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


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!!!!!

That is my space up above…I called it  Urban Burbs, i.e., the hot scene taking place in the outer boroughs of New York City…I kinda like that term…maybe I should see if I can trademark it? And because we teamed up with T F Cornerstone, a residential real estate developer of property in Long Island City ,we featured their latest project 4630 Center Boulevard . My talented assistant, Daniel Van Hall, took three great iconic photos from the roof of the building, which we  then had mounted on acrylic by PrintedArt and hung between painted yellow green moldings to make them pop. When you do shows like this you do not want to be shy when it comes to visual impact.

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.

A large oil painting by Koosuke  Ikeda hung on the opposite wall, and it’s combination of a tribute to living in the city , intense colors  and Asian markings was executed beautifully.

A sleek and sophisticated chest from Ercole was a scene stealer…we could have sold 10 of them!

A fabulous felted wool area rug from Sacco topping a black sisal rug with a red border…also from Sacco… filled the floor of the space with colorful patterns that integrated all of the flavors of the space.

And the chaise from Lorin Marsh covered in the Tony Duquette fabric from Jim Thompson smothered in yummaroo assorted hot pink, gold, and flowered silk pillows from Interiors by Royale, was the icing on the cake.

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!