Tai Chi Class and Fundraiser for
Habitat For Humanity
November 2016-January 2017
Our monthly Tai Chi classes began in October 2016 as a fundraising event for Habitat For Humanity Sarasota County. With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to start giving back to the community while also promoting healthy and sustainable living. We invited different local Tai Chi instructors: Gina White Dove (mindbodyfitnessforyou.com and sarasotaymca.org), Christine Killeen (taichiflowing.com), and Bill Essex (sarasotakungfu.com). They all selflessly volunteered their time and skills by enlightening us with their knowledge of Tai Chi during our charity events.
Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse supports Habitat For Humanity Sarasota's mission to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for working families. To learn more about Habitat For Humanity Sarasota and how to get involved, visit habitatsrq.org.
Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse 2017
The 22nd Annual Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse asked Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse to showcase sustainable furniture and decor at an elegant Bayfront home in South Sarasota to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. We furnished the home with some of our favorite reclaimed, industrial and live edge slab pieces that complemented the beautiful Bayfront scenery.
Decor Direct Awarded Best Outdoor Design in 2017 by Sarasota Magazine!
Competing with interior design firms throughout Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and around Southwest Florida, Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse & lead designer Celeste Gruenstein walked away with the award for "Best Outdoor Space Of The Year" in 2017 for the team's bay front balcony at Fisherman's Bay in South Sarasota.
Sarasota Magazine's judges described the Decor Direct Team's design as “fun”, “creative”, and a “great use of sustainable materials.”
The key to the accolades was Decor Direct's use of sustainable materials—a bar height table handcrafted from a massive live edge slab of wood, a console table sculpted out of teak roots, and a dramatic (as well as privacy-creating) twisted vine wall sculpted onto an iron base.
National Reuse Contest 2017, Sponsored by the ReUse People of America
Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse participated in the 2017 National Reuse Contest where our customers showed off their home projects featuring Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse's salvaged materials and merchandise for the chance to win $100 worth of prizes from us as well as up to $1,000 in national prizes!
Hit Reality Show "Insane Pools" Featuring Decor Direct!
Local company Decor Direct, headquartered in Sarasota, FL announced its unique slab dining tables, furniture and functional art appearance in the new television series "Insane Pools" on Animal Planet.
Decor Direct's salvaged slab furniture and functional art beautified the Snead Island bayfront property and pool built on the second episode of the network's new series, "Insane Pools: Off the Deep End". The second episode of the “Insane Pools” series premiered Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 9pm.
Decor Direct Team Leader, Celeste Gruenstein explained, "We're featuring different 'Insane Furniture' on each of the 6 episodes of Insane Pools. Since the homeowners on this build have backgrounds in construction and an intuitive affinity for wood, it was a natural fit to use Decor Direct's sustainable tree slab furniture. Rather than linear pieces, we chose reclaimed felled tree slabs in organic shapes with live edge finishes. These blend harmoniously with the natural elements of stone, marble and boulders that Lucas Lagoons used in the pool and bar area construction.”
Decor Direct Supports Manatee Chamber
We are proud members of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce again in 2023! Thanks Manatee Chamber of Commerce Team for all your charity events, outreach, support and networking you offer to the local community and to the Sarasota/Manatee businesses that anchor our community! . We love being a part of the dynamic local business family in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. There is a reason that Manatee Chamber of Commerce, just won the Best Chamber in Florida award for the fifth time! We couldn't do what we do without you!
Decor Direct Named One of Home Accents Today's 13th Annual Top 50 Retail Stars
Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse was named one of the top furniture stores in the United States! Home Accents Today included us as one of the top 50 Retail Stars for 2017. That's within the whole country and only three stores in the State of Florida... What an honor!
Tai Chi Class and Fundraiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs
We wanted to continue to give back to the community while also keeping with our Tai Chi theme, but the direction of our fundraising changed to a new recipient, local charity organization, Southeastern Guide Dogs. We invited local Tai Chi instructors Mary Lou Lindsay (taoist.org) and Sifu Brian Williams (tcmac-sarasota.com). Whom selflessly volunteered their time and skills by enlightening us with their knowledge of Tai Chi during our charity events.
Southeastern Guide Dogs speaker, Karen Conkel, and ambassador dog, Levi, attended our event to help promote their charity (and Tai Chi!).
Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse supports Southeastern Guide Dogs' mission to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life's journey with mobility, independence, and dignity. Their vision to be the best dog school in the world in terms of impact, innovation, and integrity is truly inspirational. To learn more about Southeastern Guide Dogs and what they do, visit GuideDogs.org.
Awards & Community:
We believe in giving back to the community! Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse was founded on the principle of giving back to build a strong community. Since 1998, we have been actively involved in fundraising and donating time, money, resources, and volunteering to many local charitable and educational organizations. See the full list of our local beneficiary charity organizations.
The ongoing success of these showhouses requires the support of many designers, committee members, and the funding from local business men and women who give generously to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Support from the local community, like our customers, is important for fundraising events. We look forward to participating again in the future!
2018 Award Nominee Hosted by Keep Manatee Beautiful
Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse was nominated for the 2018 Small Business Recycling Award presented by Keep Manatee Beautiful! Although we enjoy being recognized for what we love to do, what we love most is having a positive impact on our community!