Blogfest Recap Day 1

Wow,  it has been a fun and busy week and a half.  I attended Trade Secrets, a fundraiser for Women’s Support Services (WSS), which started 12 years ago in Bunny Williams’ backyard.   Then I was off to Blogfest in New York City for three days.    After returning from Blogfest, I helped my son prepare for his prom Thursday and attended his graduation Sunday.  Needless to say,  I haven’t been thrifting for my usual post, but have some great photos of the events to share with you for the next few days.

Blogfest 2012, is the second annual New York City design event hosted by Kravet Inc.  This amazing event brings together editors from top design and lifestyle magazines, top brands and  industry designers and celebrities.  The kickoff was at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House and was  hosted by Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest. The design show house benefits the Kips Boys and Girls Club which provides children services, giving children a safe place to play and grow after school.

In its 40th year,  the Kips Bay show house this year occupies two adjacent duplex residences at The Aldyn – a modern, luxury high rise overlooking the Hudson River.  There are 31 decorators participating in this year’s show house.  They used their talents to transform an empty white space into beautiful and fanciful living spaces.   The two spectacular residences on view are  listed for $15.9M and $16.9M and boast six bedrooms, panoramic views of the city, private swimming pools and terrace.

We mingled with Architectural Digest staff and designers, connected with bloggers and made new friends.

 Designer: Alexa Hampton 
Todd Alexander Romano’s dining room.   Walls painted an eggplant color, accessorized with slabs of amethyst geode cathedrals and  a breath taking  faceted 1960s Italian mirror.
  In his first show house Brian Del Toro‘s study  hit a home run.   (Do you recognize the candle sticks in my previous post?) 
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Le Bureau Privé (The Private Office) designed by  Raji Radhakrishnan: a photo that Raji took herself at the Met and had blown up to create the mural   (photo credit: Trevor Tondro of The New York Times)

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 Foyer by Bryant Keller Interiors , chic in a red Scalamandre wallpaper designed by Flora Scalamandre in the 1940s and patterned with leaping zebras. (photo credit: Trevor Tondro of The New York Times) 

Next, we were transported by bus to the Savant Experience Center in Soho.  A cocktail party hosted by Thom Filicia awaited us in the 8,000 square foot center designed by him.   Apple based control and automation technology in the 8,000 square foot center was incorporated into  Thom’s gorgeous designed rooms.  The idea is genius.  Savant  provides the ability to shop and experiencing technology in a beautiful home setting.


This inviting high tech bathroom had a t.v. mounted on the beautiful wood doors.

The night was still young so we headed to the after party at the  Savior Beds showroom.  The walk to the showroom brought happy thoughts growing up within a few blocks of Soho.


I met some new blogging friends and we stopped by for a cupcake and coffee at Georgetown Cupcakes, a great end to an already delightful day.  Special thanks to Kravet for all their hard work.

  Thanks for stopping by.



About Ivy de Leon

From decorating and home staging to entertaining and gardening, I enjoy bringing traditional style to each project. I love to combine new and vintage market finds to create elevated and inviting spaces for today's modern lifestyle. CONTACT: IVY@IVYDELEON.COM
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