House of DIFFA 2016
DIFFA Decks the Halls

DIFFA devotees ring in the holidays at decorative Dallas fête

DIFFA devotees ring in the holidays at decorative Dallas fête

Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Claire Coburn, Warren Wetzel, Carol Hatton
Claire Coburn, Warren Wetzel, Carol Hatton Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Chuck Steelman, Scott Kehn
Chuck Steelman, Scott Kehn Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Courtland Hoge, Mackenzie Wilkinson, Andrew Griffith
Courtland Hoge, Mackenzie Wilkinson, Andrew Griffith Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Imran Sheikh, Kenzie Mainard
Imran Sheikh, Kenzie Mainard Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
James Campbell, Latoya Jones, Simona Beal, John Marrs
James Campbell, Latoya Jones, Simona Beal, John Marrs Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Jason Michael Calhoun, Ernesto Herrera
Jason Michael Calhoun, Ernesto Herrera Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Justin Bundick, Ashley Cook, Tony Holmes
Justin Bundick, Ashley Cook, Tony Holme Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Lauren Sims, Michael Sims
Lauren Sims, Michael Sims Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Lynae Fearing, Darin Kunz, Brandy Taylor
Lynae Fearing, Darin Kunz, Brandy Taylor Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Mack Campbell, Russ Weeks, Daniel Kuhn, Wesley McCormack
Mack Campbell, Russ Weeks, Daniel Kuhn, Wesley McCormack Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Mason McCleskey, Javier Burkle, Cindi Pierce
Mason McCleskey, Javier Burkle, Cindi Pierce Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Matthew Zokai, Olivia Zokai, Matt Wilkerson
Matthew Zokai, Olivia Zokai, Matt Wilkerson Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Mindi Loll, Mai Caldwell, Carinthia Kishaba
Mindi Loll, Mai Caldwell, Carinthia Kishaba Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Stephen MacMillin Moser, Amy Winslow
Stephen MacMillin Moser, Amy Winslow Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Steve Kemble, Tommy Walker, Chad Collom, LeeAnne Locken
Steve Kemble, Tommy Walker, Chad Collom, LeeAnne Locken Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Tricia Sims, Emily Eisenhauer, Danya Anderson
Tricia Sims, Emily Eisenhauer, Danya Anderson Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Alexia Bourn-Lipsett, Art Bloodworth
Alexia Bourn-Lipsett, Art Bloodworth Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Tractor Beam wreath
Tractor Beam wreath was a hit.  Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Offering from The Joule Hotel
The offering from The Joule hotel. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Swoon, the Studio wreath
Swoon, the Studio wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Stanley Korchack and Bret McKinney wreath
Stanley Korchack and Bret McKinney wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
SmithGroup JJR wreath
SmithGroup JJR wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Roma Boots wreath
Roma Boots wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Gallerie Noir wreath
Gallerie Noir wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Forty Five Ten wreath
Forty Five Ten wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Jay Evers Represented by On Set Management wreath
Jay Evers Represented by On Set Management wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Dylan's Candy Bar Neiman Marcus wreath
Dylan's Candy Bar Neiman Marcus wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Allan Knight Showroom wreath
Allan Knight Showroom wreath. Photo courtesy of DIFFA Dallas
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak
Claire Coburn, Warren Wetzel, Carol Hatton
Chuck Steelman, Scott Kehn
Courtland Hoge, Mackenzie Wilkinson, Andrew Griffith
Imran Sheikh, Kenzie Mainard
James Campbell, Latoya Jones, Simona Beal, John Marrs
Jason Michael Calhoun, Ernesto Herrera
Justin Bundick, Ashley Cook, Tony Holmes
Lauren Sims, Michael Sims
Lynae Fearing, Darin Kunz, Brandy Taylor
Mack Campbell, Russ Weeks, Daniel Kuhn, Wesley McCormack
Mason McCleskey, Javier Burkle, Cindi Pierce
Matthew Zokai, Olivia Zokai, Matt Wilkerson
Mindi Loll, Mai Caldwell, Carinthia Kishaba
Stephen MacMillin Moser, Amy Winslow
Steve Kemble, Tommy Walker, Chad Collom, LeeAnne Locken
Tricia Sims, Emily Eisenhauer, Danya Anderson
Alexia Bourn-Lipsett, Art Bloodworth
Tractor Beam wreath
Offering from The Joule Hotel
Swoon, the Studio wreath
Stanley Korchack and Bret McKinney wreath
SmithGroup JJR wreath
Roma Boots wreath
Gallerie Noir wreath
Forty Five Ten wreath
Jay Evers Represented by On Set Management wreath
Dylan's Candy Bar Neiman Marcus wreath
Allan Knight Showroom wreath

The DIFFA/Dallas Holiday Wreath Collection is one of the rare times it’s considered perfectly acceptable — nay, encouraged — to put up holiday decorations before Thanksgiving. Only these wreaths weren’t purely decorative; they were fundraising opportunities. 

More than 70 of them, in fact, designed and donated by Neiman Marcus, Stanley Korshak, Design Within Reach, Jan Barboglio, Avant Garden, Swoon, Cebolla, Michael’s, Pettigrew, Arhaus, Roma Boots, Lucky Dog Barkery, Allan Knight Showroom, Arteriors, and many more. The creations ranged from whimsical to legit works of art, and attendees bid feverishly to not only take one home, but also to help DIFFA in its mission to serve North Texas AIDS service organizations.

The festivities started even before guests walked in the door of Expressions Home Gallery in the Dallas Design District. Awaiting guests at the entrance were top-hatted gentlemen, who opened the doors to reveal a sparkly, shiny wonderland, where the wreaths had been hung amid the showroom’s snazzy bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

In addition to admiring and bidding on this untraditional holiday decor, partygoers — including Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak, Sami Abboud, Darin KunzJames Campbell, Latoya Jones, Simona Beal, John MarrsImran Sheikh, Kenzie MainardTiffany Hendra, LeeAnne Locken, Julian Leaver, Javier Burkle, and Lynae Fearing — noshed on bites from III Forks, Cookies Crumbs and Crust, and Sissy’s Southern Kitchen.

Libations from KetelOne and Bud Light surely helped encourage attendees to contribute heartily toward DIFFA, which is gearing up for its 26th annual House of DIFFA, themed Circo Rouge, on May 21, 2016, at the Omni Dallas hotel.