Bucks County Designer House and Garden Tour

Long before ‘Fixer Upper’ shows brought design ideas into our home, designer showhouses were providing inspiration and making us dream. The 41st Bucks County Designer House and Garden’s team of talented designers has transformed the Foxwood Manor house into a showhouse that dazzles and inspires at every turn.  Situated on an expansive property in Jamison, PA, in beautiful Bucks County,  the showhouse is open to visitors until May 29th.  Along with the spectacular home and outdoor spaces, there are six delightful boutiques in the charming carriage houses providing quality and unique shopping. Much of the house’s furniture and art is for sale too!  A café offers tasty lunches.  All proceeds benefit Dowylestown Health.  The showhouse is organized by The Village Improvement Association of Doylestown and the show is nothing short of spectacular this year.  I have been to my fair share of showhouses and this one delivers major inspiration inside and out!

Please join me for a tour through this year’s 41st Bucks County Designer House and Garden and be wowed.  This is a post bursting with eye candy photography that I hope will energize your own decor.

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The entrance foyer is designed with a fox theme and is appointed with beautiful organic elements including the Italian plaster walls:

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The kitchen and its breakfast area was designed by the talented collaborative efforts of designers of IFDA.  Highlights included the custom concrete counter which can have inclusions embedded, the live edge coffee table, the hand loomed rugs, the spectacular wooden lantern ceiling fixtures and the beautiful table setting.  The fresh color palette of soft greens and blues was soothing, gorgeous and updated this space for today’s lifestyle. Professional photographs provided by Mike Irby Photography.  Many thanks to designer Ida J McCausland for her comprehensive tour of this area. image image

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The dining room was an intimate room, wrapping one in its moody lighting, highlighting woodland elements in its decor.   Note the clever use of branches, collections of rocks and shells, exposed stone walls and stunning art work.  Those faux bois lamps!  The tablesetting was gorgeous with its driftwood and vines and other natural elements under a very contemporary stunning chandelier.

image image image image image image image Like many architectural gems, this home had several rooms that designers decorated as living rooms, studies and sitting rooms. They showcased creative reimagining of these spaces.

This first room is done in the very popular retro style.

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This next room cleverly curated many treasures acquired on worldly travels.  It made one dream of exotic places.  Note the handpainted koi fish mural above the fireplace and expert faux finishing of the fireplace stone surround seamlessly filling in missing stones.

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The bedroom wing showcased a serene master bedroom addition all done up in serene shades of blue with a luxurious carrera marble master bath.

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The young lady’s bedroom was beautifully appointed in luxurious fabrics in soothing shades of aqua with soft orange accents.  The ensuite bathroom showcased a fabulous window treatment, a showstopper!  Both rooms were designed by the talented Robinson Interiors.

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Another bedroom was a whimsical room designed for a young girl with a clever study area carved out of a closet space.  Note the spectacular hand painted “wall paper” in the ensuite bathroom.

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image image  The outdoor spaces are really going to blow your mind!  The spectacular pool featured several lounging or dining areas.  A nearby spacious building served as a pool house and entertaining space:  indoor and outdoor bars, a spacious verandah with  an outdoor living room, an indoor game room and living room space.  Oh this space made one dream!  So many creative ideas here. Note the clever lighting fixtures fashioned out of liquor bottles. Note the clever use of a trio of large potted pants on the well appointed verandah to provide privacy while still letting breezes through.  The impressive outdoor candlelabra along with decorative metal grills fitted wtth votive holders would provide magical nighttime lighting.  Both indoor and outdoor spaces were decorated in seashore colors of watery blues, browns and sand.  Just gorgeous!

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One of my favorite structures was this darling little 1830s Smoke House, converted into an artist studio and potting shed.

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The grounds featured numerous inviting gardens spaces from a kitchen garden, a courtyard garden, meandering stone walkways and containers galore.

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I hope you have enjoyed visiting the magnificent 2016 Bucks County Designer House and Gardens.  The photographs do not come close to doing it justice. I did not want to leave! For more information on the designers who contributed their enormous talent and time in decorating the showhouse and gardens and for ticket information,  please visit the showhouse site here.  If you cannot make it to the showhouse this year,  next year’s showhouse is already being planned and will be held during the month of May.  You can visit the website to get on the mailing list to be sure not to miss it.

A very special thank you is extended to this year’s chairman, Joy Levy, for graciously allowing me to photograph this year’s showhouse.

24 thoughts on “Bucks County Designer House and Garden Tour

    • So glad you could join me on the tour Tammi! I love Showhouses for all the inspiration they bring. Excited to see you have started following my little blog. Welcome!

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  1. Such great ideas for the garden and home Johanne. Thanks for sharing the post. I’ll bet you loved this tour. Just beautiful! Enjoy this gorgeous Memorial Day weekend 🙂

    • Does the sheer number of pictures give it away Loretta???? I loved this Showhouses! Trying to get to the Kips Bay one in Manhattan too. Looks like you had a great start to Memorial weekend! Have spotty wifi at the shore so have not been able to look at I or FB. Enjoy!

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    • Didn’t you love that little pin tucked in the drape? There were several different ones. I love Showhouses too. Trying to get to Kips Bay in NYC before it ends.

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    • My apologies. When I started touring, I was told photography was not permitted. It was not until after I had been through your beautifully appointed young lady’s bedroom that I received permission to photograph the house. By then, crowds had gathered and I could not get through the narrow upstairs hallway to go back and photograph your room. If you send me a picture of the room I would be happy to add it in the post! Email is frenchgardener@comcast.net.

  2. The home was breathtakingly beautiful this year. The organization that does this ever year is just so amazing. My daughter has had the opportunity to come in with Leslie Conway with CPI for a photoshoot and it is such an experience she is so grateful for. You all never cease to amaze us.

    • Thank you for your visit and comment Melissa! Year after year the Bucks County showhouse amazes and inspires. I cannot take any credit for it other than I was given the honor of taking photographs for this blog post to honor the tremendous talent and countless hours of effort that goes into creating this showhouse. I hope your daughter enjoyed visiting and photographing the house as much as I did!

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  3. There are so many lovely ideas, here. I just love those flowered draperies, for one! This was such a fun post to see and inspiring! You did a tremendous job with the photos!!

    Mollie

    • I loved those drapes too! Weren’t those little insect pins tucked in so adorable? A good way to recycle vintage jewelry and each valance featured different ones. Pictures are challenging to take in such spaces, especially around throngs of visitors so I am happy to accept a compliment on them! I love getting ideas from showhouses. I just saw NYC’s Kips Bay Showhouse last week. On the market for a cool 49 Million $$$!!! Have pics but I thought it would be too much to post another showhouse although I wanted to.

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