10th Annual Design On A Dime Featured Vignette Rooms

Thursday evening kicked off this years 10th Annual Design On A Dime fundraising event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. This is New York City’s most popular interior design benefit, with tons of talent and designer donations all cleverly creating well thought out various and unforgettable room vignettes with new (donated) merchandise. The merchandise sells for 50% to 70% off retail pricing at the DOAD fundraising three day event. All of the profits from the Design on a Dime event help Housing Works “Get A Room” for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. You can read more about the Housing Works organization in my previous post, About Housing Works Thrift & Design On A Dime plus also take a behind the scenes peek at how one of the participating designers, Patrick J. Hamilton, created his vignette at another previous event, Charity Causes: How To Get Vignette Set -- And also be sure to see all the behind the scenes before and after pics of this years DOAD event at Mon Oncle, by Rio Hamilton. Living here in the southwest, I wasn't unable to attend, however thanks to social media, here is a collection of just a few faves from this years vignettes, shared via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram during the event...

 Love the Spore Mirror, (part of the Barry Dixon Inc Collection at Arteriors) in this DOAD room vignette designed by Patrick J. Hamilton - The perfect balance of both masculine & feminine created in a space...

 Truly a clever application and even play on words - 'design on a dime'. Attendee Jonathan Legate learned the prints on the back wall were sheets of paper in poster frames. The paper is a gorgeous marble paper from Thailand, available at: Paper Source. (They actually have a location here in Scottsdale!!) Each sheet is 25" x 37" and only costs $8 each. Talk about getting the most bang for your buck - That wall is a WOW factor!

 LOVE the application of the arched mirror, used to create a window within the bookcases, for this vignette...

Tamara Matthews-Stephenson (second from left) and DOAD guest Jonathan Legate.

LOVE the fabric wall covering... 

 Director of the Design on a Dime Event, Mel Alvarez (left) with designer Tyler Wisler & his beautiful assistant Paula.

Proud Robin Baron in her DOAD vignette.

 DOAD designer Nicole Gibbons posing in her vignette.

 Michael Tavano Design DOAD room vignette...

And last but not least, one of many faves from this year's 10th Annual Design On A Dime room vignette designs... A room inspired by Carrie Bradshaw's Closet - How it would be today...

The room started with this GORGEOUS Greek Key wall covering from Lee Jofa, and transformed into...

 DOAD room vignette design by Marks & Frantz Design - Carrie Bradshaw Today 
Both photos by Rick Lew Photography

Unbelievable - the talent, dedication and hard work that went into all of the room vignettes and coordinating this special event... Truly amazing! For a complete list of all the designers and list of sponsors, visit Design On A Dime at Housing Works...

Design On A Dime - Founding Chair - James Huniford (pictured here with DOAD designer, Robin Baron). 

 Thursday evening may have been the Opening Night Reception, but now the event is open to the public: April 25 & 26... So get out in NYC and shop for a great cause!

Congrats to all and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Lynda! You are so generous and lovely to cover this wonderful event, so near and dear to my heart! When are YOU doing a vignette?? You would ROCK IT.

  2. I am very flattered to be included in your round up and it was a magical evening -- you captured it so well. Thank you again, Tamara Matthews-Stephenson (Nest by Tamara blog)

  3. Love the marbled paper from Paper Source--last year, I lined my bookcases with it. If I could figure out how, I'd attach a pic. Your blog is wonderful, and this is a great post. Thanks!

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