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Design on a Dime – Housing Works Benefit

If you have been following our adventure for the past 6 years, you know that I believe in serendipity and opening our minds to possibilities so our dreams and goals come to fruition. That and hard work. I “hustle and heart” everything I put my mind to and this was no exception.

I have been saying for MONTHS that I wish I could be a part of Design on a Dime. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s a Benefit hosted by Housing Works in NYC. From the Housing Works site:

“Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.”

From the Design on a Dime site:

“On April 21, 2016, Housing Works will present New York City’s most popular interior design benefit event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Design on a Dime features more than 60 of the world’s top interior designers, who create unforgettable room vignettes with new merchandise, which is donated and then sold for 50 to 70 percent off retail!

Attracting a star-studded crowd, the Opening Night Reception is celebrated with hundreds of VIPs, designers, and friends of Housing Works. A-list design enthusiasts mingle with top designers, including event chairs. Guests will get the first public look at the room vignettes and enjoy exclusive preview shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

Join Design on a Dime Founding Chair James Huniford, along with Co-Chairs Michael Boodro, editor-in-chief of ELLE DECOR, celebrated decorator Alessandra Branca, interior designer, television personality and design blogger Nicole Gibbons, and George Oliphant, host of NBC’s George to the Rescue, to celebrate twelve years of Design on a Dime.”

It was a dream of mine to get {verdigreen} involved in this designer wonderland somehow. I had resigned myself to the fact that it was just weeks away and I’d have to try for 2017 instead when a beautiful human walked into our Montclair location one morning and asked for help. Zoe, a local designer, needed some donated pieces for her Design on a Dime vignette! My head almost exploded a cannon of confetti I was so happy!

Long story short (I love it when people say that) I not only was able to donate some beautiful pieces to the event, she asked me to help her install the design and invited me to the Gala. It was one of the most memorable weeks in my life and I had such a wonderful time. Ask me about it – I won’t stop gushing!

It was one of those serendipitous moments that I vocalized my deepest desires and it came to be. I can’t explain how magical it felt. There are no words. I can tell you I felt a sense of gratitude from the depth of my tummy radiating through my chest and out my heart that night.

Here’s my IG post:

Working alongside @zoeoliphant and @birdlingbags this week on Zoe’s Design on a Dime vignette for Housing Works was so fun & fulfilling!  I met such a warm, talented group of individuals and felt like a part of something much bigger than beautifying spaces – these teams work hard, long hours to create experiences and raise money for those in need. Life changing! Thank you @georgeoliphant for welcoming us so graciously.  Go see it for yourself – it’s open to the public the next two days and there are lots of treasures to take home. 

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