First off, I want to explain a mistake in a post I did a couple of days ago, which I have since deleted. Apparently, it is unwise to do a post at 1:00 in the morning, especially after a 14 hour flight! As several of you noted, I called Peggy Guggenheim, "Patty"! Bloggers are only human, and as much as I try to edit my posts, sometimes I am a bit blurry eyed! Ok, let's move on.....
Yesterday our schedule started with several incredible speakers, two of which I would like to share with you.
We were fortunate to have Amy Martin of Digital Royalty talk to us about using social media such as facebook, twitter, blogs, etc... to grow your business. I think most of us haven't quite realized how important it is to take advantage of these new venues.
Amy has used social media campaigns to successfully grow Shaquille O'neil's digital brand. Her other clients include the Chicgo White Sox and the Cleveland Indians. I just started following her on twitter. I definitely have some things to learn about tweeting! Thank you Amy.
During the morning, we were also inspired by short presentations given by several of the talented designers in attendance at the summit. One of my favorite talks was given by Interior Designer Suzanne Tucker. Suzanne spoke about her sources of inspiration. She explained how spending time in the gorgeous gardens of the homes in Santa Barbara where she grew up has influenced her work. She also showed us samples of her exquisite new table top line and the mosaics that inspired their design. I was thrilled that Suzanne's discussion also included stories about her beautiful fabric line as well. Stunning!
I was also fortunate enough to talk privately with Suzanne about her new fabric line that she just started designing. She is definitely one busy talented woman! To check out her work click here. To view her new book click here.
After an amazing day, we were off to the Fortuny Factory for cocktails.
Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler, Architect Thomas Kligerman, one our Design Leadership Summit hosts Keith Granet of Granet and Associates, and I taking in all of the beauty of the Fortuny showroom. We were honored to have Barry Dixon give us a tour of the showroom that he designed. The fabric on the walls, the Murano chandelier! Loved it all.
A close up of the wall upholstery and a Fortuny floor lantern.
Every detail throughout the showroom is exquisite!
The space actually feels like a gorgeous paneled library.
Barry Dixon explained that he didn't want to ruin the beautiful fabrics when he hung them, so he used Fortuny designed leather straps that gently clip onto the fabric.
Behind the factory we discovered the stunning gardens...
The whimsical round pool stairs are a wonderful detail.
These are the best looking changing rooms I've ever seen!
Several Fortuny lanterns hung from the trees.
I got to sit next to the talented gorgeous Darryl Carter on the boat ride to the Fortuny Museum.
I'm still working on the post about the dinner. You are going to love it!