Weekend Wrap Up

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May is in full swing! It has been a very busy, fun week and today I’m heading up to the Hudson Valley to see my friend, Ted Kennedy Watson, at his East Coast home and will be swinging through Trade Secrets, the Bunny Williams created garden show in northern Connecticut. Decor is front and center with the recent finale of the One Room Challenge, a 6 week interior design challenge, featuring 20 bloggers, hosted by Linda of Calling Home. The reveals have been nothing short of spectacular, so I encourage you to visit each of the participants to see how they took one room and transformed it!

I’m always impressed with Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Marthaas her style is always clean but cool, stylish without ever being stuffy….fun with a flourish!

orc graphic orcPaige Minear, of The Pink Clutch,  made such a incredible transition of her wood paneled living room that I’m still trying to take in all the impact. If you love color…this room is for you! Leopard + loads of color = fabulous!sueMy friend, Sue, of The Zhush, did the most amazing laundry room makeover! I love my laundry room, but Sue took it up a notch!! That wallpaper!!

Kips Bay just opened, so plan your visit now!

Join me at Nest Inspired Home next Friday, May 20th from 1-5pm to meet Seattle artist, Jeanne McKay Hartmann! 

Before you know it, we’ll be prepping for Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial kickoff to summer. Make the most of May…it’s almost half way over.

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Wrap Party

What a week it’s been! I almost let my 5 year milestone slip by unannounced, but then I would have missed out on so much fun, sharing it with friends and reflecting on the relationships that have resulted. Today’s guests include artists, magazine editors, writers, bloggers and shop owners. All of them wearing multiple hats.

I was touched beyond measure when my wonderful, long time blog (and real life) friend, Patricia van Essche, aka PvE, illustrated her vision of what my shop would look like, should I ever take the plunge! She incorporated elements of my home, the pink tulips (of course), a little animal print, a bar cart loaded with champagne and pink petals leading the way. A dream of a shop!!! I think it’s so fun seeing what others envision for you. I might keep my eyes open for the perfect storefront!

Patricia also shared this perfect-in-pink table setting, from The Pink Pagoda, that she could imagine for my “party”. I might just have to copy this one!

Patricia came into my life, unexpectedly, when she illustrated my home which had been featured on the blog of my next two guests. 

It was complete serendipity. This illustration hangs by my desk so that I see it every day. It also marked a moment that drew me into the world of blogs. So, you could say, Patricia is a huge part of why I jumped into this world. Thank you, my dear friend!

Next up is a pretty pink tea party setting by my long time friends, muses and now authors, Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar. These are the kind of friends that you say, “I knew them when….” They have been an overnight success in the making for as long as I’ve known them. They compliment one another perfectly and their talent is only dwarfed by the size and generosity of their hearts. 

I’m not sure if there is anyone more excited about their debut book, Modern Mix, than me! Having watched these two up close for the past 5 years, I know I’m not overselling when I say this is going to be your new favorite book. Their style is instantly recognizable so with their first book they are going to break things down for you, de-mystify how to spot something worthwhile and then how to incorporate it into your own home and style. 
Also at the party today, is another long time friend, Carolyn McDonough, who along with her twin sister, Cynthia, are at the helm of a faux flower empire, Diane James Home. The business was started by their mom, Diane, whose designs were so lifelike that they became in instant sensation with Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, numerous specialty shops and the darling of both television and magazine editorial work.
For today’s soiree, Carolyn sent me a photo of real tulips that she picked up just for the celebration! Thank you, Carolyn!!!

Some people come into you life and you know it was just meant to be. That’s the case with Sue De Chiara, known broadly as The Zhush! Sue and I were introduced shortly after we started our blogs by mutual friends. Sue and I have attended blog conferences, cocktail parties, Blogshop and numerous other blog related events. She taught me why and how to use Twitter and Instagram and I remember when she first had the idea for her online shop. Along the way, I gained an amazing real life friend, who I would enjoy whether we were talking about parenting, art or vacations. 

These are the tulips Sue picked up for the occasion! Love the pink combined with the blue and white!

So, there you have it. Why blogging has been so much fun and so rewarding. I’ve learned it’s not about the number of comments, the number of followers or your google analytics. Sure, those things are a nice window into how you are translating into a broader audience, but it has been the relationships and friendships that I look back on and appreciate the most. 

There are many others….and I hope you all know who you are…that have enriched my life and welcomed me into this ever-changing worlds of blogs. I have no idea what the next 5 years holds….but for now, I’m savoring the moment and excited about what the future might hold.

Thank you to every one of you who has stopped by regularly or just now and then. I know you’re out there and I appreciate it more than you’ll ever now!

And, that my friends, is a wrap! What does your weekend hold?

NYC Field Trip

Like many bloggers, I receive a fair number of invitations to events. Many in New York City. Most I have to decline because with young children and their after school activities, it takes a lot of coordination, favors and pre-planning to make it happen.

Monday night was one of those times that it was worth all the preparations. Deborah Needleman, editor of T (The New York Times style magazine) and founder of Domino magazine, hosted a book signing party for my friend, esteemed shop owner and now author, Ted Kennedy Watson, at her home in NYC.

Ted and me
Sue de Chiara, aka The Zhush and Ted
Two of my favorite fellas, Eddie Ross & Ted Kennedy Watson

I made the trip into the city with my long time blogging/real life friend, Sue, of The Zhush! A bit early, we stopped off at City Hall for a quick glass of rose. Just another Monday. Not. 
Off to Deborah’s, chic-beyond-words apartment, where the time flew by seeing friends like Stacey Bewkes (Quintessence blog), Anne & Suysel (Tilton Fenwick), Holly Hollingsworth Phillips (The English Room), Stacy Kunstel (New England Home), Jennifer Powell (Kravet), Eddie Ross (Better Homes & Gardens) and Jaithan Kochar (Grange). I never got the nerve to introduce myself to Simon Doonan, Amanda Nisbet, Susanna Salk or John Derian…but they were all there.
If you want a peek at where we were, check out Sue’s pre-party post on Deborah’s apartment. It’s a bit surreal that we were just there.
How was the start of your week?