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Gentry Magazine Features DecorMetro.com
in “Mapping The Design Blogosphere”
Some Favorite Decor Bloggers Get Featured!

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We are excited to share this recent ‘at home’ feature from Gentry Magazine* about one of our McIntosh & Murphy endeavors, DecorMetro.com Also, a few of our favorite decor bloggers were highlighted in the article. We hope you enjoy your search for favorite hot spots!

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DecorMetro Featured in Gentry Magazine January 2010

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Read this full feature below or in Gentry Magazine’s Online Digital Edition, pg. 76 >>
Written By Lindsey Schauer

Two local women launch a website that all décor-savvy web crawlers ought to bookmark.

Navigating the worldwide web and its bevy of blogs in search of one or two sought-after bits of design advice can sometimes feel a bit like wandering through a cornfield maze. “It’s easy to feel lost, and that’s such a frustrating experience,” says Redwood City’s Jodi Murphy, one of the web-savvy women behind DécorMetro. “We thought, wouldn’t it be cool if we could capture and map the blogosphere?” That’s exactly what she and business partner Lea McIntosh have done with their new website.

On DecorMetro.com , they’ve brought all the best design blogs together in one easily searchable system.Type in “crown molding” or “small spaces,” and immediately the most current and relevant blog posts appear on your search page. “What we hope is that it’ll be people’s first destination—they’ll go there to start their design searches and use it as a launching pad,”Murphy explains. She and McIntosh also encourage their users to bookmark favorite blogs and to rate searches and articles based on their value.The most valuable blogs (as opposed to the most popular) will come up highest in searches on their site. “Eventually, there will be more sophisticated tools for saving and using what you love on the web,”Murphy says. “Bloggers see us as a real asset.”

With Murphy’s strong background in writing and marketing, and McIntosh’s social networking and graphic design skills,we’ve no doubt this duo will revolutionize the way design aficionados search the web. “DécorMetro is a design hub,” adds Murphy. “We love the blogosphere, we love bloggers, and we think the diverse content out there is so interesting.We are hoping this will make it all more accessible for people.” To discover it for yourself, log onto www.DecorMetro.com.

BOOKMARKED

DécorMetro’s “daily feed” allows you to scan the headlines of the day and discover blogs that speak to you. Here are a few they think Gentry readers might enjoy:

Design*Sponge (designspongeonline.com).
Grace Bonny started this blog in 2004 and it’s grown to be one of the most read in the blogosphere.

• (The Style Saloniste (thestylesaloniste.com).
Best-selling author and Gentry Magazine contributor Diane Dorrans Saeks is now blogging with passion
about the people and places behind fine design.

Sfgirlbybay (sfgirlbybay.com). In this local blog, you’ll find beautiful imagery and ideas centered around bohemian modern style.

Anh-minh (anh-minh.com/weblog). A great blog about what’s happening in the design world throughout the Bay Area.

Chinoiserie Chic (chinoiseriechic.blogspot.com). This blog is all about the timeless world of chinoiserie—European design with Chinese artistic influences.

A Cup of Jo (joannagoddard.blogspot.com). Pure inspiration from a stylish New York writer.

The masterminds behind DécorMetro are also launching similar blog-search sites for brides-to-be and new mothers. Visit www.omnibride.com to find out more.

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*About GENTRY Magazine Peninsula
Gentry Magazine Peninsula is a gorgeous, tabletop magazine for the premier executive homes of Silicon Valley. Going to every home in such prestigious cities as Atherton, Hillsborough, Woodside, and Los Altos Hills and the premier addresses of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (the venture capital of the World), and Stanford. The homes that receive Gentry are located in some of the most expensive zip codes in the United States according to Forbes Magazine. In 2009, Forbes ranked Atherton the 2nd most expensive zip code in the country, Los Altos Hills ranked number 8, while the remaining zip codes in the Gentry distribution placed in the top 38. Quite simply, Gentry Magazine Peninsula offers advertisers access to the wealthiest audience in the United States.

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  1. thank you so much! i’m so honored and touched :) joannaxoxo

  2. I hope you all have a chance to follow The Shiny Pebble Designer Challenge, where a designer is showcased every Wednesday as they virtually redo my dining room. It has been lots of fun and has never been done before online.

    http://theshinypebble.blogspot.com


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