Well folks, this years Bucks County Designer House is well underway. Through all the challenges, hard work and rain, the design staff at Oskar Huber Furniture & Design has delivered again! Here is a Q&A with our very own Bobby Huber who heads up the project.
Briefly tell us about the Bucks County Design House and your involvement over the past few years
The Bucks County Designer House & Gardens is a charity fundraiser for Doylestown Hospital that is run by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. Each year a different home from the area is chosen to redecorate both inside and out. The VIA asks for help from local designers, craftsmen, landscapers and artists to make the finished product an inspiring example of the latest fashion and design trends This has taken place every spring for 40 years and Oskar Huber Furniture & Design has been a part of this exciting event for the past 5 years.
Since it draws over 7,000 people each year, it s a great way for artisans to show the public what they can do. Oskar Huber Furniture & Design is proud to be a part of this amazing event and this year we completely redesigned the dining room from scratch. We also assist other designers by making their visons come to life. This year s designer house showcases our furniture and accessories in 6 of the rooms! The dining room was completely designed and outfitted by our Southampton store design team Claire, Eileen, Heather, Joanne & Angela along with our accessory buyer, Melanie, and Visual Coordinator Heidi.
A little more about The Designer House and Doylestown Health www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org/aboutus/cause/
Where is this year s Designer House and what was the design theme?
This year s design house is located Pipersville, PA. The property was established in 1791 as a Mennonite Dairy Farm and fruit tree orchard that encompasses more than twenty acres of meadows, streams and woodlands. It includes a farmhouse, gardener s cottage and ranch house, along with several other structures. In 1989 the property was acquired by award-winning author and photographer Derek Fell and garden designer Carolyn Fell. The Oskar Huber Design team wanted to keep with the rich history of this property and designed a dining room with classic European roots. Traditional in nature, the dining room is a classic Bucks County design, a perfect place for the family to come together, break bread and enjoy the beautiful views of the spectacular gardens.
What are some of the challenges in designing a room in an older house?
One of our biggest challenges was the lack of space in the room. Given the age of the house the rooms are muchsmaller in scale. We wanted to do right by the history of the house and presented a room that is classic, trendy, and traditional in nature.
One of the focal points is the zinc top table in the center of the room. It s classic farm house base coupled with the historic use of zinc creates a fun yet functional place to dine and enjoy. Additionally, our design team featured items inspired by nature. With the use of historic reclaimed/salvaged cutting boards from Europe, and an organic color palate, we created a soothing space that was an extension of the gardens surrounding the house.
If you had to pick just one, what is your favorite piece in the room and why?
That s a tough one but I would probably choose the reclaimed dough bowl mirror that sits on the mantel above the fireplace. It reflects the light from the chandelier beautifully. But I also love the authentic vintage scale we have on the window sill. This scale comes half way around the world and has been used for decades. Honestly this year s room is different than anything we have done in the past. It is much more traditional however still manages to be current. We wanted people to be able to experience a different design than we have presented in the past and our design team hit the nail on the head.