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Last month I attended the 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, a four day long event featuring different tasting events & venues. The event represents major chefs and vineyards, along with sampling unique and flavorful foods. I had the opportunity to attend a champagne and caviar event at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills along with two of the Lexus Grand Tasting events in downtown LA.

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The rooftop setting for the champagne and caviar event held at the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Attending the champagne and caviar event on a really gorgeous summer evening.

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Watching chefs in action, both presentation and samplings were perfection in every tasting.

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At the Lexus Grand Tasting event.

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Sashimi sampling.

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Lotsa tacos.

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Unique samplings.

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The highly anticapted Lexus Live on Grand event (recommend) featured hundreds of renowned chefs and wineries. It took place in downtown LA on a red carpet adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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The magnficient outdoor setting under the open sky and high rise buildings for Saturday night’s Lexus Live on Grand event.

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Live music featuring international musicians and a late night performance by Common.

Thank you Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival for the invitation.

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}





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This year marks the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival taking place here in Los Angeles. Events kick off now and through the weekend. I am looking forward to attending some of the city wide events over the next few days including a champagne and caviar event rooftop at the chic L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills along with the Lexus Grand Tasting Event in Downtown LA.

For all the festival highlights, you can follow LA Food & Wine: Facebook Twitter  Instagram Pinterest and #lafw

You can follow me too! Instagram and Twitter





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For Blog Tour to happen, it takes great sponsors and Blog Tour NYC was no exception: DXV, Wilsonart, Donghia, Mr.Steam, NousDecor, and Blanco America all came together to align with Modenus. Thanks to their great support and involvement they contributed to the experience we, as bloggers, had during our trip to NYC.

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DXV provides meticulously crafted fixtures and faucets that celebrate the movement of over the past hundred years. The bathroom above, by designer Meredith Heron and created using DXV fixtures, is titled Modern Gatsby.

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The Classic Kitchen Suite above features the Orchard Sink and Victorian Faucet from DXV.

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Laminate has come along way: this amazing kitchen features Golden Romano Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® Laminate countertops with a Wilsonart® Crescent Decorative Edge (image via Pinterest).

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While at ICFF on Blog Tour NYC, we visited the Wilsonart booth where we got to see chairs on display designed by students using Wilsonart products – really cool designs!

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The designer and his chair – one very interactive piece!

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As I am very familiar with the Donghia showroom here in Los Angeles, it was neat to tour and learn about the history of Donghia as we did when we visitied the D&D Building showroom location.

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Their pieces can be defined as classic, unique, timeless. A look at their Pinterest boards, and easily inspired by the amazing collections.

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I loved these glass lamp bases I saw during our showroom visit. (And yet, I’ve seen them forever in the LA showroom, hence the definition of timeless.)

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A chic room vignette in black and white at the NYC Donghia showroom.

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Well, we actually know Mrs. Steam, and we love her, and her name is Martha. She is the one behind Mr. Steam and has been a great supporter of Blog Tour (along with hosting us on some fun events!). One of which was a visit to Aire Ancient baths for a spa day while on Blog Tour NYC.

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The interior waiting area of Aire Ancient Baths in Soho, NYC. {Check out this great post about our experience on the Mr. Steam blog.}

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BLANCO makes some pretty impressive sinks and faucets. I am a fan of their minimilist, clean lines and the hideaway sinks featured in the Crsytalline collecion. (*While meeting up with Blog Tour LA when they came to town, our local Poggenpohl showroom hosted an event with Blanco and Gaggeneau, this is a great post by Geraldine from Little Blue Bell)

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NousDECOR is a platform for creating concept boards and described as a way to “Visualize your dream interior. We’ll help you bring it to life.” As a fan of creating concept boards, I enjoyed perusing over the many the site features and looking forward to creating some of my own too!

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#BlogTourNYC: Thank you to all the sponsors!*

{*Still more coverage to come! (Events, shows, and sponsors!) …but, um, I had to make a little deadline today!}





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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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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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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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