Last Tuesday, I was invited to attend a fantastic event at the FLOR retail store in Soho in New York City. And because Stylewhipped is all about having everything in your life be aesthetically pleasing, interior design is a big part of what we consider personal style. So I jumped at the chance to be there (and brought my amazing, doesn't-get-phased-by-my-crazy-fashion-stuff boyfriend Matthew with me...)!
At the event, guests were asked to create their own sample-size rug using FLOR carpet tiles that would be entered into a nationwide contest (more about that in a minute). So Matthew and I immediately got to work when we arrived at the event, and had so much fun creating a rug that we would actually be proud to have in our own home. With varying grey, white & black prints and pops of deep red, we were rather proud of our design and I got to posting on social media right away so that we could compete with all the other designers-for-a-day.
Also at the event, we were lucky enough to chat with award-winning interior designer Robin Wilson, who just published her book Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle and who was kind enough to inscribe a copy for us. The book, by the way, is now displayed in our dining room with my other design books, and is fabulous. The tips and examples Robin gives are amazingly simple to incorporate into your home, and really would make you feel more at ease with what is surrounding you and your family.
Now, a little more on this design challenge. FLOR is hosting more events at their other stores across the country, so if you aren't lucky enough to live in the NYC area, rest assured that you haven't missed out on this awesome opportunity! You can find the other event information listed here on their website: http://www.flor.com/Robin-Wilson-Clean-Design-Events. Each store's manager, along with Robin, will chose a winner for that store. They will receive an 8 x 10 version of the rug they created (a $900 value!), and their design will be entered into the national challenge. Then the overall winning design will become part of FLOR's collection and sold to their customers...plus, 50% of the proceeds of its sales will go to a charity of the winner's choice. Wow!
So if you live near any of the upcoming store events and have any inkling of secret designer in you, I would absolutely recommend you go! Have a glass of wine, meet the lovely Robin, and get your creative juices flowing! The Soho event was really such a blast, and also such a great introduction to the FLOR brand. In the meantime, check out some photos of us from the party below (as well as our self-proclaimed fabulous carpet design!). Clearly I hope we win the Soho challenge (!)...but if we don't, I might just have to recarpet a room or two with some new FLOR carpet tiles...;)
(All photos by Mireya Acierto for Getty Images. To see all the event images, click here.)