About Refined

Refined is the creation of Anna Applegate and Kathryn Ivey, who combine years of design training with a love for finding classic furnishings and accessories and updating them to fit today's chic interiors. 

Seeking an alternative to mass-produced home decor, Anna and Kathryn feel that one's home should be personal and distinctive, so each piece they sell is one of a kind. And by reviving vintage items with their creative eyes, the girls strive to encourage responsible, "green" design. 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Incredible Art, For a Great Cause

So who isn't in need of some original art for their home? Artwork personalizes and warms up a room like nothing else, and you can never have enough of it. However, sometimes it's challenging to find good art that's affordable, especially when you're young and just starting out.

But on Friday, November 7th, there will be an incredible art auction in Wilmington, North Carolina, called "Art To Heart" (www.arttoheart08.com), which will enable you to add to (or start!) your personal art collection while helping out a very worthy cause.

Art To Heart is the creation of Hanna Christian (my goddaughter and cousin), who underwent heart surgery at Duke Children's Hospital last winter for a condition called Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome. A talented artist herself, Hanna developed this event in hopes of both drawing attention to this little-known disease and of raising money for the Children's Hospital that saved her life.

To date, 96 artists have donated original works, so there will be plenty of pieces to choose from. Tickets can be pre-ordered on their website for $15 or purchased at the door for $20. If you're in the area, please come by and support Hanna and Duke Children's Hospital. Your walls (and countless children) will thank you for it!

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