Symphony Show House 2011

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Show House Exterior
Kitchen Island under construction
Guest Suite in Main House
Master Bathtub Room
Master Bedroom Fireplace Wall
Main Hall to Master Bedroom
Library/Partially finished

The French Country Chateau
A History of the Estate

By Sandra Stanley Ryan

This year’s Show House located at 1701 Drury Lane in Nichols Hills is the second Symphony Show House at this address.  The late Marjorie and A. J. Kavanaugh originally built the house, completed in 1959, that became the 1981 Show House, the eighth Symphony Show House.  Architecturally, it was built in a “Frank Lloyd Wright style” that was popular in this area of Nichols Hills in the 1950s and 1960s.   I was the designer for the master study in the 1981 Show House.  John Bentley, Jr. of Bentley’s Furniture was the designer of the master bedroom.  Larry Williams of Keller Williams was designer for the living room. Betsy White and Vonda Henderson were the co-chairmen of the House Committee and Berta Faye Rex was president of the Women’s Committee

The 1981 Show House was built from an award-winning architectural design featured at the Texas State Fair in 1957.  The Kavanaughs were able to build the floor plan on the three acre 1701 Drury Lane site.  Materials used were narrow stacked flat burgundy, adobe and gray stone, slate floors and lots of plate glass.  The interior colors favored by designers were gray, aubergine and tan in natural fibers.  Grass cloth was a favorite wall finish. The residence covered over 7,000 square feet.  In 1986 the house was demolished to make way for the present estate.

Mike Mahaffey designed the current house for the new owners of the property.  Unfortunately, building stopped due to difficult financial times in Oklahoma in the late 1980s.  The unfinished house was purchased in the early 1990’s by the present owner.  It took a year just to “trim out” the house, and build some of the unfinished additions.  The current house measures approximately 15,000 square feet.  The present owner built and moved into the Guest House, while the rest of the project was completed.  October 1993 was the final completion date.

Interestingly, color schemes cycle and now, here we are thirty years later with a French country chateau-style house, and the color scheme is very close to the 1981 house:  gray, burgundy, and golden tones.  You will see various shades of blue this year, even “Peacock blue.”  Blues are typically used in French design, but some of the tones being used, such as turquoise-shaded blue, are reminiscent of the 1980s.  The walls boast many faux finishes as the designers work on this house.  Paint textures and tones are similar to the older grass cloth ideas from the original house at this sight.  Today, however, we are dealing with a French design and formality in the spacious rooms.  Six marble or stone mantles dress fireplace surrounds with one fireplace in the luxurious Master Bath.

Golden Oak wood paneling and cabinetry flow throughout the house.  One change will be in the Kitchen area.  Deb Johnson of Paint Inspirations is working with Barbara Allen of Forest Lumber to update the Kitchen.  A stain has been applied over the cabinetry in some areas to give an orange contrast.  The island in the center has also been treated with “Racacci Gold” antiquing.  New six inch “Bordeaux Crème” granite countertops are being coordinated with “Polished Antique Brown” granite to cover the enormous island and the bar area by Denise Kerstin of Marble Design.  “Golden Shimmer” faux finish is applied to the former bright green wallpapered walls.  The faux finish is very subtle, melting into the color scheme.  Existing hardware was antiqued to a rubbed black over brass.

Mister Roberts of Norman is decorating the extremely large living room, and Kevin Carl, ASID is the designer for the formal dining room.  Kat Daggs, lead designer of Bob Mills, is working on the main house guest suite.

The rarely seen home and grounds include a greenhouse, walled gardens, terraces and courtyards that are completely private from the street.  The lovely swimming pool is in the center of the house courtyard, with doors opening from all three sides of the house.  It is then framed by the guest house at the rear of the property.

Cindy Raby and Yvette Fleckinger are the House Co-Chairmen this year.  Sharon Shelton is president of the Orchestra League and Rhonda White, president-elect will also be Operations Chairman.

During April and May I will write weekly stories on other finished areas and the ones I have previewed in this article.  Please join us at iOnOK Magazine for these stories.

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