Several weeks back, I was lucky to be invited to attend the Better Homes and Gardens “Stylemaker” event, along with about 70 other home decor, fashion and food bloggers from around the US and Canada.
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It was held at the Gramercy Park Hotel, in Manhattan. This is a foyer.
The hotel was gorgeous, top to bottom.
day one BHG Stylemaker event
Many of the events were held on the roof deck, which was next door to this amazing space, decked out by one of the event sponsors, Crate & Barrel.
Check out the ceiling…dangling lightbulbs. Hundreds of them. It was fantastic.
Just off this room was
a living wall made and shipped cross country by PlantedDesign.com
Of course, being Better Homes and Gardens, the food and displays were gorgeous.
Almost too pretty to eat.
Being NYC, everything was also quite healthy.
Luckily, I stashed some Gummi Bears in my purse….shhhhhh.
The drinks were also gorgeous.
The best part, by far, was the people.
ABOVE and BELOW (Left to Right)
BELOW (Left to Right)
The team from BHG had a day full of fantastic seminars for us.
Including a keynote by chef, author and Top Chef judge, Padma Lakshmi. Her new book is called The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs.
At the cocktail hour, we were lucky enough to be served a gorgeous drink she created. It was unbelievable.
BELOW (Left to Right):
BELOW (Left to Right):
The shot below was taken by my friend, Charlotte, and I think it sums up the whole event very well.
crate and barrel private shopping event
The following morning, we got treated to breakfast and some private shopping at the flagship Crate and Barrel.
President and Chief Merchant, Steve “Woody” Woodward spent a lot of time with us throughout the event, and spoke with us again at the store.
Below: “I’m looking at you, but I REALLY am thinking about this ham and cheese biscuit…”
spending time in the city
The hubs took a train up to meet me and we spent the weekend hanging out in the city.
Saw Kinky Boots on Broadway. GREAT show.
Went to the New York Public Library,
hung out in Bryant Park.
Went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art…twice.
See that guy? I met him at the MET. I call him Voldemort.
Ate pizza. Of course!
My favorite part? Door shopping. Some people “window shop” but I prefer doors 😉 I could walk my way through the city taking pictures of beautiful doors…for weeks on end. Someone should start a blog, if they haven’t already, just called “Doors of New York”.
Thanks again, Better Homes and Gardens. It’s always inspiring to be in the midst of such creative people. And, of course, it was a great excuse to break out some of my fancy heels that I hoard, but rarely have the reason to wear these days.