For the past few years, the Decoration and Design Building (DDB) has hosted a number of recognized bloggers in the Go Design Go Bloggers Lounge during the semi-annual market. This year, a select group of eight bloggers, each of whom applied to be part of the new Blog Ambassador program, will report on the happenings and highlights of the two-day market via their design blog and social media channels.
“There are a lot of exciting things to look forward to during our upcoming Fall Market, and we couldn't be happier that these eight individuals will be front and center at the DDB throughout the two days of market, serving as our blog ambassadors and reporting on all that's happening,” said Kate Jerde, marketing director for the DDB. “They will enjoy a number of privileges, including VIP seating at all of our keynotes and the in-showroom programs, special access to those participating in the events, and an all-access pass to the Niedermaier Media Lounge, among other things.”
Here’s a look at the Fall Market Blog Ambassadors:
Hamilton is a tastemaker, interior designer, blogger, writer, humorist and activist living and working in Manhattan. His blog features residential makeovers and interior design industry coverage. In his design work, Hamilton demonstrates his signature “Invest, Save & Splurge” approach, creating environments that are functional, comfortable, and highly expressive of each client. He’s appeared on HGTV, HouseBeautiful.com, TheKitchn.com and Ohdeedoh.com, and is a contributor to ApartmentTherapy.com, where he won the first “Smallest, Coolest Home” contest. He also won the first Bloomingdale’s “Big Window Challenge.” Hamilton spearheaded “It Gets Better: NYC Designing Men,” and he writes for Bilericoproject.com and Huffington Post Gay Voices.
“It’s exceptionally rewarding to help make someone’s home beautiful, functional for them, and a place they love to be,” he said. “Plus, the New York interior design community is so generous, so charitable, and so hard-working, it’s an honor to be part of it.”
As the principal of Carrie Leskowitz Interiors, a small boutique firm in Philadelphia, Leskowitz calls upon restraint and a keen eye for detail to allow her to articulate a relevant, sophisticated environment specific to each client and their lifestyle. With a background in fashion and psychology, her motto is "a dash of drama goes a long way." Her blog organically began almost three years ago. It has enriched her life and career in ways she could have never imagined. With a viewership of over seven million monthly visitors, Philly.com recently named Leskowitz one of its new voice contributors.
“Sometimes you don't choose a career, it choses you,” she said. “That's how I feel about the business of design. I love that every job presents a new set of challenges, a new education and chance for collaboration. Of course, the self-satisfaction I feel from a happy client means the world!”
Founded and authored by Manhattan-based interior designer Tina Ramchandani, Life in Sketch is a design blog with an emphasis on interiors. With over eight years of experience in the industry, Ramchandani has an eye for well-designed spaces and novel products with great design. Life in Sketch's mission is to share unique perspectives on interior design and tips of the trade as related to products and practices, and to help every reader discover great design and inspire them to create a luxurious, stylish home for themselves.
“As an interior designer I'm inspired by everything around me,” she said. “I'm fortunate enough to see some of the most beautiful spaces and best products in the industry. Being surrounded by creative design makes every day better and motivates me greatly.”
Written by Manhattan-based interior designer Sarah Sarna, Live The Life You Dream About is a lifestyle blog with a focus on style, interiors, fashion, New York, and life. The blog is centered on Sarna’s belief that interior design is about embracing life and how you want to live it. This November marks the two-year anniversary of Sarah’s eponymous firm, Sarah Sarna Interior Design, as well as her design blog. Prior to that, Sarna honed her expertise with long-established New York firms Shawn Henderson and Pembrooke & Ives.
“Every day in design is fueled by passion, solution-orientation, and inspiration," she said. “I love what I do.”
Samantha Snowden is the blog editor for Go Design Go, the Cohen Design Centers' passport to the world of design, which covers news, events, product and collection launches, and much more at each of the four Cohen Design Centers across the country. She is also the associate editor of news and events for Editor at Large, the daily media of record for the high-end residential interior design industry. Prior to joining Go Design Go and Editor at Large, Snowden interned at the Daily News, Westchester Home magazine, and REDBOOK, where she realized her love of both interiors and writing. She graduated with a BA in Journalism from SUNY Purchase College in 2012.
“Working on the editorial side of the design industry constantly inspires me, and the best part is how much I learn on a daily basis,” she said. “Mostly, I love the people behind the industry, and I love to write about them and allow their story to be told.”
Barbara Viteri provides practical solutions to interior designers running a boutique-style business.
“What I love most about working in the design industry is working directly with designers that change the style of how this industry works,” she said. “The creative eye of an interior designer can make the biggest impact on this industry alone. I love that style!”
Jessica Wong is a lifestyle blogger, designer and social media consultant living in the Big Apple. Chronicling the daily musings of a 20-something New Yorker, Fish's Philosophy is Wong’s “little black book.” With a background in interior design, Wong uses her blog to report on and feature the very best in design, travel, fashion, love, and culture. Her favorite quote of all time is "the sky is the limit."
“It is the best job in the world, to wake up and go to work to be creative and get paid for it,” she said. “You see, design is not all about the art and the pretty things, but the excitement and energy that the finished products bring to the world. And my job as a blogger is to present the designs at a very different angle to the audience, in a creative way!"
Founder and Principal of Lisa Mende Design, Lisa Mende is hailed for creating classic interiors with a delightfully modern vibe. Over the course of 15 years, she’s built a vibrant practice, working on homes, commercial businesses, and historic properties, as well as Traditional Home’s Show House. On her blog, she shares design advice, personal projects, industry events, new products, industry innovations, and regular features on well-known designers. Mende has won the High Point International Furniture Market Style Spotter Contest in 2012, was an invited member of Blogtour London with Modenus, and is a curator for Joss & Main.
“What I enjoy most about working in the design industry is having the advantage of being on the cutting edge of new trends, colors, furniture, fabrics, and wallpapers,” she said. “When I shop the markets for new merchandise, I get so excited when I find fresh new designs for clients’ homes.”
Fall Market takes place Tuesday, October 1, and Wednesday, October 2, and will feature four keynote presentations, as well as book signings, showroom events, new product introductions and cocktail parties.
The official Media Lounge for the bloggers during Fall Market will be located in the Niedermaier showroom. Here, bloggers will recharge, grab a snack and do exclusive interviews with Fall Market panelists and guests.