For the past month, we’ve been hard at work on a vignette for Dwell with Dignity’s new Thrift Studio store which just opened up in the design district here in Dallas.  Five local designers were asked to plan out a room vignette using Dwell’s vintage furniture and accessories from their warehouse, as well as other donations from the design community.  We had so much fun on this project because it was different from any other project we had done before. We really had to stretch our creativity on this one! We had a really short time to complete it in, limited resources, and virtually no budget, but we were definitely up for the challenge!

Taking this lackluster space from this-


To this- in just a couple of weeks was a little bit of a stretch for EJ Interiors but somehow we managed to pull it off!

{After- EJ Interiors’ dining room vignette for Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio opening}

Our room centered around bold orange and turquoise. The inspiration? A pair of these adorable chairs that we managed to dig up in Dwell’s warehouse…

The process was so unique that I had to take some photos along the way to document our Dwell journey!

Phase 1- All of the designers meet at Dwell’s warehouse to grab the pieces they want to use for their vignette.  I put everything in my little pile that could be a possibility for the space.  Now the question is- what in the world am I going to do with it all?

Phase 2- There was a lot to do in a little amount of time.  Since most of the things in the warehouse were older items, I knew that re-upholstering and re-painting furniture had to happen..and quick!

I couldn’t believe my luck in finding these four matching chairs in the warehouse…

And  then I was even more shocked to find the perfect turquoise fabrics hidden in a corner…

It was meant to be!

M&M Upholstery donated the upholstery labor and Nicole Horne of Modern Relics donated the painting labor for the chairs…what a fantastic team they made!

Phase 3- Time to get the room painted!  Twenty five Neiman Marcus volunteers came out to help us get our rooms ready and I must say that I couldn’t have done it without them!  They quickly helped my vision come to life and did such a great job painting the walls and trim.

I loved our little team! If any of you are reading this, thank you again so much!

The Thrift Studio starts coming together…

Loved the entrance!

Ok we are making some progress..drapes are almost up!

Phase Four- Completion! Everything is in place for the sneak preview party and so now we just wait for people to shop, shop, shop!

For those of you that weren’t able to make it for the great deals at the preview party last Friday, not to worry because the Thrift Studio pop up shop is open from now until October 29th- Monday through Saturday 10-5:30 pm at 1616 Hi Line Drive in Dallas.

So many great deals to be had and such an amazing way to help out a good cause!

So many volunteers helped make the Dwell with Dignity event such a success.  Thank you again!  Some of the sources below..

{Royal Old Fashioned Tumblers- Wisteria Outlet}

{Mirror- taken off from an old dresser and re purposed for the buffet.  Christian at Think Twice kindly helped us hang the mirror by decorative gold chain}

{Bust- Pettigrew Associates}

{Pedestal- Dwell with Dignity}

{Custom white drapes with turquoise band on leading edge- Stitches by Carmen; wood drapery rods- Williamson Supply}

{Crystal Sconce- Dwell with Dignity}

{Vintage Gucci bag- Dwell with Dignity}

{Painted brackets from Hobby Lobby, vintage New Orleans prints, wall sunbursts, antler horns- EJ Interiors}

{Chandelier- Visual Comfort, Taylors on Ten}

{Wall Color- Benjamin Moore paint}

{Flatware, dishes, wine glasses, decorative bowls- Dwell with Dignity}

{Dining table- Dwell with Dignity- base painted orange}

{Mercury glass vase- EJ Interiors}

{Sticks in vase- found in a pile of bulk trash-no kidding 😉 EJ Interiors}

{Chaise lounge- Dwell with Dignity- repainted creamy white}

{Custom 18″ pillow- Trina Turk fabric; chaise upholstery- Childress leopard print fabric- EJ Interiors}

{6×9 Sisal rug- Dwell with Dignity}

Photos by: Fort Worth Real Estate Photography

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13 Comments to 'What I’ve Been Dwelling On Lately'

Marie 06 Oct 11 at 9:14 am

Great job! I went the Saturday after it opened and I loved your space. Can’t wait to go back and see what’s left!

Sonu 06 Oct 11 at 10:43 am

The philanthropy and the transformation are amazing. We’re working on a project called Color Care Across America where Benjamin Moore is teaming up with the US Conference of Mayors to paint up to 10,000 sf in one shelter in every state! 50 states over about 2 months. I’ve been working with some shelters on color consultations and the impact of simple change is gratifying to all! Kudos to you & your team on this project!

Erika 06 Oct 11 at 4:30 pm

Very nice job! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way the chairs turned out! 😉

Kjerstin 07 Oct 11 at 10:54 pm

Lovely! What exactly is the wall color? It just says “Benjamin Moore”…

Facebook User 08 Oct 11 at 9:51 pm

So glad you got to go shop Dwell the other day Marie! Did you find anything good?

Thanks Erika!

Sonu- Your project sounds really great- it’s amazing the impact that just paint can have on spaces and people!

Kjerstin- oh yes, it’s Benjamin Moore 710 Kensington Green- flat finish. Hope this helps!

Lauren 09 Oct 11 at 8:13 am

Emily – this looks great! What a cool project. I love the color scheme – I can’t believe you found that fabric!

Facebook User 09 Oct 11 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Hayden! It was so much fun, but took a lot of digging, begging, and DIY, to make this thing happen! 🙂 That fabric saved the day!

madelaine Lam 11 Oct 11 at 10:20 am

Emily, you did a fantastic job…what a transformation.

Aunt Carolyn 11 Oct 11 at 3:40 pm

Love this Hon!! Great work!!

Fenia 12 Oct 11 at 5:15 am


Brooke 17 Oct 11 at 8:10 am

I absolutely love the chairs! Those are fabulous now! The table set up is really neat too!

Lainey 04 Nov 11 at 1:49 pm

Oh my goodness — this looks amazing!! I’m really into the chandelier sconce – what a great way to add some glitz without making it the center of attention! And I’d never thought of putting a mirror dresser/vanity style in a dining room — I’ll have to try this..

Significat 05 Nov 12 at 4:55 pm

That wall color is perfect… dreamy, with the bold orange. I like it.

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