Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One week ago...

... I was headed into NYC.  Wow!  Last Tuesday was a whirlwind day, followed by a full week, and it has taken me until now to wind down and tell you about it.

Tuesday was Nate Day when a group of bloggers filled the studio for a taping of The Nate Berkus Show.  I was delighted to be part of this group.  I am learning that bloggers are a very special type of people.  They are very giving, friendly and welcoming.  What a fantastic group of people to spend the day with!

The day started off with taking the train into the city that morning with Liz from Shorely Chic.  We met up with Jess from The Entertaining House to go to brunch with Marcy from Irwin Feld, Catherine from Avery Design Interiors, Maybelline from Frou La La, and Jonathan from Jonathan Legate.

May, Liz, Jess, Catherine, Marcy, me, Jonathan

We arrived at the studio, and after waiting in line we were escorted in and were split up into two groups. While we were waiting, we got to chat and talk and visit with the others in the room. What fun! To have people that I've been reading - and feel like I know so well! - sitting and chatting with me was a fabulous experience. There was so much talent in that building!

We were brought into the studio and the show coordinator, Dena Blizzard, took the stage and told us what to expect. She did a great job of guiding us through the segments of the show and she kept us laughing.

Nate was a charming host.  He has so much warmth and charisma that it just oozes.  I was thrilled that he did a segment with blogger Susan Brinson (House of Brinson) showing photos from her creative home.  I had thought that it was going to be a show about bloggers - with examples of their work and interviews, but that was my misperception - no one had said that - but I was a bit disappointed that more bloggers weren't featured.  I enjoyed seeing the show anyway and Nate very graciously stayed after the show and answered our questions.

After the show, we went to a party that The Nest held (thanks Camila for arranging that!).  It was a terrific way to kick back and spend some more time chatting with everyone.

NYC is such a high-energy city and being with such a dynamic, energetic group was a thrill! {Chanee from {me}longings has put together a list of some of bloggers who went to the show.} To follow along with them on their blogs or on twitter, I think you too will find a talented group of people who are willing to share their thoughts and their friendship.  I'm delighted to know this fabulous group!


Sunday, September 19, 2010


I've been doing a lot of contemplating.  Kind of like when you clean out a closet - you step back, figure out what is working and organize it, and then get rid of the rest.  This time I've been thinking about my life.  So often things get added here and there and then you end up with a jumble of things going on.  Time to organize!

Here's the inspiration: I love reading blogs!  I especially like the design blogs and websites. The ideas, the inspiration, the beautiful pictures - and the people.  But there are so many great, fantastic blogs to read and I'm having trouble keeping track of it all. 

That's what I've been thinking about.  And I've decided to organize.  I'm putting together a website that will highlight the best of the design bloggers and websites - showcasing a different few each day - as well as creating a directory.  But it won't be just rooms, I want it to have heart too.  I thought others might like to have a resource too, to get inspiration, find a new blogger, and see a new post.

I'm calling it "style lesson" - and if you smush the "le" together it becomes: stylesson - there it is stylesson.com.

Well, a while ago on Twitter, the moggit girls challenged Nat Berkus (who has just debuted The Nate Berkus Show this past week) to have a show with design bloggers.  Julieann (CreateGirl, who I was following) joined in the discussion, as did others, and word came back that Nate agreed!  When the date was set for the taping, design bloggers were invited to be in the audience.  I submitted my request for a ticket... then held my breath...it took a while {what felt like forever!} and then I got the confirmation that I could go!  I was thrilled...and in disbelief...and joyous! 

To see Nate and the show in person would be thrilling, but to go and meet design bloggers too was making me deliriously happy!  {am I using too many exclamation points?}  The taping is on Tuesday and there is a whirlwind of excitement in the design blogging community about it.

So what do you think of my new website idea?  Does it sound like something you would use?  Any other suggestions to add to it? 

What have you been contemplating in your life?