Housing Works “Design on a Dime”

For the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of one of the best design charity events in all of NYC… The reason I give it such high praise is really because it’s one of the few events that is truly interactive between designer, donating vendors and the public.

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.”

Design on a Dime is 3 days of the best bargain shopping for interior design products and accessories! Over 60 of the city’s top designers are asked to put together vignettes with brand new items donated to Housing Works from their favorite vendors and workrooms. It’s a very intense 3-1/2 months of preparation for all the design firms, asking, well really begging, for remarkable pieces of furniture, art, rugs, accessories and more to fill up the 10′ x 12′ x 8′ high plot of real estate we’re all given to furnish and decorate as we envision.

I’m personally attracted to this event is that it really flexes the creative muscles. We are asked to make a random assortment of donated items into something beautiful and cohesive. So ideas and concepts are constantly changing and evolving depending on the items coming in.

Now, what happens to the pieces? Well the designers are given a day and a half to blitz out their “white room” and make that vision turn into a reality. All the items in the vignette are fair game to be sold! Everything is marked down between 50-70% off the retail value! Yeah! Crazy good deals! And what’s better, everything is literally ready for immediate sale! You like it, you pay for it, it’s yours! You walk out the door with it! SO MUCH FREAKING FUN!!!

I’m ridiculously psyched for the installation set up to begin on Tuesday, but absolutely none of this would be possible without the generosity of all the donors! They are the reason this event is even possible! So this is a HUGE “Thank You” to this year’s group of amazing peeps that wanted to help make a difference in the lives of so many!

Thank you to:

Anywhere Fireplace

Art of Board

BESPOKE by Luigi Gentile & Vladimir Kagan Couture

Daniel Joseph Durkin

Duane Hosein

Dwell Studio

Erika Szente

Fenton Bailey of World of Wonder & RuPaul

Fletcher and Fox

Grace & Favor

Hallmark Flooring

j Good Design

James Bedell of SDA Lighting & Bruck Lighting

JD Staron

Lillian August


Made by Cassandra Smith


Metropolitan Lighting

Michael Giordano

Mike Reilly


Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

New Day Woodwork

New York Wood Flooring & Construction

Oksana Berzinsh


Patterson Flynn & Martin

Paula Orange

Ray Ferrer

Rebecca Vicars

Robert Allen

Scott Solberg

Sonadora In Love

The Evolution Store

Todd McPhetridge


Tucker Robbins

Velvet Touch Movers

White Faux Taxidermy

Please check out their sites and explore all the amazingness they have to offer!