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2008 RSOL Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House Tara II fund-raiser for the benefit of the Richmond Symphony
Front Parlor In this elegant space, designer David Ballas reflects the lifestyle of Tara II’s well-traveled owners with objects collected abroad, while also emphasizing the Old World charm of the house. The swagged polyester-blend draperies by Greenhouse Design exemplify Ballas’s philosophy that “you can be traditional and eclectic by using two different fabrics—one on the face and one for the lining.” The panels can be tied back or pulled entirely closed on the rings and rod.
Breakfast Room by designer Janet Brown was inspired by the multi-functional rooms she saw. She transformed a long, narrow space into a breakfast room, combining a cozy banquette with colorful North African Suzani (embroidered) pillows and faux- finished stucco walls. Sunlight filters in the windows through linen sheers by Schumacher, edged with red linen trim by Pindler and Pindler. The sheers have appliquéd panels that cleverly conceal the drawstring mechanics of the adjustable shades.
Solarium by designer Elizabeth Cabell, a solarium is a place of reflection, connecting indoors and out. With that in mind, she chose not to cover the room’s Palladian windows, but rather to drape the corners between them, focusing attention on the windows themselves. Purple irises blooming just outside in spring inspired the color of the silk taffeta draperies by Highland Court, which are banded with a silk stripe by S. Harris.
Diana's ball gown,owned by benefact- or, whose home was '08 Symphony Designer House, is up for auction 12/13 @Kerry Aar Taylor Auctions. The dress, from Emanuels' '86 Diahgilev collection, inspired by Leon Bakst’s creations for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, is embellished w/gold sequins,crystals & pearls. Diana wore dress twice in '86 to banquet at German Ambassador’s London home & Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera Household & again in '87 @ premiere of Living Daylights. Auction est. $125,000 -$200,
In November 2013, the owner of Tara II the 2008 Designer House, announced that she is allowing the Diana dress to be auctioned off to raise money for Diana's charities in England. The dress is expected to raise more than $100,000.
A Lady's Office by Kathy Corbet who believes that "every woman should have a space in the house that's entirely hers." Working with a color scheme of magenta, plum and ultraviolet cooled down by a gentle celery green, Corbet created a lady’s office that has enough verve to be interesting while still providing a calm space. The window treatment is like a ball gown-striped silk by Donghia, richly gathered and tucked under a shirred cornice with a sheer, relaxed shade by Duralee underneath.
Artist’s Studio Artist and designer Herb Pulliam’s interest in light was apparent in his choice to cover the west- and south-facing windows of the artist’s studio with dramatic, linen draperies by Carolyn Ray, Inc. The linen is a hand-dyed and -woven striae that adds visual interest. Clip-strung onto a metal cable, the drapes are also easily adjustable. “It’s simple to gather more fabric in one area and less in another to let the right amount of light fall on the canvas,” Pulliam says.