Junior League of Boston 2016 Show House Announced

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Roster of Selected Interior Designers Revealed

Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Show House, the Junior League of Boston has announced that the 2016 Decorators’ Show House (Show House) will be the 1854 Nathaniel Allen House in Newton, Massachusetts. This premier design event will be held May 7, 2016 through June 5, 2016 and will feature the creative talents of the Boston area’s finest designers.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the Nathaniel Allen House was the site of the earliest co-educational school in the country and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Owned by the Newton Cultural Alliance (NCA) since 2012, the property will support small and medium sized performances and cultural events.

“The Junior League of Boston specializes in embracing signature service projects to benefit the greater Boston community. Improving the Nathaniel Allen House through our Decorators’ Show House will facilitate enhanced program space for arts and culture, with a special focus on programming for children,” said Valerie Pontiff, President of the Junior League of Boston.

Pamela Berutti, Show House Co-Chair, comments: “The League is celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2016 and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the area’s best designers, share the League’s mission and activities with the public, and raise money for the programs which impact thousands of girls and women annually.”

“The timing could not be more perfect to help the Newton Cultural Alliance get a boost in their renovation efforts while also benefiting the Junior League and causes that we hold dear”, adds Co-Chair Susan Moussalli.

Constructed in 1854, the property is ideally situated in West Newton Square and consists of a Greek Revival house, a former servant’s wing, and a barn. Using the home as blank canvas, the 2016 Decorators’ Show House gives Boston area designers the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and unique design style through complete redecoration of the home.

The Nathaniel Allen House boasts over 20 rooms that will be transformed by renowned designers in the coming months before opening to the public. As in years past, interior designers were invited to submit design proposals to participate in the 2016 Junior League Show House. After reviewing proposals from many talented designers and firms, the Junior League of Boston is delighted to announce that the following designers have been selected:

Cecilia Walker Design
AnaVera Design – Ana Bonilla
Dibby Flint Design
Elizabeth Home Décor – Elizabeth Benedict
Favreau Design – Steven Favreau
Gerald Pomeroy Interiors
Holly Joe Interiors, LLC
Interior Design International – Diana Frucci
John Coles Art
Kelly Rogers Interiors
Mally Skok Design
Sarah Scales Design Studios
Suzanne Logan Design Studios
Tess and Ted – Paige Lewin
Theo & Isabella – Susan Schaub & Scott Bell
Vani Sayeed Studios
Water & Main – Tracy Foley
LZM DeZigns – Nancy Seibel

The 2016 Show House will host a sneak peek with a free “Bare Bones” open house on Saturday February 27th from 11am to 1pm where the public can see the spaces prior to redecorating.

The completed Show House will launch with a Preview Party on Thursday May 5th. The Show House will open to the public on Mother’s Day Weekend, starting May 7th, and running through June 5th. The Nathaniel Allen House is located at 35 Webster Street in West Newton.

Hours are Wednesday 10:00am-4:00pm, Thursday and Friday 10:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm. Closed Mondays. Tuesdays, the Show House may be rented for special events and groups. Every Wednesday the designers will be on hand to answer questions and interact with visitors. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and are available online beginning March 1st at BostonShowHouse.org.

Group rates and private event packages are available. Through the new “Party in a Box” program at this year’s Show House, corporate or private events will have access to preferred catering and floral companies, simplifying the process of creating a special Show House event.

All proceeds from the 2016 Show House will go exclusively to fund the Junior League of Boston’s charitable mission. The Junior League of Boston, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information, visit http://www.jlboston.org.

Editors Note:

  • “Bare Bones” Open House Saturday February 27th, 11am-1pm. Opportunity to take “before” photographs. Please RSVP
  • Wednesday May 4th, 10am- 4pm - Press Preview Day. Please RSVP
  • Interviews with the organizers and participants encouraged.

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