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.

DIFFA: Dining by Design-II

More tabletop installations from DIFFA’s Dining by Design event featuring Kravet, DvF, NY Times and more. Yes, most of these are a bit over the top but the details in each can be easily adapted for many parties and occasions.

Grab a coffee or tea, this is a long one.


NY School of Interior Design



For those that missed part I of the 2011 Dining by Design installations, you can check it out right here.

images: manvi drona hidalgo


Dining by Design Installations and Cocktail party

Those of you who know me know that an event featuring a large number of tabletop installations is literally like my disneyland. Its where I could spend days admiring every little design detail in each installation. So it should come as no surprise that I took 1000s, yes, thousands of pictures, including many video clips, of these absolutely stunning and dramatic designer tablescapes at DIFFA‘s dining by design event at the ADSHOW in NYC.

While I did my best to capture as many looks and details no picture can replace actually being there and seeing the installations (and cocktail party) in person. Well at least not to someone as crazy about event design as me.  Here is the first lot. Lets take a seat shall we?






Architectural Digest


I took most of these pictures during the day and returned later for the “cocktails by design” party. My artist friend Caroline and I had such good fun! We even bumped into Jennifer Powell (Kravet) and Michelle Adams EIC Lonny Mag.

More to come.

images: Manvi Drona-Hidalgo. If you wish to use any of these pictures, kindly send me a note to request permission. thank you.


table decor; sophisticated moroccan

Over at decorology, I found out issue two of nesting newbies is out. This issue is even better than the first. Packed with great cooking, entertaining and decorating ideas, it also features some gorgeous tabletop decor. Since I love color, I was instantly in love with this moroccan inspired tablescape. This decor, a fav at DIFFA’s dining by design in San Francisco, was designed by Patrice Cowan Bevans interiors.

find out how to create this look and more stylish tablescapes on nesting newbie

images: nesting newbie