Wonderful, Talented Ladies!

Happy Holidays!

At TO Media Co we work some pretty amazing women - business owners, entrepreneuers and hard workers,  who are innovative, forward thinking and fun to be around. So we recently hosted a little gathering of some of our favorite women at atelier natalie umbert in Corona del Mar. 

Here is a short list of some of our favorites: Natalie Umbert of atelier natalie umbert, Kellie Swaim of Bravo Sports, Lisa Jackson of joie de vie , Zuma Ayriyan of Vazu Kids, Shanna Coady of My Favorite Everything, Shelly Strazis of Shelly Strazis Photography, Michelle Tingler of O-MAMA and Melinda Hovee-Harlan of Little Stylings, Sally Bartz of Halsea , Mindy Gayer of Cotton Idea Studio and Lisa Sommer of Venturesom


Some of our favorite OC Designers and friends from the 2009 ASID Design Tour including Natalie Umbert, Rick Campos, Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson, Steve Jones and many, many more have teamed up with some of their fab LA counterparts to bring you the FIRST OC Designer Tag Sale.

With NOTHING OVER $200, you will be able to find some fantastic pieces for unbelievable prices. And, the mini-consult you can get from the participating designers is your Gift With Purchase!

Check out the write up from Lisa Boone @ the LA TIMES -- http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2009/10/the-deal-designer-tag-sale-saturday-in-costa-mesa-.html

GREAT DEALS FROM GREAT DESIGNERS, who could ask for more!! Shop early and pass the word!!

atelier natalie umbert To Particpate in High End Designer Tag Sale

Photos of the studio at atelier natalie umbert

Saturday, October 24, 10am-2pm
466 East 18th St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Vanessa Squared Productions, founded by interior designer Vanessa De Vargas and design editor Vanessa Kogevinas, is proud to present our second HIGH-END DESIGNER TAG SALE SHOPPING EVENT in conjunction with Amanda Malson and Jolene Ballard of Domicile Interior Design.

The Designer Tag Sale is an upscale interior designer yard/tag sale hosted by Keri Shrimpton that will feature over ten of Orange County and Los Angeles' top designers selling items from their personal inventories including small furniture such as side-tables, lamps, rugs, pillows, art, accessories and more at incredibly low prices! At our tag sales nothing is over $200, and prices run as low as $5. Lots of holiday gift potential!!

Domino and Sunset magazines recently held similar successful events.

The following interior designers are confirmed: Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise, Jolene Ballard and Amanda Malson of Domicile Interior Design, Zak Graff of Barclay Butera, Lindsey Dann of Former Furniture, Krista Ewart of Krista Ewart Design, Natalie Umbert of Atelier Natalie Umbert, Rick Campos of Christopher Tracy Interiors, Steve Jones of Better Shelter, Keri Shrimpton of Keri Shrimpton Design, Krista Browne of Krista Browne Designs, Dianne Kraus of Green Tangerine, and Sabina Vavra of Madison West Interiors.

Vendors include Happy Mundane, m[E] Material Environment, Richie Design, The Red Velvet Company, SMARTY, and Yelp will participate as a media sponsor.

The Designer Tag Sale also features mini-consultations and appraisals by designers, a silent auction, a raffle and more. Entertainment includes a bar, light passed appetizers and beauty treatments.

Gift bags are offered to the first thirty attendees including gift certificates, coupons, and other fun items. Any left-over designer inventory is donated to The Sheepfold (a women with children’s shelter). Entry fee is $10. Cash only; designers will not have credit card capabilities.

We greatly look forward to your participation and support!

Natalie Umbert + Romantic Homes Photo Shoot

Romantic Homes magazine was looking for houses for their COLOR issue. Natalie Umbert's home was so perfect for the story we had to pitch it! Editorial Director Jacqueline deMontravel, who had the one the cutest pair of shoes that I have seen lately, did an amazing job. I can't wait to see her home in print! Look for it on news stands in March.
Enjoy the snapshots I took of Natalie's place and the very grainy (Sorry!) photo of the two New Yorkers -Jacqueline and Natalie.

Orange, Orange Orange!

Who doesn't love orange these days? I have always wanted to be brave enough to paint a room (or a least a wall) a dirty but still cheerful orange.

Always on trend, Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic recently posted two stories about using orange - http://habituallychic.blogspot.com/2009/08/orange-you-glad-its-friday.html and http://habituallychic.blogspot.com/2009/08/more-orange.html.

For a local twist, Orange County interior designer, Natalie Umbert of atelier-natalie umbert was just featured in Riviera Interiors magazine in her fabulous orange living room.

Natalie also has a store on Pacific Coast Highway in the beach-chic town of Corona del Mar, which she doubles as a think tank and showroom for her fresh eye, her talent and her latest whims.

ASID 2009 Design Tour Featured on KTLA with Allie MacKay

The talented designers transformed Orange Coast's Lisa Jackson's apartment to bring the ASID 2009 Design Tour to life. In addition to talking about the ASID Design Tour, they showed viewers the creativity that a designer can bring to your space and how to maximize what you have, while making the biggest impact. They did an AMAZING job!
Above are the rooms they created for Lisa - a living room, dining room and outdoor patio. Go to and check out the segments listed "interior design tips" www.ktla.com/alliemackay

Natalie Umbert of Atelier Interior Design Gives Us A Sneak Peak At Her ASID 2009 Design Tour Space

The lovely and talented Natalie Umbert had coffee with us the other morning to check in and give us the scoop on her space for the ASID 2009 Design Tour - Urban Living at Astoria.

Here is a sneak peak at the story boards for her space. If you can't wait to see it at the 2009 Design Tour, you can find her at her Corona del Mar store - Atelier, a place she uses as a think tank and a laboratory to channel her creative energy.

We love her fearless use of color and her fresh take on design. Everything she does makes you want to move in!

More about Natalie Umbert and Atelier
Driven by her varied life, travel, and professional experiences, Natalie Umbert is known for her ability to arrive at something unique yet accessible through her thoughtful combination of influences, periods, color and texture. Umbert was raised in South Florida and attended Tufts University in Boston. After creative and wide-ranging professions in both the music and fashion industries and armed with nothing more than a few sketches and a lot of enthusiasm, Natalie decided to pursue her true passion and gained acceptance to the Parsons School of Design in New York. Following graduation, Natalie trained at the New York firm of Mariette Himes Gomez, gaining invaluable experience in the field of luxury design. Natalie subsequently worked for firms in Miami and Los Angeles, and opened her own firm, atelier natalie umbert, just after earning an MBA from the Merage School of business at the University of California, Irvine. http://www.atelierinteriordesign.com/