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DESIGN EDITOR’S PICKS


ELVES AT WORK


DSD 22


In Dallas, home makeover elves work all year long to bring a happy holiday to homeless families and children transition- ing out of shelters. Project Elf is a team of design and project management professionals who volunteer their time and talents to change lives and bring the Christmas spirit to those in need by surprising them with quality home furnishings in their new apartments and homes. Partnered with homeless advocacy groups, design firms and corporate sponsors, the members of Project Elf provide necessities and furnishings that make a house a home, giving the families something to be proud of.


“The families we select have all worked hard, taking an active role in changing their lives. We provide them a whole house


makeover,” says Rachel Petschel Goniwiecha, one of the found- ing elves.


Like Santa’s elves, the busiest time of the year is in December, but the work begins a year be- fore with planning, preparation, fund raising and selecting the family that will be the beneficiary. The fund-raising kickoff is the Christmas in July Happy Hour, where potential donors and supporters can learn more about Project Elf. This year the event will be held Friday, July 22 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Daniel Padilla gallery in LuminArté Fine Art Gallery.


At this social event, attend- ees will learn more about the hard work the Project Elf team completes year round—col- lecting furniture and décor, obtaining toys—and about the installations—hanging curtains,


setting up beds, filling closets, filling cupboards and stuffing stockings, all of which is made possible by donations and community support. During the evening, a one-of-a-kind original Daniel Padilla painting will be raffled off.


One hundred percent of the funds raised at these events goes directly to the makeover event. Everyone involved with Project Elf volunteers their time. Goniwiecha explains, “Our goal is that the makeover will allow the families a chance to concentrate on maintaining the forward progress in their lives and jobs that were started in the transition programs without hav- ing to worry about how they will be able to afford to keep their new housing while also trying to make it a home for their family.” projectelfdallas.org


DALLAS SHOP CRAWL


Coinciding with the Dallas Home Market in June, the Dallas Shop Crawl was conceived by co-founders Sabrina Smid, mar- keting director for Brendan Bass Showroom, and Britt McGannon, owner of McGannon Showrooms, as a method of moving people in a fun and efficient manner from the Dallas World Trade Center to the various furniture showrooms in the Design District. A badge-free shuttle service will be available to those attend- ing the Market. Participating showrooms include Bernadette Schaeffler, Brendan Bass Showroom, Holly Hunt, GR Home Furnishings, JANUS et Cie, Marge Carson, McGannon Showrooms, Pettigrew, Pohlenz Dallas-Valcucine, Porcelanosa, Scott + Cooner, Ornare, Adriana Hoyos, Empressive GeoDesigns, and TimberBlind-MetroShade. “The Shop Crawl is an opportu- nity for the showrooms to come together and make the visiting designers feel like VIPs and have the shopping experience,” says Smid. dallasshopcrawl.com


Photograph courtesy of Project Elf Dallas


Photograph courtesy of Dallas Shop Crawl


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