Friday, July 25, 2014

Design, Food and Charity: DIFFA Picnic by Design Summer Event 2014

Images from DIFFA Picnic by Design 2013



Design, Food and Charity is a great combination for a summer event. It will be my third year participating in DIFFA's Picnic By Design. This event rocks and this year I was able to workbehind the scenes on the steering committee. What an awesome event 2014 will be.... amazing sponsors, donations and designers! Picnic By Design redefines the concept of a traditional picnic where 40 designers come together to create innovative picnic basket experiences that are sold online in advance with proceeds benefiting DIFFA. Guests who purchase a basket  will enjoy a dinner, wine and desert for two under the stars on an urban rooftop. They will be amazed by a truly unique picnic setting! 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:30-10:30pm

Midtown Loft & terrace 267 Fifth Avenue @ 29th street

Purchase your picnic basket for two here


Designers are sharing their designs on DIFFA's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! Check out some inspiration!

Here's a sneak peek of MoD Design Guru's picnic.... Farm-chic represents the wheelbarrow to table/picnic experience.  The mood will be set with reclaimed oak, Robert Allen fabrics ( one of the key sponsors) and firefly LED lighting. 




Participating designers includeAntoinette Loupe _ Aesthete & TastemakerArchives IDAtelier nnd/Nicole Dufour DuRocherB+N IndustriesBarbara Fina – Fina Design LLC.Brad Ford IDBryon C. James for House of OasisCheryl UmblesCRD AssociatesDan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey of BHDM DesignDanielle Colding Design, Dustin & Paris, GenslerHollymount Ltd.Homestories,HUBLEY DESIGN INTERIORSHUX HUX DesignInc.Architecture & DesignJennifer Flanders Inc.Jeremiah Brent, Johanna Barger,Jonathan Berger Interior DesignJulie Schuster Design Studio, Kristen Guerrero, Lindsey Coral Harper Interior DesignMatthew David Celebrations, Maurice Assouline – Creativa Design, Mee Tran StudioMichelle Slovak, Design and DecorationMod Design Guru,Nile Johnson Interior DesignPatrick MeleRichard A. Baquero Interior Design Inc.Samantha Knapp for Tigerlily’sSamuel Masters,Simple Dwellings by Elizabeth BrahaThe 3rd Floor LabThink FabricateTina Rachmandani CreativeVANESSA DELEONWest Chin, and Workshop/APD.


Thank you to all the terrific sponsors for the event! Woot woot!






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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Chic Interior Designer Nina Magon

One of my new fave interior designers is Nina Magon, Creative Director of Contour Interior design based in Houston. She is known for her signature contemporary meets glamour style recently seen on Nate Berkus' NBC's American Dream Builders. On the show her memorable spaces were sleek and tailored emphasizing layered detailing. She has impeccable style and I'm giddy to share an interview with Nina today:

laurie perez photography

YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE
CLASSIC MODERN MEETS GLAMOUR


DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION


GOALS YOU SET TO BECOME AN EXPERT AT DESIGNING LUXURY CHIC SPACES
DELIVER UNPRECEDENTED DESIGN


CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING ON AMERICAN DREAM BUILDER
ACCOMPLISH HIGH DESIGN, ORDER & INSTALL IN A VERY SHORT TIME FRAME



LESSONS LEARNED ON AMERICAN DREAM BUILDER
YOU MAY THINK YOU ARE THE BEST, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE WHO IS BETTER, SO BE HUMBLE.



BIGGEST DESIGN IMPACT
LIGHTING 


MOST IMPACTFUL SPACE THAT INSPIRES YOU
OZONE BAR IN THE RITZ CARLTON IN HONG KONG


BEST DESIGN ADVICE YOU FOLLOW WHEN YOU ARE UNDER THE GUN
KEEP IT SIMPLE. FOCUS ON ONE DESIGN ELEMENT AT A TIME


MANTRA YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING BY LATELY
DON'T FIND FAULT, FIND A REMEDY. ANYBODY CAN COMPLAIN - HENRY FORD


Thanks NINa for the interview!

image credits: nbc, laurie perez photography & contour interior design

You can connect with nina magon on her 


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Monday, July 14, 2014

LG STUDIO + NATE BERKUS: Kitchen Renovation Contest



"Life's good," and so is the contest for a complete kitchen renovation with Nate Berkus and LG Studio appliances, the leader in stylish and innovative home appliances! To enter, tell Nate in a video what your personal inspiration would be to incorporate into the design and what you love about LG Studio appliances!  LG Electronics is the leader in stylish and innovative consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. I think this contest is so sweet that I have to enter to win too! Good luck!

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