9.25.2014

12 Workspace Inspirations From Runway Looks + A Giveaway!

This week is the start of a new season - And with a new season comes fresh color stories and new perspectives on wardrobes and living spaces. While reorganizing your home for Fall and the upcoming holiday season, also take a good look at your home office workspace. You'll be needing a place to write dinner invitations, holiday cards, thank you notes - maybe even a recipe or two. Your workspace could be an entire room devoted to your home office, or it could be as simple as a writing desk behind your living room sofa or at your bedroom window. Your desk can be as meaningful as a family heirloom desk passed down to you, or as noble as a thrift find dining table you scored on a Saturday afternoon. With either, your desk is supplying a surface for your computer, laptop or tablet, plus someplace to write, with a comfortable chair and good lighting.

As times have changed, so too have interiors, with the need shifting now to more flex-spaces and multi-functional rooms. To help inspire you to re-look at your home office workspace, I've pulled together a 12 runway looks to translate into workspace interiors for inspiration...



  
Follow the Curve
Having a major coat crush this Fall, and the color + lines of this coat from Kaufmanfranco's 2014 Fall Collection is at the top of the list! Love the pairing for this room: The coat line mimic the curved desk, with the boots being the Jean Louis Denoit curved desk legs - and also just overall love the warm color palette!




 Casual Equestrian
Runway: Ralph Lauren Fall 2014
Room: featured in New England Home magazine



  
Feminine & Masculine Mix
Runway: Wes Gorden NYFW Spring Summer 2015 RTW
Room:W Design - Hong Kong



 Relaxed Elegance
Runway: Jason Wu Fall / Winter 2014
Room: Monique Lhuillier Bel Air home office - decorated by Jennie Abbott



 Cityscapes - Enjoy the View
Runway: Carolina Herrera - NYFW Spring 2015 RTW
Room: Upper East-Side - Manhattan - Champeau & Wilde



Pattern Play
 Not all runway looks need to be inspiration translating so literally - for example as above, the grid pattern of plaid from Christian Dior Fall 2014 can be inspiration for a chalkboard gallery wall - complete with empty painted frames to highlight important notes or messages for you or your family.




Tommy Times Two - Sleek Americana
 How is this take on Americana style? I admire the creativity and courage of runway looks from Thom Browne (left) and I especially love the clean minimalism style of Tommy Hilfiger's Miami home office, as featured in Architectural Digest. You almost can't get anymore "Miami" than the crisp look of white, and a splash of pop-artist Romero Britto!



 :: Spotted::  
Runway: Edun NYFW Spring / Summer 2015 RTW
See more of this attainable home office on Meg Biram's interview with stylist Mandy of Waiting on Martha.

 Functional & Feminine
Runway: BCBG Max Azria NYFW Spring / Summer 2015 RTW
Room: Ruthie Sommers - Chic pink office design with chrome & glass sawhorse desk.
  
Just a Little Shimmer
Runway: Reem Acra Spring Summer 2015
Room: Leverone Design

 Fancy the Fur
Runway: Ralph Lauren Fall / Winter 2014-15
Room: Tiffany Eastman Interiors - Barbara Barry Vanity / Desk




WIN THIS DESK!
Isn't it gorgeous?!
Bernhardt Furniture has teamed up with Hadley Court making this gorgeous HAVEN  Desk available as the last prize in Leslie's Timeless Design Giveaway series, that launched on Hadley Court today. The winner will be announced on her blog, October 23, 2014.


 You can enter to win at:  
Hadley Court Interior Design Blog Timeless Design Giveaway



While at Hadley Court blog, also be sure to view my guest post, including info for the 12th inspiration above:
Runway to Room Workspaces: Pairing Pantone Fashion Colors from Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. 


Thank you for stopping by!


9.21.2014

From Summer Market: Las Vegas at LVMKT and Design Camp!

With the last day of Summer having just past, I'm looking back at another trip I was able to go on - Summer Market Week and Design Camp! Earlier this year (back in January) the hubs and I drove up to Las Vegas (my first time there) to attend Las Vegas Winter Market. Similar, but much smaller than the High Point Market (which is coming up for Fall in October!) we were able to tour showrooms, experience market energy, and check out the upcoming trends for home decor and design. This summer, rather than us driving together, I took a more shorter flight (1 hour flying vs. 5 hours driving!) and attended the Summer Market Week (solo) plus the three day live workshops of Design Camp - filled with insightful seminars, gifted guest speakers and sponsored giveaways - hosted by Design Camp founders and delightful designer duo: Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis!



Part of the Design Camp experience was an engaging #InstaHunt, an exercise to get Campers utilizing the social media tool Instagram. Of those who participated in the InstaHunt, their names were entered in a tote for drawings of prize giveaways from some of the sponsored showrooms. To help break the ice for newbies and give regulars a chance to mingle, two of the showrooms sponsored cocktail receptions in their showrooms which were Lexington Home Brands and Leftbank Art. For me, one of the highlights at the Lexington cocktail reception was getting to meet online connections in real life, which eventually also lead to being invited to dinner, where the table next to us couldn't have leaned over anymore to listen in,  or they would have fallen out of their chair!! (we had a really good time together!)


 (L to R) Kim Macumber, Lance Jackson (Part 1 of Parker Kennedy!), me, Linda Holt and behind the camera David Ecton (Part 2 of Parker Kennedy!) True thrill to finally meet IRL Parker Kennedy, who I blogged about for their outdoor space at the ASA Decorators Showhouse! Kim has amazing energy and Linda is a fantastic photographer, which she shares photos on Friday called "Through My Lens."

Another highlight of attending LVMKT and Design Camp: meeting online friends in real life! Pictured here me with (pic 2) LA Designer Rey III of Rey III Designs and (pic 4) me with Dallas Designer, Jeffrey Johnson!

Las Vegas Market Week starts on a Sunday, but I arrived Monday, got settled in my room,  acclimated to my surroundings, and after trying three different routes, learned a short-cut to get to the shuttles in the morning. The last morning, I actually bumped into someone I shared a cab with the evening before, but we started to go in different directions to get to the shuttles. I said come with me, and she was shocked to have learned she was going the long way all the days before. The shuttle was leaving later that morning, so we hopped off and grabbed a cab, having three others join us. Although we've all gone our separate ways, those little back stories help to personalize each individuals market and design camp experience.


A few of my many favorite showrooms at LVMKT are:


:: NOIR ::
Furniture + Lighting + Home Decor


 Gabby - Home Decor

Interlude

 Blue Ocean

Global Views

Worlds Away

Made Goods

 Four Hands


Bassett - A surprise showroom I toured, thanks to the #InstaHunt from Design Camp. Yes even middle America has a place in interior design, and this is one American brand that has stood the test of time, re-branding itself, shifting with market trends & styles while still staying with good quality pieces for the moderate budget (they aren't as fuddy-duddy as you might think!). Bassett has also teamed up with HGTV for a furniture line called Design Studio - plus most recently, they are doing a Room Makeover Giveaway, happening now through October 26. Get info at BassettFurniture.com/sweeps


8 Take-aways From the Vegas Market & Design Camp Experience:

1. Wear comfortable shoes - even with the market all being located on one campus, it's still 3 multi-level buildings to tour during the five day market week.

2. Dress - comfortable, but professionally - in layers -  Yes it's the desert and it's HOT outside, which means the AC's are going full force inside, and it can get chilly, especially when sitting still in a lecture or presentation. Also, be sure to pack a collapsible umbrella, because even-though it's the desert, it is possible to catch an afternoon rainstorm.

3. HighTech: Bring your device chargers - Taking photos and sharing them as well as making calls and texting on the World Market Campus zaps the juice out of your batteries. Day one, I became a wall-hugger by mid-afternoon.

4. LowTech: Bring a small notepad & pen to take notes plus have plenty business cards to hand out. Keep cards stashed on the backside of your name-badge | lanyard. 

5. Bring a binder with clear pages to hold all the business cards you collect during your trip. Depending on what trips priority is, consider bringing a wheeled tote vs a shoulder-bag tote to carry press-kits, catalogs, and sample decks you may also acquire during market.

6. Utilize the LVMKT site to plan which seminars, times, and building showrooms you want to attend to be able to pack it all in. This market, although newer than HPMKT, is growing rapidly. This summer, 50 new showrooms launched, giving west coast designers and vendors an alternative to travel to during the year to keep in sync with trends, if they are unable to attend High Point Market.

7. Although not always at LVMKT, if you're at a market event with a Design Camp available, make it a point to attend to further grow your social circle and business connections - maybe even stay-in-touch with those you 'click' with via a monthly Skype or Google Hangout. Doing this is can become another strengthening strategy for you and your business as it can become supportive brainstorming experience. Who knows - maybe even work together on a project, which was the key take-away from attending Design Camp: collaboration!

8. Wrap up your market experience after you arrive home by sending out hand-written thank you notes to showrooms who sponsored receptions and to those you made new connections with or who helped you in some way - and also be sure to stay connected with new people via connecting with them through their social media channels (and grow your network). This puts those collected business cards to good use.



If you're a blogger attending a market event, it's also good to pull together your photos into collages, slides, or video presentations to share on your social networks. For photo collages, I tend to use PicMonkey, but another site getting a lot of buzz of late is Canva.





Taking you photos to video, Vimeo or Animoto are two cool sites. Sharing those videos are a great way to build up your YouTube channel or build a channel over on on The Design Network. below are two recap videos I created from the photos I took - One of LVMKT and one of my experience at Design Camp - both also shared on my YouTube channel... 





WATCH DESIGN CAMP RECAP (above) and LVMKT TOUR (below)
 

On the last night I was in Vegas, I joined three other new connections for a bite to eat and to walk "Old Vegas" taking in the sights (good Lawd!!! lol), lights and sounds. It's good to get off line and keep yourself human with "real-life" connections.



The hotel I stayed at was Hilton Elara - On the strip, just a 10 min drive from the LV Airport, adjacent to Planet Hollywood, and with a wonderful view of (hotel) Paris! Perfect spot to unwind at days end, plus upload photos to share from the day at LVMKT.




Interior Design Camp will hold a micro Design Camp at the upcoming Fall High Point Market, on Saturday, from 3-6pm October 18th, at the Jaipur showroom -- PLUS: DC just added a breakfast from 8am-10am at the Lexington Corp Headquarters! Following the highly successful Design Camp series that has made rounds throughout the U.S., the micro Design Camp at HPMKT will feature an insightful presentation from renowned Million Dollar Decorator, Mary McDonald plus Elyse Jordan of Houzz. The presentation will be followed by a fabulous cocktail reception where you can mingle and network with your fellow interior designers, media professionals, and meet Lori and Kelli!






Info to register for the Fall HPMKT micro Design Camp can be found at: designcamp.com



Info to register for HPMKT can be found at: highpointmarket.org



Info to register for WINTER LVMKT 2015 can be found at: lasvegasmarket.com







I really had a great time at both events and I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to experience them both, and especially to be a part of the rapidly growing LVMKT. Next year, some of us who met at LVMKT are planning on meeting at Spring HPMKT 2015, and I'm sure these experiences will help to navigate that much larger market event.

Have you been to Design Camp? Las Vegas Market or HPMKT? What have your experiences been like? Do you have anymore tips or advice to share?

Thanks for stopping by!

Farewell Summer - Captured Moments on California's West Coast

One of the good things about living in Arizona is it has blessed us with the opportunity to travel to some neighboring places, we wouldn't necessarily had afforded to explore if we still lived back east. One place we traveled to at the start of summer was a road trip to the west coast of California. Since our anniversary is in May, we usually take vacation time to explore someplace coastal. In Florida, we'd go to the Keys or the Gulf Coast. Here in AZ, we did a road trip to San Diego in 2012 (but it was more catching local attractions), and we skipped last year (because of separate family travel plans - Jeff attended his nephew's graduation and I headed to NJ to see my Godmother + Miami to see my mom). This year, we made it a point to relax plus take in some coastal time together. We took a road trip to Newport Beach & Carlsbad. Though the time was short, we spent most of it taking in coastal sights, sounds and scents along the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach one day, two days in Newport Beach plus Balboa Island, and evenings in Carlsbad (where our hotel was). Being landlocked most of the year here in Arizona, experiencing the warmth of the sun and crisp salty sea air was very refreshing! Grab yourself a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) and enjoy taking in these coastal views for the last day of summer...







 LOVE this panoramic shot Jeff captured on his iPhone!







Jeff on the Newport Pier...


Me on the rocks - zoning out in my "happy place"...



After driving for six hours to get to Newport, we parked to go walk the beach - and this was the first 
thing we saw when we got out of the car - "Welcome To the Beach"...


 Newport Beach, CA

 Carlsbad Beach, CA

 Balboa Island, CA



Since we were in Newport, we made it a point to go tour the newly renovated showroom of Barclay Butera - who had just down the Newport Beach Showhouse Tour the week before. Loved all the layers of crisp blue & white patterns, mixed with natural elements of seagrass and rattan...


Rooftop lunch in Laguna - right on the water... HEAVEN!








 Anniversary Dinner - Carlsbad Chart House - on the water for sunset for our second night on the west coast...


We brought a blanket and wine to the beach, to catch the sunset our last night there...







Other travels together this summer were minimal, since Jeff was having a painful experience with sciatic - which lead to him having back surgery at the Spinal Institute in Scottsdale in mid-August. We did do a few local day trips, such as a picnic in Fountain Hills Park for Jeff's birthday, lunch plus grounds tour of the historic Arizona Biltmore for my birthday - and our last "golf-date" was probably also back in early May. Jeff misses being out on the course - I miss seeing the green grass and watering holes... but we probably don't miss either as much as the beach...




Farewell Summer - See you next year...

How was your Summer? 
Did you create any special moments with your spouse, family or friends?
Hard to believe today is the last day of Summer - looking back (and still feelin' the heat!) it feels like it just began. But still looking forward to sweater weather for the Fall.


Thanks for stopping by!










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