North Dearborn Garden Walk

By: Valeria Degutis

It has been a busy weekend for Designs for Dignity. On Thursday we wrapped up a successful Date with Dignity event hosted by our lovely Associate Board, and on Friday morning we were preparing a garden for the North Dearborn Garden Walk hosted by the North Dearborn Association (NDA). About three weeks prior, we were introduced to the event by D4D’s Board President, Hunter Kaizer, who has participated in the garden walk in years past. Our team got to work going through our inventory to see what we could use to create a vignette in the selected garden and transform the space in a short amount of time.

After prepping the garden for our design, we decided that we wanted the ability to showcase what a D4D space could look like. There were six chairs and a small side table that were used to create a dining space and a reading nook. We enhanced the dining setting with a beautiful floral arrangement and place settings. Included were quotes from those who’ve been impacted by previous projects on the plates and hints of green from our logo. The reading nook area was distinguished by green and white paper lanterns, a side table and two armchairs for a more intimate, personal space within the garden. Having used pieces from the D4D inventory, the donated Aura Chairs from Lane Venture and the Boxwood Side Table from Janus et Cie will now find permanent homes on one our future project sites.

The goal of participating in this event was for D4D to get our work in front of a new audience. While we did not know what to expect in the beginning, we encountered some people whose lives had been affected by D4D through their work environments. For example, one of the Garden Walk attendees who we were talking to had worked in a D4D transformed space and didn’t even realize D4D had provided the pro-bono interior design services.

We hope that through our work this weekend, we were able to open new eyes to a need of quality design for all. The work that is done by Designs for Dignity is so important to the non-profit community of Chicagoland. D4D has impacted over one hundred thousand people through their work with those spaces continuing to have a positive impact everyday. With the help of gracious volunteers and attendees at our events, such as the upcoming annual Kitchen Walk, D4D is able to create spaces of comfort where people can truly be themselves in healthy and safe environments.


Want to get in on the action? To join our Associate Board please contact Robby at 

To join a project team please follow this link to our volunteer form. 

Missed us this weekend? Be sure to get your tickets to the Kitchen Walk here!


For more information on the North Dearborn Garden Walk or the NDA, please visit their website:

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