Inspired spaces by 10 Charlotte interior designers

Giving Home + Garden

November 28, 2023

Furnished 2023: 10 designers create for a cause 

photographs by Dustin and Susie Peck

From dreamy children’s spaces to a retro game room and a ladies’ lounge, 10 talented Charlotte designers brought plenty of creativity and passion to last month’s annual Furnished fundraiser for Furnish For Good. The local nonprofit provides gently used and new furnishings, kitchen and bath essentials, and other household items to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. 

Over three months, the designers volunteered their time, taking turns creating vignettes at FFG’s South End location. The vignettes were photographed by Dustin and Susie Peck, then the public was invited to vote on their favorite designs in exchange for a small donation. Featured items — furniture, accent items and artwork donated by the designers — were displayed at Slate Interiors, which hosted the kickoff party attended by more than 175 people, then sold in an online auction. The event raised $207,000 to help support operations and future initiatives for Furnish For Good, which has served more than 1,500 people since it was founded in 2019

Furnished winner Kristine Franz of Kristine Design designed a vignette with blue hues and a custom bookcase.

Winner: Kristine Franz of Kristine Design

Kristine Franz of Kristine Design had this year’s winning design, with Cashion Hill Design as first runner-up and Swell Décor as second runner-up. 

Franz’s design was inspired by a client who was drawn to a particular shade of blue. While Franz was working on the design, she was dealt a personal tragedy — her father lost his battle with cancer. “He taught me the importance of being a part of a community, helping others and having fun,” Kristine says. “The love and support I received from all the people involved with this event was overwhelming. I felt my dad’s presence with me every step of the way.”

While she was grateful her design was named the winner, “It wasn’t a competition to me,” she says. “It was about raising awareness and money for a need in our community that FFG serves.”  SP
— Cathy Martin

SouthPark Magazine was the 2023 media sponsor for Furnished. 

Kim Moore and Nancy Targgart of Cashion Hill Design designed a living room vignette with magenta paint and pop art on the walls for Furnished.

First runner-up: Kim Moore and Nancy Targgart of Cashion Hill Design

Swell Decor designed a vignette centered around a game table with Mahjong for Furnished, a design competition for charity.

Second runner-up: Angie Persson of Swell Decor

Ashley Ross of Muse Noire Interiors designed this moody sitting area with books lining the wall for Furnished, a design competition in Charlotte.

Ashley Ross of Muse Noire Interiors

Priscilla Baez of MPB Design Co.

Sacita Brito of Sacita Interiors

Donna Werner of DW Design, International Kitchen & Bath

Cate Gutter of CWG designed this playful child's room vignette for Furnished, a design competition for charity.

Cate Gutter of CWG Design

Tiffany Brown of Brown Builders Design

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