08 January 2012

m21 gets down: the highlights of 2011

oh irony, how i love thee so! 2011 was the year that my blogging started to pay off with some fabulous social media opportunities, and of course, it was also the year i was so busy, it seemed like i barely blogged at all (only 132 posts). in my defense, my social media has been more concentrated on the twitters & facebook lately, as it's much easier to squeeze in the time for 140 characters as opposed to being able to find a couple hours to write a full-fledged blog post (taking & editing photos, composing the text and sourcing the associated links is NEVER a quick proposition, at least for little ol' typelexic m21). still, whether i blogged as much as i would have liked or no, the 4 years i've spent slogging away in the social media world has begun to reward me in unexpected ways, and has provided me with some incredible highlights to my year...

photo courtesy of angeleno interiors magazine
1) i love LA: one of my new years goals from last year was to be more social offline so i've really made an effort to be more active in the design scene centered here in los angeles. this has paid off in the number of absolutely lovely people i've met and befriended in the last year.  a few years ago, i dreaded attending parties associated with the los angeles design community because i didn't know a soul;  now i'm inconsolable if i have to miss an event, because i'll miss an opportunity to see the warm, talented, funny, and supportive individuals i've come to know and love! too many names to name here (y'all know who you are), but each of you make the formerly dreaded work-mixer a now much anticipated event!

my first design panel, photo courtesy of blueprintbrands
 2) my 1st design panel:  the delightful people over at the avenues of art, fashion, and design, west hollywood were nice enough to include me in a panel on "blogging LA style" (thank you melanie!), and it was truly one of the highlights of my year. not only did i get to become friends with two of my awesome co-panelists,  ashlina (the decorista), and gregory (apartment therapy unplgged and gregory han), i've since been asked to participate in 2 other panels. unfortunately, scheduling conflicts prevented me from participating in those two, but i'm hoping to take part in more panel opportunities in 2012. i'm a big mouth, so this is a natural fit pour moi!

from my glum expression, you can see what a dull trip my brizo fashion week was...NOT! (thank you fellow traveler kathy at live the fine life for this wonderful photo)
3) brizo fashion week:  another huge highlight was being flown to new york to attend the jason wu fashion show by the good people over at brizo faucets. an amazing brand, and an amazing experience, but again, it was about the people, and i was so lucky to have the opportunity to make 19 new friends out of the fabulous crew of designer/bloggers on the trip. brizo has just announced the next group of designers to attend this fab experience in february, and i'm more than a little jealous of them!

4) eleanor lambert: still here: in one of those serendipitous moments that has me thanking the universe for my good fortune, my trip to brizo fashion week coincided with the publication of this fabulous book by one of my oldest and dearest friends, john tiffany, so i was able to attend the launch party at lincoln center to celebrate its release.  seeing someone i love achieve great success was another highlight to 2011, and the fact that it fell during the week i was already in NYC courtesy of brizo was the best kind of unexpected kismet!

with my girls crystal (plush palate & rue magazine) and ash (the decorista) on our way to sunset cocktails.  in anticipation of the coming april market, crystal just posted some pictures of our hijinks, of which this is but one- go visit!
5) high point market: i was also honored to be part of a group of designers/social media cognescenti attending high point market in october, and i gots to tell you, it was hands down the funnest thing i did all year. you can read all about my adventures here, but i'll paraphrase for you: 3 days in an entire CITY devoted to furniture, lighting and accessories, surrounded by the best group of people in the universe, while attending a non-stop string of cocktail parties, and, well, it was basically this designer's idea of heaven!  i am dearly hoping my schedule allows me to return this april, as i have so much more to see and do in high point!

6) joss & main:  ok, this one is a shameless plug for good things to come in 2012, but i was approached about it in 2011, so for me, i'm counting it as a 2011 highlight! we are delighted to announce on january 31st, 2012 (a little over 3 weeks from now) that we are having a maison21 curated sale on the joss & main site. the theme for our sale is black, white and BOLD, and essentially it is a curated selection on how to get the maison21 look: liberal use of black and white, paired with bold splashes of color and pattern; as well as touches of glimmering metallics, and the gleam of lucite and mirror- and a maybe little something for the furkids too. selections aren't finalized yet, but i'm excited by what we've put together so far, and i think y'all will like it too!

of course, the support and continued readership of all my friends here on maison21 was another highlight of 2011, and i appreciate y'all sticking with me for these many years.  i hope to blog a bit more frequently in 2012, but remember, if you can't get enough m21 in your life, you can always find me (in smaller doses) on the twitters & the facebooks! (pinterest sometimes too!)

happy 2012 to you all- i can tell this is going to be a year of good things for all of us!


MJH Design Arts said...

Hi Cristian--A fantastic year! I'm awaiting increased m21 posts--you can be addictive. xoxo Mary

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Congratulations on a wonderful year. You are so cute in those photos, too!

maison21 said...

happy new yeat to you both, mary and kim, and thank you for your continued freindship and support!


c,t,& r

Blue Turtle said...

Good for you. Congratulations! The past years has been very good for you. I wish more blessings to come.

jeavon @ interior design pro

Rhonda E. Peterson said...

Christian, so wonderful to hear that you had an amazing year and your hard work and diligence in the social media has paid off in fantastic relationships and opportunities! Buckle your seatbelt my friend, the ride has only just begun!