Spent an hour today checking out the West Akron home that will become the Junior League of Akron's next Designer ShowHouse.
Think small-scale Stan Hywet, '70s style.
The house has as French chateau look on the outside but an English Tudor feel inside, with lots of stucco-like walls and dark paneling but also plenty of early-'70s elements like vinyl flooring and shag carpet. The owners incorporated medieval and Renaissance features, including wood paneling and a cupboard door that date from the 16th century.
My favorite quirky features: an old-school food processor that lifts out of the kitchen counter and an indoor hot tub with heat lamps that cast a sultry red glow.
The 4,500-square-foot house was built in 1971 by Carol and the late Herbert Awender, a general surgeon.
Right now the Junior League is showing the house to interior designers, who will be invited to bid for the right to make over individual rooms. The redecorated rooms will be open to the public during the fundraising show house in October.