Kravet Inc. and Lee Jofa, gathered the crème de la crème in the Lifestyle and Interior Design Blogging Communities. Many of us, already connected through social media were now able to make a personal connection to the “avatars” and @handles we’ve come to know and love and engage in real face time! Forging these new alliances and lifelong friendships with such dynamic and inspirational people throughout the U.S and Canada was truly a highlight. There are so many specific events to share, but for starters – here is a brief overview of the first day. Diary of BlogFest 2011. Day 1: The kickoff Luncheon, hosted by House Beautiful, gave us all the perfect opportunity to mix, mingle, meet and greet each other and fuel ourselves for an exciting afternoon and evening that lay ahead. Katie Rosenfeld Interior Spaces Tamara Mathews Stephenson of Nest by Tamara, myself, Carrie Leskowitz of Carrie Leskowitz Interiors and Leslie Fine of Leslie Fine Interiors The Kaleidoscope Partnership, Coryanne Ettiene of Housewife Bliss and Tamara Mathews Stephenson of Nest by Tamara Town & Country Mark Rozzo, House Beautiful Newell Turner and Veranda Dara Caponigro. Beth Greene, marketing VP for Kravet moderated the insightful discussion on the relationship between blogs and the print magazines. Come early evening we were whisked off to the ELLE DÉCOR Modern Life Concept House in West Chelsea, where we toured two luxury apartments designed by ten young “Designers To Watch”. Each space delivered a refreshing approach and modern design sensibility. The appointments were stunning with an overwhelming theme of warmth, style and comfort. Feast your eyes on just a few of my favorite images. Elizabeth Martin featuring furniture from Calligaris Sara Story reflects an Asian design sensibility. Born in Japan the designer infuses her love of the culture into this space with spectacular furnishings from The New Traditionalists. private tour of the Concept House with ELLE DECOR Editor-in-Chief Michael Boodro . Day 1 ended with a fabulous cocktail party co-hosted by DesignTV ‘s Jonathan Legate and Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo and Joss & Main.