Friday, September 30, 2011

Get Your Thrift On

The idea of a safe and cozy home is something that most of us count among the blessings of our life.  While it may not be totally "finished" (with all of the fancy details we could hope for), we are lucky to have a personal space that can perk us up and welcome us home each day.  That is precisely why Lisa Robison founded "Dwell with Dignity" in 2009! Along with co-founder Kim Turner, they decided to pursue their mission of helping families escape poverty and homelessness through design. One household at a time.

Sounds like something you can really get behind, huh? Here's the best part: you can support the cause in a fun and fabulous way!  Every quarter Dwell with Dignity is opening a "Pop Up Thrift Store," and the first grand opening is this Saturday, October 1st!  Want to feel extra posh?  Come tonight for a sneak peak party. All you have to do is donate $25 for the entry fee.  Need to spice up your space?  Come shop until Oct 29th and if you want some EXTRA fun, be sure to stop by on Saturday October 15 from 1-5.  That's when this fancy designer will be volunteering at the store.

Dwell "Thrift" Studio is located at: 1616 Hi Line Dallas Design District Dallas, TX  75207. Open Saturday October 1-Saturday October 29; M-F 10am-5pm

Check out the website for other great ways to get involved

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Got a Light?

Save your clunky Maglight for the campsite and upgrade your exterior experience to include sleek and modern lamps.  Wireless fixtures from Live. Anywhere designer Linda Allen add the warm finishing touch to any exterior living space that only a lamp can produce.  Once charged these table and floor lamps can last on low for about 140 hours!  On second thought, since they are available in chic colors like Khaki, Ivory and Mink with weather proof shades,  I see no need for the mag-light; take these camping too!

For more information, ask you Interior Designer to contact  David Sutherland Showroom.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fab 5 on Five : Exterior Spaces

Everyone has favorites.  The "go to" places or things that are always the right fit for their sensibilities.  Designers are no different!  If asked, they have a list of favorites for any category in design, whether it's their favorite show stopping sofas or their most coveted accessories. 

Below is my second installment of a monthly "Fab 5 on Five", a compilation of my favorite things on the fifth of each month.   This month it's exterior spaces because the weather is cooling down so it's time to be outside. 

Second Installment: Exterior Spaces

What is great about this setting is that it won't break the bank to achieve!  Inviting and classic butterfly chairs urge you to gather 'round the fire with friends! 
This space is romantic with the worn wooden doors, low rock wall, and the curved glass structure.  I imagine a starlit dinner party or a beautiful brunch. Either way you cut it; I want this in my backyard!
Everything about this sings relaxing after an awesome day outdoors.  I love the idea of an outdoor shower and this particular shower can be closed for year-round use.
Advances in exterior products make this scene completely doable without constantly taking furniture inside and out.  Frames could be fabricated from powder coated metal or teak and upholstered in a beautiful exterior fabric. 
Even an image without man-made things like furniture or lighting can still be really inspiring!  A manicured drive like this one is great in a neighborhood or for a private entry.