A Night at the Thrift Studio

Oh dear, dear, dear…. we are already half way through the week and I haven’t spoken to you once! The weekend is well over and I am a full week and a half behind in telling you about what I did the weekend before! Despite my tardiness and delayed posting, however, here I am – ready to share a few moments from a beautiful event not too long ago.

Many of you have heard me talk about Dwell with Dignity. If you live in the DFW Metroplex you may have even attended one of their previous events. In fact, folks all across the country may be aware of them now after a national debut on The Nate Berkus Show! They are a wonderful charitable organization that works to create homes for those less fortunate with dignity and beauty. I could go on and on about their many merits but visit their site HERE to get more (and better) details.

Today, I am interested in telling you about a very exciting project that the Dwell team recently embarked on. With a warehouse brimming full of generous furniture and home decor donations, Dwell had the idea to create a pop-up thrift shop to sell off their excess inventory and bring in additional income for the organization. Enter, Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio… Wonderful! But even better than that, they decided to also bring in some of the area’s most talented designers to style several vignettes using reworked pieces from the warehouse. Brilliant!! I attended the preview party and let me tell you, it was awesome! I was completely blown away by the creativity and ingenuity used by each team to make old, worn items new and fresh again (of course, knowing many of the designers, I also didn’t expect anything less than fabulous).

Here are a few shots I managed to take between mingling with a pleasant and bustling crowd of supporters.

The Dining Room by EJ Interiors

The Office by studio ten 25

The Lounge by SWOON [the studio]

The Study by Jones Baker

The Parlor by PULP Design Studios

I think the pictures speak for themselves… this is a fantastic event and a MUST for anyone in the Metroplex area but visit soon! The shop closes at the end of October. The prices are very reasonable and support a fantastic cause. If you happen to pick up an item from the Thrift Studio, let me know. There were so many wonderful treasures I would have taken home with me!! I’d love to know what made it into your place.

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White Elephant…Part 2

I told you there would be more! By now you’ve probably picked up on the fact that White Elephant is a treasure trove of gorgeous antiques. Here is the last installment of my Antiquing After Dark photos:

I am also a huge fan of the silver screen antics of Laurel and Hardy (a favorite watch for my brothers and I as young kids). So, I couldn’t resist capturing this charming figurine of the two. If you haven’t seen their films, I highly recommend “One Good Turn”!

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you Monday! (with some very exciting news!)

Also, Dwell with Dignity’s Ready, Aim, Redesign Contest has been extended!! If you want to participate or cast your vote, visit HERE.

Dallas City Living Tour

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that last week I volunteered to be a docent for the Dallas City Living Tour presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. The event features 22 Texas designers and five urban condominiums from the recently constructed high-rise, The House. Teams of designers collaborated on the over all scheme of each unit and individually designed a room or space within it. And there are some stunning designs! Here is a sneak peek of what you will find on your tour.

Photo Credits: Hilary Walker

What do you think? Quite a varied spread of design delights, right?! Well, if you’re in the area, I can tell you that you won’t want to miss this tour. You can find ticket prices, designer bios, and CEU information at www.citylivingtourdallas.com. The show runs from October 29th through November 7th and if you visit on Thursday, November 4th, between 10:00 & 1:00, you just might run into me as well! Looking forward to seeing you there! (Oh, and Dwell with Dignity will be there also…remember them HERE.)

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This Old Thing?

Ready Aim Redesign!”…an awesome opportunity to get involved with a Dallas based charitable organization that is dedicated to “bringing good design to those less fortunate, inspiring them to maintain a standard of living that they can be proud of and thrive in”. If you have some old furniture worth fixing-up, take the chance to finish that project once and for all and submit your photos and entry fee to Dwell with Dignity. The contest opened October 1st and closes November 15th, so you have plenty of time to work your magic and share the reward with the rest of us! For contest details, CHECK HERE.

Photo Credit: From Me To You

In the mean time, these photos from one of my favorite blogs, From Me to You, is a jumping point for “old thing” appreciation. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Photo Credit: From Me To You

Photo Credit: From Me To You

Photo Credit: From Me To You

Photo Credit: From Me To You

Photo Credit: From Me To You

And be sure to let me know if you enter the contest and what you choose to redesign…I’d love to keep up with your creative work!