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The Designer House will close early at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 22nd to prepare for the Designer House Gala.



Introducing RSOL’s 2018 Designer House… Holly Lawn



“one of the best examples of the Queen Anne style in the state of Virginia.”
– Chris Novelli, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League (RSOL) is delighted to announce the selection of the renowned Holly Lawn estate for the 2018 Designer House. Located in the Hermitage Road Historic District, this gorgeous Queen Anne style home completed in 1901 was once home to the Richmond Council of Garden Clubs and is on the National Historic Register of Places. Virginia’s leading interior designers will transform the spacious home on 2.1 acres.

Not only is Holly Lawn famous for its historic significance, more recently, many Richmonders will remember the storm of June 2016 that sent a majestic 175-year-old red oak crashing into the front facade of the home. It took nearly two years to painstakingly repair the home to maintain its historic majesty.

Holly Lawn’s main home features five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a sun porch, a library, a living room, a formal dining room, a spacious foyer, a kitchen with a butler's pantry, and a sweeping Southern style front porch. One of the earlier homeowners named the estate “Holly Lawn” for the beautiful imagery provided by the holly trees lining the grounds.

Holly Lawn
4015 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23227 

Click here for Google Map

CLICK HERE for an informational page that you may download and share.

The Designer House is presented by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League to benefit the Richmond Symphony.

House Tours

September 17 - October 14
M-F 10am-3pm • Sat. 10am-5pm • Sun 1-5pm
Note: Saturday, September 22 hours will be 10am-3pm


House Tour Tickets are $30 per person, per visit and may be purchased online now. From September 17 to October 14, 2018, Designer House Tour tickets may be purchased at the door with cash, check, or credit card.

Student Tickets

Student tickets are available for $20 per person, per visit; student ID must be presented with ticket at the door.


* Children under the age of 8, including babies in arms or carriers, are not permitted. 
* Children older than 8 years old must be escorted by their accompanying adult at all times. 
* Strollers or large bags are not permitted. 
* Low heels or flat shoes, please.
* Food or beverages are not permitted in the Designer House.
* Pets are not permitted.

While the house is not fully accessible to people with disabilities due to stairs, we are happy to address which parts of the house may be accessiblePlease contact designerhouse@rsol.org with any visit assistance questions.

Photo Policy

Photography for personal use is encouraged and permitted at the Designer House using the following guidelines.
* Designer House designers, staff, and volunteers reserve the right to prohibit the use of cameras at any time.
Equipment must not exceed the size of an SLR camera designed for personal use. 
* Guest may post photos on social media. Please tag #RSOLdesignerhouse on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

After your house tour, enjoy lunch at the Designer House Café and shop for something special at the Designer House Boutique featuring unique jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and stationery from local artisans. Raffle tickets are also available for a drawing of donated items from our designers and others.

Purchase House Tour Tickets

Parking Information

Parking is available close to the House:
     ACCA Temple lot (enter from Bellevue Avenue or Hermitage Road)
     Nottoway Avenue (both sides)
     Bellevue Avenue (both sides)

*Thank you to the ACCA Temple Shriners for providing designated parking spaces in their parking lot for Designer House guests, available   during the day or evening from September 14 through October 14.

Group Tickets

$25 per person (for 10 or more)

Plan to spend a morning or afternoon with friends and colleagues and tour our beautifully decorated Designer House.  While there, browse our unique boutique with its local vendors' items and one of a kind gems, and plan to stay for lunch in our fabulous Holly Lawn Café.  Groups are welcome to tour the house on any day from September 17 to October 14.  We know you won't be disappointed!

Group Ticket purchasers require 10 or more in a group to receive a discounted ticket price of $25 per person!  Your list of attendees and a single payment completes your purchase.  Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here or by contacting dhgroupsales@rsol.org.  Your group may arrive together or individually, but must tour the house on the same day.

CLICK HERE for our Group Sales information sheet for you to forward to your individual groups such as Garden Clubs, Women's Clubs, Tennis Team, Golf Team, Bridge Group, Book Clubs, etc.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact dhgroupsales@rsol.org.

Evening Parties to Entertain Clients at Holly Lawn

The Designer House month-long Holly Lawn Tent is the perfect setting to entertain clients or have a social gathering.  We are offering the opportunity for private parties from 5:30 - 7:30 with a reduced house tour ticket and small tent fee.  Hosts provide the catering and beverages of their choice.  What a wonderful way for businesses to share their client appreciation!  CLICK HERE for an agreement form with details.  Please contact us for more detailed information at www.rsol.org and we will send an information package.

Designer House Café

M-F: 11:30am-2:30pm Sat: 11:30am-3:30pm Sun: 1-3:30pm

Enjoy a relaxing and delicious lunch presented by Smoke Pit Grill before or after your house tour at the Holly Lawn Designer House Café. Take out will also be available every day. CLICK HERE to see the Smoke Pit Grill menu.

Designer House Boutique

A visit to the Designer House wouldn’t be complete without a browse of the Designer House’s artsy and eclectic Boutique. A curated selection of fabulous treasures sourced from Richmond’s best artisans and vendors will give you a head start on holiday shopping or a treat for yourself. The Designer House Boutique will be open during regular house tour times and Thirsty Thursdays.

We are excited to announce our boutique partners for the 2018 Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House:  For Ewe, The Classic Baby, Zou Zou's Basement, A Fair Trade World, The Virginia Shop/Library of Virginia, Carol Matthews Ray Originals, Sabrina Cordovana, Strawberry Fields and Flowers, Selman Creations, Firefly Lane Boutique, Infinite - Hand Knitted Scarves, Let's Talk Towels, One Putt Designs, Sassy Bee, Creations By "E", and Dolce Designs.

Special Events

Bare Bones Party
August 2  | 5-7pm  

Bare Bones is SOLD OUT!  Please come to the Gala on September 14, tour the Designer House September 17 - October 14, and join us for Thirsty Thursdays to see the 2018 Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House.


Preview Gala 

Our weather has calmed and we are ready to show Holly Lawn in grand style!

Thank you for your patience as we tracked Hurricane Florence's potential impact on the Richmond area. We are happy to announce that our 18th Designer House Preview Gala is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 6-10 p.m.

If you already have a reservation, we look forward to seeing you Saturday, September 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to enjoy wonderful food by Everyday Gourmet, cocktails, wine, beer, and music by Richmond Symphony musicians. 


Preview Home Tour • Music by Richmond Symphony Musicians • Cocktail Buffet

Enjoy a first look at the finished Designer House before it opens to the public at our Black Tie optional evening. 

Tickets $200 per person.


Thirsty Thursdays
September 20 & 27  | October 4 & 11 | 5:30-7:30pm

Join us for Thirsty Thursdays and enjoy live music, great food and a complimentary glass of wine or Hardywood beer. Additional wine and beer can be purchased for $5. Each ticket is only good for the date selected when purchased. The cost of a ticket for Thirsty Thursday is $30. You can add a tour of the Designer House for $25 (a savings of $5 for the house tour).

Our Thirsty Thursday line up:

Thursday, September 20, music by Steve Bassett with food by Max's Positive Vibe Café
Thursday, September 27, music by Last Call with food by O'Toole's Restaurant & Pub

Thursday, October 4, music by George Turman and Richard Ward with food by Smoke Pit Grill
Thursday, October 11, music by Three Unplugged with food by Croaker's Spot

Attendees must be 21 or over.  ID required

Purchase Thirsty Thursday Tickets



During your visit to Holly Lawn, don’t forget to stop by the Raffle Table to purchase your Designer House Raffle Ticket. Our committee is sourcing a wonderful selection of raffle items. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn upon the closing of the Designer House. Winners will be notified and provided details on item collection. Online raffle tickets will soon be available. Purchased raffle tickets online will be confirmed via email.

Avoid the crowd at the Designer House Raffle desk!  When you complete  your purchase of House Tour or Thirsty Thursday tickets on Eventbrite, you will be offered an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets online.

After you purchase raffle tickets online, you will receive a confirmation email; then just pick up your raffle tickets when you check-in at the Designer House Ticket table, fill in your contact information on the ticket stubs, and deposit the ticket stubs with contact information in the raffle box at the Raffle desk.  

Designer Information


We are excited to announce our Designers:

*  Kathy Corbet of Kathy Corbet Interiors
*  Melissa Mathe of Melissa Mathe Interior Design
*  Kelly Brown of Kelly Brown Interiors
*  Amanda Colle of Kelly Brown Interiors
*  Georgia Kukoski of Closet Factory
*  Moyanne Harding of Interiors by Moyanne
*  Merry Powell of Merry Powell Interiors
*  Stephanie Theofanos of Modern Traditions Interior Design
*  Tracy deShazo of Tracy deShazo Interiors
*  Patti Ryan of Patti Ryan Interior Design
*  Sara Hillery of Sara Hillery Interior Design
*  Jill Erwin of Jill Erwin Interiors
*  David Barden of David Barden Interior Design
*  Kenneth Byrd of Kenneth Byrd Design
*  Steven O'York of Closets of Virginia
*  Will Chambers of William T. Chambers for U-Fab Interiors
*  Richard Hendrick of Custom Kitchens
*  Rick Friedrichsen of La Difference
*  Paul Bethel of Paul Bethel Design - Interiors & Exteriors

* Paint Sponsor:

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
Anne Carter & Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation
Silver Sponsors
The Elizabeth Schneider Charitable Trust
The Peachtree House Foundation
Media Sponsor
Beer Sponsor
Lighting Sponsor
Day Sponsors
ACIMA Private Wealth
AXA - Advisors
Covenant Woods
Greer Jones Real Estate
Haley Automotive Group
Invincia, a Towne Insurance Agency
Mercedes-Benz of Richmond
Midlothian Tennis Club
Richmond Ford Lincoln
Thrifty Sisters
Thurman S. Cash, Jr. and Son Insurance Company
Virginia Family Dentistry
2018 Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House Committee Chairs
Chair:   Susan S. Williams
Secretary:   Peggy Boyd
Artist Chair:  Sally Mistr
Bare Bones Party Chair:  Ludi Webber
Boutique Chairs:  Joanne Barreca, Ann Bolesta
Café Chairs:  Elinor Kuhn, Suzanne Franke
Corporate Events:  Susan S. Williams
Day Sponsors Chair:  Veronica Wauford
Gala Chair:  Cheryl Keller
Gala Advisor:  Ludi Webber
Group Sales:  Stephanie Biggs
House Operations:  Annette Martino
Interior Designers Chairs:  Helen Winn, Pat Wasiuk
Sponsorships Chair:  Faye Holland
PR/Marketing Chairs:  Jennifer Lo Prete, Alison Eckis
Richmond Magazine:  Susan S. Williams, Ann Burks, Faye Holland
Raffle Chair:  Chris Landis
Tickets Chair:  Matt Williams
Tickets Co-Chair:  Susan H.Williams
Thirsty Thursdays Chairs:  Susan Thomas, Della Conti
Treasurer Chairs:  Budget:  Hugh Catlett  Daily Responsibilities:  Allene Cahill
Volunteer Chair:  Lillie Wauford

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