Last month I returned to New York for the Architectural Digest Home Show--one of my favorite trade shows of all time. For some of us, the show is partially a writer/blogger/design nut reunion and partially an annual primer in where both practical and aspirational design is headed. To me, this is one of the few large-scale design trade events in the United States that pays proper homage to what really draws each individual in to the pleasures of aesthetics. The corporate conglomerate is on the same floor as the mixed-media artist who is working his or her way through local and regional galleries. It's a perfect and exhausting blend that I hope will keep the same constitution through the years.

Over the next few weeks I'll be highlighting some of the people and brands I scouted in March, but in the meantime here's a visual summary of the show experience.


Lori Morris Design provided a visual display that stopped everyone in their tracks. The display's centerpiece was an amazing floral design by Preston Bailey, which was a testament to "art for the sake of the good and the beautiful," to borrow from George Sand, the 19th century French writer.

The Marys & Mimosas media and blogger event, sponsored by Modenus, has become an AD Show tradition. Writers and bloggers are invited to kick the show off with a cocktail at 10am, before the floor opens to the trade and the public. What a way to start a day!

Veronika Miller (far right), the force behind Modenus, has a way of making everyone feel as though she's known them forever. This unique trait has brought so many design bloggers together into a chain of friendship that spans the globe thanks to the brand's BlogTour, which is currently having a ball in Milan.

This was Andrew Madvin's first time showing   Axiom Glass   at the AD Show, and his work was a huge hit.

This was Andrew Madvin's first time showing Axiom Glass at the AD Show, and his work was a huge hit.

Happy Mother's Day to me? (hint, hint

Happy Mother's Day to me? (hint, hint

Alison Cooley; Luctor Et Emergo; watercolor on paper; 22 x 30 inches. image via

If you're looking for resources to build your art collection, bookmark The Tappan Collective, an online platform started by University of Michigan alumna Jordan Klein and Chelsea Neman. The duo has built an impressive reputation for connecting promising emerging artists with collectors who have discerning eyes and intelligent taste.

This year I was introduced to Gaggenau for the first time via an industry party/cooking demonstration the company was kind enough to invite me to. The German kitchen appliance brand celebrates a "return to traditional production methods, linked to a quest for original authentic food is becoming an important influence in the culinary world." The culinary demonstration and tasting by Chef Mark Ladner (Del Posto) was as wonderful to taste as it was to see, and I now have a brand on the brain that celebrates the ways in which many genres of the arts intersect in the quest for quality and careful thought.

Hopefully these images whet your appetite for more to come!

All photographs are my own unless othewise noted