Year in Review for dvd Interior Design

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Year in Review

Feeling Grateful 

Bye, Bye 2016. I was taking a moment to pause and think about the year in review. I can't believe all that has been accomplished this first year of my Blog. 

One of the best ways to continue growing is to reflect on all we've accomplished in the past.  So I'm taking a look back at 2016 and rounding up some or my best moments of the year.   

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After all that has happened, I am thankful for, new clients who have become friends, and their beautiful projects, opportunities to meet some amazing fellow Designers while on tour attending industry events across the nation, my loving family and friends, and my health.  Here are few nods of pleasantries for 2016. 

This years' highlights included two BlogTours with Modenus. 

Blog tour KBIS ( Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) 
"Kitchen Trends Spotted at KBIS" 

BlogTour ICFF
" Best of ICFF"

What else made 2016 a great year? 

Kitchen Renovation
Room for family fun and healthy living. 
Shoreland Kitchen 
Who lives here: A professional couple and their 2 children and the family dog. 
Location: Old Greenwich, CT
Size: 525 sf
Construction Time: 4 months 

Calm and centered.  This kitchen will be used for family and business.  The homeowner is not only a Yoga instructor, she is also a Food Coach who teaches healthy cooking and offers "Group Detox" sessions within the local community.  With new recipe introductions and sampling meetings from her beautiful Kitchen, this room offers a connection for family, friends, and clients.  Tracy Bechtel Wellness 

I was invited to partner with MomTrends and VTech in NYC to participate in the VTech Nursery Challange.  

Contributing Article
I  penned an article " The Secret Sauce for a Successful and Blissfull Site" for iBlog Magazine, a trusted resource for any blogger.  Read more here.

I hosted a  Brand Awareness Event for Juliska at their Flagship Store in Stamford,  Connecticut. 

Here is my Event re-cap Post:

"Designer and Luxury Lifestyle Event: Fairfield and Westchester Blogger Meetup"

I was part of select group of design bloggers invited by iBlog Magazine to attend the 2nd annual HGTV Blogger Event in NYC featuring Emily Henderson, Esty, Young House Love, Handmade Charlotte and more. 

Contributing Article
My article " Top 10 Design Trends at KBIS" was featured by NKBA Magazine offering all the details of the market week and hot new products presented in Las Vegas! 
It's nice to be noticed. 

Event recap
We attended NY Now, one of the biggest show in the gifts and homewares industry at the Javits Center in New York City in August.  For brands outside NYC this is a huge opportunity to get their products into the marketplace.  It is an extensive show and always full of the newest products, and the latest trends.  

Enjoy this little video of some of my favorite finds. 

Interior Design Business reflections:
I have also had a few business reflections from 2016, that I hope not to repeat ever again! 

  • Always have a contract before you proceed.
  • Everyone is your friend when they think they can get it for free.  Don't work for free. 
  • Always have a retainer for services before you proceed. 
  • Stop working if the employer/ client is not paying. (No ticky, no laundry.) You must have a strategy in place for money situations.  You never want to have your business in a difficult place do to money collection issues. 
  • Activate your social media = activate your relationships and business. 

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