Austin’s DIFFA Urban Picnic by Design Wrap-Up

A couple of weeks ago, I was so honored to be one of the designers to design a table for the first DIFFA’s {Design Industries Foundation for AIDS} Urban Picnic by Design in Austin. For us designers, we’ve swooned over & over again to magnificent tablescapes styled by amazing designers & brands for DIFFA’s Dining by Design in metropolitan cities like New York & Dallas to name a few. If you’re not familiar with DIFFA, it is an organization that launches unique events showcasing innovation and creativity of design communities and has granted over $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide. The first one in Austin was held on September 11 benefitting the AIDS Services of Austin.

I collaborated with a good friend of mine, the talented Jeannie Vianney {who by the way won Texas Top Designer of the Year in 2011}. I was hanged up on doing an all white, really delicate table but she convinced me on giving it a twist and we went with a Modern Wedgewood theme. This is such a departure from what I usually do as we went with a minimalist theme. Here’s what it’s about …

“Taking cues from the opulence of stoneware & the most famous work of British potter, Josiah Wedgewood in the 1770’s. We were inspired by the muted palette of pale blues, matte whites, the occasional gold embellishments and Greek motifs of Jasperware. Juxtaposing this vision with modern elements like acrylic, deconstructed materials, simple china and quartz creates the perfect mix of two eras.”

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With the leadership of the amazing Kelly La Plante {who by the way is the calmest lady under pressure}, me & designers Sarah Stacey and Elizabeth Mollen of Stone Textile helped to make the event happen along with Kelly of the Crush List and Kristen of POMPR.

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Kristen and me via Austin Social Planner | With Kelly via The Statesman

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See the wonderful pictures at Culture Map. Me & Jeannie can’t thank the following people enough!

Carrie Beamer of Flora Fetish | Florals: who is by the way the most helpful & sweetest florist ever!

Rachel Meyer | Tablecloth: who slaved for hours making our one-of-a-kind tablecloth

Kaleigh Wiese of Meldeen | Stationery: who is a creative genius & made stunning place & menu cards on acrylic!

The event was amazing and on top of that, it was for a good cause as all proceeds went to the AIDS Services of Austin. It was exactly a week after the event and I had my baby, Simon Sebastian. Whew! I did wear some heels that night & boy I paid for it!

Thanks to these wonderful images by Jake Holt Photography.

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A Bench Auction by Kelly La Plante and Spruce Upholstery | DIFFA Austin

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Hola everyone! How was your fourth-of-July-sweltering-hot-long-weekend? Mine was low-key {meaning it was spent working} which is what I needed after a week and a half long stint in Vegas where my non-gambling and non-drinking self was spent just supporting my husband exercising his passion for poker.

Also, behind-the-scenes, I’m so lucky to be in the committee that is bringing DIFFA {Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids} to Austin — where 20 designers will showcase picnic table set ups in an Urban Picnic by Design on September 11 {more details to come}. The event is spearheaded by the talented Kelly La Plante. La Plante partnered with the upholstery mavens at Spruce to create this one-of-a-kind, retro-groovy Bench with Alexander McQueen inspired fabric and hairpin legs from Treehouse Austin. I mean, what’s not to love about this piece? It is aptly named the Frank Bench, named after one of Kelly’s dear friends who after battling AIDS for 34 years, passed away this year.

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Bid for the bench here! The auction expires at midnight, July 8. That’s tomorrow! Go, go, go! It’s an amazing custom piece made by the who’s who of the design world here in Austin and all proceeds goes to the Aids Services of Austin.

Don’t forget to bid here everyone!