Last week the chic design event, DESIGN ON A DIME , took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The event raises money for Housing Works, a charity that provides help and assistance to people with HIV/ AIDS, and is definitely a
“MUST GO TO” !
HERE’S THE GIG: Interior designers put together 12′ X 10′ vignettes with chic and stylish furniture, rugs, art, lighting, accessories…anything they can round up…and then the doors are open to the public for browsing and buying. Opening night (Thursday, May 5 this year) the line to get in was around the corner! As a first time participating designer …there were 57 designers in total…I was flabbergasted by the number of people that show up. On the other hand it’s a no brainer: buy a ticket and then get the chance to take advantage of purchasing wonderful furnishings and accessories donated by the interior design community at bargain basement prices…with, of course, the added caveat that the money all goes to a very good cause. EVERYONE was there…and I mean EVERYONE!!!!!
We wanted it to be modern, contemporary and colorful and full of “zsasz”! We had the most fantastic wall paper from Koroseal. Believe it or not, the striped pattern on the walls is formed from four different papers run horizontally!!!! These wall papers are another example of the creativity coming out of a favorite company of mine, Arte. And yes, if you buy it don’t try to hang it yourself…this is definitely a job for a talented wallpaper hanger. I think the effect is terrific and unbeatable.
Some of the other highlights:
There were also scrumptious digital art prints from Sandra LLano that added in a sophisticated way that punch of color to the walls.
Truth be told, this was probably one of the best design events I ever participated in…and I am already gathering ideas for next year’s vignette. DO NOT MISS IT!!!!!! (BTW those wonderful dogs sitting on the furnishings were scoffed up 5 minutes after the event began!)
Ciao, ciao ’til Thursday!