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Tag For Love: Agreeing With Top Designers

The water is hot and the ‘bags are already in the cup. It’s time to brew some fresh tea–for TRUTH–with the ten designers offering up their take on “what trends need to disappear forever” in this article on Architectural Digest PRO.

Photo: RealtyTimes.com

Cohost J. agrees with these experts on:

  • Macrame’ – I tried it and returned it to the store. Nope!
  • Matchy-matchy furniture
  • Waterfall countertops – everywhere and now overdone
  • Barn doors – waaaay overdone, and as pointed out, they do not provide any sound barrier so do NOT install one as a bathroom door!
  • Accent walls – I’m iffy on this one. They can work, especially if you’re on a budget or in a rental, but a lot of people use them as their decorating default and then stop there.
  • Cute neon signs – ubiquitous on Instagram, but never seen IRL (at least, in the Hudson Valley. So when I do see one it will be super outdated.)
  • Granite countertops – so 2000’s.
  • Mosaic glass backsplashes – so 2000’s Home Depot.

I’m still OK with:

  • Edison light bulbs – cute! but in the right settings
  • I just don’t know what Robert Couturier is getting at by saying: “Contemporary art collections that have been accumulated with ears rather than eyes.”

This is no shock to our listeners, but I would also add in:

  • hanging chairs
  • indoor swings
  • white on white interiors
  • white and rustic wood and more freakin’ white
  • ghost chairs
  • millenial pink anything

But at least a few of these design pros have validated some of our tags for hate!

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Tag For Love: Being Invited To Be A Panelist

Cohost J. here–we were recently approached to be part of a super cool discussion about podcasting and marketing, organized by Overit Media, (LOVE that name) which is based in Albany. Why they thought we were podcast experts, I don’t know (maybe because of the name of our show? As you loyal listeners know, we are anything but expert and loudly proclaim it all the time)! Unfortunately Rob will be out of town during the event, but I will carry on as a guest panelist.

“Using Podcasting in Marketing: Why, How & What Works” takes place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Overit Media, 435 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY. Here’s the official info:

“One-third of the population reports having listened to a podcast in the last month, representing 90 million monthly listeners. With podcast growth surging in the United States, businesses are turning to the medium to attract new audiences, to engage current ones, and to be the signal that breaks through their daily noise.

With so much attention being given to podcast as a hot new marketing channel – you might have questions.

  • Should your business have a podcast?
  • How do you get started?
  • How do you measure results?
  • How do podcasts fit into a larger marketing strategy?

Attend this free, informative panel with seasoned podcasters to hear about the highs and lows of podcast marketing with actionable tips on how to get started, what works, and why podcasting deserves a spot in your marketing mix.

Speakers:

  • Jeff Ayers, Death Wish Coffee
  • Scott Jarzombek, Albany Public Library
  • Steve King, A Podcast for Creatives
  • J Dewey, Could Be Better

I am very pleased to be a part of this distinguished group. Hopefully I can live up to their expectations.

Free tickets are available via Eventbrite and I’m told it will be livestreamed and available as video afterward. See you there!

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Tag For Love: The Hudson Valley As Design/Decor Magnet

This is not news. Literally because the New York Times has been saying that “{Insert trending Hudson Valley town} is the new Brooklyn/Hamptons” for at least ten years. Hey, they recently tried to make “the Camptons” happen (a portmanteau of “Catskills” and “Hamptons,” for the uninitiated) as a new moniker.

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Then there’s House Beautiful’s plug for Field & Supply in Kingston (is it truly worth traveling across the country for?) and its cute little map showing only Beacon and Kingston (NOT Milton, Rob, sorry to say). Same issue: a tour of Pennyroyal, a Catskills retreat built by the mother of American interior design. And this month, Architectural Digest references the HV (that name’s not happening either, is it?) dour times, and has two huge features about Dutchess County properties (both converted barns, too.) I’ll go back and count to make sure. Yes, a lot of the love gets thrown at uber-trendy Hudson, but there are a lot of gorgeous Insta-worthy homes scattered around horse/wine/apple country.

So what does this all mean?

On one hand, it means nothing–these are the same plaudits (and cries about gentrification and traffic and “citiots”) we’ve always heard. But to be more Tag-For-Love about it: It means we’re still a design destination for those in the know. After all, the robber barons Gilded Age industrialists fled the confines of New York City and headed north to construct their castles and keeps over a hundred years ago.

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My favorite historic mansion, Wilderstein (screw you, Vanderbilt Mansion!)

We have cute little shops, architectural classics, charming downtowns, cutting-edge art museums, and enough space to experiment with design styles in spades!

And we’re lucky enough to live right in the thick of it! The Hudson Valley is a wonderful place to live (and visit) because it truly has it all…including major design cred. I’m just glad the design/shelter world is finally giving us the props we deserve. Beverly Hills? Milan? Ibiza? So over. Tastemakers in the know go to the Camptons.

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Tag For Love: This Wackadoo Wallpaper

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Props for the phallic cactus, too. Photo by Aelfie

Tag for hate: being so busy that we don’t have time to write and blab more about fun home decor and entertaining ideas! Cohost J. here and I want to apologize for the recent lack of posts. Rob and I have both been swamped with our day job work and life in general. It’s spring here in the Hudson Valley (though it’s been raining so much that everyone has been saying it’s more like Seattle) and it’s garden prep and spring cleaning time. That’s my excuse, anyway.

But can we talk about this insane wallpaper? Yes we go gaga for wallpaper all the time so THAT’S not shocking, but this one is special. Why? Cartoon speech bubbles erupting from brightly colored parrots–and they’re spewing conspiracy theories! As covered by Domino, it’s part of Aelfie’s new line.

Want. I don’t know where, but whatevs. Also: super inspiring! Think of all the other things we can add speech bubbles to. Who knows, perhaps our lifestyle brand will actually happen someday with some cray-cray wallpaper designs like this!

Have fun with your walls. It’s only decor. Plus, this one is removable AND biodegradable. Now go have some fun for your weekend, too. Or your yard clean-up, if that’s on your to-do list. That ride-on mower has a cupholder for a reason and it might as well hold a cocktail.

 

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Tag for Love: Beeswax Food Wraps

Co-host Rob here. A few years back, J. gifted my fam Bee’s Wrap beeswax food wraps for Christmas. It was long enough ago that I thought J. was just trying to be hipster with the eco-friendly, new-fangled product. As it turned out, they’re a thing. And they’re great.

Fast forward: beeswax foods wraps are just a part of our household now. So I forgot how fab they were until I was reminded by the May 2019 issue of Better Homes & Gardens just how hard working eco-friendly food covers are.

BH&G featured the Lekue Stretch Storage Cover. And let’s be honest, they look a lot like condoms for food! They are still better than ripping off countless sheets of plastic wrap that never seem to stick to anything,

They just don’t make things like they used to.

Speaking of making things…if you’re more a DIYer at heart, there are lots of posts and articles on how to make your own reusable food wraps. So no matter which way you go—beeswax, silicone food condoms, or make-your-own wraps—eco is the way to go.

Who does food condoms better?

Lekue or…

Rob?

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Tag For Love: Conversation Pits & “The Party”

Cohost J. here. Not to be all reaction-y, but a post on Dwell.com says that living room conversation pits are back in vogue. I guess I am reacting to it here, because it’s been a few days since our last “Tag” post due to a combo of busy-ness and not feeling inspired in either direction. Love or hate, after all, are meant to be the extremes. So, thank you Dwell for doing the work for me!

Anyway…so Dwell’s post covers the greatest hits of conversation pits, a few of which you’ve probably seen on Ye Olde IG lately. The purple one, for sure.

Photo: Darren Bradley

I’m a fan–mostly because I’m a fan of promoting conversations between people, and a dedicated space to do that gets a thumb’s up in my book. Of course, if you have a podcast, you’re pretty much an advocate for conversations anyway.

Are they for everyone? No. Will their revival be seen as yet another blip on the design trend timeline? Almost certainly. But as one Dwell commenter points out, perhaps they’re cool again because we’ve developed another type of living space: the media room. If that’s where the TV is, that leaves the traditional living room up for grabs as the spot for non-digital interaction. Though my house doesn’t have a sunken conversation pit, we treat it as if it had one: the family room in the basement is for TV watching (and kids, mostly) while the living room is really “the daddies’ cocktail lounge.” It’s great for drinking, but also magazine reading (hullo), book reading, listening to music, and all the stuff that’s impossible when there’s a TV in the room. It’s a conversation pit without the pit.

Me in my “conversation pit,” talking to myself apparently.

So if you can build one (or buy a house with one, don’t fill it in just yet) go for it. The outdoor versions may be more feasible and longer-lasting, trendwise, anyway.

And also, as another Dwell commenter points out, their timeline leaves out one of the most iconic sunken living rooms of all time: the fireplace ringed by couches in the 1968 Blake Edwards movie, The Party. It may have one of the coolest sets ever put on film. (Hmm, maybe a CBB movie night is in order!) There’s not only the conversation pit to ogle: there’s a crazy indoor water feature with a stepping stone path, planters, multiple pools, killer chandeliers, and the fact that the conversation pit is also kinda a two-tiered affair. If you haven’t seen it, check it out for the decor alone!

Firepit + shag carpeting + colorful pillows = fab conversations, or acoustic jam sessions.
Hilarity ensues.
Peter Sellers stars in “The Party” from 1968
Perfect for clumsy/drunk guests.

And for the record, our friends Brian and Chris, referenced regularly on our show, do indeed have a sunken living room in their big MCM party house in Poughkeepsie.

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Tag for Love: Hot Gardeners

Spring has sprung! Gardening has begun. And the only thing that perks us up more than tulips and daffodils is hot gardeners.

It’s true, we swooned over Urban Farmer, Kyle Hagerty, on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens’ March 2018 issue. His website Urban Organic Gardener and YouTube Channel have kept our squashes growing all year long.

As it turns out, swooning over hot gardeners is a “thing” with us. In our April 2019 episode, Kelly Norris has us ready to jump right into (garden) beds.

Matt Mattus has us dreaming of big…gladiolas. He declared them #ontrend in BHG March 2019 issue.

Lest you think we only Tag print-media hotties for Love, we completely agreed with Queerty.com when they declared Gab the Gardener an Instastud based on his IG feed. Gabriel Rochard is multi-talented. Just the way we like our gardeners.

And our ode to hot gardeners couldn’t be complete without getting pumped over Bravo’s “BackYard Envy” host, Garrett Magee. This mustachioed hunk might make some think “70s gay porn star.” We’re totally okay with that. We love #retro!

Photo: Instagram @garrettbmagee

Photo: Instagram @garrettbmagee

Shirts off to lots and lots of hot gardeners all Spring, Summer, and Fall!