Happy Thanksgiving from the Lifestylist Brands! We have much to be thankful for, including the loyalty of our readers. May you Thanksgiving be full of family, friends, love and great food!
When I trademarked the term Lifestylist® over 10 years ago I had no idea what I was in for. I thought by registering the name and going through the proper channels I’d be protected – unfortunately it wasn’t that easy. You have to constantly monitor all of the media that is out there and be the intellectual property cop which can be very time consuming, but the only way to protect what you have built. I’ve found that some people honestly didn’t know that Lifestylist is a trademarked term and will remove their usage of it, but there are others who insist on getting lawyers involved.
Through all of this I’ve become increasingly more aware that there are some really stellar, ethical bloggers out there that really know their stuff and share great information and then well… there are others. Today I noticed a tweet from someone I follow and respect – Courtney Price of Courtney Price Design and sure enough it was full of great information that every blogger needs to be aware of.
Her article on Copyright Issues for Bloggers shows how to do the right thing – she contacted Susan and William from the House of Brinson about an online class they gave on copyrights, got quotes and permission to use their photography and credited them in the article. Blogging should be about celebrating all of us – not just your own domain.
We teamed up at the beginning of our Lifestylist journey with Lisa Stewart of Lisa Stewart Photography so we would have the photos we need to tell our story with. I have a photography page at the top of my blog that credits her and states all photos are copyrighted.
Words to the wise: if you don’t own the rights to a photo, got permission in writing to use it or took it yourself, don’t use it. This is becoming an issue that more photographers and writers are taking seriously and winning in the battles that make it to court.
If you don’t know if a term or service is trademarked you can go to the USPTO website, do a trademark search and anything that has been filed will be shown as well as who the owner is.
If you think mobile homes sit on blocks and that a mobile home park is undesirable, you haven’t seen this beautiful home. The exterior is deceiving – what looks ordinary from the street is extraordinary when you walk and side and see all of the spectacular views and renovations that have been made to the home.
For more thoughts on the value of factory built housing and why it’s so important to choose the right person to market your home visit our Lifestylist site. For more photos and information on purchasing the home visit celebrity Realtor Madison Hildebrand’s site – The Malibu Life. The photo above is compliments of Mr. Hildebrand.
It is so exciting to see the changes that are coming in the design world. Technology is making a huge difference in the way we live, and with LED lighting becoming more affordable there are some really exciting changes coming in lighting and how we use light.
As a Lifestylist® it’s really important to me that I keep up with changes and trends so Sunday I’m heading to the Las Vegas Market. Usually go for a day or two, but there are so many great seminars this time I’m going to spend a few extra days to learn about what’s new and what we’ll be seeing in 2014.
Life keeps moving forward at a rapid pace lately. Social media is getting us information immediately whenever something newsworthy happens. It seems like every day there is a new event that overshadows the ones before it unless you have been a part of one of these events and continue to live that experience every day.
I was back in Moore and Oklahoma City Oklahoma this week – two months after the area was devastated by some of the most powerful tornadoes this country has ever seen. It was hard to believe that months had gone by – in many areas it looked like time had stood still but in other areas you could see that progress was being made. Hotels were still full of people with no home to go back to, and Walmart had lots of merchandise for OU students, but the Moore residents who had previously shopped at the store no longer had a home to store or use their purchases in. There were no lines, and very few cars in the parking lot.
As you can see though, some areas have been cleared and are ready for building to begin again -they are just waiting for the insurance claims to be settled and for a sign that someday they might be able to go back home. As a Lifestylist® I’m anxious to see what type of building materials and designs will be used when rebuilding the destroyed homes – will the homeowners want what they had, or are they ready for a new look and lifestyle? Time will tell how many people do rebuild or if they make a lifestyle change and decide to live somewhere else. What will tomorrows New American Home look like to these people who have been though so much?
Fortunately there were still lots of volunteers helping with cleanup and building storage sheds were homes had been providing those families with a new place to store their memories and to start building new ones.
Can you believe that school supplies are already showing up on the shelves at the stores? An important part of being a Lifestylist® is giving back to the community, and supporting Shared Housing and the important services they provide is something we always look forward to.
Shared Housing is a small under-funded group that helps provide housing to single parent families and and Seniors and one of the things that makes them very special is that once you are a part of the Shared Housing Family you are always invited to be a part of everything they do.
Their 2013-2014 School is Cool campaign has officially started! Our goal this year is to secure backpacks, supplies, uniforms and a pair of shoes for 300 of our current and former homeless children attending school. That means over 420 construction packages, 1000 packages of notebook paper, 1,565 folders with brads, crayons, pens, pencils and oh so much more! The Dallas Stars Hockey Team was very generous and provided the kids with these super cool backpacks last year giving our kids a fashionable start to the school year.
Would you consider becoming a friend of Shared Housing? Whether you write a check, go on-line to donate, or coordinate a supply drive at your offices, we need it all! So, please help us! You will feel great doing so and our children and their parents will be thankful for your support in getting them to school.
For a list of ways you can join the campaign and help or if you need additional information, please call them or email them at:
Shared Housing Center – 214-821-8510
Maria Machado – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Russell – email@example.com
The Lifestylist Brand is all about “Life Celebrating Style” and it’s great to have something to celebrate again! Attending The Builders Show and seeing what is new is the perfect way to start this New Year. It’s the first year that the show is being held in Las Vegas in awhile, and it seems like there are going to be exhibitors showing that haven’t been there in awhile. I’m also excited to see The New American Home – we were the Lifestylists for the 2011 home and I appreciate now more than ever how much work goes into each home.
On Tuesday I will be speaking on a panel discussing “90 Design Trends in 90 Minutes”. It was really hard to chose which ideas to talk about and it promises to be a fast paced program filled with great ideas. If you are attending the Builders Show I hope that you’ll come and join us.
It’s going to be really tough to get to do and see everything that I want to in 2 days, but I promise to take lots of notes and pictures and share what I see and hear here.
What a difference a few months can make! Consumers are not only back out looking at new homes – they are buying them. Lifestylist Design might end up having a record year, and most of the new model homes that we merchandised have been in the last half of the year.
SE Homes of Texas is a division of the country’s largest homebuilder – Clayton Homes – and is a great example of why people are finally buying instead of looking… they have designed a home that anyone would be proud to live in. Consumers have been telling us for years that they want open living spaces, great outdoor areas that are easy to access, pet-friendly design and master suites that you never want to leave. Not only does SE Homes offer all that and more – they offer it at an achievable price that you won’t believe.
You learn a lot about people and companies when you are working with them in a high stress situation like a show home – especially when it is one of the most high profile homes of the year. Some promise you the moon at the beginning and then stop taking your phone calls when their products don’t arrive. Some don’t even return your calls before you get started, and leave you scrambling to find a suitable replacement even though they they said they wanted to be involved. Then there are those wonderful companies and team members that step up in ways that you never expect, and you aren’t hunting them down – they are calling you to see what you need and how you they help.
Thermador is one of those companies that make any project easy. You aren’t having to chase them – they are easy to find and make the experience not only easy, but enjoyable – a word that I never thought I’d use when tackling a remodeling project!
When I wanted to add a test kitchen to The Home Idea Factory Thermador was my first choice, and I haven’t been disappointed. I didn’t think what I wanted to do was possible, but not only was it possible, it’s so cool every time I go into the kitchen I have a huge smile on my face. With their iPad app and exhaustive information that’s available on their website my contractors were able to do a job that I thought would take weeks in a day. Everything they needed was right there so we were able to get it done in record time. I also loved the way the columns were packaged – everything had wedges that kept the shelves and items in place, and the blue tape was easy to see and remove.
I named my new refrigeration columns “Motivation” because this experience was was so much fun, I’m already planning on my next phase!
Tonight Hurricane Sandy is wreaking havoc on New York City and the East Coast. I was just there a few weeks ago enjoying all of the wonderful sights and sounds the city has to offer, and I can’t help but worry about all of the people and businesses that I love going to there.
One of those is Porto Rico Importing Co. on Bleecker St in Greenwich Village. I’ve been buying my coffee there ever since I had a place in NY, and after I moved I continued to have it shipped to Texas. I knew they had great coffee at amazing prices, but a few days ago I got a flyer from them telling about the history of the family and that the owner’s Mom, who has always been a part of the business and lived over the store just had her 100th birthday! I can’t imagine the stories she must have as someone who lived in NYC all of her life, but you feel like you are experiencing some of that history just by visiting the store.
To celebrate Rose’s 100 birthday they are doing a very special blend. I know I’m going to have to buy a few lbs to celebrate this special occasion -to order yours, you can visit their website or give them a call at: 1-800-453-5908