Chairs for Charity 2016 - English High Tea Inspired

Last year we participated in a wonderful charity event called Chairs for Charity, which benefits the renovation of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. We had a lovely experience and fun designing our Cinderella inspired chair. We enjoyed it so much, we decided to participate again this year!

This year I was inspired by a flea market treasure I picked up at the Pasadena Flea Market a while back, a vintage chaise lounge. I believe this unique chaise was made somewhere in Europe in the early 1900’s.  Being that I LOVE London and enjoy a hot cup of afternoon tea, I was inspired for my concept - a charming chaise lounge where I can imagine myself curled up sipping on hot tea or a hot toddy depending on my current mood.

Did you know there is a difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea? Afternoon Tea is a British tradition that is really a treat in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. I would assume in the U.S. we would call this a snack. High Tea is a more filling experience with hot foods at dinner time or after dinner as an aperitif.

Taking the concept one step further, I decided to focus on the later, creating a chic chaise lounge I would imagine someone drinking a cocktail on in a swanky London restaurant or bar. My inspiration: a black and white tuxedo. I am especially excited about my concept this go around, because in many past charity events, it has been noted that my designs tend to lean toward the feminine side. Well, this year I decided to switch it up and I think you will be pleasantly surprised by my design!

We are so excited about this event, and we hope you can join us on Tuesday May 10th.

 (more info and to buy tickets)


English “Hot Toddy” Recipe

(Recipe borrowed from Epicurious)



Makes 1 drink


1 oz. (2 tablespoons) bourbon

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup boiling-hot water


Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.


Enjoy your English Hot Toddy!

Happy Designing!