Highlights from Design on a Dime 2014

We were proud to donate a number of rugs to this year’s Design on a Dime benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Top designers created room vignettes, and all proceeds benefitted Housing Works’ mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. Below are some of the wonderful vignettes and designers we were able to donate to.

J + G Design

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J+G: For this year’s Design on a Dime, we were all about color blocking, but in neutrals and pastels for spring.  Merida’s rug fit in perfectly with our scheme because although it was neutral, it had just the right amount of interest with the graphic pattern.

Featuring a Celerie Kemble for Merida Climb sisal rug.

id 810 Design Group

photo by Xiangyun Chen

photo by Xiangyun Chen

id810: “Design on a Dime is such a wonderful event for a few reasons: first and foremost, because of the many people that Housing Works is able to help with the money raised. But, beyond that, the attendees and designers are also beneficiaries, which is really unique. Those who attend the event are exposed to inspirational design and have the opportunity to fill their homes with what are typically “trade only” products at seriously low prices, and interior designers have the benefit of being tasked with a huge creative challenge by working solely with donated goods that may not have anything in common with one another. It is both engaging and rewarding when it all threads together to create a comprehensive “room.”

As designers, we are lucky to work with many vendors who generously offer to donate their product to our vignette. However, we aren’t able to choose exactly what they donate and are at the mercy of what is available to each donor. We simply have to “make it work.” As 2nd time vets of this event, it’s amazing to see everything come together. Last year when in the planning phase we were convinced that we wanted to create a dark and masculine space. However all of the donations that were coming in were pink and champagne colored so we had to flex our creative muscles and change direction. This year our dark and masculine space came together organically, with our Merida Tonga area rug grounding the entire space. This sisal was not only the perfect color to compliment the other large pieces that were donated to us, but we are lovers of texture, and the weave on this particular sisal has a great quality of dimension and a sense of movement. Also, the “guy” that lives in our space is a world traveler and lover of all things exotic, so the fact that this rug was inspired by the thatched hut roofs in the South Pacific islands just added to his story.

It is incredibly gratifying for us as designers to have created a space from what is truly a random assortment of furnishings that looks complete, thought out, and intentional. Our vignette looks like something we would have designed and built for a real client, and we would have sourced each of the furnishings that our wonderful vendors donated to us.”

Featuring a Tonga sisal rug.

Barclay Butera

Barclay Butera: “The overall theme for this vignette was to mix my classic all-American aesthetic with a touch of old Hollywood glamour.  The space featured a grand white linen sofa with brass nailhead detail topped with several signature navy accent pillows. Tastefully anchoring the entire vignette is Merida’s Bleeker Platinum rug with its subtle coloring and a unique woven diamond design.  To spice up the tranquil color scheme, I added a leopard print club chair with high gloss lacquered étagères and cocktail table with bold abstract art covering the walls.”

Featuring a Bleecker Platinum wool & sisal rug.

Eric Cohler

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Featuring a Broadway sisal rug.

Tamara Stephenson

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Featuring a Celerie Kemble by Merida Climb rug.

De La Torre Design Studio

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Featuring a Bleecker Platinum wool & sisal rug.

For more information about any of the rugs featured, email or call 800-345-2200.

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