LocalShops1 member and Neighborhood Advocate Dean Liston of Central Oddities in St. Petersburg was one of 14 featured designers at this year's Blueprint: Afrika, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The sold-out event, Feb. 21 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, raised enough money to help three local families get their own homes.
Each designer was asked to create an Africa-themed dining room for 10 people. The designers were given a plain slate, with simply a bare round table and plain banquet chairs. For his room, shown below, Dean created a Serengeti oasis, which included two giraffes eating out of a tree he made from curly willow and eucalyptus and the tablecloth layered with grass cloth. Palm trees and other arrangements completed the look, with lighting provided by Cheers Events.
Dean's shop, at 2055 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, features beautiful hand-painted furniture and accessories, cool vintage, and a pinball emporium.
The other dining room designers included Lynn McGhee, of ConceptBait, who received "Best of Blueprint" award; Barbara Krai, Decorating Den Interiors, FunktionHouse, Morean Arts Center, HSN, Rob Bowen Design Group and more.
The event also featured an auction with pieces by local artists Deanna Atkinson, Sebastian Coolidge, Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, Sarah Dees, Angela Delaplane, Laura Fage, Morris Johnson, Maryellen Johnson, Terry Klaaren, Dean Liston, Becky Lloyd, Dina Lomagno, Anita Long, Robin Macar, Amy Meek, Jeff Monsein, Evan Thomas Neimann, Kristin Northrup, Juan-Pablo Parra, Vanessa Parra, Pam Patton, Cindy Tremaine, Dustin Van Fleet and Blaine Whitford.
For more event photos check out Habitat's online photo gallery.
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