National Designers Dish at Richmond Fundraisers

Annie Selke Shares her Design Success for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

     Last Friday, I attended the inaugural Designed for a Cure held at The Country Club of Virginia.  Spearheaded by Avad Fan follower, Ellen Vance, and Sondra Washburn, the morning began with three workshops presented by the creative talents at Williams and Sherrill.  Guests could choose to learn about approaches to feng sui, “Making a Big Splash” or design trends.

Designed for a Cure

     Close to 200 people attended this unique fundraiser in support of Richmond’s active local chapter of the Cystic Fybrosis Foundation and were treated to a post-lunch presentation by the amazing Annie Selke, the inimitable creator of Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert Rug Company (named after two of her dogs) and her fabric collection, Annie Selke Home.  She described her varied career that brought her to product design and her ever growing business that she runs from the Berkshire hills of west Massachusetts.  Passionate about design, she has finally found the time to write a bright and beautiful book called Fresh American Spaces, in which she breaks down home design approaches into five subcategories.  Listening to her presentation, I immediately knew that my own design approach falls into her category, “Everyday Exuberance”, and that section of her book offers ideas for bringing bright design together to create a happy home.

Annie Selke chatting with attendees as she signs her book, Fresh American Spaces.

     Delightful and down-to-earth, Ms. Selke enchanted her audience throughout her presentation and the question and answer session, as well as during her book-signing.  Her spirit helped launch this Designed for a Cure event into a new annual happening.  As our table discussed at the lunch, most Richmonders are so tired of the auction-style fundraisers that have become the standard for non-profits around town, so we welcomed this refreshing format.   As word of its success spreads, next year’s Designed for a Cure should raise even more funds to be used to finally find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Next Up:  Tobi Fairley Headlines the IFDA Day of Design at the Richmond Symphony Designer House

     I am so looking forward to hearing my favorite design star, Tobi Fairley, speak at the IFDA Day of Design at the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League 2012 Designer House on Thursday, September 27, 2012.  Tobi’s Blog arrives in my inbox every morning, and pictures of her creations are scattered throughout my Pinterest boards.  Like Ms. Selke, Ms. Fairley does not shy away from color, and I cannot wait to be inspired by her, as well as the Show House, Pinifer Park, which opened last week.

     At the last Designer Show House two years ago, Tobi designed the front entrance hall (above).  Featured in the April 2012 issue of Traditional Home magazine, pictures of that stunning space continue to pop up throughout the internet.  If Tobi speaks anything like she writes and creates, her Richmond audience is in for a treat.

     Even if you can’t get to the IFDA luncheon, you’ll want to visit the Designer House and Garden.  I hear the house is filled with great designs in small spaces.  Only open through October 8th, this show house provides a beautiful way to support the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

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2 Comments on “National Designers Dish at Richmond Fundraisers”

  1. […] of client preferences and budgets.  The delightful and savvy Tobi Fairley mentioned in her lunchtime IFDA talk before we toured Pinifer Park that participating in designer showhouses has catapulted this […]

  2. […] Lately, inspiration has been everywhere.  It started at the Designed for a Cure event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  There a panel of Williams & Sherrill design experts, […]


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