Photo courtesy of Shaun Menary

Preston Hollow designer Holly Hickey Moore calls her style “playfully sophisticated.” And now she’s leveraging that playfulness to help families escape poverty and homelessness. 

Dwell with Dignity, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this spring, is a nonprofit that partners with the interior design industry to provide furniture and outfit homes for those moving into permanent housing. Moore is one of nine designers participating in the organization’s annual fundraiser called Thrift Studio. The pop-up shop features vignettes from each designer as well as fine art from 34 artists. All items can be purchased, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the organization’s mission.

An opening preview party April 4 includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and allows shoppers to get an early start. Pay $175 to check out the goods from 6-7 p.m. or $125 for access between 7-9 p.m. (Insider tip: Some enthusiasts start lining up at 4 p.m.) Otherwise, the pop-up shop is free until May 4, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Moore, who moved back to Texas from Vermont two years ago, says she’s designed everything from traditional and French country to modern. “My style always has a little bit of a whimsical edge.” 

Her vignette for the pop-up shop is a boutique concept store. She painted a 9-foot-tall French armoire and commissioned a light fixture as well as neon. In addition to pillows and fabric, Moore incorporates fashion, locally designed earrings and three long skirts designed by her mother. (She plans to wear her mother’s original prototype to the opening party.) 

“I knew when I got here to Dallas that I wanted to be involved in the community somehow,” says Moore, who lives with her husband and 3-year-old son, Elliot, a student at the Jewish Community Center.

“Ultimately, we’re really helping these families get back on their feet and live happily,” Moore says. “We’re all happy so why can’t they be happy too?” 


1. Lavender.

2. Color on color. 

3. Shades of the same color. For example, if you have a red sofa, the pillows may be shades of red — burgundy, maroon, fuchsia.

4. Patterns mimicking terrazzo on fabric.

Passementerie – decorative details such as trimmings, fringe and tassels used in a modernized way.

5. 1980s and ‘90s graphic shapes and colors paired with black and white. Plus: neon.

6. More color blocking and fewer patterns.

Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio Pop-Up Shop is located at Dallas Design Center, 1250 Slocum St., #550. For more info, visit thriftstudio.com.

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