Forty-six drapery designers and workroom owners spent April 11 to 13, 2008, fabricating furnishings for the Northfield Foundation Designer Inspira-tion House, located at the historic Northfield Plantation in Cumberland, VA. For “Headboard Weekend,” volunteers came from as far as Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maine and Florida to create six twin-size tufted headboards, six twin-size shirred-edge headboards and two queen-size upholstered headboards, more than a dozen monogrammed bolster pillows, a round diamond-tufted ottoman and six diamond-tufted bench tops. These designing women also re-upholstered a loveseat and an armchair.
Northfield Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to provide a safe haven in a Christian environment for young women struggling with an eating disorder or facing an unplanned pregnancy. The foundation offers comprehensive medical treatment, counseling and education through supportive, faith-based residential care.
In 2006, the foundation purchased the historic Northfield Plantation in Cumberland County as the site to house a maximum of 12 residents at one time who are in need of these services. The 10,000-square-foot Southern plantation home is currently being renovated into a home where these young women in crisis will receive the help they need in a warm, nurturing environment. The foundation hopes to open its doors in the spring of 2009.
Many window coverings industry vendors and organizations generously donated materials and services for this spring’s event. They include Rowley Co., Gastonia, NC; Hamblin Fine Furniture Frames, Salt Lake City, UT; Foam to Size, Ashland, VA; and Hammie’s Designs, Richmond, VA.
The Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) sponsored a presentation by outgoing president Beth Hodges. She spoke to the group on Saturday. Margie Nance, owner of the CHF Academy and CHF Network Forum, helped publicize the event and also provided two full scholarships to the CHF Online Career Professional Program, each valued at more than $2,000. A raffle for these scholarships raised $1,300, which will directly benefit the Inspiration House Project. The scholarships were won by Cheri Mulhare, Williamsburg, VA, and Kerri Sneed, King, NC.
For information on donating goods or services, contact Christine Shepard, (804) 379-1336; firstname.lastname@example.org.