IIDA’s Lavish Event Will Benefit Dwell with Dignity

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The IIDA will host its fourth bi-annual Lavish event, which benefits Dwell with Dignity. This year’s theme is Dallas neighborhoods, but previous events have centered around culinary, gemstones, and trend-setting cities around the world (Photos courtesy IIDA).

Flexing that creative muscle is something the designers belonging to the International Interior Design Association do daily — after all, creating spaces that reflect a company or homeowner’s personal style (and often budget) requires a fair amount of inspiration.

So it’s little wonder that when the Dallas City Center council began crafting its fundraising effort for Dwell with Dignity that the biggest component would be a celebration of creativity.

And the organization’s fourth bi-annual Lavish, which will be held at 6 p.m. on May 11 at the 2616 Commerce Events Center,  is just that.

“IIDA Lavish is an design even and silent auction where local design teams create unforgettable vignettes using donated and re-purposed items,”  Jordan Whitman, event spokeswoman told me. “All items in the vignettes will be available for purchase through a silent auction during the event.”

And this year, the theme is decidedly all Dallas — each team has selected a Dallas neighborhood as the inspiration for their vignettes.

“Attendees will be amazed at the amount of skill and creativity our design teams will showcase in each unique vignette,” Whitman said.

To create the vignette, each design team was paired with three underwriters who provided furniture, materials, and accessories.

“Design teams are also encouraged to source other, non-competing donations for their vignettes from the local community,” Whitman said.

Darren Woodson

The vignettes will be seen for the first time in public at Lavish, where a panel of celebrity judges will score them for the awards ceremony. Earlier this week, organizers announced that the panel would include Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor recipient Darren Woodson, who now works with esrp, a commercial real estate firm, after 13 seasons with the Cowboys.

Items in the vignettes will be auctioned off in a silent auction benefiting Dwell with Dignity.

“IIDA and Dwell with Dignity’s shared goal is to improve the human condition through interior environments that are safe, functional, and inspiring,” Whitman said. A representative from Dwell with Dignity will be on hand as well to share more information about the non-profit and the work they do.

“Since 2012, IIDA Dallas has donated over $35,000 to Dwell with Dignity and helped approximately seven families create warm and inviting homes,” Whitman said. “This year, we are anticipating our most successful event yet and hoping to meet a major milestone donations goal.”

And the group won’t just be helping Dwell by raising funds. “After the event, members of the committee and other IIDA volunteers will participate in a Dwell with Dignity installation of furniture and décor for a well deserving family in need,” she said.

For more information, and to purchase tickets (which range in price from $30 and up), click here.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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