Many in Turlock got to know interior designer Christopher Kennedy’s personality a little better during the Dancing With the Turlock Stars event, where shared his wit and wisdom as a celebrity judge. Now, Turlockers can get to know his style as the Christopher Kennedy Show House Central Valley is set to open on Oct. 5.
Kennedy — along with designers from LA, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Orange County, as well as local favorites Jane Warda-Smith, Nicole Cardoza Kasprzyk, Mark Lytle and Chris Reed — transformed a 1971 mid-century post-and-beam construction of approximately 3,200 square feet located on California Avenue in Turlock.
The Turlock show house will not only highlight top designers from across the state, but also give back to three local charities. All of the proceeds from the project will benefit the Salvation Army, Jessica’s House and Covenant Care at Home.
This is not Kennedy’s first show house experience. He started the decorator show house in Palm Springs in 2014 and the Christopher Kennedy Compound during Modernism Week in Palm Springs is widely regarded as one of the two most influential decorator show houses in the country.
“It is easy for Napa Valley, the Hamptons or Manhattan to have a show house,” Kennedy said. “But why not a thriving American town? We believe in giving a classic American city its day in the sun.”
Millen Joseph is the owner of the Turlock home and is serving as the project coordinator.
“This event will spotlight and highlight our Valley for the nation,” Joseph said.
Each room of the house will have a unique decor representing the work and aesthetics of the designer selected for that space, while keeping in step with the overall style of the home.
“Because I serve as the lead designer, I meet with the client and learn their tastes,” Kennedy said. “We develop a design palette and then the designs are filtered through me.
“For our home, we want it to be a beautiful home, but a real family is going to live there and enjoy it, so it needs to work for their lifestyle,” Kennedy said.
The show house is set to debut Oct. 5 and will be open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 19.
There will be a special Friday Night First Look on Oct. 4. Only 75 tickets are being offered to this one-of-a-kind preview event, making it an unprecedented opportunity to experience the home in an intimate and relaxed evening setting.
A Grand Opening Soiree will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 5. There will also be special Wine O’clock Home Tours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and 17.