2010 was an amazing year for So Haute! From a site re-design and having my traffic increase dramatically to hosting exciting events, receiving some great press and producing my first video, last year brought many successes to celebrate! I couldn’t be more proud of what I accomplished and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities that came my way, the relationships I built both on and offline and of course for you…all of my readers who are always so amazing and supportive. So as we kick off the New Year, I thought it would be fitting to celebrate and recap some So Haute’s great highlights from last year! Without further ado, here are some of my favorite moments of 2010:
1. Meeting some of my blogging buddies in person!
One of my favorite things about blogging is the relationships I’ve built with other bloggers and in 2010 I had several opportunities to meet some of my favorite blogging and twitter buddies in person! It’s been so much fun cultivating these relationships and I’m glad I had so many opportunities to take my online relationships offline for a change! Pictured above are is just a selection of the bloggers I had a chance to get to know in person this year.
Top Left: Me with Marianne from Haven & Home, Vicente Wolf and Camila from Effortless Style; Top Right: Me & Erika from Blu Label Bungalow (photo via Blu Label Bungalow); Middle Left: Me with Michelle Weibe and Eric Miller from Studio M (Photo via Studio M) and my Twitter buddy Barbara Barna; Middlle Right: me with Eddie Ross; Bottom Left: Me with Jenny from Little Green Notebook and Kirsten from Simply Grove (Photo via @simplygrove); Bottom Right: Me with Karen from Hammocks & High Tea, Anishka from Ishka Designs and Michelle from Holley & Gill (Photo via NYDC on Facebook).
2. Launching a newly redesigned So Haute
Last year I debuted a brand new look on the blog with a cleaner and easier to navigate layout. The response was overwhelming and I’m so glad everyone is enjoying the new site! (& There are still more exciting updates to come in 2011!)
3. Hosting an event with four of America’s top interior designers
In July I hosted a cocktail party and panel discussion called Right Now in Design with top designers Nate Berkus, Laura Kirar, Steven Gambrel and Jesse Carrier along with my friends Josh Greene and Pierre Frey. It was such an incredible event and truly a proud moment for So Haute!
4. Producing my first video So Haute TV
I produced my first video for So Haute which was a behind the scenes look at Right Now in Design which featured interviews with the designers who participated. I plan to do more fun videos for the blog in 2011!
5. Launching my “Ask Nicole” advice column
6. Guest Blogging!
In September I hosted an event during the NYDC‘s What’s New What’s Next event and was able to meet some of my readers in person at the Bograd Kids showroom. As interactive as blogging is, it’s still a distant interaction so It was wonderful to get to actually meet some of my blog readers and supporters face to face! In October I hosted a social media workshop with the Editor at Large during Fall Market at the D&D where I also got to meet more readers and do some social media consulting. It was another welcome opportunity to meet some of my blog readers in person and I loved being able to share my blogging and social media knowledge and tips with others! I hope to participate in more events like these in 2011!
8. Garnering coverage in a few of my favorite print and online shelter publications
I was fortunate enough to receive some great press coverage for myself and So Haute in 2010! In August Apartment Therapy featured a tour of my home which ended up being one of AT’s most popular house tours of the year! HGTV.com included my expert tips on layering rugs in an online feature that hit the web in September. I was featured on Lonny’s October/November issue “Blogger Style” page which was truly an honor! In November I was included in a roundup of designer’s coat closets for House Beautiful and made the cover of Glo in a feature about the top 10 home decor experts to watch! Receiving recognition in such top media outlets was beyond thrilling! I still have to pinch myself!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!! Thanks for sticking along for the ride during such an exciting year in 2010 and I’m looking forward to another incredible year in 2011!