Dining By Design Does It Again! DIFFA NYC 2018

If you had a blank room with which you could showcase an over-the-top, dining area, how would you decorate it?  What would you put in it?  How would it look?  Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS AKA (DIFFA), has been challenging designers to transform raw spaces within Pier 94 for as long as I’ve been in the event marketing business..that’s over 15 years.  And I’ve enjoyed discovering all the well-thought out, creative details and have been totally inspired and wow-ed year after year.  Here is a recap from my VIP press preview highlighting some of the most stunning displays of dining design!

My most favorite room of all, was a cozy nook hidden behind a royal blue wall and sheer curtains.

It felt truly lit from within and had such a happy, vibe. Luxe Interiors + Design described it as a “calm cocoon..a blooming space that brings to life the joy of springtime.”

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Doesn’t this feel so cheery?  I totally wanted to dine here.

The black and white graphic room below felt like it could have come from a Kardashian’s home, don’t you agree? I loved the art work.

Using Crate and Barrel items, they added a “fresh pop of color to the mix, a burst of gorgeous, inspiring green with just the right energy to spark fresh ideas, make the party buzz and bring the look to life.”

This matte black room felt so moody and cool.

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Sometimes color is all you need in order to get that WOW effect.  The School of Visual Arts incorporated “cylindrical elements to create a sense of unity and a celestial aurora that emphasizes the feeling of hope and prosperity.”

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And sometimes it’s all about lighting or an interesting art installation.  Here’s a room where you won’t be able to avoid talking about that elephant in the room.  -Designed by the Pratt Institute.

Walking through the aisles of dramatic displays really gets my heart pumping.  I love taking in all the floral arrangements, seeing the creative build-outs and studying the tablescapes.  Thank you DIFFA for inviting me to cover this spectacular event again.  It’s always a highlight of March!

To see past year’s tables, click here.

For more decor and design ideas, click here.

If you live in the NY area you can see this display along with Architectural Digest’s show through the 26th at Pier 92 and 94 off 52nd – 55th streets! Click here to purchase tickets.  It’s the best way to get inspired, explore trends and shop the latest.

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About Dining by Design

Dining by design is DIFFA’s marquee fundraising event showcasaing designers, manufacturers and creatives who bring their fvision and passion to the table.  Dining by Design features an array of dining installations on displahy for five days, and includes exclusive special events.  All event proceeds dupport DIFFFA’s mission to fight HIV/AIDS.



Style Star – Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler, gorgeous model-like, mother-of-two / famed interior designer and reality TV show judge is one of my favorite style icons.

Her interior designs are stunning (some of my favs include her work at the Santa Monica Viceroy hotel, Maison 140 hotel and BG at Bergdorf Goodman) and in my fantasy world, my entire home would be decorated with her help.

It’s no wonder that I’m a collector of her coffee table books.  She’s got endless style.  And I can’t get enough of her designs.

Since I’m interested in celebrity closets, I of course, had to do a little research on Kelly’s closet.  It’s as enviable as I imagined.  Just take a look.

photo from Canadian House & Home

photo from Canadian House & Home

photo from Canadian House & Home

photo from Canadian House & Home

Who are your favorite style icons?

To see more celebrity closets (as well as a peek into my shoe closet) click here for my earlier post.

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