Friday Happy Hour: Thrift Studio 2014

Here’s the hot ticket.  You won’t want to miss out.  Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio 2014 opening night is Thursday, April 10th.  Join me and a cast of other great designers as we reveal vignette’s by Jan Showers, Julio Quinfones + Culp Associates, Mecox, Sarah Pickard + Robert Allen Design, SWOON the studio, Tompkins Lloyd Interiors + David Sutherland Showroom.  Get your tickets here.  unnamed

On the Job with C: DWD Design Liaison

As many of you know, I get the joy of managing the Dwell with Dignity blog.  Every week I work with a team of super talented bloggers who volunteer their time and writing skills.  If you are looking for a DIY idea, some inspiration or just want to see what DWD is up to, be sure to sign up as a reader.  Along with the blog, I am also serving again as DWD Thrift Studio’s Designer Liaison. I’m so excited to see what this year’s designers reveal in their Spring vignettes.  We have a talented team that includes honorary chair, Ronda Carman, Jan Showers, Julio Quinones + Culp Associates, Mecox, Sarah Pickard + Robert Allen Design, Samantha Sano with SWOON, the studio and Tompkins Lloyd Interiors + David Sutherland.

Here’s a peek from Thrift Studio Fall 2013:


So mark your calendar for opening night, Thursday April 10th.  Watch for tickets here!  Thrift Studio will be open to the public April 10th – May 10th with great deals on amazing home items.  I hope to see you there!

Friday Happy Hour: Opening Night of Thrift Studio

Last evening my neighbor and I attended the opening night of Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio!  It was a night of fabulous drinks/appetizers, great finds at discount prices and the mingling of many of the area’s best designers, including honorary chair Jan Showers.  I scored a lacquered pink box, beautiful gold bird and a pair of malachite bookends.  SK took home a cute kids table and chairs designed by Todd Ficus.  It was a record breaking party with all the proceeds benefitting DWD.

Don’t worry if you missed it though!  Thrift Studio is now open to the public and will be running for the next 30 days.  New inventory will continue to be introduced, including some great finds from Mitchell Gold +Bob Williams and other generous supporters. Be sure to stop by:  Dallas Design Center 1250 Slocum Suite #380 in Dallas.  Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5:30 PM.

{1} Coveted bird lamps, part of Cody Hutchenson’s vignette, sold immediately.  {2) Horchow designed the upper annex and which featured amazing discount lighting  {3} Neal Stewart’s vignette is beautiful, ran for the bench but it had sold before I got to it  {4}  Loved Sherry Hayslip’s vignette who really took it up a notch with the brick wall.

Friday Happy Hour: Upcoming DWD Thrift Studio

As many of you know, Dwell with Dignity is my favorite non-profit and is near and dear to my heart.   This year I’m thrilled to be a host committee of our bi-annual event called Thrift Studio.


Thrift Studio is a bi-annual 30 day pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell with Dignity through selling the overstock of donated, gently used furniture, housewares, accessories and high end designer finds to the public. All proceeds to benefit the future work, growth, organization and structure of Dwell with Dignity!

Each Thrift Studio has a cast of fabulous designers that design and install vignettes using items from our warehouse as well as items they have donated from their own inventory.  All these items are sold help Dwell with Dignity help families escape poverty & homelessness.  On October 10th, join me for a Preview Party to get first dibs on merchandise.  Buy your tickets now!  There will even be an art auction where up to 10 original works of art will be up for grabs!  I can’t wait!  The Pop-Up Store will then be open to the public from October 11 – November 9th, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 5:30 pm at 1250 Slocum, Suite 280 Dallas, TX 75207. Don’t miss it!

On the Job with C: Jan Showers Fall Preview Event

Tonight I will be attending the Jan Showers Fall Preview of their new Paris shipment.  I’m hoping to find some fabulous finds for my client list…and maybe even something for myself.  🙂

The event will feature pillows and rugs for Kyle Bunting.  A portion of the sales will benefit Dwell with Dignity.  To attend, RSVP to 214.747.5252.  Jan Showers is the honorary chair for this year’s Thrift Studio and is one most of Dallas most well known designers.  Having opened her showroom in the Dallas Design Center in 1996, Jan continues to design homes worldwide with her understated glamour and combination for a variety of periods, styles and spaces.  Jan is also the author of Glamorous Rooms.  Her new book Glamorous Retreats will be published on October 1, 2013 by Abrams.

On the Job with C: Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio

Along with my design job, my other part-time gig is as a volunteer for DWD.  Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit who help families struggling with homelessness and poverty get back on their feet by providing them a well-designed place.  One of their largest fundraisers is Thrift Studio which allows Dallas area fans to score great deals on furniture, accessories and more in arfully design vignettes.  This year, DWD is partnering with e-commerce home vendor One Kings Lane.  Design fans everywhere will have 72 hours starting on 10 AM Friday April 19th to peruse select products and items from the person collections of participating designers.

A VIP Preview Party take places tomorrow Thursday, April 19th at 7 PM and offers first dibs on furnishings from the likes of Horchow, IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Lucy Wrubel for Peacock Alley, Square Foot Studio, Studio Ten 25 and William-Christopher Design.  All proceeds will go to DWD. Here’s a look at the amazing vingette to be showcased this year:

{1} Horchow  {2} Studio Ten 25  {3} One Kings Lane  {4} Square Foot Studio

If you can make the opening party, a public sale runs from April 19 through May 19th; shop Tuesdays through Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 PM and Sundays, noon to 5:30 pm.  1100 Slocum Street. Suite 590.  Buy your tickets here!

See you at the party!  Or if you can’t make it, stop by April 23rd when I will be happily working the studio.

Friday Happy Hour: DWD latest install

As many of you know, I’m a proud supporter of Dwell with Dignity.  DWD strives to create homes for families struggling with homelessness.  Most of DWD’s install have been apartments, however they just finished their first house install and it made the local news.  Check out this video to see what an impact it had on the family.

Here’s some photos of the project:

All photos courtesy of DWD, Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Photography.

Friday Happy Hour: Upcoming DWD Thrift Studio

October is in full swing, which means Thrift Studio is quickly approaching!  If shopping = therapy, especially THRIFTY shopping, go RUN to Thrift Studio.  Open only twice a year, Thrift Studio offers the best deals on furniture and accessories.  ALL proceeds benefit local non-profit Dwell with Dignity.  So not only can you satisfy your shopping fix, but you can also help support the homeless community in Dallas.  Ah-mazing.  Enough talk for now, here are the details!

OPEN: Saturday, October 13 – Saturday, November 10, 2012

WHERE: Dallas Design Center, 1100 Slocum Drive, Suite 280, Dallas, 75207

HOURS:  Tues-Sat 10AM – 5:30PM & Sun 12PM – 5:30PM

{1} Michelle Nussbaumer’s vignette in April  {2} Wisteria’s vignette in April  {3} Peacock Alley’s pop-up in Thrift Studio  {4} TLC Contract Group’s vignette in April

But wait, if you want to quickly snag the best deals, purchase tickets to attend one or both preview parties.  You pay a nominal price and get food, drinks and your first pick!

Visit Thrift Studio to purchase your tickets and for more information.  CMI will be there – hope to see you there!