Let's face it -- blogging is tough. Between fulltime jobs and, well, life, keeping up with Ms. I-Blog-For-A-Living Jones can sometimes feel like a moment of defeat. But every now and then, a jolt of inspiration comes along, or a chance to approach design in a whole new way.
This week's inspiration? BlogFest 2012.
New York's rainy season has been unrelenting, but there were plenty of sunny hues to take in at our first stop on the BlogFest tour -- the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
Located in a swanky piece of NYC real estate called The Aldyn (where New York Knick Carmelo Anthony is said to have scooped up four units last year) the show house featured the amazing interior stylings of people like Bunny Williams, Thom Filicia and Scott Sanders.
The cozy bi-level digs were brimming with inspired design at every turn. From a baby nursery with the most amazing tufted crib to a full-out Missoni moment by design firm Coffinier Ku that featured Missoni's signature chevron pattern in a headboard, seating area and on the inset of a bathroom door.
Another room, by designer Lynne Scalo, warmed our metallic-loving hearts with its bright gold coffee table and silver leather lounger. Hanging above it were portraits of American icons Andy Warhol and Steve Jobs embellished with the words "Business" and "Art." (Check out which label went with which.)
We told you how we kicked off BlogFest on Sunday and that moment came full circle when designer Darryl Carter took to the stage for a panel discussion with Veranda magazine's editor-in-chief, Dara Caponigro and fellow designer Timothy Whealon yesterday.
Our Twitter followers know how inspiring it was for us to hear these men talk about ditching corporate careers for more creative endeavors, and how they were able to launch into the design world by having their own homes featured in a magazine.
But the highlight for us visually was the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House on Manhattan's west side. The space consists of two condo apartments outfitted by ten designers the magazine loves.
Our favorite was Katie Leedes bedroom, designed for who she says it the globe-trotting recent college graduate whose mom offers her free reign on designing the space in exchange for her returning back home.
From mail order catalogs, she culled jewel-toned items with global flair and even set out macarons and tea to match.
Out back, designer Michael Tavano made magic of a small-ish NYC patio space with a lounging and dining area, weatherproof velvet pillows and geometric terrariums. Swoon!
Check out the designer's sketches, here, and stay tuned for our final round of highlights from BlogFest 2012!