Memorial Day 2014

“Not for fame or reward, not for place or for rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it.”

– Dr. Randolph Harrison McKim

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Books by bloggers

There are some fabulous new books, penned by bloggers, that are hitting the shelves right now. These would make fabulous gifts, but be sure to pick up a copy for yourself too!

Ted Kennedy Watson, the cheerful, savvy proprietor of the Watson Kennedy shops, is the author of Style & Simplicity. As he says, “Let this inspiring book be a starting point for discovering things you love and integrating them into your beautiful life.”

Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar offers lots of visual inspiration for living colorfully. In Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style, Will shows how to introduce color into your home.

In The Jewel Box Home, Genevieve Ferraro, who pens the blog of the same name, offers savvy advice about decorating, entertaining and living happily in a smaller home.


The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful is the title of the new book by Myquillyn Smith (aka The Nester). Using her trademark motto, she shares from her personal experience the tips and advice of working with what you have and enjoying the beauty in everyday life.

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BlogTourNYC: BLANCO – Earth Day 2014

The gorgeous BLANCO ONE™ sink

As part of BlogTourNYC, we were interviewed by Lori Dolnick for BLANCO’s series of videos featuring Designer Tips to Make Every Day Earth Day. The videos will be posted this week, so keep watch for all of them!

You may know BLANCO as the maker of high quality, luxury sinks and faucets – they are a frequent BlogTour sponsor! – and it is easy to see why people gravitate towards them. Not only are they a quality product but they have innovative designs – like the BLANCO ONE sink above that has accessories for chopping and storage to customize your kitchen work area.

It was great fun to hear how each of us finds ways to make small changes in our lifestyle that can add up to big changes for our environment. Just in listening to all of the ideas it made me realize that there are a lot of ways to help. And as BLANCO suggests, let’s make every day Earth Day.


I participated in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.

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BlogTourNYC: The Lessons – Tess Casey

The Flower District in NYC… a place of beauty and intrigue as people bustle about with armloads of the most exquisite flowers. We were treated to a private tour of the shops and a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the floral community.

Tess Casey

The vivacious Tess Casey, the owner of Aisling Flowers, led us through the aisles, pointing out special flowers and offering tips on selection.

Tess produces flower arrangements for all types of occasions but she specializes in ‘camera ready’ flowers that are used on television and movie sets. For example, she did the flowers for the Sex in the City movie. One part of that included making 50 identical bridal bouquets that were specially designed to fall apart in the scene where Carrie hits Mr. Big with her bouquet. Lots of work goes into creating that movie magic!

Tess instructed us on the basics of floral design and then handed each of us a bucket of flowers and a vase to create our own arrangements.

It was surprising to see how many variations of floral arrangements could be created using the same flowers. This is a creative group and each arrangement was unique and beautiful.

This is the first BlogTour that featured lessons and though we all appreciate the beauty and freshness that flowers can bring to an environment, few of us knew the specifics of creating a good arrangement. Tess was a patient instructor giving us pointers on the techniques used but allowing our own creativity to take over in the design.

Typhanie Peterson

Thank you Tess for your time, patience and inspiration. It was a delight to spend a morning with you at your studio. And  special thanks to Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson of WestEdge Design Fair for scheduling this event!

I participated in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.

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BlogTourNYC: The People


Before I left for #BlogTourNYC, a friend suggested that this could be a life-changing event. Now I understand.

BlogTourNYC group with Bunny Williams

Veronika Miller of Modenus has a skill for not only selecting people for the appropriate city for each BlogTour but also for combining a group of unique personalities. Our group seemed to bond from the instant that we met each other. So much so that even when we weren’t scheduled to be together, we were meeting up to spend more time with each other.

We walked and talked…

Walking in NYC

Marc and Jill Abelman

…learned and shared,

Vicki Gladle Bolick

Alison Habermehl and Jeanne Chung

Deborah Main

Maureen Coates

…oohed and aahed over designs, ate and drank, and laughed!

And we were made to feel welcome wherever we went.

Veronika and her girls made it look effortless but they worked hard to pull together this fabulous trip.

Veronika Miller with her daughters

Friendships and memories were created.

Thank you so much V!

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mirror mirror

Paola Thomas says she is a food and travel photographer, but she is much more than that. Her blog’s tagline, “reflections on food, photography, design + life” starts to come closer. Her blog mirrormirror reflects her exuberant view of life. Full of gorgeous photography, luscious food, and design inspiration, it reflects her artistic eye. Take a look:


I like how she describes herself on her blog: Passionate photographer, unrepentant foodie, compulsive baker. harassed mummy, little-known blogger, snarky Brit. I live in Seattle, love colours, and have opinions. Follow Paola at mirrormirror.


Paola and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.

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Faith Sheridan Interior Design

Faith Sheridan is a design pro. With over 25 years of experience, she is able to call upon the best manufacturers and craftspeople for each project and deftly guides the process.

Faith favors custom designed rugs and furnishings so that people enjoy an environment that is tailored to them and their needs. Located in the Pacific Northwest, many of her projects involve condos as clients choose to have a secondary residence.

You will find that Faith shares a lot of design info on her blog In Good Faith. Not just what she has designed (and the photos are beautiful!) but also the thought and process that went into the choices that were made.

Faith and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.

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Typhanie Peterson Design

Typhanie Peterson is an interior designer with a love of DIY projects and crafts. She combines those passions and creates fabrics, pillows, wallpaper, and prints in her own designs.

Her blog is a delightful mix of fun craft projects, the latest magazine recommendations, product finds and design inspiration.


Typhanie and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.

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Deborah Main Designs

Meet Deborah Main. Dubbed the ‘Pillow Goddess’ (what a fun name!), she crafts lavish, custom pillows using unique fabrics (sometimes using antique and vintage pieces) and elaborate embellishments. Take a look at some of her exquisite designs.

Deborah makes it easy to add an element to your room design that is truly one-of-a-kind. And her tagline, ‘Pillow Talk with Deborah Main: Fashion, Design, Art & More!’ perfectly describes her blog.

Deborah and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.

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Jeffrey Design

Jeffrey Johnson of Jeffrey Design is busy these days. Whether it is designing stunning interiors for luxury residences or taking an active role in his social media circle (Jeffrey is one of the moderators of the Google+ *Interior Design Community*), or using his real estate license to help clients find the right space, Jeffrey uses his warmth and savvy to communicate and find the right solutions.

Jeffrey Johnson

How does he do it all? I hear that the answer is that he starts at 4 am each day! Follow Jeffrey on his blog and be sure to say ‘hi’ too!


Jeffrey and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.

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