Each year, Housing Works puts on Design on a Dime in the Metropolitan Pavilion. The Pavilion is divided up into many vignettes, each of which is created by an interior designer or person/company of note. On Opening Night, and afterwards during the Public Sale, you can buy literally anything from a vignette, and all proceeds benefit Housing Works' housing programs and services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. This year, the opening night benefit and sale in the days after raised over $850,000!
I was lucky enough to catch a sneak peek of all of the Design on a Dime vignettes prior to the Opening Night - last year, it was quite a struggle to photograph all of the lovely design work as people were fighting to buy anything and everything! The evening's benefit was a chance to rub shoulders with some of the most talented names in design, including Charlotte Moss, Miles Redd, James Huniford, Tilton Fenwick, Nick Olsen...the list goes on!
Also, I'm definitely an HGTV fangirl if there ever was one, so it was thrilling to meet Genevieve Gorder (of Dear Genevieve fame) and chat with her a bit about the room she created for Valspar. She was the nicest - and super tall, just like me!
This year, color and pattern were definitely the stars in the majority of the vignettes - lots of pattern layering as well as punctuation with brights.
Genevieve Gorder for Valspar. I love that she found all of the pieces in her booth at Housing Works, then put her skills to work and revamped them with Valspar paint.
I unintentionally matched the emerald green in Genevieve's vignette!
Succulents inside brass candlestick holders were a creative touch. An old chair was made new again with bright yellow paint and a little re-upholstering. Genevieve told me her favorite part of the vignette was these sconces, which she painted black and lit with an Edison globe bulb.
Tilton Fenwick. The lovely ladies at Tilton Fenwick dreamed up a children's bedroom that I wouldn'tve minded spending time in myself. The green (emerald again!) trim on the dresser made it so special, and I love the unexpected addition of the framed Abbey Road cover.
Fun details were sprinkled throughout, like these stuffed monkeys and the more grown-up brass elephant.
Maria Gabriela Brito. Love the pillows stacked in this console.
Pattern on pattern on pattern!
Evette Rios for Home Goods. If you visit frequently, you already know how much I love Home Goods. Evette (also super nice!) told me she imagined this space as a pied-a-terre for William and Kate were they to move to New York. It was definitely full of twists on classics, like this traditionally-structured armchair in a vibrant print, or these heavy geode bookends in blue.
Nick Olsen. Tons more color and pattern here! I enjoyed the unexpected layering of the blankets on the blue chair and the rugs, as well as the framed chinoiserie panels.
Pappas Miron Design. This vignette's retro-classic feel was given a zany punch with intense wallpaper.
I loved this chair (more emerald!): the orange velvet bolster with gray trim is a perfect contrast.
C Wonder was a vision of faux-Delft/toile punctuated by pinks, reds, and yellows.
Bloomingdales. This combination of green, red, and Hollywood Regency style managed to not look Christmas-y.
What do you think of the designers' vignettes? Any favorites among the pictures above?