Kravet Blogfest NY (part one) and a Winner!

Almost directly after all the fun at Brimfield I traveled to NYC to attend Blogfest.  Sponsered by Kravet, Blogfest is an opportunity for interior design bloggers to attend design industry events and showrooms.  I went with my friend Yvonne Blacker who writes the design Blog  Design Vignettes . We stayed at a very “hip” hotel called Yotel. It was completely automated including both check in and baggage storage. See that huge robot arm? It stores your luggage for you. Yvonne and I weren’t sure why there was a bike hanging overhead in the lobby but we did both notice that the bike was bright green and complimented the purple neon quite nicely.

Yotel Lobby, Yvonne next to “check in”, robotic luggage storage

Yvonne is such a fun traveling companion and between the two of us we knew quite a few of the other attendees. The event kicked off with a cocktail party at Jonathon Adler’s NY store.

photo by Yvonne Blacker

There was so much to look at while at the same time everyone was excited to connect and reconnect with fellow bloggers. I was so happy to see my friends Lesslie Hassler of TX and Ann McDonald of CA. We all met through our mentor Tobi Fairley.

Lesslie Hassler, me, Ann McDonald

JA’s store is a filled with fun graphic prints, fabulous furniture, hot pops of color and so many great accessories.

I want this bed!

I couldn’t decide which one of these I loved more

I’ve always been a fan of JA’s head vases.

I seriously considered buying all three of those pillows.

I could have taken home half the store if budget allowed. Another one of my favorite things in the store was a huge hanging sign that said “Jonathan Adler’s Manifesto”. It hung directly behind the register and although I tried my best to get a photo, the sign was too big and the lighting was not good.

I was however able to find it printed online. Here is JA’s company manifesto and his outlook on life and home.

We believe that your home should make you happy.

We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right.
Unless the husband is gay.

We believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the puffy consequences.

We believe minimalism is a bummer.

We believe handcrafted tchotckes are life-enhancing.

We believe tassels are the earrings of the home.

We believe in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Bonnie Cashin, Hans Coper, Gio Ponti, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.

We believe in the innate chicness of red with brown.

We believe in being underdressed or overdressed always.

We believe in infantile, happy emblems like butterflies and hearts.

We believe celebrities should pay full price.

We believe in rustic modernism: Big Sur, A-Frame beach houses, raw beams, and geodesic dome homes.

We believe in Palm Beach style: Louis chairs, chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa ’72.

We believe our designs are award winning even though they’ve never actually won any.

We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.

We believe in mantiques –
suits of armor, worn chesterfield sofas, heraldic tapestries.

We believe you should throw out your Blackberry and go pick some actual blackberries.

We believe colors can’t clash.

We believe in blowing your nest egg on our pots.

We believe our lamps will make you look younger and thinner.

We believe in irreverent luxury.

 I am in total agreement…how about you?
While at Blogfest I was one of the lucky winners of a Jonathan Adler bowl. I thought it only appropriate to pick the winner for my  Benjamin Moore Williamsburg fan deck giveaway out of  my new bowl.
And the winner is:


Congratulations Kelly!! Send me your address and I will mail it out right away.



My Whoo Hoo Blogging Moment

Today is the 6 month anniversary of my very first blog. For the most part it has been a fun and rewarding experience. As most (ALL) bloggers will tell you, blogging is a HUGE time commitment but the rewards are well worth it. My favorite thing about blogging are the new friends I have made in blog land, not to mention all I have learned about Design and Color from reading other blogs.

Having said all this though the one thing about blogging is that I am not all that Tech savey. I don’t know if 5 people read my blog or 555 (wishful thinking). Yes, I know there are all sorts of blogging analytics and that most bloggers track their stats daily.  Figuring it all out is on my “must figure out list” but for the time being, I am blogging in the dark.

Imagine my surprise then when I returned home from Tobi Fairley’s Design Camp and saw that Sheila Zeller of  SZ interiors, had nominated me for the versatile blogger award.


I first meet Sheila at Maria Killam’s True Color Expert class in Vancouver over a year ago. I have been following her blog ever since. The amazing thing about Sheila is that she somehow finds the time to blog daily. I assume she must be one of those people who sleep 3 hours a night because not only does she run a design business but her blogs are always well thought out, educational and never just “filler or fluff”. So, if you are not already reading her blog I highly recommend checking her out.

Thank you so much Sheila!


Here’s how it works on my part:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Send the award along to 7 other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!


So now it’s my turn to share seven things about me that you probably don’t know.


#1.   I have a huge love of throw pillows. According to my husband, my collection might boarder on hoarding.


How many are too many?


#2.  I have a very spoiled Weimaraner named Tucker who sleeps in our bed under the covers when we are not home (and sometimes even when we are).

Bad Boy Tucker!


#3. My favorite place in the whole world is Nantucket. Our dream is to own a home there some day.

Main st. Nantucket, MA


#4. I have always had a thing for weathered wood and rusting metal…even way before it became so “in”.

Linda Holt Photography


#5. Although I am not proud to admit it, I once painted my living room 4 different colors in 7 days…not just one wall, the ENTIRE room. Let’s just say it’s a long story and it happened a long time ago.


#6.   I was a photographer for 25 years before taking the plunge into design. I still take photos in my head and often see the world as if  I were looking through a lens.


#7. If my house was burning down and I could only take one item to be saved it would be this oil painting of my boys when they were little (vacationing on Nantucket of course).

oil painting by Candace Lovely


Now the fun part. I get to pass the Versatile blogger award along to 7 other bloggers that I look forward to reading and you might too!



The Blue Giraffe

 Madpatter Design

 Restyling Home by Kelly

 A Day in The Life Of…interior design

The Decorologist

Design Vignettes

A big thank you again to Sheila Zeller and all the other bloggers who inspire me, educate me and feed my passion for design and all things related.

I hope you enjoyed my 7 things and remember, if you would like help choosing color, Staging or Redesigning a room, give me a call.

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