Thursday, October 16, 2008

The "Lost Keys" Incident

I nearly forgot to mention a crazy incident I had at this years Summer Las Vegas Market.
With temperatures in the 100 to 110 range, my body's cooling system is not so kind to my clothing... translation; I tend to look like I just came out of a dunk tank. Not so good for on-camera work. So I valet park my Camry Hybrid (note; the word Hybrid) in order to avoid walking a mile in the heat and I head off to shoot all day for the "Style File" video. 
Upon finishing the shoot I am soooo ready to get back to the Hotel, maybe lounge in the lovely salt water pool and then out for a meal at one of my favorite dinner spot's like Spago at Caesar's or Mon Ami Gabi at Paris. Sounds grand, huh! Well, the problem arose when the parking attendant at Las Vegas Parking informed me that I must have kept the car key. 
Now understand that with a hybrid car the key is necessary to start the car, it is not needed to turn it off so... yeah, you get the idea. Well, I was SURE that I had given them the key so round and round we went about where the key could be. They called anyone and everyone who could have parked my car that AM and no-one seemed to recall getting a key, but I was SURE I had left it. The owners son finally drove me to my hotel while they searched for it and looked into getting the car towed to the dealer and re-set the code for a new key... aaaaarrgh!
A little lesson in modern entry systems on automobiles is as follows; the vehicle has a push button starter but the key fob must be in close proximity to the car to start it up. In the event that I just might be wrong about my recollection I had walked to the car with my rolling bag and computer bag, getting right up against the car. That way I could be sure the key was not somewhere in there. Alas, the system had vindicated me by NOT registering the keys presence.
Skip to the hotel and I'm finally in my room waiting for the valet to call and unpacking my clothes and show swag when what should I find but... the KEY! No way!
While it was a really frustrating situation I just have to say that all the guys (and one girl) at Las Vegas Parking were AMAZING!!!!! They were so kind to me and never made me feel like the idiot that I was. What a great group of people! Shout out to everyone at Las Vegas Parking... You Are THE BEST!

Summer Market in Las Vegas...

What a blast! This one was unusually fun with a trip to L.A. before heading to LV and by the way my Toyota Camry Hybrid got 34+ mpg on my combined driving in L.A., Vegas and in between, wow. What's not to like about that. If you haven't tried a hybrid car do yourself a favor and check one out. Oh, and as for the urban folklore regarding all the battery service problems... ask someone to name an actual person who experienced it. That's why it's called urban folklore no doubt purveyed by all naturally aspirated vehicle producers, (nice try).
Ok, back to Vegas. The market kicked off, and I mean KICKED OFF with a concert by legend Rod Stewart. It was crazy good with giant screens down the entire length of the building and pumping sound!
Backtrack... during the day on Monday I had the privilege of doing a photo shoot for a Las Vegas Home & Design magazine feature. The photographer was Tomas Muscionico who did a fantastic job making me look better than I do. Hey, that's talent baby! Check him out at

Next for me was the "Style File" video shoot on Tuesday and market was jumping. I always love to see what's hot, what's new. The Living green pavilion featuring all kinds of home furnishings produced using recycled, sustainable and renewable materials... great stuff!

Check out "Style File" on my website by clicking the button of the same name. You can see a few of the great products that were showcased at World Market Center this summer. Very cool products! Check back soon.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Super Green!

I love the springtime colors, so super green and rich. It's such an inspiring time of year so don't let it pass you by without rolling up your sleeves. 
The new furniture pieces are so cool but what a chore to constantly refine the design, materials and means of production. I can't wait to be up and running with full production models available this summer. 
I've also moved agency's so I hope to be back on the air in the near future with some design related show.
With design in mind, think about bringing the outdoors inside right now with some spring greens and sky blues. Those colors are a can't miss! Another good hit is to replace some dated light fixtures. Maybe start with your foyer and do one each month. Pretty easy, (don't forget to turn off the power at the breaker) and very rewarding in bringing new life into your home. 
Now go do it! Cheers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Never enough tyme

I hear people constantly talking about needing more time in their day. Hey, who knows what I'd do
if I needed more than my required 6 hours because it's been really hectic getting my new site together but I finally have it up and mostly running!
I hope everyone enjoys all the pics and my new Style File video from World Market
Center in Las Vegas. It's a great way to keep up with what's happening in design
trends... colors, fabrics, styles, tons of cool stuff! Please be patient with me as I
add more cool stuff all the time. I'll soon be offering design tips, makeover videos
and other how-to's that can really help out when you're looking to re-create a
space of your own.
Oh, and the new Y MODERN furniture is coming along... it's going to be way cool!
Until next time, (or should I say next tyme) enjoy this lovely spring weather. Cheers.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What Tyme Is It...

Just finished a new Style File Show for World Market Center in Las Vegas the end of January. It was a good time as I was able to take my wife Dawn along, (she had never been out for the WMC shows I'd done before) so when not shooting the show we could enjoy the city a bit. Had some great meals, (too many great meals) and saw Phantom of the Opera. Phantom was really amazing! A truly "Vegas" experience with superb talent and the obligatory incredible set.
Lots of good restaurants in Vegas but a favorite of mine is "Spago" in the Forum Shoppes at Caesars Palace. They serve a skillet cooked shrimp with green beans on a bread base and all of it is saturated with a lemon butter scampi kinda suace... wow! It's fantastic!
The Winter 2008 Market was great as always. Some standouts for me were Environment Furniture and Kreiss Furniture. Cool stuff.
You can check out my latest "Style File" show from my website, (click on the WMC text and it takes you to their site). Can't miss me. I'm grinnin' at you right from the home page.
Busy right now with my new furniture line "Y MODERN" and my book. Yeah, that's right I'm working on a book so check out my site, ( for more info on all of it. We're soon to launch a new website with Design Tips, Makeover Videos, the "Y Store" with cool stuff like Y MODERN furniture and more! Cheers.