Originally created 10/15/00

Decorators showcase latest style trends



Stepping into a Dream Street home means stepping out of the cold nip of chilly fall breezes and into the warm rich tones of a patch of afternoon sunlight.

Golds, burgundies, ambers, greens - these are the colors interior designers are playing with this year, and these are the colors that mark the houses used for Augusta Magazine's Dream Street fund-raiser. The three homes, located in the Windmill Plantation subdivision in Evans, show remarkable similarities, despite the fact that individual decorators didn't consult with one another.

Walls are desert sandy, ivory, warmly golden, lemony yellow. Wallpaper and window treatments feature large florals and other designs in amber, red, olive and pale green.

"Even the neutrals have a lot of gold undertones," said Lori McRae of Lori McRae Interiors, noting that the trend had been growing more common during the past five years. "Everything had pink undertones for so long, but now it's moved to those warmer gold colors."

Ms. McRae is one of several area interior designers who have lent a hand to the Dream Street fund-raiser, in its seventh year. It provides designers a chance to show their work and gives visitors an opportunity to check out the latest in home fashions. It also provides as much as $20,000 to charity. All the proceeds from the $5 admission to the three houses will go to three charities this year: the Columbia County Children's Fund, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Two of the homes have been decorated. The third will provide a base of operations, where workers will collect admission and distribute information about the charities, the homes and the neighborhood. More subdued than the other two, the house features lofty 14-foot ceilings, pale lemon and beige walls, transom windows set above doorways and high, arched windows in the front of the home. As with the other homes, white trimwork and molding gives the house clean, open lines.

In the other two homes, the white accents more dramatic hues, with deep greens and red predominating as accent colors. A Charleston-style house, with its rooms set to the right of its main hallway, features bold red walls in one room, golden walls in another. Upstairs, murals of trees and vines have been painted on the walls of a more muted common room and a bathroom between two bedrooms painted in sherbetlike hues of green and yellow.

Similar colors appear in the third house, where a high ceiling and large windows allow light to stream into the living room. A formal sitting and dining room is painted a deeper shade of gold, and Ms. McRae has filled them with antique furniture and oil paintings to create a lush, decadent look.

She decorated using furniture from Park Avenue Antiques, which she also owns. Other interior designers who worked on the homes include Deedee Thurmond of Augusta Gallery; Sue Garland of Persnickety Interiors; Lisa McDowell of Decorator's Outlet, using pieces from Mary's Trash and Treasures; and Laura Waller of Summerhill Interiors, using pieces from Bassett Furniture Direct.

"I wanted to showcase the old pieces in a new home," Ms. McRae said, overseeing the delivery of a large writing desk intended to serve as a formal dining table. "They told me they wanted a `robber baron' look, so that's what we're going for. It's supposed to be a rich, opulent look, and I wanted to show how the big pieces could still work, even in newer homes."

Sponsors of the show, which runs through the first weekend of November, include Windmill Plantation; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery; Corian by Dupont; and Windsor Jewelers.

Tour details

What: Dream Street Homes

Where: Windmill Plantation in Evans

When: Weekends through Nov. 5

Hours: 1-6 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1-6 p.m Sundays

Admission: $5

Reach Alisa DeMao at (706) 823-3223 or ademao@augustachronicle.com.