This week’s episode was among our favorite filming experiences on 9 by Design. It features our design book, DOWNTOWN CHIC, which we worked on so hard, poured our hearts into, and were so gratified by how well-received it was all around the world. It was a great way to connect with people on the subjects of both design and our family experiences creating homes! Like everything else we do, we tried to put our own unique stamp on the book and make it different than anything else out there on the market.
When we finally chose a publisher for the book, we decided on Rizzoli—because of their great reputation, a rich history of art and design books, and the fact that they published books we loved, like Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren. It was all a big deal for us, and the experience has been a very happy and rewarding one! We are working on a second book now.
This episode begins in New York, and ends up at a book signing we did in London. We took the four older kids, and left Five, Holly and Major at home. We really wanted the older kids to get a chance to explore London, and the younger kids will get a chance to go when they can appreciate the experience more. We really hit up all the sights, both historical and just plain fun, like a trip to the London Eye! That was amazing on so many levels.
On another adventure, we all got to see the English countryside when we went to visit the studio of our favorite artist, Ann Carrington. We have several of her pieces in our house (portraits of Queen Elizabeth made from pearl buttons, Michael Jordan created from deflated basketballs), and we used her work quite a bit in our hotel project, BUNGALOW (that’s next week!). As you will see at Bungalow, Ann made flags of all nations our out denim, ribbon and other bits and pieces of that are colorful, stunning and funky.
And just to show that travelling always includes a few snags, we discovered once we arrived in London there that we had rented a venue for the book signing for the wrong date! I admit we were more stressed out than usual. Can you blame us? With nowhere to have the party, our dear friend, Kenny Schachter (who is an art and design curator and head of the Rove Gallery in London), came to the rescue. He offered up his amazing home for the party. The guests were impressed with the one-of-a-kind art and design pieces throughout the home. Us too! It was a fun and memorable event, and everything worked out perfectly in the end.
The whole trip to London was a whirlwind, and a great travel experience. We got to see London , our friends, meet some new ones, and celebrate our book. All good. We all had a blast making this episode, so we hope you will have a good time watching it! Until next time, thanks again for all your great wishes and cool feedback.
PS If you are interested in reading Downtown Chic, the book can be found at any bookstore online.
The book is temporarily sold out on Amazon.com but books are still available on Barnesandnoble.com.