2017 April Designer Showhouse previewed
Garrison Avenue penthouse apartment
will be the 2017 April Designer Showhouse
Visitors who tour the 2017 April Designer Showhouse next month will take the stairs to the third floor of 708 Garrison. Fitting, because the beneficiary of this interior design tour is STEPS?Family Resource Center, below it on the ground floor.
This is the third spectacular April Designer Showhouse produced by Earl Douglas of Fort Smith in partnership with local interior designers who each take over and transform a room of the house. Douglas has led the renovation and public tour of a Free Ferry Circle home and a Berry Hill home, which remains open for touring for a month in spring. Ticket sales benefit a non-profit organization.
Established in 2010, STEPS is a resource and training center for at-risk, low income families and a safe, welcoming place where foster children may meet weekly with their parents. STEPS provides these visitations services ??to foster children and their families as well as court ordered supervised visitation for victims of domestic violence, including divorce or separated parents.??
The renovated third floor of the historic Friedman-Wegman building will become the residence of Susan Hooks, founder and director of STEPS. It was Hooks who created the non-profit organization and facility in response to the great need for a place for these family visitations. The Department of Human Services could not provide enough appropriate space for these family visits.
STEPS?stands for “Safety, Training, Education, Prevention and Solutions.” The center offers supportive classes such as parenting skills and anger management, all directed at strengthening families and keeping them together in the home.
In addition to establishing STEPS, Hooks has allowed the April Designer Showhouse program to design and decorate her home.
Designers participating are Terri Glassco of T. Glasco Designs, Inc., who will do the living room. Douglas will create the dining room and entrances. The master suite will be designed by Julie Doyle of Doyle Enterprises. Crystal White of Allison Sales takes charge of the kitchen. Jennifer Hurt of Childers Architect will create a teenage girls suite. Jody Neumeier of Neumeier Nursery &?Greenhouses will contribute patio and plant designs. Mitch McCray of River Valley Framing Company is the general contractor.
The April Designer Showhouse project will also raise funds through an openng Showhouse Ball, April 1. This outstanding dinner will be prepared by 21 West End with wines selected by The Vineyard. The evening is dedicated to Dr. Sandi Sanders, whose extensive public service includes executive administrative positions at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and the U.S. Marshals Museum, among other accomplishments that will be extolled on that evening.
Ball tickets are $65 or $650 for a table of 10 and are available at STEPS or by calling 479-782-7837.
Next month, Entertainment Fort Smith will have a pictorial feature of the April Designer Showhouse being created right now. But the feature won’t replace the fun of touring it in person.
Tickets will be $12 and will be available at STEPS during the tours. The third-floor home will be accessible by elevator. STEPS Family Resource Center, 708 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark.
This article appears in the March 2017 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine.