by Marisa Marcantonio

With no need to nickel and dime prices, Design on a Dime's deals were stellar again this year. Designers agree it is the most fun design shopping event of the year, where you see old friends and meet new one's all in the name of charity. Sharing a love of great design along with deals, Metropolitan Pavillion was packed for DOAD's opening night. As the buzzer went off at 6:30 pm, people scooped up the great goods with fervor to benefit Housing Works.

My big score was something I've wanted for ages, a fantastic Christopher Spitzmiller lamp. I pounced on it in Nick Olsen's vignette, but had to limit myself for practicality. Let's just say it made me oh-so happy. The thing I love most about vignettes is the immense creativity they bring out. The ephemeral nature of them means sadly, nothing this good lasts forever. I took well over 100 photos, and here are some standouts from the evening.

Lara Spencer for One King's Lane included pretty artwork and easy to live with upholstered pieces.

Speaking of pretty, anemones and peony's in oranges and pinks made their booth springy.

Ford Huniford, the founding chair, created a monochromatic montage. Mixing found objects with painting things in snow white, the impact was amazing.

Evette Rios for HomeGoods had a great curved high back sofa, flower ottoman and chairs covered in Dwell fabric. Her vignette was in honor of Will and Kate, if they had a NYC pad.

Combining horse show ribbons and rustic chandeliers, Dering Hall's booth had a festive feel with chic furniture.

Mixing brightly striped rugs, an ikat spotted umbrella, masses of flowers and a trad chintz and blue and white plates on the wall, newcomer C. Wonder wowed.

Tons of blue and white china at cheap and cheerful prices went quickly.

The large space was a harbinger of spring. The umbrella was not for sale but I sure wish it was.

Eddie Lee put a framed fabric of succulents on the wall to kick off the garden theme. With light wood accessories, beautiful potted boxwood and amazing upholstery there were good finds here!

In Arden Stephenson's booth, black and white floral backed the main wall and happy turquoise Valspar paint made the chic sitting room complete. I wonder who walked away with the Flokati stool, what fun.

Minimalist chic in Brad Ford's booth was highlighted by an amazing photo series of a woman walking briskly against a red background. The energy of the piece was riveting. As always, Brad's ability to make greenery look sculptural was evident.

Another hard to resist, amazing piece of art in Brad's booth. 

A red Bungalow 5 linen wrapped console and cubes with nailhead trim would surely make anyone happy.

Pappas Miron Design used a killer Alpha Workshops wallpaper with their upholstery laden den.

With the scale of everything suitable for urban dwelling, I wanted Nick Olsen's entire booth transported to my apartment stat.

This diminutive French chair in purple wool was chic chic.

My score: a Gregory Lamp from Christopher Spitzmiller in the most amazing pale green.

The ever-creative Harry Heissmann painted his walls purple and filled is space with quirky fabulous stuff. A pair of Spitzy lamps were still there!

A loden green mohair sofa with a high arm is a lifetime piece for sure.

I really wish I had the time to pick some artwork from Pocker, it was framed and ready to roll.

Lifestyling by Maria Gabriella Brito was retro chic.

Hats off to the Housing Works crew for creating the coolest booth with flour accents.

They had a trove of John Derian paperweights to rival his store, and worked with Housing Works donations.

Patrick James Hamilton Designs scheme was dark and broody with great accessories. Notice that Baker lamp?

Rick colors tied the scheme together in a way that showed it took ages to orchestrate.

Katie Lydon had varied pillows and cool interesting pieces.

Aurelien Gallet has a knack for unique accessories from a variety of historical periods.

Cullman and Kravis's pink cocoon with boxes of candy stacked on the floor.

Just like his refined work, Matthew Patrick Smyth's booth was a snapshot of his interiors. Pale hues and comfortable pieces with symmetrical bookshelves.

That zebra rug! Neal Beckstedt had lots of usable pieces.

Along with great artwork.

Wiley design had black and white popped with pink for great impact.

Ideas aplenty here.

The guys from Flair brought their A game with serious Italian vintage.

Killer artwork too.

Jim Fairfax used a pale pink wall and earthy colors.

Many of his pieces were custom.

The 70's vibe of Nathan Thomas Studios chocolate brown space was comfortingly transporting.

I was looking forward to the High Falls Mercantile booth, as I knew it would be chock-a-block again this year.

Old good things...

Another 70's interior from Buzz Kelly was totally amazing. A painted wall with pastel colored rays was next to a wall with a bulls eye painting of the same colors. So creative.

A pomegranate colored sofa I believe a Vladimir Kagan piece, balanced the color variety.

One more angle.

Juniper Tedhams minimal, artistic space with crystal chandeliers and antique beds was statement making.

David Duncan Antiques had a fanciful painted backdrop with flowers and beautiful greenery.

Studio Printworks cone shaped black and white geo pattern provided the backdrop for Miles Redd's op art cocoon. Of course, everyone was awed by it.

Let's just say things went like hotcakes.

Foley and Cox had a large space to create a long living room.

Touches of Americana made it a cozy enclave.

There were so many nice pairs of candlestick lamps and lighting in general throughout the vignettes.

An antique mantel and comfortable reading chairs.

Country casual.

Lipstick red walls set the stage for the red, black and white world of Alessandra Branca.

She mixed beachy seagrass cubes and good antique pieces with strong lines.

I coveted this quilted slipper chair.

Genius Mark Cunningham's montage of natural materials with pops of white was spellbinding.

A great merchandiser, accessories were grouped in clusters by varying heights.

Texture and form come together so beautifully, Mark, when will you open a retail store?

Ernest De LA Torre paired blue walls, red lampshades and yellow National Geographic issues for a pop of primary colors.

Recreating her daughter's bedroom, Tilton Fenwick covered walls in an ethnic - inspired teardrop wallpaper in a bright green. Clarence House fabric accents on a canopy bed tied it all together.

The New Traditionalists dresser trimmed in green was stocked with classic children's books. Pops of vivid color made the space fun and dynamic.

My friend Mimi scored the bed for her daughter, yay!

With an eye for the best, Kristen McGinnis paired African accents with a neutral palette.

A zebra lamp, klismos chiar and mid-century desk.

Amazingly, the first edition Marc Newsom chair was still available by night's end.

Lilian August had an aviary as a centerpiece for ethnic finds.

Pops of yellow and kelly green with black and white made Genevieve Gorder's booth of re-finished Housing Works finds fresh.

Never one to shy away from color, Amanda Nisbet was up to her usual fun fabulous tricks. The neon sign says it all.

I wanted this custom sofa! It is the perfect scale for apartment living. Not sure the print was for me though.

A chartreuse lacquer desk sat beside a giant wooden turtle. Barbie dolls were hanging out too. And what's that I see? Yes, another great Spitzmiller lamp! I tipped a friend off and she nabbed it.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Tilton Fenwick's vignette from last year

Elaine Griffith
photos: Lindsey Thorne

HB Home Ottoman, Retail Price: 1275.00, Housing Works Price: 385.00 Courtesy of Dering Hall

Tucker Robbins Feather Headdress Retail Price 1500.00, Housing Works Price: 450.00 Courtesy of Tyler Wisler Home

Studio Four NYC Custom Woven Area Rug 9 x 11 Retail price: 5900.00, Housing Works Price: 2450.00 Courtesy of Arden Stephenson

Elephant hotel, working hotel, that was built for Coney Island. Inspires designer Joshua Ingraham

New print being released especially for Design on a Dime. Inspiring designer Joshua Ingraham

Ochre Arctic Pear Chandelier Retail Price: 3,690.00 Housing Works Price: 1107.00 Courtesy of Foley & Cox Interiors Inc

When over 45 interior designers band together for charity, the world is a better place. It is hard to believe Design on a Dime is in it's 8th year! James Huniford, Charlotte Moss, Evette Ríos and Lara Spencer will co-chair this year's sure-to-be-fabulous Housing Work's Design on A Dime event. Held at The Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street, sponsors include HomeGoods, Valspar, and HSBC Private Bank with official media partners Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda as well. Don't miss the shoppable chic vignettes done by 50 designers with goods from 50-70% off retail. Come out, shop, and support this worthwhile cause helping New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. If you attend the opening night reception Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm, you will have the best chance at scoring covetable merch. Get em' here. You can also pin it to win it, just complete and tweet your Pinterest Board to @HWthrifts, hashtag #DOAD, or share with Housing Works Thrift Shops on Facebook by 4/19. 3 winners will get 2 VIP tickets to meet the designers.
I suggest doing another round at the Public Sale, April 27-28 from 10am-6pm for new stuff.

Fully styled vignettes will be masterminded by:
Amanda Nisbet Designs
Anthony-Wright Interiors
Arlene Angard Designs
Asler Valero
Aurélien Gallet, LLC
Beale-Lana Interior Design
Brad Ford ID
Buzz Kelly Interiors
Cullman & Kravis
David Duncan Antiques
De la Torre Design
Dering Hall
Eddie Lee Inc.
Evette Rios for HomeGoods
Foley & Cox Interiors Inc
Genevieve Gorder for Valspar
Harry Heissmann Inc.
High Falls Mercantile
J. Pocker
Jarret Yoshida Interiors
John Douglas Eason Interiors
Jonathan Rosen Interiors
Joshua Ingraham Design
Juniper Tedhams
Katie Lydon Interiors
Kristen McGinnis Design
Lara Spencer for One Kings Lane
Lillian August
Lifestyling® By Maria Gabriela Brito
Liv-Chic by Hilary White
Mark Cunningham Inc.
Mark Stephen Design & Production
Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc
Michael Leva for C. Wonder
Miles Redd
Nathan Thomas Studios
Neal Beckstedt Studio
Nick Olsen
Pappas Miron Design
Patrick James Hamilton Designs
Reddymade Design, LLC
Rio Hamilton for Niedermaier
Shields & Company Interiors
Tiger Lily’s Greenwich
Tilton Fenwick LLC
Tyler Wisler Home
Willey Design
Yetta Banks for Viacom
Ziering Interiors



by Marisa Marcantonio

I went to this years Design on a Dime Housing Works charity designer shopping event with a mission. My goal: to descend on Tilton Fenwick's vignette and come out with some great goods. They showed me their design scheme in advance and I was hooked. Well, I am happy to report mission accomplished. I was there when the clock struck 6pm and targeted my eyes on their wares like a laser beam.
Every booth had deals galore and many, many things I coveted. One of the best things about this event is that it is an idea incubator. Designers really have fun with their vignettes and there are many great takeaways to inspire. The rather large preview event was well produced and the evening was a must attend for the entire design community. Be sure to visit over the next few days to score unbelievable deals for charity.

Tilton Fenwick did a booth for Traditional Home Magazine, incorporating classic Brunschwig and Fils, modern art, a Colleen and Company lantern, a Bee Line lamp and a New Traditionalists desk. Their inspiration was a design blogger.

I wish my desk was always this neat and organized.

This Indian chair was a steal.

I hope someone bought their wavy mirror it was only $100.

A beautifully styled etagere with fresh flowers and books.

Iman and Robert Verdi showcased Iman Home showcased her ikat design.

Charlotte Moss had fun with color.

This hot pink wall with salon style hung artwork is amazing.

Malcolm James Kutner had beautiful finds. Miles Redd swooped in to buy the sofa.

The antiques were great.

A painted canvas rug is an easy way to add pattern to a room.

Miles Redd created a killer space with red, yellow and blue.


It was hard not to buy it all.

Elaine Griffin created a pink and a green room with Home Goods.

She is great with accessorizing a space- you just want it all! Until you realize you may need a truck to get it home.

To think all these things can be found at Home Goods makes me want to peruse their stores more often!

Check out that wild butterfly bench.

Larry Rulh for High Falls Mercantile.

This was like visiting a great antiques shop.

Arlene Angard created a summery spot.

What a fun table.

Bradley Stephens created a tenement apartment.

That small sofa was tempting.

Bradley Thiergartner had some major pieces and a great installation.

Ernie de la Torre had a Karl Springer table as a centerpiece.

Carrier and Company had walls filled with pop art.

Someone could create an entire design library with the books from all the booths.

Daniel M. Pafford's blue and white bedroom.

No detail was overlooked.

Foley and Cox created a serene pale bedroom.

Spa at home.
They had many things from Aero that were deals.

Giovanni Naso had nice pieces.

Katie Ridder incorporated her fabrics on a beautifully shaped sofa. Pops of red made the space very Katie.

This chair was another hard to resist piece.

Form Architecture and Interiors had great lighting and an irrestistable dog portrait.

Elizabeth Bauer's booth was a festival of color.

Bright Kim Seybert goodies make summer entertaining a breeze.

Lara Spencer mixed fun artwork and vintage finds.

Katie Lydon added geometric pattern to neutral pieces.

Lillian August sold most of their things. I coveted the rug.

NYSID grouped together many designers in a collective space.

Patrick James Hamilton created a glamorous space.

Icy blue and white glassware on a sideboard.

Ralph Lauren Home looked crisp in blue and white.

Crisp and summery stripes were everywhere.

Jack Bergamino for Paul Smith went for touches of neon and the signature haberdashery stripe.

It was like walking into a Paul Smith store the portraits made it so fun.

Robert Passal had a horse mural painted on site that is also for sale.

He had great lighting and a large round mirror that got scooped up.

B. Russell Groves made black and white sophisticated and inviting.

Steven Sclaroff always has incredible things for amazing prices.

Shawn Henderson paired pieces with clean lines and greys.

Tricia Foley and Roy Hardin for The New General Store had a clean and modern space-- their signature look is warm and zen.

Their tabletop included Donna Karan Home for Lenox and a Thomas O'Brien pendant light hangs above.

Asler Valero built out a kitchen with silvered walls.

Booths throughout were painted with Valspar colors. They painted pieces of furniture in tempting brights.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Every year, Design on a Dime gets better! This year, it's seventh, looks to be its best yet. With co-chairs Nate Berkus, Iman, Lara Spencer and Charlotte Moss leading the charge, 50 designer vignettes are going to be filled with incredible deals. Located at the vast Metropolitan Pavilion, at 123 West 18th Street, there will be plenty to see and buy, including donated photography on exhibition.
Housing Works charity benefits those living with HIV/AIDS and provides them with support and community. It is a great organization and I really look forward to scoring some deals this Thursday night. Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel de Pedro Cunningham, the girls of Tilton Fenwick were recently part of the Trad Home Lonny online magazine new traditionals to watch list, and they were asked by Traditional Home to create their vignette. Their inspiration is the desk of a design blogger, so I can't wait to see that!
These designers will be creating vignettes this year:
Andy Cohen
Arlene Angard Designs
Asler Valero
AT Interior Designs
Beale-Lana Interior Design
Bradley Stephens Interior Design
Bradley Thiergartner Interiors
Brett Design Inc
Carrier and Company
Charlotte Moss & Co.
Daniel M. Pafford
Darren Brown Interior Design
De La Torre Design Studio
Elaine Griffin for HomeGoods
Eldon Wong
Elizabeth Bauer Design
Foley & Cox Interiors
Form Architecture + Interiors
Franck Hodelin & Company
Gabriel de la Portilla
Giovanni Naso Interiors
Huniford Design Studio
Iman and Robert Verdi for IMAN Home
Jack Bergamino for Paul Smith
Jarret Yoshida, Inc.
Jonathan Rosen Interiors
Joshua Ingraham Design, Inc.
Juniper Tedhams
Katie Lydon Interiors
Katie Ridder Inc.
Kristen McGinnis Design
Lara Spencer
Larry Ruhl for High Falls Mercantile
Laura Bohn Design Associates
Lillian August
Luis Caicedo Design
Malcolm James Kutner
Mark Stephen Design
Michael Bagley
Miles Redd
Nathan Thomas Studios
Patrick James Hamilton Designs
Ralph Lauren Home
Robert Passal Interior & Architectural Design
S. Russell Groves
Malcolm James Kutner for SFERRA
Shawn Henderson Interior Design
Shields & Company Interiors
Steven Sclaroff
Tiger Lily’s Greenwich
Tilton Fenwick for Traditional Home
Tricia Foley + Roy Hardin for The New General Store
Yetta Banks for MTV Networks

Opening night is a fun and festive mix of designers, industry people, and design fans. For tickets, click here.

Don't forget, the shopping continues with the Free Public Sale, May 6-7th.
If you have any questions or would prefer to pay over the phone, please call Lily Acunzo at 347-473-7457. You may also email