2020 Thrift Studio Benefiting Dwell with Dignity

2020 Thrift Studio Benefiting Dwell with Dignity

announces the exciting details of its popular annual fundraiser, Thrift Studio, a pop-up shop of luxury home furnishings and original artwork by local artists. The home décor items and artwork, impeccably displayed in vignettes created by nine prestigious interior designers, will be available to purchase at dramatic discounts with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Dwell with Dignity’s mission to transform lives through design for those struggling with homelessness and poverty. This year, Shay Geyer of IBB Design serves as the 2020 Thrift Studio Honorary Chair, and ALG Collective’s four artists – Anna Curnes, Melissa Ellis, Annie Griffeth, and Christi Meril – serve as art co-chairs.


The 2020 Thrift Studio, benefiting Dwell with Dignity, will be held April 2 to May 2 at The International at Turtle Creek located at 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 207, Dallas, TX 75207. The pop-up store will be open Monday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and is free to enter. A series of parties will celebrate the upcoming shopping fundraiser. Further information and tickets to the highly-anticipated Preview Opening Party can be found at www.thriftstudio.com or by calling (214) 599-7974.

Geyer (in photo), award-winning owner of IBB Design and founder of The Shay Geyer Fabric Collection, says, “Dwell with Dignity holds a place near and dear to my heart. It is life changing for me to be able to help transform a life through design, to provide a place where someone is proud to live, to feel safe, to be able to thrive, to call home. It’s an honor to serve as chair for Dwell with Dignity’s largest fundraiser.”


The all-star cast of interior designers to showcase their talent at the 2020 Thrift Studio includes:

Cathy Kincaid of Cathy Kincaid Interiors

Leslie Jenkins of Jenkins Interiors

Mia Brous and Kerri Goldfarb of Madre Dallas

Monica Wilcox of Monica Wilcox Design

Morgan Farrow of Morgan Farrow Interiors

Josh Pickering of Pickering House Interiors

Twelve Twenty

Lindley Whisenant Arthur of Lindley Arthur Interiors

Anna Curnes, Melissa Ellis, Annie Griffeth, and Christi Meril of ALG Collective


The following events lead up to Thrift Studio:


Thursday, February 6
6pm – 8pm
Cantoni Trade – 960 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207

Celebration announcing the 2020 Thrift Studio Designers.
Complimentary drinks and light bites. Craft beer provided by Pegasus City Brewery.
Valet parking available. The event is free and open to the public.
Email rsvp@dwellwithdignity.org to confirm your RSVP.


Thursday, February 20
6pm – 9pm
ALG Collective – 1302 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX 75207

Celebration announcing the 2020 Thrift Studio Artists. Complimentary drinks and light bites.
Valet parking available. The event is free and open to the public.
This event coincides with the Dragon Street Galleries Third Thursday Art Walk.


Wednesday, April 1
6pm – 9pm
The International at Turtle Creek
150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 209 A, Dallas, TX 75207

The Opening Night Preview Party features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the exciting first chance to shop through the wonderland of luxury home furnishings and art. General admission tickets are $125, and $175 tickets provide a truly VIP experience for premiere shopping between 6pm – 7pm and an elevated culinary and mixology experience.


“Thrift Studio is a very important event for Dwell with Dignity, raising approximately 40 percent of our annual funding,” explained Dwell with Dignity Executive Director Ashley Agnew. “To date, we have helped over 180 families transform their lives through design. This transformation sets the stage for breaking the cycle of poverty and helps set up future generations for success. We are thankful to have Shay, ALG Collective, and all of the participants, volunteers, and donors support our cause.”




About Dwell with Dignity

Dwell with Dignity is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one family at a time. We partner with the interior design industry and social services agencies to provide home furnishings to families who have managed to obtain permanent housing, but do not have the funds to purchase the many items needed to make their new residence a home, including all furniture, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, food in the pantry and their first night’s meal. With the assistance that DwD provides, a huge burden is lifted from the families we serve. They can now focus on their jobs, their children and their futures. Academics improve. Play dates are made. Plans are made for birthdays, holiday gatherings and family dinners, setting the stage for breaking the cycle of poverty and setting up future generations for success. www.dwellwithdignity.org


About Shay Geyer

Three-time winner of “Best Furniture Store in the United States,” IBB is a full-service fine furnishings boutique and design firm known for offering high quality furnishings and fashioning color-infused spaces. The 85,000-square-foot showroom is staffed by 35 professional designers and led by Owner and Designer Shay Geyer who also serves as the 2020 Honorary Chair of Thrift Studio. Geyer’s infectious personality, individual approach, and impeccable attention to design detail make her a highly sought-after designer among clients and industry leaders. Her portfolio ranges from commercial spaces to residential projects across the country including high-rises and sprawling estates. Geyer has collaborated with CR Laine, Alden Parks, Burton James Nourison, Somerset Bay, Botanical Mix, Art & Frame, Kohler, Polywood and the likes. She is considered one of the powerhouse designers of her time. www.ibbdesign.com


About ALG Collective and its Resident Artists

Photo Credit: Sara Kerens, ALG Collective

ALG Collective is a working artist studio and showroom located in the heart of the Dallas Design District. It is made up of all female entrepreneurs who actively celebrate collaboration over competition, because “we believe a rising tide lifts all boats.” www.algcollective.com


Dallas-based glass artist Anna Curnes and showroom owner plays with fire and sharp objects as she fuses, blows, and sculpts glass. Having studied with masters like Rebecca Johnson, Joseph Ivacic, Mark Mitsuda and Diego Bottacin, she’s fluent in the fluidity of glass. Her artwork is trial by fire, creating beauty from brokenness to help you see yourself with grace, uplift your spirit, and infuse beauty and strength into all of your favorite spaces. @AnnaLouGlass


Native Texan, Melissa Ellis, specializes in bold, sculptural oil paintings. She loves to play with color to create brilliant patterns in her work by applying thick oil paint to the canvas with her unique style of palette knife painting. Often described as “organized chaos,” Melissa’s work is a dichotomous celebration of spontaneity through highly-calculated and meticulous methods used to create motion, shadows, patterns, texture and depth in each of her paintings. @MelissaEllisArt


Hailing from the North Shore of Oahu, Annie Griffeth is a multi-faceted artist who infuses magical realism with island-inspired pop art. Social issues, transformative life events, and everyday joys and challenges are given a unique voice as she celebrates all that makes life extraordinary. Steeped in symbolism, Annie’s work is an extension of her love for storytelling. She creates acrylic and oil paintings with paper and gold leaf details, as well as pen and ink drawings. @AnnieGriffeth


Christi Meril is a Dallas-based contemporary artist who creates abstract mixed media works on canvas, wood, and paper. By combining mediums such as acrylic, ink, pastel, and charcoal she achieves vibrant color, movement and texture that create message and inspiration in each original piece of art. As an artist, it is Christi’s goal for her work to bring light, optimism, challenge and beauty to each and every space it calls home. @ChristiMerilArt