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Dwell With Dignity Thrift Studio Fall 2014

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I am SO, SO excited to be part of this year’s Dwell with Dignity, Thrift Studio Event.  I have been a supporter of Dwell With Dignity since their inception.  As a matter of fact, they are celebrating their 5th Anniversary this year.


Five marvelous years of supporting women and children who have escaped homelessness.  Many have a past where they once lived in cars or on the streets.  Just a job loss away from losing everything they had, their ultimate goal is for something to call their own and security in their future.  These families have worked through other programs in Dallas to get on their feet.  After job training and proving that they are ready for an apartment, or even a home, Dwell steps in.  The volunteers at Dwell with Dignity design and furnish beautiful homes with all donated items.  From furnishings and art, to photography, bedding, chandeliers, towels…..EVERYTHING.  The volunteers do an AMAZING job.

I was so honored to be asked to design a vignette for this Fall’s event, which starts THIS THURSDAY.  We have worked to select almost all of our items from the Dwell with Dignity warehouse of donated items.  There are so many showrooms, designers and retailers who give to Dwell with Dignity and make this event possible.  We partnered with ID Collection on the space and when Joe Demourelle of ID Collection pulled these gorgeous Bergamo fuschia drapery panels out of a back room, we were off and running.



And I am joined by many other talented designers, including Gonzalo Bueno and Mauricio Lobeiera of Ten + 3, Dan Nelson, Eleven 11 , Cathernine Dolan and Assoc., Joseph Minton, Peter Sandel and Paul Deusing,  Click HERE for all the details on each designer and their partners too.

In addition to donations we used from the warehouse, I had other supporters who donated too.  A huge THANK YOU to the following supporters who donated items or their services for our vignette::

  • Kelly O’Neal
  • SRT Designs – Workroom Labor and Pillows
  • Currey & Co. – Lighting and Rugs
  • R. Jones – Upholstery
  • Fashion Glass and Mirror – Mirrors and Glass
  • Artifex – Framing and Art
  • Truett – Floor Coverings – Rugs
  • Precision Delivery Services


Its also no big secret that PINK is the color of cancer awareness in the month of October.  Cancer awareness is a cause that is also near and dear to my heart.  So now that you have had a Sneak Peek of my space, come purchase it all at greatly reduced prices on Thursday night.  The Thrift Studio event starts this week but don’t hesitate if it’s all sold.  Drop by for the next month and see what else has been brought into the vignette spaces.  They will be stocked and re-stocked every day, so shop often.  And there are some great deals for designers for their client projects too.



Thanks to Dwell with Dignity for allowing me to be a part of such a great event.  Please buy your tickets HERE if you haven’t yet and join me!!  And don’t miss a chance to meet Tobi Fairley, Honorary Chair of this Thrift Studio Event.






Sunday Shortcut: Getting Off the Crazy Travel Train

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Where did April go?  After looking back at my travel calendar, I know why I don’t remember much.  What a blur!


I started the month out with a trip to Little Rock for Tobi Fairley’s “Getting Published Camp”.

Then it was back to Dallas for a 3 day e-book Conference.  There is no way to make these hotel conference rooms chic….I am convinced.


Thrift Studio for Dwell with Dignity in Dallas, sponsored by One Kings Lane and many others.

One Kings Lane Vignette



Off to High Point, NC for High Point Furniture Market for 6 days (more posts to come on this big trip on the blog).

CR Laine Chair


Amanda Nisbet Book Signing back in Dallas at Laura Lee Clark’s new showroom.


Then back home for a few days before heading to New York for 2 days.  What fun with Ronda Carman at Martha Stewart Omnimedia for the book signing of “Designers at Home”.  I also managed to fit in a mini-client meeting while in the city.


Scot Meacham Wood and I – photo by Susanna Salk

Ronda Carman – Author of Designers at Home – published by Rizzoli – available HERE

Martha Stewart Omnimedia Offices – NY


And don’t forget my Curated Sale for Joss and Main this past week.  What fun that was and thanks to all of you who shopped!!

I am finally home for a few weeks before leaving again and I am so grateful.  I spent most of yesterday resting in bed and working on my laptop.  I downloaded over 2000 images from my camera and wrote a Branding Presentation for my design firm.  My favorite part of the day however was when my little ones came in at different times to snuggle and have long coversations about their lives. 

I miss my family so much when I travel and Mr. M is a real trooper to hold down the fort while I am racking up the frequent flier miles.  Here’s to all those husbands who support us in pursuing our dreams.  My man is the best.

I also spent time yesterday scheduling personal travel for summer.  I am so excited about our upcoming trips and can’t wait to spend time relaxing and enjoying friends and family. 

Fly fishing


There will be lots of beach time in my future and I can’t wait for more travel to inspire me for new projects I have coming up.  I am so grateful for my life and my amazing family.  Need to start shopping for that ultra large beach hat to save my super-white skin!!

Rosemary Beach, FL

British Virgin Islands

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend too!  What are your plans for summer – anything fun?

Happy Sunday!




Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio Behind the Scenes

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I’ve been hearing the buzz all over town about Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio I wrote about HERE.  While I have been away this week in Little Rock at Tobi Fairley’s “The Journey to Getting Published Camp”, things have been taking shape back in Dallas for next week’s Thrift Studio event.

I am so excited to be part of the host committee again this year for Thrift Studio.  When I received images of the rooms in my email this morning, I was so excited to share with you!  The spaces are so full of color!  So without further ado:

Square Foot Studio

William Christopher



DJ Lucy Wrubel for Peacock Alley

One Kings Lane

IBB Design

Studio Ten 25

So which is your favorite?  I would love to hear!! Make sure you purchase your tickets HERE and don’t miss this great event and opportunity to give back to women and children in our community through Dwell with Dignity!

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