design competitions

This princess needs her own castle, er, dog house, with the Bark + Build Design/Build Competition, benefiting SPCA of Texas. Photo: spilltojill via Creative Commons

Two local design competitions are calling on Dallas-area professionals to show off their best work this summer.

The Bark + Build Doghouse Design/Build Competition, presented by AIA Dallas and TEXO Association, calls on architects and contractors to team up and design haute houses for dogs. All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Texas Home for the Holidays event.

All entries will be judged on both design and construction quality by jury panel, with various award categories, and displayed at NorthPark Center from Nov. 16 – Dec. 7. While on public display, buy a raffle ticket or two—all proceeds benefit SPCA of Texas.

The competition serves to foster relationships between architecture and contractor firms and raise awareness and support for SPCA of Texas’ mission, to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home and is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. Register your team or learn more by clicking here.

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Marc Lake, Lisa Robison

Marc Lake and Lisa Robison (Photos: Bob Manzano)


After a getting a new brand, the antique emporium in the Dallas Design District formerly known as Donald J. Embree Antiques celebrated its new moniker with a soiree benefiting Dwell With Dignity last month. The interior design community fell in love with the store, now Embree & Lake, all over again inside its beautiful digs at 1115 Slocum Street. The shop, which just turned 54, hosted the biggest names in Dallas design, including Kenneth Craighead, Loyd Taylor, Sherry Hayslip, John Phifer Mars, David Salem, Peggy Levinson, and Lisa Robison.

To highlight the evening, shop owner Marc Lake toasted Donald J. Embree, who founded the namesake business. With Don’s passing and his grace, Marc committed to carrying on the well-known collection and keeping it current. The whole bash not only shed light on Embree & Lake’s stunning selection of furnishings and unique accessories, but also highlighted the great work that nonprofit Dwell With Dignity is doing.

Jump for more photos of this fabulous event!

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Mosaic Family Services is opening a new, larger facility that will require some security upgrades for their clients escaping violent situations.

Thank goodness for organizations like Mosaic Family Services. This nonprofit, which runs Mosaic House, helps people escape challenging and abusive situations, victims of human trafficking and exploitation, and refugees. The organization just moved to a new facility, and thanks to volunteers and generous donations, has been able to provide a beautiful, calm, and safe place for their clients to land.

“The demand for our services is increasing every day. We’re the only shelter in Texas that provides help in more than two dozen languages to multicultural victims. These are people who across the country have been discriminated against and denied access to safe shelter because of language or immigration barriers,” said Mirjana Omeragic, Multicultural Family Violence Program Director at Mosaic Family Services, “but we believe that freedom from violence is a human right.”

When the new Mosaic House opens, not only will the caseworkers be able to serve more than 400 women and children each ear — a large increase from its previous capacity — but it will do so in a more welcoming space, thanks to the help of more than 500 volunteers from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Sabre, Altrusa International of Dallas, Bank of Texas, and many more than have helped with painting, cosmetic repairs, and decorating the facility’s nine bedrooms. Designers have supplied linens and housewares to make the rooms and common areas comfortable and cozy.

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