Help is Here: Greenwich Red Cross’ Red and White Ball

We were delighted for the American Red Cross and also when Quintessence blogged about the events and yours truly, so we are giving them a shout out and reprinting what they were nice enough to show and tell. From art and architecture, fashion and fun finds, books, to food and wine, travel and more, Quintessence has become a trusted source for well researched original content in the online world. Quintessence has featured our table at this year’s Greenwich Red Cross Ball. On April 30th, 2012, the Greenwich Red Cross held its annual Red & White Ball, one of the largest fund raising events in town. With over 400 guests, they raised more than $650,000 to help the Greenwich chapter provide immediate humanitarian aid to those affected by emergencies and disasters. One of the most distinctive designs was Catherine Cleare’s Ride for a Cause themed table. “I know there are many Harley Davidson riders in the Greenwich area, and it just seemed logical to design the table in a Harley theme, to inspire an American Red Cross biker fundraiser ride. The American Motorcycle Association Ride for a Cause event had been a couple of weeks earlier and as AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman had explained, “Motorcyclists are well known for their generosity, kind spirits and warm hearts, and this week we are honoring the hundreds of thousands of riders who do their part to make life better for others…” The working Harley was supported by a base made by local Sterling Cabinetry. Gracing the chairs were Harley t-shirts for the men and leather laced vests for the women. On a faux leather tablecloth, fabricated by Triple S in Norwalk, CT, Catherine glued iridescent decal flames (like used on cars), to create place settings for the dishes and around the hem as well. And to complete the authenticity of the scene, she even found Harley beer online! Related Sites Quintessence Greenwich Red Cross Triple S Norwalk Sterling Custom Cabinetry Harley Davidson American Motorcycle...
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This Interior Designer Parks Her Harley in a Hangar

On April 28, 2012, the Greenwich Chapter of the American Red Cross, held their annual Red & White Ball in the NetJets Hangar at the Westchester County Airport. Each year, I design a table top. The theme of our table top was “Ride for the Cause.” I know there are many Harley Davidson riders in the Greenwich area, and it just seemed logical to design the table in a Harley theme, to inspire an American Red Cross biker fundraiser ride. The uber-talented John Waski, created the sketch of the Harley table design. In designing this table theme, I glued on the iridescent decal flames, which are used on hot rod cars, to create place settings for the dishes, and a flame design around the hem of the table cloth. I used faux black leather for the table cloth to keep in theme with the “macho” Harley image. Triple S in Norwalk, CT made the faux leather table cloth. We even found Harley beer on the internet. Check out the cowboy boot candle. The vintage black and white splatter ware is from my own collection. Yes, the Harley actually does work. This was a big hit with some of the children in the NetJets Hangar during our setup, mid-day. The clever base for the Harley was constructed by Sterling Cabinetry in Bridgeport, CT. The chairs have Harley t-shirts for the men, and leather laced vests for the women. I love to design table tops as much as I love to design the interiors of homes. They are both connected, you know, because “it’s all in the details.” Related Sites John Waski Design Triple S Norwalk Sterling Custom...
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How an airplane hangar was given an extreme home makeover

I hope you had a good weekend.  I spent an unforgettable Saturday working on a Red and White Ball for the Greenwich Chapter of American Red Cross. Our challenge: Transform the interior of a NetJet hangar.  We began first thing in the morning so, by Saturday night, the jet hangar was the setting for a gala event.  It was an undertaking like the show, Extreme Home Makeover, only for a jet hangar. I was one of 30+ designers to design one of the 30+ tablescapes for the event.  Since every table had to be different, I figured I’d come up with an idea no one would think of duplicating.  Since tables have legs, my design would too.  So I made the centerpiece a can-can dancer’s legs with a red skirt and white petticoat made of carnations. Since pictures tell a thousand words, let me show you how the table came together.  It’s the same way I design a room.  Start with a sketch and then sweat every detail.  That’s why my interior design philosophy is “it’s all in the details.”  Let’s take a look. The event was a great success and I’m grateful to have given my time and services for the American Red Cross.  They’re the first to come to our rescue whenever there is an unforeseen emergency or natural disaster and they are always there. I design the interior of homes more often than tables. For examples of my work, click here. Many other people and companies contributed their time, services and materials in this effort too.  You should check out their work at: LCRwestport (They helped with the selection of the china, crystal & silverware from their spectacular selection of products. Nancy Joseph was invaluable in the design and setup of the tabletop.) Samuel & Sons (they provided tassels for the tablecloth) DUC-Interiors/TripleS (they made the tablecloth) Sterling Custom Cabinetry (they made the wood base for the mannequin legs) Stark Fabric (they donated the Missoni fabric for the tablecloth) Don’t you wish you were there? Well, there’s next year.  I’m already looking forward to...
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