Decorator Show House

Feast Your Eyes on the Adelphi Kitchen in a Mansion Makeover

From inspiration to installation, Adelphi Kitchens & Cabinetry contributes craftsmen and cabinetry for the Windsor Street Decorator Show House

Robesonia, Pa., October 25, 2007 — After the 15-room Colonial Revival/Georgian-style mansion that sits on the edge of the Centre Park Historic District in Reading, Pa., was destroyed by fire, Adelphi Kitchens & Cabinetry championed the transformation of the kitchen in the Windsor Street Decorator Show House, which is now open to the public through Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007.

Less than five months after Tom and Sandi McCarthy bought the Windsor Street house and nearly finished renovating it, the house was destroyed by fire in January 2007. The McCarthy’s devised a clever plan to overcome their personal misfortune and make the most out of a daunting situation for an entire community.

“Facing extensive renovations and rebuilding, we thought organizing our own decorator show house would be a perfect opportunity to raise money for repairs and charity,” said homeowner Sandi McCarthy. Riding the popular trend of decorator show houses, the McCarthy’s rallied a team of 20 quality craftsmen and interior designers spanning from Greater Reading to Philadelphia to rebuild, handsomely furnish and finely decorate the Windsor. Avid supporters of music and the arts, the McCarthy’s will donate proceeds evenly between two of their local nonprofit organizations in Reading, Pa.: the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Co-County Wellness Services.

“We jumped at the chance to renovate the kitchen for the show house. It’s a meaningful way for our family-run business to contribute to the community – and showcase the possibilities that fine craftsmanship creates in a custom-designed room,” said Stratton Yatron, chief financial officer, Adelphi Kitchens & Cabinetry.

Adelphi coordinated the kitchen from the inspiration boards to the actual installation. The primary design concern for the kitchen in this magnificent old home was to keep the integrity of its traditional design. Since the kitchen is in the back of the house, it is challenged for light.

Feast Your Eyes on the Adelphi Kitchen in a Mansion Makeover

“To brighten the space, we chose a light color palette inspired by a contemporary sophistication to a traditional home with classic architecture,” said Yatron. “We selected birch wood for the Churchill style cabinetry that adorns the room from floor to high ceiling.” Adelphi craftsmen hand assembled the Churchill cabinets, which is a beaded inset style of framed cabinets. The cabinets were hand-painted in a color called Snowcap and finished in a subtle Mocha glaze.

As the finishing touch, Yatron coordinated donations for upscale appliances to complement the fine cabinetry. Both task and decorative lighting were provided by Fromm Electric, Reading, Pa., which also supplied high-end GE Profile™ appliances. C.H. Briggs Company, Reading, Pa., adorned the kitchen with Dupont™ Zodiaq® Quartz countertops in royal brown and Andes Collection, Sinking Spring, Pa., supplied Limestone natural flooring.

“The house is a showcase of turn-of-the-century architecture and we were very excited to see the amazing makeover,” said McCarthy. The house is built in the Colonial Revival style, which was in vogue from 1880 to 1955, and based on the earlier Georgian style of architecture, popular from 1780 to 1830. The Windsor home features classical details such as a symmetrical facade, center entry door with fanlight transom and sidelights, along with multi-glazed windows in the upper sashes and a green glazed tile roof.

  • Room Highlights
  • The designers were given carte blanche to show their talent and highlight the rich architectural elements of the rooms. In some rooms the architecture dictated creativity, while in others the designers created themes such as “Renewal of Wedding Vows at Historic Poole Forge” for the room near the side entrance and “Room to Grow” for a girls’ room. To accentuate the rooms, a number of designers partnered with local artists at the GoggleWorks, Reading’s Center for the Arts.
  • Decorators’ Show House
  • Located at Windsor and Pear streets, Reading, Pa., the Decorators’ Show House is open now through Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays. A special Cottage Boutique gift shop will be run by the Woman’s Exchange of Reading. For $13-$15, individuals can tour the home, gleaning decorative inspiration and contributing to non-profits.