Posts for March 2014

March 31 2014

The Genius of Modenus

After spending several days with Veronika Miller, the founder of Modenus. I have an even greater appreciation for what she has achieved.  She has created and online resource not only for members of the interior design industry, but for those in the general public who have an interest in design.

Who and what is Modenus? The simplistic answer — “Modenus is a comprehensive digital resource for design professionals and design enthusiasts.”  They collaborate with top industry leaders and manufacturers and have a keen sense of what is worthy of promoting to the public. It’s a HUGE feat to stay on top of the latest out there and they do this with the greatest of professionalism and creativity. In my opinion, they are rockstars in the design industry.  

Here they are in a nutshell:Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 4.23.34 PMScreen Shot 2014-03-31 at 4.23.11 PM

160 + designer portfoliosScreen Shot 2014-03-31 at 5.02.29 PM

15568 products in 12 categoriesScreen Shot 2014-03-31 at 5.03.06 PM

The latest design info on their blogScreen Shot 2014-03-31 at 5.03.29 PM 

I had the privilege of being invited to #BlogTourNYC personally by Veronika and hearing she and her talented daughter (and colleague), Florence, talk about their philosophy behind Modenus. The experience has made me want to stand most enthusiastically behind their company. It’s a digital age, but people who run their business with integrity and passion are still number 1 in my books.

March 29 2014

#BlogTourNYC…The Candid Recap

I’m a woman of few words…I am a listener. But don’t get me wrong, I’m also a conversation instigator so that I can listen. I’ll inject a few words (some wise, some witty) as needed but often let those around me talk. That all changed during #BlogTourNYC. I don’t know what kind of spell Veronika Miller put on me, but by the time we got to our first tour stop, I had an insatiable excitement for all the pending opportunities I was about to experience.  I immediately felt comfortable with my fellow bloggers and knew from our first introductory hug that this was going to be an exceptional group of people experiencing something really special together. Veronika and her daughter Florence were geniuses at putting this group of bloggers together! Someone described the week as being like summer camp. We were strangers who became friends in less than a week and when over, it was an emotional time (at least for me…as Veronika can attest to my watery eyes during our last meal together). IMG_5171The blog tour gang. Photo credit: Debrorah Main

I went on a photo-snapping frenzy during the tour with my iPhone and Nikon and wished I had taken a course on photography ahead of time!  These pictures are candid, lightly-edited shots which will make my photographer friends cringe, but I promise to inject professional photos provided by our generous sponsors of their beautiful products when I gush about them in other posts.

My excitement started now.IMG_4725My private slice of heaven at the award winning Sanctuary Hotel.DSC_0225The hotel hallway. Isn’t it gorgeous?DSC_0230Mosaic city. The view from my window.DSC_0234Our first night of breaking bread together.IMG_4789Here, there and everywhere.IMG_4798  DSC_0257Veronika Miller (the blonde beauty) and her sweet, talented daughters, who I called “kiddo” and “darling”. Hey, I missed my kids.DSC_0417Too much of this…but it’s always 11 o’clock somewhere.IMG_4784My take-home stash of  cards, menus and sponsor literature. I promise this is organized chaos!DSC_0223

I was honoured to learn from the some of the best. Please, take a look at their incredible work:  William (photographer) and Susan (art director and stylist) House of Brinson, Raina Kattleson (stylist) A Stylist’s Life, Michele Scotto (photographer) Sequined Asphault, Jim Caughman (creative director at McGuire) McGuire, Tess Casey (set and event florist) Aisling Flowers, Neal Beckstedt (architect and Interior Designer) Neal Beckstedt Studio, Bunny Williams (interior designer, author, bespoke store owner) Bunny Williams, and last but not least, our workshop hosts Tina Ramchandani and Sarah Sarna (Interior Designers) Franklin Eighth, Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson (co-founders and show producers) West Edge Design Fair.

March 25 2014

Ralph Lauren Flagship Store

Here’s some eye-candy for you to look at while I prepare my #BlogTourNYC posts. Ralph Lauren’s flagship store is the ultimate in sophistication. This is a world reserved for the lucky few…Image 4 Image 11 Image 12 Image 14 Image 16 Image 17 Image 18 Image 21 Image 22 Image 24 Image 27 Image 28 Image 34 Image 36 Image 39