This March brings the QC area some of our first Designer Showhouses to be toured and visited in what seems like forever. The Interior Design Society of Charlotte is presenting three Charity Showhouses this March at The Preserve at Narrow Passage in Davidson. Proceeds from the Showhouses benefit Motor Racing Outreach in conjunction with The Dale Jr. Foundation, The Hendrick Family Foundation, and Southern Living Magazine’s charity of choice, Operation Finally Home. 

The Showhouses

We found out a bit about what you’ll see when you tour the homes but there’s no question that you’ll want to schedule time on your calendar to go for a tour yourself, or better yet, attend their big Gala on March 13.

The Showhouses are three homes each valued at $1.6 million + which represent three different styles: Modern Resort, Modern Manor, Modern Farmhouse. Chris Hoffman of Southern Cottage Corporation, Karl Plattner of Plattner Custom Builders LLC. and Ken Wrench of Augusta Homes Inc. are the builders presenting the homes. Here’s the scoop on each one:

The Modern Resort House

  • Exterior Color – Iron Ore.  You walk in the front door and the foyer takes you into an immediate resort feel with the pool and sauna right beyond wide glass doors.  The home is meant for easy entertaining and an inside outside feel. This home is the Southern Living Showcase Home by Southern Cottage Corporation. Details:
    • The exterior is dark, but you enter in a bright, indoor/outdoor foyer that leads seamlessly to the pool and the woodland beyond. Natural, textural elements layered against polished refinement. Bringing the outside in. Taking the inside out.  Straight, clean lines intersect with natural, organic contours.  Eliminating the whimsy of circles and scrolls.
    • Every room has a conservation element.  
    • Colors of Origami, Navy, Teal and Pink wind throughout the home.  And 19 wallpapers to define spaces.
    • The Baths are all luxurious and surprising.  
    • Top three features / stand-out details to look for:
      • A Balinese Bonus Room
      • A sumptuous all wood tub in the master
      • An ethereal porcelain chandelier from Romania and the most incredible lighting from Lightstyles and Circa throughout the house.
    • House Captain: Starr Miller of Star Miller Interior Design

The Modern Manor House

  • Exterior Color Blue and White. This home is full of special millwork and a labyrinth of intriguing spaces. It evokes the feel of a manor home in today’s world. This home is by Platter Custom Builders. Details:
    • Richly Layered Neutrals. Timeless Details. Crisp Lines. Elegant Statements 
    • A bit of sparkle and drama is found in the manor home.
    • Interesting nooks and crannies give way to a sparkling butler’s pantry and a perfect party.
    • Top three features / stand-out details:
      • A spectacular Kitchen hood from Kara Cox and Thompson Traders
      • Wine room with suspended wine storage and glass walls
      • Custom-designed mixed metal kitchen hood and console vanity
    • House captain: Jody Kurtz of Kathryn Lilly Interiors 

The Modern Farmhouse

  • Exterior Color – White.  This is not your grandmother’s farmhouse.  A mix of old and new, this home tilts the farmhouse on its ear. Augusta Homes Builds an incredible home. Details: 
    • Livable, modern theme with an inviting connection to glass, steel, and wood.
    • Clean lines and serene, clutter-free spaces.
    • Subtle pops of high detail and strong character peppered throughout every room.
    • Top three features / stand-out details:
      • Live Wood Barn Door
      • A music inspired guest room
      • Pop Art meets shiplap
    • House Captain: Kyle Ray of Art House Interiors

The Neighborhood

The Preserve at Narrow Passage was designed by the world-renowned Randall Arendt who is an advocate of conservation planning and sustainable living. The neighborhood will feature walking paths that connect to a greenway and a neighborhood park that will be open to the public.

How You Can Visit & Tour Them

The Opening Gala

  • Friday, March 13th from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
  • Celebrate the completion of the Showhouses at an exclusive Showhouse event. From private tours and a live auction, to a Southern supper and celebrity guests, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Menu: Oysters on the half shell, Spring Mix Salad, Jambalaya, Tomato Bisque with mini cheese sandwiches, Parmesan Risotto, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage and Butternut Squash, Carving Station of Beef Brisket and Smoke Pulled Pork. Mini Desserts:  Apple Cobbler, Key Lime Pie and Cognac Truffles.
  • Celebrity guests: Libby Langdon, Interior Design TV star & Rick Allen, the play-by-play commentator for NBC Sports for NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series and Xfinity Series
  • Live music by Kids in America – Totally 80’s Tribute Band.
  • Limited tickets available, buy now:
  • Prices: Starting at $180

The House Tours

Following the Gala, the houses will be open for tours from March 15th – April 5th 


  • Thursdays-Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sundays 1-4pm
  • Price: $40 

Special Events at the Showhouses

March 18 – Designer Panel

  • Moderated by Ashley Hotham Cox, Editor and Chief of Charlotte Home Design and Décor
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Price: $50 

March 25 – Progressive Luncheon by Queen City Audio Video and Appliance

  • Time: 11am-2pm 
  • The Progressive Luncheon is an interactive luncheon for foodies and design fans alike. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a three-course lunch by three popular chefs. 
  • Price: $100 

March 26 – Book Signing featuring Cathy Kincaid, author of The Well Adorned Home:  Making Luxury Livable

  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Price: General admission ($40 in advance or $45 at the door)

April 2 – Garden and Landscape Tour featuring Margot Shaw, Editor-in-Chief of Flower Magazine

  • Time: 12-2pm 
  • Price: General admission ($40 in advance or $45 at the door)

For a full list of events, go here:

For tickets to all events, go here: