Monday, October 15, 2012

Walking Through Wind and Rain to Meet Michael Boodro, EIC of Elle Decor Magazine.

Last Wednesday I walked through wind and rain to attend the Fall Market presentations at the DDB (Decoration & Design Building) in New York City.  The person I was hoping to meet was Michael Boodro, the Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor Magazine.  But I most certainly did not want to meet him with my bad hair!  (Oh well).  Mr. Boodro  gave the keynote speech of the day's presentations to a standing room only room of designers.  Part of his discussion included what consumers are looking for now and more specifically what does the word "luxury" mean to people in today's market?  After conducting a survey of 2,000 members of the Elle Decor Designer Registry, the findings showed, not surprisingly, that consumers are willing to pay for  location, good unique design, high-end quality materials, and fine craftsmanship.  But, scroll down to see examples of what ranks high on consumers' lists of "wants" or "luxurious must haves" these days.  There has been a slight shift in what people value now -- it is interesting to point out that spaces that used to be considered private or off limits are now the very spaces that people want to show off!

First, the SPA BATH, pure luxury and so beautiful!


Second, the CUSTOM CLOSET...who wouldn't want a closet like this?

or this, Wow!

Third, the HOME GYM, gotta get that workout in, no excuses here!

Or here.

And fourth, the OUTDOOR KITCHEN, what a way to entertain!
After your workout, you can have that cheeseburger in style...

Or some fresh watermelon!
And finally, Me (on a bad hair day, but happy) with Michael Boodro!  When he first took over as EIC of Elle Decor two years ago, I wrote to him, and he wrote a very kind, handwritten note back to me!  I was impressed!  Such a nice man.

I hope you enjoyed this look at some of the luxurious must haves of today's consumers!  Feel free to leave a comment below, share this post with your friends or contact me via my website if you need design assistance.  Have a colorful day! Nanette