7.24.2014

DesignTV Has Options - Meet The Design Network!

Just for a moment, I'm going to travel back in TV design time - Do you remember watching, learning and enjoying design programming such as Divine Design, Designing For the Sexes, Room by Room, Clean House or even Room Service? I sure do, especially since I would regularly watch these shows as I was working on school design projects while I was attending the Art Institute. I really enjoyed watching those shows and miss seeing them more regularly. The design tv programming back then was fun and educational, which today, surprisingly with all the channels available, are hard to come by. Flash forward to today and anytime when I "feel" like watching a design program, the only shows available are crashing something or hunting for something. Even a concept as simple as a white room design challenge barely ceases to exist anymore, or better yet, why not a REAL life design program, with real life challenges such as a budget? This is why I am so thrilled to have found The Design Network.


Give your hand a break from scrolling for design inspiration - to watching it on TDN!

Far more than just watching a design show happen on TV, The Design Network is engaging. Why? Because it is a true 'network' of people helping people with design dilemmas - be it professional designer, a design lifestyle expert, or a home enthusiast. The Design Network is the world's first video-sharing platform that gives architects, interior designers, stylists, stagers, home enthusiasts, and video professionals the opportunity to create and share entertaining, engaging, and inspirational content, with the focus on the home. I first learned about The Design Network just as it launched in April 2013, during the Design Bloggers Conference (read post here). Since its inception, The Design Network (aka TDN) has grown to host a variety of up-and-coming stars from the lifestyle, design, and furniture industries. Yes - there is video-based channel we all know called You-Tube, but searching You-Tube for good quality, home design video content, or even creating your own channel now is like casting a small bait out into a murky lake. With TDN, professionals are casting their lines out into a clear pond - and by clear, I mean design focused.







What are some of the highlights of The Design Network? 

Besides watching fun featured design programming series such as - The Quest For Home, Dramatic Designs, Glamour Goes South, My Pad, House Trip, Architainment (a local here in Scottsdale!!), and my personal fave: Space Off. TDN TV also has other series options to watch such as bloggers on video - Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage, and Mitzi Beach (a 50+ Design Expert!) BoomerSmarts Designing - along with market event tours, interviews, and even a new home entertaining series scheduled to launch as soon as next week, plus more programming coming up in the Fall. These series listed here are just a few of the many - and many more inspiring design shows to come to TDN TV!


 
For an updated version of a 'white room challenge' click here to WATCH: Space Off!
(featuring TDN founders, Jeff (left) and Jason (right) Harris!)



From Party Pads to Jet Setters, (right here in Phoenix!) click here to WATCH: Architainment


New Series - Starts next week!


If you are a design professional, or even in the home decor industry, you KNOW social media is a must in marketing today - which is the other huge advantage to joining TDN. Not only can you upload your own home design related video content to TDN, plus share this video content via your other social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and yes - even Pinterest - but you can LINK a URL to anything you would like to feature within your video. After my 25 year experience in working in the retail industry (visual merchandising) this can be a HUGE game changer for brick and mortar + online retailers! Some of the brands already taking advantage of this marketing opportunity are Baker, Huntington House, Century, Surya, and Four Hands to name just a few.



Create your own channel of of videos AND even your video series favorites + images, with just a click of the heart button on the TDN site. And don't forget to SHARE your video favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Video sharing is yet another means of design inspiration for us all!


Think about it: If you're a shop owner, now you have a platform to share helpful design videos to the consumers PLUS link the product in your video for them to buy. If you're a designer and book author, you can add the url link to your book or to your portfolio. If you are a home stager or a blogger, you can add a clickable link within your video, for people to visit your website or blog. How cool is that? In all, creating video content to share on TDN TV allows you to further expand your social reach, drive traffic to your site, increase your SEO optimization and give life to not online static images, but to your online presence as well.


How do you join The Design Network?

You can join TDN for free by setting up a simple profile on their site at thedesignnetwork.com. You can also subscribe to your favorite design network channels, by following these 3 easy steps written by Leslie Carothers on Mitzibeach.com - How To Subscribe. Coming soon: TDN TV will also point you in the direction of best practices for creating video content on your own and even connect with film producers to help you create your best professional video for your channel.

Is The Design Network only available online?

At first, you could only watch online - but that too has changed and is growing. When Furnitureland South executives Jason and Jeff Harris saw the growth of their online design network within the first year - a million page views and approximately 10,000 subscribers since its launch in April 2013 - they knew they were onto something big. As a result, the network now has its own channel on Time Warner Cable, channel 69 (in the Piedmont). Who knows what the future holds - maybe we could see the Nate Berkus Show again - How cool would that be? In the meantime, you can read more about The Design Network, a broadband television network, teaming up with Time Warner Cable at High Point Enterprise, hpe.com.




“What I’m seeing on television has no correlation to the amazing home decor industry that I’ve grown up in and have been exposed to all my life,” said Jason Harris, founder of The Design Network and executive vice president of Furnitureland South. “For the past year, we have connected with the great brands, authentic design experts and creative filmmakers to produce a new brand of interactive video entertainment in the home decor genre.” -- hpe.com





What is The Design Network? Watch the above video clip to learn more - and also visit the site at thedesignnetwork.com.



How's that for the future app-based TV?
Welcome to The Design Network - for today and the future.
Watch. Join. Share. Connect with Home.

Connect With the Design Network via:

I'm sure they would love to hear feedback from you, since this is the way they truly are engaged - they listen!



Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you on The Design Network!
You KNOW I'll be pinning some of my favorite design shows for sure! 
Join me on Pinterest at - Lynda | Focal Point Styling







 NOTE: The post was sponsored by the Design Network - All images courtesy of The Design Network. All opinions in this post are authentic and of my own.

7.21.2014

Essentials for a Summertime Picnic in the Park

Over the weekend, it was Jeff's birthday. Last year, we spent the day at his new favorite spot here in AZ - the golf course. However due to a lower back injury he's been experiencing, I planned something a little more relaxing to celebrate his birthday and for us to relax and enjoy together: A Summer Sunday Park Picnic. Back in the Fall, we had a park picnic at a spot we came across in Scottsdale, but I wanted to try a different and new to use place. During July 4th weekend, I came across a local park, just 40 mins north of us in a place called Fountain Hills. Since it's a little higher elevation than us here in the valley, it was a little cooler, not to mention the huge lake the park is surrounded by has a huge fountain in its center. When the fountain is gushing, and a wind blows, it creates a mist to help cool down people walking the park or just lounging under the trees - which is where we picked our spot for our picnic.




Different from the picnic we planned in the Fall (read: Enjoying A Fall Picnic In The Park), passing by a gourmet market to pick-up a mix of salads and wrap sandwiches, I prepared the picnic feast at home, with the summer fruits and foods I had on hand. I made us Jeff's fave potato salad the evening before, and I did pick up some better deli meats & cheeses for our lunch. Reusable containers came in handy for packing the potato salad plus fresh cut strawberries, watermelon, and a mix of feta with red grapes. Recycled juice containers came in handy for our beverages I also made: Limeade for me and fresh brewed tea for Jeff. A pretty blue glass wine bottle I also recycled came in handy for a small vase of three Gerber daises from the bunch I picked up during my weekly grocery trip. A burlap tote I had gotten from the Winter Market came in handy to carry the sheet, fabric, napkins, melamine plates, cups, the wine bottle vase, utensils and a cutting board. Tip: Bringing along a cutting board helps to give one flat surface when you're doing a ground picnic. And although the "basket" for a picnic is a must, it may not keep the foods as well chilled as need be (especially mayo based salads & sandwich meats) so we did also bring a small rolling cooler for the drinks and extra ice - plus the handle helped to hold two tie-on covered pillows I brought to help make the ground more comfortable for Jeff... Needless to say he not only ebjoyed the food but the water view too - which is a rarity to be near (in comparison to FL living) here in Arizona...






Although I made the potato Salad the night before, I made hoagie sandwiches in the morning with a splurge (for us) on some special deli meats and cheese. To hold these stacked sandwiches in place for transport, I cut them in half, and wrapped them in parchment paper, before wrapping in a Ziplock baggie.




Jeff was happy - Food + Water view!


Picnic Attire:
Dress in lightweight cottons and linens to help keep you cool...


Making hubs happy makes me happy...


Picnic Tip:
Put that extra flat sheet from your sheet set to use: Bring it along for a park picnic... along with a few throw pillows for added comfort while lying on the ground...




 I know Jeff would have loved to have gone and played golf (like we did last year for his birthday) but that just can't be this year. But we were still able to get outside and actually enjoy the outdoors - more relaxing - and left the park as two happy campers! --or is that picnic-ers? :)


Earlier last week, when I wrote my blog contribution to the Hadley Court blog, I wrote a post about organizing a summer picnic, which included a list of essentials, a link to recipes, and several picnic ideas to inspire you from backyard picnics, to parks, to even a mention of beach picnics. If you missed my post, you can read at: The Essentials for Organizing an Easy Summer Picnic...




 Pulling together your own picnic, for a park or the yard really doesn't take much, it's not expensive, plus it's way to get out and peacefully enjoy summertime outdoors...

Sandwiches cut in half and wrapped in parchment paper before wrapping in a ziplock baggie helped hold these beasts together for transport. I repurposed Jeff's everyday lunch meat containers for sides (such as potato salad and fruits). Cooler packed with ice plus Limeade, Ice tea and water. (Non-alcohol & no soda picnic) -- an important essential to a picnic here in AZ: stay hydrated!


Having a list on the fridge helped keep more organized for Jeff's B-Day... but I don't have any idea what "came" is... lol (hate when that happens!!) I either meant cooler, cutting board or card... Jeff got upset because he tried to bring speakers for his iPod but the batteries were dead - But in all honesty - we didn't need the music... it was such a nice break to listen to a warm breeze wrestle in the trees, birds chirping, ducks quacking and the WATER chopping against the sides of the pond... not to mention the misting cooldown we got when the fountain shot up! (105 temp must have dropped 10 degrees!)


Pulling together most picnic essentials the night before helped me get ready quicker Sunday morning - even-though I did edit (not take all in above pic) most everything fit perfectly in the burlap tote...



What does it cost to have a picnic (for two)?

Groceries - Let's say $30 (or less)
and below is a list of using what i already had, but for some items, in new ways -
Picnic Basket - Gift from Jeff's mom (2009)
Stripe Sheet (RL queen) + Stripe Melamine sq. Plates + Cutting boards - HomeGoods (2011-2014)
 Ikat Blue Melamine Plates + Blue cups - Target (2010)
Polka-Dot Tea Towels - Pottery Barn (2014)
Natural Linen Euro pillows (covers) - Ikea (2012)
 Buffalo Check Napkins + Plaid fabric + Denim pillow - Goodwill Thrift Finds (2013)
and my plaid strapless dress was also a thrift find - $5 at Goodwill during 50% day.



Find an ideal location to suit you and your mate or your family and enjoy!





Thanks for stopping by!




Note: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods and shared on the Happy By Design Pinterest project. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

7.13.2014

With Gratitude and Many Thanks!

Although life doesn't always turn out the way you had planned, you can't let those disappointments get the best of you. You also can't let the disappointments blind you from the good that does happen in, let's say, your career life. Case in point, recently I've hit a few milestones in building my social media presence (such as acquired 2000 likes on my Facebook page and 5000 followers on Twitter!) along with being featured by a few other bloggers - from home styling to Pinterest features - plus being invited to be a blog ambassador for up and coming new Design Network and hired to create graphics for two website redesigns! I never would have guessed when I left the brick-and-mortar world of visual merchandising in retail (almost four years ago now!), that those experiences plus my design style eye would lead to a whole different world of opportunities ... and for that, I am humbled, honored and grateful...




Many Thank You's to...




 I am grateful to be selected and listed on Designer Carla Aston's Directory of "Must Follow Interior Design Pinners On Pinterest" !!! Check it out! There may be some NEW to YOU pinners to follow as well. Thank you Carla! I'm truly honored!




 FLOORED! Thank you FlooringHunt.com for featuring me as one of your Top 12 Decorators and Designers to follow on Pinterest! In some great company along with Emily Henderson, Holly Becker, and Paloma Contreras to name a few! -- See ALL here: 12 Decorators and Designers to follow on Pinterest! 
-- and Join me on Pinterest here: Lynda | Focal Point Styling




 Ralph Lauren Home - Joined Pinterest this June and is following me! Thank you! I'm honored!


  5000+ Followers on Twitter! Woot!! Thank you!



2000+ Likes on Facebook!




I was happy to be invited to participate in a Focus Group panel, and thrilled that it lead to being invited to become a Brand Ambassador for the Design Network! Look for my post coming up in July! You can start to watch + join + share by clicking: the Design Network.


 Thanks for featuring one of my coffee table styles in your post how to Style A Coffee Table at Beneath My Heart - during the "How to Decorate 5 Day Series" hosted by Beth Crabtree Hunter of Home Stories A to Z - You can read at How to Style A Coffee Table




Grateful to have been invited to be one of three Happy By Design pinners for HomeGoods to Host a Pinterest Party - coming up in August!


Thank you Lucky magazine for featuring my Jewelry Organizing With Teacups as part of your 75 Creative Ways To Organize Your Jewelry 




Thank you Mitzi & Leslie! Here is one of seven new graphics I created for the redesigned website of MitziBeach.com. Read and see more on her site!




Happy to be part of the Hadley Court Blog Team as a Content Contributor - Noted as Top 25 Home Design Blogs To Follow For 2014!

Especially thrilled to be attending the upcoming Design camp as a Guest of Lori & Kelli's - during Summer Market in Las Vegas, happening at the end of this month!


 Also grateful for a few other invites in the works -

Blog for HomeGoods and Fall HPMKT, as well as local invites to write for local magazine, East Valley Magazine plus may be doing a little special merchandise presentation locally at Sweet Salvage! So stay tuned and THANK YOU for keeping up with me and Focal Point Styling!




Always look at the bright side!
Thanks for stopping by!


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