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Renowned designers flock to Junior League of Miami's 2018 Showhouse

Designers to transform historic Deering Estate for April event

MIAMI (March 19, 2018)

The Junior League of Miami is proud to announce 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 Deering Estate's interior and exterior spaces into spectacular and creative settings. The designers and the spaces where they will work their magic are the following:

Elizabeth Ghia Interiors
Grand Salon

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

Alfredo Brito

Grand Salon Terrace 

Gallery Interiors
Marion Deering's Bedroom, Bath and Terrace

Robert Rionda Interiors
Guest Room

Ladies Suite Hallway and Landing

RESA; 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

L. Lynn Interiors
Reception Sitting room

Interiors by Maite Granda
Dining Room

The Design Team, Inc. in collaboration 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

Kids Room

FIU School of Architecture
Picnic Table Area

One Seed
Pathway Planter

Benjamin Moore, North America's favorite paint, color and coatings brand will serve as the exclusive paint sponsor for the entire Showhouse event, providing premium paints and pure colors that can turn any room into an extraordinary space. 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," she added. 

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the residence reinterpreted with modern touches. The Miami Showhouse is open Tuesdays through Sundays, April 15-29, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tickets are $40 which includes admission to the historic homes and estate grounds. Self-guided tours and Showhouse volunteers will be available. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

"We are grateful and awestruck by the outpouring of interest by these remarkable designers," said Rosemary Hartigan.  "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 nine-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 drew in nearly $350,000.

The Deering Estate Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate, has committed to spending $25,000 on furnishings, lighting and other unique décor to remain in the designer spaces after the Showhouse ends. 

About the Junior League of Miami
The Junior League of Miami, founded in 1926, is an organization of approximately 1,000 women sharing a common vision to empower Miami's women, children, and families to conquer tomorrow's challenges and to build a united community. The mission of the Junior League of Miami is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League concentrates its resources to make a significant impact on our community. This year, in addition to providing $150,000 in direct funding, another $600,000 in volunteer hours will be dedicated to the community for projects that address families at risk.

About the Deering Estate
The Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. Nestled along the coast in South Dade, the Deering Estate is a 21st Century museum destination, environmental preserve and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided museum and Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy.