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Paris Decor Tour

A sneak peek at some of  our favorite spots in Paris we’ll be visiting.

Design Destinations

Creation Baumann


Creation Metaphores

Anne Gelbard Couture Home

Viaduc des Arts


Much more to come including restaurants, galleries, shops and the show!

 Did we whet your appetite? Join us . Click HERE for more info.


13 July 2010 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

NeoCon 2010

Susan is making her annual visit to Chicago for NeoCon this month. We’ll be able to check out a new restaurant or 2; cover the show, visit the  Guerilla NeoCon Truck Show; plus do a seminar. Loads of things will be happening during at NeoCon- from the Vitra Display, Furniture Revolution Gallery to the Materials Pavilion. For fashion / interior fans – the FASHIONNEXT  design competition is wedding themed this year. Established fashion designers will be doing apparel from Brentano fabrics. Click HERE .

We are excited to be doing a new CEU seminar- High Impact Materials for High Income Projects on Monday June 14, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. on room 1520. With the design industry more competitive than ever, with better educated and more discerning clients and with potential clients shopping the same sources as you are it’s time to wow them with innovative and unique materials. Click HERE.  If you are in Chicago, join us!

2 June 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

September in Paris + Maison et Objet=Priceless

Join an exclusive group of design aficionados in Paris August 31- September 8, 2010 for Maison et Objet.  The group to 12 PEOPLE ONLY, to keep the low-key, non-tour approach. Take advantage of a few extra days in Paris to get the most out of the shows as well as have enough time to really enjoy Paris. ! It’s a once in a lifetime chance to attend the ultimate design show!

Here’s What out January Group had to say about the Experience:

Susan and you have opened a window to the industry that I have only been peeking through. So Thanks again. Sue Sifakis

 It was a fantastic trip to Paris. The Hotel D’ Aubusson was beautiful.It was perfect to see Paris with other designers and such a nice group. The show was tremendous and a bit overwhelming. I came on this trip to find a new vision for my business and learned so much more.   Karyn Caldwell

I am still dreaming about it. It was the greatest…Thank you!     Octive Healey

This is very much a self guided tour. We’ll get you where you want to go; walk the aisles with you and share experiences over cocktails each night, but you make the decision when and where and what you want to do. No cattle calls on buses, mandatory dinners, just a fabulous time with a group of women that share the same passion- design. Hope you’ll join me. If you are interested, please download and fill out reg form and send back to us with your deposit asap. Seats fill on a first come; first serve basis.

Note: September Edition of Maison et Objet  has a furniture and outdoor living focus.

See what Maison et Objet is all about!

Tour highlights:

7 days/7 nights in Paris, August 31- September 8, 2010 includes:

*Airfare to/from JFK  Overnight flight arriving in Paris Wednesday, September1, 2010.

*Hotel d’ Aubusson, Four-star, double-occupancy in the heart of St. Germain (Super-convenient location and we’ve stayed in this hotel and love it!) Five minute walk to the subway, direct line to the show. Walking distance of the Louvre, Orsay, Notre Dame, Sorbonne; surrounded by art galleries, restaurants and shops.

*Daily Breakfast at the hotel.

*Airport transfers

*5 day all zone metro pass

*Admission to Maison&Objet and Le Club.

*Welcome reception at M&O from show management

*Exclusive M&O trend presentation with Q&A opportunity

*As-you-wish meet-ups for cocktails or dinner to review the day, compare notes, share stories, etc.

*Pre-travel web session(s) with Deb and Susan to preview locations, M&O planning, travel details, our Paris faves and more

*Cruise on the river Seine.

*Free entrance to the Louvre or Orsay.

 *Design destinations and insider access to showrooms and ateliers across Paris. Viaduc des Arts, Anne Gelbard Atelier to name a few.

 GO HERE for more details.    


Tour does NOT include:

*Any meals except breakfast at the hotel as noted

*Any admissions or fees except for the M&O show and museums as noted

*Any additional transportation fees outside of those listed above (i.e., we’re not bussing you to/from the shows at a specific time, you get there when you want and leave when you want, courtesy of those all-zone transit passes)

*Optional activities, entries & transportation is on you.

*Travel and cancellation insurance

*Personal expenses

*Tips for guides, hotel staff, taxis, etc.

8 April 2010 at 11:35 am 1 comment

Win a Trip to Paris

Opportunité Fantastique!

(Just a little French lingo to announce a spectacular opportunity for one lucky and talented design professional!)

Jay and Mark of  Helser Brothers are offering a trip to the City of Lights, PARIS! As in France! The winner will join Industry Experts Deb Barrett and Susan Schultz as one of a select group of 12 at the Maison et Objet show January 19-27, 2010. The trip includes a Cruise on the Seine and a visit to the Louvre among many other delights. It is truly the trip of a lifetime. There are a few qualifications, a passport, an engaging personality, and the ability to share the journey as you blog for us through 7 days of non-stop Francophile fun. You will get to be our eyes and ears on this trip, submitting daily posts about the products you see and your ongoing adventure.See the fine print below for details on just what is included in this offer and apply today! The trip is coming fast so we need to choose a winner on November 30th. Just send an e-mail to explaining why you are the perfect person for the job, then keep an eye on why helser for the big announcement. Ooh la la! (Wow in French – start practicing!)

The Fine Print:

Paris 2010 includes:

–  7 days /7 nights, January 19 – January 27, 2010, in the City of Lights

–  Airfare to/from JFK or Chicago. (Winner is responsible for getting to JFK or Chicago.)

–  Hotel d’ Aubusson, Four-star, double-occupancy Superior room in the heart of St. Germain (Super-convenient location and we’ve stayed in this hotel and love it!) Five minute walk to the subway, direct line to the show. Walking distance of the Louvre, Orsay, Notre Dame, Sorbonne; surrounded by art galleries, restaurants and shops.

–  Daily Breakfast at the hotel. Value of $140.00

–  Airport transfers Value of $80.00

–  All zone metro passes/carnets for 7 days. Value of $85.00

–  Admission to Maison&Objet and Planet Mueble trade shows. Value of $78.00

–  Welcome reception at M&O from show management

–  Exclusive M&O trend presentation with Q&A opportunity Priceless!

–  As-you-wish meet-ups for cocktails or dinner to review the day, compare notes, share stories, etc.

–  Pre-travel web session(s) with Deb and Susan to preview locations, M&O planning, travel details, our Paris faves and more

–  Cruise on the river Seine. Value of $80.00

–  Free entrance to the Louvre or Orsay. Value of $26.00

–  High Tea one afternoon in the Aubusson’s Grand Salon. Value of $25.00

–  All taxes and service included.

{via why helser}

11 November 2009 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Extras, Extras From IMM Cologne

The show team at IMM Cologne just announced a great tour that will introduce English-speaking visitors to some of the off-site “mini design centers” that have sprung up around the city in recent years. The tour is arranged so that in a half-day, you’ll get to see three of the locations, multiple showrooms at each, have lunch and still end up across the street from the main show by mid-afternoon, leaving you plenty of time to explore the vast halls of IMM Cologne for even more design goodies!

The stops on the tour include: RheinauhafenSpicherhoefe and ending up at Design Post which is a year-round showroom destination right next to IMM. Some of the many showrooms you’ll be able to visit on this tour include: Boffi, B&B Italia, Moroso, Kvadrat, Nya Nordiska and many others.

For more information on the tour, contact the U.S. office of IMM Cologne.

Hope to see you there!

7 November 2009 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

What Makes “Couture” Couture?

The Paris couture shows for Winter 2010 are taking place right now, inspiring oooohs and aaahs of envy and inspiration for both Deb and myself. But as Deb often mentions, the descriptive phrase “couture” is too often tossed off to describe something without have a true understanding of what separates couture from something well-built, well-made, well-crafted.

Take a look at this video, where a Karl Lagerfeld sketch is transformed into a finished Chanel dress and jacket. Each pattern is made and cut by hand, each sequin hand-sewn, each seam hand-pinned…

Lagerfeld is known for his dedication to the petites mains, the specialty seamstresses, milliners, button-makers and other decorative artisans whose elaborate handiwork transforms a design into a showpiece, this video is a clear example of why they deserve his high praise.

10 July 2009 at 7:25 am Leave a comment

Design Focus: Caroline Musgrove

One of the new talents that Susan and I met at imm Cologne d3 Talents was Caroline Musgrove a successful British Knitwear Designer who is expanding into bespoke knitted and embroidered textiles for the home.

        Musgrove's Knitted Plexiglass screen

Her work is inspired by traditional designs and techniques which she teams with contemporary materials. She softens the hard edges of Perspex( Plexiglass) with delicate hand surface decoration.  Each hand knitted and embroidered piece is individual and unique from screens, panels, lights to curtains, cushions and scarves.

Knitted curtain inspired by damask patterns

Knitted curtain inspired by damask patterns

 We had a chance to chat with Caroline about her introductions, inspirations and what’s she’s working on next at her stand in Design Talents.


12 March 2009 at 6:45 pm Leave a comment

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