Editor's Note: Today I am wearing silk blouse from Theory, cropped jeans from AG, and original pair of Kate Spade kitten heels, and necklace brought to me from my client from Africa.
Last September the owner of the showroom of Kravet, Lee Jofa, and Brunschwig & Fils called me to tell me about a year long contest that they were starting for top sales people across the country. The top prize was a trip to London to tour some of the fabric factories in Europe and the second prize was a trip to New York. I was competing against designers from all over the country for one of these spots. I was one of the top four in my region to go to London but sadly did not win. I am never going to sell fabrics, rugs, or furniture to a client that is not perfect for a job so I conducted my business as usual this past year. Even though I was disappointed about not going to London. I am now very excited about my trip to New York! I have been going to New York once a year since I was 18 and lived there from August 1982-1983. This trip will be a totally different trip for me since it will be purely business. I have always stayed at the Yale Club or with my best friend when I have traveled to New York so this whole new work experience will be delightful especially since I love what I do! I look forward to meeting the other designers who will be in New York with me sharing design ideas and stories. I am very honored to be included in this trip and look forward to January 2017!
For the past six months Cary Kravet has been sending me a letter and a gift to the top sells people around the country. I was thrilled to be in the top mix of the highest producing designers in the United States. I loved the logo at the top of all the letters and the gifts were delightful. It was exciting to receive it every month. Below see my itinerary starting Sunday January 8th, 2017.
Day 1: Sunday January 8th
Sunday I will arrive at the Surrey Hotel for Champagne Welcome Party in the Penthouse Suite with dinner to follow. I am very excited to stay at this Conde Nast rated # 1 hotel in New York. I can't wait to see how the room is decorated! It is always one of my favorite things about staying in a hotel and I also grad the sheets!
The Surrey Hotel was built in 1926 and was recently named by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as the #1 Hotel in NYC by its readers. The hotel was careful restored and redecorated under the guidance of acclaimed designer Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio who was able to maintain the integrity of The Surrey's History while modernizing New York's most intimate hotel. The original Surrey was home to many of New York's most eccentric celebrities including JFK, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, and many other famous faces who loved the allure of exceptional and discreet service. Maybe I will get lucky while I am there and see some famous celebrities! You never know! The Surrey Hotel has a significant art collection appropriate for a one time residence of the Guggenheim Family. I can't wait to see the art work that will be featured while I am staying there!
A picture of the lobby at the Surrey Hotel. Beautiful!
Day 2: Monday January 9th
The Holiday House NYC at the Sullivan Mansions in Soho was established in 2009 to raise awareness to breast cancer in the design industry. Top interior designers will be showcasing what inspires them about the holidays in interiors where fantasy and luxury prevail. We will be able to see a private tour of the Holiday Showhouse and be able to support this important cause!
Following the Holiday House we will be going to lunch at The Savant Experience Center in Soho. The Savant Experience is known a premium technology automation that allows you to change the way you enjoy your home. How cool!
Following lunch we will head to the MOMA to have a private tour with a Curator and view the special exhibit "How Should We Live? Propositions For the Modern Interior". This new exhibit shows the process and collaboration of materials that have shaped Modernist interiors. Designers such as Eileen Grey, Alvar Aalto, Charles Eames, and Le Corbusier will be some of the highlights.
I have only been to The Carlyle twice before and I did get to see Bobby Short in the hotel bar before he died. I have never had dinner here so I am very excited about it! I already have my dress and shoes picked out.
The Carlyle Hotel was built by Moses Ginsberg and designed by architects Sylvan Bien and Harry M. Prince. It original opened as a residential hotel due to the popular demand in WWI and rooms were running at $1 million a year, but was due to open around 1929 during the period of the stalk market crash. The hotel struggled at first and then was later purchased in 1948 by Robert Whittle Downing. He restored the hotel to the "downright fashionable" hotel that it is known as today. Harry Truman became the first president to visit the hotel and everyone from Bill Clinton has stayed there. The Carlyle later became known as "The New York White House" during the administration of President John F. Kennedy. The last 10 years of his life he owned an apartment on the 34th floor.
What a gorgeous lobby! I can't wait to take every aspect of it in.
Day 3: Tuesday January 10th
The Hearst Tower on the 57th Street revives the dreams of William Randolph Hearst who commissioned the original six story Art Deco block as the foundation for this stupendous tower. Seventy years later Norman Foster was commissioned to create a distinctive faceted silhouette as seen above. This sleek building rises forty-five stories tall and appears to float weightless over its historic base. The Hearst Tower is the first energy efficient of its kind in that it uses 25% less energy and was rated gold standard under the US Green Building Code.
The Hearst Design Group---ELLE DECOR, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, and VERANDA are located in the Hearst Tower. These top magazines are known for their appreciation for life "well-lived." We are fortunate enough through Kravet to meet with the inner sanctum of this brilliant Design Group. I am most excited about this portion of the trip since I want to get my work published!
What a beautiful view by which to eat lunch! Can't wait!
I have toured the main office twice but I am excited about going a third time. I will get to see new product being developed before it hits the showrooms and I always love to be in the know!
Cocktails are always one of my favorite activities and I can not wait to go here and get a tour of the club!
The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by Charles DeKay, an art and literary critic of the New York Times to "stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts which in turn would educate the American people in the fine arts." The National Arts Club is located in Gramercy Park and evokes the Edith Wharton era. Since then it has been declared a New York City landmark and later in 1976 appointed a National Historic Landmark.
Dinner will be served at The Gramercy Park Hotel.
This hotel was designed in 1924-1925 by Robert T. Lyons and built by the developer brothers Bing & Bing. It was later extended by Thompson & Churchill firm during 1929-1930. The hotel is located in the heart of the Gramercy Park and occupies the site of the former homes of architect Stanford White.
It is always a treat for me to see how another designer interprets another room or building. I always take in every aspect! How beautiful is this?!
Gorgeous Room! I am most excited about my trip to New York for the new experiences that I will have and getting to see my precious daughter Riley even though those moments are going to be brief. She is doing so well at job in New York and I am so proud of her!
I hope everyone witnessed the Super moon last night. It was a true sight to behold!
This was an article in the paper this morning.
Steel Magnolia Tip # 77: Steel Magnolias try to find the beauty in every day! We are tough, strong, proud, but try to be appreciate of every moment.
Last night for dinner I had ground beef from Central Market seasoned with peppers and served with asparagus cooked in the oven seasoned with Chile oil.
I love all of these old Chicago songs. I hope to see them in concert someday since they are still touring!