I am feeling very grateful to work in an industry with a big heart. Following are five instances where people have carved time to create programs that lift others up and help heal the earth.


At High Point Market this month, the Phillips Collection presented Rhythm Reborn, an art exhibit exploring African patterns in textiles and culture. This colorful collection which uses reclaimed oil drums as the canvas is the most recent collaboration between Phillips Collection and The Enrichment Center which empowers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, art, community activities and job placement. Phillips routinely provides product for Enrichment Center artists; Corey Williams, photographed above with Mark Phillips, spent days decorating her piece. One-hundred-percent of the proceeds go to The Enrichment Center. To date, their works have been sold to collectors around the world.


Savvy Giving by Design’s annual fundraiser takes place on May 9th and 10th in San Diego at the DUCHATEAU showroom. With a Dine for Design theme, the two-part event opens with a cocktail reception with designer-decorated table displays, music, and an auction and is followed by a design-industry focused luncheon on Friday featuring special presentations and a Monogram cooking demo.  Founded by interior designer Susan Wintersteen in 2014, SGBD is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them. There are 8 affiliate Savvy Giving by Design chapters currently.

The San Diego chapter’s most recent project included the redecoration of 3 siblings’ rooms. To understand the impact SGBD made in their lives, you can watch the reveal in this family house. Grab a tissue first. (We featured a nother SGBD project in a previous December blog called “Design Gives Back,”) We just love what they’re doing and their grass roots approach.


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Also from DUCHATEAU, earlier this year this manufacturer of luxury architectural finishes including hardwood flooring and 3D wooden wall panels launched the DUGOOD program, the brand’s corporate sustainability program in partnership with the non-profit National Forest Foundation (NFF). The DUGOOD initiative commits one tree will be planted for every DUCHATEAU floor sold, with a number of plantings happening in those areas impacted by the recent California wildfires. In partnering with the NFF, DUGOOD encourages consumers, retailers, and all businesses to make conscious buying decisions that are beneficial and sustainable long-term. This partnership will help NFF reach its goal of planting 50 million trees.


And then, New York’s Kips Bay Show House opening May 2. I typically pair my visit with ICFF and reserve an entire morning or afternoon to linger. This year’s house, a double-wide 1920’s Georgian, with 12,425 square feet divided between six levels, is currently on the Market for $30 mill. The list of participating designers is mind-blowing. The Show House is the nation’s leading design event of the year and top fundraiser for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which offers imperative after-school and enrichment programs for more than 10,000 youth, ages six through 18, in ten locations throughout the Bronx. More details here.


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A fabulous source for original art is Studio by the Tracks and their annual art fundraiser, Art from the Heart, is coming up on Sunday, June 9th at The Theodore in Birmingham, AL. Founded 30 years ago, SBTT is a studio and gallery for adult artists with autism spectrum disorders as well as emotionally-conflicted boys living in group homes. All art supplies and classes are free of charge to the artists who receive 60% commission from all work sold. Years ago when I was scouting in the Birmingham, AL area for Country Living Magazine, I was introduced to this special place and its founder Ila Faye Miller by Ashley Spotswood, an artist who taught at the center and who has a phenomenal home. Since then it has been a place near and dear to my heart and I always donate a work of art for auction, typically a set of my hand-decorated building blocks.