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The New York Times Seminar Series

at the AD Home Show

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This Thursday the Architectural Digest Home Show opens in New York, and runs through Sunday.

In years past, I must admit, I’ve found the event a big lackluster; but the organizers have clearly picked up their game this year.

How?  The New York Times Seminar Series has been expanded to include 11 panel discussion with some incredibly talented design luminaries – including friends to this blog Robert Passal, Glenn Gissler,  Laura Bohn, Ellie Cullman, Kati Curtis, Patrick Hamilton, Lindsey Coral Harper, Neal Beckstedt, and Gideon Mendelson.

One seminar I’m particularly interested in attending (a strategically intelligent move on the part of the organizer to recognize young talent in our industry) will be moderated by the fast up-and-coming publicist Dustin O’Neal of Strohl & Co on Saturday at 5pm.

For a full list of the seminars and topics, follow this link.  I hope to see you there.

I’m Turning 2!

and entering my 3rd year blogging with a digital facelift


It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and the day this blog celebrates its 2nd Anniversary!

To mark the occasion I asked my good friend, men’s fashion blogger, and website developer George Hahn to redesign my blog to be cleaner, easier to read, and more engaging as I enter my 3rd year blogging.

I got George to sit down with me to discuss why updating my web presence was so important: I’m sharing our conversation so that you might better understand why it’s crucial to update a website in our rapidly changing, technology driven world.

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Designing Your Presence On Social Media

Join Glenn Gissler and me as we continue the conversation

D&D Invite Glenn and Carl


On the heels of last month’s lively discussion on why social media is so important for advancing your design-centric business, I was asked to come back to continue the conversation.

Celebrated interior designer and design blogger Glenn Gissler will join me to talk about establishing platforms, content strategies, and increasing your brand’s visibility.

Reserve a spot:

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Point Of View: Louis Navarrete

on understanding 'taste'

Louis Navarrete Point Of View

“Ages ago when I was student at Parson’s, one of my teachers insisted that there was no such thing as bad taste – only things used incorrectly.

Now, many years later, I’d have to agree that there are many different types of taste and various levels of quality.

Furthermore, whatever your taste, the most important way to keep a project going in the right direction is to buy better, and buy less. That doesn’t necessarily mean that every item needs to be expensive, but what you buy should be well made, beautifully designed and appropriate to your lifestyle. And most of all: be fearless in your choices.”

Louis Navarrete

Mary Douglas Drysdale for American Standard

New Luxury Bathroom Fixtures Styled by one of the Beltway's Best



Yesterday American Standard upped their game by adding a new line of luxury bathroom fixtures called the DXV Collection.

To showcase the new products they enlisted 6 notable design professionals to create rooms around them, including great friend-to-this-blog Mary Douglas Drysdale.

We chatted yesterday, and she shared some of the shots of the incredibly glamorous bath she styled, and told me a bit about the project….

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The New York School Of Interior Design

2014 Annual Spring Gala

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Next Monday, March 10th, at the New York School of Interior Design’s Spring Gala the institution will be honoring Mariette Himes Gomez with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award, and Charles Jencks with the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design.

I asked Elizabeth Kogen, the schools Director of Development to explain why this is such an important fundraiser;.

“The funds raised at the gala provide much-needed scholarship support, helping NYSID prepare talented students so they are able to reach their potential – and their dream – to become leading designers. All contributions are encouraged no amount is too small to help!”


The co-chairs for the evening’s festivities are none other than friend-to-this-blog Alexa Hampton, and Newell Turner, the Editor of the Hearst Design Group.

Please help support the school and the future of our industry with a donation by following this link, and consider following NYSID on Facebook, and on Twitter


Point Of View: Jennifer Mehditash

on becoming a design conduit

Jennifer Mehditash Point Of ViewPhoto Credit Stacey Van Berkel


“The lens through which I view each project is focused by the clients that will live in each space.  I believe we must be open-minded about their idiosyncrasies, and to work with gusto to address the multiple layers of taste, need, desire and aspiration that they are seeking.
 Design is not about trends, or specific styles.  Becoming a design conduit for the story that my clients want to tell in their home, that is the ultimate goal.  There is no greater final result than when our clients are as excited about the outcome as we are.”

Jennifer Mehditash



Point Of View: Kati Curtis

on interiors as a statement of personal expression

Kati Curtis Point Of View


“My style can be summed up in 3 words: crafted, cultured, and collected. 
There will always be an element of fine craftsmanship, always a sense of taste and refinement, and always a feeling that the interiors were built and collected over a lifetime.  Interiors are a statement of personal expression, and I believe my work is about helping clients tell the story of who they are through their surroundings…it’s a visual story.”  

Kati Curtis