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Date: September 29, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Students Showcase Talents at the 2006 National Symphony Orchestra Decorators’ Show House
Students Create Motor City-Themed Café

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Montgomery College’s interior design team is once again the only student team participating in this year’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Decorators’ Show House, which will be open to the public from October 8 through November 5, at Ayrlawn, a four-level Georgian style custom house in Potomac, Maryland. The team was invited to participate by the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra, organizers of the prestigious annual event celebrating interior design.

The students transformed a 220-square-foot corridor between the garage and kitchen into the “Corridor Café,” with warm colors and radiant accents. The focal points of the corridor are the faux-finished walls inspired by leather from a car’s interior and a metallic ceiling influenced by chrome details in a car. They are accented by large rust-colored panels of flake board, which are used to mount framed color photographs of vintage cars. Three small tables and red leather chairs give the corridor its café feel. The students created the unique tables with flattened, woven soda cans serving as decorative tabletops; stands made out of pipes; and car fly wheels as table bases. To finish the room, the students covered the hallway’s window and French doors with sheer fabric that mimics the rust color on the flake board panels.

“Working with the Montgomery College interior design program’s NSO design team is always an amazing experience,” said Chantal Sheppard, Montgomery College interior design professor and adviser to this year’s student team. “Using an automobile as the design inspiration, the team has transformed a corridor into a well designed space filled with wonderful faux textures and a fabulous color scheme, along with an interesting use of ordinary construction materials.”

Seven students of various ages and backgrounds worked on the NSO Decorators’ Show House design this year, contributing time, talents, and their collective creativity: Eva Cruzata, design team chair and Gaithersburg resident; Kimberly Harvey-Smith, a Silver Spring resident and co-owner of Coming Unframed, LLC; Shari Jaitla and Sarit Jacobs Sichel, Potomac residents; Arlene Johnson of Boyds; Lauren Lotinsky and Nora Nentcheva, both residents of Gaithersburg.

“The Show House has provided us with wonderful opportunity to showcase our interior design skills,” said Eva Cruzata, chair of the student design team. “This real world project opened our eyes to the amount of work that goes into creating a space, regardless of its size. We have learned that hard work, persistence, a great design and teamwork will make a beautiful space.”

The photos used in the space were donated by Art & Frame World, Inc. in Rockville and studentLauren Lotinsky. Graphic design assistance was provided by Chadick+Kimball of Washington, D.C. C2 donated paint. Faux finish support and supplies came from Coming Unframed, LLC, a business co-owned by student Kimberly Harvey-Smith. Capital Hill Construction did the room’s drywall patch work. Architectural design, table base design and fabrication were done by Pilot LLC.

For more information on Montgomery College’s interior design program, contact Professor Pamela Gragg, program coordinator, at 301-251-7597. For more information about the NSO Decorators’ Show House, contact (202) 416-8149 or log on to:

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