Sunday, September 20, 2009

Eddie Ross & Jaithan Kochar - So Much FUN!!

I hope you like gushing - because I'm smitten with Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar! In the end, the success of a party is really all about the guests and I had the fortune of having the most wonderful group of people come to this party. If graciousness is the art of making others feel comfortable and valued then Eddie and Jaithan are the embodiment of the word! Here's Eddie autographing my July 09 copy of Style at Home. The tag line for the article: "Move over Madonna! Meet Eddie Ross - the King of Reinvention" - click here to read more.
I think I'll frame this picture of Eddie & I along side my autographed magazine copy!
Leila of In the Tweeds and her lovely mom. I think her blog name is so creative! (In the background are my new linen curtains from I Dream of Drapery - I'll be doing a whole post on this wonderful company out of Georgia.) Bob of Homer's Odd Isn't He ,with his lovely guest to the left, and Linda of Haven on Hanover. Bob's blog is the go-to blog for a behind-the-scenes look into auctions and Linda is a designer renovating her historic home in the Fan Distric of Richmond.
The ever stylish Jen of Department of the Interior and the guest who traveled the farthest - Terri of Wind Lost - all the way from Calgary, Canada!! Terri and her boyfriend David were here in the States for a vacation and the timing was perfect for coming to the party. It was so great to meet her in person - she's wonderful!
Gretchen Ginnerty of Ginnerty Architects (click here to see Gretchen's amazing transformation of a 1960's split ranch) is speaking with Terri Sapienza of The Washington Post. In the background is Jennifer Sergent of Washington Spaces chatting with Eddie. I always enjoy reading Terri and Jennifer's articles on design. To the right is Scott Fazzini of Domicidal Maniac and Bob Murphy of Homer's Odd Isn't He.
Designer Anne Hardock and Gretchen Ginnerty of Dwellings by Design. A huge thank you to both all them for all their wonderful help in the last hour before the party - invaluable!
Janet of JCB and Scott of Domicidal Maniac - two talented and fun people!
Jaithan, Beth of Chinoiserie Chic & Style Redux, Lauren of Pure Style Home and Jen of Department of the Interior. How could a party go wrong when you have these guests in your kitchen?! After emailing Jaithan so many times it was great to meet him - so charming and interesting to talk with in person.
To the left, Thomas of My White Shirt - one of the nicest people you'll meet.
Gabi, Meg's sister-in-law, Anne Hardock, Meg Fairfax Fielding of Pigtown Design and Janet of JCB. I was so excited to meet Meg as she was one of the first blogs I followed. Fun, witty and super nice - everything you would expect as a reader of her blog.
More fun - did I mention that everyone wanted Terri to take a picture of them because her camera magically makes you look tan!

And I wished I had taken more pictures - I'm hoping other bloggers have their photos so I'll be able to add photos of the other bloggers. They included (if I've forgotten anybody let me know!):

Stefan of Architect Design

Annie of Bossy Color

Allison of Matters of Style

Pat of Pat's Addition - I don't have a picture of Pat but here are the incredible raspberries she brought. Homegrown, hand picked and spectacular!

And finally a HUGE THANK YOU to my husband for all his support. His Cuban roasted pork was the hit of the party - love you Danny!

Tomorrow's post - Eddie at the Flea Market: Fabulous Finds & Tips


Beth Connolly said...

Michele-Thanks so much for a wonderful party and a great opportunity to meet Eddie and Jaithan and see and meet more DC bloggers.

Pigtown*Design said...

Such a fun party! I was so happy to finally meet people who I've "known" through their blogs and through e-mail.

Thank you so much for hostessing this great party!

Paula said...

Looks like a great night - how awesome to have all those folks in one place :)

Unknown said...

It looks like you all had a fabulous time! What a great group!

Charlie said...

What an awesome gathering! It is wonderful to put faces to the lovely bloggers I enjoy reading.

Lauren said...

Michele- thank you so so much for an awesome night!!!! You & your family are just such wonderful hosts & we had a great time!!!! Your home & neighborhood are beautiful. Thank you!!!!!

LOVE that addition!!!!!

Haven on Hanover said...

Michele: Dave and I had so much fun and made so many new friends! You and your husband are wonderful hosts (LOVED THAT PORK) and I loved seeing your home in person - So so charming in every way. I hope to see you again very soon. Come down to Richmond!!

Chemin des Muguets said...


Bravo to you. It seems you had a hit of an evening on your hands! I didn't know outsiders were invited. I would have come from Carmel.



Unknown said...

Looks like you had yourself a wildly successful party, Michele! I would love to have been a fly on the wall, soaking up all that talent!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a treat to put the faces behind the lovely pictures and words. What fun you all must have had!!

Kellogg Collection said...

What a fun night! Kudos to our hosts. It was a great treat to meet so many talented people and the place looked great. Thanks for including me. Cheer's Homer.

Jenn @ Dear Heart said...

Michele--Thanks so much for hosting. I had an amazing time meeting Eddie and Jaithan, along with a bunch of other fabulous bloggers and designers. The pictures are great!

Pat said...

Michele-Thanks so much. We had a great time and I loved meeting in person all the bloggers I follow. Eddie and Jaithan are so engaging and friendly. And I love your house.

cotedetexas said...

man - I am SO jealous!!!! I wish I could have been there! Terri was there?!?!?!?!? omg! how fun!!!!!!!!! but to tell you the truth -there is NO way I could have Eddie at my house! I would die of insecurity!!! haah!!! seriously !!! And Meg was there! and Stefan! Lauren is so tall and gorgeous - wow! and Beth and Homer! ok - this was the party of the year!

Leila said...

We had a wonderful time, Michele! Thanks so much for opening your home to all of us! It was such fun to meet everyone!


Thomas said...

GREAT night! Everything was perfect. Thank you for your hospitality. And I love the post.

Anonymous said...

Michele, what can we say!? Oh wait...I know...PERFECTION! Everything...from the food to the decor to all the fantastic people we was all incredible! THANK YOU so much for all the planning, preparation, and of course, for bringing so many people together! Thank you as well to your husband for such a delicious spread! Can't wait to see you again soon!

Eddie + Jaithan

pve design said...

Everyone truly looks like they are so thrilled and your place looks so wonderful....I know how you were readying the nest for this event!
So much fun to meet other bloggers in person.

LindsB said...

What an amazing party, looks like so much fun!! These are the times I wish I didnt live in apartment because I would LOVE to have a party like this when Eddie and Jaithan come up to Boston.

I cant wait to read about the flea market now :)

home before dark said...

You stepped out of your comfort zone Big Time and in Big Style. Great to put faces with "voices."

London Calling said...

Looks like a fabulous party. And you the consumate hostess. Your home is looking divine. Smiles,LC

red ticking said...

hi michele,
the party looks like it was so much fun... and great to see wonderful photos of all the talent behind these wonderful blogs that we all love... bravo! x pam

Summer is a Verb said...

Sooo sad I missed it. Rats. Double rats...XXOO

Unknown said...

Wow, what a new element for a party bloggers from all over. Thanks for sharing the success of your party with us.


Champagne on Tuesdays said...

It looks like a blast! What a fun idea.

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A friend of mine is writing a book (legitimately; has a publisher, etc.) and is looking for blog owners to contribute content. I thought of you since the few times I have commented you have always responded. :)

I can provide more info if you can email me at pls. drop by my blog and let me know you are doing so as I don't check that account regularly!


ana said...

Congratulations for your awesome party!! I will go and read every single blog of the people you invited!!!

Things That Inspire said...

WOW - I wrote this on Lauren's blog too - but I am practically wordless (is that how you describe speechless in writing?). I wish I could have been there, but it was immensely gratifying to see all of the faces behind so many of my favorite blogs. I am dying to meet Terri of Windlost, I feel like she is really a kindred spirit when I email with her.

Great post!

Mary Kay Andrews said...

Good for you to step up and gather all these creative and talented folks together to celebrate Eddie and Jaithan. I'd love to have done that when they were in Atlanta, but I felt so insecure about my home, food, self, ect. You've given me the courage to try it next time around!

Janet said...

Michelle ~ a HUGE thank you goes to you for hosting such a tremendous fête in your beautiful home! You are the ultimate hostess. Cheers!

Annie, bossy color said...

Michele, it was a wonderful party - thank you so much! Fantastic to meet Eddie and Jason, and always fun to see you and my fellow bloggers. I hope to see you again soon - thanks again!

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone! I was lucky to have the very best guests.

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW!!! That looks like such FUN!!! I need to have a party!!!

Alison Duffy said...

Looked like a GREAT time!!!

Elle Jay Bee said...

No way! What a guest list!! My two favourite Terris...Terri from Windlost (a fellow original Maritimer...LOVE her!!) and Terri Sapienza. I can only imagine how much fun you all had...what a great group of talented people!


Windlost said...


Sorry to be so slow to respond but we got back from our trip just last night!!

Your party was so wonderful and you are such a lovely hostess and your husband and kids such great hosts too! Your daughter and son are such polite and sweet kids. Thanks to Dan too for the great spread. You guys did such a lovely job putting it all together and your house is so beautiful - you have very lovely taste and I am annoyed that I didn't steal more pics of your rooms!!

I was thrilled to meet everyone and feel bad that I didn't meet Terri Sapienza - how did I miss her? Will have to come to your next blog party...!

Big hug and thanks again. I was telling David it was so nice being in a room with so many people I felt like I already knew and who share my same interests - I think I have more blog friends than real friends now!!

Oh, and such a pleasure to meet Eddie and Jaithan - both so gracious, approachable and witty.

xo Terri


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