Do you love touring designer show houses? Each year the American Red Cross sponsors a show house featuring local designers.  It is always intriguing to see the work of other designers in person.  Sometimes the house is an existing or historical home. Other times it is new construction.  An older home with a sense of history is the favorite of many.


Ville Delle Palme, 124 Churchill Rd, West Palm Beach, Florida, off  beautiful Flagler Drive was built in 1925.  This Mizner-Style  villa is constructed of clay tile, wood frame and stucco. Elaborate renovations were done to the house in 1932.


This year members of our Florida IFDA Chapter volunteered as hostesses at this amazing Designer Show House.


Marsha Koch, President Caroline Rogow, Lynn Sciarrone, Vicki Kirsner, Susan Heller and Elizabeth Zecca gather for a photo after volunteering at Ville delle Palme.

It was exciting to see how the designers transformed this beautiful Mizner home.This year over 15 designers came together to transform this elegant home.

                 Below are a few of the memorable rooms created by these talented designers.


The elegant living room, created by Jennifer Garrigues and Diana El-Daher, had a two story ceiling so that the room could be viewed from above as you ascended the double staircase.


How do you like the over scaled lamps and raspberry tiger pillows?

The sunlit dining room, designed by Katherine Shenaman,  seemed traditional at first but there were touches of mid-century and contemporary too.



The scenic wallpaper panels created a garden feel. The painted mirrored buffet complimented the entry walls which were lined with painted mirrors.




The fabulous handpainted mirrored walls gave visitors a dramatic welcome to this home. They were actually done 20 years ago when the house was a Designer Show House! You can see the dining room in the reflection.


Another sun filled room was the study by Stephan Mooney.  What a great idea to hang orchids in the window! This whole room was so comfortable and livable.


Being able to spend time in a room allowed us to focus on the details.



Just beyond the study the Loggia beckoned . Krista Watterworth Alterman designed this space to be comfortable and accessible all year round.




Hand decorated pecky cypress ceilings were popular in the 1920″s when this house was built.

Look what was hiding around the corner!


A hanging bed turns this end of the loggia into a sleeping porch!


The master bedroom, designed by Melissa Z. Guerra and Noe Guerra, is an elegant retreat with an updated look.


The master bath had a more traditional feel.


Designer Frank Maguire gave this guest bath some pizzaz with bold pattern and color.


The Florida Room by Joseph Pubillones has an eclectic vibe.



The garden, created by Fernando Wong, was lovely with cozy spaces to while away the time.


William Bainbridge Steele’s outdoor living room pavillion is delightful.




Bainbridge Steele also revamped the Children’s playhouse adding decorative touches. It couldn’t be more charming.

The house had many more rooms and spaces to take in.  The attention to detail was incredible.  As always Designer Showcase Houses are a wealth of inspiration and this year’s did not disappoint.  Our Florida IFDA Chapter was privileged to be able to participate.

There are show houses all over the country.  It would be wonderful if  IFDA members would share their photos and inspirations!