Yes, it is true we have found a home for our Pretty in Pink 4 Life bench and how befitting that it happened right before the universal day of Love, Valentine’s Day. It is truly a Love Story that was four months in the making.  Needless to say, we, along with Komen CT and countless others are overjoyed with this very happy ending; one that would absolutely never happened without the good friends of our Social Media Village.

A Sweetheart of a Valentine's Day gift!

 

As it happens we just celebrated our second anniversary on Twitter a week ago, having created our account February 13, 2009.  Simply typing that made me quite nostalgic and consequently I spent the last couple of hours attempting to locate my fist tweet. While I have not been able to locate either my first tweet or the first people I followed, I can remember how overwhelmed I felt at the prospect of engaging in any form of Social Media.  I was so overcome with fear that after the initial set up I did nothing with our Twitter account for almost two weeks, until that fateful day when my then eighteen year-old son agreed to give me a Twitter tutorial; one which lasted all of sixty seconds. His fingers flew across my keyboard as he followed a couple of dozen people and said: “This is all you need to do ….and if you're lucky, they’ll follow you back”. And with that, he was gone leaving me in the driver’s seat without a single driving lesson.  So I began my journey, driving in the slow lane, hunting and pecking, following and re-tweeting, learning and engaging.

Our Social Media Birth

 

Virtual conversations turned into real life meetings and priceless friendships, and as a result, here we are two years later, immersed in a generous, collaborative community of like-minded, talented individuals who make wishes come true and help seemingly impossible dreams become life-changing realities.

 

From Virtual to Real Life 

Photo courtesy of Amy Dragoo of abcdesign.com

 

Off the Tweetdeck into the gallery

Yours Truly with Tamara Stephenson 

photo courtesy of Landino Photo

supporting friends at ICFF

Leslie Carothers, Me, Tracy Hiner, Maybelline Te

photo courtesy of Leslie carothers

And so it was for our beautiful Pretty in Pink 4 Life bench. We had been trying to find a home for it since mid-October and despite tweeting, blogging and facebooking our hearts out about it relentlessly, it remained homeless.

Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching and I was hoping to tap into the gift giving spirit.  I wrote another post about the bench and asked for help. I also emailed many of my SM friends asking them if they would include something about the bench in their posts about Valentine’s Day.  The result was better than I could have ever imagined and the bench has found a wonderful new home where it is cherished and loved.

It currently resides in the home of Philip Erdoes, aka @CEO_TheNewTrad, the CEO of the New Traditionalists, a design house focused on home furnishings and a client of Leslie Carothers the CEO and founder of The Kaleidoscope Partnership – a social media agency for the home furnishings and related industriesShe happened to share our blog post with Philip and as a result, he purchased the bench in honor of his three beautiful young daughters for Valentine’s Day.  And he did it because, as he said :”With three daughters I'm totally focused on that issue”.  And that says it all!

I cannot begin to thank the Social Media Village that made it possible…but I will try.

Many thanks to Marcy Michaud of @Stylesson for sharing our post on her site stylesson.com, Susan de Chaira of @the zhush for writing a lovely post on her blog, The Zhush, Amy Dragoo of @abcdesigns for featuring us on her guest post for @ChicModern, Wanda Horton (@wandashorton ) for her heartfelt post on her site Interior Concepts by Wanda S Horton and Yvonne Blacker (@yblacker) for asking us to be contributors in her fabulous new digital magazine New England Finery

Other good friends that helped make this happen by spreading the word include  @maybellinete @shorelychic @modenus @brivkind @averydesign @jgoden @swaygrl @nestnestnest @exuberanthome @annNyberg @DecoratingDiva @JuliskaDesigns @GimletMommy  and soo many more.

Our Social Media village is powerful and harnessing its power for business is wonderful, but using it to support lifesaving organizations like Komen for the Cure is beyond astounding.

Although this is indeed a VERY happy ending, it is not the end, but rather what we hope is the beginning of much collaboration, in support of Komen for the Cure.

 

 Happily ever after
photo courtesy of Philip Erdoes

 

 

 

As many of you may have noticed, I have been highlighting some of our pink Mid Century Modern pieces the last few days, not only because they are simply beautiful, but also because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

 

Our "Pink Ribbon" Chair

 

 

Our Hot Pink Curvy Chaise Lounge

 

 

our Pink Magazine Rack

 

 

Many Social Media and blogger design friends of mine including Leslie Carothers, Catherine Avery  Wanda S. Horton, and Cynthia Mason have been doing the same, sharing pictures and writing posts about #ProjectPink and #ThinkPINK with a common goal: To raise Breast Cancer awareness and promote Breast Cancer research.

Dear friends and relatives have both won and lost heroic battles with Breast Cancer and others very close to us are still fighting daily for survival.  With this close personal connection, we are more committed than ever to raising Breast Cancer awareness.  It is the reason we chose to participate in Holiday House, a Designer Show House that will be open for its third holiday season next month in NYC.  Designers will once again join together to raise both awareness and funds for the NYC affiliate of Komen for the Cure.

Next week we will be hosting the New England Home Connecticut Fall Networking Event in our Stamford CT gallery.  With lots of our Connecticut neighbors expected for a fun evening, we thought it would be an amazing opportunity to do something wonderful for Breast Cancer Research.  So, as part of our evening, we will be previewing our custom designed Mid Mod "Pretty in Pink 4 Life" Bench and donating all proceeds of its sale to Komen for the Cure CT

 

our Pretty in pink 4 life bench

is a mystery for now but will be revealed

October 14th

 

 

We are excited to be able to do this for Komen CT and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hope you will help spread the word.  Although the Bench will be revealed on October 14th in the Gallery, you don’t have to be there to purchase the bench or share information about it.  The  "Pretty in Pink 4 Life" Bench will be on our website the following morning. 

 

With so many wonderful people joining together to achieve a common goal we cannot lose!  We look forward to a day very soon, when we no longer have to view our world through rose-colored glasses, a day when everyone can be “Pretty in Pink 4 Life”.

Making Every Word Count

This past weekend, with Irwin out of town, I spent most of my time catching up on work while our youngest began to work in earnest on his college essays.  As we both sat working on our computers, I observed my son struggling to capture his thoughts and best articulate them within a maximum word count and I was struck by the precious nature of each word we utter as well as write.

As an active participant in Social Media on Twitter and FaceBook as well as being a blog writer, I understand the significance of accounting for the written word.  But what about the words we speak?  What if they were subjected to a word count as well?  Despite the fact that I have actively adopted and have been working on a slow home way of life inside and out, I have not yet confronted the editing of my spoken-word; a task that I find a bit intimidating.

 

While be limited to 140 characters, I've still racked up over 14,000 tweets

 

 

 

I always try to limit posts to a single typed page

 

Perhaps if we had a word cap on our spoken word, we would take more care with what we said. Maybe we should consider a word allowance similar to the speed limit on a highway, or the calorie count of a diet.   Having a maximum word limit along with a minimum limit would afford us the ability to strike a better balance between excess and deficiency.

 

Should we apply these to our spoken-Word?

 

 

to strike a better daily spoken-word balance

 

 

It would be an immense relief, at least for me, to improve my self-editing of the spoken word.  What I would give to not fall victim to excessive word use while always being assured of using a minimum amount of words to guard against  leaving necessary things unsaid.  It would be like attaining “word nirvana”.

 

 

 

I already know that this is more easily written than said, so I attempt to devise an experiment to see if it is actually possible to monitor and limit the words I use in my daily verbal dialogue.  Although it is physically possible to count the words that leave my mouth; that kind of concentration is going to so drastically alter everything I will say, that just thinking about it is generating angst.

 

A spoken word experiment: More easily written than said

 

Feeling that kind of anxiety is more telling than any experiment I could possibly enact and I immediately know that this level of achievement is much more difficult than I had even imagined. This startling realization clearly illustrates the substantial difference between the written and oral word and how differently we process and deliver each.  

the subject: My mouth

 

 

I have always preached the “five second rule” to my children but, as in several of my preaching categories, I do not do as good a job in practice. I am at a loss and am hoping to wake up tomorrow morning with some startling self-realization.

 

I left this post unfinished last night because honestly, I didn’t know how it should end.  This morning, however, I realize that there is no definitive ending; at least not for the moment.  What I did remember this morning as I put up the coffee, was to be mindful of my spoken word.  So relieved to not be the subject of my own experiment, I felt an unexpected exhilaration, like I had just been granted new empowerment. 

 

the spoken-Word...In print, of course

 

And maybe that is precisely the point.  If we simply acknowledge the supreme responsibility of being the keepers of the spoken word, we are on our way.  And, much like a calorie or speed limit count, if we measure the amount and quality of the words we choose, then maybe, just maybe we have the chance to achieve “word nirvana”; making every word count.

 

Only on Twitter my Friends, Only on Twitter

When I returned from the country last night, I was exhausted.  I was so tired that I could not even lift a finger to tweet, a condition more rare than the Hope Diamond.  So imagine my surprise, when I awoke this morning to find that today had become Nate Day!

Yes, today is Nate Day.  Don’t waste any time looking for it on your calendar, you won’t find it.  It is the brainchild of The Moggit Girls, Joy and Janet, whom I follow on Twitter.  They have mastered the art of sharing the not so good, bad & “fugly” of home decor with us on a daily basis and always seem to supply some much- needed levity to interior design.

As you MUST know by now, Nate Berkus has a new show that will premiere on NBC September 13th and The Moggit Girls thought it would be a great idea for Nate to fill his audience with bloggers  AND with that seed of an idea, they proceeded to tweet and blog about it and before they knew it, they were contacted by the producers of the show. 

I actually lost track of things after that until this morning when I awoke to discover that it was Nate Day.  While I understand the beauty of Social Media and the collaboration and friendships it has afforded me over the past year, its sheer power never ceases to amaze me.  And when my friend Julie (@jbint) sent me her Nate Day post, which included several of our pieces, I couldn’t resist writing a short piece as well.

And this is how it happens, how things “go viral”, how one idea can be transported and shared, how powerful collaboration can be.  And my favorite Nate Berkus design? 

 

Yes, it is his Twitter page, the design that began this whole chain of events. Best of luck and success with your new show Nate and many thanks to The Moggitt Girls for sharing Nate Day. 

Don't forget to read the amazing collection of #NateDayBloggers and celebrate Nate Day with us!

Another amazing experience that could only happen on Twitter my friends, only on Twitter.

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in and around the gallery, all involving the merging and melding of real life and twitter friends. This amazing experience culminated with our first Gallery “Tweet-Up +Spring Celebration” last Monday, May 17th.

The gallery gathering was attended by clients, local media friends, personal friends, as well as Twitter and Facebook friends.   Although my camera fainted and was indisposed aptly on a Mid Century chaise for the evening and I have few photos to share with you, the memories and friendships forged will last a lifetime.

After hearing a year of “tweet-tweet” from both friends and family, it was lovely to see EVERYBODY engaged in lively conversation.  No great surprise to me; I knew that the melding would be seamless because I have gotten to know my Social Media friends quite well over the past year and knew that we shared many things in common both professionally as well as personally.  Why this was such a shock to real life friends and family is quite baffling. 

Many people we know personally have used on line dating, whether it be Match.com, Eharmony.com or JDate.com to find their soul mates for life, love and marriage!   Why then is it so difficult to understand that collaborating and forging friendships via Social Media sites such as Twitter be any less authentic or satisfying?  Whatever the reason ( and I’m sure the name and the icon do not help the urge to utter a stray chirp), our “Tweet-Up” transcended all of the social media hype and rested gracefully on the shoulders of friendship and design, as it should be.

Despite the occasional sharing of a Twitpic or a mention of Foursquare, which I was inadvertently signed up for, the evening was spent sharing experiences as well as friendships and was a delight to host as well as attend.

So without further ado and thanks to @maybellinete for sharing some of her photos- here is a “taste” of the evening.

IFD Petit Fours- a little rough around the edges but delic!

 

Maybelline Te aka @maybellinete, Tracy Hiner aka @tracyhiner & Liz Orgera aka @shorelychic

 

Beth Dempsey aka @ImagesnDetails and Liz Orgera

 

Catherine Avery aka @averydesign with husband Bob and Gloria Battista Collins aka @gbcstyle

 

Liz Orgera and Roberta Thomas Mancuso

 

Catherine & Bob Avery, Richard Marti Jr. aka @ramartijr & his wife Laini

Mona & Mark Klapper

 

 

 Tracy Hiner & Maybelline Te

 

 

 

Irwin & Tracy Hiner

 

Tracy Hiner in the Baughman Love Chair: What's not to love?

 

 

 

yours Truly & mona Klein Klapper

 

 

Susan Blumenfeld, Ruth Warner & Mona klein klapper

 

If for some reason you missed our first tweet-up, no worries, we will be having another event in the fall to herald the opening of....well, we're keeping that a secret for now, but you can stop by the gallery anytime and say hi!

 

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