Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Exciting Meeting for Memphis

Today is a busy day at our shop - we're getting ready to host a group of interior designers, industry partners and other design-related professionals and students for Memphis' first-ever meeting of the Interior Design Society. IDS is a national organization that specializes in the needs of residential interior designers.

It's exciting in part because it fills a niche that's not directly addressed right now in the Memphis design community. My co-worker Kim Hamric and I, who joined IDS after learning about it last October at the High Point Market, are hoping to build the chapter into a useful local tool for networking and education for professionals who specifically deal with residential clients.

The meeting is today at 5:30 p.m. at our office at 560 Erin Drive in Memphis. We're hoping to get a good turnout and build a strong foundation for an active Memphis chapter!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Pinnacle of Style

On my recent trip to New York (getting to be less recent now; if I'd just keep up with my blogging a little better, I'd have written a book on my NY trip by now), I visited the New York Design Center. It's a giant high-rise filled with showroom after showroom of incredible, exclusive, to-the-trade resources. It wasn't anything like what I expected.

Don't get me wrong - it's fantastic.

It's just that I expected the NEW YORK Design Center to have a lofty air about it that set it miles apart from anything else I'd experienced so far in my fledgling interior design career. I expected glam, glossy showrooms (which it has) with glam, glossy and, I'll admit, snobby people inside them (not the case at all). The people running the showrooms in the NYCD were incredibly friendly and approachable. Even though I was there on vacation - and that was somewhat apparent in my attire, although I wasn't dressed like a total tourist slouch - I was treated like a professional. I visited some sources I'm familiar with and a few I hadn't seen before. A few favorites from my visit:

  • Celerie Kemble's new line for Laneventure, available at the NYDC through Henredon (funky and chic - combo of whimsy and serious design, all of it very high-style)

  • White on White, a source for Swedish design both mod and traditional (and I'm a huge fan of the Swedish floor clock, of which there were several antique examples)

  • Palecek, a source I already know and whose entire line I love (lots of eco-friendly items, with gorgeous reclaimed wood, etc.) The rep at the showroom was ridiculously helpful and nice.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Going Shopping

When I was in New York recently, I went to this store:

It's called Apartment 48, and it's aptly named because the store is set up like a funky, cozy little apartment. It's fun and colorful (as you can see from the photo, which ran in Elle Decor in July/Aug. 2008), and it carries a well-edited selection of household items, toys and gifts. I lingered there as long as I could, and I nearly drooled over the pillows. Oh, the pillows! I also loved the John Derian decoupaged plates and the tabletop items, like serving bowls and cloth napkins.

I also noticed in the latest issue of Elle Decor that two rattan stools (like the one in the foreground of this photo, beside the table) from Apartment 48 are in John Mayer's new apartment in Soho. Mmmmm, I love his music AND his taste!

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