Designing for a Cause: The Urban Showhouse

Designing for a Cause: The Urban Showhouse

Ronee Saroff
May 10, 2010

Real estate agents are getting creative in how they market high-end properties. Over the past few years, we've seen open houses disguised as art openings, concerts, and cocktail parties. This weekend, Boston realtor Ricardo Rodriguez presented the Urban Showhouse — an open house fundraiser with proceeds benefiting Pine Street Inn, the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England.

It's no surprise that Rodriguez, named one of the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians by the Boston Globe, called on some of the city's premier designers to deck out the stunning 2,340 square foot townhouse overlooking Peter's Park in the South End.

Designed by architect Guy Grassi, the contemporary four-story structure features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 3 outdoor spaces. High ceilings and oversized windows add to the airy, treehouse feel. Each of the designers was given a floor to decorate in their signature style &mdash from veteran Dennis Duffy's global-inspired master suite to up-and-coming designer Lisa Kreiling's eclectic, art-influenced home office.

But the real stars of the show were the warm, welcoming hosts from Pine Street Inn who provide permanent housing, job training, emergency shelter and street outreach to over 1,300 homeless men and women each day!

Learn more about the designs featured in the Urban Showhouse and how you can support Pine Street Inn.

Designers: 1., 6., & 7. Lisa Kreiling of LTK Interiors; 2. Johnathan Adler; 3., 4. &5. Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group; 8., 9. & 10. Terrat/Elms Interior Design for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Images: Ronee Saroff

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