Turning Interiors Into Runway Gold

Last week I had the honor of judging the IIDA Fashion Show held at the Boston Convention Center. It’s a huge and fun event that is held annually and I was SO impressed with the level of creativity that the teams from some of Boston’s biggest interior and architectural design firms brought to the table, er, runway!  The rules are that each team has to create runway looks using interior materials- from fabrics to tile, lighting, furniture parts, rugs and on and on.  It’s a fascinating exploration of materials and innovative craftsmanship and I was in awe of what I saw! There is a theme every year and this year it was “coutourism”- blending couture design with the concept of tourism.  People took that idea and ran with it- from actual destinations to more heady concepts of time travel, space and dreaming.

I am sure you will be as amazed with these designs as I was.
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Speaking Event Next Week!

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Hey guys!  Wanted to let you know about an event I’m doing next week during Boston Design Market with one of my favorite people, Stacy Kunstel, who is the homes editor at New England Home magazine, regional editor for Meredith Corporation and founder of Dunes & Duchess (oh, and a great stylist who helped me with my book!)  It’s on Thursday October 7th at 11:45 at the new 7 Tide Showroom near the Boston Design Center.  We’ll be talking about “doing it all”– both of us wear many hats and have found a modicum of work/life balance and we hope to share our stories and tips with you.  Bring your questions!

You can RSVP here for this free event and luncheon.  Hope to see some of you there!

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Art for Good

I am really excited to share this incredible site with you today (thanks to a reader who gave me the heads up about it!).  Art Lifting is a curated art site, but with a purpose.  It empowers homeless and disabled people by selling their works online (where 55% of the profits go to the artists themselves).  There are originals, prints and even cell phone cases.  Founded in Boston (yay!) by Liz Powers, a Harvard graduate who received a grant to create art groups in homeless shelters and through that saw the amazing talent of the people she was helping.  But the art they produces was tossed or forgotten- so Liz decided to start this company.  I absolutely LOVE this concept and wanted to share with you some of the work I thought was great in hopes that we can all spread the word about this resource and help get more art groups for those struggling across the country!!

Mike Gosbee creates his collages at Hospitality House which serves homeless and poverty stricken individuals in the San Francisco area. As someone who worked in collage in college I happen to think he is insanely talented!

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