This past weekend, the much anticipated DIFFA’s Dining By Design, presented by Elle Decor and GE Monogram, was held in NYC and it dazzled! To those of you not familiar with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), they organize Dining by Design, an annual fund-raising event. It is here that some of the most talented names in the design world are given a blank canvas – an 11′ x 11′ space – to transform into a dining room, with the focus being the tabletop. As long as ten can be seated, there are no limitations, so you can imagine the pleasure of creating one of these rooms, as well as being a guest viewing it – they’re so beautiful to see in person. I’ll share images from Dining By Design all day here on decor8, so stay tuned. You may even spot Margaret Russell…
I’m heading out for the weekend, so I’ll leave you with the touching photography of Hope Harris, referred to me by Maryam (Thanks, M!). From cats to gorgeous pink blooms, there’s a certain sensitivity behind the lens that comes through in each image. I can tell that Hope sees beyond the surface, which is why her photographs stir such emotion. Hope captivates the honesty and down-to-earth beauty that I find so attractive in the natural world around me. A flower doesn’t consider what it will wear. A bird doesn’t gaze into a mirror to check that it’s feathers are in order. This is the raw beauty that draws so many of us in because outside of nature, only children seem to have this endearing quality for a limited time. We all grow up, primp, gaze, and worry about wrinkles and butt size. We buy expensive shoes and hope someone notices them. Nature never worries, and to me, that is why a fallen petal or the fluttering wings of a hummingbird delights. It’s genuine. It’s real. Unedited. Unplanned. Now that is a thing of beauty.
I fell in love with this kitty image, a Scottish Fold, my favorite breed. Here are a few additional beauties from the talented Ms. Harris. All photographs can be purchased on her website.
(images copyright hope harris 2007)
Do you catch the live feeds after Top Design on Wednesdays on the Bravo website? This week, Margaret Russell and Goil were the special guests. You can watch the entire clip here, so I won’t bother recapping, but there was a great question a caller asked Margaret that I would like to throw on the table to see what you think because it’s really a great question…
Margaret mentioned the Parsons table. I’d have to say one good chair, not one in particular comes to mind, just a really fabulous chair that you love.