Cape May Designer Show House 2009

Posted 7/09/09

Cape May, NJ — The 2009 Designer Show House is one of the rare, older homes in town that survived the famous fire of 1878.

A local hotel owner built The Carpenter Cottage at 511 Franklin St in 1853,. The house was occupied by a succession of local residents from blacksmiths to lighthouse keepers to innkeepers.

They certainly wouldn't recognize it today.

Surf shaped furnishings, a coastal color scheme and a new kitchen made for today's life style are just some of the fresh design features that have been added during the months long makeover as Cape May's Designer Show House.

This is the fifth year in a row that the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) is sponsoring a Designer Show House.

Restoration architects came up with a new, more open floor plan for the first floor, turning a dining room into a large kitchen / breakfast area. Upstairs, two new bedrooms suites were created.

Then, interior designers from the region got to work, transforming each space. Each room got a different designer and a different look.

Upstairs, in one bedroom, designer Vivian Rowan created glamour on a budget, calling it All that Glitters. Another bedroom features an original copper sculpture by Betsy King. In yet another bedroom, designer Jane Spickofsky uses a British colonial decor.

Every room in the house got the designer treatment, including the laundry room, where artist Susan Zipper added mosaic touches.

The home will be open to the public every day through November 1 for self guided tours from 10AM to 3PM. The house will also be open for evening tours Sunday through Friday from 7PM to 9PM.

This year, MAC will reopen the Designer Show House November 20 for special holiday tours.

Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children. No reservations are needed. The Carpenter Cottage is located at 511 Franklin St., Cape May.



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