RCC students help make Holiday Houses come to life

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ASHEBORO (Dec. 4, 2018)

First- and second-year Interior Design students at Randolph Community College recently worked with Lexington-based designer Mickey Sharpe of Mickey Sharpe Design on this year’s Lexington Holiday House, which features two homes owned by Mark and Karla Loper of Falls Church, Virginia.

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Pictured are Michael Drolet, Thaiann Edwards, Suzanne Rohrbaugh (RCC V.P. for Instructional Services), Mickey Sharpe (Designer), Rochelle Suits, Rosalba Ortiz Perez, and Katie Kennett. (Others not pictured include Margaret Ann Stubblefield, Halle Manring, Kayla Dobbins, Kayla Watson, Savannah Routh, Destiny Gooch, Grace Harrell, Mary Billips, Kara Lambeth, Emily Wise, and Jessie Blum).

Under the instruction of Lisa Williams and Heath Smith, RCC students decorated the living room, dining room, and kitchen of The Historical Home, located at 118 W. Third Ave., which was originally owned by John and Margaret Moore and built in 1938.

Led by Michael Drolet, first-year students worked on the living room, incorporating some of owner Karla’s childhood toys — including wooden doll furniture made by Woodrow Burkhart, and toys given to her by Grady Younts, and a scooter made for her daughter, Savannah, by her Pop, Carl Tysinger.

Thaiann Edwards led the first-year students in decorating the kitchen, which features the dough bowl and rolling pin that belonged to Karla’s grandmother.

The dining room design was completed by second-year students, led by Lexington native Kayla Watson. The room features original artwork by J.P. Kilkenny and a China cabinet with glassware that belonged to Mark’s mother


The other house featured is The Homestead 1834, located at 408 S. Main St. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Second-year student Margaret Ann Stubblefield teamed up with Courtney Thomas Design, based in California, for the seasonal décor of the Magnolia Bedroom. The room also features pillows and fabrics created by Denise McGaha of Dallas, Texas, and a chandelier by Louis Gaskill of Raleigh.


The Holiday House, which began in 1960, is the largest fundraiser for the Charity League of Lexington. For more information, visit charityleaguelexington.com.