Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio Pop-Up Shop

One of my favorite charities here in Dallas is Dwell with Dignity. If you’re not familiar, it’s a great nonprofit that provides furnishings, pantry items, and home makeovers to those struggling with poverty. Last night I attended the preview party for Thrift Studio, a 30-day pop-up shop that serves as a fundraiser for Dwell with Dignity (there’s a Thrift Studio each fall and spring).

Different Dallas designers are chosen each year to create vignettes for this temporary market using donated furnishings, which are then sold to support the cause. Although the pop up is technically a thrift shop, the vignettes are beautifully styled and cohesive. There were a number of great displays and it was fun seeing how each designer brought new life to various second-hand furnishings and artworks. The honorary chair of the event this year was Tobi Fairley and there were other great designers involved, like Gonzalo Bueno of Ten Plus Three and Peter Sandel. I was on the host committee and previewed many of the displays at its Patron Party last week, but it was inspiring to see the space again last night teaming with people.

Here are some photos of some of the vignettes that caught my eye:

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Dwell with Dignity is a great organization to support, and I encourage you to donate to the cause. The organization is also expanding into new cities (the first is in Atlanta), so lookout for new chapters. They’re always looking for great furnishings and artwork!

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