I've posted before about the rare-but-unique challenges of designing without a client, and striking the balance between practicality and theatricality in designer showhouses, when designers are vying for press, attention and clients. I faced a bit of that challenge when I had the opportunity to participate in Apartment Therapy's first annual Big Window Challenge, a thrilling chance to be seen in the windows of Bloomingdale's legendary Manhattan flagship.
I have a chance, once again, to ask some of those same questions when I create a room vignette for the upcoming "Design on a Dime" to benefit Housing Works, a remarkable charity here in New York City that I'm honored to be part of, alongside some serious design heavy hitters.
Each designer has to secure all the items for the rooms (like they do in showhouse rooms), but this challenge is a bit different. Unlike Harry WInston necklaces after the Oscars, this merchandise doesn't go back. Nope. The chairs and setees, lamps and artwork all get sold, for Housing Works' benefit. So convincing some of my favorite people, vendors and companies to permanently part with merchandise, especially in this tight economy, is just a little bit of a challenge.
Luckily, I know some lovely, generous people, and over the next few weeks, I'll be showing your their contributions, and give you a sneak peek into what the room will look like as it comes together, donation by donation.
I'll be working with what I can get, while trying to keep it true to my style: high and low budget pieces, a dark masculine style, a mix of modern and traditional. It's an opportunity to be brave with color, and I'm planning on it!
And, to celebrate this wonderful honor and opportunity, and to spread the generosity I'm hoping for from so many, there is a PRIZE for you, readers! My 100th follower will get two tickets to the opening night gala! Must be able to get to New York City the night of May 6th. Prize is the tickets only.
Wish me luck! Stay tuned!