On the Job with C: Thrift Studio Preview Party tomorrow night!

There is design work and then there are the parties. This one you won’t want to miss. Tomorrow evening, we kickoff the opening of Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio.  It will be a grand event with food, drinks, designers, friends and let’s not forget fantastic deals.  Plus, the art from local artists and five children can’t be beat. Here’s a small glimpse of what’s in store…

{1} Cantoni’s Anne Mancuso Outdoor Vignette {2} Duncan Miller Ullmann Vignette {3} Children’s Art {4} Doniphan Moore Vignette

If you can’t make it, be sure to stop by later.  The Pop-Up Store will be open for 30 days Tuesday – Saturday; 10 AM – 5:30 PM at 1250 Slocum Suite 749 Dallas 75207.  See you there!

On the Job with C: Thrift Studio Opening Next Week

It’s finally here!  We have an absolutely fabulous group of designers for this year’s Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio including:  Mary Anne Smiley Interiors + Bernadette Schlaeffler Collections; Tiffany McKenzie + Jan Showers Collection; Brittany Cobb for the Dallas Flea; Cantoni; Doniphan Moore; Duncan Miller Ullman; Ellie Visconti + Pettigrew; Reagan Nickelson + Carlin & Company + Durable; Shelly Lloyd Design + Brendan Bass Showroom + Robert Allen.

It’s stocked with colorful accessories and a plethora of great discounted items from area designers and showrooms. Don’t miss out and get your tickets.  I’ll be there with my husband on opening night taking it all in.  See you there!

Friday Happy Hour: Thrift Studio Preview Party

Dwell with Dignity kicked off its semi-annual Thrift Studio in style Thursday evening.  SK and I were on hand to assist guests in purchasing amazing designer items with our newly automated iPad systems.  The drinks provided by Poggen Pohl + Kettle One + Don Julio were flowing, festive music was spinning all while as the Dallas Design community, DWD supporters and guests shopped to raise money for DWD.  I scored a gold pair of vintage quails.  SK purchase a beautiful set of napkin rings.  Here’s a look at the amazing vignettes…

{1}Denise McGaha (Denise McGaha Interiors) + Joe DeMourelle (ID Collection) {2} Peter Sandel (Peter Sandel Design, LLC + Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams) {3} Tracy Martin Taylor (eleven 11 DESIGN + Brendan Bass Showroom + Robert Allen Design) {4} Joseph Minton

If you missed out, there’s still time.  Thrift Studio’s Pop-Up Shop will be open from 10-5:30, Tuesday – Saturday October 10 – November 8th.  Stop by 1250 Slocum Suite 749 Dallas 75207 to get your discounted designer find soon!

Friday Happy Hour: Thrift Studio Launch Party

Last week, myself and several fabulous members of the Dallas Design Community kicked off Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio in style. Cantoni sponsored our Thrift Studio Kickoff Party  in its gorgeous Flagship store marking the opening of their new Calligaris Studio, a 1,600 square foot shop-in-shop featuring sleek and contemporary furnishings, accessories and lighting from the iconic Italian line. Cantoni founder Michael Wilkov was the host for the event, which was attended by many of Dallas’ design stars.  Thrift Studio will open on October 9th with a grand Preview Party. Shopping will open to the public on October 10 – November 8th.  See you there!

{1} Calligris beautiful new showroom  {2} Myself with DWD Executive Director, Lisa Nelson and Designer Susan Tiner {3} DJ Lucy Wrubel {4} Stefano Uliana, DWD Founders Kim Turner and Lisa Robison, Michael Wilkov at the party


On the Job with C: Thrift Studio Fall 2014

Join me and the Dallas Design Community, as we host Dwell with Dignity‘s Thrift Studio Fall 2014.  Thrift Studio is a not-like-any-other-thrift-store THRIFT STORE. It’s a bi-annual 30 day pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell with Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high end designer finds to the public. All proceeds benefit the future work, growth, organization and structure of Dwell with Dignity.

Each Thrift Studio has a cast of fabulous designers who design and install vignettes using items from DWD’s warehouse as well as items they have donated from their own inventory or through their industry connections. All items are for sale to allow Dwell with Dignity to help families escape poverty & homelessness.

So bring a friend and shop like you mean it, obtaining great finds at discount prices all while making a difference in the lives of others.  Purchase your tickets here.


On the Job with C: Thrift Studio Kickoff Party @ Cantoni

Along with my day job at CMI, I am a proud supporter of Dwell with Dignity.  I, along with several other members of the Dallas design community will be kicking off DWD’s biggest fundraiser, Thrift Studio, in style at Cantoni this evening.   Join us as we celebrate our 5th anniversary with a special party of interior designs, patrons of the arts and luxury brand consumers.  I can’t wait!



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!

Dwell with Dignity: Thrift Studio 2014

Thrift Studio is here!


Get your party tickets here – you won’t want to miss it.  Our host committee hopes you join us!

Kathy Adcock-Smith
Christine Allison
Ellen Arnold
Nicole Arnold
Brendan Bass
Paige Baten-Locke
Tim Baxter
Leslie Bell
James Campbell
David Cadwallader
Georgina Callan
James Campbell
Jennifer Clark
Jody Clarke
Dawn Cleaves
Elle Cole
Serena Cole
Kelley Copeland
Leah Davis
Lois Del Negro
Abbe Fenimore
Joyce Fox
Linda Fritschy
Shay Geyer
Barbara Gilbert
Empress Gilbert
Flann Harris
Sherry Hayslip
Belinda Hernandez
Pat Hicks
Heather Hirosky
Stacy Huston
Jeffrey Johnson
Emily Johnston Larkin
Pam Kelley
Kyle Knight
Danna Lockett
Marissa Marmolejos
John Phifer Marrs
Denise McGaha
Pat McLaughlin
Melinda Miles
Carla Moss
Michelle Moussa
Reagan Nickelson
Vickie Parker
Karen Parks
Peggy Pepper
Danny Piassick
Courtney Price
Renee Rhyner
Robin Riddle
Lisa Rocchio
Shelly Rosenberg
Erin Sander
Samantha Sano
Kelley Schadt
Rebecca Schonert
Lance Selgo
Susanna Showers Moldawer
Matthew Simon
Mary Anne Smiley
Debra Stewart
Tiffany Taylor
Helene Terry-Haslett
Amy Timmerman
Susan Tiner
Kay Troutt
Cheryl Van Duyne
Kimberly Whitman
Bill Winsor
Breck Woolsey
Peggy Zadina

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