The word is out: The Knox Summer Estate at Knox Farm State Park outside East Aurora has been chosen as the 2013 Decorators’ Show House, The Buffalo News and the Junior League of Buffalo announced this week.

The 14,400-square-foot home has 26 rooms, and by the time the doors open to the public next spring, more than 50 spaces, including closets and nooks, will be decorated.

The existing house features such highlights as a 49-by-27-foot living room, a billiard room with polo-themed murals, a room off the pantry designed for storing silver – complete with a safe door as its entrance – and a second-floor master bedroom with a sleeping porch.

The next step: Area decorators will be invited to attend a “bidding day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 29 to, as planners explain, “start the process of submitting design proposals for rooms and spaces.” Decorators interested in participating can contact Deborah Scherer at 667-0747 or at

“The entire Show House committee is excited about the enormousness of this house and how everyone is going to be so excited to see it,” said Kitty Lysiak, chairwoman.

Plus, it will be a fun opportunity to turn it into an all-day affair in East Aurora, she said.

The house was built in 1916-17 as a summer home for Frank H. and Dorothy Knox Goodyear, who eventually sold it to Seymour H. Knox Jr. The property was home to the Knox family until 2000. New York State acquired the 633-acre park in 2001.

A couple of notes: The transformed Decorators’ Show House will open its doors to the public for viewing from April 27 to May 19. Before that, you can get a glimpse of the undecorated house Feb. 9 and 10. Stay tuned for updates and other Show House news in the coming months in Friday’s Home & Style section and at the Junior League website, Tickets will be on sale in the next couple of weeks.

Two other events to look forward to:

Looking for holiday decorating ideas? The ninth annual Christmas Tour of Homes in and around the Town of Hamburg is planned for 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Six homes will be featured. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 tour day. You can purchase them in Hamburg at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St. and Expressions Floral & Gift Shoppe, 59 Main St. Visit

And another: The Historical Association of Lewiston’s eighth annual Lewiston Tour of Homes, “A Town and Country Christmas,” will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2. Six houses, complete with tablescapes, will be professionally decorated. Tickets are on sale now for $25 each and available at, local Wegmans and in Lewiston at the Orange Cat Coffee Company, the Village Bake Shoppe and DiCamillo Bakery. Or phone 754-4214.