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Interior Design Society of Charlotte to Kick Off Charity Designer Showhouse Openings with a Gala Event

by | Mar 9, 2020 | Local Businesses

​The Interior Design Society (IDS) of Charlotte will host a gala event for the Charity Designer Showhouse project on Friday, March 13 from 5 – 10 p.m. The three Showhouses open for tours the following day and will continue through April 4.

The three Showhouses situated in Davidson, NC are each valued at more than $1.6M and feature interior design by 45 prominent area designers. The Showhouse proceeds benefit Motor Racing Outreach in conjunction with The Hendrick Family Foundation, The Dale Jr. Foundation, and Operation Finally Home.

“Through the Designer Charity Showhouse project, we have the opportunity to not only bring together talented individuals in the building and design industry, but also support charities that are important to the community,” remarked Audrey Clawson, president of the IDS Charlotte chapter. “We are thrilled to showcase incredible talent and high-end design but, even more importantly, give back to our community.”

The gala event will give guests the opportunity to preview the homes before they’re open to the public, while enjoying an evening of live music, southern food, a live auction, and celebrity appearances by Interior Design TV star, Libby Langdon, and Rick Allen, the play-by-play commentator for NBC Sports NASCAR.

In addition to the opening gala, IDS will host several additional notable events, including:

  • March 18: Designer Panel moderated by Ashley Hotham Cox, editor-in-chief of Charlotte Home Design and Décor
  • March 26: Book Signing featuring Cathy Kincaid, author of The Well Adorned Home: Making Luxury Livable
  • April 2: Garden and Landscape Tour featuring Margot Shaw, editor-in-chief of Flower Magazine

Tickets to the gala and all other events can be purchased here. The Showhouses will be open for tours from March 14 through April 4. They are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

The IDSCLT Showhouse organization is chaired by Audrey Clawson and co-chaired by Starr Miller, Cathy Barkley, Ashley Delapp, Wendy Fennell, Jill Franklin, Linda Griffeth, Jennifer Haahs, Jody Kurtz, Melissa Lee, Anna Morris, Kyle Ray, and Zachary Wheeler serve on the Steering Board. The media sponsor is Home Design & Décor. For more information about the houses and to purchase tickets to the events, please visit the website. Follow @interiordesignsocietyclt and @homedesigndecor_charlotte on Instagram for inside previews and event highlights.


The Interior Design Society (IDS) is an independent national organization composed of more than 2,000 members. One of the country’s largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry, IDS embraces four core values—professionalism, community, influence and growth—and believes this IDS Showhouse event is a tangible reflection of these values.

The Interior Design Society of Charlotte partnered with three award winning builders, who built three luxury Showhouses that will open on March 14, 2020. Situated in The Preserve at Narrow Passage in Davidson, the three custom homes will be decorated by 45 celebrated interior designers. Each home will benefit Motor Racing Outreach in conjunction with The Hendrick Family Foundation, The Dale Jr. Foundation, and Operation Finally Home. The Showhouses are sponsored by Charlotte Home Design & Décor. For more information, please visit the website.

Home Design & Decor magazine is Charlotte and the surrounding areas’ premier interior design publication, dedicated to showcasing the best in design. HD&D serves as the definitive guide to the city’s style with its unparalleled coverage of local designers, artisans, premier shops and restaurants, galleries, showrooms, and inspiring residences.

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