Through my Eyes: Design on a Dime Recap

Hi Fabulistas,

Event co-chairs George Oliphant (L) and Michael Boodro (R) with designer Robin Baron attend the Housing Works Design On A Dime Kick-Off Party on March 1, 2016 in New York City.
The Incredible Event co-chairs George Oliphant and Michael Boodro                                                                                                (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works)

 

It’s the end of the first week of March and what a week it has been! This past Tuesday, Housing Works Design on a Dime co-chairs George Oliphant, James Huniford, Nicole Gibbons and ELLE DECOR Editor-in-Chief Michael Boodro helped kick off the 2016 Design on a Dime benefit at Desiron in the New York Design Center. I was ecstatic to be a part of 60 of the world’s top interior designers who were carefully selected to create magical room vignettes with new merchandise for this year’s benefit.

Event co-chairs Michael Boodro and Nicole Gibbons
Event co-chairs Michael Boodro and Nicole Gibbons

 

As soon as I walked into the Desiron showroom, beautiful furniture, wonderful staff, and the best part of all, my fellow design community, greeted me with warm smiles and the room shifted with delight – reminding me of the very reason we were all there. Design on a Dime helps fund Housing Works’ newest supportive housing development, the Hull Street Residence. Hull Street is a from-the-ground-up housing development project transforming a vacant 6,000 sq ft. lot, into a beautiful and safe home for 28 single, formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS.

George Oliphant and Ellie Mroz
George Oliphant and Ellie Mroz

 

By designing a vignette, we not only get to display our unique vision for design, but we become a chapter in the story of a home that highlights the potential for a long, healthy life-style that many of these people living with HIV/AIDS need. The sense of community and the level of engagement are unparalleled to any charity event. Always an honor to be recognized in these fundraising affairs, this year’s Design on a Dime will be one for the books!

Designers Bonnie Steves, Robin Baron and Christopher Maya
Love spending time with Designers Bonnie Steves and Christopher Maya

 

Surrounded by some of the handsomest talent in town! Jamie Drake & Caleb Anderson
Surrounded by some of the handsomest talent in town! Jamie Drake & Caleb Anderson

 

Kicking off Design on a Dime with the dashing Ford Huniford
Kicking off Design on a Dime with the dashing Ford Huniford