As most of you probably already know, my partner Michael Partenio and I launched a new company at the New York International Gift Show last Saturday called Dunes and Duchess. When I say new, I mean this is our seventh day of business.
For longer than I would like to admit, I’ve been on the press side of covering stores, gift shows, and discovering products in my various jobs at Traditional Home, New England Home, Southern Living, Southern Accents (now defunct), Hotdots (ditto), Country Home (another ditto), Better Homes & Gardens, and Country Living. Most of the time I would walk the floor with my tag turned around so I wouldn’t be hounded by someone hawking a product I didn’t care about.
What a difference a year makes! That was me scanning for the blue press badge, hoping to drum up buzz for Dunes and Duchess and trying to convince store owners that our high-end candelabras and lamps are a fit for their customer. Let me just say that all of that magazine experience paid off. You’ll be seeing us in a lot of stores come fall and in many magazines and blogs. But no worries, I’m not giving up by life as an editor/stylist/producer. It’s just too much fun!