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Lemons, Reinvention & Rizzoli

and my morning gratitude list

ripe lemons on tree‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.’

Sounds easy right?  I can say from experience that it’s not.

Like many people in the design industry, the 2008 economic meltdown helped teach me exactly what that phrase means; and for a while things were very difficult.  I know many of you can relate.

I set about reinventing myself by establishing this blog – to learn the in’s-and-out’s of building a platform, crafting an effective content strategy, and navigating the omnipresently shifting sands of social media.

It’s been hard work.  It’s taken discipline and sacrifice.

But it paid off earlier this year when Rizzoli purchased a proposal I’d written for a very ambitious book about American interior design, born from one my ongoing post here titled Master Class‘ (more on that later!)

This morning I want to share my gratitude for the friends who have supported my blogging efforts in the last 2 1/2 years – Abby Kaufman, Carl Lana, Anthony Costa, John Lyle, Melissa Mittag, Patrick Hamilton, John Eason, Andy Goldsborough, Ashley Bell, Rio Hamilton, Keita Turner, Andrew Joseph, George Hahn, Wendy Silverstein, Barry Goralnick, Wendy Snyder, Christina Juarez, and Dustin O’Neal among many others.

And I’d also like to thank Alexa Hampton, William Clark and Glenn Gissler for believing in me, and being my guardian angels.  I am truly blessed to know you.

And now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to work on a book!

The New York Times Seminar Series

at the AD Home Show

AD HS Graphic


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.

Marketplace News: John Boone Inc.

Returning To The D&D, Where It All Began

CJ Dellatore New John Boone


The much-anticipated return of John Boone Inc. to the D&D Building has finally arrived!

John Boone, with his partner Chris Lockwood and their staff, have reinstated their high style showroom in the building where it all began over 20 years ago.  The new space is as stunning and crisp as you might expect; I paid them a visit last week, and took some pictures of their furnishings which I’d like to share….

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Anthony Lawrence Belfair’s Holiday Party

and a sneak peek at their coming outdoor collection



Last Thursday Anthony Lawrence Belfair, New York’s finest upholstery and curtain workroom, held their annual Holiday Party – which CJ Dellatore and I happily attended.

This yearly event is much anticipated, and is considered by those in the know to be a party not to miss.  Throughout the evening, guests, including notable designers Juan Montoya, Charles Pavarini III, and Ronald Bricke arrived and shared in the festivities so graciously arranged by their hosts, Joseph Calagna, his family, and staff.  The showroom was warm and inviting, just as if we were being entertained in their home, and guests especially enjoyed the winter wonderland decor which ALB prides itself in creating.

And as one would expect, there was lots of comfortable seating!

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Content Creation vs Content Curation

Striking the balance on your Facebook business fan page

CJ Dellatore Content Balance…………………………

If you’re only posting pictures from your portfolio, products from your showroom collection, or blog posts you’ve written on your Facebook business page, you’re missing an opportunity to round out your brand message.

Adding curated content to the mix – in essence striking a balance between content that you create, and content you curate from a carefully chosen list of sources, can more effectively tell your story, and help you avoid looking like a spammer.

I’ve come up with a simple formula that you might find helpful…

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Marketplace News: Brunschwig & Fils

A sneak peak at the redecorated New York Showroom

CJ Dellatore Brunschwig & Fils NYC showroom 1


The much awaited completion of Brunschwig & FilsNew York showroom has finally arrived. Upon walking into the refreshed showroom last week, I was pleasantly surprised by the youthful and glistening impression it’s putting forth.

The signature Brunschwig plaid, rendered in the entrance’s marble floor is a real sensation.  Wouldn’t you agree?  And the rest of the showroom is equally breathtaking…..


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Holiday House NYC 2013

Benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation



Holiday House NY is one of the most exciting and sought after decorating venues this season and not to be missed by any means.  Some of the best talent has gathered this year to produce a sumptuous display of lively, personable interiors.

You might enjoy hearing Iris Dankner, founder and co-chair of Holiday House, in her own eloquent words explaining the relevance of her mission…..

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