Decorators' Show House: Tudor Revival

Decorators' Show House: Tudor Revival

Kimber Watson
Apr 30, 2009

The Baltimore Symphony Associates present their 33rd Annual Decorators' Show House fundraiser, featuring the work of Maryland's top interior designers. The house picked for the event is the "Arden House" of Catonsville, built in 1927 by Baltimore architect William F. Stone, Jr. It features stucco and stone exteriors, half-timbering arches and leaded glass elements — all which make it a perfect example of Tudor Revival design. As an added bonus, it also boasts an amazing view that overlooks the city...

The Baltimore Sun recently featured a designer's take on one of the 21 decorated rooms of the Arden House. Designer Kathy Ward said she has always wanted to do a travel themed room, and finally did just that for the boy's bedroom. The space is decorated with handcrafted furnishings and repurposed items, focusing on ideas that can easily be adapted by the DIY consumer. Maps as wallpaper, a van's old bench seat for a couch, a 1975 MG trunk lid for a headboard, and old suitcases on casters for nightstands. Her trickiest task for the project was creating a valence and bed skirt out of fabric made using scanned license plate images. Ward explains a few of the techniques she used via video from the Baltimore Sun, which can be viewed here.

The event runs from April 26 - May 17, with proceeds benefiting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's education programs. You can visit the Baltimore Symphony Associates website for tickets and more information.

(Images: 1: Doug Kapustin for Baltimore Sun, 2: Mark Swisher via

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