The Baltimore Symphony Showhouse

I’m remiss in not knowing about the Baltimore Symphony Associates Showhouse before this week, but thank goodness there’s still one weekend left! May 21 is its last day at the Mayfair estate in Timonium, Maryland.

According to the organizers:

The three-story stone house was built in 1812 and sits on the once-vast Mayfair farm estate, which has since been developed into the Mays Chapel community. Hidden by trees and sitting on five acres of grounds, few people, even neighbors, know that the grand old mansion exists, adding to the interest and excitement of this year’s event.

The work of 20 designers are on display, and showhouse spokesman Roger Mecca was kind enough to send along some images.

DC-area designers Quintece Hill-Mattauszek of Studio Q Designs and Barbara Brown of her eponymous firm team up for this drool-worthy “Sitting Pretty” study:



Hill-Mattauszek and Brown wanted to create a unique combination of art, antique furnishings, vintage finds and family heirlooms in this space. I especially love the desk and stool above, with their gilded legs.

Next, Baltimore designer Carol Lombardo Weil describes her “Room for Imagination” as a sitting room and educational game room “where I imagined the family gathering to interact in creative and challenging pursuits.”


Weil specifically calls out a STEM influence:
—A science bookshelf made of recycled books and insects under glass
—A 3-D puzzle of Hogwarts castle, “assembled by two of my 8-year-old clients”
—Math games and puzzles, including a flat mobile called Data Points


Tickets for the BSA Showhouse are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and they’re available online.

The home is open daily. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday; noon – 4 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors to Mayfair can enjoy lunch, light refreshments at the onsite Café and purchase gifts at the Boutique. Shuttle service from the nearby Padonia Park & Ride lot on Deereco Road will be available for a $2 donation.


  1. Barabara Kelly says:


    Thanks for the great write-up on the Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Showhouse, Mayfair. We really appreciate the special write-ups on three of our long time designers.

    Barbara Kelly
    Co-Chairman of Mayfair

  2. Thanks Jen! Barbara and I were honored to participate this year and hope everyone who visits the house enjoys all the creative energy flowing throughout.

    Studio Q Designs