Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus, is rolling out more and more BlogTours covering the major design capitals around the world. Just back from Las Vegas and the KBIS show, they are now getting ready for the next one (in less than a month!) in New York City. There will be events that focus on design as well as a visit to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. New this time will be meetings with photographers, stylists, designers and others that will make this a learning event as they share their tips and tricks.
I am delighted (excited / humbled / thrilled!) to be included in this BlogTour! New York City may be in my backyard but there is so much there that I never get a chance to see. I am looking forward to absorbing as much as I can. I also can’t wait to meet the other bloggers and learn with the pros during the BlogTour events.
Follow along on Modenus’ blog for more BlogTour information and lots of design news.
Eddie Ross took a break from blogging but now he’s back! It was a busy year for him with a new job at Better Homes & Gardens and a new house with Jaithan (Pine Hill Farm), but Eddie continues with the things that have endeared him to us: fabulous entertaining, antiquing finds and decorating transformations. Catch up with what he’s been doing.
Pine Hill Farm
As one year ends, and another begins, it is often a time for reflection. And so it is here. As more and more blogs have appeared, there have also been more forms of social media vying for attention (Twitter, Instragram, Pinterest, google+, etc.). At times it feels like the noise level has been turned up too high. And instead of yelling to compete, I stay quiet. I’ve been watching how design bloggers are handling this too – each choosing their own path for their voice. Some have stopped blogging, or reduced the frequency to allow time to pursue other outlets or ventures, and others remain happily steadfast with their blogging adventure. So while there are design bloggers, I am choosing to highlight them and talk about things that are happening in the design blogging world.
I took this photo in Frances Palmer’s garden. Well, actually, this part of her garden is growing on the tennis court! See how all of those plants have sprouted from that small crack? How strong and vibrant they are! Just like you are. Finding your spot and standing tall for all of the world to see.
As you go into 2014, I wish for you the space to be yourself, to grow and flourish, and to make it an amazing year!
Ted Kennedy Watson
Ted Kennedy Watson is that guy that greets you warmly, tells a witty story and charms all those around him. These are all wonderful qualities to have especially when you are the ‘shop keeper’ of Seattle’s Watson Kennedy shops.
Ted’s daily blog (daily!) is a must-read. As he shares the things that catch his eye, you are treated to exquisite flowers, entertaining ideas, delectable recipes, thoughtful quotes, glimpses of decorating from his houses, new finds that are arriving in the stores, and through this you can see his appreciation for the beauty that he finds all around him.
And now Ted has written a book, Style & Simplicity, to be released in May 2014. (Isn’t that cover gorgeous!) It is sure to be a delight.
Today happens to be Ted’s birthday, a significant birthday, and I wish for him a day of exquisite joy and celebration. Thank you so much for all that you give us, Ted, and have a happy, happy birthday!
Dogs have been taking over the blogs recently. Here are just a few:
- sfgirlbybay – A calendar has been created featuring bloggers’ pets with all proceeds to benefit The Humane Society.
- cococozy – lots of pooches snuggling up with the beautiful cococozy throws.
- desiretoinspire – with their Monday’s Pets on Furniture series, your dog can be a star too.
- Fresh American - discover the colorful, fun pet portraits by Katelyn Luczynski-Banks.
- Breakfast at Toast – prayers for Buddy as he is going through some medical issues and hugs to Danielle who loves him deeply.
So, you like numbers. Especially orderly ones like today’s date. Some people grab the chance to have an easy-to-remember anniversary and get married. Many people think it’s a lucky date. So why not do something memorable! Do a random act of kindness ~ something extra special for someone in this world.
Did you know that today is also Human Race Day?
Imagine ONE day around the globe where we focus on what we have in common. It doesn’t matter what our politics are, our religion, where we come from, what our positions and stances are on a variety of issues.
We can be kind everyday and most of us will. We want to add a concentrated effort on one day and really make a WOW impact, a Wave Effect!
So put this day to good use – do something memorable!
For Veterans Day, Melissa at 320 Sycamore offers a beautiful photo with inspiring words as part of her ‘courage for the week’ series.
Melissa’s blog isn’t named after her address. Do you recognize the street? It is the address of the house in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” that Mary dreams about and then makes into a home for George. Melissa uses this same transformational philosophy “to bring out the charm and potential in our homes and families” for her blog.
If you’ve been to a design bloggers’ event, you have probably met Warren Bobrow [often with Klaus, 'the Soused Gnome' by his side]. The creator of sophisticated concoctions, made with the freshest of ingredients, he is a true mixologist.
Warren’s drinks are unique and so is he. He has been an owner of a fresh pasta company, a trained chef and a banker! He is also a photographer, blogger, writer of many articles on food and drink, and now is the author of his first book: Apothecary Cocktails, Restoratives from Yesterday and Today.
Here is a bit about the book:
At the turn of the century, pharmacies in Europe and America prepared homemade tinctures, bitters, and herbal remedies mixed with alcohol for curative benefit for everything from poor digestion to the common cold. Today, trendy urban bars such as Apothke in New York, Apo Bar & Lounge in Philadelphia, and 1022 South in Tacoma, as well as “vintage” and “homegrown” cocktail aficionados, find inspiration in apothecary cocktails of old. Now you can too!
Warren is genuine and a delight to talk with. This is sure to be a popular book (what a great hostess gift!) and we wish him much success.
Frances Palmer Pottery
And whoosh, just like that the month is gone.
Here is some of what happened in September:
Welcome to October!
As I was researching my last post, I began reading some of the other features on the cj dellatore site: design, fashion, business and technology - wow, fabulous stuff! There is also a tab called ‘point of view’ for features on other designers. See much to explore!
It’s no wonder that the site contains so much fabulous information since it is headed up by Carl Dellatore along with Carl Lana and Anthony Costa. Carl has a pretty impressive list of credentials. He is known as a textile expert and he designs textiles while also working on designs for wallpaper and furniture. In addition, he’s manufactured custom home furnishings, restored historical properties (including this one that appeared in House & Garden), authored The Fabric Style Book, been a magazine writer, and has appeared many times on Martha Stewart’s “Living” television show. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next!
Meanwhile, I have lots of reading to do… enjoy your weekend!