New York City…lunch with my cousin…Rue Magazine launch party…Nate Berkus Show…after party at the Collective…ASID Metro NY’s Design Walk…New York Design Center’s What’s New What’s Next…countless visits to design showrooms and shops…
Monday through Thursday was an amazing whirlwind time in the city. By now, if you are connected in any way to design in the blogosphere, you have read countless posts and tweets about the design bloggers’ dream week in New York City for the Nate Berkus Show. Design bloggers came in from all over the country, Canada, the UK and as far as Poland? or was it Finland?
Truly, my brain is still mush in recovery from the jam-packed fun-filled week in the city. And so many bloggers have already posted about their Nate Day experiences that I feel it just might be more of the same.
Se here’s my view in a nutshell… interspersed with some cool photos.
I had the most amazing time thanks to Joy and Janet aka @moggitgirls and Julie aka @creategirl who took a dream and made it real. Thanks to @Nate_Berkus who responded to the dream and invited all the design bloggers to the show. Then Anne Sage and Crystal Gentilello of Rue Magazine were kind enough to invite all of us to their fantastic launch party at the Century Furniture showroom in the New York Design Center.
I met people I would never have had a chance to meet – all in one place, all at one time all a train ride away to the Big Apple. Here are some of us, including my very special guest and dear friend, Jessica Ryan of The Entertaining House. I made unbelievable lasting friendships and all because of a movement on social media. This from the gal who said I would never use a tool that was called Twitter, that it just reminded me of an over-chatty bird and so who could possibly take it seriously…
Speaking of birds, I will now be sitting in my corner eating a healthy dose of crow…join me?
People I met on Twitter who I thought well jeez… that person is on a bit of a downer. Well, in real life they were. People who I met on Twitter and thought this person is just the nicest person in the whole world. Well in real life, if it’s even possible, they were even nicer! Whoa…that just blows my mind. That you can build relationships in 140 characters. I will never tweet with these people again without remembering our time together.
The second amazing gift of the week was the realization that I could let it all go – the housework, cooking dinners, childcare, billing, blogging and the countless other ways entrepreneurs are tied to a computer, blackberry, you name it – so that I could do something special for myself. I missed my family terribly, don’t get me wrong, but I did enjoy “unplugging” for the week and spending long stretches of time learning about design or new places and most especially about new people.
I won’t recount the long to do list for today, but rather I will break it down in to chunks and just keep slowly working on it. Though I woke up late and my first thought was I am so far behind I can’t possibly go to the gym, I took the time for me any way. It all could wait another hour.
The third lesson was that when you are doing what you love, it doesn’t feel at all like work. Because the week in the city was still about work. I was completely immersed in the interior design world for the entire week. And yet it felt like a vacation! That’s a beautiful thing.
So @moggitgirls @creategirl and @Nate_Berkus – when is the sequel? Because yes, even though there were a few small stumbling blocks and things were not just as perfect as many of us envisioned them – isn’t that real life? – I would do it all over again! Just to spend the time, the glorious hours, getting to know each and every design blogger that I met, and some that I did not, face to face.