The Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach teams with talented designers to transform its biennial Designer Show House
The Village Improvement Association (VIA) is a women’s civic and charitable organization that aims to promote the interest, improvement and progression of the Rehoboth Beach community. The VIA brings together a like-minded collection of members who work collectively to perform charitable and civic work that directly benefits the greater Rehoboth area.
In 2017, the VIA raised over $70,000 and recorded more than 30,000 volunteer hours. While the VIA hosts many events throughout the year, their most successful fundraising source is the Designer Show House. The event allows a team of dedicated designers to highlight their work to the community while raising funds to support the VIA’s mission.
The Designer Show House event occurs just once every other year because it requires a tremendous amount of planning and labor. Roughly 16 months ago, the VIA began the process of selecting the 2018 Designer Show House location.
After much deliberation, the VIA ultimately chose a spacious three-story Colonial-style home located at 42 Pennsylvania Avenue in the charming Rehoboth Beach neighborhood of The Pines. “We decided on this particular house because we considered it a challenge we were ready to pursue,” stated co-chairs Carol Hall and Ann Sebastian. “The family who owns the house was also extremely cooperative and appreciative.”
The home has had the same owners since its construction 38 years ago. It now houses the family’s fourth generation. After the conclusion of the Designer Show House event, the family plans to sell the house to an interested family. The house was the VIA’s fourth Designer Show House location, and it is by far their most extensive renovation yet.
After selection, the VIA began hosting a series of open-house days for designers to come and view the property firsthand. They were pleased to have 12 designers see the potential of the space and ultimately agree to renovate specific sections of the house.
Designers involved in the project include Bella Terra Landscapes, Boardwalk Builders, DCOR—Design Center of Rehoboth, Dreamweaver Interiors, Driftwood Design, Outside by Erin Walls, J. Conn Scott, Ocean Boulevard Furniture, Peter E. Designs, Smart Homes of Delaware, The Urban Dweller and Timeless Design. Benjamin Moore also donated all the paint used throughout the house.
Prior to the massive renovations executed by the designers, the house was rather outdated, and its dark colors seemed out of place amid its beach surroundings. Throughout the renovation project, designers incorporated their personal styles and design elements into their respective designated spaces, giving the house an eclectic yet fresh feel. Overall, the house now exhibits more welcoming vibes through lightened colors and comforting furniture displays.
There is much to see in the house. It contains an airy living room with a brick fireplace, a kitchen and dining room, and two other multiuse rooms on the first floor. There is also a sunny screened-in porch, as well as a patio and garden in the backyard. The upstairs includes bedrooms, baths and a stairway to the third-floor bedroom and game room.
Walk throughs of the property will be held during the last weekend in April and the first three weekends in May, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This charitable event allows visitors the opportunity to connect with the work of local designers and draw inspiration for personal projects. All funds earned from this project directly support the VIA’s mission.
For additional information on the event and to purchase tickets in advance, visit DesignerShowHouse.org.
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