About Designer Show House
The Junior League of Hartford (JLH) Designer Show House is the League’s signature fundraising event, and over the years has raised more than $1.6 million of funds in support charitable projects and programs in the Greater Hartford Community. This highly anticipated event occurs every three years, and there is no similar event in Central Connecticut.
What is Designer Show House? Every three years JLH spends many months searching for a notable home or estate in the Greater Hartford area, and selects designers, both regional and local, to makeover the interior and surrounding grounds. During the month of May, the public is invited to view the grand home that has been transformed inside and out. Designer Show House is more than a home tour, it is an experience. In the past, guests have been able to shop at our boutique full of exclusive gift items, or purchase designer furnishings featured in the Designer Show House. A percentage of these sales go directly to the Junior League of Hartford.
Additionally, Designer Show House anchors a season of social events for the Junior League and members of the public, all showcasing the home and grounds, and prominently recognizing the Designer Show House sponsors. Guests have the unique experience of attending the opening celebration to view the house in its “Bare Bones” form, in addition to other social events throughout.
Designer Show House was first introduced to the Junior League of Hartford by League member Mary Lynn Gorman, who had firsthand experience with a Junior League Show House in Ohio. This introduction resulted in the Designer Show House of 1979 and began a successful history of fourteen (and counting) Designer Show Houses.
Funds are raised through ticket sales to tour the decorated Designer Show House, by special events associated with Designer Show House, boutique and designer sales, individual and corporate sponsorship, and program ads.
The next Designer Show House was scheduled to occur in Spring of 2021. However, due to the global pandemic the League made the decision to postpone the event until Spring 2022.
We look forward to welcoming the public to our 15th Designer Show House!
2022 Designer Show House Special Events
6/03/2022 – Opening Night:
Be among the first to tour the completely transformed Show House, meet the designers, and enjoy a brookside garden party with complimentary beverages, light bites, and desserts. June 3rd, 6:00-9:00pm, $75
6/09/2022 – Script & Sip Calligraphy Class:
Enjoy learning the art of Calligraphy led by renowned Debby Reelitz who has been professionally perfecting calligraphy for over 20 years. You’ll be the “designer” for the evening as you partake in this intimate Calligraphy class, sip wine while you script, and take an artistic-break to walk through the completely transformed Designer Show House. June 9th, 6:30–8:30pm, $55
6/16/2022 – FLOW Networking Event with the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce:
Meet and mingle with FLOW (Future Leaders of West Hartford) and the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy an evening of networking with up-and-coming businesses and colleagues at the Show House!
Complimentary beverages and light bites. Bring your business cards to enter to win some fantastic prizes! June 16th, 5:00-7:00pm, $30.
Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors:
Exclusive Media Partner:
Connecticut Cottages and Gardens
The MIALE Team at Keller Williams Legacy Partners
Hoffman Auto Group
John Boyle Decorating Centers
Prides Corner Farms
Rings End/Benjamin Moore
Amarosa Wine, ARTISAN West Hartford, Barn Door Blooms, Bert’s Pizzeria, Brewery Legitimus, Carmody Law Firm, CoraCora Restaurant, Dino’s Pizzeria, Disheveled Diva, FLORA, Hartford Baking Company, HERON Brand Design, Kevin Connor Insurance, Luna Pizza, Maximum Beverage, Michelle Domenica Design , Quiver Spirits, The Place 2 Be, Zohara
Take a look at Designer Show House in the Press
- 15th Show House (2022)
- 14th Show House (2018)
- West Hartford News (November 30, 2018)
- New England Home Magazine (Summer 2018, pages 52-55)
- NBC Connecticut Before and After (May 10, 2018)
- FOX61 (May 9, 2018)
- WFSB’s Better Connecticut (May 2, 2018)
- Hartford Courant (May 2018)
- NBC Connecticut (April 30, 2018)
- Hartford Magazine Inspired Design (April 28, 2018)
- We-Ha.com (April 27, 2018)
- New England Home Magazine (April 27, 2018)
- We-Ha.com Transformation Complete (April 23, 2018)
- Hartford Magazine (March 24, 2018)
- We-Ha.com Designers Chosen (March 20, 2018)
- We-Ha.com Sneak Peak (February 24, 2018)
- 13th Show House (2015)
- 12th Show House (2012)
- New England Home (July 13, 2012)