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With Martyn Lawrence Bullard at Schumacher, in front of his beautiful new wallcovering collection for Schumacher, during DDB Spring Market; May 15, 2013.

Home to over 120 showrooms and representing over 3,000 manufacturers, for over 45 years The Decoration & Design (D&D) Building has been renown as the Western Hemisphere’s premier design center and a destination for designers around the world. Every Spring the Building presents its annual Spring Market day in New York, held this year two days ago on Wednesday May 15th. For market, all eighteen floors of the building were filled with events showcasing new products and highlighting designers and their expertise.

Sarah Sarna DDB Spring Market 2013

I was honored to be named one of “the most followed virtual voices in design;” one of 25 design bloggers asked to be part of The Go Design Go Bloggers Lounge, “reporting on the day’s events, happenings, and highlights.”  While attending a full roster of the days events, I shared #ddbmarket coverage in real time all day via live tweets and instagrams while hopping from showroom to showroom. Let’s take a look at some of what I saw:

The morning began with a warm welcome from Ann Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home.

Ann Maine Traditional Home DDB Spring Market

In the keynote presentation that followed, Summer Thornton, Heather Garrett, and Katie Lydon, three of Traditional Magazine’s 2013 New Trad designers shared lessons they’ve learned as interior designers. “From the challenges of building a design business to the impact of social media… [the three designers] share[d] their perspectives… [on] design, their clients, the design marketplace, and strategies for growing their business.”

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Keynote Speakers, from left to right: Summer Thornton, Heather Garrett, and Katie Lydon; three of Traditional Home’s 2013 New Trad designers.

Following the keynote I visited Brunschwig & Fils for Michael S. Smith‘s signing of his new book, Building Beauty: The Alchemy of Design at 10:30am.

Michael S Smith DDB Spring Market

From there I attended a 11:30am champagne toast for Holiday House Hamptons, a showhouse scheduled to open in June in Bridgehampton. Iris Dankner, Holiday House Hamptons founder and co-chairman, Christopher Hyland, HHH co-chairman, and Ally Coulter, HHH designer, pose for a pic in the Holiday House Hamptons designed space on the DDB’s 14th floor.

Iris Dankner Ally Coulter Christopher Hyland DDB Spring Market

With Kati Curtis before her presentation on the “Evolution in the Luxury Design Market” at Dakota Jackson.

Sarah Sarna DDB Spring Market

At 2:00pm I attended Mary McDonald and Martyn Lawrence Bullard‘s presentation of their new fabric and wallcovering collections (respectively) for Schumacher.

Mary McDonald Martyn Lawrence Bullard Million Dollar Decorators DDB Spring Market

From there I attended JAB Anstoetz‘s “Spring Break Tabl-escape” at 4:00pm. Patrick J. Hamilton was our tour guide through designers’ like Bella Mancini (pictured below) adventurous tablescape designs featuring JAB Anstoetz products and Lenox dinnerware, flatware, and stemware.

Bella Mancini Patrick Hamilton DDB Spring Market

Along the way Tina RamchandaniDustin O’Neal, and I stopped for a pic.

Sarah Sarna Tina Ramchandani DDB Spring Market

After an exciting day at the front lines of the latest in design it was fun to visit the Go Design Go Blogger’s Lounge at lovely Niedermaier. As a special memento for being a Spring Market blogger, we were all given a bag of stylish surprises.

Sarah Sarna DDB Spring Market

What a nice treat to see Andrew Joseph there!

Sarah Sarna Andrew Joseph DDB Spring Market

Tina and I were fortunate to also meet Alexander Purcell Rodrigues and spend some time chatting with him.

Sarah Sarna Tina Ramchandani DDB Spring Market

We capped off the day with Traditional Home at their New Trad party at Desiron.

Sarah Sarna Trad Home Desiron

We had a blast!

Sarah Sarna Tina Ramchandani DDB Spring Market New Trad Party
With Tina Ramchandani in the photo booth by Hunter Douglas.

A big thank you to the D&D Building and Go Design Go for hosting me as a blogger for Spring Market 2013!

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Author: Sarah Baynes

Interior Designer and Author at, empowering women to decorate with confidence.