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Chic Bites! in SFDC Duralee Showroom

2 Comments 03 November 2010

Images by Erin DeMartini and Sunghi Sonia Morsella

Like the Pied Piper, Chef Lea McIntosh led the audience (right after her live cooking demonstration for the SFDC Culinarium) over to the Duralee Showroom for Chic Bites tasting! We simply followed the aroma-trail of her Truffle Honey Holiday Baked Brie (fresh from the Miele ovens in the Christopher Peacock demo kitchen). The reception was a celebration of SFDC’s Culinarium, Duralee Fabrics, Nesting Newbies, and AphroChic! Everyone was greeted with a beautiful vignette of Duralee’s tufted Riverside wingback chair and an AphroChic black and white Reflection pillow.

Serve them Truffle Honey Holiday Baked Brie…and they will come! Chef Lea is wearing one of her custom chef coats with interchangeable cuffs. These cuffs are ultra-glam and made with “Aquamarine” from the Marakesh Collection from Highland Court Fabrics by Duralee. As you scroll through the photos notice the “blooming branches” centerpiece and glass vases filled with handcrafted flowers…no need for fresh flowers when you can use Duralee fabric flowers instead! (We’ll show you how to make them in a future DIY post!)

Get the recipe!

The tables are set using linens from La Tavola Fine Linen Rental…They are one of the best sources when you are longing for linens that are really special. We were thrilled to discover several tablecloths available in Thomas Paul fabrics. A perfect fit for Duralee because they represent Thomas Paul fabrics! We selected Twitter in Maize.

Meanwhile…there’s lots of Muscat Pear Marmalade tasting going on : ).

(They don’t know it yet, but everyone gets to take some home!)

Rick Guerra was on hand to pour a selection of fine wines from Napa Valley’s Verismo Wines.

Laura Logan, the SFDC Duralee Showroom Manager, is AWESOME! We thank her for being her cool self and everyone at Duralee for hosting this fabulous reception.

Check out scenes from Lea’s live Culinarium event.

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WNWN@200Lex: A Retrospective

3 Comments 22 October 2010

It’s been one month since our trip to New York to participate in the New York Design Center’s What’s New, What’s Next event. We’ve had time to reflect…

The day before WNWN, we joined bloggers from all over the country to be in the audience for the new Nate Berkus Show. For us, it was a chance to meet the faces behind some of our favorite blogs, and watch some behind-the-scenes action that goes into producing a network television show. Though many were disappointed that the show didn’t take full advantage of having decor bloggers in the audience, we thought how positive it was that the producers (and Nate) recognize the value and power of blogs, twitter, and new media. It’s the beginning of a relationship that will only keep getting better!

At NATE, we were captivated by the energy of Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo from ABCD Designs…she’s as vibrant as Manhattan! We met the lovely Susan Schneider, owner of Shandell’s, and Karen Young, founder of Hammocks & High Tea…two creative and successful entrepreneurs.

Speaking of recognizing the value of bloggers…it is NYDC who orchestrated “The New Curators,” and made sure that decor bloggers were an important part of their annual design event. Kudos to them! So there we were along with Elle Decor, Veranda, and Traditional Home. We gathered for a toast before our mission: meeting and greeting designers, and blogging about the showrooms on the fourth floor.

For us, we had a chance to interact with young designers from all over the world: New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Australia. Our fellow curators were talking and tweeting about new products from the fourth floor showrooms…Aqua Creations, Bograd Kids, Kravet, Sun Decor Fabrics, DESIGNLUSH, Laserow Antiques, Flourishes, Restoration Timber, Calger Lighting, Mannington Commercial, TK Collections, and Weinburg Modern. The hour flew by!

Natalie Wi, our senior editor, reflects our sentiments: “We are so grateful for having had the opportunity to participate in the NYDC WNWN event. The building was electrified with energy and optimism, and we came home with a renewed sense of purpose.”


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