DESIGN SCENE: Holly Manor Opening Night

Historic Ellicott City Inc,’s 27th Annual Decorator Show House

The sun setting over the pool, pond and rolling acres of Holly Manor. Additional photos of individual rooms will be posted as they are received by Home & Design.

September 23, 2011—What a beautiful night it was for showcasing Holly Manor, a Dutch Colonial located in the rolling hills between Washington and Baltimore and site of the 27th Decorator Show House organized by Historic Ellicott City. Designers from all over the region dazzled us with more than 25 fabulous rooms showing off the homes’ 18th-century historic roots in both traditional and contemporary styles.

The present owners of the house have been living in a cottage on the property while they complete the mansion’s restoration. The foundation core of this historic home dates back to the mid-1700’s. Features include beautifully detailed moldings, wide plank flooring throughout, and panoramic views of the three-acre lake from many of the rooms. When the show is over, all the furniture and accessories will be removed, except for the paint on the walls and any items the owners choose to buy.

Every room is a visual treat filled with decorating ideas. The grand entry hallway features an exquisite curving staircase set off by a two-story mural painted by Deborah Watson that depicts the peaceful, pastoral setting of the property.

The elegant dining room by Corrine Zwiselsberger of Creations by Corrine LLC, was decked out in period style with a “Southern Hospitality” theme including a table set for an elaborate affair.

The sunroom and casual dining area by Lissa Bounds of Ellicott Interiors, LLC, share the amazing sunset view. The room features a modern motif with textures of linen and sumptuous ultra-suede in shades of taupe and chamois accented with copper and gold for a stunning effect.

The kitchen by Enalee Bounds of Ellicott’s Country Store is awe-inspiring and looks out over a brick-walled cozy family room by Lorna Gross of Savant Interior Design, complete with window-seat and fireside seating. Don’t miss seeing the fabulous brackets holding the draperies in this room.

On the second floor, an outdoor deck by Rena Bullard of ReDecorating by Rena really took advantage of the beautiful night to wow visitors to imagine this relaxing space as one of their own.

Design students at Montgomery College contributed with their take on an inviting entry hall to the master suite. And the regal “Town and Country” master suite by Julie Dastvan of Dastvan Designs showcases Oscar de la Renta floral fabric on the drapes and bed canopy as the focal point. Visitors will delight in the master bath suite by Sheryl McLean of Décoria Interior Designs. From the sumptuous iron claw soaking tub to the French-inspired private retreat I found myself relaxing by just looking at these spaces.

Entering the antebellum guest bedroom is a step back in time. If you are a lover of antiques you must meet Linda Farndon of Wild Goose Chase Antiques and Interiors whose room is packed full of delights. Don’t miss the wallpaper painted to look just like period wainscoting.

There is a lot to see at Holly Manor — so many must-see rooms not to mention just as many fabulous shops that kept me there late into the night. I highly recommend taking the time to see this property in all its glory. Rebecca McClimans, Art Director , Home & Design

12402 Lime Kiln Road at Holly Manor Way, Fulton, Maryland 29759
Open: September 24 to October 23, 2011
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 4.
Thursday 10am till 8pm
Sunday Noon to 5pm
Closed Mondays
Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door
Proceeds support the preservation of Ellicott City’s rich historic inventory. For more information or to order tickets visit

List of Holly Manor’s Designers
CCBC Design Students
Creations by Corrine LLC
Dare Designs LLC
Dastvan Designs LLC
Deborah E. Watson Decorative Painting & Fine Arts
Decoria Designs
Gallery 44
Ellicott’s Country Store
Ellicott Interiors, LLC
Lynn Madyson Designs
Montgomery College
Nelson Dorsey Interiors
ReDecorating by Rena
Rhine Landscaping
Savant Interior Designs
Richard Serrao
SOIGNE Interiors
Studio Q Designs
WLM Designs
The Welcome Home: Interior Design Solutions
WildGooseChase Antiques & Interiors
Your Home by Wendy

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