Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Truly A Steel Magnolia - Betty Angel Parker Coleman

Betty Angel Parker Coleman
October 17, 1929 -  January 25, 2016

Aunt Betty gracefully grew her angels wings and fluttered off to Heaven on Monday evening.  The first thought after I had known she had passed was about her proclamation in last few days in the hospital.  She said, "I'm free from life, I don't have to do anything else."  She told me she didn't care who won the presidential race; it didn't matter anymore.  Her lack of interest in the presidential race let me know she felt it was her time to go because she always had a strong opinion about politics.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Modenus Blogtour Las Vegas/KBIS Here I Come!!!!

I'm back home from fun times in Atlanta and repacking to head to the airport to Las Vegas!  I'm excited to be chosen to participate in Modenus Blogtour Vegas/KBIS, where I'll be reporting new and exciting products in the kitchen and bath market.  We have a full slate of activities ahead of us so make sure you follow on instagram and don't miss out on seeing the latest and greatest the show has to offer. 

Wondering What Modenus or Who is?
In their own words......

"The simplistic answer — Modenus is a comprehensive digital resource for design professionals and design enthusiasts. The better answer — Modenue is a one-stop-shop for all things design. They offer a carefully curated collection of the most inspiring and innovative new brands and products from around the world alongside editorials on everything that strikes them as worth sharing — from trends and event to cocktail recipes and holiday wish lists.  For professionals, they offer designer profiles that allow them to showcase their projects and passions among their extensive audience
Last, but not least, Modenus loves connecting people across the industry. Whether it's client to designer, manufacturer to consumer, or blogger to fellow blogger; Modenus works daily to grow and enrich their considerable design community. They even take these relationships offline, augmenting their social media efforts with real-life meet-ups and BlogTours across the globe. They understand that sometimes 140 characters just isn't enough and that getting some face time can mean the difference between an online acquaintance and a life-long friend. To sum it all up, and at the risk of sounding like a motivational poster, their main goal is to inspire and be inspired in return."
Design by Leanne Bunnell Interiors

 If you are a designer, I highly recommend you make a profile on Modenus and take a little time to learn the site.  Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus is one of the biggest promoters of interior designers in our industry.  She leads the pack when it comes to connecting designers with brands and also offering opportunities for designers to build their brand.
  I have learned so much from Veronika.  Want to be in on the top trends in our field?  Then you must be a part of Modenus today!  Designers Click Here to visit Modenus and learn how you can become part of the Modenus community.  If you are a vendor who wants to connect your products to the design community, there is no better way than becoming a partner of Modenus. Vendors Click Here to find out how! 

So back to Blogtour....What are we going to do in Vegas?  We plan to completely consume everything KBIS has to offer!  We will be visiting some of our favorite brands such as Thermador, TopKnobs, WilsonArt, Toto, Blanco, WoodMode, Mohawk and more to see all the newest in technology and innovation.  

I'm excited to see these friends at KBIS who are the influencers who will be delivering the KBIS Trend Report 2016!!!

Make sure to follow me on instagram to see all the new products I find at KBIS!  Also, check out the hashtags #designhounds and #kbisselfies to see what's up there!  It promises to be an informative week for all!!

Don't forget to check out Modenus Today!

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Thurston Reed Pillows

One of my favorite new pillow resources I discovered last High Point Market was Thurston Reed Pillows.  This incredible new product line was founded by Londoner Nicholas Reed and wife Sarah Thurston.  Nicholas's London heritage and Sarah's globally-honed design eye has produced a line that is not only beautiful but ethically sourced and individually crafted.  Meet Nicholas and Sarah!


This dynamic duo were so sweet to show me their line
 and explain the inspirations behind their pillows.  The fabrics
and designs are simply exquisite.
Their hope is that Thurston Reed will find a place of honour in your home, a spot that will always welcome you back whether you’re returning from across the world or just across town.

They have so many fabulous pillows but here are some of my favorites:



And last but certainly not least....I love the rhino pillows!!

The rhino pillows were a big hit with me.  I love the design, fabric and the fact that proceeds from the sale of these pillows actually help the rhinos!  Available in two sizes and many colors.  

A percentage of profits on the rhino pillows goes to support  Rhinos Without Borders, which is working to save the
 rhinos from the poaching crisis.

Click here to read about how Thurston Reed is partnering with
Rhinos without Borders

If you are in Atlanta this week make sure you stop by the Codarus showroom and say hi to Nicholas and Sarah and see their collection!  Or if you are going to the Las Vegas Market Jan 24-28 stop by Codarus and see them!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Meet Me At Super Design Camp Atlanta Tomorrow - It isn't too Late!!!

I'm packing my bags and hitting the road to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Design Camp where I'll be speaking on a panel with my studio partner, Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs, Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living, and Lori Dennis of Lori Dennis Design, who is also one of the brilliant co-owners of Design Camp!   Our panel is called "ShowHouses, The Mystery, The Magic, The Mayhem." We will be dishing on all the secrets you need to know about participating in show houses.  I promise it will be a lively discussion!  I am so excited that Vanessa Kogevinas will moderate our panel.  I cannot wait to meet her in person!  

I hope you have registered to attend?  If not, what are you waiting for?  As Nike says, "Just Do It"  It isn't too late!  Use the discount code at the bottom of this post to SAVE $100

What Are You Going to Get 
for Your MONEY, You ask????

This is Happening Tomorrow!!!!

Earn 10 Hours Worth of CEUs! Join Design Campus Live & AmericasMart during the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market for our Super Design Campus Live Event featuring two full days of expert speakers & exclusive showroom tours!

Super Design Campus Live Atlanta | Jan 15-17, 2016

Learn how to skyrocket your career, love your job again, make more money, gain tools for work life balance and connect with the A-list!

Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis, internationally known from HGTV, Bravo, NBC, Oxygen, TLC, Food Network and coverage in worldwide publications, will host a three-day educational Design Campus Summit atAmericasMart during the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market, January 15-17, 2016.
The popular summit that caters to architects, interior designers and landscape architects will feature:
  • 10 hours of Continued Education Units (CEUs)
  • Exclusive guided showroom tours of 12 top home furnishing vendors
  • Meet and greet with product designers
  • Mentorship by celebrity designers during showroom tour
  • 12 expert speakers and design icons who will take the stage at AmericasMart
  • Extensive training on topics such as: social media, marketing, licensing, architectural and landscape elements, designing in the current economic climate, trends and more.
  • Cocktail parties and networking opportunities
  • Book signing event
  • Giveaways from our partners!
Included in the three-day package:

  • Breakfast on Jan 16 and Jan 17
  • Hosted lunches on all three days
  • Welcome cocktail party hosted by Noir Furniture
  • Guided showroom tours
  • 10 hours of CEUs
These are some of the fabulous events....

Use my personal code to save $100

*Promo code discounts may not be combined or reimbursed for a different promotional discount. 

It isn't too late!!!  You can still make it!!!!

Come Mingle, Network and Learn with the best!

Meet me there!  Register Now!  Use the code LISAMENDE100 to receive $100 off !  My gift to you!  Click here to register and use the code!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Still Shopping!! Best Buys on Favorite Athletic Wear!

Nike Flyknit Zoom Reg. $150 NOW $90

You cannot buy motivation, but you
 can buy cool athletic wear!!!!
Ok, girls!  I don't know about you, but it's time to peel off the pounds I gained over the holidays.  In my opinion, the best way to get motivated is to have cute things to wear for exercising.  I have been shopping for new athletic shoes and apparel in the after Christmas sales.   I have found some goodies.  It's like Christmas all over again when I find a box at my backdoor and something cute inside like brightly colored athletic wear.  Here are some of my favorite things.  Order quick if you see something you like because as I was shopping my sizes were sometimes snatched out of my cart!  Most of the shoes I chose are the Nike knit mesh style shoes.  I love these shoes because not only are they comfortable but they are perfect for cross training that seems to be my style these days. 

Nike Mesh Sneakers REG $100 ON SALE FOR $60
 I almost always gravitate between shoes in bright colors of pink/orange or blue/green.  I'm digging this pair of blue shoes with mint laces.
Nike Mesh Sneakers Reg $100 ON SALE FOR $ 70
Nike Juvenate Sneakers Was $85 NOW $51
I'm digging this orange pair that are a great price.  This pair would be fun for casual wear. 

Everyone has athletic wear on sale right now! 
 Here are some of my favorite resources!  

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Valentino Rock Stud Bracelets ON SALE!!!!

Small Rockstud Bracelet $115

Also available in Purple here!  This size is perfect for layering with other bracelets or together in different colors or the same color.
Rockstud Wrap Bracelet ON SALE $241

Also available in Crimson here!
This is my favorite rockstud bracelet!  Makes such a statement!  I love the blue which is good all year long but then the crimson is as well.

Gold Valentino Bracelet $210
What is better than gold and Valentino?
Medium Rockstud $177

Also in Crimson here!

The medium stud is also a good size to layer with other bracelets for the
 ultimate arm candy situation!

Rockstar Pearl and Gold Stud $316

Want a little dressier look?  this one fits the bill!

Rockstud Bracelet in Crimson $206

Love the way this Rockstud buckles.  So handsome!

Which one is your favorite?  

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday Shopping - Fab Boots on Sale!!!

Frye Shirley Riding Boot WAS $458 NOW $343

This is my favorite time of the year to snatch up boots on sale!  Next year when I open the boxes, I am always thrilled to find boots I have bought from the end of the season sales from the year before.  I wanted to share some of my favorites I have found this year. Take my advice and snag them while they are here!  They won't last long!
Frye Jane Boot WAS $388 NOW $291

You can never go wrong with a good pair of Frye Boots.  They are classic and rarely go out of style.  I have Frye boots I wore in college in my closet and they are still good.  They have been resoled a few times but still classic.  This happens to be one of my favorite pairs of Frye boots for this season.   While they aren't half price, anytime I can get Frye boots $100 or more dollars off and they have the size I need in the style I want, I buy them!  Check out the Frye boots on sale at Neimans click here.   Nordstrom has Frye Boots on sale too click here.
Sophia Webster WAS $695 NOW $293

I also like to use this time to purchase novelty boots that I wouldn't normally pay the price to own.  I am digging this pair of Sophia Webster leopard combat boots.  There are some other amazing boots here.

Rag and Bone Was $495 NOW $148

I tried this boot on at Neimans before Christmas and almost bought it, so glad I waited!  I must say it is the softest and most comfortable boot I found.  I like the height of the heel. 
SAVE $40 on the Dolce Vita Grayden boot here! on Sale for $99.99

Donald Pliner Navy Cosmos reg. $228 for $169.99
Also available in black here.

Kate Spade Samara Boot $398 Sale for $278

ShopBop has these boots for Sale!  Click Here!
Tory Burch has these, click here!

I must add that while I was shopping the sale, I also kept an eye peeled for what is new and fresh.  Check out these fabulous finds.....
Aren't these fabulous....
And these pink beauties!!!!!!! To Die For!
They also come in Ocean

Happy Shopping!  I'm off to check out the home sales next!
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Don't Miss Event of the Year! Design Bloggers Conference 2016!!!!!

Have you made plans to attend The 6th Annual Design
 Bloggers Conference in Atlanta on March 6th - 8th?  

If not, what are you waiting for? 

 This event only comes around once a year and this
 year promises to be biggest and best event yet! 

 Join A-List interior design bloggers, new media innovators
 and interior design industry leaders for the most informative
 two-day conference specifically focused on the interests
 of bloggers on interior design. 

Not only is this conference jammed packed with information that
 will put you ahead of the social media pack, but this even offers
 a unique opportunity for collaborating with potential advertisers
 and companies that could offer amazing
connections for your brand.  

Come along for the fun and meet the icons of the
 design blogosphere and traditional media.  Learn about
 exciting new products and meet editors of magazines,
 heads of companies and other bloggers who are willing
to share the secrets of their success.

Design Blogger Conference is the annual party we have been
 waiting a year to attend, sign up now, so you don't miss out!   

Remember last year, when you sat at home and were green
 with envy as you watched all the fun photos posted on
 social media?  Well, I can promise you it was more fun
 than what you thought you missed!  We had a blast!!!

Sign up now before the Early Bird Deadline on Jan. 24th
 and SAVE yourself a $100 Bucks!!!

Don't sit at home watching from the sidelines join me
 and be part of the action?   

The Design Bloggers Conference is the only conference that focuses completely on bloggers who blog about interior design.  I have attended the conference for the past three years and cannot figure out for the life of me, why I did not go before 2013!  The first year I attended, I was amazed at how much I learned.  I wrote so many notes my hand was numb at the end of the two days.  The information was great but not the only perk of attending.  I was thrilled to meet other bloggers throughout the country whom I knew through social media but had never had the opportunity to meet face to face.  Once we met at DBC, we were instantly friends because of our social media ties.   I also made contacts with companies and other brands that have been important to my business.   The networking alone was worth the two days I spent at the conference.  The second year, I signed up early because I knew how much I had gained from my first years attendance.  That year I went better prepared with more business cards and came away with even more valuable collateral for my brand.  The third year was the charm.  If you come to the conference this year, I'll meet you in the hallway and share why I call the third year the charm but otherwise, I'll let you guess why I say that. 
Let's just say when I leave the conference this year with the wave of a hand I'll bid you "Au Revoir" and head to the airport for exotic lands because of a trip I won at the conference last year!  

If I haven't convinced you yet, just keep reading....

Look Who Else is Going to Be There!!!

If you are a design blogger, a design enthusiast,
 aspiring interior designer, someone who writes about
 interior design, a supplier to the luxury home design
 community or a seasoned interior designer you
 should not miss this event.  

This year's conference will include sessions on the following topics:
  • Instagram Marketing
  • Cultivating the Relationships Between Brands and Bloggers
  • The Efficiency, Effectiveness and Visibility of Social Media Marketing in the Interior Design and Architecture World
  • The Evolving Role of Blogging in Business Marketing
  • Blogger and Brand Collaborations: Speaking the Secret Language of Lasting Collaborations
  • Navigating Google Analytics for Your Blog or Website
  • How to Build Your Business Through Inbound Marketing
  • What You Should Know About Search and Analytics


The Venue
The conference is held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. The 25-floor Grand Hyatt is in fashionable Buckhead, 6 miles north of downtown Atlanta, in the heart of the city’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment  area. Complimentary shuttle within a 2-mile radius. This     elegant hotel offers a peaceful retreat with exceptional service and it is easily accessible by the commuter rail (MARTA) station right inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  

Remember, the Early Bird Special ENDS JAN 24th!  so 
sign up NOW before you forget or the tickets sell out!!!

Questions?  Please feel free to email me and ask!

I hope to see you at Design Bloggers Conference in March!


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