Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio Live returns to showcase North Texas color designers
Like so many events last year, Dwell with Dignity’s biannual fundraiser, Thrift Studio Live, turned into a virtual experience to continue to generate income to help those facing homelessness and poverty, generating a record amount of $ 580,000. Dwell with Dignity exists through partnerships with the design industry and social service charities to provide household furnishings to families who have moved into permanent accommodation, but lack the financial resources to purchase the necessities of life. transform their residences into real homes, including furniture, artwork, bedding, kitchen items and pantry food.
On Thursday April 22, in partnership with West Village, the Thrift Studio Live pop-up store returns once again as an in-person experience at 3699 McKinney Ave., # 103 (between Mi Cocina and Kendra Scott), offering buyers the unique opportunity to source designer furniture and accessories at rock bottom prices with profits from Dwell with Dignity and its programs However, a pre-Earth Day shopping event with free drinks courtesy of Ketel One , Baileys and Tanqueray kicks things off in style a day earlier on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the event, customers can purchase durable furniture from the online subscription service. Districtt, as well as regular thrift studio merchandise ahead of the pop-up’s public debut. (Note: Masks will be required and social distancing encouraged.)
In addition to marking the return of the mix in the same room as other humans, this year’s event serves as a major platform to showcase designers of color as part of Dwell with Dignity’s efforts to champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
“As a mixed person, I am passionate that every year at Thrift Studio we include color designers to design a sticker. Every year as we struggle to find names, I get more and more frustrated with the lack of representation from color designers, ”says Ashley Sharp, Managing Director of Dwell with Dignity. “Then I realized we had the platform and the ability to change that. It is our responsibility to use our voice to provide opportunities for those we represent. “
Approximately 77% of Dwell with Dignity clients are African American and 20% are Hispanic.
“We want our customers to see themselves in our designers and demonstrate our commitment to be an advocate for anyone who is understated and underserved.”
The list of interior designers in color is curated by acclaimed interior designer and TV personality Nikki Chu. For the launch of this initiative, Chu chose Zara Taitt to create an impeccably designed ready-to-buy vignette filled with furniture and accessories – and lots of design inspiration.
Taitt is currently working as Senior Interior Designer and Director of Operations at Jan Showers and associates, in addition to being a member of the board of directors of Dwell with Dignity.
“Shedding light on color creations is something that is necessary to have a complete view of the world,” says Taitt. “We each have our own experiences, and the diversity within the design community will hopefully show the younger generation that there are so many possibilities in the design world. Designers of color have perspectives and talents that must be seen. “
For her Thrift Studio vignette, Taitt drew on her memories of childhood summers spent in Barbados, where her family is from. The blue hues of the ocean and the vibrant greens of the palm trees inspired the display’s primary color palette, which includes green Murano glass lamps, a blue wicker sofa upholstered in white linen with blue details and personal touches such as Taitt’s family photos.
Being a part of Dwell with Dignity helps Taitt use her talents to give back to the community.
“This organization gives a new start to families who come from difficult situations and creates a haven of peace for them to live,” she says. “I felt the need to take initiative in the hope that this exhibition of color creations will inspire future generations and continue for many years to come.”
Dwell with Dignity is hosting the Spring Edition of Thrift Studio Live from April 19 to 30, 2021. Store hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and by appointment at [email protected]. Masks are necessary and social distancing encouraged. For more information call (214) 599-7974 or visit www.dwellwithdignity.org.