AMERICAN RED CROSS DESIGNERS’ SHOW HOUSE GETS 20TH ANNIVERSARY MAKE-OVER
Selected Mizner-styled home for 38thbenefit event was also featured 20 years ago
The 1920s-era West Palm Beach home owned by Bob and Anne Kanjian is making its encore performance as this year’s American Red Cross 2014 Designers’ Show House, according to Show House general chairman, Bill Kopp. Scheduled to open to the public February 20 – March 22, 2014, “Villa Delle Palme” was first featured 20 years ago as the selected property for the beloved Red Cross benefit event. The transformation redux will be unveiled at a special preview party on February 19, chaired by the home’s owners along with former owners, Chris and Melanie Hill. More than 15 renowned interior and exterior designers will make their mark on the Mizner-styled villa.
Tucked just off Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach’s anything but SoSo (South of Southern Blvd.) area, the home’s family-friendly Churchill Drive address was flooded with visitors when the Hills, now Palm Beach residents, originally opened Villa Delle Palme as a Show House destination in 1993. Now, the home balances its classic construction with the current needs of the Kanjian family as the Red Cross marks 38 presentations of the unique benefit event.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. Their mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
“Each year, more than 4,000 people attend this event and support the vital humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross,” said Kopp. “People love to peek inside beautiful homes and this year is a very special opportunity to experience fine living and outstanding interior design. I am betting many of our guests will have toured the home 20 years ago! It is an honor to lead an impressive ‘best-of-the-best’ design group in raising critical funds for the Red Cross mission.”In addition to Kopp, Designers’ Show House co-chairmen include Stephen Mooney and Mimi Masri, design chairmen, and Frank Maguire and Susan Angert, boutique chairmen.
Selected designers for 2014 include:
- Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, Miami Beach – North Lawn
- Island Living & Patio, West Palm Beach – Back porch
- Jennifer Garrigues, Inc., Palm Beach – Living room
- Joseph Pubilliones Interiors, Inc., Palm Beach – Play room
- Scott Robertson Interiors Inc., Lake Worth-Front Bedroom
- Katherine Shenaman Interiors, West Palm Beach– Dining room
- Krista Watterworth Design Studio, Palm Beach Gardens – Loggia
- Melody Smith Interiors, West Palm Beach – Front powder room
- NXG Studio, Jupiter – Master bedroom
- Piper Gonzalez Designs, Royal Palm Beach – Back bedroom
- Quigley Maguire Collections, Delray Beach – Public bathroom, upstairs bath
- Stephen Mooney Interiors, Palm Beach – Study
- Veronica Volani-Inza Interior Design, Inc., West Palm Beach – Office
The month-long benefit kicks off with a Wednesday night ticketed preview party. Highlighted by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a first peek at the make-over, the party offers an exclusive opportunity to rub elbows with the designers and ask questions about their rooms. Tickets for the Preview Party are $200 per person.
General admission starts Thursday and the home is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to tours of the home, guests may also shop an on-site boutique. General admission is $35 per person. In addition, special arrangements may be made to book private events in the home.
Sponsoring the event are Robert Allen, Mary K. Oxley Foundation, Pioneer Linens, Quigley Maguire Interiors, Kirchhoff Architects, Jo Malone and Classical South Florida Radio. Benjamin Moore is the official paint sponsor. Other sponsorships for the event are still available. For preview party or general admission information, please call the American Red Cross Palm Beach Treasure Coast chapter at 561.833.7711 or visit www.redcross.org/pbtc.