Design to Inspire, Priced to Sell
Over 50 interior designs (including Ty Pennington, Jaclyn Smith, Yetta Banks and Jamie Drake) created vignettes of a room in the house, and outfitted them with an assortment of furniture, lighting, mirrors, artwork and just about anything you would use for decor (and some things you wouldn't have thought of).
So how does the viewer benefit? Every design morsel is for sale at a fraction of the cost of what one might find in stores or online.
The event is hosted by Housing Works, the nation's largest grassroots AIDS-service organization, and is sponsored by Sears, Kmart and a slew of other vendors and donors. All proceeds go to Housing Works.
The group will put it toward the renovation of 12 units in a complex of supportive housing for single, formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS.
Design on a Dime is open to the public through Saturday. You will find an array of housewares, new vintage furniture and even linens at very low prices. But here's the rub: Last night's VIP reception was a melee of people with good design sense staking out the bargains and claiming them as their own.
Tickets to the event started at $150 -- and while that may seem like a high-price ticket, it was well worth the cost to people carting away merchandise that would have come at a much heftier price anywhere else. Smart and thrifty!
But there are still deals to be found and inspiration to be had -- so if you're in the New York area, go take a look for yourself. The address is at the bottom of this post. (And buy! Remember it goes to a very worthy cause).
Below is a sampling of what some very talented decorators did for this event.
I had the opportunity to talk to several of these designers throughout the evening and next week will share with you some of their creative insight on how to design for small spaces on a budget.
Design on a Dime
Friday, May 07, 2010 - Saturday, May 08, 2010
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY