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Blog Tour NYC presented by Modenus

We came, we saw, and we sure did exerience: what happens on Blog Tour NYC gets put all over social media. A few days of whirlwind activities and this blog tour was no exception: cocktail parties, dinner parties, Wanted Design, Kips Bay Showhouse, a private designer residence tour, a meet & greet with NousDecor, an afternoon at ICFF with Mr. Steam and Wilsonart, an exclusive party at MOMA, the High Line walk with Mr. Steam, an intimate dinner with DXV, a private showroom visit to Donghia, and a farewell dinner at the L’Ecole International Culinary Center. Just to summarize.

The best part? A great team. Hosted by Veronika of Modenus, her continued efforts and hard work coordinating one succesful blog tour after another came through again for this tour and I was beyond thrilled to be included as one of the most international groups of bloggers ever as part of Blog Tour NYC. To meet the great group of bloggers that I got to know and bond with personally, visit: Meet The Bloggers

In the coming days, I will be featuring some one on one posts covering the events we attended and the sponsors who all made Blog Tour happen. For now, I thought I would start off with some highlights of a glimpse into my Blog Tour NYC.

And be sure to follow Modenus on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for recaps from all the bloggers – we all have much to share!

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First things first: checking into the CitizenM Hotel Times Square (a unique boutique hotel concept conveniently located just off Broadway). Staying here was all very deja vu for me as I had stayed at their London location while on Blog Tour London.

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Straight from check in and it was rooftop at the CitizenM to join my fellow bloggers for cocktails before leaving for the first of many events kicking off Blog Tour NYC.

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And one of those many events was a cocktail reception at the DXV showroom in Manhattan. The highlight for me was reconnecting with my Blog Tour London Besties (from left): Jennifer, Cheryl, me, and Lynn. It was fun to see the gang!

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The next day, we started off our morning with a vist to Wanted Design. Why the boys? Well, just out of the car, a dozen girls, and the next thing you know these two boys (who just happen to be standing in front of the signage) end up being asked to stand and smile. Makes for a good picture after all.

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We spent much of that first day traversing the bustling streets of Manhattan: from Wanted Design to the Kips Bay Showhouse and then to a late afternoon cocktail reception at the Scott Sanders designed Printing Press apartment.

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On our next morning, we attended a breakfast presentation with Blog Tour NYC sponsor, NousDecor. Here’s me, Veronika, and my fave PR person ever, Andrew Joseph (Oh the places we’ve been together! LA, London, NYC, Vegas!)

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Hitting the streets: the BlogTourettes gather for a selfie before making our way up to ICFF (L-R: me, Annabel, Ann, Kimberly).

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While at ICFF, it was fun to see my LA friend Ginna exhibiting for Woven Accents. Here’s us standing in front of a Gregory Siff designed rug.

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That evening, we attended a party at MOMA in conjunction with ICFF. Our group, L-R: Susan, Kathy, Carole, Ann, Anya, me, Iris, Annabel, and Linda.

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The next morning, with gorgeous weather, we took a walk on the High Line with our friend (rather, like family) Martha of Blog Tour supporter, Mr. Steam. Here’s a street view from the High Line.

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Taking a little detour from Blog Tour NYC activities, Veronika and I met up with Messe Frankfurt for a late brunch at The High Line Hotel. It was fun to see this very charming hotel, too.

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That same evening, we had an intimate dinner hosted by DXV at Bar Americain restuarant in Manhattan. (With Annabel and Anya both to my right.)

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In between amazing events and dinners, there was free time to wander the streets of NYC. On our final day, fellow Blog Tour NYC pal Ann and I made our way through the streets of Lower Manhattan: checking out the Bowery and SoHo as we made our way to the New York Design Center for an afternoon visit to the Christopher Guy showroom. Here’s a view from Washington Square Park on an absolute gorgeous day.

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Our final and farewell dinner was a multi-course (and multi-wine tasting) sit down dinner (along with a tour!) of the L’Ecole International Culinary Center. It was quite THE experience and I am craving to go back.

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And with that, we thank Veronika for everything: #BlogTourNYC inscripted in wood. The hashtag of all hashtags. Thanks for another memorable experience!

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}

For more #BlogTourNYC, visit Instagram - and more to come!





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The annual Legends of La Cienega kick off party for the La Cienega Design Quarter took place this past week. The gala was held in the beautiful Therien showroom on La Cienega Blvd which features an amazing indoor / outdoor setting comprised of interior gallery spaces and outdoor courtyards. 1st Dibs and Coldwell Banker Previews hosted the event.

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The evenings cocktail napkins. Hashtag: #LCDQLA – always in the details.

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Glam arrivals (& in this instance, our exit photo) – with friends Shirley (far left) and Amanda (middle) at the gala party.

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This year I got to take part as an official Ambassador for the Legends of La Cienega events.

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Group photo of the LA design gang: Ginna of 27Ground & Woven Accents, Jaime of Woodson & Rummerfield, me, Shirley of Shivhon Rugs, & Amanda of A. Malson Interior Design.

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The decorated sidewalks of the La Cienega Design Quarter.

Thanks to the team of Tamar Mashigian PR & Marketing and Rich Pedine PR for putting together a fabulous event! More to come!

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}





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Happy to share that I’ll be taking part in this year’s annual Legends of La Cienega design events as an official Ambassador, joining several other fellow designers and bloggers. For those who will be in Los Angeles for the May 7-9 events and would like to attend, registration is here here. Looking forward to sharing and highlighting event coverage not only here on the blog, but also on Instagram and Twitter. Stay tuned for much, much more! #LCDQLA





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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, CA. The event happens to be produced by a high school friend of mine who works for Jumpline, producers of the annual awards show.

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On display and on loan from a costume house, were Dorothy’s red heels from the Wizard Of Oz – so neat to see in person! (And apparently my friend Deme had these on her coffee table before returning – ha!)

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We were fortunate to have access to the VIP reception (celeb hangout), and I happen to catch actress Amy Adams in a flash.

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Typhanie and I had fun taking selfies in the glamorous old school mirrors at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the event took place.

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We also saw Mad Men actress, Kiernan Brennan Shipka, mingling before the awards ceremony.

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Icon Raquel Welch presenting at the Costume Designers Guild Awards.

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Typhanie looking glamorous in front of a classic vintage Buick we spotted upon leaving the Beverly Hilton.

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The next day, I attended a post event brunch and panel discussion with several of the recognized and awarded costume designers.

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The event was hosted by Lacoste.

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On display were fashion designs by FIDM students representing various film genres.

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After the symposium was a rooftop brunch (at Siren Studios) with views of Hollywood.

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Shirley and I enjoying a gorgeous February day in LA (a glimpse of the Hollywood sign was in our backdrop).

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And a very fun surprise: seeing our friend artist Gregory Siff art on the ground level entrance of Siren Studios.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across this picture of a charming powder room. When I clicked on the source it took me to a blog who’s writer is a Newport Beach based blog. Newport Beach is my hometown and the above image is quintessential beachy, evoking the homes of where I grew up. While it may be winter across the rest of the nation, here in Southern California it currently remains sunny and 70′s. The blue hues like in the above seem to fit in well here, year round.

To view more, check out the blog here and for some local highlights, visit the “So Cal Field Trips” tab too.





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Las Vegas Winter Market is fast approaching! Kicking off the start of markets for 2014, I will be attending and covering Las Vegas Market. The five day event begins on Sunday, January 26th and runs through January 30th. The World Market Center in Las Vegas are a great source of all things furnishings, gift, and home decor related.

For more info and to register, click here.

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Happy to announce starting next month, I will be a contributing blogger for 55 Downing Street. Joining several other respected design bloggers, I am looking forward to sharing my design interests and expertise. 55 Downing Street is a subsidiary of Lamps Plus and offers lighting and furnishings via an online site. The blog offers great ideas and resources for all things design related.

55 Downing Street can also be found on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter

Looking forward to sharing my posts here on the Material Girls Blog too!





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Nespresso recently opened their first ever flagship store here in Los Angeles, a boutique on Beverly Drive. With locations in both NYC and San Francisco, it was great to welcome a retail space here in LA. I happen to be a huge fan on Nespresso (as my Instagram and Twitter followers may know) and was excited when I received an invite to the exclusive launch party.

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The new concept store features a slightly different vibe than previous stores. Contemporary furnishings with lighter finishes, such as the flooring, are all part of the new direction. The Beverly Hills location features a lounge area, an espresso bar for ordering drinks and food, and a retail space for purchases.

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Nespresso welcomes tastings, a bar set up with machines is the perfect spot to come in and sample while browsing the assortment of products.

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The colorful array of capsules are eye-catching (& make for a great display!).

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At the opening night party I got to experience the great indoor / outdoor feel of the open space – perfect for Southern California weather!

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The launch party was a packed crowd complete with performances by David Foster and American Idol alum Michael Johns. Along with Tim Gunn, who we had the pleasure of meeting, hosted the night’s event.

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If you happen to be in Beverly Hills, be sure to check out the new Nespresso Boutique at 320 N Beverly Drive.





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The 18th annual Los Angeles Antiques, Art + Design Show opens this week, kicking off with an opening night party on Wednesday. The show opens to the public Thursday, October 10th and runs through the weekend. I attended the opening night party last year as well as toured the show – have to say, it’s a great event and not one to miss if you are here in LA! For a recap of my coverage from last year, check out my post here.

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The opening night party benefits the Decorative Arts and Design Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In addition a star-studded opening night Host Committee has been announced: Diane Keaton, Will Ferrell, Kelly Wearstler, Newell Turner, Trina Turk and Jonathan Skow, Suzanne Tucker, Clinton Smith, Kay Saatchi, Margaret and Joel Chen, Hunter Drohojowska-Philip, Michael Boodro, Nate Berkus, and Liv Ballard.

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This year’s event includes 43 participants (view a full list of exhibitors here) as well as panel discussions to be taking place in conjuction with the show. Design LA is a star studded panel hosted by sponsor 1st Dibs.

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Looking forward to checking out this year’s new locatin: 3LABS Studio in Culver City.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the Los Angeles Antiques Show webiste here.





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Happy to share the first ever Blog Tour LA is here! Hosted by Modenus, kicks off today with the next several days packed full of events. As an alumni of Blog Tour London I am excited to take part and follow along with the LA group. I will also be hosting a walking tour of design showrooms with my counterpart, Christian of Maison21.

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Christian and I are leading a Design Tour of showrooms in the Los Angeles area of the La Cienega Design Quarter. We will be hosting showroom events at both Mecox Gardens and Dragonette Ltd. After, the group will be heading over to Kelly Weartsler’s design studio and shop for an exclusive tour.

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Walker Zanger is hosting one of the first events, along with Mayer Rus of Architectural Digest.

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After a full first day of events, Poggenpohl will be hosting an Oktoberfest dinner with Blanco and Gaggenau. Looking forward to this!

imageA highlight of this week’s events is the anticipated WestEdge Design Fair. It opens this Thursday to the trade and takes place through the weekend at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. Tickets are available online, here. Looking forward to attending during trade day and the opening night party too.

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Another greatly anticpated event taking place is the 55 Downing Street product presentation hosted at the West LA Lamps Plus store.

There are many more events taking place this week. To follow along on Instagram and Twitter,  follow hashtag #BlogTourLA and visit the Modenus blog.

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