For 41 years, the Bellarmine University Women’s Council has presented the Bellarmine Show House. This year, the show house is different, though. Traditionally, the show house has been an older home, but this year’s is a new home in Norton Commons. Known as The Charleston, this house was built by Bellarmine grad Jason Black with Artisan Signature Homes, and a trip through it is like visiting Charleston without ever leaving Louisville.

The home has a classic Charleston home layout, with the front entrance opening up into a covered side veranda. The patio is located adjacent to the home, rather than in the back. Once inside, there are four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a finished basement and a carriage house to explore.

More than 25 local designers had the chance to put their footprint on the space, designing and decorating everything from the paint on the walls to the furniture and the light fixtures. According to Vice-Chair Mary Ellen Gunterman, this show house allows each designer to “show their things, their design and what they like” in a space that everyone can see.

Let’s take a tour, shall we?

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The Bellarmine Designers’ Show House in Norton Commons

The Veranda by Summer Classics

Summer Classics designed this side veranda with outdoor furniture that would be just as perfect inside as it is out. In shades of blue and white, these aluminum chairs are a great place to “wine down” each night.

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The piazza, which is the covered veranda near the front door, was designed by Summer Classics.

The Living Room by Dwellings

Upon entering the home, the living room is on the left with an open living plan to the kitchen. Dwellings designed this space with neutrals, rich in texture and brilliance. There are elements of linen, wood, Lucite and glass in this light and cozy room.

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Living room designed by Dwellings

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The living room light fixture is shown through a reflection of the mirrored table.

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Elements of wood, glass and Lucite on the coffee table

The Kitchen by Reflections of You, by Amy

While the kitchen was designed by home builder Jason Black, Reflections of You, by Amy did the decorating. Note the dominant metallic pendant light fixtures and how they correspond with the muted, linen nail-head bar stools. Elements of metal and greenery provide a contrast to an otherwise clean, white palette.

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Kitchen decorated by Reflections of You, by Amy

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Close-up of the linen, nail-head bar stools in the kitchen

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Pendant lights and decorative elements in the kitchen

The Dining Room by Colonial Designs

The dining room is the only space in the house designated for eating, so it serves as a gathering place for each meal. Colonial Designs created a welcoming space, with hints of lime green, bamboo and gold throughout.

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Dining room designed by Colonial Designs

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We love this chair in the dining room.

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There are plenty of geometric shapes throughout.

The Office by C.C. & Company Interiors

A favorite space in the house is the private office with a large window near a back door. Here, C.C. & Company Interiors created a quiet, productive space with lots of natural light.

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The office lets in lots of natural light. Designed by C.C. & Company Interiors

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The glass-front bookcases in the office are a conversation piece, for sure.

The Powder Room by Kimura Design

The downstairs powder room has a hand-painted wallpaper design, done by Kimura Design. The scene of horses is perfect for this Kentucky home.

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Hand-painted wallpaper by Kimura Design in the first floor powder room is the perfect theme for this Kentucky home.

The Second Floor Landing by Details Furniture Gallery & Design

The blue, sea grass wall covering is a definite eye-catching design element in the stairway and landing on the second floor. Its rich pigment and texture is highlighted by the bay of windows and the white trim surrounding it. There is a work space up here, as well, with a cozy (and covetable!) office chair. This space was designed by Details Furniture Gallery & Design.

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We love the bay of windows and the view outside from the second floor landing.

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The second floor landing office space was designed by Details Furniture Gallery & Design.

The Guest Bedroom by J. Waddell Interiors

J. Waddell Interiors created a guest retreat in one of the two upstairs guest bedrooms. Using a light lavender on the walls and a beautiful bed frame, guests wouldn’t want to leave this quiet, comfortable space.

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The guest room, designed by J. Waddell Interiors, is named the Guest Retreat, and we can see why!

The Guest Bathroom by Valerie Meyer Interior Design

This Jack-and-Jill bathroom, designed by Valerie Meyer Interior Design, connects the guest rooms. There are dual vanities with a bench seat in between. Darker, richer colors are used in this bathroom with green walls, black cabinetry and purple accents.

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The guest bathroom is a Jack-and-Jill space with dual sinks. Design by Valerie Meyer Interior Design

The Charleston Guest Bedroom by Carriage House Interiors

Carriage House Interiors named the guest room it designed The Charleston, in keeping with the theme of the house. It has a beautiful Schumacher fabric on the chair and shams that contrasts with the clean, white bedding and light, mirrored night table. The light gray walls, crystal chandelier and wainscoting add to the texture of the space.

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This guest room, known as The Charleston, was designed by Carriage House Interiors.

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Detail of mirrored chest in The Charleston guest room

The Master Bedroom by Tassels

Tassels designed the master bedroom in rich hues of green, brown and purple. This room has large artwork and a large headboard, creating a dramatic effect. There’s also a beautiful street view and an adjacent sleeping porch.

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The master bedroom features lush shades with purple accents. Designed by Tassels

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Detail of bedding in master bedroom

The Sleeping Porch by Digs Home & Garden

The secret of the master bedroom is this wonderful, private porch, known as The Sleeping Porch, which was designed by Digs Home & Garden. There is a rocker, a couch, a small table, two chairs and a bar cart here, and there is no reason to ever leave this space.

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We love the couch on the sleeping porch, located adjacent to the master bedroom. The porch space was designed by Digs Home & Garden.

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Everything you need is right here on the bar cart on the sleeping porch.

The Basement Theater Room and Bar by Burdorf Interiors

Head down to the basement for movies and a full bar of your very own. Burdorf Interiors designed both of these spaces. The movie theater has a large, exposed brick wall with a projection screen and beautiful woodwork throughout. The bar, dubbed The Darkhorse Tavern, looks out on this room, with a sink, refrigerator and full bar space.

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This warm and welcoming basement theater room was designed by Burdorf Interiors.

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The Darkhorse Tavern in the basement was also designed by Burdorf Interiors.

The Basement Bedroom by Decorating Den

After a movie and some cocktails, your guests can retire to their very own bedroom retreat downstairs with large, powerful artwork and contemporary furnishings. This room was designed by Decorating Den.

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This basement guest room, also known as the Travelers Retreat, was designed by Decorating Den.

The Carriage House Living Area, Dining Room and Kitchen by LL&A Interior Design

This home has a separate carriage house, which features an apartment over the garage. There are living and dining areas, as well as a kitchen, designed by LL&A Interior Design. Bright greens, pink and black all dominate a more neutral couch and paint color.

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The living room of the carriage house was designed by LL&A Interior Design.

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The carriage house features a full kitchen, dining room and living room.

The Carriage House Design Studio by Ethan Allen Interiors

Also located in the carriage house, this design studio can double as a bedroom. With a rich taupe on the walls, Ethan Allen Interiors has complemented this color with gold fixtures and rose accents throughout the space.

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Design studio and sitting room in the carriage house, designed by Ethan Allen Interiors

Terrace and Patio Areas by Digs Home & Garden

Digs Home & Garden has brought the indoors outside on the terrace and patio area. With a full dining area, lounge and living space with fire table, this space could easily be the place you live full time (if you ever leave the sleeping porch, that is). Digs has woven in elements of nature, with pumpkins and succulents sprinkled throughout.

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The patio adjacent to the house was designed by Digs Home & Garden.

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Patio dining, designed by Digs Home & Garden

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Living area on the patio, designed by Digs Home & Garden

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Lounge chairs located on the patio

It’s All in the Details

Be sure to notice all of the great details by each designer in every room. Also, take note of the beautiful flowers, especially orchids, in the rooms. There are too many beautiful details to mention here, but here are a few to look at:

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Bird, glass and potted boxwood in the kitchen

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Detail of pineapple in living room

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Bird on the dining room table

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Camel in the carriage house sitting room

The Bellarmine Show House is located at 9204 Norton Commons Blvd. It’s open through Sunday, September 27. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The designers are at the show house on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at various locations around town and $15 at the door. All ticket sales and 20 percent of the retail boutique proceeds benefit the Bellarmine University Student Aid Fund. For more information on tickets, click here.

Photography by Christine Mueller Photography.

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