Best Designer Showhouses In US

This is a big country, with bunches of different regions and areas, lots of history and tons of culture. So it’s no wonder that there are almost as many ways to decorate as there are places to live. That’s what makes designer showhouses so exciting. They’re a great opportunity to see the best designers and the best design that a particular area has to put on display. Whether you’re traveling and wanting to see more of a region, or are a true admirer of the work of interior designers, showcase houses are a great place to visit. Devoted fans of designer showhouses make it a point to visit these events, not only in their local areas but on vacation as well. The showhouses listed here are well-respected and provide great examples of current design trends, decorating ideas, and the work of talented interior designers and tradesmen. Visit one whenever you can!

Below are our top picks of all the many design houses in the United States where you can get ideas for decorating your own home, to see the latest in interior design trends, and to view the work of the area’s top tradesmen. You might want to plan a trip around the scheduled showhouses as I do. Enjoy!


1.  Kips Bay Decorator Show House

For over 30 years, the Kips Bay Show House in New York has been raising money for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club’s programs, and has become the benchmark by which all other decorator showcase houses are judged. New York interior designers donate their time and talents to create unique interior spaces.


2.  National Symphony Orchestra Decorators’ Show House

The Women’s Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra has raised over $10 million through its fall showhouse. This volunteer organization has provided financial and service support to the Orchestra’s education, outreach, and artistic programs for over 60 years. The NSO Decorators’ Show House is the principal fundraiser of the Women’s Committee.


3.  Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

This annual benefit combines the work of volunteer Pasadena Philharmonic members and over 50 interior and landscape designers to transform the interior and grounds of an estate. Over $14 million has been raised to assist the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, schools, and other local non-profit organizations in the southern California area. Showcase houses are held in the spring.