We are thrilled to announce that Danielle Colding, the 2012 HGTV Design Star, will be joining Serving Up Style as our distinguished guest and member of our judges panel! Danielle will be an integral part of Serving Up Style for three activity filled days. She will be holding several meet and greets with the designers as well as the public, hosting and assisting with workshops, making the local press circuit, joining us at our gala on October 5, and participating on the judges panel for Serving Up Style 2013.
Read this great letter from Danielle about her participation in Serving Up Style!
Dear Portland/SUS/Molly’s fund,
I am thrilled to be a part of Serving Up Style 2013 and can’t wait for my first visit to Portland this October! This event combines two things I am passionate about: interior design and philanthropy. I’m also beyond excited to see what the Pacific Northwest design community has to offer firsthand!
As many of you know, I won HGTV’s “Design Star” season seven, so I know what it’s like to be in fierce, but friendly, competition with other designers and industry peers. Serving Up Style will be a great opportunity for me to lend my experience and design “eye” to those competing at this event. I am thrilled to turn the tables and experience being a judge for the very first time. Believe me, I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end so I promise I’ll be gentle. Well, not too gentle!
For me, it’s not just about the competition but the chance to give back to our communities in unique ways. What better way to do this than by partnering with Molly’s Fund to raise money through this event to benefit Lupus research and treatment. I can say from personal experience that having resources like Molly’s Fund when dealing with chronic illnesses is a relief and a solace. And I am proud to be part of a larger design community that seeks to make our world a better place.
Portland, get ready! This is gonna be a great event that brings together the area’s talent for some design fun. I’m looking forward to meeting you all next month!
Danielle has a thriving design business in her own right aside from her recent win on HGTV. Danielle Colding design, inc. is an interior design and style consultation firm based in New York City. Founded in 2006 by designer Danielle Colding, the firm has taken on residential and commercial projects, event planning, and style consultation services, focusing on a client-driven approach to creating spaces of lasting beauty and function. Danielle’s aim is to produce highly personalized, elegant interiors using both contemporary and traditional furnishings, incorporating clean modern lines with elegant old-world detailing. These key hallmarks are paired with a unique approach to using global accessories, along with impactful color, texture and art, for an eclectic look suited to the personality of each client.
Danielle Colding was born in New York City and is principal of her own firm. Winner of the seventh season of HGTV ‘Design Star’ in July 2012, she went on to host her own show ‘Shop This Room,’ which showcases her shopping skills and creating highly personal spaces for clients around a single inspirational object.
Danielle is a former professional modern dancer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Stanford University. She earned her associate’s degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles. After several years working with the prestigious New York firm Irvine & Fleming, she embarked on her current adventures in design. An avid traveler (and lover of Paris), Danielle’s roving eye, and love of different cultures informs each of her projects.