, but I’ll get uncomfortably close to them.
If a volunteer is staffing a room, I’ll strike up a conversation with them until one of two things happens:
a) The volunteer realizes they’ve neglected their staffing duties and they quickly excuse themselves from the room to attend to other visitors or,
b) I tell them I’m a designer and “would you mind if I took a picture of that teeny tiny corner of the floor treatment?”
Not everyone likes show houses. There is a subtle theatricality to them which reminds me that gallons of Farrow & Ball paint won’t cover up the dust and ugliness of living. Stunning window treatments and piles of fluffy pillow don’t say much on lonely winter evenings, either.
Still, there is a lot that goes on at a decorator show house. There is a lot that goes on “behind the scenes” at this blog, too. One unseen feature is that I act as the “moderator” to the comments. Some bloggers allow comments to post automatically. This leads to spam showing up in the comments; some bloggers like spam comments because it creates an illusion of higher reader volume. I prefer not to post faux comments from gel nail polish spam bots which say things like “highly energetic blog. I enjoyed it a lot. Will there be a part 2?”
Part 2? La, this is part 22 of my show house habit.
After visiting the set of this summer’s Museums of Old York’s 24th Annual Decorator Show House, I’m once again inspired to examine my furniture, my window treatments, my wall hangings, and my show house addiction. Can I kick the habit altogether or can I moderate my fascination with such inspirations of loveliness? Will I finally make peace with my own shabby interiors? Can some other type of house replace my voyeuristic desire to walk into a stage set for an hour or two once a summer? If there is such a house, where is it and what does it look like?
I have a few thoughts.
The Museums of Old York’s Designer 24th Annual Show House runs from now until August 15, 2013 at 2 Lawrence Lane, Kittery Point, Maine. The house is open every day except Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Sundays, the hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, click here. Tickets are (still) $20.