Picnic By Design | August 21, 2013 | NYC

One of the summer’s hottest events, DIFFA‘s (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) Picnic by Design will be held tomorrow August 21, 2013 at the Scholastic Rooftop Atrium.


This exclusive event invites prominent designers to create an urban picnic setting, with each designer’s custom made picnic basket available for sale to support the charity. As a party stylist, I love going to DIFFA’s Dining by Design series, and have been wanting to attend Picnic by Design, now in its second year. Another reason I miss living in NYC. Le sigh!



This year Robert Allen will be a key participant, joining as a corporate sponsor of Picnic by Design. In addition to their sponsorship of the event, Robert Allen’s textiles will be featured in many of this year’s picnic settings and baskets. Robert Allen will be featured in five designers’ picnic settings, and TWO of them are #blogger19 alumni ( waving hi Michelle and Tyler, congrats you two)

Tyler Wisler, of Tyler Wisler Home, utilizes Robert Allen and Robert Allen Contract fabric in his Native American-themed picnic box, including rich blues, such as Hoara in Night Sky and Until Dawn in Deep Sea Dive, as well as sleek black and whites, like Gosport inIvory and Alchemy Plume trim in Onyx.
Michelle Alfano, MoD Design Guru, creates her basket utilizing the darker shades of two DwellStudio and Robert Allen fabrics,Palmwood in Jet and Mod Reeves in Steel from their new collection, Modern Bungalow.
Clark Gaynor Interiors includes Glimmer Sequin in ChartreuseMalakos in Malachite, and Landsmeer in Ultramarine to add pops of color to their western picnic barrel, complete with blankets made of burlap and cowhide.
Cheryl Umbles, of 
Cheryl Umbles Interior Design, uses Robert Allen Latticesape in Onyx as a blanket to evoke a chic, timelessdesign.
Dee KemperDomoore Designs, will be using Robert Allen’s Alchemy Linen in Copper and Metallic Gems in Brass to set the stage for her jazz themed picnic setting, complete with a rhinestone-encrusted piano.

To check out all the baskets or for more info on the event, visit www.picnicbydesign.org.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tour With Brizo

Last month Brizo held a reunion for #blogger19 in Memphis. On the first day, Brizo took us to tour St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and housing. Brizo is a national sponsor of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program since 2010, providing upscale kitchen and bathroom fixtures for each giveaway home. St. Jude treats children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases and for every child treated at St. Jude, thousands are saved worldwide through medical discoveries at the research hospital. Ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.

St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital first opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. 

The St. Jude facilities are state-of-the-art, beautifully designed with fun pops of colors and patterns. Very different from what you might expect from hospitals, especially one treating children with life-threatening diseases and cancers. Artwork made by children at the hospital adorns literally every wall in the hospital and housing facilities; the messages in each work are powerful and positive, reflecting their emotions and challenges. In fact the entire decor and vibe at St. Jude is cheerful and positive spreading smiles everywhere. Which made this experience even more rewarding and life-changing for me. At St. Jude’s no child’s family pays for anything; treatment of the child, housing of them and their family of four, schooling, and groceries, everything is taken care of. No family has to worry about any sort of medical bills or expenses so they can focus on giving their child what they need most.

Some interesting facts about St. Jude’s Research Hospital:

$1.8 million = operating cost per day at St. Jude, which is primarily covered by public contributions

$528,621 = standard treatment for one child battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia

$168,658 = cost of a bone marrow transplant

St. Jude maintains 78 inpatient beds and treats upwards of 260 patients each day, approximately 7800 patients a year

This is a photo gallery of the design and and the artwork displayed in housing and hospital buildings at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Founder of St. Jude, late Danny Thomas believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” . Donations from us help bring St. Jude closer to the day when every precious life can be saved. Take a look at the many ways you can help support St. Jude and the lives of children battling cancer.

It was truly an amazing experience to tour the St. Jude facilities. Thank you Brizo for this life-changing opportunity.

Disclaimer: Brizo invited me to attend an all-expenses paid reunion in Memphis.

Hello Monday + For the Makers + Brizo #Blogger19 Reunion in Memphis

Happy new week. Over the weekend, I stumbled upon For the Makers website and fell in love with everything in their store. They describe themselves as one part magazine and one part craft store, but I think they are so much more. Tons of cute craft supplies to shop, pretty DIY tutorials and my favorite part, the gift box, which is a monthly gift box package filled with supplies that are normally only available to designers.  And if you are not a crafter but want to explore/develop those skills, take a look at how easy it is to follow along their tutorials and make cool things. I’m hooked. And want to throw a craft party  for my friends asap.


Tomorrow, I head out to Memphis for the Brizo #Blogger19 reunion. I have so much to do before I leave, and as always, I still havent packed. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as we visit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, I choke up a little just thinking about being there with all those brave kids, tour the Brizo factory and experience Memphis as Brizo’s guests. From the looks of it, its going to be epic!

Have a productive week.



Hello Monday + Dinner with Birch Box

A night with Birch Box, a colorful porch party, boozy popsicle and pea-potato salad recipes, strawberry-shortcake bridal shower, DIY fourth of July picnic and more lovely things that came my way recently.





25 boozy popsicle recipes at snippet+ink



Pretty paper goods by Little Bit Heart for a strawberry shortcake-inspired bridal shower.



Pea-potato salad by Coco+Kelley


Cute DIY fourth of July picnic ideas over at Glitter Guide


I want a bed swing like this for my apartment.


Birch Box held a private dinner at Malmaison in DC last week. Isnt the decor pretty?

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It was lovely to meet Brich Box co-founder Katia, editor Meredith, the Skirt PR team and other DC-based lifestyle bloggers.





This salted caramel tart is heavenly and thanks to Malmaison’s owner I got to bring one home as well.


And who doesnt love a Birch Box as party favor? Right? Are you a Birch Box subscriber?

Have a great (short) week. xoxo