A West Hartford home is transformed by 18 designers for the 2022 Junior League of Hartford Designer Show House.

Some of the designers chosen for the 2022 Hartford Show House Junior League. Courtesy picture

By Ronni Newton

Eighteen interior and landscape designers – including five from West Hartford – have been chosen to show off their creativity as they reimagine a nearly 90-year-old West Hartford Tudor as part of a Junior League fundraiser of Hartford.

The five-bedroom home, at 51 Brookside Boulevard, was built in 1938 for Aetna executive Frederick Sidney Holt and his wife, Sarah-Louise Holt, and is currently occupied by Marsha and Jared Jacobskind and their two children, aged of 1 and 3 – who generously donated the use of the house to the Junior League.

Handpicked designers include:

  • Camden Grace Interiors, Hartford

  • Dana Ferraro for Molly Patton Design, Fairfield

  • Edith Whitman Interiors, West Hartford

  • Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc., Danbury

  • Fiona Leonard Interiors, Darien

  • Jaime Rangoon and Erick Espinoza for Anthony Baratta, New York

  • Jennifer Noyes for Creative Contour, Middletown

  • Interiors of Kate Smith, Farmington

  • Kathryn Hunt Studios, West Hartford

  • McCory Interiors, Burlington

  • Melissa Porter for the NEAT Method, West Hartford

  • Moreau Designs, Granby

  • Robin Jones Designs, Hartford

  • Shelley Curtis Dodd for Mews Designs, West Hartford

  • SKM Design LLC, West Hartford

  • Vanessa Brennan Interiors, New York

“This home is the perfect model for designers to translate their style and aesthetic into the way people live today,” Anthony Baratta, legendary designer and Show House’s Honorary Design Chair, said in a statement. “The pandemic has moved away from the ‘big room’ design that leads with a similar design style in every space, and more towards the traditional, historic footprint of the home with smaller rooms that can be both multi-functional but also provide respite from other areas of the home. I like the idea of ​​seeing maximalism and color in one room but a very different style in another. With a historic house, designers really have the opportunity to show their personality,” he said.

“This project has always been a unique opportunity to showcase the talented designers and artisans here in the Hartford area, as well as further afield,” said Whitney Sweeney, co-chair of the Designer Show House. “Ultimately, we are able to leverage the creativity, talent and generosity of the design community to fund some of the League’s most important community initiatives – and visitors leave inspired. With the partnership and support of CTC&G, Tony Baratta and our sponsors, we hope this is one of our most successful Designer Show House fundraisers to date.

The Junior League of Hartford has hosted a Designer Show House as the organization’s signature fundraiser since 1979, and typically holds the event every three years. Due to COVID-19, the 15th Show House has been postponed for one year. Many recent show homes – including a house on Waterside Lane in 2018 and a house on Orchard Road in 2015 – have been located in West Hartford.

The 2022 Designer Show House is presented by exclusive media sponsor, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, and legendary interior designer Baratta serves as honorary design chair with efforts also led by CTC&G editor DJ Carey. The house will be featured editorially in the July/August issue of CTC&G and on cottagesgardens.com.

“We look forward to spotlighting Hartford’s design and cultural scenes in our summer issue,” Carey said. “The Capital Region has always been on our radar for its rich architectural history. In fact, in 2011, we had the good fortune to spearhead the redesign of the Governor’s Residence. We’re thrilled to be back and part of this exciting project that showcases so much local talent.

In addition to media partner Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, the Designer Show House 2022 is supported through the generosity of local and national sponsors including Ethan Allan, Harbor Outdoor, Ring’s End in partnership with Benjamin Moore, York Wallcoverings and John Boyle.

Local sponsors include Peggy R. Lorence, Carroll Tax Firm, Inc., Carmody Law Firm, Hoffman Auto, Johndrow Financial, John Boyles, West Hartford Electric, Disheveled Diva, Brewery Legitimus, Bert’s Pizzeria, Luna Pizza, Dino’s Pizzeria, Barn Door Blooms, Hartford Baking Company, Maximum Beverage, Keating Insurance, Pride Farms.

The Designer Show House will open on Friday, June 3 with a special fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. The Show House will be open to the public for tours from Saturday June 4th and the event will continue until Sunday June 26th. .

Tickets for opening night, house tours and special events are available online through Eventbrite and on the JLH website. Online presale tickets for Show House tours are $25 through June 2, 2022 and $40 at the door.

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