DPVA Designer’s Show House and Gardens

DPVA Designer’s Show House & Gardens

Saturday, April 27 through Saturday, May 18, 2013

DPVA logo and photo

22 rooms, 10 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces and an 8 car garage from another era

EIGHTEEN THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF DESIGN. That’s exactly what purchasing a ticket to this fabulous Designer Show House can provide access to! In addition to the acres upon acres of gardens to peruse at The Rike Estate (High Acres) during the upcoming 2013 DPVA Designer’s Show House & Gardens, there are also many wonderful events planned such as three separate High Teas complete with Fashion Shows presented by “Get Dressed“, “Joli  Boutique“, and “Magnolia’s On Main” ,  a tour of the estate  and a book of exclusive tea recipes. Also planned is a “Little Me Tea” complete with a children’s fashion show accompanied with a tour of the estate and fun entertainment to bring your favorite little ones to. Please join us for  an Opening Night Party on April 27th and another lovely evening party on Friday, May 17, as the Show House tours come to a close. Yes, it’s party season in Dayton, Ohio!

Why must you wait until April 27th to walk through and drool over this estate? Because….right now there are 45 designers, umpteen contractors, electricians, plumbers and painters etc. running to and fro (near frenzied) to transform this mansion into a special event just for you.  Sounds like a lot, right? IT IS.  Since this is the first DPVA Designer Show House & Gardens for which I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of as a designer and additionally as a blogger, I thought I’d take you on a little behind the scenes look at the activity over the next few posts.

Head Honcho

This is Carol. DPVA Officer Extraordinaire,

Carol is standing in the newly renovated kitchen. You’re getting a little sneak peek here and it is beautiful!

Without Carol, nothing that could be done would be done in regards to the Show House.  Currently the Vice President of the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteers Association, Carol is devoting her time to making sure everything gets done on time and according to plan.

“A non-profit organization, the DPVA was created in 1952 with an ongoing mission to support the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in the areas of education, promotion, fund raising and membership development, the DPVA is the largest music  education program in the United States and The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association’s Young People’s Concert Previews were named a Gold Award winner by
 League of American Orchestras. ” ~ DPVA

The Show House takes place every other year and my last conversation with Carol was that the DPVA was already on the lookout for the next location for the Designer’s Show House & Gardens for 2015! Makes my head spin just thinking about it. Carol is responsible for coordinating all the trades personnel (just like a designer) and making sure all the right color paint, provided by sponsor Sherwin Williams, gets put on all the correct walls and ceilings in all the correct sheen in the proper order necessary to allow the next trade personnel into a particular space. She’s great on her IPad (I’ve seen her) and still wears a smile ’round the clock.

In addition to Carol, there are dozens of generous volunteers who are overseeing various aspects of the Show House production; from marketing and printing to gardening and catering. Many volunteers also generously donate their resources to assist the effort. Volunteers must be lined up to work the High Teas, take your tickets, direct the parking and on it goes. A big Thank You goes out to all of those wonderful DPVA Volunteers and other residents of the surrounding communities whose participation and efforts make the event so successful.

Here’s a BEFORE picture of the Family Room:

Rike Estate Family Room BEFORE!

Rike Estate Family Room BEFORE

Luken Interiors Inspiration & Design Board

Luken Interiors Inspiration & Design Board

Designer Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors of Dayton is one of the designer’s I’ve met since I’ve been working on this project as a designer as well as blogging about it.  This is Luken’s design/inspiration board for the family room.

I simply adore Ralph Lauren’s new fabrics, don’t you?  The choice of Emerald Green as a predominant color in the theme is so beautiful that  I can’t wait to see this room and entire home come to life.

Two second floor bathrooms will be transformed by Patti Johnson Interiors  and will be featured  in an upcoming post. To the homeowner, Tom McColgan, who had to move out for a couple of months, thank you so very much for allowing us to have some artistic license in  your home.  We hope you will love it!

Terrace BEFORE!

Terrace BEFORE!

View of the property at High Acres Estate, Oakwood, Ohio

View of the property at High Acres Estate, Oakwood, Ohio BEFORE

Looking forward to seeing flowers in bloom from the terrace overlooking the pool, pool house and grounds.

Interested in coming to see the transformation? For more information, please contact Leta at: leta@erinet.com or call 937-572-7494. We’ll see you there.

A very special thank you to all of our wonderful Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Individual Sponsors

Clark, Schaefer and Hackett  Marcia and Walt Wood
Emerson Climate Technologies Robert and Leta Fairbank
Grismer Tire Paul and Carol Lamberger
Midwest Fasteners, Inc. Betsy and Lee Whitney
Wright State University Lisa Fry and Neal Gittleman
First Financial Bank Carol & Don Erwine
James Investment Research Karen and John Marshall 
Dayton Dental Collaborative MJ and Bella Freeman
Huntington Bank Rogers and Greenberg
TDH Marketing
Centerville Winnelson/WinWholesale
Blanco America
Lamps Plus
Arrow Wine and Spirits
Bonbright Distributors
Sherwin Williams


DPVA Designer ShowHouse #Oliohop for Charity Causes

The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association, (#DPVA) a non-profit volunteer association is sponsoring an incredible Designer ShowHouse and Gardens to raise funds to provide musical programs, instruments and education for children throughout the Dayton and Central Ohio areas. To be quite honest, I am very impressed with all that they do!

Since 1934, the Dayton Philharmonic has provided an introduction to the wonders of classical music through its man­y Education Programs and serves over 50,000 kids in twelve counties. Last year, members of the orchestra, youth orchestras, and volunteer organization participated in 1,­224 engagements and partnered with 249 schools!


“The DPO Education Department provides a comprehensive array of programs, series, and concerts that address differing grade levels, learning styles, and teacher requirements. 
Some concerts feature the DPO; others feature our student orchestras. The highly acclaimed SPARK Program (School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids) brings in-depth, cross-curricular programs to eight partner schools. Overall education activities include In-School, Field Trip, and Extra-Curricular Programs.
Created in 1952 with an ongoing mission to support the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in the areas of education, promotion, fund raising and membership development, the DPVA is the largest music education program in the United States and The Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association’s Young People’s Concert Previews were named a Gold Award winner by the League of American Orchestras. ” ~ DPVA
DPVA logo and photo

This year the DPVA will produce yet another fabulous Designer Show House and Gardens which promises to be the best in it’s history.  The 18,000 square foot Rike Estate in the beautiful Oakwood area of Dayton, Ohio will be the location for transformation.  Opening in late April to the public, the ShowHouse tours run through May 18th, 2013. For more information on tickets and events, please visit here.

Here is a photograph of the Rike Estate taken recently BEFORE work begins to restore almost 12 acres of gardens.

DPVA ShowHouse 2013

The 18,000 square foot “Rike Estate” will be transformed by 43 designers from the Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio areas for the 2013 DPVA ShowHouse and Gardens.

As a new member of the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association, I am privileged to be part of this year’s wonderful ShowHouse. I have been assigned two bathrooms in the home of which I am excited, however  thought it more fun to share the main Living Room with you which will be done by one of the other designers working on the showhouse, Jon Blunt. Jon has been involved in the showhouse for many years. Plus, more fun creating the virtual design for the Living Room on Olioboard! Olioboard is a great company who cares about getting the word out about Charity Causes.

This fabulous home was built in 1927 and is 18,000 square feet of quality construction and finishes of a bygone era! With 43 Interior Designers decorating or renovating 30 rooms and nearly 12 acres of the “High Acres” Gardens, this is a show stopping Charity Show House sure to please!

Before Photos 021-3

The above picture is the Living Room at the Rike Estate as it was before work began for the ShowHouse.  This room will be designed by Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors in Dayton, Ohio. Since the rooms that I am designing are two bathrooms, I thought it would be more fun to design an Olioboard on a more prominent space. Jon was kind enough to share his photo with me and present to you a virtual design which is by the way, not his  design plan (you’ll have to buy a ticket and come in person to see that!) but a fun interpretation and update of the space by Patti Johnson Interiors using Olioboard.

A virtual interpretation by Patti Johnson Interiors. The actual design and decoration of this particular space will be done by Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors. Come visit when the ShowHouse opens in April to see what he creates.

A virtual interpretation by Patti Johnson Interiors. The actual design and decoration of this particular space will be done by Jon Blunt of Luken Interiors. Come visit when the ShowHouse opens in April to see what Jon creates.

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Click Here to view on Olioboard along with some other boards I have created with this tool. You can visit the links below to see more of what Olioboard is about.

http://facebook.com/Olioboard     http://twitter.com/olioboard     http://youtube.com/user/olioboard     http://pinterest.com/olioboard/

Below I have listed the links for nine other designers and bloggers who are currently involved in a Charity Cause of their own and blogging about it in this “#OlioHop”. They are lending their expertise, time and resources to their community or a cause close to their heart. So, “hop” on over to each of these blogs to see how the  different projects in different parts of the country and even outside the country.

 By visiting these other blog post, you will be able to see more examples of how to use Olioboard’s free site to showcase in either 2D and 3D, or what your own #CharityCauses might need from potential donors.