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It's time again already! The ASID/Symphony Designer Showhouse is gearing up for its March/April 2011 event. This year, WHAT. A. HOUSE. The address is 89 Beaufain in Harleston Village (my neighborhood!), and it's a knockout historic single. Every house is different, but around this time—as planning and coordinating get into full swing—the Showhouse-to-be is often in full-on renovation mode. Scaffolding here, hard hats there... Don't touch that. Watch your step. Excuse the mess. 

Not this one. The William Steele House, as it's known, has already undergone its makeover and is now in impeccable condition. Original carved mantels and moldings, endless piazzas, and outdoor spaces along the side that just go back and back—they never end. I believe the residence is on the Historic Register but I'm still piecing through the research. 

So what's happening now? Well, the Carolina Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) is in the process of pairing their designers with rooms in the house, and then they'll get to work on hunting down furnishings and paint colors, etc. to fancy up the rooms. On Friday, they held their lottery, where designers vie for the rooms they want. Since Charleston Home is a presenting sponsor of the Showhouse (the program, as always, will be in our Spring/Summer issue), I stopped in to chat with the designers about what we need from them (room descriptions, fabric samples, etc.). 

In the meantime, here's some shots from my wanderings around the residence that afternoon:

Exterior of the house

In the kitchen, Designer Liaison Donna Horack of Horack Patch Designs (far right, in black) and Paula Benton, the Committee Chair (second from right, blue jacket), sort through which designers want which rooms.

This hauntingly beautiful mantel is, I believe, in the living room. In unfurnished homes where all the rooms are the same size, it's hard to tell. Check out the detailing.

More historic window detailing...

This on the third floor and is currently referred to as "the smoking room." I can see scooting some big club chairs in there and ushering the cigar aficionados in, can't you?