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Desmond Keogh, Co-General Chairman; Frank Maguire, Boutique Chairman; Stephen Mooney, Co-Design Chairman;  (middle) Sylvia James, Preview Party Chairman; Bill Kopp, Co-Design Chairman; Keith Williams, Landscape Chairman; (front) Cristina Keogh, Co-General Chairman.  Clothing in this photograph provided by Saks Fifth Avenue of Palm Beach, the Exclusive Fashion Partner of the American Red Cross 2009 Designers’ Show House.

Chairmen for the American Red Cross 2009 Designers’ Show House (From left to right): (back) Desmond Keogh, Co-General Chairman; Frank Maguire, Boutique Chairman; Stephen Mooney, Co-Design Chairman;  (middle) Sylvia James, Preview Party Chairman; Bill Kopp, Co-Design Chairman; Keith Williams, Landscape Chairman; (front) Cristina Keogh, Co-General Chairman.  Clothing in this photograph provided by Saks Fifth Avenue of Palm Beach, the Exclusive Fashion Partner of the American Red Cross 2009 Designers’ Show House. Photo by: Allisa Dragun



2009 American Red Cross Designers’ Show House Announces Lineup of Renowned Designers 


WEST PALM BEACH, FL  – Modern sophistication meets cultured tradition as The American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter proudly announces the 18 local, national, and internationally amed design firms participating in the 2009 American Red Cross Designers’ Show House. The Show House will be open from January 15 – February 14 and will take place at the Providencia House, a historic 1936 luxury home at 1125 North Flagler Drive in the heart of West Palm Beach’s Providencia Park neighborhood.


“The designers participating this year are a fantastic showcase of both local and national talent and we have been extremely fortunate to have acquired such an outstanding group,” said Desmond Keogh, General Chairman of the Red Cross Designers’ Show House. “Our designers and volunteers always donate a tremendous amount of their time and energy to support the local American Red Cross.”


Christopher Dunstan of Dunstan Designs - Outside Pool Area

With more than ten years experience in commercial and residential landscape design and installation, Christopher Dunstan, president of Dunstan Designs, LLC, is a Jupiter native well-versed in sunny South Florida’s lush landscape. Dunstan is a regular contributor to the Palm Beach Post and several of his installations have been featured in area garden tours and on HGTV.


He is an involved member of the greater Palm Beach community, serving on the steering committee for Young Friends of the Norton Museum of Art and contributing regularly to organizations such as Rosarian Academy, American Cancer Society, Junior League of the Palm Beaches, West Palm 100, Gentlemen of the Gardens, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and other nonprofits.


Lisa Erdmann of Lisa Erdmann & Associates - Master Sitting Room

Lisa Erdmann, President of Lisa Erdmann & Associates, has been recognized regionally and nationally for her beautiful interiors that are known for their interesting antiques and luxurious textiles. 


Lisa Erdmann & Associates’ projects have appeared in several issues and on the cover of Florida Design, and numerous other publications such as Veranda, Southern Accents, Palm Beach Cottages and Gardens, Florida Design’s ‘Palm Beach’, Better Homes and Gardens, Tropical Homes, Grandeur, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, including two hardcover design books.  Currents projects range from Fisher Island, to Palm Beach, to the Hamptons.


Joseph Fava of Fava Design Group - Powder Room

As creator and owner, Joseph Cook Fava has invested both heart and soul into the Fava Design Group, LLC. Fava found his calling at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he graduated at the top of his class with a degree in Interior Design. He then went on to become a licensed Interior Designer by the state of Florida and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Building a solid reputation over the years with projects throughout Florida and the Bahamas, Fava has acquired a sophisticated, discerning and loyal clientele.


Jack Fhillips of Jack Fhilips Design, Inc. - Dining Room

Since opening his eponymous firm sixteen years ago, Jack Fhillips has combined suitability and style to provide wonderful living environments for many clients with projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Fhillip's style concepts have been acquired and refined over many years of exposure to both contemporary and antique furnishings, combined with a varied exposure of art and artifacts.


Fhillip's work has been published extensively including Veranda, Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, Art & Antiques, Design Times, Robb Report, The Wall Street Journal, Florida Design, Luxury Florida Homes, Windows and Walls, Country Living, Shelter Magazine and on his website at and has been the subject of various television productions.


Jennifer Garrigues - Upstairs Terrace

Jennifer Garrigues always had an eye for style and an intuitive sense of design.  Her days as a high fashion model introduced her to a world of sinuous shapes and sumptuous design.  Drawing from this glamour, and with a love of architecture and interiors, Garrigues attended the New York School of Interior Design.


From her first projects, the Carlyle Hotel in New York, where she designed suites for her clients to the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, where she created a villa for HRH Prince Charles, Garrigues made her mark in the industry. Garrigues, an active member of ASID and IIDA, is known for her creative exuberance and a style that melds elegance with comfort. Today her clients list covers the world, from CEO’s in the United States to their counterparts abroad.


Mona Hajj of Money Hajj Interiors - Living Room

Mona Hajj Interiors masters an artful expression in the time honored traditions of design and the decorative arts, reflecting a wide range of historical periods and decorating styles.  Since its establishment in 1990 by Hajj, the firm has been creating elegant, worldly interiors. 


Born in Africa, educated in Europe, Lebanon, and the United States, Hajj brings a unique combination of European, Mediterranean and American style and sensibility to her projects.  Her work on national and international projects has been published in numerous magazines and has received much recognition.


HomeLife Interiors – Guest Bedroom

HomeLife Interiors, Inc., proud winners of a 2007 ASID South Florida Chapter Design Excellence Award, is a full-service interior design firm based in South Florida’s Palm Beaches. Dedicated to the creation of custom interiors, the company prides itself on bringing together unique concepts and design professionals to complete projects tailored to the individual styles and needs of its clients.


Joseph Cortes

Following a successful 20-year career in his native New York City, where he worked for several prestigious design/build firms, Joseph Cortes, ASID, continues his success in South Florida. His portfolio includes hundreds of high-end projects for Fortune 500 companies and even fashion designers. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Pratt Institute in New York.


Kevin Marnell

Kevin Marnell brings his expertise in construction and renovation to the firm. Also born and raised in New York City, he spent 25 years working for a Fortune 500 company in Facility Management, during which he oversaw the renovation of one of the city’s premier landmark buildings. He is a graduate of Queens College in New York.


InvoStar - Media Room


Michael Maniscalco

A native to Palm Beach County, Michael Maniscalco attended The Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. His professional experience includes Fortune 1000 companies in the financial, telecommunications and healthcare industries.  He made the transition to the home automation industry in 2003, working with a well-recognized traditional home electronics installation company.  Later, he made the decision to co-found InvoStar to address the industry-wide shortcomings that he witnessed.


Stuart  Rench

Stuart began his career working in Research and Development for home networking technologies with Bell South while completing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. After living and working overseas for a large multinational firm, Stuart saw the technologies from his days in R&D begin working their way to the market. He realized that the majority of the existing companies in the market did not know how to deal with this radical shift in technology. Thus, InvoStar was born out of the idea that home electronic systems could be simplified using proper engineering and application of technology.


Cristina Keogh of Cristina Keogh Interiors Inc. - Master Bedroom

Cristina Keogh is an interior designer working in the Palm Beach area with 17 years of experience. She developed her style at Smith Interior Design Group of renowned architect Jeffrey Smith in Palm Beach, designing homes for the most sophisticated clients in Palm Beach, Jupiter Island, Manhattan and South Hampton.


Known for a classic style with a young fresh look, her work demonstrates beauty and luxury complementing her clients’ overall lifestyle.  Keogh has been featured in publications such as Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, Florida Design (cover story), Architectural Digest and Windows and Walls.  She is also featured in The Palm Beach Post, and Savor the Moment - a book that features lifestyle, recipes and table settings.


Deborah McLaughlin of Deborah McLaughlin Designs Inc. - Gallery

With over twenty years’ experience in South Florida, Deborah McLaughlin – owner of Deborah McLaughlin Designs, Inc. – designs in a range of styles, from the traditional and transitional to the thematic. She works in partnership with clients, focusing on achieving the look that suits their needs and desires.


McLaughlin has completed custom residential projects in California, New Jersey, Colorado, and Utah, as well as throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Her award-winning designs have been featured in Florida Design Magazine, Trends Magazine, The Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel. McLaughlin has a degree in Interior Design and is an allied member of ASID, Palm Beach Historical Society, Palm Beach Preservation Foundation and Newport Preservation Foundation. She is also the recipient of numerous Gold and Silver PRISM awards for Interior Design by the Gold Coast Builders Association.


Stephen Mooney of Richard Plumer Designs - Library

Since 1925, our award-winning designers, along with our dedicated design team, have been creating lifestyles for our clients.  Interiors—from casual to formal, refined or eclectic—remain our commitment to our clients and their individual styles.  Our designs have been seen in both local and national publications. 


Richard Plumer Design, with studios in West Palm Beach, FL and Osterville, MA, offers many design services including consultation, space planning, renovation and restoration, interior refinishing, furnishing and accessorizing.  In Palm Beach, Richard Plumer Design offers design services and an exciting selection of domestic and imported furniture, unique case goods, fine art and accessories.


Lon Morris - Side Entry

A New York native and Palm Beach resident, Morris entered the field of interior design after a long career in advertising. He has quickly become known for his luxurious residential designs. For his clients in Palm Beach, New York, and The Hamptons, Morris creates traditional interiors that are glamorous yet highly livable. A self proclaimed Classicist, he takes a bold approach to mixing color and drama with a panoply of furnishings and objects both old and new. The result is highly personal, and timeless.


Joseph Pubillones - Bar

Joseph Pubillones, a Cuban-American interior decorator who creates interiors that are elegant, well-structured and rooted in classic designs, has a clear understanding of his clients' needs and desires allowing him to move freely in a variety of interior styles. His training as an architectural designer, allows him to undertake projects that range from minor make-overs to comprehensive interior projects.


In addition to more than ten years of experience in residential interior decor, Pubillones has also worked on Commercial projects and Yacht interiors in collaboration with architects. He has been featured on HGTV's Designer Challenge and the Bob Vila Show. His work has been shown in several local and national publications and he is also the author of a column, "Design Sense" in the well read Residences section of The Palm Beach Post.    


Chad Renfro of Chad Renfro Design - Downstairs Terrace

Chad Renfro, principle of Chad Renfro Design which he established in July 2003, is noted for his expert use of color, texture and finishes that ensure a fresh and original design for his clients.  Starting with the architecture and using its spaces and lines, Renfro is able to continually and successfully develop interiors based on his clients interests, lifestyle and budget.  


Renfro has been featured in Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, Palm Beach Daily News and The Palm Beach Post.  Drawn from the success of projects in the Palm Beach market, Chad Renfro Design is currently expanding his reach to include projects in Manhattan, The Hamptons, the West Coast of Florida, and the Caribbean.


Angela Reynolds of Angela Reynolds Designs – Guest Bedroom

Angela Reynolds Designs has an international perspective that reflects its founder’s design approach.  Both a classicist and a modernist, Angela Reynolds creates a feeling of luxury with subtle layers of texture, objects of art and furnishings from around the world.  Reynolds graduated from the Inchbald School of Interior Design - one of England and Europe’s foremost design schools - after earning a BA in Art History from The American University. 


In 2006, Reynolds opened Angela Reynolds Designs.  She quickly landed one of the most sought after interior design projects on Jupiter Island – a 40,000 square foot ocean front estate.  Reynolds continues to serve an international client base, but her primary focus is Palm Beach, Jupiter Island and Manhattan.


Melissa Ziober and Scotty Rawley of RZ Design Group – Kitchen

RZ Design Group unites the talents of two energetic Southerners, Scotty Rawley and Melissa Ziober, ASID.  A full service Palm Beach interior design firm, RZ Design Group brings a creative sensibility to projects and is known for adding a modern twist to classic design.  The goal is to create a beautiful environment that truly reflects the client’s individual style. 


They are known for inspiring color schemes, visually stunning interiors, and an abundance of design ideas.   In addition to residential work, the group has expertise with commercial projects where function meets an inviting atmosphere. As a bonus, RZ offers the services of an in house architect as well as developing an RZ furniture line.


Founded in 2007, RZ Design Group has worked on many projects and charities throughout Florida and the United States, including an NBA star’s residence and other high profile clients.  Having similar professional backgrounds, Rawley and Ziober both attended design school at the University of Georgia and began their careers in Atlanta.  After working for prestigious design firms, the two joined forces in Palm Beach to create RZ.   


Virginia Courtenay Interiors – Veranda


Virginia Courtenay

Schooled at the Art Institute of Chicago and Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris, with previous practices in Chicago and Louisville, National Award Winner Virginia Courtenay has brought to Delray Beach an understanding of design founded in a blend of cultures and environs through Virginia Courtenay Interiors since 1976.


Virginia Courtenay is an honored member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and served on the National Board and as President of the Florida Chapter.  She is nationally recognized for the Wilsonart Residential Award and the Florida Governor’s Mansion Restoration.  Her work has been published in: Architectural Digest, Interiors, Palm Beach Life, Palm Beach Illustrated and Boca Raton Magazine.


Hazel McGuire

Hazel McGuire has been with Virginia Courtenay Interiors since June 2004.  Originally from Michigan, McGuire has been involved in the design arena since graduating from Wayne State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  For over twenty years she was involved in corporate, banking, and healthcare design before refocusing on residential design and the joy of combining a hobby of antiquing and collecting with beautiful furnishings.


Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson, a member of the design team at Virginia Courtenay Interiors, Inc., recently completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, and became an allied member of ASID.  He has a background in fine art and decorative painting as well as fifteen years of experience in Palm Beach working with some of the nation’s top designers.


Abbe Clement Stein

Abbe Stein, Allied Member ASID, has been with Virginia Courtenay Interiors since the fall of 1998.  Originally from New York, she has worked in design in various forms throughout her life, including advertising, magazine, book, and graphic design.  Stein has a diploma in Residential Design and the better part of a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and a degree in graphic design from Finch College as well.  Stein has a special interest in restoring or remodeling historic and older homes, but loves working on homes and buildings of every age and style.


Keith Williams of Mario Nievera Design Inc. - Front Entrance

Keith Williams joined Mario Nievera Design Inc. in 1998 and is now Partner and Vice President of the company. He has served as a Project Manager and Designer for several residential and commercial projects in New York, Texas, the Bahamas and Florida. 


Mario Nievera Design Inc. is based in Palm Beach with an office in New York City and currently has projects underway in The Bahamas, Indian Creek, South Beach, Bal Harbor Miami, Windsor Vero Beach, the Hamptons, New York City and Palm Beach.  Williams is currently working on the restoration of the Old Fischer Estate on Miami Beach as well as several commercial properties such as the DCOTA in South Florida.


Ticket Prices and Admission

General admission tickets to the Show House are $30.  Special pricing is available for groups of ten or more. The Show House will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter.  For more information and to reserve tickets please call 561-833-7711.


About the 2009 Designers’ Show House

The Designers’ Show House, from January 15 – February 14, 2009, is a much-anticipated annual event, bringing together acclaimed designers who will design and decorate the historic 1936 luxury home at 1125 North Flagler Drive in Providencia Park room-by-room.  The Show House will welcome nationally-known interior designers in addition to those from South Florida.  The event will also incorporate the exterior and pool area with landscape designers lending their artistic touches to the Show House

This year’s dedicated committee includes Desmond and Cristina Keogh, General Chairmen; Charlotte Moss, Honorary Chairman; Stephen Mooney and Bill Kopp, Design Chairmen; Keith Williams, Landscape Chairman; Frank Maguire, Boutique Chairman ; Melinda Collie, Journal Chairman; and Sylvia James, Preview Party Chairman.


About the American Red Cross:

For over 90 years, the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, which includes Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties, has provided relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time and money to perform its humanitarian mission. To learn more about the work of the Red Cross in communities, or to make a donation, please call 561-833-7711 or visit our website at  


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