Small changes can make a big difference. Think about longer days and more sunlight that mean found time after work to garden or take a walk; or how a simple change of lipstick color can elicit many compliments at little cost.
It seems to be a trend everywhere. At the Kitchen and Bath Show in Chicago in April (KBIS), many companies redesigned existing products or created smaller collections rather than the big soup-to-nuts endeavors of the past. These products were redesigned to heighten performance and to be at the forefront of energy and water conservation. The end result is a better experience for the consumer and the environment&8212;everybody wins!
Cottages and Gardens is changing, too. Not only have we moved our offices from Westport to Norwalk, but we are implementing small changes in the magazine to make it even more enjoyable. We have added a shopping page created for interior designers (Design Beat) and we have created a behind-the-scenes video on our website that allows you to see more of the homes we feature each month.
In the same spirit, we opened up our annual Innovation in Design (IDA) competition to design professionals in Westchester. Having just completed the judging of the entries with our esteemed panel of professionals, I can say that this change has added a greater variety to our competition. The awards ceremony this year has been tweaked, too; this year we will be honoring prominent interior designer Jamie Drake, the recipient of our first Innovator Award. Finally, we are partnering with buildOn, a non-profit organization that empowers primarily urban U.S. high school students through in-class and intensive after-school programs. In addition to tremendous contributions of community service in their own cities and neighborhoods, buildOn youth actually build schools and bring literacy to children and adults in developing countries around the world.
More importantly, though, buildOn students believe that small steps lead to big changes. I hope you will celebrate changes, as well, and join us on May 25 at the Stamford Hilton. The IDAs promise to be a magical evening! Click here for event details.
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