To get involved go to www.bonemarrow.org.
May 16, 2013
C'est Inspiré is simply that - what is inspiring. Where the words end, images continue to speak. Seeing all that is around us, we seek some aspect of something that is life enhancing... something that you would like to be reminded of - to revisit. Something to capture and bring into your world, not leave behind... . That is why I take a camera everywhere; have spent countless hours organizing images in scrapbooks and pouring over them later to revisit the place, the people, the memory.
So, C'est Inspiré may be a single photo - or it may be 50, it may mean one thing to me, another to you - the meaning isn't important. Did it inspire? Did it make you smile? Did it bring back a pleasant memory? One or all of the above will do.
During a brief period of his life, the legendary art historian Bernard Berenson kept diaries where he wrote about how to see - and what he saw. These diaries were published under the title The Passionate Sightseer and edited by Raymund Mortimer.
Anyone, anywhere, anytime can be a passionate sightseer - just look.
22,000 children die each day from preventable causes; that’s why we believe in Zero. UNICEF provides multiple ways to contribute through their Inspired Gifts program, monthly pledges and one time contributions to the general fund.
UNICEF works in over 150 countries as a global humanitarian relief organization to provide children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s humanitarian relief work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. To make a contribution or for more information please visit UNICEF’s website at http://www.unicefusa.org.
The Bone Marrow Foundation provides financial assistance and free support services to bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients and their families. Through the Bone Marrow Foundation, donors can contribute to the general fund or through One-to-One Funds, a program where patients directly benefit from funds to help with transplant expenses. For more information or to start contributing, please visit the Bone Marrow Foundation’s website at http://www.bonemarrow.org.
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided critical assistance to more than 105,000 military families in need. Some of our most outstanding accomplishments are: more than 5 million dollars provided to military families in crises; goods and services valued at more than 6.5 million dollars to assist military families; and an excess of 20,000 care packages delivered to soldiers abroad with an additional 2,500 packages delivered to military families at home. To learn more, and ways to give, please visit Operation Homefront’s website at http://www.operationhomefront.net/
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. They prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. By inspiring children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice, RIF provides free books for children to choose from and make their own. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential. It seems incredible for a book to launch a life, but it happens every day as hungry, inquisitive young minds reach out and grab hold of the new people, places, and ideas that books bring them. To give the gift of reading please visit the Reading is Fundamental website at http://www.rif.org/
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization’s mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts. Housing Works offers the New York area free furniture pick ups, and drop off donations are available for last years toys and gifts. To learn more about Housing Works and other ways to give please visit http://housingworks.org/donate
Every year CNN honors individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others. These individuals are known for their work championing children, defending the planet, solving community problems, protecting the powerless and dedicating time to enhancing human health. To learn more about these individuals, find out how to nominate someone for next year, or to find out ways to help their causes go to the CNN Heroes webpage at http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/.
The vision of Coats for Kids is to ensure every child is wearing a new winter coat, is healthy, and is able to attend school regularly. Coats For Kids Foundation and Operation Warm, Inc. have united with a goal of serving at-risk children in the Greater Washington D.C Metro area and an increasing number of children nationwide. Operation Warm runs one of the largest coats for kids programs in the country, distributing new coats in 37 states. To learn more and contribute, go to http://www.coats-for-kids.org/ .
It’s been more than a month since it started, and they’re still going strong, but they are still in need of volunteers. The Occupy Sandy kitchen in Bay Ridge needs as much daily help as possible. They are trying to produce up to 2000 meals a day for people affected by Sandy with only mostly a skeleton crew. Each day really great people come through to help, but on most days they don’t have a large crew of volunteers. That’s where hopefully you come in to help fix that. See how you can help today. http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/volunteer/ .
December 10, 2012
The designers and their respective charities are as follows:
Charlotte Moss – The Bone Marrow Foundation
Rachel Zoe – Save the Children
Rachel Roy – OrphanAid Africa
Stacy Bendet – Girls Who Code
Simon Doonan – The Lower East Side Girls Club
Lela Rose – Edible Schoolyard
Katie Lee – Feeding America
Shop the gift wrap sale, and Charlotte’s scrapbook inspired wrapping paper on November 19 at
November 14, 2012
A Studio Bedroom…In Pink Ribbon Pink
With a palette of pink and blue punctuated with shots of red, we have used THE CAUSE as our color guide. We have created a fabric design based on the pink ribbon and have used it to create accessories for the room and the showhouse boutique. The proceeds from those sales will benefit the Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A four-poster Bed may be the focal point, but our studio bedroom is a hub of activity. A round table at the entry acts as an entry hall table, a place for favorite objects, a piece of art and a welcoming plant. All are easily removable for an impromptu dinner party. A modern black parchment desk with a floating brass base, a pair of 19th century figural lamps paired with a French caned tub chair provide a generous place to write.
The room sized sisal rug, SHANGRI-LA, is a pattern I designed for STARK CARPET. It is topped with a smaller faded antique pale pink Oushak that anchors the bed area. Our SCRAPBOOKING table, the latest from our collection at Century Furniture is covered in glazed linen making it modern and practical for projects, or alternatively as a buffet table. The drawers serving as storage for flatware and linens or as a center hall table filled with gloves, and scarves ready to grab and go. A large bulletin board full of my inspirations for this room acts as a personal art canvas that can change as frequently as you are moved to do so!
As our room has abundant light, five generous windows, we have placed a reading chair in front of one window and created the reading corner. A guest could use the built in window seats. Niches under the window seats hold baskets of newspapers and magazines. Fashion, always an influence, inspired us to make euro squares for the bed from vintage Gucci scarves…how many can one wear, really??? So we thought, let’s look at them everyday….The photo on the mantel by Louise Dahl-Wolfe is part of the Condé Nast archive collection now available thru SoicherMarin.com, so you can have one too.
A place to have tea in another sunlit corner is anchored by a Swedish tiled table an armchair and again, another window seat. Our ‘studio resident’ has begun collections of fashion photos, miniature chairs and books on fashion. The notebook on her desk says she keeps track of, FASHIONISTAS I HAVE LIKED…that’s our girl!
October 24, 2012