First, let me say that I am so happy to see and hear that parts of Manhattan and New Jersey are seeing some major improvements in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I know there is still a long way to go, but I know that any improvements are a welcome change to the conditions many have been living in since the storm.
The devastation from Sandy is so heartbreaking in New York and New Jersey and my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all the victims of this horrific storm including all my friends in the design community in New York. I can’t wait to see these people come out stronger than ever and by witnessing the way these communities have come together in love and support of each other, I have no doubt they will overcome these obstacles and be back on their feet sooner than later.
It is hard to imagine being without many of the basic things we take or granted everyday like food, water, and electricity. And to continue my attitude of gratitude, let me say that something like Hurricane Sandy has made me especially grateful for my home and my family this Fall. It is the little things in life that suddenly get put into perspective at times like these, isn’t it?
This great post on one of my favorite sites, The Daily Love, was posted a day or two after Sandy hit. It reminded me that during this month of Thanksgiving we should be thankful for ALL the things we have, including the most basic ones.
I am also VERY grateful for The Daily Love. If you aren’t signed up for Mastin’s Daily emails you are missing out. They inspire me each morning to be a better me. And if you already love his emails you will love following Mastin and The Daily Love on Twitter.
It was just a few weeks ago that I was supposed to go back to New York on the Sunday before Sandy for a few exciting events. For obvious reasons I was unable to fly back in and so I wanted to update you on the events that were rescheduled due to the storm. Some are for great causes and I don’t want the associated charities and industries to suffer more as a result of the storm.
So to begin with, thanks for your amazing feedback on my Holiday House 2012 Showhouse Space in New York City benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of such a worthy cause with some of the nation’s top interior designers
As I alluded to yesterday, because of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the showhouse dates are being extended through Sunday, November 25th. So now you can go see Holiday House and give back to breast cancer all the way through the Thanksgiving weekend, which is VERY exciting news to me.
If you are going to New York to celebrate Thanksgiving, please include a trip to Holiday House in your plans. And if you are in town next Monday November 19th, stop by for a great panel discussion on Color presented by Traditional Home.
Next, the great panel discussion that I was to be a part of on the Scottish Textiles industry with Traditional Home Magazine has also been rescheduled. It will also be the week after Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 28th at 10 am in the D & D building.
Next week, I will be bringing you a recap of my AMAZING trip to Scotland hosted by Traditional Home Magazine and Textiles Scotland to get you in the “mood” for our upcoming presentation. Many of the glorious textiles including tartan, lace, leather, tweed, and cashmere haven’t been as popular in the U.S. in recent years and so in an effort to revitalize these classic textiles in our country, Textiles Scotland sponsored our trip. Believe me, you won’t want to miss this talk.
The Scots will blow you away with their fresh approach to their textiles and there is a fun charity component of this event too. Each of the designers who went to Scotland which includes me, Philip Gorrivan, Anne Maxwell-Foster, Gideon Mendleson, and Patrik Lonn, have designed a chair with Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman with our choice of Scottish Textiles and they will be auctioned off for Charity.
So again, two New York Design Events you won’t want to miss around Thanksgiving Weekend and I for one am Grateful for them both!!
p.s. Don’t forget to check back here later today to hear who won our Susabelle Pumpkin Giveaway just in time for Thanksgiving.
p. p. s. And Don’t forget to visit the Layla Grayce and Olioboard Express Your Style Contest! I’m judging the “Design Your Dream Dining Room” category, and I’ll select the top designs to win cash prizes! So, go and enter! Go and get inspired! Just GO!