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Apartment Therapy Design Evening Recap - 10.18.11

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What: D.C. Apartment Therapy Design Evenings
Who: Judith Carrig, Leah Moss, Jill Martin, and Kelley Proxmire (as shown in photo)
Where: The Dunes
When: October 18, 2011
RSVP: 34
Organizer: Desiré Greene

Last month's DC Apartment Therapy Design Evening was dedicated to thrift, but only in the absolutely chicest way. The discussion panel, which included Kelley Proxmire, Leah Moss, Judith Carrig, and Jill Martin, represented various areas of expertise. After initial introductions, organizer Desiré Greene facilitated a discussion around design, DIY, and vintage shopping.

Head below the jump to learn more about this fabulous evening!

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As part of the discussion, designer Kelley Proxmire gave a presentation of her work while detailing her "look for less" philosophy. Kelley has a proven knack for finding hidden gems, even broken light fixtures, and using them in an elegant way. These kinds of savvy purchases allow her to splurge on other parts of the design like an ornate mirror or custom drapery.

Designer and blogger Leah Moss shared the same passion for thrift but also adds DIY to her bag of tricks. Her biggest consideration when deciding to take on a DIY project: time. Both designers recommended outsourcing projects if you're unable to do it yourself. Though it may seem pricey, the panel reassured us that a revitalized piece is often cheaper than a brand new one.

Judith Carrig, owner of Capital Consignment , and Jill Martin, owner of Gallery St. Elmo , shared their first-hand knowledge of bargain hunting. Each emphasized that with a little patience and imagination, one man's trash (or old furniture) can become another man's treasure. Judith cautioned guests when purchasing particle board furniture, as it can not be refinished very easily. The panel also noted that manufacturer labels are also a good way to check quality. The concluding Q&A provided the audience with even more tips and tricks on creating a comfortable yet money-conscious abode.

The next DC Apartment Therapy Design Evening will be held on Tuesday, December 13th. Click here to learn more - hope you can join us!

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