This year’s was a BHG Style Maker I’ll never forget. I’ve always been a believer if you follow your passions, work hard, and do good work, the right opportunities will follow. I was so lucky early on in my design career that the editors from Better Homes and Gardens spotted my work, and have continued to believe in me. They’ve awarded me blog of the year, featured two of my homes in spreads, selected me to be a part of their Style Maker Challenge a few years ago, and this year, they asked me to moderate the interview with the event’s keynote speaker, which just happened to be the one and only Mr. Bobby Berk, design expert on the reboot of Queer Eye.
If you’re not familiar with Style Maker, it’s a one day conference held in New York City every year in September. It’s by invitation only, so every year I’m so grateful I’m invited and know I’ll be surrounded by the best in the business.
The past couple of years it’s been held at The Public Hotel. It’s a gorgeous venue that has incredible views of the city. It’s chic and hip and so inspiring.
It was the perfect fall day in the city. Can you believe those views??
There were several speakers including the lead trainer for Marie Kondo, Marie McEvoy who is an magazine editorial legend, a team of podcasting gurus, and then it was time– Bobby Berk.
I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I’ve interviewed hundreds of people, many of them famous, but I could tell the editors were a bit nervous for how the whole thing was going to go. They had never turned over the reigns to someone else before and I felt the gravity of the situation.
Bobby was warm and kind and engaging. His story was unbelievable– gay, born in the bible belt in a small town where he knew he couldn’t survive. Not even a high school diploma, and now look at all the has achieved and continues to achieve. He was captivating.
Before I knew it, it was over. I was able to relax with my girl, Ibie Falcuson (if you don’t follow her in instagram, you’re not living. She’s a gem), and the cocktail party was in full swing.
Sometimes I look around and think how did I get here? I mean, moderating a keynote at a swanky magazine event in New York? I definitely know I’m one lucky duck.
all photos courtesy Better Homes and Gardens, by David Keith