As you may remember from our announcement, February was an exciting month for Get Decorated. Not only were we working with our full-time clients in New York City and Miami, but we also had the privilege of being selected to participate in the Housing Works Design on a Dime Miami 2018 event! This unique fundraising event invites 30+ designers to curate room vignettes with art, furniture, and home décor – all of which are then available for purchase 50-80% off. Those proceeds are used by Housing Works to fulfill their goal of ending the national AIDS epidemic by 2025. Saying “Yes!” to doing what we love AND supporting an awesome cause, that was the easy part.
Thanks to our wonderful donors, vendors, friends and contractors even the hard part of getting donated items that went with our chosen color palette and the actual set-up ended up being simpler than we initially expected. Designing without knowing exactly which pieces we would work with was tricky, but our quick sell-out was confirmation of our success.
So, how did we manage to bring our vision to life in just a day and a half? A ton of help and the energy of all the other participants and organizers. Getting to meet and work alongside some talented teams was truly encouraging. In fact, our vignette neighbors, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams graciously donated the gorgeous brass, rectangular, wall mirror to help tie everything together. Generosity was at the core of this event, from beginning to end.
Speaking of the beginning, this is how our section of the Moore Building in Miami’s Design District started out. Each space was painted in advance with the designer’s chosen colors from Benjamin Moore, one of the event’s sponsors. Our blue-green wall color is called “Mayo Teal.”
Then we got to work. After constructing a beam for our lighting (really: a lot of help), our stunning wallpaper from Hygge & West went on the adjacent wall. The one we used was “Aja Removable Tiles” in Teal and we were so lucky to have found the Wallpaper Guys working at other vignette’s to graciously make time to help us out too!
Thanks to Kushner Moving Group, old friends of ours from Lindsay’s work at a Miami firm years ago, all of our pieces were delivered to the site on time and undamaged. Basically, unpacking was a design fan’s perfect Christmas morning. The bar table and Balloon Girl canvas were Rich & Lex additions and the gorgeous coffee table was hand-crafted from Brazilian wood and donated by our friends at Rotsen Furniture. Our firm contributed the white tear drop mod chair and pink Moroccan pouf. Most pieces, however, including the sofa, side table, two light fixtures, gold planter and shag rug, were donated by Article. They are an amazing resource for affordable high-quality pieces and an absolute delight to work with! The sofa was topped off with beautiful pillows from Meraki Home Accents and Kaekoo Designs which added the perfect amount of texture and style.
Our newly installed lighting beam showcased Color Cord’s exposed cord 5-Port Ceiling Pendant. We worked with their team to pick the perfect color combination, and the result added a subtle touch of industrial aesthetic to the space.
Wall décor was, in our opinion, the most dynamic aspect of our vignette. Photos donated by Robert Biondo Photography were custom framed abstracts with white mats and white, wood frames. The sprawling peacock print complemented our motif, while the walnut wood frame added color and texture offsetting the piece on top of the wallpaper.
It was easy to see what our star piece of the event was based on the line of people hoping to snag it! The custom-commissioned Marilyn Bandana print in colors chosen by Miami based, Emilio Ramos, was the first item sold. Having worked with Emilio previously, we were confident that his addition would be the ultimate accent to define our space. Our plan paid off – for Housing Works nonetheless!
The space was tied together by a gorgeous, Tibetan hand knotted New Zealand Wool and handspun Bamboo Silk rug from Custom Couture Rugs, who not only donated to our vignette but six others within the event! Ashley is a rock star.
With everything in place for the event (phew!), the designers attended a much welcomed post-press preview party to celebrate the occasion and good company. Walking the red carpet, mingling with fellow designers, and feeling the excitement of how event attendees would react made the evening a highlight in an already incredible experience.
Ultimately, having our room sell-out and knowing that proceeds benefit a wonderful organization made this one of the most special projects in Get Decorated’s portfolio. We cannot say it enough, “Thank you!” to our friends, family, fellow designers, and, of course, vendors. We had a color palette, you helped us make it into a room that supports an organization addressing quality housing access for people with HIV/AIDS. Talk about “good” design!
Special thanks to Mel Alvarez for all of your hard work and coordination and for taking a chance on us.