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Stumped for last-minute gift ideas for someone on Santa’s nice list? Why not consider a membership or donation to a North Texas nonprofit in their name? It’s a thoughtful alternative to yet another gift that might sit unused or unappreciated.

Here are a few of our favorites related to Dallas history, preservation, housing, and architecture.

 

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North Texas Giving Day

If you’ve thought about giving to a nonprofit, there is no better day than tomorrow.

North Texas Giving Day is an online fundraising event that makes it easy for people to donate to a variety of North Texas nonprofits in one day. Last year, they raised a record $33.1 million for 2,020 organizations. This year, more than 2,500 area nonprofits have registered with the Communities Foundation of Texas, which founded the event in 2009.

Part of what makes this event special is the matching funds: This year, there are $25 million to match or partially match many of the donations made tomorrow. That means your dollars go further to help out some truly wonderful nonprofits in the local work they do.

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Dwell With Dignity Thrift Shop Vignette Designed by IBB Design (Photo: Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Design)

Dwell With Dignity Thrift Shop Vignette Designed by IBB Design (Photo: Lance Selgo at Unique Exposure Design)

There’s nothing we love more than a great deal, unless of course we can grab a bargain and help a wonderful cause at the same time. Both will be possible when Dwell With Dignity hosts their annual Thrift Studio at the Dallas Design District April 8 through May 7.

Dwell With Dignity presents fully furnished home to Shared Housing family (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Dwell With Dignity presents fully furnished home to a Shared Housing family (Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography)

We fell in love with this organization when they decorated a new home for a Shared Housing family in December. No detail was missed, including stocking the pantry, Christmas trees for the kids, and this Lifestylist’s favorite — they got the family a double stroller after researching to make sure that it fit on public transportation. What a difference they made in this young family’s life, and shopping at the Thrift Studio will make it possible for them to help other families like this one. Their goal is to do over 18 homes a year, and considering how much “sweat equity” they invest in each home, that takes a lot of volunteers and generous sponsors.

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Photo: Dwell Magazine

The Monogram Modern Home pre-fabricated modern home has made four stops in American cities so far. It will be in the Dallas Design District Aug. 21-22. Photo: Dwell Magazine

If modern design makes you merry, then the Monogram Modern Home Dallas event is a must-attend Aug. 21-22.

Popping up for one weekend in the Decorative Center Dallas at 1617 Hi Line Dr., the Monogram Modern Home is a pop-up, pre-fab modern home, host to a series of events, including culinary tastings, product demonstrations, and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for accredited industry professionals.

The event is part of a partnership between Dwell Magazine and Monogram Appliances that takes them on the road to six U.S. cities in six months: Portland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, and Boston.

“The goal of the Monogram Modern Home is to get the Monogram brand in front of as many design-oriented consumers and professionals as we can—that’s why we decided to take it on the road,” said Michael Mahan, General Manager for Monogram. “We’ve partnered up with Dwell to offer CEU credits at each of our locations so designers can come in, get their certifications they need for the year, and enjoy a great day with the Monogram brand.”

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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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