The Junior League of Miami has partnered with the Deering Estate Foundation to host its 2018 Miami Showhouse at the historic Deering Estate, which spans more than 450 acres along Biscayne Bay in Palmetto Bay.
The biennial event, which took a 30-year hiatus until 2016, is hosted by the Junior League of Miami to increase awareness and financial capability for the 91-year-old nonprofit organization to continue its work helping at-risk families in Miami.
The highly anticipated design event will inspire dozens of the most sought-after interior designers to temporarily transform interior and exterior spaces in the former home of industrial magnate Charles Deering. From Apr. 14 to 29, the public will have the unique opportunity to explore the residence reinterpreted with modern touches in an estate dating back to 1916.
“We are truly honored that the Junior League of Miami selected our location for its 2018 Miami Showhouse,” said Jennifer Tisthammer, director of the Deering Estate. “There is excitement and collaboration already afoot between the two organizations as we jointly work within historic preservation standards and the creative perspectives that the designer process brings.
“Many members of the League are also part of the 100 Ladies of Deering, working on our historic refurnishing plan. This will be a turning point for us as we reach new audiences and activate spaces in the historic homes — such as a gift shop and café — through the 2018 Miami Showhouse experience.”
The 2016 Miami Showhouse took place 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.
“Designer showhouses of this magnitude are traditionally organized by employees of the nonprofit organization that benefits from the fundraiser. However, the Junior League of Miami is a nonprofit comprised completely of volunteers, nearly 1,000 women in total,” said Gabrielle O’Quinn, chair of the 2018 Miami Showhouse, along with Rosemary Hartigan. “This event’s success highlights the passion of our members, our commitment to the community and the projects we serve in Miami.”
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.
“This event gives us the opportunity to bring together what’s best in our community: the majestic architecture of the Deering Estate combined with world-renowned design ideas, and the invaluable support of our volunteers, to advance charitable work and empower women, children, and families across our city,” said Helen Picard, 2017-18 president of the Junior League of Miami. “I had the privilege of co-chairing the successful 2016 Miami Showhouse, and I know that the 2018 Showhouse will be an even bigger success.”
For more information about the Junior League of Miami, visit www.jlmiami.org.