The Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild is excited to announce the 2012 Designer House event. This year’s event will feature two houses, located at 1005 and 1025 Edinburgh Dr. in Conway. The houses are among the first available in Turnberry, West Conway’s neighborhood featuring European-inspired architecture developed by Watson Homes.

"With two houses, we can offer visitors an even wider variety of designer styles and home decorating ideas," explains event co-chair Allison Vetter. "This year’s Designer House is going to be the best one yet."

The Designer Houses will open with a Bare Bones party on Sept. 20, sponsored by Summit Bank. The public is invited to see the "bare bones" of the house before the designers work to transform the rooms.

Admission is $15 and includes dinner and a tour of both homes. Bare Bones tickets are available at after Sept. 1, or at the door.

Professional designers from across Central Arkansas will transform each room in the houses to reflect their own style, with custom design work and items for sale. Participating designers include: Tami Risinger, Perry Gwaltny, Jessi Payne, JoAnn Huselton, Debi Davis, Loren Stanton, Ashley Carson, Jayson Cain, Gary Morris, Helen Lockhart, Bernee Thurow, Beverly Arnold, Mary Kordsmeier, Alicia Gough, Bobbi Jo Feltmon, Cortney McMoran, and Heather Daley.

When the designers have completed their work, the houses will reopen with a grand dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, and will remain open for tours Tuesdays through Sundays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 9. The houses are closed on Mondays.

Tickets will be available at the door or at for day tours, with discounts for groups, plus a run of show pass for unlimited visits. In addition, there will be several events held throughout the tour, including a ladies night out on Thursday, Oct. 25, and a wine tasting on Thursday, Nov. 1. New this year is an option for a whole score ticket, which includes unlimited tours and entry to all special events.

Several named sponsorship opportunities remain for the Designer House events.

The Designer House, held every other year, is the major fundraising event for the Conway Symphony Guild, and all proceeds benefit the educational and outreach programs of the symphony.

"We’re so excited about this year’s Designer House," says event co-chair Katherine Thomason. "There are two beautiful houses, incredibly talented designers, fun events, and great opportunities for businesses to be involved in supporting the important work of the Conway Symphony."

Contact co-chairs Allison Vetter at (501) 733-3208 or Katherine Thomason at (501) 428-0349 for details on the sponsorship levels and benefits.

The CSO Guild also welcomes organizations, civic clubs, businesses and individuals as volunteer docents to assist visitors touring the houses. To be involved in the Designer House event as a volunteer, contact Paige Revis at or Lisa Winbourne at

The CSO Guild supports the educational and outreach programs of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, including a classroom program and free performances. The Conway Symphony Orchestra is now in its 28th season of presenting concerts, guest artists and music to the Central Arkansas community.