In case you didn't tune in last time, we unveiled everything you needed to know about the Vanguard Designer Showhouse. Titled "Urban Elegance," the yearly event runs May 1st through the 20th, 2012 at the historic 17 Chapel condominiums in downtown Albany. And while you may have heard about the Vanguard and 17 Chapel before, this week you'll get to see how the designers came together and hear their thoughts on how Urban Elegance will impact Downtown.
The designers who came together for Urban Elegance come in all forms. Some are new to the area, some are well known local names, and some have worked closely with Vanguards for years. While it is a diverse group, it's safe to say that they all have a passion for design, so much that they are willing to extend their time and services to Vanguard for free.
Making up this exciting team are Richard Mare, Amy DeBiase, Sandi Manoogian, Lorraine Smith, Shannon McGivern, Pamela Quick, Arthur Fowler, Barbara Bishop, Michel Patterson, Stacy Snell, Lisa Santry, Lynne Ricci, Kathy Rouche, Amy Radley, Mary Korzinki, Patti Connors, Rae Rau, Amy Donnelly, Mark Stern, Cyndi Myers, Katherine Brickley, and last but not least Jacqueline McClory.
All twenty-two team members bring something different to the table, a sentiment echoed by Master Bedroom designer Richard Mare "It's always interesting because everyone has their own vision. I'm lucky to be a part of something like this.
Mare, who operates out of Downtown Designs on Jay Street in Schenectady, described the on-site atmosphere as "something truly unique because all the design boards were on the same line which is kind of uncommon when working in bigger groups especially since I came onboard late."
One of the coolest things about 17 Chapel besides its beautiful interiors is its external surroundings - which are just as alluring as the condominiums themselves. Walk outside and within mere minutes you are surrounded by restaurants, hotels, bars, entertainment venues, and even the Hudson River! Need to get somewhere by car? Interstate 787 is just a stone's throw away allowing you to get to virtually anywhere in the Capital District in a flash. Amy Donnelly, who holds a degree in Urban Planning, describes the location as the perfect place for Vanguard and 17 Chapel to revitalize Downtown, "As an Albany native, I'm very excited to help bring new energy to the region. Vanguard is doing something that's going to be really meaningful to Downtown's development." Donnelly is helping design the boys bedroom. When she's not at 17 Chapel, she works at Trinity Rose Designs.
There you have it. Check back next time for more insight from the designers of the Vanguard Showhouse!