Designers square off at home show in Eagle |

Designers square off at home show in Eagle

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EAGLE, Colorado – Designing women Michelle Anderson and Alise Hornbecker will square off this weekend, two lucky winners will reap the fruits of their labors, and various spectators will have the opportunity to sip wine.

What’s not to like?

Anderson and Hornbecker are the competitors for the inaugural Wine and Design event planned as part of the Western Slope Home Show, which takes over the Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9.

The two designers have been armed with $500 each and photographs of two identical living room sets (featuring a sofa, loveseat, chair, coffee table and two end tables) donated by American Furniture Warehouse. During the past few weeks, the pair have springboarded with their prescribed furniture lists and limited budgets to create dream living rooms that will be constructed on site at the Eagle River Center. Home show visitors can view their work and then vote for their favorite rooms. And best of all, two lucky voters – one from Friday night visitors and one from Saturday visitors – get to take home all the room contents as grand prize winners.

The Wine and Design idea was born from NRC Broadcasting general manger Holli Snyder’s affection for home-improvement television shows.

“We just thought it would be really fun and when we got American Furniture Warehouse to come in and donate two living room sets, it was the perfect time to bring it on,” said Snyder.

While she was psyched with the idea of bringing a design competition into the Western Slope Home Show, Snyder knew she was taking on a logistical challenge. From building the two show “rooms” to finding people willing to take on the job of designing them, she began work months ago to bring the Wine and Design idea to life.

Notices seeking willing designers started appearing in the Vail Daily and announcements began running on NRC radio station. Interested designers starting lining up and eventually Michelle Anderson and Alise Hornbecker were tapped for the contest.

Anderson, an Eagle resident, is the owner of Anderson Design and Rouge Boutique. In fact, she was doing some marketing for her store when she first noticed the Wine and Design announcement.

“I cut it out and put it next to the computer, but we just had so much going on here at the store I didn’t know if I could do it,” Anderson said.

But her eye kept straying to the ad and eventually she decided to apply.

Anderson’s design portfolio includes Luigi’s Pastahouse in Eagle as well as several projects she worked on for a company called Tailored Interiors. One of her design buddies – Janine Bartok, has been collaborating on her Wine and Design vision.

Anderson describes her Wine and Design room as “Mountain Glam.”

“It’s not the typical mountain design. It’s posh with whimsical elements. No antlers, but I do have a goat,” she added with a laugh.

Hornbecker, owner of Designecetera in Vail, was also intrigued and challenged by the Wine and Design concept. She has operated her business for 15 years, most recently in Summit County. She is a new arrival in Vail and hopes the Wine and Design exposure will help get her name out in the community.

“I generally like to work on projects from the conceptual stage through completion,” said Hornbecker. “I like to benefit the client by working with the architect, engineer and builder to get a cohesive plan.”

One of her most recent projects was a Front Range home that is actually built into a rock hillside.

Hornbecker heard about Wine and Design on the radio and lobbied to be one of the featured competitors. But, she notes, she doesn’t have a competitive personality. “It was fun to meet Michelle and I think we are going to have a great time together,” she said.

“What drew me to do this was it’s a great opportunity to meet people in the industry in Eagle County,” Hornbecker said.

Michelle Anderson and Anderson Designs can be reached by phone at 970-471-4223 or by email at Alise Hornbecker can be reached by phone at 970-331-5853 or by email at

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