New York Gift Fair Highlights

Yesterday morning I woke up early and hopped a train to the City to attend the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF.)  It’s huge event that occupies two buildings and a convention center.  With limited time (plus a cold and “weak feet”) I opted to only go to Pier 94, the Home Division.  Lucky for me it was chock full of goodies and I found a lot of good inspiration and new sources.  Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter may have caught a few of my faves as I was walking through.  Here are 12 of my favorite finds below.  

One more note about NYIGF…  Going to these types of events always makes me incredibly nervous.  Navigating the crowds and stands, asking questions, trying to look like I belong there and doing it all alone is NOT something that comes easy to me.  Sometimes I feel like I am very much a wimp.  (Like how I spied both Anna Spiro and Heather Clawson and was too hesitant to interrupt them and say hello.)  But each time I stretch myself I feel stronger and more confident.  I think we are all capable of a lot, we just have to go to that scary place in order to keep growing.  Anywho, that’s my philosophical thought of the day.  Happy Tuesday!

  1. Hi Naomi,

    I would have loved it if you stopped and said hello!! Trust me, I know what it’s like. I too get nervous. Next time, make sure you say hi. I would love to meet you.


  2. jeanine

    I was doing a bunch of searches and kept being directed to your blog {on at least 5 different searches} – your apartment is wonderful.

    For the convention type places {I go to ICFF at Javits and have gone both alone and with others} I just remember what I was told at my first design job, that it’s all smoke and mirrors. If you act confident people will assume you belong there whether you think you do or not.

  3. I’m with you, it’s scary and intimidating being in that kind of setting, *especially* by yourself! Plus I’m about 76% positive that I will be a blathering idiot once I start talking to them (c: I definitely have to echo Ann’s thoughts, I’m sure they would’ve been thrilled to meet ya! And on a side note, those leather embellished pillows are *brilliant*…LOVE.

  4. Those rugs are fantastic, love the MK textiles in partic. Things like that can be mega intimidating, bravo for your braveness!

  5. I’m pretty much too intimidated to say hello to anyone so I feel you! That lucite bench is calling my name.

  6. I agree with Alex, open up a shop. I totally followed you on twitter, next time we must meet up!!

  7. Just go for it, is what I say.I had to go to ” Home” a big Interior design and Gift Fair / Trade Fair in Earls Court, London, a few weeks ago on my own , and although I was completely exhausted afterwards, I learned so much from it- I would not have wanted to miss it for the world. What do they say again ? Feel the fear and do it anyway!!! :-)).

  8. That pink inlay bone tray is hot.
    You speak my words about your nerves. I’m the same exact way. It’s scary going to those types of events alone, and I feel like everyone looks at me funny and doesn’t want to talk to me. Like I’m the new weird kid at school or something. I commend you for even taking the train solo.

  9. So bummed I couldn’t make it there this year! Thanks for the pics and overview! I totally know what you mean about being intimidated…why is the interior design blog world so friendly and so much more intimidating in person? Anyway, you are a star!

  10. honestly. all of it. would have loved to have been your sidekick!

    per the nerves, i do that to myself constantly. i was a total stiff at Alt for all of the same reasons (yes, i’m comparing it to a blog conference). ironically, i had a moment this morning (okay, a song came on) that took me back to my SOLO japan trip 6 years ago. that was easily the most independent/invigorating 12 days of my life because i was forced to do most of it alone. with language barriers. and i’m reminded of how confident and capable i felt even in the weeks and months after i came home. be fearless, miss! because i’m pretty sure Ann is right about your reputation preceeding you 🙂

    * apologies for the mega comment

  11. Ann, Thank you so much for your comment. You literally just made my afternoon. I WILL be bolder next time!

  12. Ann

    In regard to your hesitance to say hello to Anna Spiro and Heather Clawson, I think you are WAY too humble. A little humility is a very good thing, but please know that you are very well known and admired in interior design blog circles, and I am confident that both Anna and Heather are familiar with your work, and would have been very pleased to meet you.

  13. There are so many things here that need to come home with me! Most importantly that rug. I know what mean about being intimidated. When I used to go to High Point people would often ask if I was an intern or thought I was temp. No I’m there representing my company! Just fake it till you make it!

  14. Love all of your finds. Thanks for sharing! That must have been fun to see anna spiro and heather clawson…they are celebrities in my eyes. Love the bit about growing.

  15. Lindsey

    I was obsessing over that lucite bench you posted on twitter yesterday.

  16. That tray, and those boxes. Wow. And I keep seeing the leather embellished pillows so I’m assuming that’s about to be a big thing, right?? You picked out the absolute best things to share, I can tell.

    Hey, master of mixing prints, will you stop by when you get a chance and tell me what would look best on my greek key chaise lounge? Thanks!! 🙂

  17. Ashley

    How did you keep yourself from ordering everything in sight? And on a completely different note: keep growing and challenging yourself into new and strange experiences–clearly it’s working for you!

  18. love those trays! we need to do lunch again soon! xoxo

  19. Erin

    Holy swizzle sticks… THE RUGS!!! And that lucite bench is super fly.


  20. What amazing finds. I’m so glad you went and took a risk. I saw the Lucite bench on FB and was dying. What a piece!

  21. So many wonderful things. It does get nerve racking going to big events, but your right it does get easier the more you do it.

  22. I think Design Manifest needs to open up a boutique that carries all of these goodies. I love EVERYTHING. And I love your honesty about this event. As I was scrolling through I was intimidated just thinking about navigating an event like this, glad its not just me!

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