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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 by American Standard

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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.

Wilsonart LLC

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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!

Donghia

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.

Mr. Steam

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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.}

Blanco America

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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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I was recently specifying hardware for a kitchen remodel project and I took to DuVerre Hardware in search of some unique and interesting finds. DuVerre Hardware was also a sponsor of Blog Tour London, which I took part in this past Fall. When they first sent me their catalog, I was captivated by some of the pieces from their Designer collections (Clodagh, Heinz Pfleger, Goodman & Charlton…to name a few).

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This is a very sculptural pull by William Harvey, it comes in three widths and three finishes.

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A large square knob by Heinz Pfleger in antique brass.

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Another from Austrian designer Heinz Pfleger, a square pull in satin nickel.

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Lotus knob in oil rubbed bronze by William Harvey.

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A large pull from the Marcel collection in matte black.

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A square knob called Offset by Erin Adams in oil rubbed bronze.

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Inspired by nature, the Pomegrante series from Heinz Pfleger.

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The unique Primitive pull by Clodagh.

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Another by Clodagh, this pull is called Stacked and comes in two finishes.

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Yet another artistic piece by Clodagh, this is called Tribal and is shown in antique brass.

(*Please note all of the above pieces are available in a variety of finishes, sizes, and all are available in both knobs and pulls.)

For more info, visit DuVerre





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As part of Blog Tour London, we visited the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London. During our visit, we were hosted by two sponsors: Samuel Heath and Victoria + Albert. Samuel Heath specilizes in both classic and contemporaty bath fittings and Victoria + Albert produces the most amazing volcanic baths and sink basins. Here’s a highlight from our visit to both showrooms!

The entrance to the Samuel Heath showroom at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

Sleek modern bath fittings on display.

Chic bath accessories in black.

My somewhat iconic (& personal fave) pic of fellow bloggers and blog tour members: Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Will of Bright.Bazaar blog “modeling” for the Samuel Heath showroom.

Just across the way is the entrance to the Victoria + Albert showroom.

Once again, I enlisted Igor & Will to jump in the bath together…

And they weren’t shy about it!

Beautiful sink basins on display at the Victoria + Albert showroom.

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Inside the light filled atrium of the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

In conjunction with the London Design Festival, many events were also taking place, including major UK design magazines showcasing at the design centre.

Land Rover UK provided transporation to and from the design centre to other major events.

Just outside the Design Centre Chelea Harbour is a courtyard with the Vaughan showroom.

And there is indeed a Chelsea Harbour!

Thank you to Samuel Heath and Victoria + Albert for hosting us!

{Photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}





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Since returning from Blog Tour London it has been fun catching up on all the blog posts the other bloggers have been featuring for the past few weeks. Each and everyone of us seems to have a different story to tell, a different angle, and all the variety of posts I’ve come across so far have been very interesting! Thought I would share a round up of some of the posts making the internet!

One highlight of the trip was meeting designer Marcel Wanders at a press breafast with Moooi. Lynn of Decor Arts Now featured her wonderful interview this week with Marcel here on her blog.

One afternoon, we had a little time off to go exploring. That day, I spent with Jennifer & Lynn. We had the best time together visiting the Victoria & Albert Museum followed by lots of walking, shopping, & dinner together. Check out Jennifer of Dec-A-Porter’s blog post on our visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum here.

Maryam of My Marrakesh featured a post on our wonderful brunch together hosted by sponsor Mr. Steam. She also featured a great post about our start to Blog Tour London and our time together as a group.

I enjoyed meeting and spending time with Robin of Urban Gardens. One of our first nights in London we attended an event together and after went out for dinner, talking and chatting like old friends! Robin featured a lovely post on our visit to Tom Dixon and Portobello Dock here.

Igor of Happy Interior Blog has included stunning images on our showroom visit to Blog Tour London sponsor, Lapicida. Check out the post here.

Nyla of Nyla Free Designs blogged about design junction, one of the many London Design Festival events we attended. Her post on trend spotting features many linear furnishings seen at the show.

James of Lighting Design by James Bedell highlighted some his best take away from Blog Tour London in this post. (Also a big congrats to James for completing the 20 mile hike along with Tim in support of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre’s!)

A few glimpses into the start of Blog Tour London is featured on Raina’a blog: A Stylist’s Life here. Love her photo (above) of The Gun, a pub where we had our first night’s dinner together.

If you want to know all about what a blog tour is – check out Patti of Chatti Patti Talks Design blog post here!

Vitania of Verdigris Vie has some great pictorial pics on her blog post titled London Story. One of my favorites is this picture of Jennifer exiting a London taxi cab!

Covering 100% Design, Cheryl of Design and Details features some design details from the show on her post here.

Last but not least, Rashon of Mr. Goodwill Hunting has some fantastic images from our brunch hosted at the Samuel Heath showroom on his blog here.

Blog Tour London: Still more to come! Stay tuned!





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I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to London, as part of Blog Tour London, an international group of designers and bloggers. We had the opportunity to experience first hand the London Design Festival and interior design scene, touring local showrooms and design centers. We had a fantastic time, were a great team, and I think we’ll be sharing many memorable experiences in the days, months to come! As a start, I thought I would share my first few days in London, having arrived a couple of days early to the start of the official blog tour kick-off – with time to enjoy the city and attend a few extracurricular events!

Upon arriving, I checked into the CitizenM Hotel, our host hotel for the week. The CitizenM is a new boutique hotel located in the Bankside neighborhood of London, south of the Thames and very close to the Tate Modern museum. (And yes, the rumor is true, I packed only a small carryon for the week long stay.)

I had the pleasure of seeing British pop star Robbie Williams every day in the lobby at the CitizenM, at the elevator. (Funny because I used to have the keys to his house in Beverly Hills as I happened to work on when working for another interior designer.)

Spent the first few days on my own walking everywhere, seeing the city, often getting lost but stumbling upon picturesque places like this park with The Shard in the background.

I also walked along the Thames River, which I loved, with all it’s amazing bridges, this picture taken near the Southwark Bridge.

I passed by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

And visited The Tate Modern Museum.

Of course, I also stopped by Buckingham Palace to say “Hello” to the Queen.

As part of the London Design Festival, I was invited to attend one of the earlier events at interior and product designer Lee Broom’s showroom in the Shoreditch district.

His Crystal Bulb lights are absolutely stunning in person!

At Lee Broom’s cocktail party with (l to r): Lynn of Decor Arts Now, Kate of Fabric of My Life, Lee Broom, & myself.

For the event, Lee’s showroom was transformed into a “high-end saloon,” complete with sawdust on the floor.

The next day, we ventured out to Portobello Dock for a press event with Marcel Wanders and Moooi, and to check out the Tom Dixon showroom.

The Moooi Showroom in London near Portobello Dock.

We had the opportunity to interview designer Marcel Wanders, pictured here with Lynn of Decor Arts Now.

Lynn and I at the Moooi Showroom.

Over the bridge is the Tom Dixon showroom, which was featuring vignettes from different designers on display and showcasing two levels of furnishings.

After the morning’s press events, we headed over to this beautiful London neighborhood, where the Antiques Fair was taking place and we were invited to a luncheon hosted by 1st Dibs.

The sit down luncheon hosted by 1st Dibs.

Pretty wallpaper from De Gournay lined the walls at the 1st Dibs hosted luncheon.

Later that evening, we kicked off the offical start of Blog Tour London by catching a ferry boat for a sunset cruise on the Thames River and a dinner at a local pub.

Christian of Maison21, Erin of Modenus, and I – heading down the dock to catch the boat!

An amazing, beautiful evening on the Thames River.

Passing under the Tower Bridge.

Having cocktails at the pub and enjoying the view of the Thames River and the Millennium Dome.

The ceiling of our private dining room at The Gun, a pub in East London where we enjoyed our first night’s dinner together.

And lastly, the official group photo of the Blog Tour London 2012 team! Stay tuned for more posts to come on all the activities and events we experienced during our five days attending the London Design Festival!

Many thanks to Veronika, Tim, and Erin from Modenus for putting together a fun filled itinerary and hosting us for an amazing trip!

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}





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As the countdown to Blog Tour London begins (just less than three weeks away!), we have officially been presented with our itinerary (it’s jam packed full of design events and showroom visits!). Thought I would share a preview of what’s to come and what’s on the agenda!

Day 1: Meeting the Team & Welcoming Dinner

We’ll kick off the start of Blog Tour London with a welcoming dinner and orientation, taking place at our hotel Citizen M Bankside. While, of course, I know Christian of Maison 21, and have met Lynn of Decor Arts Now on multiple occasions, I look forward to meeting the rest of the team: Igor Josif of Happy Interior Blog, Maryam of My Marrakesh, Nyla of Nyla Free Designs, James of James Bedell Lighting Design, Robin of Urban Gardens, Raina of A Stylist’s Life, Jennifer of Dec-A-Porter, Patti of Chatti Patti Talks Design!, Vitania of Verdigris Vie, Cheryl of In Detail Says, and Rashon of Mr. Goodwill Hunting. We’ll be convening in London from all parts of the globe: Canada, Germany, Morocco, and coast to coast from the US.

Day 2: 100% Design, Kings Road, & Brompton Design District

 

The next day, we’ll spend the morning touring 100% Design, taking place as part of the London Design Festival. After exploring 100% Design, we’ll have lunch at Amtico and then off to attend a High Tea at the Lapicida showroom – along with a meetup with London bloggers! Lastly, we’ll be winding down the day with a champagne reception at And So To Bed (no pun on the winding down part, but if jet lag is hitting me I know where I can take a nap!).

Day 3: London Brunch, Design Junction, and Long Night Walk

We’ll begin Day 3 with a brunch hosted by blog tour sponsor Mr. Steam then after head over to Design Junction, the largest destination for design & culture during London Design Festival. We’ll have the afternoon to explore before meeting up in the evening for a “Long Night Walk” (and by  long, I mean a 10 and 20 mile walk – when I first read this I immediately wondered if 10 and 20 miles were the same in the UK as in the US). In all seriousness, it is actually in support for charity, and offers the chance to see many of the most iconic and landmark buildings in London – and what better way to do that then by foot! The fundraising event is for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Day 4: Modenus MyCity Tour, Tent London, and Super Brands

Day 4 begins with a tour of Brick Lane and Spitalfields market hosted by Katie Tregidden (of Confessions of a Design Geek). From there, we’ll head over to visit Tent London, one of the largest trade shows participating in the London Design Festival. Tent London features over 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials, and accessories. Co-located with Tent London is Super Brands London, an interiors trade fair exclusively for established global design brands. We’ll be spending the rest of the day exploring these two fabulous events!

Day 5: Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and Decorex

The last day of Blog Tour London 2012 begins with a champagne brunch hosted by sponsors Samuel Heath and Victoria & Albert at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Our afternoon will be spent at Decorex, the interior design show for professionals, another event taking place during the London Design Festival. While at Decorex, we’ll attend a tea and talk with Christopher Guy followed by a TweetUp at Cecil Beaton’s booth. Culminating all the day’s events, we’ll end with a farewell dinner before departing the next day to return home.

Looking forward to experiencing the above five days on behalf of Modenus fully immersed in all that London has to offer in design!





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As I am eagerly awaiting my trip to London next month, as a particpant of Blog Tour London 2012 with Modenus, I have become in awe of the hotel that we will be staying at. The citizenM Hotel is a boutique hotel located at the Bankside, near to the Tate Modern Museum and London Bridge. It features 192 luxury rooms, in addition to it being a super stylish hotel!

{The lobby living room}

{Hotel interior courtyard}

{Courtyard seating}

{Living Room with bar behind}

{canteenM – bar and cafe}

{Lobby sitting room}

{The lobby with it’s own bookstore: Mendo}

{Self service check in kiosks in the hotel lobby}

{All rooms feature XL king size beds, ambient lighting, rainhead showers, furniture by Vitra, electronically controlled window shades, along with several other amenities, wi-fi and global plug outlets included.}

{And the fun might just begin with the tablet mood pad included in every room: controls the room, tv, window shades, temperature, lighting and more – plus Internet browsing and access to Facebook, Twitter – the important things to keep connected to while traveling!}

Looking forward to my stay at citizenM London!

Visit the CitizenM website for a listing of all their hotels.

CitizenM London Bankside was designed by the award winning Dutch Design Firm Agency Concrete.

All images via CitizenM’s Facebook page.

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