Stamford, CT's Old Bartlett Homestead Presents Unique Designer Showcase

Stamford, CT's Bartlett Arboretum is announcing an exciting Designer Showcase called "Garden Rooms By Design - Bringing the Outdoors In" at its historical Bartlett homestead, June 8 through 15.

Online PR News – 21-May-2012 – Stamford, CT – Stamford, CT - Victoria Vandamm, owner of the prominent interior design firm Vandamm Interiors, is proud to co-chair and participate in the Bartlett Arboretum’s “Garden Rooms by Design” designer showcase, June 8 through 15.

The weeklong event features a top to bottom transformation of the Arboretum’s historical Bartlett homestead by a plethora of top local designers and artisans and kicks off with an evening gala reception and fundraiser on Thursday, June 7th, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Bartlett Arboretum, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford.

“It really is an honor for me to be a part of this event that is bringing a combination of wonderfully talented interior and exterior designers to the Bartlett Arboretum,” says Victoria who is co-chair along with Robert Knorr of Nordic Construction, Inc. and Helen White of Home Resource “The Bartlett is a very special place in our community – really a natural jewel that promotes environmental education and good stewardship for our planet, in a location that should become a “must visit” for more people in our area.”

Titled “Garden Rooms By Design - Bringing the Outdoors In," the botanical theme of the Bartlett homestead makeover is to remind visitors of the Bartlett's purpose: to show us how connected we are to nature. Its unique design challenge asked some of the area’s top interior and landscape designers, artists and artisans like Hoffman Landscapes, Inc., Mural Interiors Inc, Nordic Construction, Inc. and Vandamm Interiors to “think-out-of-the-box” and consider “green” elements in a "not-so-usual sense” in a re-do of the Bartlett homestead’s charming rooms, staircases, landings and gardens.

Vandamm, whose interior design work is featured all over the U.S. as well as in Europe, notes that: “It’s a different kind of designer showcase because it doesn’t feature the typical mansion or showroom. This is an older, real house circa 1900 that has been lived in and will continue to function as an administrative building, historical museum and visitors service center.”

Vandamm Interiors is collaborating with Mural Interiors on the staircase, lower and upper landings and with Hoffman Landscapes on the old homestead library.

From live plants and floral paintings, to revitalized wrought-iron furniture and statuaries, visitors to the opening reception and showcase will find innovation and change in every part of the old homestead thanks to designers who were given the opportunity to freely showcase their design skills in a unique and creative approach.

“It’s just amazing how the entire community is supporting this showcase. The shops, the garden centers and so many other local area businesses are all reaching out to be a part of it to benefit the Bartlett.”

Both events coincide with the magnificent Spring Garden Tour, one of the Arboretum’s main fundraisers that occurs this year on Sunday, June 10th 12-4pm and Monday, June 11th 10-4pm.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is a unique natural treasure located in back country Stamford. Its 91 acres of woodlands, display gardens, notable tree collections and hiking trails are open to the public 365 days a year. The facility offers a number of programs and events annually such as the ‘Cocktails in the Gardens Series’ and ‘Summer Concert Series’ as well as onsite classes for yoga, meditation, photography, sketching and painting. Garden Educational seminars and a free Plant Clinic hosted by the UCONN Master Gardener Program focus on topics like sustainable gardening and preserving natural resources and habitats. A new 8500 square foot Silver Educational Center has made the Bartlett the centerpiece for environmental education in the greater Stamford community, with a concentration on nature-based programming and camp activities for children of all ages.

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