House of dreams
When the doors to the 1929, Spanish Colonial-style house opened and dozens of curious donors streamed in, it was the culmination of weeks of work, all in the name of charity.
The 2005 Decorators’ Dream House event raised thousands of dollars on behalf of the Butte Glenn Medical Society, which donates to causes ranging from breast cancer awareness to The Esplanade House transitional shelter.
“It’s such a wonderful house,” said Diana Lobosky, who co-chaired the fund-raiser. There have been 12 Dream Houses since the event’s start in 1977. “I’m so excited we get to do it again.
It was also a chance for local interior decorators, landscapes and artisans to display their talents and wares. Each had free reign on one of 31 “areas” inside or outside of the house, which in 1980 had been moved from 2nd and Chestnut streets near the CSU, Chico campus to its current location at 2204 Oak Park Ave.
Interior Designer Marci Goulart, who did the master bath, opted for a period-perfect art deco approach. “The designers worked closely together so things flow from room to room,” she said.
The house was open to guests from Sept. 17 to Oct. 2. It had been eight years since the previous Dream House event.
Brister, who, with her 7-year-old daughter, Judy, had to move out for two months to allow for the redecorating, was thrilled with the results.
“I was just blown away,” she said. “It’s completely different.”