Monthly Archives: October 2014

Making New Friends And Learning New Business Trends At The BOLD Summit

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Wynn casino and hotel in Las Vegas to take part in the premiere design summit of the year. The Business of Luxury Design (BOLD) Summit always attracts luminaries in the field and gives its participants unique insights into the latest and greatest trends in the luxury and high-end design market.

I was thrilled to rub elbows with the likes of Richard Landry, Mario Buatta, Clodagh, Vicente Wolf, and so many other talented people while we discussed where the design industry is going and how to give our clients jaw-dropping design results.

Over the two-day summit, I was able to attend a wide array of educational sessions, where some of the field’s top practitioners opened up about their own businesses and design techniques. These presenters included Ann Shriver Sargent, CEO of PORTE-COCHERE, Chris Ramey, president of Affluent Insights, Mike Peterson, publisher of Luxe Magazine, and many others.

I returned from the conference with my head brimming with ideas on how to serve my customers even better. The BOLD Summit really helped me clarify my vision of Lifestyle Design. Each of these amazing designers has earned great renowned for helping translate their client’s dreams, wishes, needs, and personality into astounding designs. I aim to do the same.

I hope that when the time comes to work with a professional interior designer for your luxury home in San Diego or Orange County that you will look for a designer who seeks out bold, new ideas, all the while instilling a timeless feel for your home.

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    Diving Into The Latest And Greatest Interior Design Fashion Trends At The Fall Market!

Diving Into The Latest And Greatest Interior Design Fashion Trends At The Fall Market!

During Fall Fashion Week, the world’s top designers and fashion journalists flock to the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris to get a glimpse of the new trends that will be showing up in the most exclusive boutiques in the coming year. In the world of interior design, we have our own version of the runway where vendors show off their latest and greatest wares and we designers get to see what will be hot next year.

One of my favorite events to attend is the Fall Market at the Laguna Design Center in Laguna Niguel, California. The show just wrapped up, and I was glad to be a part of it. More than 100 vendors laid out over 2,000 product lines in huge showrooms. It was like letting children run free in a candy shop! I got to look at the newest furniture collections, tiles, cabinets, countertops, lighting, and so much more.

Just one of the attending vendors was the charming Thomas Lavin, a style maker with an eye for beautiful design which has resulted in more than 100+ lines of furniture, fabrics, lighting, rugs and accessories! Other great collections shown were from Baker, Ebanista, Hokanson Carpet, Panache Designs, Michael Taylor Designs, Maharam, and so many more. The event also included a rousing keynote presentation by Doug Meyer, on “The Appropriateness on Design”.

We were also treated to an exceptional demonstration by John Kiryanoff, director of corporate finishing for Baker. John performed a variety of techniques from grains of rice to simple cardboard to create stunning finishes which Baker is known for.

Going to an event like this always fires up my creative spirit. I am inspired by all the new designs, but also by [...]

Letting My Creativity Loose In West Hollywood

There are certain corners of the country where creativity, vibrancy, and energy seem to gather together and infuse the local population…or perhaps people with these attributes feel drawn to these areas and bring their magic with them. Either way, West Hollywood is one of those places where brilliant design, bright ideas, and glowing personalities all congregate.

I consider myself to be very much an artist, even though my tools are fabric, flooring, and home finishes instead of paint, pastels, or clay. I think every artist needs to get out of his or her own head every once in a while, and go out exploring. I had the opportunity to do just that a few weeks ago.

Coming out of the BOLD Summit, I felt like a fire was lit underneath me. (Read about my adventures at the BOLD Summit.) I wanted to keep that flame burning, so I contacted one of the amazing personalities I met at the summit, Ernie Roth, and asked if I could have a “meeting of the minds” with him.

Ernie was gracious enough to agree, and so I soon found myself traveling up to West Hollywood to meet the famed interior designer and architect. To say that Ernie Roth is kind of a big deal in the design world is the understatement of the century. Ernie is the head honcho over at the Roth Design Group where he has spent the last few decades designing restaurants, apartment buildings, showrooms, and more. Oh, and he’s also served as the production designer on over a thousand national and international commercials.

Big deal, this guy.

Ernie and I met at the lovely Fred Segal Mauro Café in the heart of Hollywood, which is known for attracting A-list [...]