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Mirror Image Home: The Fairest of Them All!

We sought out to find the right collection of mirrors that could be the perfect eye-pulling center piece–not just above a bathroom sink, but in a bedroom or living space:

Mirror Image Home’s annual collaboration with industry leading designers offers fantastic collections, but this year have been some of our absolute favorites! Check out our highlights:

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Michael S. Smith sought out to create a collection of mirrors that was “accessible, yet sophisticated,” and indeed he did! We can definitely see ourselves using these in California costal residences AND in more commercial spaces. The versatility of these mirrors might be our favorite thing about them!

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Bunny William’s wanted to exemplify her eclectic, cultured taste in her mirror collection and we can definitely see her well-traveled influences in these inspired pieces. The Bunny Williams mirrors are perfect for intimate spaces like bedrooms so the detail on the mirrors can be fully appreciated.

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Barclay Butera describes mirrors as being “jewelry for the room,” framing their subjects best qualities. In designing his collection, he was greatly concerned with crafting designs that were both masculine and feminine. Because Mirror Image Home has a wide range of manufacturing capabilities Barclay was able to create a myriad of styles that go seamlessly with a variety of lifestyles. From slick city metals and rustic distressed wood to sophisticated lacquers, it’s one of our favorite and most overwhelming collaborations to shop!

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Additional wall décor from Mirror Image Home includes framed art, specimen shadow boxes, and custom sized square and rectangle mirrors. Custom finishes such as color lacquer and metallic leafing are also available.  For more information visit: www.mirrorimagehome.com

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5 Favorites in Outdoor Furniture

Things are really heating up around here and we are ridiculously ready for summer!  We’ve got our favorite shades on, a glass of cucumber lemonade and music playing – it’s time to kick back and relax, my friends.

As you know, we are BIG on indoor / outdoor living, and we are seeing some great designs that are exciting this season.

Tommy Bahama Outdoor Furniture

Tommy Bahama Outdoor Furniture has taken woven wicker to a whole new level by bringing these typically indoor styles to the outdoors.  This collection feels so fresh – the light and beachy feel, the fluid movement of the table base and these chair styles that I’ve loved so much for living rooms but have never seen for the patio.  Nice job, Tommy!

 

Lamps Plus (Yes Lamps Plus has furniture!) has a great selection of outdoor pieces in various styles, including this play off the traditional outdoor wicker settee, giving it a more relaxed and modern feel with it’s shape, open weave and grey tones.  We’ll take 2!

 

Jaipur offers up plenty of bright and colorful graphic indoor/outdoor rugs, pillows and poufs that we love to use in our projects.  You can keep a neutral backdrop and change these out for a fresh look each season!   It’s a great way to create a new look without breaking the bank.

 

Much to our delight, last fall we discovered that Made Goods now has outdoor furniture!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Their pieces are so much fun and really make a space feel special.

 

If you want something straight out of a resort, Zuo Mod has the hot stuff you’re looking for.  This Martinique daybed is regal, relaxing and a little exotic.  Just our summer style!

we are constantly impressed by how many new and exciting things come to market each season and we are really looking forward to the next few months.  Whether you come home inspired by your summer vacation or you want to create your own oasis at home, there are so many options out there.  Let loose, have fun and let the summer fiestas begin!

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We Went Camping on La Cienega

As expected, Legends of La Cienega 2014 was a well organized, heavily attended, designer dream event in the heart of Los Angeles’ designer playground – La Cienega.  We gathered to celebrate designer legend, Gina Berschneider’s 40 years in business.

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 With the branding expertise of Aaron Danzig of William Sonoma and the legal acumen of Henry Lien, we entertained our Campers in true Kelli and Lori fashion!

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Lori and Kelli either singing a duet and adding pearls of wisdom

Wine, cheese, information, inspiration and laughter is how we do it – and a huge THANK YOU to all our attendees.

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Henry Lien entertaining Campers with fun legal facts

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Typhanie Pearson , Allan Dallatorre (LA MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF) and Jeanne Chung (Cozy Stylish Chic Blog)

We are expecting standing room only – we can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas in July! Be sure to get a seat early and register for our BEST camp yet.

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Showered with Elegance!

Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers

Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers

Full of Southern charm and talent for days, the lovely and elegant Jan Showers graced us with her presence in Los Angeles. We mingled with Jan, coveted and her gorgeous jacket and got her beautiful book signed…The handsome man pictured is fantastic Patrick Dragonette, Dragonette Ltd has become one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid 20th-century design, including furniture, art and accessories, and has made a name for itself as a go-to source for designers across the country. Located on famed La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, Patrick has become the goto for everything fabulous. We are delighted to have him in join us Las Vegas, sharing the his massive wealth of information!

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Camp Counselors Lori Dennis, Patrick Dragonette, Jan Showers and Kelli Ellis at Harbinger, Los Angeles.

 

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Interior Design Camp Orange County was a hit!

We are still buzzing from Interior Design Camp Orange County at the Laguna Design Center!  Each and every camp we learn something new and are filled with a fresh spark of enthusiasm.  This was our biggest and best camp yet (164!) and we’re so grateful to everyone who attended – Counselors, Campers and Sponsors.  You are all so amazing and YOU are what makes this event great!

This camp brought a theme of Passion and Positioning to our world of design.  Passion for what gets you out of bed in the morning, excites and drives you.  And Positioning your business, brand and marketing and how this all feeds back into your ultimate success.

Like everyone else, our brains were overflowing with so many ideas and inspiration, and our cheeks were sore from all the smiling and laughing.  We watched as connections were made, ah-ha sparks were lit and as camper Monica Nordquist said, had “a bonfire lit under me”.

Our line-up of incredible speakers this camp included the Design Elite Kathryn M IrelandTimothy CorriganNathan Turner, Adam Japko (Digital Sherpa), Cliff FongBarbara Deckmeyer, Katy Garrett (Connexion Software), Phil Pallen, Bill Indursky (Design Life Network), Julie Thigpen (Belle Maison), Paloma Contreras (La Dolce Vita), Builder John Finton, Pamela Jaccarino (Editor-in-Chief ofLuxe Interiors+Design), Jason Clark of HansgroheChristopher Kennedy, Christian May (Maison21), Tracy Burge and Julie Arcelay (Sub-Zero Wolf), Jeff Andrews, Brian Van Gorder (BVG PR), Rich Pedine (RP PR), Aaron Danzig (Williams-Sonoma), Jennifer Convy, and Penelope Francis.  Amazing!

The Opening Night Party, hosted by Sub-Wolf Zero was incredible and we had a wonderful time (despite the Southern California rain – what?)  P.S. We can’t wait to visit their huge new showroom in Orange County soon!

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Adam Japko talking about our Design Tribe

Two of the most uplifting and inspiring speakers and friends, Christopher Kennedy and Timothy Corrigan
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Decide, Commit, Succeed

Do we feel like getting up at 5AM and doing 30 minutes of squats followed by 18 minutes of sit ups? Not really. Do we want to ballroom dance until our toes bruise and feet ache? Nope. But we know it’s going to give us the body we want and the first place trophy, so we commit and move forward.

Being a successful interior designer takes the same kind of dedication. It means being able to master budgeting, time management, marketing, scheduling, designing, inventory, installations, public relations, networking, administration, project management, client relations, HR, the list goes on. A lot of days, it feels just like waking up at 5AM to do an excruciating workout or 4 hours of Tango. Having a coach with a proven track record will give you the confidence to tackle your task, knowing that 5 minutes in you will feel the same level of satisfaction in your journey that we feel when we commit to our training goals.

Design Camp is that coach, actually it’s many top level coaches (who we lovingly refer to as Camp Counselors) motivating you and giving you the guidance you need to meet your career goals and SUCCEED. And although Design Camp is a lot fun, it is a financial, emotional and time investment that is sometimes difficult or even scary to make, but absolutely necessary to stay inspired and get what you want out of your interior design business.

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Design Camp Counselors Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis

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Design Camp Counselor Barry Dixon w/ top designers Lisa Mende and Kandrac & Kole

So, like our coaches ask of us everyday, we invite you to DECIDE, COMMIT and SUCCEED on your professional course. We promise that if you join us at Design Camp, YOU WILL SEE RESULTS. And it may not even take you 5 minutes with us to become overjoyed, realizing that your journey to success has begun.

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Design Camp Counselors Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Lori Dennis

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Design Camp Counselors Mitra Morgan Joss & Main and Jillian St. Charles HGTV

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Design Camp Counselors Kelli Ellis, Pam Jaccarino EIC of Luxe Magazine and Lori Dennis

Our next camp is in Orange County, California on October 9-11 at the Laguna Design Center. Bring a friend and save $500.

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Design Camp Orange Coutny Giveaways!

Who doesn’t love a great Giveaway?

Not only will you walk away from Design Camp feeling totally inspired and over-flowing with new ideas to catapult your business to the next level, but you could leave with a beautiful gift from one of our sponsors!  We can’t wait to see what they have to offer, and here are just a handful of goodies up for grabs.

 

Each camp, Hans Grohe does an interactive design challenge where the winner receives a Radiance Hand Shower.  We’re not lying when we tell you this is the best shower we’ve ever had.  It’s like heaven is raining down on our heads!

This elegant book, Charlotte Moss Decorates, or a stunning Gilt Twist Accent Table could be in your hot little hands, courtesy of Currey & Company.

 

Jaipur not only offers beautiful products, but their philosophy on social responsibility rings close to my heart.  They are giving back to the hard working and talented communities who are helping to create these rugs, and empowering them to find better financial and social stability.  And you may have a piece of these creations in your own home if you’re a lucky winner!

 

 

Arteriors has just joined in and will be offering something just as lovely as ever.  We love Arteriors!

Soicher Marin has promised to bring something brand new and exciting to camp and we’re dying to see what it is!

Our Sponsor Give-Aways keep getting better and better.  It’s the icing on the cake when you head home after a few great days at Design Camp!

We can’t wait to see your pretty faces in Orange County this October!
Register Today, seats are seriously filling FAST … 

XO, Lori and Kelli

 Bring a Friend and Save $500

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Timothy Corrigan restores Chateau du Grand-Luce

Award winning designer, Timothy Corrigan, restores a French National Landmark in this trailer for his upcoming book, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé, (Rizzoli New York, 2013.)

We are delighted to have Timothy speaking at Design Camp Orange County about his fantastic career and inspirations. Please enjoy this little teaser detailing his painstaking and gorgeous restoration. His stunning book is set to be released August 13th. Come get your signed copy at Camp!

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Design Campus is Here!

Design Campus has been up and running for just over 24 hours and we’re already flooded with positive feedback an hundreds sign ups!  We’re so excited for everyone because we know how valuable this information is and we’ve heard how it’s transformed careers.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to make it to one of our Design Camps, this is a perfect way for you to take an online workshop in whatever topic interests you.  Our leading design speakers give you the latest tips and resources on Business, Social Media, Getting Published, Trends, Lighting, Kitchen and Bath and more!

 

If you’ve already attended one of our design camps and just want more or would like a refresher, here’s your chance.  As promised, Design Campus is a place to connect or reconnect with other passionate designers and business owners.  This is an honest, open and relaxed forum for everyone to share, ask questions, get answers – all in a supportive environment.

Your membership includes unlimited access to our entire library filled with instructional presentations, interviews with top expert interior designers, strategies to bring your business to the next level and more.

This could be you, but in front of your computer wearing PJs!

As a taster in these next few days, we’re offering membership for just $1!  WHAT?!  You’ll have instant access to exclusive videos from interior design experts from around the world!  After that,  it’s just $27 per month and feel free to cancel any time.

Don’t forget, our next Design Camp is October 9-11 in Orange County, CA – and I promise you, it’s gonna be GOOOOOOD!!!  Early Bird registration opens July 8 ($500 off baby!) and we’d love to see you there!

We’re so happy to be a part of this with you and can’t wait to hear how Design Camp and Design Campus have changed your life!