After a break last year, Middletown Main Street decided to bring back the Designer Show House this year. With less than a month to go, the designers are working towards exhaustion and asking themselves everyday if they'll get done in time.

With less than a month left before its big unveiling on Friday, April 18, this year’s Designer Show House, a fundraising project of Middletown Main Street, Inc., is quickly coming together. Not that the venture has been devoid of weather-related setbacks and other design adventures.

Ten designers, including Shabby Chic Painting and Decors’ Beth Delligatti and Garry Mather of Mather and Smith Design, are feverishly painting, sanding and gutting much of the Broad Street house.

“People are coming and going all the time,” said MMS Executive Director Tracy Skrobot. “Even I’m here most of the time, helping out wherever its needed and doing everything I can.”

The home, located at 202 S. Broad St., is home to Hedley Davis, his wife and their two children, Rachel and Zach. According to Skrobot, Davis has lived in the house his whole life and is the fourth generation of the Combs family to do so.

The designers have 12 rooms to refurbish and redecorate.

Delligatti is splitting her time between the tea room, the kitchen and the summer kitchen. She doesn’t think of the work as merely re-decorating, though.

“I consider what I do as ‘re-cherishing’ the room because I’m trying to preserve the history and charm  of the spaces as much as possible.”

It’s a philosophy that Skrobot herself appreciates.

“I’m all about preservation,” she said. “I’m the one who constantly tells them to leave the floors , leave the trim. I don’t like to see things gutted when I know they can be saved.”

That declaration sends Skrobot into the next room where she retrieves a sackful of brass switch-plates and doorknobs that she’s been polishing back to life.

“See,” she says. “They look like new. I love the small details like this. Anybody can go see a new home that’s been decorated. But, what we’re able to do with these old homes that we focus on just encompasses so much more.”

The house will be ready for visitors Friday, April 18 and will be open through Sunday, May 11. Friday through Sunday, people can tour the house between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased as the door with cash, check or Visa and Mastercard.

Group tours will be available Wednesdays and Thursdays but require advance registration. Groups have several options available: lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $30, Tea and Dessert from 2 to 4 p.m. for $25, or craft beer and wine from 6 to 8 p.m., for $35 per person. Group tour reservations can be made by calling (302) 437-5640(302) 437-5640 or emailing

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