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The Key to Grand Design

10 Days of Design finds inspiration from the past

Orchestrating the revival of the 2010 Designers’ Show House and Gardens Oakwood home was a masterful achievement by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. This year dubbed “10 Days of Design,” the DPVA’s largest fundraiser succeeded in raising over $60,000 which will help support the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and promote musical education for all ages.

The site of this year’s Show House, 201 East Schantz Avenue, is full of architectural details that reminisce of times past giving the 6,000-square-foot house a charming and comfortable “I’m home” feeling. The 18th-century colonial revival home, known as The Mission Manor, was brought back to life beautifully by 30 of Dayton’s talented interior designers and landscapers. Updating the rooms while keeping with the history of its time period was a keynote goal among the designers. The finished piece came together triumphantly as it felt rich with antiquities of bygone days and pleasant to live in for days to come.

Master Bath

Designed by Judith Duwel, Design Concepts

Blending old with new was Duwel’s primary goal for this space. The homeowners wanted to keep the original subway tile intact and the old tub was replaced with a new shower so blending the two together proved to be a challenge but Duwel rose to the occasion. The dark hexagon floor tiles are an excellent contrast with the subway tile and fits with the era of the home.


Lighting: Lyon’s Lighting
Shower and floor tile: The Tile Store
Sink: Kohler
Paint: Blonde, Sherwin-Williams


Design Tip:
Never be afraid to change your mind. If you’ve decided on a design and it isn’t coming together, stop, rethink, and redesign. The end result is what counts.


Boy’s Bath

Designed by Grace A. Fike, Grace Fike Interiors

This bathroom is fun! Grace Fike Interiors reached their goal to acknowledge the history in the bathroom while also giving it a punch of modern color and convenience. The existing white tile made for a great “blank canvas” to add lots of fun colors, shapes and patterns. Bath time will be more like playtime in this bright and clean little boy’s room.


Window treatments: Deborah Clemens
Area rug: FLOR, Inc.
Paint: Sleepy Blue and Meditative (nook), Sherwin-Williams

Design Tip: Mix it up! Don’t be afraid to bring in different wood textures and species, as long as you have contrast you’ll be fine.




Diva’s Den

Designed by Sueleal Kramer, Bellville Interiors, Inc.

Belleville Interiors created a private area for the woman of the house. The Copper Mountain paint color makes the room warm and inviting. A white mantel around the original fireplace makes it pop from the walls showcasing the home’s charming architectural detail.


Furniture and accessories: Bellville Interiors
Fabrics: Trend
Faux painting: Faux Works, Kandi Perry
Window treatments: Miami Drapery
Lights: Premiere Lighting
Paint: Copper Mountain, Sherwin-Williams

Design Tip: Rich wall color can make a small room more intimate and interesting. The scale of furniture selected should be in proportion to the room size.





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