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May 2, 2018

Last week was Housing Works’ much anticipated 14th annual Design On A Dime fundraising event. Just in case you don’t know, Housing Works is an amazing organization that provides healthcare, housing, and much more to those living with HIV and AIDS in New York. To say that I was ecstatic to be asked to be a featured designer for Design On A Dime and join more than 70 other designers to create a vignette, is an understatement. Not only was I able to give back to an amazing charity, but I was able to creatively do whatever I wanted (every designers dream). So, I worked with my favorite vendors to create a vignette with a concept that I thought would be perfect to help accomplish Housing Works’ mission, Soulful Vibes.

What is the concept of Soulful Vibes? A space that feels good emotionally, mentally, and spiritually using luxe fabrics, mixed metals, organic elements, and of course great art. And thanks to the generous donations of donors everywhere from California to New Jersey, the vision became a reality.

The gorgeous velvet sofa is from Final Cut New Jersey. And the 5′ coffee table is from Metro Designs NY.

Meet me on Bourbon Street with a reclaimed redwood coffee table from Real Antique Wood (that I of course used as a bar), a Made Goods mirror, and custom calligraphy prints from Minted Feather. Layered over an amazing jute Malene B rug.

Antique parlor chairs hand-beaded by Bailey Li Interiors paired with floor pillows by Reflektion Design.

As you may know, I always leave an elephant with its trunk up in every space that I complete for good luck.

Needless to say with only a day and a half to unpack and install, it was a whirlwind experience that I would happily do again! And luckily I had amazing, and extremely fit, help for all of it thanks to Nikki Griggs of Fit Girl Nikki who donated 3 days of her time and well as a monetary donation for decor!

You can see more photos, behind the scenes, and video on Instagram and Facebook.

Donor List:
Merchandise Donations:
Bailey Li Interiors
Beth Diana Smith Interior Design
Brooklyn Dolly
Dressing Room Interiors Studio
Final Cut New Jersey
Jomo Furniture
Kravet
Made Goods
Malene B
Manifest Yourself
Metro Designs
Minted Feather
Oly Studio
Real Antique Wood
Reflektion Design
Terina Nicole Design Studio
Xplore Freedom Industrial Goods
Monetary Donors:
(for additional decor and accessories)
Body By Akua
Ebony Cattouse Events
Fit Girl Nikki
Liliana Kim (private donor)
Savitree Shann (private donor)
Tiffany Booker & Associates
Window Works

Photo credit: F. Sly Photography 

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