Be prepared to be dazzled when you step inside North Arundel Hospital Foundation's 1997 Designer Show House, Heron Hurst on the Severn in Severna Park.
In addition to the stunning work of more than 25 decorators and landscape artists, you'll be drawn to the beautiful views of the Severn River's Forked Creek that fill each room, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and the absence of heavy window treatments.
It's harvest time at Heron Hurst, and Elizabeth Wyble, co-chairwoman of the design committee with Barbara Strawberry, and her team of artisans have prepared a stylish feast. With the exception of two designers from West Virginia, the contributors are from Greater Severna Park and Annapolis.
The designers have used variations of taupe and muted neutral shades, interrupted briefly by Burgundy, plum and deep green.
The two-story entry with its marble floor and curving staircase gives the appearance of classical design. But it is classicism with warmth, inviting and livable. The designs range from formal, as in the dining room with its antique chandelier and printed velvet and satin table treatment, to casual, as in the sunny laundry room's informal window treatment, where the design of tree branches on the curtains give way to a painting of branches on the wall.
The master bathroom is fit for an emperor. A faux upholstered chair opens to reveal a commode.
The deep plum and green family room is a very inviting space, with steps down to an inlaid band of dark wood forming a border for the rug, a pattern that is repeated in several rooms.
On the second floor is a gaming room, all wood and leather, and masculine in feeling. It is the largest decorated space in the house, with soaring walls and intricate repetitive designs. For those ready to play, a pool table, a game table set for poker and an entertainment center surrounded by overstuffed seating are at hand.
A diamond pattern applied to the dark green walls, and featured in the carpeting, repeats the room's geometric lines. The accessories include every possible sporting interest.
Throughout the house, you find the work of muralist Audrey Sullivan of Arnold: above the foyer framing the Palladian windows, tucked into windowed alcoves, in the master bedroom closet's trompe l'oeil chest of drawers and the row of decorative bottles camouflaging the kitchen's appliance garage. There are so many details you'll want to borrow for your own home.
Heron House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, this Sunday through Oct. 26. Visitors should park at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Road and take the shuttle bus to the house. Information: 410-553-8560.
Pub Date: 9/25/97