High Acres becomes DPVA’s 2013 Designer’s Show House and Gardens

Welcome to High Acres, the Rike Estate

2013 DPVA Designer’s ShowHouse and Gardens

A discernible hush has settled on the estate since my last visit.

The expected hustle and bustle had cleared for the present to accommodate the photographer taking pictures for the DPVA ShowHouse and Gardens Program Book. A sneak peek around the house and behind a few closed doors revealed spaces waiting patiently for their fixtures. Darkened rooms accompanied by white dust covers draped teasingly over the fine upholstery arouse feelings of anticipation to see it all come together! A few more touches here and there, a light fixture to hang, towels to add and High Acres will proudly receive its guests for tour. You do not, I repeat, do not want to miss this one!  It is the grandest and best showhouse that the DPVA has sponsored and they have been producing show stopping show homes and gardens for quite some time…

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The marble Conservatory. Lovely.

2013 DPVA ShowHouse Sneak Peek

2013 DPVA ShowHouse Sneak Peek Master Suite

It’s located in the lovely area of Oakwood and here’s a little background info on both Oakwood and the beginnings of Rikes Department Stores.

Oakwood History

Oakwood was officially incorporated in 1908. It was initially farmland, but after a disastrous flood that destroyed most of downtown Dayton, the property of Oakwood was largely advertized for real estate investment. Growth took place rapidly and by 1930, the population of the village topped 6,000. In 1908, Oakwood was incorporated as a city. Orville Wright was one of the city’s early inhabitants, and his home, Hawthorn Hill, is still present.

Rikes became Lazarus, Lazarus became Macy’s. A biographical sketch from Wright State University Library.

Biographical Sketch of Rikes…

On March 9, 1853, “Gideon G. Prugh, James J. Joice and David L. Rike announced that “Prugh, Joice & Rike.. Third Street opposite the Methodist church..are now receiving and opening, direct from New York and Philadelphia, dry goods…in the room formerly occupied by Gebhart’s.” It encompassed only 2,500 sq. ft. and employed four sales people.”

In 1868 “Incorporated as D.L. Rike & Company with R.I. Cummin and Samuel E. Kumler, Mr. Rike’s brother-in-law, as partners.” In 1870 “Rike’s began to expand, opening a “suburban” store at 235 Fifth Street under the name of Rike, Hassler & Company.” In 1977 Rike, Hassler & Co. moved to new, larger quarters at 417-419 E. Fifth where it continued in business into 1894 (the year after the parent firm opened its new store.)” In 1893 Rikes opened a new building at Fourth and Main Streets. The building was designed after the Exposition Building at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

By 1912 Rikes had moved to Second and Main. 1913 saw the Flood of Dayton ruin the main floor and basement. In 1915 an addition for men’s wear was added. 1918 saw Rike’s join eight other independent stores to form the Associated Merchandising Corporation.

In 1938 an eight floor was added. The addition included air-conditioning and four elevators. 1950 saw the formation of the Rike’s 20 Year club. The Rikes parking garage was opened in 1959. During this time Rike’s became a Division of the Federated Department Stores. Rikes opened up branches in 1963 and 64 in Salem and Kettering. (Information from Box 6 File 1 125th Anniversary)

After the death of D.L. Rike, his son, Frederick, became the company’s president. The business continued to thrive and expansion again became necessary. Rike’s continued to grow and David Rike, Frederick’s son, eventually took over as president of the firm.

Rike’s celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1953 and 125th in 1978. In 1982 the company merged with Cincinnati’s Shillito’s Department Store and became Shillito-Rikes. In 1986 that corporation became Lazarus.

In 1999 the Rikes Building was destroyed to make way for development. Today a performance arts center stands where the Rikes building was located.

That’s all for now, see you soon with more pics! Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

You can get more information on the DPVA Showhouse, events, parking and hours here.
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Trending at the Interior Design Show – IDS13 Wrap Up

Trending at The Interior Design Show, IDS13~

January brought an incredible opportunity to attend The Interior Design Show in Toronto, Canada to peruse the latest and most innovative products in the interior-design industry up-close and personal.

“The Interior Design Show (IDS) is Canada’s largest contemporary design event. Since its inception in 1998, over 500,000 design professionals, consumers and media have attended. Inspirational exhibits feature both emerging and established designers and highlight international interior design, architecture and industrial design trends.”

Invited as a guest of Cambria, a company which designs and produces stunning and innovative quartz counter-tops, I attended a preview party at their lovely Toronto based Showroom.

At the Toronto Cambria Showroom for a pre-party party!

At the Toronto Cambria Showroom for a pre-party party!

Quartz counter-tops are edging out granite as the newest low maintenance kitchen and bath solid surface.  One of the perks of attending trade shows in addition to all the great products that an interior designer can be exposed to, is the wonderful relationships that are created between industry partners and peers.  I had the opportunity to meet up with several designers that I had met at KBIS, The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago last year and also to meet other designers in real life that I had previously interacted with via social media. These meet-ups or tweet-ups have become a welcomed  side benefit and are quickly becoming a focus of attending these events for many.

Here’s a photo of some of the Designing Women that I partied with at the beautiful Cambria Showroom prior to the IDS13 Opening Night Party!

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Fast forward to the first day of the show, bright and early here’s what was on display as we entered the showroom.

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Being on a mission for an upcoming project with my  fabulous Interior Designer friend Rose, we attempted to buy the tony black and white bag sitting pretty on the plastic light up patio chair, I mean who wouldn’t want one (the bag)? The salesperson cut us such a great deal; we could buy 100 of them for $79 ea. Cough. Well, it really wasn’t such a great bag anyway, kinda saggy.

Always some FAB lighting. I stop and stare at every beautiful chandelier regardless of where I am and you may spot me trying to capture it on instagram while my companions walk on.

Always some FAB lighting. I stop and stare at every beautiful chandelier regardless of where I am and you may spot me trying to capture it on instagram while my companions walk on.

This was absolutely the coolest lighting display at the show. By Living Lighting on King. Flush mounted fixtures with a sunburst surround repeated installed on a vertical wall. Ingenious.

This was absolutely the coolest lighting display at the show. By Living Lighting on King. Flush mounted fixtures with a sunburst surround repeated installed on a vertical wall. Ingenious.

Kudos must go to the display with most creativity in my opinion, the IKEA kitchen. Yep, I said that. The lighting hanging from a ballast  gives intimacy in a proverbial warehouse setting!

Kudos must go to the display with most creativity in my opinion, the IKEA kitchen. Yep, I said that. The lighting hanging from a ballast gives intimacy in a proverbial warehouse setting!

Interesting juxtaposition of antique, farm & rustic accessories on the modern island.

Interesting juxtaposition of antique, farm & rustic accessories on the modern island.

No Interior Design Show is complete without a Brizo display!

No Interior Design Show is complete without a Brizo exhibit!

“Brizo, the luxury brand of faucets, brings eco-friendly elegance into the home with products that are environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing.” ~ Brizo

And of Course the Jason Wu display!

And of course the Jason Wu display! Hi Jason!

Need a Volcanic Limestone soaking tub experience? Only V⊕A Baths can accommodate that request!

Need a Volcanic Limestone soaking tub experience? Only V⊕A Baths can accommodate that request! I actually had the opportunity last fall to visit their Showroom in Chelsea Harbor during the London Design Fair during #BlogTourLondon as a representative of Modenus.

More cool lighting~

More cool lighting~

Flying saucer football lighting for your sports room. Probably won't specify.

Flying saucer football lighting for your sports room. Probably won’t specify.

Some very impressive rug art. I love rugs and usually visit these exhibits first, which i did actually.

Some very impressive rug art. I love rugs and usually visit these exhibits first, which I did actually.

I love this rug by Weavers Art.

I love this rug by Weavers Art. Must have.

Meeting up with old friends and making new! Twitter pals Nyla Free ad Jonathan Legate.

Meeting up with old friends and making new! Twitter pals Nyla Free and Jonathan Legate.

That's a wrap. Photo credits: Patti Johnson. Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. Feel free to leave a comment! Stay tuned for a great line up!

Chatti Patti’s Upcoming Features

This year, Chatti Patti will be talking lots of design and to give you a glimpse of what exactly is in store, here’s the shortlist of what will be featured coming up:

✪     A post holiday synopsis of the Glendower Mansion in Lebanon decorated for the Historic Holiday Home Tour.

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Interior Design: Patti Johnson Interiors Photo: Aaron Stringer Photography

✪     An in-depth look at what actually goes on in a Charity Designer Show House!  Chatti Patti takes readers on a sneak peek-behind the scenes of the activities of the interior designers, trades personnel and the homeowner of the Historic (almost) Rike Estate in Dayton, Ohio which is being presented by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. Privileged to be an interior designer on the project at the estate and member of the DPVA, I will share a little about what it takes to pull this off.  SO very much hard work is required from countless individuals not to mention the tireless efforts of the outstanding Board of Directors and their committees to create, organize and produce a beautiful Show House for the public to trample through. But more about that later and it will probably have it’s own page because Chatti Patti has lots to say about this Show House!

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✪     Two or more interviews with some high profile ‘Leaders’ in the Interior Design Industry. Be prepared to be amazed!

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✪     The “Year Of The Rug” Yep, Chatti Patti and special guests will educate you on the unique characteristics of rugs and how to select a wonderful rug for your home if you do not call an interior designer to help in your selection which would of course be Chatti Patti’s first suggestion!

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Photo of Rug courtesy of AddisonDicus.com

So there you have it. Oh, and I promised to post about my sister-in-law’s fabulous Farm House that she and her husband recently built. Here’s some beautiful photos from my recent visit to Northern Michigan over the holidays. Much more about this lovely project in the months to come. Stay tuned!

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If there are any topics that you would like to see here on Chatti Patti Talks Design, by all means, leave a comment. We like to keep the readers happy! Thanks for stopping by and see you real, real soon.

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