Saturday, March 9, 2013

House Beautiful 4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt in LA

Last Week while in Los Angeles for Design Bloggers Conference, I had the pleasure to participate in House Beautiful's  4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt on the streets of LA.  It was so much fun!  The day started in the Kravet Showroom where we were dazzled by all the beautiful fabrics and furniture and enjoyed camaraderie with other designers.  The morning was hosted by Kravet's very own Beth Greene, Jennifer Powell and the entire team at the LA Kravet show room.  There were about thirty of us who were in attendance  for the House Beautiful's "Black and White" Campaign kick off by  Newell Turner, CEO, Editor in Chief and Kate Kelly Smith,  VP, Publisher, and Chief Revenue Officer of Hearst Magazine.  This years ambassador was Jenni Pulos, co-star of Bravo reality TV series  Flipping Out .  

Founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, Leslie Carothers
 checks out one of the beautiful hot pink velvet Kravet sofas.

 Designers/Bloggers getting pictures made with Jenni Pulos, Beth Greene
 and Jennifer Powell of Kravet.

Jennifer Mehditash of DecaPorter, Leslie Carothers of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, 
Kate Kelly Smith of Heart Magazine, Beth Greene of Kravet, and Jennifer Powell of Kravet.  

Jenni Pulos, our chair ambassador with moi!

Kravet and House Beautiful gave Jenni her own two chairs for
serving as the ambassador for the day.  Isn't she cute hugging her chair?

Like Goldilocks and The Three Bears, "this chair fit just right".

Newell Turner thanking Jenni for participating.

Of course we all wanted our picture made with Newell.  Here is my fellow Charlottean and fun travel buddy, Holly Phillips of The English Room  and I with Newell. 

Newell with all the girls!  He was a good sport and endued all the photo requests!

When It was time for the first chair giveaway we headed out to the street

There we found this beautiful Kravet wing chair in Ralph Lauren fabric holding court on the sidewalk, literally next to a busy street in front of the design center flanked by a couple of Caesarstone tables also part of the giveaway.

I couldn't help myself.  I had to try the chair out and I must say it was very comfortable.  Now I know what it feels like to have the paparazzi around.  ( I'll bet they deleted those pics!)  Not quite the 20 year old model type they typically are chasing.

The event gathered quite a crowd. I spy Kate Kelly Smith, Holly Phillips and Leslie Carothers in the crowd, snapping pictures.  See the smiles on everyone's faces?

Jenni had written a rap song which was well received by the crowd.  You will have to follow me on Vine to hear it!  It's worth joining to just to hear Jenni's rap!  Here is the lucky guy who won the first chair!  He answered all the  trivia questions correctly and claimed his prize.  

He was claimed his throne and posed for photographs.

Newell, Jenni and Kate in front of the Pacific Design Center

And...drumroll please....our sweet friend Christy Davis of Life of a Modern Housewife won the Caesarstone tables!

Christy sharing a photo op with Jenni!

Jennifer Mehditash took a moment to honor our sponsors 
when she sat in the chair.

Jen, Leslie and Me

 Later a few of us left for lunch at The Ivy.  (I share about our lunch later). While lunching at the Ivy, guess what was happening on the street....Yes! you guessed it.. I left my table and went to see what was going on! Quite a crowd had gathered!

The official contest questions being asked to those participating.

 The Laurent Chair by Hickory Chair and the Devonshire Chair by Grace Home
were the two beauties being given away by The Ivy.


The Grace Home Devonshire Chair winner was so excited, 
she couldn't wait to take her chair!  She almost left without
getting her picture made by the paparazzi.

The winner of the Hickory Chair Laurent Chair decided to sit down and
 try her chair out right there next to The Ivy!  So cute!

Jenni Pulos deserves a star in my book! This was much later in the day and she was still smiling and hugging people.  I let you in on a little secret!  She is pregnant.  I don't think I was that nice when I was pregnant, but then again I didn't look like Jenni either!

After lunch, Holly  drove me to the Kodak theatre in search of the Lee Industries Chair 
I had blogged about.  I wanted to watch it being given away.  Wouldn't you know, they were running ahead of schedule so the time they were giving "my" chair away  had been moved up from what I had been told!  As we approached the area, we saw the chair being carried away by the winners.  Dang, it was over! I chased the couple down and asked if I could take a picture of "my" chair.  Here it is in the back of a Range Rover on it's way to its new home!  The winners were so nice to humor me by letting me snap photos of the Lee Industries chair 1603 chair!

This Lee Industries chair was even more beautiful in person! 

The Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Chair was being given away about the same time,
 so I got a photo of it just before the new owner snatched it.

As you can tell by the photos, this was an incredibly fun event! It was awesome watching the new owners take away their prized chairs with big smiles on their faces! Wonder where the 5th Chair Scavenger Hunt will be?  If it is in your city, make sure you play along, you just might win a beautiful chair!  To read more about the chair chaise or see the two chairs that I blogged about click here and here

If you were not able to be in LA for the live chase you can still enter to win a free chair in the Pinterest sweepstakes starting March 11th.

Click Here To Read House Beautiful's 

Beautiful Black and White Contest: Win a Free Chair in the Los Angeles Scavenger Hunt

Thank You to all the companies who participated in the House Beautiful 4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt. You made a lot of people happy and entertained masses on the streets of Los Angeles.  Lee Industries, American Leather, Bernhardt, Crate and Barrel, Hickory Chair, La-z-y Boy, Room and Board, Target, Michael Aram, Ekornes, Kravet, Grace Home, Michael Amini, The Mod Shop, Lane Venture, Grandin Road, FrontGate, Duralee, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Palecek, Caesarestone

If you would like to read the blog post by the Design Bloggers
 who participated in House Beautiful's 4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt 
 here are the links:

Nest by Tamara for Palecek
Lisa Mende Design for Duralee
DecaPorter for Frontgate
Casa Diseno for Grandin Road
Camille Maurice for Lane Venture
BitofHoney for Michael Amini
Tobi Fairley for Grace Home
SoHaute for Kravet
Camille Maurice for Ekornes
AskDecor for Target
StyleCarrot for La-z-y Boy
Style Beat for Hickory Chair
Coco Cozy for Crate and Barrel
Maison21 for Bernhardt
Beach Bungalow 8 for American Leather
Lisa Mende Design for Lee Industries

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    1. Thanks Karen, sorry for the late reply! Playing catch up this morning!

  3. Sounds like fun....I should of gone, but I have been to busy! Would of loved to of met year!

    1. There is always next year!! I do want you to go!!!

  4. Sounds like so much fun! I hate that I missed the conference this year. Thanks so much for posting, and for the link! Have a great week. ~Shani @ Camille Maurice

    1. You are most welcome! Would love to meet you!

  5. Sounds like so much fun! I hate that I missed the conference this year. Thanks so much for posting, and for the link! Have a great week. ~Shani @ Camille Maurice

  6. What a wonderful post, Lisa, and what a FUN day! Thank you for including me in your post -- I appreciate it! I hope you have a great weekend.. I love how you were rockin' the pink on the black and white chair, too! #THINKPINK :)


    1. Thanks Leslie! It was so much fun! Of course you would be included!!!

  7. So sad I didn't make it this time to LA. I would have loved to see you ladies!! Will have to catch up at another event coming up :)) xoxoxo

  8. we had SUCH a great time!! xxooxxoo


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