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Tour Our 2018 Design on a Dime Spaces

Tour Our 2018 Design on a Dime Spaces

Tour Our 2018 Design on a Dime Spaces

Four Homepolish designers created stunning vignettes for Housing Work's revered Design on a Dime benefit. Tour their 2018 spaces.

Photos by Sean Litchfield

For the last 14 years, Design on a Dime has melded charity with chic spaces. Each year Housing Works tasks the top designers with creating a shoppable vignettes filled with pieces (at a steep discount) sold to raise money to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDs. This year, four Homepolish designers were invited to bring their visions to life—and we’re pretty proud of how they all turned out. See their spaces—and get the inspiration behind each below.

JOY MOYLER

What was your inspiration for your booth?
Alfresco dining in the middle of winter! Craving the sunshine after our snow-filled winter, desiring to celebrate the great outdoors, and bringing the outdoors in!

Who did you imagine lives in this space?
I imagined this space for myself, someone in a suburban environment, or an urban dweller who envisions a country escape.

How does this booth reflect your style or differ from your usual aesthetic?
My vignette totally reflects my style! I’ve spent a great deal of time in London over the last two years and have been quite influenced by the mix of florals with graphic patterns. I really love the ‘Harlem Toile’ wall covering. It reflects my innate style mix of traditional and modern elements. And I break for a great tablescape!

What’s your favorite piece in the booth?
While I absolutely love everything, my favorite pieces in the room are the silver shell prints. They are reflective, feminine and provoke thoughts of the seaside, which I live for.

What do you think will sell first?
The piece I predict will sell first is the Zodiac print. It’s forty-eight inches wide and leaves a great impression. It would be an amazing focal point over a buffet, in a corridor, or a screening room.

Tell us about that amazing umbrella, we can’t get over it.
Without a doubt, my obsession piece in the vignette is the RED Santa Barbara umbrella from Walters Wicker! It’s my favorite color and makes me incredibly happy. I imagine The Women from that famed film dining under it wearing Jungle Red nail lacquer!

Justin Charette

What was your inspiration for your booth?
My booth inspiration was black white and inked. I actually imagined this space for myself.

How does this booth reflect your style or differ from your usual aesthetic?
I love clean modern spaces with a punch, and wanted to incorporate that.

What’s your favorite piece in the booth?
My favorite piece is the Missoni Rug.

What do you think will sell first?
The Permanent Press edition print sold first!

That bicep looks pretty familiar. What can you tell us about that artwork?
The bicep art is a fine art photograph by Greg Salvatori of my arm. I wanted to include an element that related to me.

Laura Hur of Lorla Studio

What was your inspiration for your booth?
My booth was inspired by the tropics. I am a firm believer that any temperature below 70 degrees is too cold, and that life is better with a tan and flip-flops. I wanted this sentiment to come across in my design. I wanted to create a space that evoked the warmth, care-free, and laid back vibes that come with being somewhere warm and exotic. This has been a very long winter and I think we could all use an escape!

Who did you imagine lives in this space?
It could be a get-away home for a busy city-dweller. It is designed as an escape from the day-to-day hustle that is city living. Whoever lives in it values a slower pace of life from time-to-time. She enjoys traveling and exotic things and surrounds herself with only items that she loves.

How does this booth reflect your style or differ from your usual aesthetic?
My booth reflects my incorporation of plants. I love plants, and think that no room is complete without at least one living thing, so I always strive to include them in my designs. In fact, all the plants in my room were grown and nurtured by yours truly over the past three years. It breaks my heart a little bit to donate them, but it’s such an amazing cause, and I am confident they will find a wonderful new home where they will make someone very happy!

What’s your favorite piece in the booth?
This question is literally impossible to answer because I love everything in the space! My favorite part of the room is all of the artwork and accessories, and this is because I carefully sourced all of our decor to be unique, and sought to work with as many local female artists as possible. For instance, you’ll find green glass vases and votives on the shelves that were sourced on a trip in Norway, a sculptural chain created by local artist, Michelle Quan, a handmade porcelain light fixture created by the talented Kelly Storrs of LowLand studio, an amazing print inspired by the incredible women working on supercomputers in the 1960s which was created by local artist Shyama Golden, and a truly one-of-a-kind monstera leaf neon sign created by Name Glo. I would have to be crazy to pick a favorite!

What do you think will sell first?
Another tough question! I am going to put my money on the ash nightstand donated by Made Goods. It’s beautiful, not too big, and the price is right!

The tropical vibe of your space is out of control perfect. Tell us more about how you pulled the whole look together—and about that amazing wall hanging.
I created a moodboard of our room very early on, and this helped guide our design throughout the process. The moodboard conveyed the look, feel and vibe that we were going for, and served as a useful visual tool to share with potential donors so that they could contribute items that helped make our vision a reality.

That wall hanging is indeed amazing! It was created by Grace of Animal Teng, a local creative studio focusing on installation design. I have been dying to work with Grace on a project, and was so excited that she was willing to donate to our room. The piece is a mixture of porcelain tiles and cotton rope. It brings a strong dose of texture to our space, which was important to incorporate as our room is very neutral. I would love to be the lucky buyer going home with that piece!

Jae Joo

What was your inspiration for your booth?
I wanted to create a dream office space. In the midst of a hectic schedule, I am constantly craving a serene, lived-in space to hide in and to get inspired.

Who did you imagine lives in this space?
It can be for anyone but I imagined someone from a creative industry to be living and working from here.

How does this booth reflect your style or differ from your usual aesthetic?
I like my rooms to be lived-in but with some drama. I think this vignette was a good reflection of my style.

What’s your favorite piece in the booth?
I love all the art from Saatchi, especially the oversized painting by El Lovaas. And of course, the 30-foot- John Mascheroni modular sofa!

Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator for Saatchi Art, even weighed in on the room’s incredible artwork: “Working with Jae’s mood boards for the vignette walls and the furniture, I wanted to find a range of works in different mediums and styles that would be complementary. The abstract painting, figurative drawing and watercolor on paper all come together as if these are works collected over time.”

Tell us everything about that amazing sectional.
Todd Merrill generously donated this 30-foot-long, John Mascheroni sofa from the ’70s and it was the absolute highlight of my vignette. The sofa is in untouched condition from when it was delivered to Todd in 1979, and I was mesmerized by its color and the beautiful shape! One of my favorite designers from the show bought it as soon as it was available!

Find out more about Housing Works’ Design on a Dime event (and how you can help support an end to homelessness and AIDs) here, or if you’re ready to see how our designers can pull together a stunning space for you, sign up for Homepolish now.

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