An Update on the Lake Forest Infant Welfare Showhouse

{A Glimpse of the Dining Room I have Designed for the Showhouse}

Earlier this year, I announced that I was thrilled to be the honorary chair for the 2020 Lake Forest Infant Welfare Showhouse in beautiful Lake Forest, Illinois. The house was set to open in April, but like so many other things, it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thirty-nine interior and landscape designers have been hard at work for months now, transforming a beautiful twenty three room, 11,000 square foot house Frost and Grainger house dating back to 1906. I am thrilled to report that the showhouse is opening next month!

The Lake Forest Infant Welfare Showhouse will open on July 11th and will be open through August 9th. The showhouse benefits the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago which provides resources for some of the most under-served children in the area. If you are in the Chicago area, I hope you will come see what promises to be a spectacular showhouse benefitting a very worth cause! I am heading up there this week to install and photograph my room. I must admit, I am a little nervous to travel in light of all that is happening, but I cannot wait to see my room in person and get everything installed. I am also super excited to see all of the wonderful organizers who have been a tremendous help and have done an extraordinary job. I’ll tell you one thing– bringing a showhouse to life in the middle of a global pandemic is no small feat! I can’t wait to see all of the designer’s rooms which look stunning from the glimpses I have seen on Instagram. It’s important to remember that showhouses are fundraising vehicles for worthy charities. I hope you’ll consider making a donation to support the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago if you are unable to attend in person.

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  1. Thank you for being the honorary chair this year and am so disappointed to not Be able to meet/celebrate with you! Cant wait to see your stunning room- it is already so beautiful! Very safe travels!!

  2. So happy the showhouse is moving forward. If you need any assistance in LF, i live here and can be an extra Pair of Feet on the ground. Cant wait to see your room!