Designers in Albemarle County are showing off their work this month in a creative fundraiser bringing support to the nonprofit Shelter for Help in Emergency.
They redesigned the interior of a house in the Farmington community and are now offering tours of the property.
Scarlett Snead redesigned the breakfast area in a Farmington home, turning bare, white walls into an artistic display. "I like the rustic look, the outdoor look, but you're bringing it inside and you can actually make it part of a very, you know dressy room." she said.
The house was loaned to the nonprofit Shelter for Help in Emergency for the duration of the event, then the homeowners will move in. Snead was part of the team of 24 designers who each were given a room to transform.
Shelter board members say the program is a perfect match for what they do. Board member Carol Lee said, "The two sort of go hand in hand. The shelter provides a safe haven for victims of domestic violence, and the design house is the epitome of a safe and loving environment."
The shelter has helped more than 200 abuse victims, most of them children. The fundraiser charges people an entry fee to see the house. All of the proceeds go to the shelter.
The designers say each room is like stepping into a different world. Guest room designer Cheryl Jarvis said, "Each room tells a story. I had to think even in this guest room, how would the guests feel? And when they have that experience, so Charlottesville, I have prints of Charlottesville and I wanted it to be relaxed and tranquil and relaxing and comfortable for the guests."
This is Snead's third year participating in the Design House fundraiser. She says she couldn't think of a better use for her talents.
The house will be open for tours Wednesday through Sunday of this week. The hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday 10-7, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10-4.
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