Dwell with Dignity
Dwell with Dignity
I was recently invited to design a vignette for Dwell with Dignity's Thrift Studio—an honor, which I accepted with alacrity. Dwell with Dignity is close to my heart, and it is my joy and privilege to share a bit about it with you here and perhaps pull back the curtain for a behind-the-scenes peek at Thrift Studio.
Dwell with Dignity and Thrift Studio
Dwell with Dignity designs and provides home interiors for families coming out of poverty and homelessness, empowering them to flourish in a beautiful, functional environment. What I have learned of Founder, Lisa Robison, is that she lovingly engenders dignity in the details. She understands what makes a home a home and ensures families are welcomed to their newly-designed homes with fully stocked pantries and home-cooked meals; shampoo, soap and towels in every bathroom; televisions, even writing pads with sharply-pointed crayons atop child-sized desks. Such incredible concern and care demonstrates love and respect to the 25 or so families they reach each year.
Dwell with Dignity's Thrift Studio is a pop-up shop featuring vignettes created by Dallas' leading designers, among whom I am most humbled to be included this year. Each vignette features new and gently used furniture, housewares, and décor items, which have been donated to sell to the public at significant discounts, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Dwell with Dignity's mission.
Inspiration can come from really oddball directions. I knew Benjamin Moore was donating paint for the vignettes, and they have a new line of European-inspired paints with incredible depth. The way this flat paint takes the light is remarkable, and I'd been dying to use it. I decided on a saturated blue and made this our starting point.
The process by which designers select donated items for their vignettes is not-at-all glamorous. The designers are asked to arrive at Dwell with Dignity's warehouse at the same time, poised to start selections on "Go!" I'd been told a designer lost a stiletto in the shuffle a couple years ago and braced myself for the onslaught. But what I found was the most selfless, gracious group of designers, each procuring spaces, furniture and décor items in deference to one another. I was delighted to garner a space with windows and found many pieces in white and off-white to furnish my vignette. We added some green and decided on a garden theme to usher in spring. Culp Associates generously provided fabric, which we used on pillows to tie it all together.
Most stories, as you know, include a plot-twist and mine came in a panicked phone call—my Benjamin Moore blue was in New York and would not arrive in time. In the end, we color-matched the paint but the finish didn't quite absorb the light as we'd hoped. It sufficed, despite its nod to Howard Johnson. Paint not-with-standing, I was and am extremely pleased with the way everything came together. We were delighted by the entire experience and honored to be included in Dwell with Dignity's Thrift Studio. We hope you'll pop in Curated by Kristin Mullen to hear more of our Thrift Studio stories and see our beautiful collection of curated finds.