Well, it has certainly been a busy few weeks here at the home offices (and/or the laptop next to my bed) of Tartanscot. All told, there were more than 175 entries in the holiday decorating contest. Many more than I had anticipated . . . though, I can't say with any certainty that I was anticipating anything specific - lol.
So, in the traditions of the great talent shows, I'll provide a little entertainment to distract you whilst the judges are 'backstage' tallying votes. So, just click 'play' and let's review our panel of celebrity judges.
So let me re-introduce, in no particular order . . .
I had the pleasure of spending an evening in Anne's delightful company
during what could have been one of the most stressful nights of my life.
Anne, from Rue Magazine, was at my home (along with a photographer,
the photographer's assistant, a videographer, and 5 of my friends) for
our photo shoot for the holiday issue of Rue. Her calm manner kept the evening productive
and her great style made the photos even better than I could imagine.
I love her fun, bohemian, and openly girlie sense of style - and was so
excited that she could bring her specific point of view to the contest.
Grant is one of those people who I feel like I've always known, even though I
think we both remember the first time we actually met one another. Just about
two years ago - and laughing over our common bond of a love of fabulous rain boots - lol.
Grant's work shows his clear love of classic, traditional design. And
we still compare rain boot stories - during the ever-dreary SF winters.
I was flying into LA for a design event. And Megan and I had been chatting online
through our blogs for several months - and decided that we would have breakfast when I landed
in LA and meet "IRL" (in real life!) What followed was an almost 14 hour day of laughing,
sharing, and talking with someone who felt like an old friend from childhood - though I'd
only seen for the first time that morning.
She has a great 'beach girl' style - and a great outlook on her life and on design as well.
Actually, Michael and I have never met - though we have numerous friends in common - as
well as a true love of classic design and beautiful gardens. In fact, it was images of Michael's
gardens at his home in New York that made me sure that we could be friends!
I'm so pleased that he was game for being a judge - and I'm looking forward to
meeting Michael in the new year.
Prolific writer. Great sense of humor. And good friend. I remember finding
Ronda's great blog for the first time. And much to my surprise, at our first meeting, she
told me that she remembered the first time that 'tartanscot' had commented on her blog. As with
so many of the other judges, Ronda and I have become great friends. Ronda sees design
from a great critical perspective - and I'm so pleased thatshe could take
time from her schedule to help out.
Yet another of our panel who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting. If you ever need
to look for an example of how best to integrate social media into your design business,
you couldn't find a better case study than Tobi. A fiercely creative designer.
An amazing presence on the web. And yet another southerner amongst
the group. You only need to visit Tobi's blog to see her great love of the holidays -
and her brilliant love of colour.