I was thrilled to work with my friend and fellow interior designer Caroline von Weyher of Willow & August Interiors. We were two of eighteen interior designers asked to completely transform the rooms in the historic Etowah Hagan-Jackson House for the 24th Annual Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse. Built in the mid-1920s, this two-story Mediterranean Revival residence will be open to the public from January 20 to February 17. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, and provide more than 7,000 youth with award-winning programs to help them achieve their full potential.

Jacqueline Paredi and Caroline von Weyher at the 2019 Designer Showhouse of Sarasota, benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota.

My colleague, friend and fellow Interior Designer Caroline von Weyher and I at the preview party last Saturday night! We worked hard to create beauty out of decay in a very short period of time!


BEFORE – The small space had been neglected for decades.

AFTER – We created “The Artful Aerie” a creative retreat for the lady of the house to feed her imagination
AFTER – Our black and white palette expands the space. The stair risers were painted a geometric pattern by artist Mary Fragapane of Wall Wizardry, which brings fun and whimsy to the room. The old wood floors and radiator were painted gloss black, along with the window casings, mullions and sashes. They contrast nicely with the Benjamin Moore Super White walls and set a classic backdrop that will never go out of style. The talented team led by owner Tim Hannold at SRQ Painting refined the walls and floors and window. Roman Blinds with Greek Key details, paired with refinished antique furniture and modern lighting (thanks to Glen Bos from Z Bos Electrical for installing the beautiful pendant lighting) create a timeless space

BEFORE – The dreary (and tiny) bathroom was a hot mess just waiting for an elegant upgrade.
AFTER – We removed the old shower door, refreshed the old wall tile, installed a hand pieced marble tile floor, modern glass satin brass cylindrical light fixture and new embroidered sheer shower drapery. We painted a wood towel ladder gold, then layered it with hand-embellished towels and a painted the door a crisp black, which turned this formerly dreary space into a beautiful little jewel box.

BEFORE – The hallway leading to our space was a mess. Note the peeling plaster, distressed floors, etc.
AFTER – Using a bold geometric black and white rug draws the eye back to our little Artful Aerie and pays homage to the 1920’s. Window casings and sashes were painted gloss Jet Black by Benjamin Moore, and white embroidered sheer curtain panels and spiral topiary in a classic footed pot softened the space.

BEFORE – The hallway had too many doors and a useless closet just outside the room entry
BEFORE – The inside of the hallway linen closet just outside our space was covered in quilted fabric. Hmmm.
AFTER – We transformed the old linen closet by removing the large lower doors, shelving and brackets, and added custom mirrors to the back wall. We installed chunkier trim molding and repositioned two of the existing shelves to create more visual drama. We polished it all up with new upper cabinetry hardware and Benjamin Moore Jet Black paint. LSW Porter Handyman Services contributed their time and talents to transform this closet into what looks like a glamorous looking built-in. These changes visually expanded the small hallway and created a beautiful entry and display space for curated accessories and design books.
BEFORE – The former servant’s quarters was missing a third of the ceiling. The space had been neglected for years
AFTER – By removing the rest of the ceiling and white-washing the exposed rafters, we opened up the space and gave the room charm where there had been none. Transforming a black Chinese desk and chair into jewel box color Gekko Green was made possible by the talented Mary Fragapane of Wall Wizardry

Do come and see the amazing home transformation and support the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County!

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