Friday, June 27, 2014

Renowned Architect and National Magazine Editors to Speak at BOLD Summit

As our blog readers and social media followers / fans know well by now, our ECPR team is a collaborative partner for the BOLD Summit. The following information and news stems from our current press release campaign. We welcome your comments and questions. ~ Jasmine Gurley. 

The Business of Luxury Design (BOLD) Summit, formerly known as the Business of Design (BOD) Conference, has announced high-level additions to the event’s line-up of presentations. The two-day event, set to take place Aug. 28-29, 2014, at the Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, will feature celebrated architect Richard Landry and esteemed editors from national consumer home and industry-related trade publications.

Richard Landry, owner and founder of the award-winning, custom residential architecture firm Landry Design Group, Inc., based in Los Angeles, Calif., will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 BOLD Summit. His presentation will focus on nurturing designers’ passions while building thriving businesses. Landry will share educational insights for personal business growth and development from start-up to present-day.

Richard Landry of Landry Design Group
Named as one of Architectural Digest’s “AD100: Top 100 Designers” five-times since 2000, Landry has designed luxurious statement homes for celebrities such as Eddie Murphy, Mark Wahlberg and Wayne Gretzky. His BOLD Summit keynote presentation will take place Thursday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. PDT.

This year’s BOLD Summit will also feature a media / editor panel dedicated to sharing vital insight for designers and architects regarding the evolving design preferences of today’s consumer as well as trending themes for design-based editorial and photo content. Panelists to date include Amy Elbert, senior architecture editor for Traditional Home; Michela O’Connor Abrams, president at Dwell magazine; Lori Bryan, editor for Robb Report Home & Style; and Katie Kervin, managing editor of Hospitality Design. Others will be announced prior to the August event.

The panel will be moderated by our own Don Eberly and Jeff Collard, co-partners for the BOLD Summit and co-owners of Eberly & Collard Public Relations. The session “How to Serve as a Strategic Editorial Resource - Building Relationships with the Media,” will take place Friday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. PDT.

The BOLD Summit is designed to provide interior designers, architects, design-build professionals, landscape designers and architects, and other luxury design service-providers with resourceful information and networking opportunities, to powerfully align their strategic development and company positioning in the luxury marketplace. The event’s new host, Julia Molloy, founder of Molloy Management Group, brings over 20 years of business operations management experience to BOLD’s rebranded conference. Serving as BOLD Summit’s educational program director, a full spectrum of sessions and topics Molloy will be leading at BOLD Summit will be released in July.

For more information about the BOLD Summit and to request an invitation to attend, visit

Friday, June 20, 2014

Five Must-haves for Landscapes this Summer

The season to celebrate the great outdoors is upon us and moving quickly. We know as landscapers and outdoor room designers, you want to find the best tools and products that will get the job done quickly, and help your clients enjoy their outdoor living spaces to the max.

From saying goodbye to slithering things to paving the way to a more usable patio, we have highlighted five must-have products that will make the most out of the 2014 summer season.

Deer, Wildlife & Insect control:

Keep your clients’ homes and gardens free from unwanted snakes with Dr. T’s Snake-A-Way®. This fast-acting repellent starts working immediately after application. It temporarily disrupts the snake’s sensory receptors, called Jacobson’s Organ, which causes the snake to slither away disoriented and unharmed in search of fresh air. Snake-A-Way comes in granular form, making it easy to apply only to certain areas, and with its time release formula, it gives long-lasting protection.
To learn more click here.

Patio / Deck Furniture:

Summer is the perfect time to relax outdoors. With an outdoor bed designed by Floating Bed, create an outdoor living space that may just become your clients’ favorite place for down time. The versatility of the Floating Bed gives room to hang it anywhere in a backyard. It comes in a variety of colors and styles that will fit any family’s needs. The Floating Bed even comes with a canopy option that will protect homeowners from the elements, making it available to use nearly every season.
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With pavers from Nantucket Pavers, creating a unique walkway, patio, pool area, or backyard retreat has never been easier. Hardscapes are becoming more popular because of their low upkeep and easy maintenance. Nantucket Pavers carry a variety of sizes and colors of its blocks and stones to accent the whole garden design. They can be used to build a free-standing wall, a decorative wall around a fire pit or Jacuzzi tub as well as a uniquely designed patio.

To learn more click here.
Shade Systems:

Bring family and friends together with the Sonoma 12 Douglas Fir shade system. With expert design, the pergola is precision-cut and requires moderate assembly upon delivery. The optional lattice roof and wall kit can provide privacy as well as protection from the elements. The 12 feet x 12 feet size can accommodate large parties. The Sonoma 12 Pergola offers outdoor living spaces that are both functional and beautiful.
To learn more click here.
Landscaping Tools:

Black & Decker’s 22-inch cordless hedge trimmers keep lawns and gardens looking clean and polished. The long blade makes cutting in hard to reach places quicker and easier. The hardened, machined-steel blade stays sharp and provides the durability to maintain a perfectly manicured yard year after year. The powerful rechargeable 18V battery provides landscapers with the long runtime needed to go anywhere without being limited to the length of a cord.

To learn more click here.
What's "Hot" this Summer? Landscapers, tell us about your top tool and outdoor space products and why you like them. Also, Retailers, chime in with your best-selling landscape / exterior product options that you see as hot-selling trend-setters this summer. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Urban Agriculture Reformed: Gotham Greens’ Rooftop Greenhouse

The demand for locally grown food is increasing, but how can an industry meet this need? We see community gardens sprouting up across many neighborhoods of densely populated cities, but what about the masses? Gotham Greens has figured it out. Since its founding in 2008 as an urban greenhouse business and beginning production in 2011, it has become a global innovator in the urban agriculture industry, especially as one of New York State’s top suppliers of high-quality, pesticide-free vegetables and herbs.

The company opened its second of three greenhouses in New York City atop the Whole Foods Market in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Co-founder Viraj Puri explained how their operations worked to the Huffington Post:

“This facility uses the hydroponic technique, meaning plants receive nutrients from their water supply and are grown without soil -- a technique well-suited to urban agriculture where arable land and high-quality soil are scarce… Since the crops are sloped at a gentle angle, all irrigation water is reused…It's actually the most water-efficient form of agriculture in the world because we’re recycling all of our water… As droughts become a more consistent issue, especially in places where our food comes from, I think you’ll start to see more applications of this type of technology.”

As Americans are becoming more health-conscious, the demand for higher-quality foods is greater, which is why consumers are willing to pay more for better quality. For this reason Puri believes “urban agriculture will only get bigger, and will only complement and help our food system get more sustainable.”

Click to learn more about Gotham Greens and its initiatives.

From left to right: co-founders Viraj Puri and Eric Haley
with Chief Agriculture Officer Jennifer Nelkin Frymark.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Luxury Design Manifested at Hotel Hugo: Doors Open in Downtown New York

Hotel-Hugo Exterior – Hotel-Hugo website.
A luxury boutique property, Hotel Hugo is the product of a partnership between real estate developer Matthew Moinian and Fortuna Realty Group, LLC. Located in Hudson Square, the hotel’s appeal lies with its close proximity to shopping and cultural destinations offered by Soho, TriBeca and the West Village. Hotel Hugo is 20 stories high and features 122 guest rooms, including two must-stay top-floor suites and a must-see rooftop lounge that offers a 360-degree view of New York City.

Architect Marcello Pozzi, based in Beverly Hills, Ca, served as the project’s architect and designer. Beginning with the exterior, he implemented a sleek modern finish with exposed concrete that mimics the neighborhood’s 20th century, industrial-style warehouses. The interior includes 104 rooms with king-size beds and 18 rooms with two double beds; the two top-floor suites allow a double room to connect with a king room. 

Hotel-Hugo Guest Room – Hotel Design Magazine.
With custom-made Italian furnishings in each room, Pozzi offers a sophisticated residential-like design to ensure guests feel right at home. All rooms come with a great view, and guests can choose to view the Hudson River or the downtown skyline.

For the hotel’s entrance, Pozzi and his team installed a 17-foot glass fa├žade that leads into a two-story lobby where guests are greeted by an environmentally friendly green wall behind the check-in desk. Vertical gardens can be found throughout the ground floor leading into the restaurant’s private dining room, which has an expansive skylight and uber amounts of gorgeous foliage. 

Hotel-Hugo Front Desk – Hotel Design Magazine.
In keeping with the thematic design and feel of the project, Pozzi used authentic woodwork by Italian craftsman throughout the hotel’s common areas and guest rooms, making this stylish get-away well-suited for vivacious city vacays or booming Manhattan business trips.

To learn more information about the new Hotel Hugo and Pozzi’s design inspiration, read the full article about the project on Hotel Design magazine’s website by clicking here.