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Twenty interior designers transform a historic mansion: Inside the Villa de Luxe

Twenty interior designers transform a historic mansion: Inside the Villa de Luxe

We can only imagine what renowned architect William Ward Watkin would think today if he joined the throngs touring his 1920 Italian Renaissance creation in Shadyside. With the talents of 20 top interior designers at work in the historic home, we think he would approve for the most part.

Villa de Luxe, as the designer showhouse at One Longfellow Lane is dubbed, is open to the public for exploration this weekend and next. Wrapped around the tours is a series of lectures, book signings and garden presentations, all hosted by presenter Luxe Interiors + Design with proceeds benefiting Preservation Houston.

 There's a bonus for interior design buffs — most of the furnishings and accessories on display in the showhouse will be sold. 

Luxe hand-picked the designers, who have dressed the house in various interpretations ranging from classic to modern to a mix of old and new. Jane Page-Crump and Bill Stubbs have coordinated the interior design effort and contributed their own talents in the living room and in the sun parlor, respectively.

The designers' works run the gamut from pure traditional laced with antiques such as Donna Vining's master bedroom to the resplendent dining room dressed by Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers to Marlys Tokerud's contemporary interpretation for a second floor bedroom suite. We particularly enjoyed the work of Connie LeFevre who furnished the pool area. One caveat — the swans, though very convincing, are not real.

There's a bonus for interior design buffs — most of the furnishings and accessories on display in the showhouse will be sold Feb. 21 at OneKingsLane.com. And that's with a 30 percent discount off of retail value.

Villa de Luxe, Designer Showcase Home, January 2013, swimming pool
Connie LeFevre created an environment of gracious living around the swimming pool and adjoining terrace of the 1920s home. Photo by Emily Minton Redfield for Luxe
Villa de Luxe, Designer Showcase Home, January 2013, Stubbs design
The sun parlor ranks as one of the coziest yet most elegant rooms in the house, particularly after the deft touch of designer Bill Stubbs. Photo by Emily Minton Redfield for Luxe
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers decorated the dining room head-to-toe, from wall coverings and art to table, chairs and dinner service. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, Designer Showcase Home, January 2013, living room
Jane-Page Crump takes a contemporary approach with a touch of traditional design when furnishing the living room. Photo by Emily Minton Redfield for Luxe
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Who wouldn't love having breakfast in this charming space decorated by John Robinson? Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
The master bedroom, designed by Donna Vining, features a stenciled wall treatment in lilac and silver. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Donna Jarnigan took a contemporary turn in decorating one of the guest bedrooms. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe is open for tours Feb. 8 and 9 and Feb. 15 and 16. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, January 2013, Designer Showcase Home, Longfellow 1, upstairs landing
Photo by Emily Minton Redfield for Luxe
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
It's hello modern in the second floor guest suite. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Not a nod to tradition in this guest suite decorated by Marlys Tokerud. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Beautiful woodworking and paneling throughout the house add a warm richness. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
A contemporary take on the studio at Villa de Luxe. Photo by Joel Luks
Villa de Luxe Designer Showhouse Opening Night Soiree at the Speakeasy
The Italian Renaissance house is a Shadyside standout.
Villa de Luxe, Designer Showcase Home, January 2013, swimming pool
Villa de Luxe, Designer Showcase Home, January 2013, Stubbs design
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, Designer Showcase Home, January 2013, living room
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, January 2013, Designer Showcase Home, Longfellow 1, upstairs landing
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe, video stills, February 2013
Villa de Luxe Designer Showhouse Opening Night Soiree at the Speakeasy