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.
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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.
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.