ICFF. It was a thrilling experience to visit New York to see the many works I've admired in print and online, with the opportunity to meet the actual people behind the designs themselves, alongside having our first meeting with all four AT city editors in attendance. Hundreds of booths, thousands of designers, hours of meetings and a countless amount of product to cover in the three days, all made for one hectic schedule after arriving on a redeye flight that arrived on Saturday morning. Grace Bonney of Design Sponge was entering the show just as we arrived at the registration section. And then almost immediately upon stepping onto the bedlam of our first day on the floor, we literally crossed paths with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's personality, Ty Pennington. He looked like he was in a bit of a hurry...so much so, we could only snap a photo of his back while he dashed away to the far end of the show. We also ran into familiar faces like Brad Cook from Show, one of our judges for this year's Smallest Coolest Contest, there to scour the show for more beautiful furnishings and wares for his Los Feliz shop. And we were ready to blame it on jet lag and fatigue when we thought we were seeing double, but soon realized we were just standing next to HGTV Design Star's dynamic duo, Teman and Teran Evans.
[I have to head out to work right now, so I'm cutting this short, but promise more is to come!]