Phew, I can honestly say that I now know what fashion stylist Rachel Zoe feels like at the end of Oscar week – exhausted!  This past week was a whirlwind of preparations, dinner parties, and design events revolving around WestWeek and Stars of Design.  What began with a little extra weight pumping and stomach butterflies, resulted in an indescribable feeling of accomplishment and honor.

To celebrate the week’s events, my former right-hand man, Dan, flew in from Florida and we hosted a dinner party on Tuesday to get the entire DLD group together.  I have always had such a close connection with my employees and it is a blast when we get everyone together, the old and the new.  Throughout the night I felt so proud looking around and seeing all the interns and talent that have come through my office and now have careers and accomplishments of their own.

As the party came to a close I had to sit down and prepare my acceptance speech and ensemble for the following night.  It was going to be a glamorous evening filled with icons of the design industry and I thought that a white Monique Lhuillier dress was the perfect choice.  As for all the preparation for my acceptance speech for the Star of Interior Design award, it all went out the window and ended up just coming from the heart.  It was so rewarding to be among the Stars honored for 2012 and in my own heart, I saw that to be a public affirmation of my work.

Speaking of Stars, I also went to WestWeek’s “Rise of the Rock Star Designerkeynote event at the Pacific Design Center.  The panel included Martyn Lawrence-Bullard and Kathryn Ireland (Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators) along with some of HGTV’s interior designers and hosts.  It was very uplifting to hear how fame has affected their lives and the world’s view of design.  The whole week left me thinking of what’s next in store for me, maybe you’ll see me on your television screen one day!

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