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Community - May 1, 2013

Peninsula Volunteers' Decorator Show House opens in Woodside

By Jane Knoerle Peninsula Volunteers are putting on their first Decorator Show House in 40 years and the first show house locally in almost 10 years.

Nancy Greenbach of Atherton is chairman of the show, which opens Saturday, May 4, and continues to Friday, May 24. in Woodside. As a delegate to a recent national convention, Ms. Greenbach kept hearing that "everybody was doing Show Houses." Returning home, Ms. Greenbach convinced fellow members that a show house would be a fitting way to mark the Peninsula Volunteers' 65th anniversary as a pioneer in senior services.

The Peninsula Decorator Show House is a "California Monterey Colonial," built in 1938 and updated some 20 years ago. It is situated on 21 acres that include gardens and stables.

The land was originally part of a Spanish land grant given to Simon Mezes by the widow of Luis Arguello, an early governor of California. Mr. Mezes assisted in verifying her land grant claim through the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Show House features 20 rooms styled by Bay Area designers. It is special for Woodside because of its size, around 11,000 square feet, according to Thalia Lubin of the Woodside History Committee. The largest house that can currently be built in Woodside is 6,000 square feet, with a maximum variance to 8,000 feet.

Special events at the mansion will include meet-the-designer evenings to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the gardens, with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Local designers that will be exhibiting in the house include Miller Design of Woodside, By the Bay Design, Morgan Design Group, Coldiron Interiors, and RHI Interior Design, all of Menlo Park. Flegel's of Menlo Park will be doing a patio design. Designer Chair is Jill Jerrehian.

Plein air painters will be setting up their easels in the gardens and musical groups, including, Barbershoppers, will entertain.

The Show House will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, May 4 to 24 (closed Mondays). General admission is $35. Designer evenings on Thursday are $50. Reservations are required. Complimentary shuttles are available as is parking at The Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road. The event is limited to adults and children ages 12 and up.

Visit www.penvol.org or call 381-9933 for tickets and information.

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