Wednesday, April 17, 2013

News from the Set of Moochie Kalala...

It's been an unbelievable 7 days on the Set of Moochie Kalala Detective's Club! The Set is almost complete, and this is the last day for tweaks (and freaks!) I've been fighting torrential downpours, Chicago traffic, and a dwindling budget. We're getting close to the reveal :)


Stay tuned for the "Before & After" photos coming soon...


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Road trip!

Heading to Chicago to design the sets for the Moochie Kalala Detectives Club TV Show. I can't wait to get there! Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the world. I'm already hungry just thinking about eating there. 

I'm going "coffee powered set crasher" on this project as it needs to be completed within one week. Right up against the time to leave for the High Point Furniture Market. I'll be snapping pics all the way through this journey, so I hope you'll stop back and see the funky stuff I find along the way. 

On Sunday, April 21st at 11:00AM EST, I will be guest hosting a G+ Interior Design Community Hangout LIVE from the show. "Sunday brunch from H.P." I hope you can check it out. 

See you on the web :)


Shooting in Manayunk...

Over 1000 flashes were fired a little over a week ago in Manayunk! It was so much fun! We had the fortune of shooting the LOUNGE Collection at Dwelling Home Philadelphia! The coolest possible spot in the city for furniture and design!

This place is a feast for the eyes and the home! I want to thank them again for letting our gang of creative thugs invade your store on a busy Saturday. "Youse guys" rock!

Here's some images that we took that day. And, a new star was born here as well. My cousin Gianna rocked her first modeling gig! So proud of her!


Yup! We put my poor cousin in the middle of the intersection. She was so awesome!

 Location - Dwelling Home 4050 Main Street, Manayunk, Philly.

The Gang...

Photographer - Tommy Leflein
Director - Robert Petril
 Production Design & Wardrobe - Arwen Spargo
The Star! - Gianna Petril
Supporting Actress - The LOUNGE Collection ;)
Model - Mina
Model - Marco
Model - Julia

Thank you everyone involved. It was such a cool day!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

IHFRA Presidential Gala in High Point

Seven new Deans of IHFRA to be honored at market

Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, March 28, 2013

 Image of Pat LeePat Lee  Image of Gary SilvermanGary Silverman
 Harry BassettHarry Bassett  Image of Rick AaronsonRick Aaronson
 Image of David MarcusDavid Marcus  Image of Robert PetrilRobert Petril
 Image of Mark CisnerosMark Cisneros
HIGH POINT — Six current and former sales representatives and a designer will receive the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.'s 2013 Charles B. Costar Dean of IHFRA Awards next month.
The awards will be presented at the 79th annual IHFRA Presidential Gala on April 19, the eve of the spring High Point Market. The Dean of IHFRA Award recognizes quality of service and dedication to IHFRA and each member's chapter. Recipients have set an outstanding example for others to follow. The award was renamed in 2007 to honor Costar, a longtime member and officer of IHFRA, in recognition of his service and loyalty.
This year's honorees are:
• Pat Lee, a 44-year industry veteran and a member of the Virginia/Carolinas Chapter of IHFRA and High Point's Piedmont Furniture Club. He has represented Braxton Culler Inc. and Universal Furniture Inds.
• Gary Silverman, a 39-year member of IHFRA and a member and officer of the Home Furnishings Representatives of Michigan chapter. He has been with Coaster for the past 11 years and represents other lines as well. Previously he was with PeopLoungers for 18 years and was vice president of sales for 10 of those years.
• The late Harry Bassett, who worked in the home furnishings industry for almost 40 years and was a sales rep for Magnussen Home Furnishings, Simon Li, and Jackson/Catnapper Furniture. He was an active member of the North Central Chapter of IHFRA before is recent death from pancreatic cancer. His sons, Christopher and Bryan, are in the furniture industry and will accept the award in their father's memory.
• Rick Aaronson, a member of the Greater Metropolitan Furniture Assn. and former president of GMFA predecessor organization the Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. He and his partners, Tony Bellarosa and Chris Clarizio, cover metro New York, New Jersey, southern Connecticut and the Hudson Valley for Klaussner Furniture. Aaronson started his furniture career at Eclipse Sleep Products, was regional sales manager for National Mattress Co., and was vice president of sales and marketing for Deville Furniture.
• David Marcus, a veteran sales professional and vice president of the Midwest Chapter of IHFRA. He was president of Harris Marcus Home for years and is now an independent representative for companies including Acme Furniture, Anthony of California, Armen Living and D.R. Kincaid. • Robert Petril, a member of the Tri-State Home Furnishings Assn. He is a furniture designer whose latest collection was recently introduced by Lazar Inds. His industry background also includes sales and management positions at American and Italian companies.
• Mark Cisneros, who has been in the industry since 2002 and is a member of the Home Furnishings Representatives Guild of Southern California, where he is serving his second term as vice president. He was introduced to the furnishings industry by the Burton family, a third-generation furniture family. He is a sales rep covering southern California and southern Nevada for Robert Michael Ltd., USA Premium Leather Furniture and Uniters' NA.
For more information on the IHFRA Presidential Gala, which will be held in High Point's International Home Furnishings Center, contact the IHFRA office at (336) 889-3920 or by e-mail at Reservations can also be made online at