Hello to our friends, fans and followers!
I am pleased to announce that our new website has launched. Please take a look at www.wellappointedhouse.com. When I first launched The Well Appointed House in the Spring of 2001, I started out on the Yahoo!Store platform. It was quick, easy to use and great for beginners. I started with just a few products and the site began to grow. After about two years, I was up to about a thousand products and today in 2009, my site has grown to a selection of over 9,000 luxuries for the home. I decided that it was time to bring the website completely in-house and off of the Yahoo!Store platform, which had many limitations. Migrating 9,000 products stored in an RTML format over to a whole new, more modern website was no easy task! We have had a team working on this since May. It has been consuming and we are thrilled with the result. Here is a preview, but please go to the website to see the real thing:
Customers can create Member Profiles, upload photos of their favorite design projects or items from the website, share this information with friends, make product reviews and store them with their profiles and even “friend” other customers from The Well Appointed House. Interior Designers will soon be able to register with the website and receive special discounts and incentives. They, too, can create profiles and store photos of their design projects and share with friends from The Well Appointed House. Since we attract top interior designers from all over the country, it is a great place to be and profile yourself and your firm. So, if you haven’t been to our new site, please take a moment and check it out! To celebrate the new website, we have a big 25% OFF CELEBRATION SALE in progress! Take advantage and do your holiday shopping now!
In addition, here is a virtual ‘cheers’ to the power of blogging! I have been pleasantly surprised at the reception our blog has received, launched in September. I have been tracking our visits through Google Analytics and have enjoyed watching our following grow to visitors from all over the globe – as far as India, Australia and Japan. Saturday morning, while preparing breakfast for my kids, I received a FedEx box from Van Cleef & Arpels! I was not expecting anything from them and my husband shot a glance at me from across from the room that implied, “Oh No! What have you bought now, Melissa?!”
I opened the box and inside was a hand written note from Emmanuel Perrin, The President and Chief Executive Officer of Van Cleef & Arpels.
He said that he has become an “avid reader of your blog”…and that he discovered “with amazement and pleasure the place given to our iconic Alhembra Collection.” He went on to say a few other nice things and enclosed as a gift their new book, “The Poetry of Time”.
Thank you Emmanuel for your support of the blog and for your fabulous jewelry. We included a note about Van Cleef also in our blog entry on Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out in New York City September 10, 2009. Here also is a photo of me with my friend, Fiona, that evening at Van Cleef.