Friday, March 25, 2011

Trends & Events from Westweek 2011

I thought I would give a summarized recap of highlights from Westweek 2011 that took place this week at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA for you interior design enthusiasts and bloggers.

First up was the Editors' Round Table panel discussion with editors from our nations leading design publications. There was a lot of advice on how to get published and discussions on design trends. I am a get to the point type of person so below are the stand out comments from the panel.

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Newell Turner from House Beautiful:

  • He mentioned his readers wanting more of the Californian lifestyle and design style. He finds the style to have a casual elegance and that it is a major trend right now.
  • Trends that evoke sophistication and livable luxury are big right now 
  • Not interested in publishing photos that have already been on a blog or a website. (said by all)
  • It's not necessary to submit professional photos that are 100% styled.

Ann Omvig Maine from Traditional Home:

  • Spoke about the importance of digital media to her magazine and how the blogger community is so refreshing. She also mentioned the upcoming launch of their joint venture online magazine with Lonny Magazine called TradHome.
  • Traditional Home was the first magazine to adopt reader tags which takes advantage of digital media.
  • Mentioned a trend right now is towards one of kind products with a hand made appreciation.
  • Prefers floor plans with furniture on them when submitting your work to her magazine.

Michael Boodro from Elle Decor:

  • When choosing a cover, it is actually a haphazard process. It needs to be colorful, create a mood and represent the spirit of the issue.
  • Mentioned a trend right now involves a lot more layering that is reminiscent of the 70's and that it is a lot more personal now.
  • Suggests making sure your projects style matches with the magazine and then only submit your best work and wait about 6 weeks for the magazine to respond.
  • Wants to hear about the story of the home owner and the evolution. No close up photos necessary

Dara Caponigro from Veranda:

  • Mentioned she tries to respond to all pitches made by designers that want to be in her magazine.
  • Since Dara has taken over as Editor, she is trying to inject more fun, engagement with the reader and a larger emphasis on product than ever before.
  • She feels a current trend is all about high quality products and that consumers are investing in the classics that will last a long time.

Next up was a panel discussion with Susan North of Schumacher & Co. and Trina Turk on Influences of Color and Pattern on fashion and home design.

One of my faves from Trina's newest collection - Soleil L.A. Print

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  • Trina mentioned that fashion definitely has a big influence on the production of her residential collection and her Trina Turk fabric line for Schumacher.
  • The production speed of the fashion industry has now overlapped with interiors and consumers and designers are expecting the same speed with interiors and are hungry for what's new.
  • Trina is now working with digital printing with some of the items from her newest clothing collection.
  • Climate and the landscape of Los Angeles is a large inspiration for Trina.
  • She has come out with a men's line called Mr. Turk.

Thursday's buzz was all about the panel discussion with Bravo TV's new show Million Dollar Decorators airing in early Summer. My day started out with meeting one of the shows stars Mary McDonald at her book signing in the pleasant Schumacher & Co. showroom.

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At the book signing with Mary
I had a delightful long chat with her at the book signing about her advice for building a successful design brand and even her favorite workouts. Mary is everything I imagined. She is witty and intelligent all while being chic and down to earth at the same time. She has a killer figure and I found out she is a fan of the famous Barry's Bootcamp in West Hollywood. I cannot say enough about how much I adore her. It was a total pleasure and I am looking forward to seeing more from this talented and successful woman. Be sure to pick up Mary's delicious new book Interiors The Allure of Style and look out for her new fabric line with Schumacher coming soon. After reading the book last night, I realized how many of her projects I had torn out of magazines in the past and saved as inspiration. It's a must have for your coffee table book collection.  I for one cannot wait to see this fabric line!

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Check out Mary in Bravo's new hit Million Dollar Decorators coming in early Summer.

Fashion Friday: Body con Berardi

If you are not a member of Moda Operandi, stop what you are doing and head to their website now. They are smart chic women who are finally making runway looks available to the masses. Their online magazine is also a must read. I found these amazing looks from Antonio Berardi in their latest post and had to share  this for Fashion Friday. Per M'O, Gwyneth is a huge fan of Antonio Berardi and I can see why. Below are some of my fave modern chic looks from his latest collection but head over to M'O and sign up to see more. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

Images courtesy of Moda Operandi

 Which one is your favorite look? I think mine is the first photo :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Outdoor Living - Modern Color

Spring is here in Southern California and that means it's time to update your outdoor rooms. I have been working on outdoor room projects and can't wait to share the finished looks! There are so many products out now that make it easier to create an indoor look but for outdoors. Each week I will be sharing mood boards of some of the outdoor products and themes that inspire me. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Travel Inspiration: Irish blessings

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long absence but I am back with a deeper focus and excited to be back. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would share some of the highlights of my unforgettable 2009 Ireland trip. I miss my dear Irish friend Siobhan badly and I adore her father Patty. He is the definition of traditional Irish cool. I was fortunate to have Siobhan as my personal tour guide and travel the beautiful country as if I were a local. It's the best and only way to travel!  No stereotypical bland pub grub for me on this trip.  You just need to know where to go :).  Enjoy my memories!

Springtime blooms in Limerick where I met up with Siobhan. 
Every home has a unique name and I couldn't resist photographing this one :)
Gates and abundant vines and blooms were everywhere
On to Dublin! Love the symmetrical Georgian architecture.
St. Stephen's Green
Dublin church next to a fantastic tapas restaurant called Salamanca
Having breakfast with Patty (sporting his new Dior sunglasses) in Dublin after a late night out 
Georgian style architecture lining the streets of Dublin
Loving the ironwork at this Black Rock home on our walk along the sea. Just 45 minutes outside of Dublin
Rare sunny days at the sea on our walk to Dun Laoghaire
Pretty pastels on our walk along the sea to Dun Laoghaire
We finally made it to drinks & food on the water for sunset at Hartley's. We laughed all night!! 

Gorgeous church on our way to shopping in Monkstown just outside of Dublin

Adorable boutique Seagreen for clothes and home decor as well as a cafe for a quick espresso boost

All of my acqua loving friends would have adored this clothing/home boutique
The ladies room covered in a Osborne & Little-ish type of wallpaper

Adorable town of Dalkey

1905 Dalkey Dispensary now a Starbucks

On to the quaint town of Doolin.  Enjoying some sun in four layers on our walk down to the sea (while it lasted)
Too cute!
McDermott's Pub in Doolin
The wild sea in Doolin. Never seen such a stormy sea!
Words cannot express the intensity of the wind & sea in Doolin this day
Having lunch at the Burren Perfumery after a wet and cold morning hike at the Burren.
Wall mural in Ballyvaughan
The breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. Misty this day but I am sure even better when it is sunny
Wild flowers growing leaving Kinvara for Galway

Packed streets of Galway
Galway Cathedral
Have you been to Ireland? If so, where is your favorite spot?
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