Monday, February 28, 2011

Design Blogger Conference, Hotel Sofitel, LA

What a pleasure to attend the Design Bloggers Conference sponsored by Sunbrella, Custom Fabrics. This was a great way of meeting the top Design Bloggers and exchange ideas and meet new friends.
Talented Joseph Aldrich, blogging and charming away.
Robin Richter,The Kohler Company and Phillip Sides,Interior Designer, Birmingham, Alabama happened to be seated right in front of my desk.
Barbara H. Karpf in bright orange Jackie Rogers Jacket. How stunning is that!

Assembled Design Bloggers.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Alstroemeria, A Flower That Lasts and Lasts.

I call them Mexican Lilies but the correct name is Alstroemeria and they certainly brighten up the Studio/Office. These flowers last for a least three weeks but be sure when you purchase them they are fresh and tight budded. The selection of colors is amazing and I especially like the deep burgundy to hot pink in these particular flowers.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A View From Pelican Hill.

"The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be."
Horace Bushnell

My view of the Pacific Ocean from Pelican Hill; Catalina in the distance.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Designer "Special Event" at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach.

Beautiful setting to meet and present our Spring Collections to a delightful group of Media Representatives Interior Designers, and Retailers. Pelican Hill, the Paladio inspired resort in Newport Beach, California was the site for the event. Guests had the opportunity of seeing the incredible buildings and gardens on this magnificent property. Some of those in attendance were: Margarite Clark, MC Public Relations; Karyn Millet; Interiors Photographer; Darra Baker, Traditional Home Magazine, Warren Sheets, Interior Designer; Mickey Von Hemert,Interior Designer;Donna Pennington also of Von Hemert Designs; Courtney Ellis Dever andKathryn Pietra, Ellis Design Group; Chris Christensen, Senior Editor, Orange Coast Magazine.
Our new collections for Sunbrella, Miles Talbott, Gat Creek and Woodard were presented.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sunbrella/Joe Ruggiero Designer Event/ Santa Ana.

Designers came out in wonderful garments of Self Expression as we launched the Joe Ruggiero Collection at Design Center Associates in Santa Ana, California. Owner Merrill Plou and Sales Representative for the Joe Ruggiero Collection, Pat Crane helped us greet a wonderful group of California Designers, eager to hear more about the Sunbrella/JR Collections for Miles Talbott.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jeff Lincoln's New York Apartment Shows Subtle Color.

I really like the use of subtle colors in Jeff Lincoln's New York apartment. The mix of antiques and whimsical objects along with contemporary pieces and art make a bold statement.

An easy to live with decor. Nice going Jeff.

Photos: New York Social Diary.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Easy Grand Parent Project for a Rainy Day.

Easy idea for a rainy day. Construction paper cottage with old magazine clippings pasted on. Fun to dream and create with my grand daughter.

A Thought About Creativity From Joe Ruggiero.

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
Scott Adams.

I have found myself in this situation many times.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Houston Design Center Launches The Joe Ruggiero/Sunbrella Collection

A delightful champagne reception was hosted by Houston Design Center owner, Sheri Roane in the Charles Ray Showroom.

What a delightful way to meet friends and Houston designers.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Charming Tuscan Style Boutique Hotel in Houston, Texas

The Charming Granduca Hotel in Houston is a delightful spot in a lovely part of Houston. This tiny hotel reminded me so of visits to the Tuscan region of Italy.

The restaurant was excellent. Ask for the manager:Mary Grace.

1080 Uptown Park Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77056

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ruggiero/Sunbrella Hosts Lunch and Learn at Granduca,

The Charming Granduca Hotel in Houston, Texas was the site of our Lunch & Learn. This wonderful Tuscan-inspired boutique hotel was the perfect site to meet new friends and present my latest collections. I certainly felt like I was in Tuscany.

Charles Ray, Charles Ray Showroom, Donna M. Jarnigan of Lacy Boone Interiors and Danna Smith of Charles Ray. (right)
Will Egerton and Denise Schneider of Egerton/Schneider Interior Design (left)
Heather Ezrine, Sunbrella and Darla Farris, Interior Designer help me welcome guests for our Lunch & Learn(Right below)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Design Events for Joe Ruggiero to Present New Sunbrella Collections in Houston, Texas

I am delighted to visit Houston, Texas to present my new collections for Sunbrella, Miles Talbott, Woodard, Gat Creek, W.King Ambler, and Craftmade.

I will be back next week with lots to report.

Happy Valentines Day. A Day to Enjoy in a Crazy World.

"Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction."
Antoine de Saint Exerpery

Happy Valentines Day, dear friends. Spread the joy of
L O V E.