By Candy Williams
Seven local interior designers
have met the challenge of working inside the box.
Members of the Pennsylvania West
Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers
who have been invited to create miniature room settings
for the 22nd annual Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show,
beginning today at the David L. Lawrence Convention
The vignettes, created in "boxes"
measuring 4 feet deep, 8 feet wide and 10 feet high,
are intended to achieve several goals. "The blank
box allowed each designer to come up with his or her
own individual use of space. They show the creativity
you can get from a designer -- and how each designer
converts an ordinary box into a snippet of a room."
Vignette designers include Karolyn
Spagnolo, "Reflections into the Ambiance of Spagnolo";
Carolyn Thornton, "An Enticing Entry"; Pat
Lynn Good, "A Glimpse of Home -- Bed, Bath &
Living"; Chuck Honse, "Zen Study"; Maureen
Strayer, "Windows by Design"; Angela Nolfi,
"Mystique and Nancy Drew of Drew Designs Ltd.."
American Society of Interior
Designers members will be on hand to answer visitors'
decorating questions and to view plans, photos or color
swatches. They will be available in the "Ask a
Professional Designer" area of the society's Design
Pittsburgh Home & Garden
Show manager John DeSantis visualized the miniature
room settings several years ago, but this is the first
year the venue has enough space to carry out the idea.
This year's show is 25 percent
larger than the 2002 event, covering 245,000 square
feet of display space. The extra space allows exhibitors
to expand their displays to include full lines of products
instead of just a few models. Also, 150 new vendors
will be attending.