Sunday, April 26, 2009

Showhouse Season, Volume V, Issue 13--Party Time!

Last night was the gala opening for the VNA showhouse at 99 Rumson Road in Rumson, NJ. Over 650 people wined, dined and danced after touring the house and gardens. I highly recommend that anyone who can attend this event does. I've participated in many showhouses, and this one is special. No expense has been spared and the house feels like a home instead of a series of individual spaces--it's lovely.

The Garden ready for a Party

Back to last night. The weather was perfect! Michael Deo, my lighting designer, and I donned our party duds and hosted the garden's debut. As a designer, I always try to create a space that will draw people out into it and be interesting enough for them to linger in it. Of all the gardens at the show house, people congregated and lingered in two --the way over the top poolhouse and mine. I don't think it was because of the wine either!

The two photos were taken just before the party and a few minutes after it started. Once things got going I was too busy talking to everyone to snap away! Peter Rymid is going to photograph the garden on Monday and then I should have some great shots.

A Jazz Quartet, Guests & Party Time!


Garden Chick said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful and worth allof the anxiety it and the weather created for you. I new you would triumph. Would be there if I could to enjoy it. Take it easy the next few days, rest and get a wheelbarrow full of Calgon.

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Congrats. The garden looks beautiful. Our local show house is open now too. A friend (and a client) designed the garden for it, along with support from Elizabeth from Garden Rant. I'm looking forward to getting out there to see it.

Can't wait to see your pro photos!

Arline LoGioco said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your garden design in person. I live in Fair Haven and I am attending the showcase house with friends on Thursday. Glorious weather these past days too.