incredible design workshop giveaway!

I promised an action-packed couple of weeks on the blog, and I am determined to kick that off with a bang!  For the first time ever, the superstars behind the Kitchen Design Network are offering a renovation and design workshop … and it’s conveniently happening right before April’s High Point Market.   If you are a designer, a new or young kitchen designer, or a design blogger, this workshop is for you!  High Point Kitchen Design WorkshopYou’ve seen Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds’ work featured in major magazines, and now they are sharing their secrets to managing a kitchen project from start to finish.  On April 4, 2014 from 9 am to 5 pm at the gorgeous O’Henry Hotel, Lori and Rebecca will cover the hottest topics in kitchen design from evaluating scope and budget, the most desirable resources, presentation standards for design and planning, essential project management skills, and 31 critical design guidelines.

Rebecca Reynolds Kitchen Photo by Michael PartenioBecause this is a full day, intensive workshop, they only have room for thirty attendees — and you could be one of the lucky ones to attend for free!  To enter the giveaway, simply send an email to with  DYNAMIC TRIO in the subject line.  Peeps, this is first-come, first-served, so hop on your phone and send that email now!!  Registration closes on Monday, March 24, and I don’t want you to miss this opportunity.  And PS: the course is also IDCEC-approved … and wouldn’t it be nice to check those CEU credits off the list??  For more information about the Kitchen Design Network, visit their information-packed website and blog.

Will you be there?

Kitchen design by Rebecca Reynolds of New Canaan Kitchens.  Photo by Michael Partenio via The Zhush.  

why wear pjs? for a good cause … and a giveaway!

If you are tuned into the design world, you’ve probably heard about Project Design 2013, the unbelievable revamp of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island … brought to you by twenty New York designers and a bevy of generous sponsors.

RMH Room Sketch Mehditash DesignOne of my favorite spaces?  The gorgeous bedroom design by Jennifer Mehditash of Mehditash Design.  Can’t you tell it’s fabulous just from her sketch?  Visit her blog, Dec-A-Porter, for the behind-the-scenes scoop!

National Family PJ Night The Company StoreI’m grateful that Ronald McDonald House has a location in Charlotte that assists families with children at the Levine Children’s Hospital.  Ronald McDonald Houses across the country do such invaluable work.  Having a child with a serious medical crisis is terrible enough … but what if those families are looking at weeks or months away from their home?  Ronald McDonald Houses are a “home away from home” for those families, so that they can stay near their child at little or no cost.

Did you know that National Family Pajama Night is November 2?  What a great excuse for an evening at home, celebrating family!  Well, families who are away from home should celebrate, too … and that’s why The Company Store is donating 3,000 pairs of pajamas to Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide.  Plus, The Company Store is donating $1 for every pair of pajamas purchased through their website from October 2 to December 2.

Cousins in PJsLet’s spread the word about National Family Pajama Night so that more families set aside an evening to spend time together … whether it’s in pajamas or not.  I see a family game night — PJs, popcorn, and no electronics! — in our future.  Maybe we’ll invite the other half of “The Quads” a/k/a my nephews.

Keeping Families TogetherHere’s the part where you come in.  The Company Store is giving pajamas to two lucky families!  That’s one for the memory books right there — the whole family … even the dog … decked out in coordinating pajamas.  Hmmmmm, photos of this event could come in handy for future embarrassment of grown-up children.  Not that I’d do that or anything.

I’ll draw two lucky winners at random on Tuesday, October 22.  Winners can select pajamas for their whole family from six super-fun patterns (based on availability, of course).  I had a hard time picking a favorite, but thanks to The Company Store, the Zeller family will be stylish in the Special Delivery pattern.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  What I’d like you to do, however, is to also thank The Company Store with a “like” on Facebook or a tweet about #pjnight.  Because as much as I love “cool people doing cool things,” I also love cool companies making a difference in people’s lives.

Thank you, The Company Store, for paying it forward!

Rendering by Mehditash Design via Dec-a-Porter.  Photos via The Company Store

traci zeller