Better Homes & Gardens StyleMaker Event

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event - love the living moss wall

I’m still pinching myself and was so excited when Better Homes and Gardens invited me to their annual StyleMaker event in New York. I hopped on a train and headed in for an inspiration filled day.

The event was held at the Gramercy Park hotel and I was greeted with a very cool living wall of moss and this amazing lounge complete with lightbulb covered ceiling.

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event - love the ceiling of lightbulbs!

I loved the vintage touches on the buffet table.

Vintage buffet display - love the old suitcases and typewriter

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event

The photographer had a magical camera that added 20 lbs to me!

The best part was catching up with friends and meeting new ones. Drinking tea with my friend Chelsea of Two Twenty One (with the adorable Karla – BHG social media guru – holding the love balloon over us).

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event

The day began with the witty BHG Editor in Chief Stephen Orr introducing us to the special Stylemaker issue. It’s fun to see so many of my talented friends featured in this beautiful issue!

BHG Stylemaker Event in New York City

There were break out sessions on video making and flower styling and I was blown away by the amazingness that is Floret Flower Farms.

Floret Flower Farms truckload of dahlias

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Grace Bonney of Design Sponge talked about her inspiring new book, In the Company of Women.

Grace Bonney of Design Sponge speaks at the Better Homes and Gardens Sytlemaker event

Padma Lakshmi entertained us with stories of her life, love of cooking and her new book The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs.

Padma Lakshmi Spices and Herbs book event

At The Creativity Clinic, we heard what inspires these three creatives: Chris Benz – Creative Director at Bill Blass, Woody Woodward – CEO of Crate and Barrel and Stephen Orr – BHG Editor in Chief (and learned about Stephen Orr’s deep love for Julia Child)!

Creativity Exchange at the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event

After the days events wrapped up, we headed upstairs for a fun cocktail party and some more mixing and mingling on the gorgeous terrace.

Jen from The Chronicles of Home is officially my new BFF!

BHG Stylemaker cocktail party

With the clock about to strike midnight, I jumped into my pumpkin … I mean uber and headed home.

I couldn’t wait to pour over this book that Grace Bonney gave us.

In the Company of Women - Grace Bonney book

Unfortunately, I had to miss the brunch at Crate and Barrel the next day but I was there in spirit!

I pretty much want this entire table setting magically transported into my dining room.

Thanksgiving tables in gold

Thanks for letting me share a peek into my day with Better Homes and Gardens.


A special thank you to the amazing David Keith Photography for these photos

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  1. Looks you had lots of fun learning a lot of good stuff and meeting like minds. Congratulations Stylemaker.

  2. Congratulations Kelly! You definitely deserved to be there! I can’t imagine all the talent that inspires me so much right there in one place! Oh how I’d love to be a part of that creative world and make all the wonderful friendships that ya’ll have! Looks like you had a blast!
    Kudos to you Ms. StyleMaker, lol.
    Candy Walsh

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