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Special Thanks To Virgin Atlantic Airways For the generous welcome to their Upper Class clubhouses at Heathrow and JFK airports. Nothing makes us happier than knowing our BlogTour participants are seen off in style. Tryp Hotel Times Square For a lavish cocktail & tapas reception on BlogTour’s arrival day and a short how-to-drinkfrom-a-porron class Barbès Restaurant Manhattan For a beautiful and delicious French/Moroccan dinner in their romantic Mid-town restaurant, Barbès has become a BlogTour tradition. MMPI and the AD Show For their continued support of national and international design bloggers, BlogTour and Modenus. It has been an honor and pleasure to be working with you. Yes, even you Troy. Ashlee Harrison, Director of the Decoration & Design Building For a superbly organized tour of D&D building highlights and for remaining stylish, gracious and incredibly beautiful no matter how often our group wandered off. BDDW SoHo

Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence Blog For her quintessential sense of style, her deep insight into the world of design, her continued support of all things BlogTour and for arranging the wonderful afternoon at De Le Cuona in the D&D Building Tamara Matthews-Stephenson of Nest by Tamara For being an incredible support to BlogTour, for being a tireless inspiration in home décor and tabletop design (Tamara, you really need to create a tabletop for DIFFA) and for creating the most beautiful arrangements for our opening night dinner. Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design For always supporting BlogTour and Modenus and for offering, and so expertly executing, are clearly the bluer ones.

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BlogTour NYC Sponsors Editor’s Letter/Message Meet Our Team The Bloggers

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Day One Brunch at Poggenpohl & Blanco A Conversation with Bernie de Le Cuona Curated by Modenus An afternoon at the D&D Building At The Chef’s Table with Miele

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Day Two Mary’s & Mimosas DIFFA Cocktail Party

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AD Product Faves

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Day Three - Modenus MyCity Walking tour with ABCD Design An afternoon with Jonathan Adler

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Day Four Highline walking tour Goodbye Party at BBDW Modenus Q&A

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Letter From The Editor Also unsurprisingly, most bloggers mentioned that their highlight was meeting and spending time with kindred spirits, with people who love and understand the meaning and importance of design and being able to share the excitement and inspiration with their readers. The BlogTour community continues to grow through the support of past and future participants, sponsors as it offers design and lifestyle bloggers a chance to explore new design trends and different cultures while highlighting the inspired content these talented writers and photographers create every day.

New York , New York! What a wonderful town indeed – vibrant, creative, driven, stylish, hip and a bit chaotic – New York City means something different to everyone and presents itself with different personalities in every part of town, personalities that all meld back into one, undeniably alluring, metropolis. A place where anything goes.

Apple and I look forward to meeting more of you national design destinations.

BlogTour NYC was our second tour after launching the concept at London Design Festival last year when we brought a group of design and lifestyle bloggers from the US and Canada to the UK to report back to their audiences and provide of local culture. This time, we brought bloggers from the UK, Germany and the US to meet up faces, showrooms, shops, design studios and the AD Show. thoughts about the tour and their favorite places and were not surprised to see opinions range from the elegance of the D&D building, the crenoon spent with Jonathan Adler.

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TEAM MEMBERS

of Modenus - so much so that she gets called “Mrs. Modenus.” She gets bookmarked, favorited and probably has her own URL. She considers herself a seeker of the perfect Bloody Mary and her blogs draw on her extensive experience as a professional interior designer as well as her role as impresario of all things social and digital.

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+ Erin Tye is the newest member of the Modenus team having just graduated from Syracuse University. Erin is a self-professed soda addict and an in-denial Twitter addict. She has an odd obsession with the color yellow, is a fan of anything with a high sugar content, and has the oft-mocked habit of sticking her tongue out when she concentrates.

+ Florence Von Pelet-Narbonne Florence is the Modenus secret weapon. Not only is she the woman behind the inspiring and rather beautiful Modenus newsletters, she is also the last person smiling and enthusing at even the most arduous trade show. When she isn’t working hard to promote Modenus, she can be found on the beach or in search of a Cranberry Vodka. We are told that there are occasions when she even manages to combine the three

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CONTRIBUTORS Stacey Bewkes - Quintessence Blog Stacey worked as an Art Director in New York City for 17 years before retiring to become a suburban mother of four. Her continuing love of design in all categories led to the creation of her blog, Quintessenceblog.com, an online guide to those special discoveries that make life just that much better.

+ Susan Cohan Susan is a practicing residential landscape designer and a co-founder of Leaf Magazine. She believes that great design should permeate everything we live with. She has

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The Bloggers: ANDREW DUNNING APD Interiors, Follow me @andrewdunning

The chance to travel to New York with 14 other bloggers and spend the week ‘discovering design’ – yes I could clear my schedule for this. I will be eternally thankfully to the long list of suppliers who made Blog Tour NYC possible. If you are ever invited to attend a tour, just clear your schedule and immerse yourself, I can promise you won’t regret it.

MARILYN RUSSELL

I knew in September 2011, the initial launch of Blogtour, that I was going to try my hardest to make the next one. When January 2012 rolled around and I saw my name floating around FaceBook and Twitter as one of the attendees, I flipped with excitement. Blogtour – TheWorld Designed is much more than a chance to travel with my virtual friends; it is an exploration of the design world beyond the borders of your front door and real life connections beyond the Internet.

President and Principal Designer of up and coming Orlando interior design

HANNAH COLEMAN Dream Wall Style, Follow me @Dreamwall

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I can remember boarding the airplane at Manchester airport and kept on having to pinch myself that I was actually part of BlogTour and I was actually going to NYC. From the moment I arrived in NYC it was like a Dream come true and more.

The Bloggers: KATIE TREGGIDEN Confessions of a Design Geek, Follow me @Coadg

Being selected as one of 15 bloggers to take part in this trip was incredible in itself. I’m still not quite sure what I did to deserve it, but I felt very lucky indeed. In fact, I’m not sure I really believed it was true until we got on the plane!

Author of Interviews – a book featuring conversations with 18 designers. Katie writes for LivingEtc, Design Milk, Maggie’s, London Design Guide, We Heart and Heart Home Magazine. Somehow she also found time to win last year’s Design Democracy Blog Award.

CECY J

The challenge to break down the Best of Blog Tour NYC was an insane struggle for me.  Touring NYC with some of the hippest, most fun and creative people I’ve ever met, and getting the inside scoop on everything new and noteworthy in the design world provided me with enough highlights to write a book!

Cecy J explores interior design, travel ideas, parenting, style, food and inspiring quotes on her blog. She describes herself as a “domestic god(ish),” admitting that while she can cook a decent dinner she still has a way to go before she can sew the tablecloth it sits on.

KATE BAXTER

Choosing just one highlight from five days of wonder and excitement is a near impossible task! From the creative buzz of the AD Show to the serene elegance of the D&D Building, the artistic flair of Jonathan Adler’s HQ to the eclectic mix of interior boutiques in SoHo, there was so much to take in, to consider, to inspire. Interiors PR specialist with a long-standing passion for mid-century modern, a recent obsession with neon colour pops and a weakness for soy vanilla lattes. Featured on the Times’ “Best Design Blogs,” Fabric of My Life also covers Kate’s take on fashion, travel, life style, and her home town, London.

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The Bloggers: TOMA CLARK HAINES

Blog Tour NYC was not simply a tour – rather it was a crash course in continuing design education, exposing me to a slew of cutting-edge interior designers, furniture makers and design influences.

Founder of The Antiques Diva, Toma is an American expat living in Europe who has travelled and antique-shopped in over 30 countries. She organises fascinating blog. More charm and pizzaz than anyone has a right to have, could, and probably does, get away with anything.

EMILY PECK

‘The moment I stepped into the Virgin lounge at Heathrow and met up with my fellow design bloggers, I knew BlogTourNYC would be a once in a lifetime trip to remember. Arriving at Manhattan’s Tryp Hotel and watching the #BlogTourNYC gang learn how to drink from a Porron (a Spanish glass drinking vessel!), with jet lag I might add, set the fun tone for the exciting week ahead.

Founding Editor of the Achia Living blog. She has written and styled for Grand Designs, Stuff, Real Homes, Ideal Home, Woman&Home, Wired UK,

STACEY SHEPPARD Stacey Sheppard, Follow me @StaceyJSheppard

Being part of BlogTourNYC really was an unforgettable experience. New York is a place I have always wanted to explore and the design scene there is one that continuously surprises and excites me. Being chosen by Modenus to take part in the tour was a real honor and receiving this recognition for my blog really was a great reward for all the hard work I put in.

Dartmouth UK based freelance journalist. Contributor to, amongst others, and WAN Interiors + Design magazines. Thoughtful, funny and delightfully unexpected.

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The Bloggers: DAVID JOHN

When asked to write about a favorite event, I immediately thought of the BDDW closing party. The evening event at BDDW was the last night of an incredible week in New York with Modenus. A huge thank you to Veronika Miller and Tim Bogan for Blog Tour NYC. A week of inspiration, that continues to inspire.

David John, freelance writer for YATZER! Founder of a fast-growing design

WILL TAYLOR

We had a scheduled trip to walk the High Line - I loved the elevated perspective we had of Manhattan as we walked amongst buildings and along the banks of the Hudson. From naked photoshoots in the upper floors of hotel rooms (really!) to spring blossoms floating down linear avenues, the walk was both inspiring and amusing.

Also known as Mr. Bazaar, stylist and writer for shelter magazines, Will Taylor claims to go weak at the knees when shown a yellow vase. As he says “Because beige is boring”! A true party animal who makes dull things look cool and cool things hot.

CAROLE KING

Dear Designer, Follow me @DearDesigners

Blogtour NYC included a first; a new concept called ‘My City’ and if I really, really had to chose, it was my personal highlight of the entire trip.

Editor of Heart Home Magazine, London Based Interior Designer, compulsive bookcase organiser and irrepressible explorer. Maybe the nearest thing interior design has to a female Indiana Jones.

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The Bloggers: PIPPA JAMESON

BlogTour NYC really was a trip of a lifetime. On the flight over I had the same tight feeling in my tummy that I get before any big job; a little scared about the new venture but also really excited about what lay ahead. I felt so lucky to be flying to New York with work, it was a moment for reflection.

Interior stylist working in all areas including TV, magazines, advertising, books

KELLY MORRISSEAU

Perhaps “the best of ” was Manhattan on her best display during the unseasonably spring-like temperatures or perhaps “the best of ” was seeing the ultimate in luxury brands at the AD Home Design Show, or perhaps the “best” was the delight of artisans, showroom and design studio owners as they shared their vision with us or maybe “the best of ” could have been the synergy of journalists, bloggers and designers from the US and Europe.

ARIANNA TRAPANI

To say I had an amazing time is an understatement. I had fun, got inspired, met some great people but more importantly I made some great friends which I will take away with me from this trip! Editor at Heart Home Magazine, Interior decorator and stylist with an extreme passion for interiors. Winner of Mydeco Design Democracy Blog Awards as “Best Newcomer 2010’’ Lover of all things good and stylish.

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BlogTour: Arrivals Day

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log Tour. I can only compare it to the relatively small group of people who have lived inside the Big Brother house. Why the comparison? Well, not because we were under contin-

are yet to tell us we’ll be popping up on Bravo before long...?!). No, the comparison is because experience of which none of us had any idea of what to expect. Arriving at Heathrow, the British bloggers congregated and headed for celebra-

arrive on time, others had jumped in a cab from chatting excitedly about our expectations for the

of romcoms and a packet of pretzels later and we had landed in New York. — Will Taylor.

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The Diggs: TRYP Hotel

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e arrived in New York on Tuesday, having flown in from Heathrow

absolutely cracking start as Tim at Modenus had arranged for us to use the Upper Class the day! driver who whisked us off to our hotel which whisked off, but in fact we had a short delay at the airport as we were waiting for Hannah Manchester and was supposed to meet us at the airport. However, in dramatic Hannah style she was nowhere to be seen and a manhunt ensued. Luckily we later found out she had hopped in a cab and was already awaiting our arrival at the hotel. There is never a dull moment when Hannah is around!

The hotel had a lovely feel to it and the staff were extremely friendly all week so I would definitely recommend staying here if you’re ever in NY and need a crash pad. The hotel is great for bloggers too as there is free social network so that guests can log in and connect with other guests or with the hotel staff if they are out and about and need help navigating the city.

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a NYC residential interior designer, freelance writer and author of lifestyle blog, Nest by Tamara. In 1999, she started her

now merges her former experience in publishing with her design training by penning and magazines, including a weekly column azine, Dan’s Papers. Tamara’s been invited to take part in several events as a Lifestyle expert since she writes about design and entertaining with a trained and cultivated eye.

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BlogTour is only as good as the people that help make it happen and I’m humbled at the overwhelming support we were offered for BlogTour NYC. Tamara, a dear friend and truthfully one of the most inspired interior designers and design bloggers I know, has offered her help every step of the way. When we arrived at our opening night dinner at Barbès in Manhattan we found beautifully set tables with center pieces created by Tamara. For step by step instructions for this design and for more interior and tabletop inspiration please visit her blog, Nest by Tamara

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The Goodie Bag Marimekko graciously supplied the bloggers with roomy tote bags to help them lug even more New York goodies back to their own stylish abodes. Turkish Towel Company generously provided Brits want to call it dressing gown but this was BlogTour NYC, so robe it is.) The robes are made and are perfect for our bloggers after a long day of design and local culture.

Rizzoli publishing gifted the bloggers with Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design by Diana Lind and Yoko Inoue. The book is a must read for anyone interested in Brooklyn design and architecture. Brooklyn has developed into a true center of culture and design in New York as it continues to grow and calls itself home to many of New York’s most creative and inspired minds in architecture and design. Mix Magazine by Global Color Research has been a BlogTour partner from the start and we were thrilled to be able to offer a copy of this truly inspired trends forecasting magazine to our bloggers. Mix Magazine is a permanent staple in the Modenus design bloggers.

Miele USA with our bloggers by sending over some freshly baked cookies- as if a delicious dinner event wasn’t enough! What can we say, the way to a blogger’s heart is through their

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BRUNCH WITH POGGENPOHL AND BLANCO

showroom of luxury kitchen company of Poggenpohl I love is their collaborative nature, in this case with upscale sink and faucet manufacturer Blanco, the perfect symbiotic relationship! Beginning with a tour of products and the showroom, Blanco presented some of their latest and greatest, which indeed are, and work beautifully within the handsome Poggenpohl framework. I have owned several Blanco sinks and can personally attest to their excellence in design, quality and longevity.”

“My favorite of Blanco’s latest line up is their new Cerana Apron Front sink. Its clever reversible design can swing traditional or more contemporary depending on how you position it, with rounded corners on one side and sharper more modern contours on the other. Unlike many bulkier fireclay sinks, it has a tant to stain and chipping. This is a total winner in my book. Poggenpohl has forged another partnership with well known chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin fame. It is the perfect pairing of two innovators in their respective fields, developing a kitchen that is an ideal merging of cook to be socially involved with their guests in a beautiful well functioning space. We were treated to a lovely brunch in the new kitchen he designed, demonstrating its thoughtful professional touches.” — Stacey Bewkes, Quintessence Blog 24 MODENUS

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A Conversation with Bernie de le Cuona

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first met Bernie de Le Cuona in her beautiful showroom at the DDB (Decoration and Design Building) while on BlogtourNYC tiles and accessories, I wanted to learn more about Bernie and her products. We had a lovely conversation... Design Please tell me a little bit about yourself, background and what inspired/ 26 MODENUS

prompted you to enter the textile industry Bernie de le Cuona my designs today. About 20 years ago I moved to where I started this business with little more than a passion for beautiful things – fabric in particular. multitude of unique cloths it could be made into –

I loved the raw and rugged appearance as well as the sheer and elegant, and linen gave me the ability to do either. I quickly learnt that I could also achieve a vintage appearance that was unsurstarted. My first introduction to you was through BlogtourNYC and our visit to the DDB building. How long have you been in the DDB building? Has it been successful for you to be in the American Market? We have been in the D&D for just about 2 years now and it is one of the best business decisions I have ever made. The products have been

You seem to travel quite a bit. Where are your favorite places to shop for linens? And why? French antique markets are the best places to ularly the stubby French linen that seems to take colour so beautifully. If you had the opportunity to furnish one space with your linens, private or public, what space would that be? There are a few I’d love to furnish – either one of the grand old French opera houses, the home the banks of the Zambezi in Zambia.

lucky to have fantastic staff and a market that was interested in what we do. Describe your frequent clientele in terms of geographical market? Do you see your fabric sellwhy that may be? The collection works in most countries because there is such diversity of products within the linen, paisley and eclectic fabric ranges. The biggest difference is not the volume of sales but that each country favours particular colours - for example chocolate-brown and ochre sell well in

Do you anticipate opening additional showrooms in the future? and have two more for the first half of the year already in the planning stages. Tell us about one of your favorite pieces. I change my mind every day, but right now it is unique, edgy and defying all the odds to be a designers favourite in terms of its colourful design and wash.

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Art et Floritude “Pandore Wall Sconce”

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Shine by S.H.O

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Decoration & Design Building Fortuny

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ortuny was the highlight of the tour for me. We were very privileged to hear the Fortuny story from Mickey Riad, one of two the brothers who now own and run this family business. I am hoping to be able to bring time, I will just tempt you with the fact that Fortuny founder Mariano Fortuny was a painter, etcher, sculptor, photographer, switches, invented a boat propellor and modernised stage lighting and therefore set design with the Fortuny Dome, which put his theories on indirect and diffused light to practice. — Katie Treggiden

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At The Chef’s Table with Miele

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inner with Miele: This is when I knew Blog Tour NYC was going to be smash-

and the group already felt like old friends. taught us the tricks of his craft and created evening set the tone for the rest of the trip me how lucky I was to be a part of this group. — Cecy J

Chef Adam Schop conducting a cooking demonstration

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he evening even featured audience participation with Will Taylor and Toma Clark Haines helping with the cooking – and Hannah Coleman serenading us with a Madonna classic! With everything cooked on Miele appliances we had high hopes for the food, and the fabulous ceviche followed by the most tender lamb ribs I’ve ever had certainly delivered. — Andrew Dunning

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Day Two Kickoff - Marys & Mimosas

Well over 200 design professionals and members of print and digital media joined in this year. They raved about food, drink and, most importantly, the wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with industry peers and friends.

I loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I was struck by how many people told me how much they enjoyed socializing at ‘Marys and Mimosas’ before they started walking the show. Many felt it emphasized the AD in New York andd enthusiasts that had traveled to attend from all over.

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- and very good taste. The ‘Marys and Mimosas’ reception, hosted by show organizers with media support from Modenus, has quickly become a must-attend event, not least thanks to sponsors Karlssons

And in reply to everyone who asked, yes, we will be doing it again in 2013. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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AD SHOW: OUR FAVORITES bright and colorful

Ligne Roset “Ploum”

With 420 exhibitors and over over 43 thousand

Wild Chairy “Lily and Leona”

become one of the largest interior design shows in the country while still retaining an intimate feel. The exhibits and globally recognized brands and the san exhibits that offer a wealth of design inspiration, invites visitors to linger, learn and even buy. For BoB Mag we want to share two key trends – bold use of shape and color and a return to natural and often sustainable materials with an emphasis on texture and intricate shape.

La Cornue by Purcell Murray “CornuFe 110”

Quadrille “Brighton Reverse,” “Moroc,” “Tulip Background” 36 MODENUS

Tucker Robbins “Hollow Zig Zag”

Stamp Rug “Pink Stamp Rug”

form for individual artists and designers of one of a kind and limited edition pieces to promote themselves to a wider audience. The work on show was lovingly crafted by real artisans and the quality of the craftsmanship on display was unrivaled.” — Stacey Sheppard

O&G Studio “Atlantic Lowback Chair”

Studio Borealis “Tall Chiantis”

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AD SHOW: OUR FAVORITES Natural

for BlogTourNYC was Keating Woodworks... He aims to use the values of his grandfathers in his products, and he brings a degree of craftsmanship to his products very rarely seen, especially in massproduced furniture.” - Andrew Dunning

BDDW “Tripod Lamp”

Nico Yektai “Bench #15 from Series #1”

Du Verre Hardware “Arroyo by William Harvey”

Palo Samko “Rosewood Credenza”

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Keating Woodworks “The Wharton Desk”

Rotsen Furniture “Floating Tamburil Slab Coffee Table”

Wud Furniture “Lolita Bench”

Studio-4A “Magnolia”

into my sourcing book for future client projects.” - Andrew Dunning

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DIFFA: DINING BY DESIGN

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t the same location [as the AD Home

charities. Tables are decorated by designers to create an amazing dining experience, and the Blog Tour team attended the cocktail party on the opening night. This event is a fabulous idea – we should hold one in London and I want to design a table! — Andrew Dunning

Haines, Kelly Morrisseau, Marilyn Russell

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hat evening we attended the DIFFA Dining by Design cocktail party, a well attended -

this worthwhile cause, draw major industry notables and this year’s creations were especially spectacular. — Hannah Coleman & Andrew Dunning

ipping watermelon cocktails at the Dining by Design party, held in the Architectural Digest 2012 venue, has been firming stamped in the memory bank too. The Dining by Design event by DIFFA: Design Industries

party was held at the exhibition where designers such as Marimekko and Amronvivat/Morbitzer & Tietz-Baccon showcased their table-top creations. The imaginative designs were out-of-this-world. Pippa Jameson

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Modenus MyCity What? Just imagine, wherever you go, having a friend to show you around, someone local who loves their city and wants to share the best bits. That’s MyCity. Friends of Modenus, designers, stylists and bloggers share their local knowledge, their enthusiasm of their love for their neighborhood. — Tim Bogan

Who? Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design Amy was our selected guide for Modenus MyCity NYC, taking the bloggers around to her favorite design haunts in the big apple. Amy is an artist, designer and stylist who splits her time between New York City and motto is simple: Life is short, eat off the good china!

— Amy

Where? 1.

The New Traditionalists

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Paula Rubenstein Antiques

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Canvas Home Store

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Calypso Home

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Clic Gallery

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Michele Varian

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Ochre

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Hastens

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Paula Rubenstein was next on the agenda. It’s an absolute treasure trove of collectables and antiques particularly American textiles. — Carole King

The New Traditionalists was the first stop and impressed everyone with fabulous furniture and inventive styling. Classic products teamed with vintage items that manage to turn traditional into ‘cool’. — Carole King

PAULA RUBENSTEIN ANTIQUES

CLIC GALLERY

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Canvas is a must for anyone who loves entertaining. I dare anyone to resist the temptation to succumb to the covetable tableware, linens, cutlery and accessories on display — Carole King

MICHELE VARIAN HASTENS

CALYPSO HOME THE NEW TRADITIONALISTS Calypso Home just oozes luxury from Moroccan wedding blankets to a life size gold resin pig to studded ‘love’ cushions. — Carole King

CANVAS HOME

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Jonathan Adler’s Studio

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e received such a warm welcome and incredibly generous hospitality it was impossible not to love the

full of light, colour and pattern – and several adorable mini pooches! We even got to see inside the

for photographs, before heading into the workshop to re-throw the prototype for a new season vase while we watching in awe, and grilled him about Jonathan told us that people often think his prodhand thrown and start from prototypes designed and crafted by his small design team in downtown New York. It was such a simple statement but a 46 MODENUS

very thought-provoking one, and one that stayed with me long after I left. Too often with well-established, commercially successful brands you forget the design and manufacturing processes that result in the wonderful array of goods on offer in store, and do not consider the personal inspirations and design creativity that has brought them there. your headquarters, to us all! And an even bigger I really cannot thank you both enough for selecting me to take part in this magical tour! — Katie Treggiden

AXOR & Vitra

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he end of a very inspiring day was spent (with cocktails in hand) at

New York’s Meatpacking District. Axor was showcasing a stunning, designer focused collection headlined by stellar names like Patricia Urquiola,

gave us a comprehensive tour of their contract furnishings which featured well designed open office elements including one of my favorite pieces of

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Day Four: Free Day in NYC

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had no idea how wildly successful the walking tour that I had arranged on last day for BlogTourNYC would be. I suggested to Veronika Miller of Modenus that Leaf Magazine would like to sponsor a private tour of The High Line for her visiting interior and lifestyle bloggers. I thought shows and showrooms would be interesting for them.

Even though The High Line has gotten incredible publicity and is now a major tourist attraction in New York City, it is, like all outdoor spaces much more impressive in real life than it will ever be in photographs. Designed by James Corner’s Field Operations on elevated railroad tracks winding through the far west side of Manhattan and almost at the Hudson River, The High Line offers a different view of the city and its concrete canyons. The naturalistic plantings designed by renowned plantsman, Piet Oudolf offer a counterpoint to all of that hard-edged urbanism.

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The late March weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Sunny and warm, we met at the northern end of Section 2 at 30th Street. Up the steps they came, most unaware of what they were going to experience. The High Line is also high style outside. The neighborhood has grown up around it and is now one of the most expensive and sought after. World class architects like Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry have designed buildings in what was once a neighborhood of warehouses and industrial buildings. The Whitney Museum of American Art is building its new museum there. We walked the entire length taking pictures, talking about New York, discussing design ideas and generally enjoying the morning. When we got almost to the end of the new section – what’s currently the middle of the park, we stopped for a photo to remember the sunny day and the lasting friendships that were made.

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here are few things I love more than a Dunning, Arianna Trapani, Kate Baxter and I discovered The Green Table, located in

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nother fond memory was after a delightful

from Modenus took a few of the BlogTour crew on an incredible cruise around Manhattan, it was a lovely afternoon, I can remember feeling all warm and fuzzy. — Hannah Coleman

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BDDW Closing Party

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rejoined the group for a farewell dinner at the spectacular bddw showroom. A small company with a big reputation, this American furniture maker has been creating heirloom quality pieces under the watchful direction of founder Tyler Hays for years. A singularly spectacular space, complete with beautiful handmade pieces and archery range, we indulged our inner Robin Hoods while we enjoyed the amazing design experience.

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DDW’s pieces successfully bridge the gap between clean-line design and classic americana, creating a look that is both innovative, and comfortingly rustic. you can’t walk into the showroom without being struck by how gorgeous every piece is, and we were all oohing and aahing over the tiny bird sculptures cluttered on one our places at the archery line-up and pose for photographs on the showroom’s two iconic american motorcycles. — Kate Baxter

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ioned game of bow and arrows, and savor delicious American

event, I immediately thought of the BDDW closing party. graphed many of the BDDW works, including their iconic lamp, vintage inspired sectionals, and their colorful textiles. Tyler Hays, founder of BDDW, was present at the Blog Tour closing event, as well as other members of the design community that collaborated with the Blog Tour. The evening event at BDDW was the last night of an incredible week in New York with Modenus. A topic of conversation that evening Tour was craftsmanship, and “a connection to quality. — David John

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MODENUS Q&A What is Modenus? Modenus is curated resource and community hub for interior designers, design enthusiasts, manufacturers and artisans. Follow the link and have a look!

Is it somewhere Interior designers strut their stuff?

Registered – and approved – interior design pros can see trade terms and pricing as well as manage entire projects, directly on Modenus.

So is Modenus a blog? There is a blog on Modenus. It is where we share inspiration, ideas, excitement, fun and thoughts. And we do feature guest blogs, in case you were wondering. But there is much more besides.

How do product designers and manufacturers get involved? At the heart of Modenus is a curated product showcase that may be of interest. If you are interested sharing your work with thousands of designers and design lovers every day then please get in touch to apply. We’d love to see your!

Haven’t we met somewhere else? media is what we have used to build our community and social our social media platforms are where we share great design.

So how do I get to go on BlogTour? be a dynamic and engaging person, all of that helps, and send an email to talktous@Modenus.com

That’s better. Feel free to have a look around the site and send any questions to the same place talktous@Modenus.com

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WHO WILL BE NEXT TO JOIN THE BLOGTOUR COMMUNITY?

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