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Jill Bronaugh, owner of Bungalow Home on Bank Street in Decatur, designed this contemporary bedroom suite in a showcase condo in downtown Huntsville. The 2007 Decorator Showhouse is sponsored by the Women's Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art and features three condominiums decorated by allied members of the American Society of Interior Designers.
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Jill Bronaugh, owner of Bungalow Home on Bank Street in Decatur, designed this contemporary bedroom suite in a showcase condo in downtown Huntsville. The 2007 Decorator Showhouse is sponsored by the Women's Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art and features three condominiums decorated by allied members of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Clearly inspirational
Contemporary, traditional and eclectic
Something for everyone’s style at Huntsville showcase condos featuring work by some of Decatur’s designers

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

The latest in city dwellings includes downtown condominiums decorated in eclectic, traditional and contemporary styles with balconies overlooking the cityscape.

You may have difficulty choosing a favorite, but you can gather design ideas from all three this weekend during the 2007 Decorator Showhouse. The units are in the new 301 East building on Holmes Avenue in downtown Huntsville.

This benefit, planned by the Women's Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art, features several designers with Decatur connections in the group of stylishly furnished and accented condominiums open for touring. All three are on the sixth floor of this seven-story, 21-unit building constructed by Thornton Properties LLC.

Showhouse co-chairwoman Laura Vann said this year, rather than decorating one house, the Guild decided to feature three variations of loft-style living. They wanted to get people into downtown Huntsville and show off the "uptown lifestyle" available near restaurants and arts and entertainment venues.

The buzz Wednesday was that actress Goldie Hawn, whose son plays hockey for The University of Alabama in Huntsville, might have bought one of the condos.

Contemporary

Jill Bronaugh, owner of Bungalow Home on Bank Street in Decatur, designed a bedroom suitable for a teen in the contemporary unit.

Her concept was “to create a calm and soothing retreat” that doesn’t look like the typical teen room.

“Teen rooms should be considered multi-purpose spaces, regardless of the age of the child — a room to transition into a guest bedroom at any moment,” said Bronaugh, who wanted the room to adapt to various needs.

“Instead of creating a static furniture arrangement, I combined transportable pieces with a few stationary ones to anchor the space,” she said.

She selected paint in a “Bittersweet Chocolate” shade for the walls, with curtains in a chocolate and white geometric design. The white lacquer day bed with chocolate cover was accented with throw pillows.

A red leather chair provided a focal accent piece, along with acrylic coffee table and desk chair, two bongo stools, apple green lamps, a white resin tree-branch style floor lamp, starburst mirror and other accessories.

Traditional

Designer Rick Treadway of Townhouse Galleries in Decatur took on the living, dining, kitchen and media room in the traditional-style condo. He chose Benjamin Moore paints, using a deep “Clinton Brown” shade for living-dining walls.

Rick Treadway of Townhouse Galleries in Decatur sets up a floral arrangement in the traditional condo. His ideas for the design include punctuating the room with unexpected pieces to make it memorable.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Rick Treadway of Townhouse Galleries in Decatur sets up a floral arrangement in the traditional condo. His ideas for the design include punctuating the room with unexpected pieces to make it memorable.
Then he accented with “Fresh Olive,” a kiwi green, in the media room and “Tuscan Terra Cotta” in the gallery-style kitchen. Each of these areas is visible from the others, so he had to select his colors carefully.

“I didn’t want to chop them up, but I think it’s a nice flow,” said Treadway.

“And even though this is the traditional style unit, I couldn’t help but be a bit eclectic with my designs, because that’s my nature.”

He said the media room, where he placed a plasma television, could be used as a breakfast room or other use, depending on the buyer’s preference. He brought in furnishings from Townhouse Galleries ranging from a Campaign-style bar, inlaid chest and knotted Tibetan rug to velvet occasional chairs and winged chaise in an iridescent fabric.

A gold sofa, a console with gold leafing, an English mahogany secretary and a mirrored cocktail table graced the living room, while a 60-inch round table (expandable with leaves) centered the dining room.

“I think the living room is definitely formal, but not stuffy,” said Treadway. “It’s inviting, yet sophisticated, with a bit of gold leaf and custom curtains.

“For me, it’s all about tradition punctuated with the unexpected that allows me to create memorable spaces.”

Throughout his areas, he chose accents such as a classic bust, bronze griffin lamp, mirrored box, and paintings, along with his fresh floral arrangements of calla lilies and green spider mums and glass jars holding apples, limes and lemons.

Eclectic

Lila Pryor Frank, owner of Lila Pryor Frank Interiors in Huntsville, grew up in the Decatur area. She made the selections for the living, dining, kitchen and foyer areas of the eclectic condominium, choosing a lot of gray blue, fawn and cream, seen at left.

Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
She mixes periods and styles, including Italian, French and Swedish, and adds interest with contrasting materials. Her choices include silk striped taffeta for draperies and velvets, linens and suede for upholstery, with porcelain, gold, glass and mirror accents.

“The pale neutral colors give a classic feeling, while the mix of styles and accessories gives a feeling of melding modern and traditional,” said Frank. “The result is an eclectic but sophisticated, soothing urban dwelling.

Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
JoAnn Bugg of Artistic Interiors in Huntsville used an assortment of metallic and lacquered wall finishes, metallic blinds and glowing ceilings in her designs for the eclectic unit’s library, baths, hall (seen above) and laundry room. Old World art maps and books provide a backdrop for the latest technology in the library area, where a zebra rug and two red chairs attract attention.

“This is faux faux wallpaper that looks like a faux finish paint with a pewter metallic look to it,” she said, describing a wall selection.

If you go

What: 2007 Decorator Showhouse

Where: 301 East building at 301 E. Holmes Ave. in downtown Huntsville

When: Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Admission: $15 to tour all three units; information, 535-4350

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