Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NYC

We spent a few days in one of our favorite cities last week for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Whenever we visit New York, the time always flies by and the design, culture, views and food keep us hungry for more.

Those in our industry know AD is a powerhouse in the design and editorial world so we were confident the annual tradeshow wouldn’t disappoint. A few trends we noticed this year — Color, Texture and Pattern! We were at the show on the first day of spring and the designers exhibiting embraced the season with gorgeous floral displays, bright color combinations (from kitchen appliances to pillow fabric) and innovative pattern mixing.

The photo below is a collage from the Dining by Design event sponsored by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). This was the 15th-annual fundraiser showcasing more than 40 inventive tabletop installations devised by leaders in the design community. This year, the event raised $650,000 and featured table designs by Ralph Lauren, Diane von Frustenberg and other noteworthy designers. A few of our favorite design blogs covered the event and you can check out more photos of these gorgeous table designs and booths at Quintessence, Cozy Stylish Chic and Sarah Sarna.

The second photo is a gorgeous art display by House of LMD. Can you believe there are 2,500 roses!?!

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We also noticed a trend toward compact appliances and furniture for smaller spaces. Blue Star launched an oven for city dwellers and Bertazzoni unveiled a new suite of 24-inch compact appliances, including wall ovens and cooktops ideally suited for small spaces. There were aisles and aisles  of gorgeous furniture, art pieces, and home accessories that proved  you can incorporate smart, beautiful design regardless of the size of your home.

We had a great time at the show and enjoyed meeting industry bloggers, Veronika with Modenus and other designers at Marys and Mimosas!

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While in New York, we also had the opportunity to visit the Materials Connexion Library – a global materials consultancy and library of innovative and sustainable materials. Have you ever been? It is amazing! The members-only library helps companies innovate and gives them access to global material sources. They feature sustainable materials to guide environmentally responsible material solutions and are the experts on materials in development and untapped technologies. It really is a brilliant place and we were amazed by how many designers and manufacturers they brought together, such as Nike, Disney, Starbucks and hundreds others.

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And finally, we were also able to enjoy ourselves a little and take in the beautiful city! Until next time, New York!

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Happy Tasty (Fat) Tuesday!

In celebration of Fat Tuesday, we rounded-up a few decadent, gluttonous recipes that we’ve been dying to try! What’s your favorite calorie-laden recipe? Below are links and mouth-watering photos that will be hard to resist…

New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets via Delish.com

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies via Shugary Sweets

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Rosemary Meyer Lemon Drop via Jill Silverman Hough

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Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya via Brown Eyed Baker

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White Peach and Blueberry Crumble via Drizzle

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Guinness Burger with Irish Cheddar and Bacon via Garnish With Lemon

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