Hello everyone! I am beyond excited to share with you all the amazing things we got to do during Blogfest 2012! As you already know, it was a three day event designed exclusively by Kravet for interior design bloggers and took place this past week in NYC. I'd like to give a huge thumbs up to Beth Greene, Jennifer Powell, Ann Feldstein, the Kravet family, and the rest of the team who put this event together. You guys did a great job! Congrats!
One of the things I loved most was simply the warm, social atmosphere you felt between all the bloggers. Everyone was so outgoing and nice. One of the biggest surprises for me, was that the designers we met were equally interested in knowing who we were and about our blogs. The air was always filled with chatter and laughter, and design talk, which I missed dearly. I felt like I was home again, in a way. This week was one huge adventure for me. When I arrived at NYC Monday morning, it was pouring rain. I arrived at my friends' apartment practically drenched from head to toe. My hair which had been smooth and lovely, turned completely against me, so please ignore my crazy mane in the pictures! LOL
Let's get going! The event kickoff was Monday afternoon at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. This year, the Show House took place in two luxury penthouses in the Aldyn Residences on the West side. Most of the designers were there to greet us and it was amazing to see the creativity and beauty present in each room.
One of my favorites was the bedroom designed by Alexa Hampton. As soon as I walked in, I just wanted to stay there forever. It was elegant, cozy and altogether lovely.
Another favorite room was the dining room designed by Todd Alexander Romano. The color combination he chose was so striking. The bright green and the metallic touches against the dark browns looked amazing!
All the pieces in the room were dramatic and interesting. I mean, look at that giraffe! It simply works.
This room really caught my attention. The colors were fun, cheery, and I liked how the designer incorporated the outdoor furniture pieces into such an obviously interior space.
Soft colors and beautiful neutrals!
This family room by James Rixner was a favorite as well. The color of the year may be Tangerine Tango, but I noticed a lot of the designers used different shades of green in their spaces. Hmm...
I have a little confession. I want to have a baby girl because... then I get to design stuff like this! Girls are the coolest, aren't they? For a pink lover like me, this nursery by Zoya Bograd quite simply took my breath away.
There was even an A stenciled on the closet? door. Told you this room was made for me!
And last but not least, the great Charlotte Moss. I think hers was one of the most interesting rooms. One of the walls was covered in moss, another had three large panels that formed the complete image of a French garden, and the room was decorated with birdcages, antique books, and branches. You could even hear birds singing in the background. Molto interesting...
The great thing is that she was there herself greeting everyone, so friendly. I wanted to have my picture taken with her, but I was still a bit shy. LOL Thankfully that wore off soon after and I did get some really nice photos, though not with Charlotte Moss. Hopefully there'll be a next time!
We're not done with Kips Bay yet! Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of Blogfest 2012: Day 1, when I'll share more photos and fill you in on the rest of the day's activities!!
Photos: Ana Elizabeth Hermida (Please do not use without written permission)
"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise." James 5:13 (NIV)