MOTIVATION | CHRIS BENZ

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Since I first moved to New York in 2000, Housing Works has always been a go-to resource for unusual and terrific decorating finds on a shoestring, and it’s such a great cause as proceeds go to fighting AIDS and homelessness. I’ve served quite a number of times on the host committee for Design on a Dime, their yearly gala shopping event. I admire how they manage to keep the dream alive of finding thrift store treasures and following it up with goodwill that affects change and supports the community at large.

Everyday I feel grateful for the opportunity to live and work in New York City, with exciting, creative challenges in both fashion and decorating. My motivation for making a difference in the world is based in helping people feel beautiful, comfortable, and fulfilled — from a fantastic dress to an unexpected wallpaper, I love challenging my clients and working together towards new modern — and often unexpected — results! Often times I meet people who have very strict loves and hates (I can’t wear yellow! I want light, airy spaces!), when in reality they just need to be told it’s okay to use all the colors in the crayon box. Almost every time they end up in a yellow dress and with a charcoal grey wall paint. That’s always my motivation.