Carol Donayre Bugg
WELCOME to my Blog. My name is Carol Donayre Bugg. I am the Director of Design for Decorating Den. Today I am launching my Blog with a bit of past history, a recent event and what’s next on the horizon for me, and my colleagues at Decorating Den.
MY DUAL CAREER
This morning I was reading a restaurant review and thought how great is that having a job where you are required to dine in fabulous restaurants. I am equally envious of film critics who spend their working hours watching movies. Then I got to thinking about how lucky I am to be spending my days, nights and weekends combining my two loves, writing and interior decorating.
Writing professionally came a little later, but I was raised cultivating an interest in design and interior decorating. My mother and growing up in New York City were the first contributors to what became my life’s work. As a youngster I was unaware as we examined the store windows along Fifth Avenue the way her tutorials on color, line, and scale were influencing my future. Only after I decided to study design and pursue it as a career did I appreciate the impact Mother and Manhattan had on me.
In the same way, I owe a debt of gratitude to the nuns who planted a curiosity in me for books and words and who encouraged my writing ambitions. This alternate passion has led me to a second career, writing books and articles for Decorating Den. Now like the restaurant and movie reviewers, my work involves the pleasure of writing about the subject I love most.
BUSINESS vs. PLEASURE
I find it difficult to respond when customs agents and the like ask if I am traveling for business or pleasure. My business life is too intertwined with my personal life to make a distinction.
Twenty-six years ago after an extraordinary time studying with the Parsons School of Design in Paris I was prepared for an anti-climatic period once I returned home. My husband Jim who had promised to love, cherish and provide me with anything but a dull moment had other plans in mind for the both of us. While I was thrilled he was coming out of early retirement I was not sure at first that I wanted to give up my Model Home Decorating business to join Decorating Den. A trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the company of a group from Dec Den changed my mind.
It was to be the first of many trips that I would take in the company of my Decorating Den cohorts, as Bob Mackie likes to call us. Our travel excuse is business, but when it is your passion it is also a pleasure.
Decorating Den's Parade Float
Attendees would agree our recent 41st annual conference in New Orleans was outstanding. For four days we shared success stories, listened to motivational talks, toured an outstanding supplier market, watched our cohorts be recognized for their business acumen and design talent, dined and danced, and enjoyed just being together.
The conference opened with a fabulous marching band that led us on a parade down Bourbon Street. Other tourists watched in amazement trying to figure out who were these people having so much fun deserving of their own Mardi Gras Parade. No matter what city or cruise ship or place we gather the camaraderie and spontaneous fun of a group from Decorating Den is infectious and always elicits the awe and envy of fellow tourists.
Decorating Den Parading Down Bourbon St.
“This franchise definitely knows how to top its own standards and open up new space for everyone. This is the fourth Decorating Den Interiors conference I’ve attended and I am among the many who agree that this was the most innovative, well orchestrated and forward-thinking conference to date. Just having the event in New Orleans thsi year where it was originally scheduled in Katrina-stricken 2006, mirrored the gumption and resillience of both the city and the franchise.”
GRAND DESTINATION TRIPS
One of my honors at conference was announcing the location of our next Grand Destination adventure, a special trip made possible in part by Dec Den’s roster of suppliers. This past decade we have been to Rome, Capri, Venice, Athens, and St. Petersburg, to name a few places.
For the next fourteen months Dec Den business owners and decorators, and their spouses, will be brushing up on their French, and I will be working out the details of a wonderful tour of Paris, the sight of our 2011Grand Destination trip. What could be better for me than sharing my gorgeous Paris with my Decorating Den cohorts! As they say in New Orleans…Laissez les bon temps rouler!