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Welcoming another Modenus adventure, this one is not just a city, but an (almost) entire state: California! As a native of Southern California, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome a group of international bloggers and designers. As an alumni of both Blog Tour London and Blog Tour NYC, along with taking part in hosting last year’s Blog Tour LA group, I am looking forward to meeting up and attending many of the events taking place here in LA in just the few days the group will be here, before they head up the coast for some amazing activities! Welcome Blog Tour California! (Blogger profiles here)

For a highlight of what Modenus has planned for the roadtrip that will be Blog Tour California, you can read the latest post here. For me, I am looking forward to attending the WestEdge Design Fair for it’s second annual show here in LA, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. There will also be events in LA hosted by sponsor DXV (who hosted us on Blog Tour NYC too) and Miele. The aptly named BlogToberFest will also be taking place at WestEdge to welcome the bloggers.

 

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For all the latest, follow along on Twitter @Modenus with #BlogTourCali and #BlogToberFest





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Looking forward to attending the 2014 Kohler Blogger Conference early next month in Kohler, WI. We have been invited to stay and experience The American Club, a resort owned and operated by Kohler. In addition we’ll have the opportunity to experience the latest products from Kohler, including a factory tour of the Kohler Design Center. I am looking forward to connecting with several of the other bloggers that I know will be in attendance – and a first time ever visit to Wisconsin! (But first I’ll be starting off with a visit to Chicago where I will meet up with Julia, our Chicago-based blogger, and a visit to her design studio!) More to come on the blog!

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Back in June, I attended a breakfast event with Panasonic in conjunction with the Dwell on Design event taking place in Los Angeles. Our breakfast was hosted at the fabulous downtown LA restaurant, Faith & Flower, designed by AVRO | KO. I was taken by the interiors and photographed the space. For a full view, visit the Faith & Flower gallery website here or the designer website. Below are some of my highlights. (The food is great too, highly recommend!)

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Greeted by the exterior trellis.

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An elegant tufted banquette in the formal dining area.

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Goregous lighting, such as this chandelier, makes an eye catching statement.

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Stunning wall details.

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The overall dining room ambiance.

Many thanks to Panasonic for hosting us.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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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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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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Supermodel Karlie Kloss shares her first NYC apartment, located in the West Village, on a quiet street just a few blocks from the Hudson River. She enlisted interior designer Nate Berkus to help her create the chic look go her very first home.

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The goal was to create a look that reflects her style, in relating to fashion, to mix and match the same way she does with clothes.

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One of her favorite spots, she says, is the kitchen – where she has a passion for baking cookies. I love the multi-level / stairs to kitchen with the paned glass and tiny dining banquette.

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This past week I attended a special event at Kelly Wearstler’s flagship boutique on Melrose for the celebration of the book, “In The Spirit Of Beverly Hills” published by Assouline. In attendance was both Kelly Wearstler and Nancie Clare, author of the book. The amazing photos in this post were taken by my friend and photographer, Marcia Prentice.

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The book “In The Spirit Of Beverly Hills” by Nancie Clare and published by Assouline.

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Kelly Wearstler and guests.

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Guests enjoying the ambiance of the boutique which displays accessories, furnishings, & clothing.

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I love how Marcia captured this lighting fixture in detail!

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And the essence of these accessories.

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Author Nancie Clare signing book copies.

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A street side table & chair, with the Kelly Wearstler signage in the background.

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Another great capture of signature Kelly Wearstler accessories.

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Many thanks to Assouline, Kelly Wearstler, & HL Group for hosting the event.

Special thanks to Marcia Prentice for sharing your fabulous photos!





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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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Designer Kelly Wearstler recently launched a line of stationary and invitations with the online company and popular app Paperless Post. Over 50 unique designs that display Kelly’s signature style are featured in the line.

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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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