Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Stylemaker Issue

So last week Better Homes & Gardens, you know them, that go-to design publication for all things super chic, invited a handful of bloggers to an intimate gathering and discussion on what we love best... Interiors! I have to say, I do attend quite a few of these events, but this one was different in the fact that it really was all about bloggers and their importance in this ever changing world of social media. Better Homes & Gardens gets the simple fact that bloggers have a voice... A LOUD voice in the world!

There was a bit of mingling, a bit of wine, a bit of delicious nibbly things, but it was all about the Stylemaker Issue... The magazine launched its first issue last year, and given its overwhelmingly wonderful response, the second edition was presented to the world!

The gorgeous Heidi Klum sits on layers of cushions and poufs, instantly drawing you to the September 2012 cover... A supermodel on the cover... Why? Well, the Stylemaker Issue is all about those individuals that just LOVE design, whether their profession is actually a true designer, a blogger, a chef, or author... The appreciation for design transcends all...

A lively discussion anchored the evening, moderated by a lovely friend of mine Stacy Kunstel. The panel consisted of some of the Stylemakers highlighted in this September issue. The multi-faceted Kim Myles, along with the genius Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan from Apartment Therapy, and mother-daughter design team Suzanne and Lauren McGrath. The conversation was just an open dialogue on all aspects of design, likes, dislikes and trends. It was relaxed and unforced. Truly a wonderful time.

HGTV Design Star Alumnae (Season 2 meets Season 6)

The night was then capped off with the most indulgent customized ice cream sandwiches... Yeah... Uh-mazing! I had to partake in two! (Snickerdoodle & Salted Caramel ice cream and Red Velvet & Vanilla ice cream) Just cause you wanted to know... I know!

What's a night out though without a little swag bag... Well child, let me tell you, there was nothing "little" about this bag o' goodies! Wow! First of all the nautical blue and white striped tote! So cute! Then it was literally overflowing with books, yeah, multiple books! Stencils, thermos, perfume, lotion, it was like the bottomless swag bag! Too generous!

So honored to have been invited to this event, amongst such talented individuals, all of whom are Stylemakers in their own respect! I truly think that the team over at Better Homes & Gardens has struck something by embracing and understanding the blogging community, but also applauding all those influential lovers of great design! The Stylemakers!

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