Homearama looks a little different this year. Instead of a sprawling suburban neighborhood, Homearama is in the city for the first time ever at Walworth Junction, in the East End of Cincinnati. It’s close to all of the amenities of the city but still has the luxury and uniqueness you’ve come to expect from a Homearama home.
This year, there’s something even more special than just the city location. Homearama has partnered with Redknot Homes, a local custom builder, and Everything But the House, the local auction company, to outfit one of the homes from top to bottom. They paired with Aubrie Welsh Interiors to create this unique, one-of-a-kind design, and even better? You can bid on items yourself!
The house, called The Royal Blue, is in an Italianate painted lady style that you might also see in nearby Columbia-Tusculum. By using items from EBTH, Aubrie Welsh made this brand new home feel like it’s been in the city since the 1800s but with all of the modern conveniences and some appropriate trends. There are some touches that are a nod to Cincinnati’s history, including equestrian boots, a complete set of Mark Twain books, and art from local artists like Edmond James Fitzgerald. It is opulent but livable—perfect for this Italianate home.
As you make your way through the home, you’ll spot unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else. The entry features an impressive Portuguese baroque mirror, and when you head to the owner’s suite, you’ll see a gilt armoire, Michael Taylor designs painted bedframe, and some Audubon-style art.
The living room is both historic but trendy, with furniture in emerald green, including a timeless Chippendale sofa and two velvet side chairs, all available at auction. There’s also a reading nook, fit with a custom upholstered late 19th-century chaise lounge and an office with a stunning Louis Phillippe chest of drawers, complete with locks.
Look around each room for interesting accents, like a fish-eye mirror, Imari-style cloisonne jars, and even some impressive art, such as this double-sided Edmond James Fitzgerald watercolor. There are special touches in every room, from the bathroom to the office and everywhere in between.
Some other items to be on the lookout for:
- Chinese wedding cabinet with gilt trim
- A John Michael Carter oil painting
- Drexel Chinoiserie chest of drawers
- And so much more!
Even the balcony, which overlooks the Ohio River, has a piece of history: a stained glass window, clearly from a grand, historic home, leans against the railing and makes the light dance in the morning.
Want to see these items in person? Homearama runs through October 25th and you can buy tickets on their website or at the gate for $19. Don’t worry, they are following all COVID-19 protocols so you can have a safe tour.
Even if you can’t tour the homes, you can participate in the auction on EBTH’s website. The auction ends on October 25th, so act fast. You don’t want to miss out on these one-of-a-kind items for your own home.