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Junior League announces final list of Miami Showhouse design teams

The Deering Estate is home to the 2018 Showhouse presented by the Junior League of Miami.
The Deering Estate is home to the 2018 Showhouse presented by the Junior League of Miami.

The Junior League of Miami has announced the final list of celebrated designers that have signed on to be part of its 2018 Miami Showhouse at the historic Deering Estate. The Junior League has partnered with the Deering Estate Foundation to host this biennial event to increase awareness and financial capability for the 91-year-old nonprofit organization to continue its work helping at-risk families in Miami. More than 20 of South Florida’s most respected and innovative designers have come on board to transform the estate’s interior and exterior spaces into spectacular and creative settings.  

From April 14-29, the public will have the unique opportunity to explore the residence reinterpreted with modern touches in an estate dating back to 1916. Individual tickets are $40 to $250.

2018 Miami Showhouse Designers

Elizabeth Ghia Interiors: Grand Salon

Design and Style Unlimited: Entry Foyer, Photo Gallery and Library Terrace

Alfredo Brito: Library

Plume: Grand Salon Terrace  

Gallery Interiors: Marion Deering’s Bedroom, Bath and Terrace

Robert Rionda Interiors: Guest Room

L’Excellence: Ladies Suite Hallway and Landing

Real Estate Staging Association: Charles Deering’s Study

AC Styles Design: Charles Deering’s Bedroom and Sleeping Porch

Melida Williams Interior Design: Ladies’ Sitting Room

Errez Design: Entry Foyer and Breakfast Room

Lynn Interiors: Reception Sitting room

Interiors by Maite Granda: Dining Room

The Design Team Inc. with Pottery Barn Interior Design Services: Kitchen & Butler Pantry

The Polished Coconut: Front Porch

Robb & Stucky: Garden Room

Mint Décor: John Kunkel Small Room

Claudia Herrera: Poetry Room

ByDesign: Kids Room

FIU School of Architecture: Picnic Table Area

One Seed: Pathway Planter

Benjamin Moore is the exclusive paint sponsor for the Showhouse. Each designer will choose a color palette that adheres to historic preservation standards, as all color schemes are permanent and will remain after the event ends.    

“Benjamin Moore’s commitment to refresh the interior walls of all the rooms in both the Stone House and Richmond Cottage is a tremendous benefit to the designers,” said Gabrielle O’Quinn, Chair of the 2018 Miami Showhouse, along with Rosemary Hartigan. “The hues are indicative of the era in which the homes were built, with inspiration drawn from Maricel, Charles Deering’s artistically stunning home in Spain.”  

Added Hartigan: “We are grateful and awestruck by the outpouring of interest by these remarkable designers. We know their work will be extraordinary, and the Showhouse promises to be an amazing event with this group of creative geniuses.”  

The last Showhouse took place in 2016 at The Kampong, a 9-acre national historic landmark that is one of five tropical gardens and three preserves of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Between ticket sales and corporate sponsorships, the event raised nearly $350,000.

The Deering Estate Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate (16701 Southwest 72nd Avenue in Palmetto Bay), has committed to spending $25,000 on furnishings, lighting and other unique décor to remain in the designer spaces after the Showhouse ends.

Deering Internal
One of the rooms to be redesigned during the 2018 Showhouse at Deering Estate.

How Robb & Stucky Is Designing the Garden Room at Deering Estate

Luxury design and home furnishings retailer Robb & Stucky has been selected to redesign the Garden Room as part of the Junior League of Miami’s Showhouse.

Three interior designers from Robb & Stucky’s Coral Gables showroom will team up on this project: Design Director Maria Elena Holguin, Madeline Rodriquez and Ana Cayeiro.

“The Deering Estate is a historical landmark in South Florida, and we are honored to be chosen by the Junior League of Miami in its preservation efforts,” Holguin said. “It features a large space and a truly gorgeous area rug, featuring a magnificent Tree of Life, beautiful birds and other breathtaking elements, giving us a lot to work with to create something extraordinary.”

The design team says they will be re-imagining the space to evoke a soft, contemporary style. Their plan includes reupholstering the white wicker sofa and chaise with ivory matelassé and adding beautiful pillows with a subtle, tone-on-tone pattern. They will also be incorporating a reading and desk area.

“The ability to make a difference in our own community, especially at such an architecturally stunning venue like the Deering Estate, makes this the perfect opportunity for Robb & Stucky,” Holguin added.

The Miami Showhouse Preview Gala, presented by INDULGE, will be hosted on April 14; general admission is April 15-29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit miamishowhouse.org.

Related: Deering Estate to host 2018 Showhouse to benefit Junior League of Miami