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For the Nifty Thrifty: Dwell with Dignity and Thrift Studio

16 April 2012

This weekend was a few projects but mostly relaxing at the house. I did manage to put a brush through my hair and leave the hippie haven for a trip to the Design District with my mom to see Dwell with Dignity's pop-up shop, Thrift Studio.

Dwell with Dignity is a volunteer-run non-profit in Dallas that uses design partnerships and DIY projects to create inspiring and beautiful places for families transitioning from being homeless. I got to tour some of their finished projects when I visited the Interfaith Housing Coalition on my Junior League bus tour and their work is truly incredible. Maybe you have seen their feature on my favorite site ever, Apartment Therapy? I love that the volunteers of this organization often tell me how much working alongside other women who love design and beauty on a budget has changed their own lives. Their Wednesday Work Nights are the alternative happy hour and visiting Thrift Studio inspired me to go by the Dwell house soon and get some target practice with my glue gun.

Thrift Studio sells everything from upcycled art and DIY projects to donated linens homegoods to raise funds for Dwell with Dignity. I was overwhelmed with design inspiration for my own home as I walked through the showroom and also found some great buys! My iphone favorites follow below...

I adored these bookshelves with a little hideaway storage in the nursery showroom. (Of course, Crazy Baby Lady strikes again...) I feel like most nurseries are either super traditional or very, very mod and this is a great merging of the two looks in a key nursery furniture item.

After seeing so many great projects of designers using screens as headboards I was very drawn to this beautiful screen!

I love consoles and vintage buffets as entertainment centers. So much so that one is in my home and I have another one at my sister's place. So I was not allowed to buy this one, even though it would make a great bar, TV stand or dare I say changing table? (CBL does not quit, you guys.)

Peacock Alley donated linens for a mini-outlet sale inside Thrift Studio. So many of the fabrics are stunning but the colors on this one really popped out at me for that "so old fashioned it's cool" look that preppys and hipsters alike are in pursuit of right now, yours truly included.

These chairs were an immaculate upholstery job and the perfect example of how quickly the right fabric can take pieces from drab to fab! I have been really interested in learning how to do small reupholstery projects after my Nannie's chairs were completely transformed earlier this year. I need to make good on my resolution to work with Dwell with Dignity soon - you learn SO much while volunteering!

This caught my eye as I was leaving for a fun pop of color in an office or powder room. I love that femenine pieces are in style right now. I love decidedly girly decor when it is in the right place.

Click here for updates on Thrift Studio along with hours and location. Hurry up and pay them a visit before all the goods are gone!

In honor of all the great women volunteers I met at Thrift Studio along with it being National Volunteer Week, I'd love to ask...

Do you volunteer? If so, where? and why do you like it?

Give your favorite non-profit a shout out on my blog! Turn the comments board today into your personal soap box and let us know why we should volunteer there!

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