February Finds at Design On A Dime

A well-dressed home is a beautiful thing. A well-dressed home with designer furnishings that cost less than half of the retail price with proceeds going to charity – glorious. Enter Housing Works’ Design On A Dime fundraiser. For the first time, Design On A Dime is heading to Miami and there’s no better place to host the 3-day event than the Miami Design District.

Design On A Dime is a benefit that brings together top interior designers to raise funds and awareness for Housing Works, a national campaign to end the AIDS epidemic by 2025. Twenty-five of the world’s top designers including Brown Davis Interiors, MacDonald Design Associates, Fava Design Group, Wade Allyn Hallock, and Taylor & Taylor, Inc. will each take over a space in the Moore Building for the Miami inaugural event and transform it into a vignette where every item in the vignette is for sale at up to 80 percent off its retail value.

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Photo: (left) Bellemeade Table Lamp; (right) Poltrana Frau Desk Chair

One not-to-missed vignette is from A. Keith Powell and Sean Saladino, which pays homage to David Bowie. “Sean and I will be creating this room together, and from the very beginning we knew that we didn’t want a “pretty” room. When David Bowie passed away we scrapped our original plans and decided to go back to London’s mid-80’s during the height of the punk rock movement, creating a tribute to David Bowie. It’s trash, cash and lots of flash, it’s a rock and roller living in London, and the destruction of a traditional proper London townhouse with walls painted Ruby Red. The room takes set a order and disturbs it to make a another world within the realm where we live,” says Powell.

Need a new sofa? End table? Wall art? All can be yours by attending one of the weekend’s events that kick off Friday, February 5th with the Chairman’s Preview, a cocktail party that will be hosted by The Insider and former Miami TV mainstay, Louis Aguirre. Guests in attendance will have the opportunity to view the vignettes while rubbing elbows with committee and event chairs which include Design on a Dime’s founding chair, James Huniford, Michael Boodro, Ken Fulk, Sarah Harrelson, The Jills and Brian Kelly. Honorary Chairs include, Andy Cohen, Sandra Lee and Christina Saralegui. Only a curated selection of items will be available for purchase that evening.

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Photo: (left) DWR Como Chaise; (right) Chamcha Wood Console

The following evening, Saturday, February 6th is the Opening Night Reception, a cocktail hour where guests can view the vignettes and begin shopping.

Don’t worry, if you miss the first two events, Sunday, February 7th is open to the public and admission is free.  Tickets for the Chairman’s Preview and Opening Night reception range from $100 to $1,000. For more information visit and to purchase tickets, visit housingworks.org/events/design-on-a-dime/miami/