December 1, 2021
Ten interior designers create chic spaces for a worthy cause in Furnish for Good’s second annual fundraiser.
photographs by Dustin Peck
Over several weeks this summer and fall, 10 of Charlotte’s top interior designers donated their time and talent to Furnished, the second annual fundraising event for Furnish For Good. Started in October 2019 by Priscilla Chapman, Lesley Faulkner and Mary Beth Hollett, the nonprofit provides gently used and new furnishings for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. This year’s Furnished event raised more than $180,000 for Furnish For Good, which has already has outgrown its 4,000-square-foot showroom, nearly double the amount raised in 2020.
Each designer had two days to complete their designs at FFG’s showroom, using a few foundation pieces provided by the nonprofit. The designers incorporated their own furniture, accessories and artwork, with many of the items sold in a virtual silent auction. A preview of the items was held at South End Exchange.
The spaces were photographed by interiors photographer Dustin Peck, and during the last week of October, the public was invited to vote online for their favorite designs. This year’s winning vignette was created by R&R Interior Design 365. Titled “Gucci Gardenia,” the bold design was inspired by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s Gucci Garden exhibition in Florence, Italy, and even incorporated some of R&R co-founder Robin Reaves’ hand-painted artwork.
“This was a tremendous opportunity that means so much for our small business,” said Regina Reaves, who co-founded R&R with her husband, Robin, after the partners transitioned from careers in real estate and property management. “What an honor to be in the great company of others doing good for the community.”
A whimsical vignette designed by The Harley House — complete with giant stuffed flamingo — was the runner-up.
Chapman was overwhelmed with gratitude for the support from both the designers and patrons.
“At Furnish For Good, we feel an incredible amount of passion for the work we do, so when we meet people who match that passion the feeling is indescribable,” she says. “Because of this event, we will be able to continue to serve the growing need in our community related to ensuring everyone has a stable and dignified home. As we aim to grow our mission, our services, and impact, we do so in the spirit of those who make Furnish For Good possible with a great amount of responsibility and heart. To put it simply, thank you to our designers, our donors, our supporters, and friends.” SP
SouthPark Magazine was the media partner for Furnished, which was held online Oct. 25-31.
Featured image The Harley House