The Ultimate Guide To Online Dating

The app Hornet, which caters to the gay male community, has seen a 30-percent increase in social feed engagement since social distancing measures began in mid-March, according to CEO Christof Wittig. And the dating app Tinder reported that it saw more engagement on March 29 than on any other day in its history, with more than 3 billion users swiping to connect with people, according to an April 1 press release. In 2020, online dating revenue in the U.S. amounted to 602 million U.S. dollars, and it is projected to reach 755 billion U.S. dollars by 2024. The number of users is also expected to see an annual increase, with 53.3 million Americans expected to use internet dating services in 2024, up from 44.2 million users in 2020. That year, paying customers accounted for approximately 15 percent of U.S. online dating users. While many dating sites and apps are free, some platforms use a freemium pricing model that supports online purchases.

  • Some online dating apps have been working on implementing new features to prevent catfishing—other companies are even producing AI intelligence to fend against it.
  • The revenue from this industry and its frequency of use are astronomical.
  • Even if the person you’re meeting volunteers to pick you up, avoid getting into a vehicle with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s the first meeting.
  • OkCupidwas created in 2004 by a group of friends from Harvard University.

When you engage in social events where you’re likely to meet new people, the pool of those who are single and looking is much smaller than when you’re on an app or dating site where everyone is in the same boat as you. Research shows, however, there are negative side effects of online dating, particularly for young women. People cite the obvious reasons for being on dating apps, such as seeking a long-term partner or a sexual encounter; the split is fairly even.…

Anatomy of a set... Mr. Steam

Anatomy of a set… Mr. Steam

Designing and building a set of the magnitude that was needed for the Mr. Steam set was no easy feat. Imagine a complete bathroom at 15x 35′  no less – design to build in a few weeks’ time. Then throw in a hurricane to boot!

True we didn’t need complete plumbing set up but we did need various tricky access to allow for camera angles for the video shoot. The ceiling of the shower had to be removable and we needed multiple unobstructed access points for the shower, yet have it remain stable.

 sinks,  faucets,  mirrors

True we didn’t need complete plumbing set up but we did need various tricky access to allow for camera angles for the video shoot. The ceiling of the shower had to be removable and we needed multiple unobstructed access points for the shower, yet have it remain stable.

A job like this takes teamwork and everyone worked 110% from the client to my amazing ( and very pregnant) set builder Nikole Nelson and her team.  I also want to give another shout-out to Veronika of Modenus.  It’s thanks to her and BlogTour London that this project came together in the first place.

The to die for tub from Victoria and Albert was seen as part of our tour of their showroom while in London, although truth be told it was this handsome guy that sold me on it…I was shocked to find he didn’t come along.

 Kevin at Hastings went above and beyond as well helping supply tile, sinks, faucets, and showerheads, as well as John Veras who braved the treacherous weather driving 12 hours (gas restrictions and all) to personally deliver the pieces we needed.  And I don’t think I will soon forget walking through the bleak, hurricane-stricken streets of Chelsea to get the crazy beautiful delicate art by Jeri Eisenberg at Kathryn Markel Gallery.  The accessory’s from Waterworks added a perfect final touch to make the set feel like a home, from the cozy towels to the delicate glass and porcelain holders.

 tile,  drain,  shower head
 tile,  drain,  shower head

The major obstacle in this shoot was to create a dream bathroom, yet at the same time remain simple enough that it didn’t overtake the product, which was a fairly small subtle part of the bathroom.  In previous sets consumers were confused by what was being sold, focusing more on the bathroom and fixtures, than on the crazy great product. Yet it still had to be luxurious enough that it made everyone race out and buy a Mr. Steam.

The major obstacle in this shoot was to create a dream bathroom, yet at the same time remain simple enough that it didn’t overtake the product, which was a fairly small subtle part of the bathroom.  In previous sets, consumers were confused by what was being sold, focusing more on the bathroom and fixtures, than on the crazy great product. Yet it still had to be luxurious enough that it made everyone race out and buy a Mr. Steam.

The tile needed to be simple, yet have enough warmth so that it felt inviting.  Mixing the white and gray allowed the site to be bright and welcoming yet show off the steam to its the best advantage inside of the shower.  I designed a built-in bench running through the shower and back out again which allowed us to shoot both in and out of the shower while giving the models lots of lounging area.  The artwork was the perfect find as it replicated the scene in the window adding a touch of color and earthiness.  All of the fixtures from the faucets to the drain needed to be elegant enough to fit the space while remaining sleek and modern to accent the iSteam control.  Using a linear drain was the perfect finish as it didn’t break up the sleek tile floor the way a central one would.

In the end, the client was extremely happy so it seems the challenge was pulled off.

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Lisa Congdon- A Collection A Day

Lisa Congdon- A Collection A Day

I very rarely enter contests and when I don’t ever seem to win anyway- But on a lark and because I am a huge fan of Lisa Congdon,  I entered the Martha Stewart- Lisa Congdon collection a day contest…… and WON!   We were asked to submit photos of our collections and Lisa would draw a picture of the winning collections, plus we all received a signed copy of her new book– A Collection A Day- based on her very cool blog A Collection A Day.

I have a number (no pun intended) of collections- many of which I use for work and are displayed around the house- such as my ever-growing pottery collection… But I chose my bit’s from my signage collection scattered around the house.

Lisa chose this image-

And here is her lovely drawing-
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Linda Filley -exquisite paper shoes

Linda Filley -exquisite paper shoes

I was hoping to have this post (as well as several others up earlier this week), but I am in NYC shooting and being a bit on overload lately I forgot my computer power cord aghh and my toothbrush. Well, the toothbrush was not a problem as I had one as one of the props for the shoot. I was not so lucky with the power cord. Well, I think this post was worth waiting for!

I wrote about Linda Filley’s beautiful paper dresses a while back……well now take a look at what she’s up to!!  This week I was invited into her studio and beautiful home- what a treat as her home and its setting is gorgeous.

As you can imagine Linda doesn’t just throw any old wrapping paper on her gifts and call it a day- the wrappings are gifts in themselves making it hard for the giftees to open.  Last Christmas she gave a gift to Maureen Missner of Paper Trail in this incredible wrapping. 

Maureen loved it (how could she not) and suggested that Linda make more and have a show at the store.  Well, 4 months later these are the amazing results!

Ok, are you drooling yet?  Do you want to be able to put a pair of these on and go out dancing?

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before and afters

before and afters

A bunch of you saw the renovation on Apartment Therapy today and although lovin the Rue pics of the renovation have been asking for paired pics of the before and after so here goes…

Ok, the front is better but not finished, it needs landscaping, and repair and the columns need finishing. That’s starting to happen now that the tenants are happily in and the weather is warmer.

The old kitchen is now an open plan kitchen on the left and the dining area on the right with a washer/ dryer tucked in the closet and new french doors.  The walls are gone, in fact, all the downstairs interior walls are finito. this view…

is now this

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Bright Bazaar - the BOOK!!

Bright Bazaar – the BOOK!!

I’ve been wanting to share this news with you since last spring when Will asked me to be in his first book, Bright Bazaar  Embracing Color For Make-You-Smile Style,  and now finally I can.  I first met Will  4 years ago and it’s been so cool to see him spread his colorful charm across the globe.

Most people would think having their home shot for a major book right before they move insane, but without a second thought, I readily agreed. So in the midst of packing, packing, and more packing plus renovating the new house I managed to pull together our previous house to be shot.

As crazy as it was at the time when the book arrived in the post and we could look back at our old home it was more than worth it. My kids were thrilled to see Charlie and Otto make it into the book as well, though it’s usually harder to get Otto off the couch than on.

Will’s colorful outlook and style come through in blazes in this book in chapters such as Color Are Your Friend, his signature Color Cocktails and Bringing Color Home. It’s jam-packed with color-filled homes across the globe such as Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan’s rad Shelter Island pad, Bradford Shellhammer from, and designer Mariska Meijers’ home in the Netherlands.
Our house opens the Lime Divine chapter and romps through just about every chapter as well, from Lavender Lick to The Strawberry Split! What a happy way to say goodbye to our old home.. thanks, Will!…

Books - Marrakesh By Design

Books – Marrakesh By Design

For those of you who don’t read Maryam Montague’s blog about her life in Morocco, My Marrakesh you are missing the most delicious treat.  Maryam blows me away in each and every post with her amazing writing and photos.  As if that wasn’t enough she just published a beautiful and fascinating book Marrakesh By Design about Moroccan design, filled with stunning photographs.

Maryam, your “real” job as a humanitarian takes you all over the Middle East, and then when most people would come home and relax you run an amazing boutique hotel,  write and photograph a book and award-winning blog, have a shop, Red Thread Souk and somehow find time for kickboxing.   Yet you seem so deeply calm and relaxed.  
Let’s start by talking about your humanitarian work, you come from an interesting family, How did your experiences growing up lead you to the work you do?

I grew up with a Dad who did humanitarian work overseas, focusing on international public health.  My brother – a doctor – could also be found working stints on emergency medical units in Pakistan.  We understood profoundly as a family that the world was a big place and there were ways that we could contribute.  

Your work fascinates me, what countries and projects are you focusing on presently?I have worked in over 30 countries on programs as diverse as fighting child labor, training women to run for political office, and running a prisoner rights program.  Right now I am working on a local government program in Mali, and civil society programs (youth, disabled, women, etc.) in Morocco and Egypt.  This is my life’s work and gives me a sense of purpose and grounding.

Many of us dream of moving to another country. What made you decide to move to Marrakesh, and what is it like being an ex-pat there?   
I was posted to Morocco to run the programs of an international non-profit organization.  From the moment I landed, I knew it was the place for me.  It has a kind of gorgeous madness that is hard to forget, teeming to overflowing with color and pattern, and a culture that is iconic and unforgettable.  We loved our life here and decided to settle down on a semi-permanent basis.  Our friends are a combination of ex-pat and local and it all feels like home now!

Your wanderlust has taken you to an amazing amount of countries, besides Morocco what are some of your favorites and why?  I have loved so many places that I’ve been to.  But South Africa and Nepal hold a special place in my heart.  South Africa for the amazing design culture and sheer beauty.  Nepal for its incredible architecture (Kathmandu has more world heritage sites than any place in the world) and its adorable people. 

You are the face of Peacock Pavilions, what is your husband Chris’s role? 
It’s a partnership in every sense of the term.  As an architect, Chris designed and built Peacock Pavilions.  But he also is responsible for its day-to-day management, making sure that everything runs smoothly for our guests.  We’re proud to be ranked #6 out of 867 B&Bs in Marrakesh on Trip Advisor:

You have such a wonderfully eclectic style I love the way you mix ethnic, modern traditional, and make it all feel so relaxed and effortless. Did you always have an interest in interior design?
I grew up with a family that was passionate about international design and who were global collectors.  My parents have a very different (and greater) budget than I do.  But we share a love for the strange, beautiful and curious.  It’s the very juxtaposition and tension between things from different eras and countries that make it interesting. 

I have renovated a number of houses, with all of the various issues that include. What was building in Morocco like, things are done in such a different way there?  
Oh my goodness……..honestly, it’s grey hair-inducing.  There is a written and unwritten code in Morocco on the way things should be done and it requires transactions in several different languages.  Let’s just say building in Morocco is not for the weak-hearted or those not willing to be extremely persistent!…