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Top Interior Designers gather at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida to begin Project Design 2016 SWFL
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The Designers of Project Design 2016 SWFL at the Designer Kick-Off Luncheon
Design star Thom Filicia announced as Honorary Design Chair
FORT MYERS, FL - Twenty leading Interior Designers assembled at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida ® (RMHCSWFL) on October 6th for the Designer Kick-Off Luncheon to begin work on Project Design 2016 SWFL.  Kravet Inc. sponsored the event and media sponsor Home & Design magazine, committee members and vendors were on hand to give the designers a jump start on the creative process to revamp their designated spaces.  As a result of the project, the original bedrooms of the Ronald McDonald House, kitchen, dining room, common areas, restrooms, laundry room, and all of the original flooring will be completely remodeled just in time to celebrate RMHC of SWFL's 20th Anniversary - 20 spaces for 20 years!
Project Design 2016 SWFL honorary design chair, Thom Filicia
During the luncheon, acclaimed designer and television star Thom Filicia was announced as honorary design chair  for the project.   Filicia said  "I'm honored to serve as an honorary design chair for Project Design 2016 SW FL in support of our wonderful partner, Kravet, whom without which much of this would not be possible, as well as the Ronald McDonald House, which strives to improve the lives of children throughout the Southwest Region of Florida and beyond."  Filicia will appear at an event to reveal the redesigned Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers on March 3rd, 2016.
Along with Filicia, Design Chair Suzanne Costa of Suzanne Costa Interiors will lead the project that will help provide even more comforting accommodations to the 135+ families served by RMHCSWFL each year and improve the family-centered care they provide through their programs. Participating designers include Constance A. Trutwin Interiors, Dwayne Bergmann, Elliott Design & Interiors, Ficarra Design Associates, Interiors by Design West, J.A. Willy Gallery, Jeffrey Fisher Home, Jett & Company, Inc, Jett Thompson Antiques and Interiors, Kahn Design Group, KW Development & Design, KVS Interiors,  Mercedes Courland Interiors Inc.,  Pure Design of Naples, Roz Travis Interiors, Schlegel Design Group, Soho Kitchens & Design, Suzanne Costa Interiors, Vanessa DeLeon, Wright Interior Group, and Weglarz Design.  All will reunite, along with sponsors, vendors, RMHC supporters, clients and media at the Kravet Inc. Showroom in Naples for a Pre-Construction Party on November 12th.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwest Florida
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. RMHC of SWFL supports the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Ronald McDonald Family Room (opening April 2017) as well as Grants and the RMHC U.S. Scholars Programs. For more information, log on to, and 
About Kravet Inc. 
Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in to-the-trade home furnishings. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family's commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. In 2015, Kravet Inc. introduced, a to-the-trade only e-commerce site offering designers unique furniture and accessories curated from around the globe. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils, all high-end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. With locations in North America and worldwide, Kravet Inc. offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today's design professional. For further brand information, please refer to
About Thom Filicia 
From his start at renowned design firms, including Parish-Hadley, Robert Metzger and Bilhuber & Associates, Thom Filicia launched his acclaimed enterprise, Thom Filicia Inc. and emerged as one of today's most influential and respected interior designers. His clients range from Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Delta Air Lines, W Hotels, Grace Bay Club, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and Peter Jennings, to those in the worlds of finance, sports and fashion.  Gaining fame on the Emmy-winning Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Style Network and HGTV, he is a best-selling author and has been praised as a "Top 100 Designer" by House Beautiful and an "A-List" designer by Elle Décor. He is also the driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection, which includes furniture, artwork, rugs, textiles and much more. Filicia has a to-the-trade showroom, called Sedgwick & Brattle, at the New York Design Center in NYC.
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