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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spaces & Places 2011 — the results

This year's Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places event fea­tured a theme — Inspi­ra­tions from Around the World. Given the royal wed­ding this year and the peren­nial inter­est in all British icons on this side of the pond, I chose British Inva­sion Redux as my theme. British Inva­sion to me is clas­sic 1960's, so nat­u­rally my thoughts went to the incom­pa­ra­ble col­lec­tion of mid-mod at Irwin Feld Design in Stam­ford. The lovely Marcy Feld was imme­di­ately on board. Thanks Marcy!

Rather than cre­ate a com­pletely period room, I wanted to show how mid-mod can mix com­fort­ably with other fur­nish­ings. A new sofa with clean lines and antique chair with over-the-top carv­ings pro­vide an inter­est­ing coun­ter­point to the 1960's pieces: the side­board, cock­tail table, nest­ing tables and orange chair. I think the design works well for mod­ern life, as proven by the num­ber of design­ers and vis­i­tors who were loung­ing in the space at any given time dur­ing the show! A lit­tle tongue-in-cheek nod to the theme, and a lot of fun — it was def­i­nitely a happy chic space!

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Spaces & Places 2011 from Cyn­thia Mason Inte­ri­ors photo credit: Michael Partenio

My write-up for the pro­gram: "As with the British Inva­sion of the 1960’s, today’s design redux melds a cre­ative blend of ele­ments with a British inflec­tion. To a mod­ern melody, mid-century pieces – sub­lime side­board, club chair, cock­tail table – dance effort­lessly with a new sofa and an antique chair rein­vented. Strong lines and bold col­ors chan­nel the 60’s with­out the flower-power excess. With a dash of Rule Brit­ta­nia, this British Inva­sion cre­ates intense emo­tional appeal in a time­less design medley."

Some (non-professional) pictures:

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Some­times, you just need an out­fit to match your space…

rearranged to shed more light for the cocktail party

rearranged to shed more light for the cock­tail party

michael partenio gearing up for a shot

michael parte­nio gear­ing up for a shot

FAB sideboard and chair from Irwin Feld Design

FAB side­board and chair from Irwin Feld Design

dune and duchess candelabra is HOT!

dune and duchess can­de­labra is HOT!

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work­ing a show house can be exhausting…

working while working, if you know what I mean...

work­ing while work­ing, if you know what I mean…

Many thanks to: Irwin Feld Design for the gor­geous mid-century pieces,  Design­SourceCT for the sofa, J.Namnoun for the rugs, Dunes and Duchess for the can­de­labra and Sabino Fal­conieri for the chair lac­quer (a sub­ject for a future post).

A heart­felt thank you to my fel­low design­ers and the event orga­niz­ers for fos­ter­ing such a fun event to ben­e­fit two worth­while non-profits: Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and the Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance. And thanks too for all the sup­port­ers who attended the show — your par­tic­i­pa­tion meant a lot to all of us!!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A photo shoot, and a twitter tale

Today was the photo shoot for my space at Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places in Hart­ford, the inte­rior design event which opens Thurs­day evening. There's an inter­est­ing social media back story to how I ended up spend­ing the day with a fab­u­lous pho­tog­ra­pher I had never met.

Way back in June, the savvy Suzi Craig over at Fathom had a, not really a come-to-Jesus talk, rather a come-to-the-new-gods-of-social-media talk with me. She stressed the impor­tance of con­nect­ing to peo­ple in the online world, and I insisted that Twit­ter was sim­ply not a place for me. It seemed ridicu­lous to think the Twit­ter expe­ri­ence could apply to me and my busi­ness.  I have nei­ther time nor inter­est in the meals and minu­tiae of strangers  - and that was my per­cep­tion of Twitter.

If you know Suzi, you know how per­sua­sive she can be, and before I knew it, I had a Twit­ter han­dle (@exuberanthome) and was dip­ping my toes into the twirling mael­strom that is Twit­ter. In short order, I was fol­low­ing and had acquired fol­low­ers. To my sur­prise the vast major­ity of these peo­ple are inter­est­ing. And infor­ma­tive. And con­nected to oth­ers like them­selves. Sud­denly I'm actu­ally IN a world-wide web of fun, cre­ative people.

Apolo­gies for the long-winded tale, but here's another inter­con­nected aside. Last Thurs­day, I attended an AIGA Break­fast Epiphany, hosted by the same Suzi Craig, where I met some seri­ously cool peo­ple. The dis­cus­sion of social media touched an inter­est­ing ques­tion: is your online voice your authen­tic self, or do you por­tray some­one else?  As a per­son who barely has time to have one online voice, I can't imag­ine hav­ing the energy to think up and con­sis­tently apply some other per­sona to my online inter­ac­tions. WYSIWYG with me. But the ques­tion of authen­tic­ity struck a chord.

Of the peo­ple I have "met" on Twit­ter, some really res­onate with me, I think, mostly because I believe their voice is authen­tic. I read their tweets and their blog posts and their nature shines through. It feels uncon­trived. And so I tweeted in August ask­ing "do you know a good, local inte­ri­ors pho­tog­ra­pher?" I received a reply from some­one whose online voice is so gen­uine — Amy Dra­goo at ABCD Designs. Because I believe in her authen­tic­ity, I believed her rec­om­men­da­tion would be worth­while. Does that make me naïve or overly trust­ing, or sim­ply ful­fill the adage that nice peo­ple have nice friends?

I have never met Amy, but she referred me to Michael Parte­nio, some­one she has never met, because she is con­nected to Stacy Kun­stel who is con­nected to Michael. So if you're still with me — the inter­sec­tion of four peo­ple who have never met in the real world resulted in me hav­ing a photo shoot with a ter­rific pho­tog­ra­pher — tak­ing pic­tures of a space titled "Wall Posts". A space designed around the con­cept of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the noise which sur­rounds us all from places like Twit­ter and Facebook.

The moral of this cir­cu­lar Twit­ter tale: despite the noise, there are real, mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions to be made via social media. When you get there — look me up @exuberanthome.

you really didn't think I'd reveal it before the show opens, did you?

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