Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award

 

Recently I had the honor of being nominated for this award by Gloria Sollecito of Artful Kitchens. Gloria is a lovely lady: smart, talented, and a kitchen specialist. She’s also an artist at heart. I so enjoyed meeting her on the BLOGTOUR-Nola a wonderful event I attended in New Orleans back in 2013. I know Gloria will understand that between kids at home in the summer and one off to college, and a thriving interior design practice, it took me a few months to actually take her challenge and answer all these questions!Gloria

Without further ado, here are my answers to the ten challenge questions Gloria submitted to her nominees. At the end I will post a list of my own questions and nominees.  Here goes!

1) What is the most inspiring book you’ve ever read and why?

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is one I recently admired. If you can, read it in French, that’s the version I read but I am a native speaker so that does not count! I have a hard time commiting to one single book! I loved the complexity of the characters, the class consciousness theme, the juxtaposition of two very different cultures (French and Japanese), and the references to art contained in this book. I found this book very inspiring as it is very thought provoking and beautifully written.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

2) If you could bring just one make up item with you on a trip what would it be?

moisturizer but I’d hide mascara in a backpocket.

Moisture Surge™ Extended Thirst Relief

3) What dish are you known for?

I make a mean gazpacho soup! Garlic is vital and fresh fresh basil from the garden a plus!

4) What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you and have you paid it forward yet?

The kindest thing someone has done for me is to love me unconditionally, and the first person to have done that is my mother. I have repaid her forward and hopefully many people in my life! 

5) What is your trade mark design feature?

A refined sense of color. 

6) What is the biggest misconception about you?

That I am an extrovert. I’m really a nerd with a sense of style, and do well in smaller groups! A dinner with a few close friends and good conversation is what makes me happy. Music and dancing with a glass of Prosecco are swell as well! I’ve been known to start dancing in my kitchen with old friends while peeling veggies!

7) What is one food that you detest and would not eat for love or money?

Beef tongue. A dreadful culinary reminder of some childhood dinners with relatives in France.

8) What celebrity living or dead in the last hundred years would you like to chat with? Why?

Ray Eames for being a woman designer in a time when it was difficult to be respected as a woman entrepreneur.

Ray-Bernice Alexandra Kaiser Eames (1912 – 1988) was an American artist, designer, and filmmaker who, together with her husband Charles, is responsible for many classic, iconic designs of the 20th century.:

9) Do you believe in ghosts?

Yes, of course. Don’t you?

10) What aspect of the design process is your favorite?

Creative brainstorming and preparing visual mock ups once all items are selected and the client can finally see them together and visualize what they will look like in the space. 

Here are my nominees, a few special people I totally respect in my industry, wether they blog or design:

Yvonne Blacker , of Design Vignettes

Marilyn Russell, of Marilyn Ashley Design Associates

Richard Rabel, of Richard Rabel Interiors + Art

Lisa Peck of Lilu Interiors.

Here are my ten questions:

1/What do you love about blogging?

2/What is your favorite film?

3/Are you a dog or a cat person and why?

4/Which is your favorite interior designer and why?

5/What are you cooking/eating tonight?

6/Who is the person in your life who most inspired you professionally?

7/What do you have on your nightstand right now?

8/Share a favorite travel destination.

9/Tell me your favorite room to design or blog about and why.

10/Do you think vessel sinks are in or out?

You can answer the questions but if not, I totally understand and just want you to know that I am a fan and consider you a sister/brother in the World of Bloggers!

Kindly,

Barbara

“Best of Houzz 2013” Award

I am very blessed this month. Lots of good things are happening at Elza B. Design, Inc : The Brizo Fashion Week Trip to New York  I wrote about earlier this week, and now an award for “Best of Houzz 2013” for the Boston Area, in the Interior Designer Customer Satisfaction Category. Below I wanted to share the Press Release with all of you.

ELZA B. DESIGN, Inc of Boston Receives

Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

 

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users

 Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals

 Boston, MA —  January 21st, 2013 –Elza B. Design, Inc of Acton, MA has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The The 5-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

Barbara Elza Hirsch, principal of ELZA B. DESIGN, INC, loves nothing more than the thrill of transforming a space that does not yet feel like home, into an oasis that truly feels welcoming.  She likes to “build a room like a painting, each stroke and layer creating the final space”. 

 “Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Barbara Elza Hirsch of ELZA B. DESIGN, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like ELZA B. DESIGN, Inc, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Elza B. Design, Inc:

Barbara Elza Hirsch is a French-American interior designer and principal of ELZA B. DESIGN, INC (www.elzabdesign.com) based in Acton, MA.
An attentive listener and gifted colorist, she thrives to create interiors that meets her clients’ needs. She is not afraid to bridge old with new and loves to create restful and unique contemporary, transitional, eclectic or “traditional with a twist” interiors. Her European roots greatly influence her work, as does her background in art and fashion.

 About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc