Design on a Dime 2013

Design on a Dime is one of the interior design community’s most popular events. Yesterday evening was the opening reception, and was, as usual, a wildly well attended venue. Benefiting Housing Works‘ programs for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, this year’s benefit funds their newest housing development in Brooklyn, The Hull Street Residence. Over 60 top tier designers created rooms with primarily donated merchandise, which is then sold for 50- 70% off retail. It is a shopping opportunity like no other and this year’s rooms are a stellar group of design vignettes featuring fantastic furniture, art and accessories. Let’s take a first quick peek at just a few of the rooms. Designer Antonino Buzzetta is a rising star. His salon-like space was one of the most glamorous rooms of the evening.

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With walls of printed fabric depicting Versailles, the vignette exuded a layered classic elegance with a modern mix. Thoughtful coordination of colors and textures yielded a room of fashionably timeless chic that reminded me of Ingrid Bergman’s fabulous flat in Indiscreet.

Design on a Dime I was ready for a dry martini in a Dior cocktail dress!

Design on a Dime

Larry Ruhl always designs such creative interesting vignettes. This year was no exception and in a double sized space, his room representing his shop High Falls Mercantile made a major impact.

Design on a Dime

With walls of maps and photos and book pages strewn around, it made me feel that there was hope for my office!

Design on a Dime

Larry’s unique version of rustic eclectic chic always has an intellectual bent that I love and I could have spent hours perusing the books and layers of history in his space.

Design on a Dime

Arden Stephenson‘s space was anchored by a spectacular Florence Broadhurst wallpaper from Studio Four.

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Its large graphic print was the perfect backdrop for an eclectic mix of natural and gold toned furniture and accessories with pops of emerald on the vintage slipper chairs. A chest from Bungalow 5 features a cerused trim that is a popular finish lately with textural rope lamps and gold painted tole mirror.

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Black wire tables, splat prints from GRIS Antiques and acid green velvet pillows all contribute to the successful combination of elements.

Design on a Dime

David Duncan transformed his space into a handsome library. Fabulous wallpaper, beautiful antiques from his eponymous shop and classical accessories made for an timeless elegant vignette.

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Another successful use of wallpaper was seen in John Douglas Eason’s room. One of my favorite Fornasetti patterns from Lee Jofa, Nicchi, set the tone for a sophisticated mix of elements.

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The Berkeley Desk and Kensington Arm Chair from Bungalow 5, with the same gray cerused oak finish seen before, worked perfectly with the tonality of the wallpaper.

Design on a DimeAnd I loved the rough luxe mix of the Dennis Miller/Espacio custom Ceniza Dresser with glittering accessories.

Design on a Dime

We’ll be looking at more of the fantastic rooms from this year’s Design on a Dime as I attempt to catch up on all the recent design events. I am excited to report that today I am off to my former stomping grounds of Providence for the opening gala at RISD of the Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion exhibit with guest André Leon Talley, who will be signing copies of his new title The Little Black Dress. More to come!

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10 Responses to Design on a Dime 2013

  1. Jane Schott says:

    Delightful Larry lives in a world of his own…and it is a lovely place. Lucky us that he lets us peek in at his shop and experience it all. I adore him and his staff. High Falls is a very magical hamlet that suits his creativity.

    Seems to be the year of wall coverings and they made the day for me.

  2. I love every space! So refreshing and wonderful to see a bit of chaotic creativity!! The printed fabric depicting Versailles is so cool! Thanks Stacey! ox

  3. These are fantastic spaces. The Fornasetti wall paper is perfection.
    Thank you.

  4. Franki says:

    Wallpaper….finally….architectural images printed on wallpaper…gorgeous. franki

  5. CJ Dellatore says:

    Great seeing you at the event Stacey! It was a wonderful evening.

  6. Amazing…so sad to miss it but your coverage makes us feel like we were there!!

  7. Deborah Main says:

    These design vignettes are inspiring…..but absolutely in love with the bold colors and textures of Antonino Buzzetta!!! The chartreuse chairs and midnight blue pillows are in the #IWANTNOW category!!! :-) Great post Stacey!!

  8. Fabulous write up, I so want Canada to do an event like this gorgeous!!
    That eases the pain of being unable to attend :(
    Jennifer Brouwer Design Inc

  9. Goodness, you live such an exciting life! I do enjoy popping in to see all of the unique and creative design events that you bring to us here! Have fun in R.I….we’ll be starting on a long road trip there this summer.

  10. Arden says:

    Thank you so much for including my vignette! It looks so great in your photos – perhaps I should hire you as my professional photographer!! I was so sorry I had to miss the DOAD event due to the sudden death of my mother the day before. I heard it was a wonderful night and so proud of the money we helped raise for such as worthy cause! Thank you for the beautiful coverage! xo, Arden

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