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Put your Soul into it

Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Looks like RH Contract knows what’s on our mind these days—staying fit and not packing on the pounds over the holidays! And having a little fun doesn’t hurt either, which is why they teamed up with SoulCycle for a gathering with more than 70 designers from the New York area. The fun kicked off with an energetic SoulCycle class followed by fresh-squeezed juices and a reception in the SoulCycle lounge completely outfitted with RH Contract furniture. Here are a couple pictures, and yes, I’m feeling guilty looking at these while drinking a giant gingerbread latte….but not guilty enough to stop. Great event, RH Contract!

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Flying Fit

Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

You know when you come across an idea that’s so good, you simply can’t believe no one thought of it sooner? That’s how I felt when I realized that some airports (or their connecting hotels) have gyms and special offers for travelers. In our industry, we are lucky for the opportunity to travel a lot—but we all know that it can be much tougher to stay fit and healthy when you’re basically living in an airplane and out of a suitcase. Long hours sitting, scarfing down questionable snacks, dehydration—it can all add up to a pretty miserable experience unless you plan ahead. And with the holiday season upon us (holidays that inevitably include both travel and gluttony) staying healthy is even more important.

For the Canadian traveler, I’ve heard the Fairmont Vancouver Airport is a great gym for a quick pick-me-up between connecting flights; and a branch of Goodlife Fitness Club just opened in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport this fall. Continue reading →

Feeling Thankful

Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s that time again–time to slow down, be thankful for all we have, and spend quality time with family. It’s also the time of year to wonder at the idea that we need a holiday in order to do all of these things; but we all know it’s so easy to get caught up in work and the stress of everyday life that we take what we have for granted, and it’s so easy to dwell on the negative rather than focus our energy on positivity and happiness.

So there’s nothing wrong with a little reminder around this time of year: today, I’m grateful for a delicious, satisfying, and relaxing lunch at Maialino with my HD team, and how lucky I am to have a supportive  and fun group to work with everyday. I’m grateful for the opportunity to fly to Canada this weekend and spend time with my husband, who I don’t see nearly enough. Continue reading →

Hospitality Designer Day at High Point Market

Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Two weeks ago, I found myself in North Carolina, attending High Point Market as a guest at their very first Hospitality Designer Day. I knew High Point Market was a design show unlike any other I’d been a part of, but it was still a shock to find myself exploring a design show that took over an entire town for a week! (You think one massive show floor is tiring? Try getting through 180 buildings and more than 2,000 exhibitors in 11.5 million square feet of showspace–yes, you’ll need coffee). While the more than 100-year-old event is primarily for residential designers, anyone could find inspiration here in the incredible range of product and in the passion these manufacturers and designers have for their work.

  Designmaster-Cathy Murdock, Alan Robbins, Ted Corwin, Ashleigh 10-22-13Designmaster’s Cathy Murdock, Alan Robbins, and Ted Corwin take me on a tour of their showroom.

The Hospitality Designer Day was a great initiative to bring in local hospitality designers and allow them to explore full-sized showrooms, and an opportunity for manufacturers (there were a total of 24 sponsor companies) to display their contract and hospitality capabilities; and at least for me, it was great to see so much more product than can usually fit in a regular booth space. Continue reading →

Counting Sheep

Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

One of my favorite things to do in New York is wander. Just walk around all day long, into neighborhoods both familiar and not so much, and see where the day takes me. I love this because inevitably, I will walk into the middle of something interesting: parades, art galleries, street performances, pop-up shops, new restaurants, and movie sets are just a few of the experiences I’ve gained simply from spending much of my time wandering aimlessly around New York. So the other week, as I scouted out defiled Banksy art with a friend, the unexpected surprise was coming across Sheep Station, an outdoor art piece and the inaugural exhibition of Getty Station, a new public art program in the former Getty filling station in West Chelsea. The work of late artist Francois-Xavier Lalanne, Sheep Station features 25 epoxy stone and bronze sheep in a surrealist landscape amidst the exhausting industrial gas station architecture—the sheep symbolize Lalanne’s mission to demystify art, although I’ll admit the juxtaposition of this sunny farm-like scene in the middle of a gas station (in the middle of Manhattan) was a bit mystifying to me. Continue reading →