Monthly Archives: May 2012

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens’ 2012 Innovation in Design Awards

I had the pleasure of presenting the Interior Design Award at Connecticut Cottages & Gardens‘ 2012 Innovation in Design Awards last week. Cottages & Gardens encourages professional architects, interior designers, kitchen, bath and landscape designers to participate in an annual innovation in Design Awards competition that recognizes superior architecture and design throughout Connecticut and Westchester. The winners of the Interior Design category were:

1st Place: Joeb Moore and Partners

2nd Place: Tiffany Eastman Interiors 

3rd Place: Robert A. Cardello Architects and Polly Denham Interiors

Congratulations to all the participants and the winners! I didn’t really know what this awards event was when I showed up, but the next thing I knew I was asked to present one of the awards! I guess my cousin, Ashley Stark, couldn’t present the award because she was one of the competition judges. Dont worry, my jokes up there were received well….I think.  Check out the video above to see me present the Interior Design Award.

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So you just like sell carpet?

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Many of my friends from all over the place have recently been asking me what I’m up to. When I tell them where I work or what I’m actually doing (I’m still working on my personal elevator pitch), this is the typical response I get:

“Wait, so you just like sell carpet?”

“Just like sell carpet?” HA. I’ve learned many things from 3 weeks of full-time employment in the home goods industry, but a realization I have daily is that most people my age (college students and young professionals) have ZERO appreciation for high-end carpets and fabrics. But why should they? This attitude is perfectly reasonable because when have we ever had to buy something nice besides work clothes for our internship? As my girls at DSI helped teach me, interior design and home furnishing is an art – “Fashion for the home” as I like to say. Truth is that until you have to decorate your living space with something you DON’T plan on trashing, it COULDN’T MATTER LESS what design and material is under your feet. This needs to change.

Why is an Hermes bag sexier than a silk contemporary rug when the elite feeling and high price tag are the same? I had the pleasure of attending an event at the prestigious international rug artist Jan Kath’s NY gallery after the ICFF on Monday (which was awesome btw), and how can you tell me this rug isn’t sexy? As someone who thinks he’s good at marketing and branding, I am making it my mission to educate Generation Y on how sexy (I love that word right now) this industry is. The entire industry – not just Stark – needs to work together to show young people how cool we really are.

And as to whether I, “just like sell carpets” you tell me. Does someone at Hermes “just like sell bags?” Come on people. Once I figure out how to express my job description in words, you’ll see it on here. Stay tuned.

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Welcome to the Real World

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It’s official. I’m now a working man. After months of figuring out what I want to do and where I want to live, I’ve decided to move to New York City (thanks for voting in the survey) and join the family business – Stark Carpet.

I joined Stark because of how much opportunity there is here for growth. Big things are in the works. It’ll take some time to get integrated into the workflow of things around here, but this company is truly entrepreneurial. I’m more excited than ever to make my mark on the world. Stick around for updates as I begin executing on my plan – global domination!

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