Category Archives: Showhouse & Home Tours

A Closer Look: The Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Design Lines Ltd. Robie House Frank Lloyd Wright Hyde Park Chicago

I used to live in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.  One of the things I miss the most is passing by the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright.  While not as famous as Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, I love it just as much.  The elongated eaves seem to stretch out to the horizon, bringing to mind the expansiveness of the Midwest prairie.

Design Lines Ltd. Robie House Stained Glass Windows Frank Lloyd Wright

Like many of Wright’s masterpieces, the Robie house is full of  beautifully-executed details.  Even in black and white, this vintage photograph shows the stunning stained-glass windows located at the the home’s “prow.”

Design Lines Ltd. Robie House Gate Chicago Frank Lloyd Wright

Even the gate was designed to be completely integrated with the house.  In fact, it was Wright’s goal to completely design every aspect of his projects, and in that spirit he created everything from rugs to light fixtures. 

The Robie house is owned by the University of Chicago and is open to the public.  If you’re in the area, you should definitely stop by!


image 1 & 3: Chicago Concierge, image 2: Decor Hotline

Nothing But Pink Inspiration 4 of 5


Design Lines Inteior Inspired Breast Cancer Awareness Traditional Home & NicNacManic

Who said you can’t have pink food too! A sweet macaroon or a “In The Pink Drink” is a perfect snack before a girls night out.

As far as interiors go, pink can definitely give a room the “wow” factor! Below are two shots from our portfolio. The room of the left is of a little girl’s room, while the picture on the right is Judy’s living room in the 2008 ASID Ramblewood Showhouse.

Design Lines Interior Inspired Breast Cancer Awareness Portfolio


images: 1. NicNacManic 2. Traditional Home 3. & 4. DLL

Junior League of Raleigh: Showcase of Kitchens [Lake Boone Trail Kitchen# 6]


Junior League Kitchen Tour 2010 Rockinteriors


THANK YOU , THANK YOU- To the Junior League of Raleigh!!

The 2010 Showcase of Kitchens was a huge success and we were thrilled to be a part of the tour. Above you see (Left to Right) Pat the owner of the Lake Boone Trail house, Laura from ROCKin’teriors and Hilaire from Design Lines, posing in their lime green aprons. They were so fun!! You just might find me wearing mine flipping some juicy hamburgers.

There were volunteers at every house greeting the visitors and answering any questions. What a fine organization! 

Meredith and Hilary hats off to you ladies — fabulous job.

Junior League Kithcen Tour 2010

This tour was also fun for the whole team at Design Lines. Below Lauren and Hilaire take a quick break to snap a shot. Throughout the weekend all the designers took part in the tour.

Design Lines, Raleigh NC

For more pictures on the Lake Boone house click here and you will be re-directed to previous posts. Tomorrow we will show you some pictures of the master bedroom. My are they gorgeous!

Lake Boone Trail: Prepping & Staging for Showcase of Kitchens Tour


When staging a kitchen there are endless possibilities, for us it is about — simplicity and elegance.

Design Lines Ltd. Interior Design Raleigh

This Lake Boone Trail home is on this years Showcase of Kitchens Tour  presented by the Raleigh Junior League. I love these chairs below especially with the nail-head trim. Divine! Every time I look at these photographs of this kitchen, I want to whip up a six course meal for my friends and family. This kitchen inspires me!

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The dining room is perfect for a party. Conversation moves from appetizers in the kitchen to dinner in this timeless dining room and dessert in the living room.

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 Dramatically proportioned Wainscot wraps the entire room. Lime green fabric drapes  the back of the bookcase creating a soft look.

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Gold coffers in the ceiling gives the room a stately feel.

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Above: The artwork above the mantel was commissioned by the talented Raleigh fresco painter, Steve Staresina.

Junior League Showcase of Kitchens Toast to the Tour

Junior League. Showcase of Kitchens Logo

Last night Judy, Molly and Hilaire attended the Toast to the Tour evening event that kicked off  the 2010 Showcase of Kitchens Tour. The tour is presented by the Junior League of Raleigh and it will run today and tomorrow from 10-4pm.

The toast night included a silent auction, chef demonstrations, great food and fabulous music.


Design Lines Ltd. Raleigh Interior Design

Above Molly and Judy chatting — probably about work.


2010 Junior League of Raleigh Toast to the Tour

These pictures only give a snapshot of the evening! There was so much fun, music and socializing going on, it was hard to keep up. The catering was by B & B Catering of Spring Lake and of course a Raleigh party would not be the same with out Ed Mitchell the Pit Master from the local Raleigh favorite, The Pit.

2010 Junior League of Raleigh Toast to the Tour (2)

Living Green: 2009 Green Home Tour Presented by Stock Building Supply

The 4th Annual Green Home Tour presented by Stock Building Supply is running May 2nd 10am-6pm and May 3rd noon-6pm across 6 counties in the Triangle area. Design Lines provided the interior design services for the entry by Rufty Homes. This house is worth checking out!

The house is located in Preston Grande II on 111 Trellingwood Drive in Morrisville. Click here for a map.

Molly Simmons, ASID of Design Lines was part of the team Rufty Homes, Inc. put together who designed and built a home that was not only beautiful for the client but also one that was environmentally friendly. The green approach is documented in a set of guidelines put out by the Green Home Builders of the Triangle Green Building Initiative.

The green design included a selection of the following:

• Kitchen counter tops came from recycled glass- Rockin ‘teriors

• Cabinetry met green specifications- used with no formaldehydes

• Solar panels are used to heat the water

• Carpet was made using recycled material

• Water based floor stain instead of chemical based was used

• Hardwood floors were sourced locally to cut down on energy expense of transportation

Energy Star appliances and windows

• Sprayed foam insulation to increase thermal envelope effectiveness

• Siding with EPA approved borates

(Visit the house to see a complete listing of the green features.)

Being green does not have to be tiring, time consuming or an after thought; but rather should be efficient, beautiful and best of all environmentally sound.

A Fall Combination- Parade of Homes

Leaves are starting to turn, the weather is getting cooler and you guessed it- it is October which means the 2008 Parade of Homes is here! We are pleased to announce that we have three parades throughout the greater Wake County area. If you’ve got some time, we suggest you check them out.

The Hamptons at the Umstead
Parade # 27 “The Sanctuary”
5012 Clyden Cove
Raleigh, NC

Designer- Ashley Thompson, Allied Member ASID
Builder- Raybran Builders LLC

The Lakes at the Umstead – Winner of the Silver Award
Parade # 387 “Umstead Green”
6009 Sarahcreek Court
Raleigh, NC 27607

Designer- Judy Pickett, FASID
Builder- Rufty Homes, Inc.

The Renaissance at Regency
Parade # 298 “The Home For All Seasons”
202 Michelangelo Way
Cary, NC 27518

Designer- Ashley Thompson, Allied Member ASID
Builder- J.T. Sullivan Custom Builders, Inc.

ASID Showhouse: On the Boards

We’re currently working on an exciting ASID Designer Showhouse in Raleigh. Design Lines will be designing a “work-in and work-out retreat,” the powder room & vestibule, and a living room. Our designs debut in May. At the moment, our designs come to life through presentation boards—allowing someone to touch and experience the space before it is finished. At Left and below: Molly’s Presentation Boards for her “work-in, work-out retreat”

Brittany’s Powder Room Design

Judy’s Living Room