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    This post (and many more) are long over due – please forgive me. I have been a bad blogger as of late. With each passing day my book deadline draws nearer (funny how that works) and most days are spent writing and editing and sorting through images. I am so excited with the direction of the book and can’t wait to share more with all of you. My editor has been brilliant to work with and Doug Turshen (the book designer) is AMAZING! That said I have missed my blog and all of you. Stay with me just a bit longer…

    I was in LA in February to speak at (and attend) the Design Blogger Conference. I left feeling very inspired by some amazing people. One of the topics I (and many others) talked about was change, staying ahead of the curve, and knowing when to pull back and find balance. I mentioned that I have been happy with the “visual layout” of my blog, but I feared that it was not user friendly. I also recognized that the format was not conducive to iPhones and iPads. So I took my own advice (“make changes when needed”) and I switched to a new layout. I hope and believe this one is easier to navigate and will allow for easy browsing and interaction. All of you will ultimately be the judge (and it is still a work in progress).

    While in LA a couple of friends hosted a few gatherings to celebrate my upcoming book. A special thanks to Suzanne Rheinstein and Hutton Wilkinson for their hospitality. Hutton’s new home, next door to the famed ‘Dawnridge’, will be featured in Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living. Michael Partenio (the other half of Dune and Duchess) photographed the house during our time in California and the images are stunning. Here are few images of Ruth and Hutton’s new home (and our time in LA) shot by my friend and designer Bradley Clifford. Enjoy.

    Hutton regaling the guests with great stories…

    Brooke  Wallace, Scot Meacham Wood, Tobi Fairley and me
    Ruth Wilkinson
    Bunny Williams and Suzanne Rheinstein
    Tammy Connor, me, Brad Clifford, Jane Scott Hodges and Gwen Driscoll

    16 Responses to HELLO

    1. pve
      26 Mar ’12 at 12:01 pm

      Wonderful layout! I love that about you – instinctual, inspirational and in style!
      Seriously, you are all the best and I wish you success with your book. Follow your instinct and you will be a star. I mean you already are one in the blog, design arena,
      Love your hair! Bangs are beautiful!!

      • allthebest
        26 Mar ’12 at 12:19 pm

        THANK YOU Patricia! You are truly one of the BEST. I am so happy that my logo (designed by YOU) is a fixed feature again!

    2. 26 Mar ’12 at 12:28 pm

      The pictures are stunning! I do miss LA
      I cannot wait to see your book. I am in talks about embarking on a similar ventute and am a little nerveous in terms of the time constraint
      I hope to see you inMarrakech, Francine

      • allthebest
        26 Mar ’12 at 12:32 pm

        Francine it is a huge time commitment…but very rewarding! I am ‘stressed’ many days but I never feel stressed out. I am skipping DLS this year. It’s two weeks before my deadline and I just can’t afford to be away. I hate that I will miss seeing you! xo

    3. 26 Mar ’12 at 12:50 pm

      Ronda, congratulations on the book! And I am happy to see you among the blogging folks again!
      We spend time in LA and of course Beverly Hills over X-mas and I miss it!
      You look wonderful. May your book be a huge success!

      • allthebest
        26 Mar ’12 at 12:51 pm

        Thank you Victoria! It’s nice to be among the blogging again! There is no place like LA – LOVE it!! xo

    4. 26 Mar ’12 at 8:18 pm

      How exciting to have a book in the making! The conference must have been very inspring and motivating as well. Love those glass drop-shaped pendants – they’d fit right in here in Seattle! :)

      • allthebest
        27 Mar ’12 at 8:16 am

        Aren’t they divine!! They were designed by Tony Duquette and are filled with water.

    5. 26 Mar ’12 at 8:53 pm

      Love the new layout!!! Miss hanging w you in LA.


      • allthebest
        27 Mar ’12 at 8:15 am

        Thanks Cristin!! Miss you too! xo

    6. 27 Mar ’12 at 1:03 am

      Hey there!

      When I first clicked over to read your blog . . . my response was “good lord, someone’s hacked Ronda’s blog and completely changed the format!” So I’m especially relieved to know that YOU created this beautiful new design . . . and I’m excited to experiment with it over the next few days and weeks.

      Lovely as always to see you in LA . . . and can’t wait to see the book – clearly!

      Cheers and all that,

      • allthebest
        27 Mar ’12 at 8:15 am

        That’s too funny! Yes, it was me. Inspired by our long talk in LA. Can’t wait for the book either…will be working on you profile next week. xo

    7. 27 Mar ’12 at 7:46 am

      Love your new format! And, excited about your new book, too!

      • allthebest
        27 Mar ’12 at 8:13 am

        Thanks Karen!!

    8. 28 Mar ’12 at 3:30 am

      great to see you while you were here, ronda. looking forward to the book!

      • allthebest
        28 Mar ’12 at 5:48 am

        You too Christian! Next time I hope we have a bit more time to catch up!

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