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Off to have some fun with Nate Berkus!

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Greetings my fellow design lovers!  I hope you are having a marvelous Monday!  I am writing today’s post from 30,000 feet up in the sky.  I’m off to New York City for a whirl wind trip for the Nate Berkus show. The taping is tomorrow.  He’s invited design bloggers from all over the country to be a part of the taping.  I’m so excited to meet this fabulous group of design devotees & see what he has in store for us.  Many of them I’ve known for quite some time, but have never actually met in real life.  Isn’t it funny how social media can make this such a small world?

Tonight I will be attending the launch party for the amazing new on-line magazine rue founded by Crystal Gentilello & Anne Sage.  Have you checked it out yet?  If you haven’t, you really must head over there & peruse the pages filled with tons of interior eye candy.  The first issue hit the web on September 16th.  rues premiere issue features two of my favorite designers & fellow bloggers, Tobi Fairley & Julia Buckingham Edelmann of Material Girls.  You’ll get an insider’s look at Julia’s magnificent home in Chicago.  She has the most stunning piece in her entry way to graciously greet her guests.  Trust me, you will eat it up!

Also, going on this week in NYC is the New York Design Center’s “What’s New, What’s Next?” event.  This is like a preview “Fashion Week” for the home furnishings & interiors industry.  Designers & manufacturers will be giving us a sneak peek at their new introductions & collections before we can see them at market in High Point in October.  I’ve been chatting Mark Moussa (President of Arteriors) and Erin Davis of Global Views on the plane & they’ve both indicated that this event will be nothing short of fabulous.

I will be tweeting all about what’s happening, so make sure to follow me on twitter.

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I got that Boom Boom Pow!

For that boom boom pow, you need to head on over to the Standard Hotel in New York City in the ultra-hip newly re-invented Meat Packing District.  I stayed there on a recent trip with some fellow interior designers to the city.  I’ve heard so much buzz about it since returning home, that I thought I’d share my experience, particularly what happens on the 18th floor.

This is the reason I named this post “I got that Boom Boom Pow”.  The hotel features a VERY trendy, uber-exclusive & celebrity packed nightclub on it’s 18th floor called “The Boom Boom Room”.  Some critics have dubbed it the new “Studio 54”.  That’s how chic it is.  Madonna, Jude Law, Lindsay Lohan, Donna Karen, Tory Bruch, Calvin Klein & Bon Jovi were just a few of the big name celebs who attended their grand opening.

Jesus Luz & Madonna at the opening
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Dorothea & Jon Bon Jovi at the opening
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Tory Burch at the opening
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We had all been dying to get in to check out the swanky establishment.  For the celebs?  For the drinks?  No, no!  As designers, we had heard the interior finish out of the bar was absolutely to die for.  We just wanted to take a peek.  The bouncer at the door apparently didn’t care about our eagerness to check out the architecture.  “Are you on the list?” he asked.  “Um, no.  We’re hotel guests & we’d like to check out the design” we say with a smile.  Denied.  (at least for the time being…)

As fate would have it, we met Tyson Beckford (who was one of the coolest celebs I’ve ever met! For being one of the most famous male super models, he was insanely personable & very cool to talk with!) during our dinner at Bagatelle (you must dine there when in NYC!) & then ran into him again on his way to the Boom Boom Room.  He asked us if we were going & with a look of defeat, we explained what happend.  He told us to come with him.  Seconds later, we were in the elevator with Tyson & his crew on our way up to get our very own  glimpse of what we had heard so much about.

A-maz-ing!!!  The scene & be seen bar boasts floor to ceiling windows which offer 360 degree views of NYC as well as the Hudson River.  The rumors were confirmed… the architecture & finish out WERE to die for!  It had a very “Rat Pack” feel to me.  It’s mid-century modern meets old Hollywood.  From the upholstered private booths to the stunning main bar, there was plenty of eye candy even without all of the celebs to fill the joint.  Enough said.  I’ll share the rest of my experience with photos.

Shelly & I with our gracious host, Tyson Beckford

Tyson introduced us to his friend Jazz from the Black Eyed Peas
The Boom Boom Pow was in the Boom Boom Room 😉

I told you the architecture was spectacular!
This is the main bar area.


Bartenders hard at work amongst the gorgeous setting

I love the outfits the cocktail waitresses wear!
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SO, if you live in NYC or plan to visit soon, make sure to stop at the Standard Hotel & try to get your very own glimpse of the Boom Boom Room.