Friday Happy Hour: Bedroom Canopies

Dallas based designer, Jan Showers, does many things right.  One of design elements she has defined perfected is the canopy.  Always with the perfect drape of elegance, her bedroom canopies truly make a bedroom.  Here are some of my favorites….

All photos from Pinterest.

On the Job with C: Thrift Studio Opening Night

I don’t necessarily call this work.  I mean, how could I?  Last Thursday I put on my party clothes and joined the Dallas design community and the committed staff of Dwell with Dignity for the grand opening of Thrift Studio.  It was a great night of product surprises, competitive shopping and happy mingling.  The food from Fluff Pop was divine.   Here’s are some of the vignettes.

Mecox, Tompkins Lloyd Interiors + David Sutherland ,  Jan Showers SWOON, the studio.

And if you feel like you missed it all, don’t fret.  Thrift Studio Pop-Up Store will be open for 30 days, April 11 – May 10th, allowing you to buy some great designer goodies at incredibly low prices. Yesterday, my neighbor SK and I volunteered at the 10-2 shift and it rocked.  Just plan a visit of your own: The International 150 Turtle Creek Blvd, Suite 204 Dallas, Texas 75207. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5:30 PM. See you there!

{photos courtesy of Unique Exposure Photography. Lance Selgo has been such an amazing supporter of DWD.  He has taken photos of every single install and Thrift Studio for the last 2-3 years. He does an incredible job and I would like to recommend him to any of you looking for a photographer to photograph your projects. I can’t imagine anyone that would be any easier to work with….}

Friday Happy Hour: Thrift Studio Sneak Peek

Wanna Sneak Peak?  Yes!

Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio Spring 2014 is here!  DWD’s mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design.  One household at a time.  They provide and install interiors partnering with other non-profits like Exodus Ministries, Family Gateway, Interfaith Housing Coalition, New Friends New Life, Shared Housing Center, TRAC, Legacy Counseling Center, Under 1 Roof, City Square, Genesis Women’s Shelter, The Family Place and Juliette Fowler House Inc – The Ebby House.   The installation includes furnishings, art, bedding, drapery, kitchen supplies and food in the pantry.

DWD’s biggest fundraiser of the year is Thrift Studio.  The design community, as well as generous donors, provide DWD with some great home products that will sold to the general public. These items are placed in rooms or vignettes which our designers have created below.

{1} Tompkins Lloyd Interiors + David Sutherland Showroom  {2} Jan Showers {3} Mecox {4} Sarah Pickard + Robert Allen

Tickets sales for the opening VIP party are already sold out, however Thrift Studio Pop-Up Store will be open for 30 days, April 11 – May 10th, allowing you to buy some great designer goodies at incredibly low prices.  Just plan a visit to Thrift Studio:  The International 150 Turtle Creek Blvd, Suite 204 Dallas, Texas 75207.   Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5:30 PM. See you there!

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.

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.