“…It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)
Imagine “home” meaning little more than a mattress on a cold floor, a sheet tacked up for a curtain and no food in the pantry. Unfortunately this is reality for far too many families in our own city or town. You can help change the meaning of “home” for a family this Christmas by making Jingle Dwell, Dwell With Dignity’s online giving tree, your charity of choice!
For as little as $10 you can provide basic essentials needed in a home for a family that is transitioning from board approved, social services agencies to self-sufficiency.
I’m thrilled to be on the host committee of my favorite event of the year, once again…Thrift Studio! You’ll want to consider securing a VIP ticket to get first dibs on all of the fantastic designer items that will be available.
The designers will start building their vignettes this week. Check back often for a little sneak peek of their spaces! Here’s a look at a few of the designer’s creations from last Spring’s Thrift Studio… Everything you see, ceiling to floor, is up for grabs!
This time we have an art auction on the agenda! Up to 10 original works of art will be up for grabs! I can’t wait!
A visit to Jan’s showroom, filled with soothing colors and her timeless collection of furnishings, is a treat in itself; but the icing on the cake were the long-awaited copies of Ronda’s book. Personally, I haven’t been able to put it down! (You can find my Amazon review here) This is a book that anyone with an appreciation for design must have in their library. I love that it’s the size of a hardback novel so I can take it to bed with me for some late-night reading and throw it in my tote to read over a lunch break. It’s absolutely delicious in every way, so order your copy here now!
I totally lost my sense of “blogger responsibility” and didn’t take pictures. There were many photographers there, so I’m hoping that I’ll get to share more pictures of both events soon on my Facebook page so check back often!
Be sure to stop by Thrift Studio soon! They brought in new products from their warehouse after the party, so you’re sure to find a great deal! This pop-up shop will remain open through May 18th and you can find all of the details about location and shopping times here.
My favorite restaurant in the Dallas Design District is Oak. This was a perfect spot to celebrate the success of Ronda’s book and a smashing Thrift Studio opening! The food and service was divine, but the iPhone skillz of the waiter were lacking, as this was the result…
The next morning, Ronda and I decided that restaurants should use putting their waiters through iPhone picture-taking workshops as a marketing tool…. Just a thought…
I have my eye on this gorgeous console in the Horchow-designed space! What you don’t see in this picture is the rest of the beautiful bedroom and each piece is fantastic!
William Christopher‘s space has a retro vibe complete with funky green carpet! I’m dying for that wooden bench! I have a couple of beds that would love to have this at their “feet”.
Peacock Alley is sharing their crazy wild side with this fun DJ Lucy Wrubel-inspired bedroom. And yes…Lucy will be spinning in the bedroom during the Preview Party under the disco balls! It’s dance party time, ya’ll!
Abbe Fenimore, of Studio Ten 25, knocked it out of the park in this living room space. The wallpaper she used is crazy good and I would take each and every piece of furniture in this room home with me, if given the chance!
The stallion art is the scene stealer in Square Foot Studio‘s living space and you can’t see a really cool zebra rug. **Have I mentioned how bad I want a zebra rug?**
I knew when we walked in the door and Richard started speaking Japanese to the waitstaff that we were in for a treat! We enjoyed a 3.5 hour tasting menu that was visually stimulating and full of taste and texture combinations. Simply splendid! A night to remember, for sure!
This year’s conference kicked off at HD Buttercup, LA’s brick and mortar emporium full of goodies from around the globe…both modern and classic…all displayed in the old Helm’sBakery building. As wonderful as HD Buttercup’s collections are, we were all distracted by reuniting with friends that we had met at past DBC gatherings or were meeting for the first time, yet virtually visit daily on their blogs. Imagine the chatter!
Look what happened for two days during the conference on Twitter! #DBC2013 trended No. 1! Very cool, no?
I’ll never forget the words that flowed from Barbara Barry , one of my favorite speaker, as we all sat mesmerized by her melodious voice and inspiring thoughts on beauty. There’s no doubt that she has us all viewing the world in a different way…
Amy and I had lunch at The Ivy after the conference was over and Barbara’s influence had me finding beauty in the seeds and grain of the roll on my plate…
…and finding much more vibrance in the roses on the table… Thank you Barbara!
Another highlight was having the privilege to meet Grammy winner, Patti Austin. I have such fond memories of listening to her music as a teenager and young adult. She has one of those voices that causes rememberance to resurface and sends chills down your spine.
I was delighted to find that her gorgeous voice is second to her warm spirit and generous heart as I learned of her non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation. Founded by Patti and Dawn Carroll, lyricist and Executive Director of OMSF, their mission is to promote mentoring and “mentorology” (the art and science of mentoring) through music and design. Find out more about this non-profit here and see the video she shared of a 2011 performance of Dawn’s song performed at a Martin Luther King Celebration in Boston. Warning: Could induce goosebumps!
It was a trip to remember. New friendships formed…reunions happened…and inspiration flourished…
I now have a new soul-sister…Irene Turner. What a delight to give her a physical hug instead of communicating online!
$10 for a chance to win this beautiful chair is money well spent!
This give-away was announced yesterday at the Design Bloggers Conference in LA as my good friend (and neighbor) Amy Lee, of House of Wentworth, announced her new collaboration with Plexi-Craft. She’s designed a beautiful acrylic chair line and gave us a sneak peek of two of the designs. Both of those chairs were given away to two lucky winners. A third chair will be raffled off and all proceeds will benefit Dwell With Dignity.
100% of the profit of the sale of these t-shirts go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
There’s an great story behind the art…
“Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio was paralyzed after the hurricane. Unable to work and tired of watching the horrible disaster unfold on the news, Errazuriz decided to design something to help raise much-needed relief funds. This idea occurred to him after seeing the water line marked on the walls of the flooded galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district.” via Grey Area
rior Designers and volunteers dedicated to providing soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.
Thrift Studio is a not-like-any-other-thrift-store THRIFT STORE that is open for 30 days only. The pre-party gives you the chance to see and purchase items prior to ANYONE!
Please consider joining me! Here’s the scoop…
WHAT: Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio Preview Party
WHEN: October 11, 2012 – 6:30PM – 9PM
WHERE: Dallas Design Center, 1100 Slocum Street, Suite 280, Dallas, 75207
HOW: Buy a ticket and come to the party. $125 per person, includes drinks, food, and valet parking
WHY: Because it feels good to give back and parties are fun!
Dont’ forget about the shopping event of the season this Saturday! The Dallas Flea! You’ll find clothing, jewelry, children’s wear, paper goods, pet collars, vintage decor, live music and mobile food and vintage vendors! The sale only last from 9am to 4pm, so don’t miss your window of opportunity! Entry is $5 (free parking).
This event gets better and better each time! Will I see you there this Saturday?