Whiskerina Champion

This past weekend, our fabulous Web Merchandiser, Ashley Taylor Brown competed in a competition of the utmost strategy in creative thinking.

The First National Ladies Fake Beard and Moustache Competition.

There were many ladies in attendance with tons of creative beards fun facial hair, but our dear Ashley swept the competition with top ranks in each of the four categories she entered.

(Images Courtesy of “Photos By Dash”)
But our proudest moment was when Ashley took home first place for the most challenging category yet.
Meet the first National Champion for the “Most Creative Beard” Category!

(Image Courtesy of “Eric Harvey Brown”)

We cannot say how impressed we are with the creative talent and efforts that went into her amazing Spaghetti and Meatball beard. It makes me hungry just looking at it. We love our team at PoshTots, and thrive off of the creative energy that we bring to the table, on and off the clock.

Congratulations on your victory Ashley, you deserve it!

The contest raised over $3,000 to benefit breast cancer research. To find out more about your local Whiskerina Chapter, please visit their facebook page.

This Week’s Style

Turn to page 6 of this week’s issue of “Style Weekly” for the inside scoop on our upcoming special on HGTV. Also be sure to sneek a peek of our fuzzy posh pet Parker, making his print debut!

Henrico’s PoshTots Stars in Reality Show
by Richard Foster

Call it “Extreme Makeover: Toddler Edition.”

PoshTots, a Henrico County online retailer, is getting a television show on the HGTV cable network. Signed on to co-host are the company’s owner and chief executive, Andrea Edmunds, and lead designer Pam O’Hallaron.

PoshTots offers luxury nursery and children’s furnishings as well as custom interior design services to a star-studded list of wealthy global clients. Its one-hour pilot episode debuts Dec. 17 and will feature Edmunds and O’Hallaron designing and decorating rooms for the daughters of former N’Sync member and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Joey Fatone. Edmunds and O’Hallaron already have filmed promotional reels. Shooting on the pilot episode will begin soon in Miami.

“If it gets good ratings, they will sign us for five to six more [episodes],” Edmunds says. “It’s literally been in the works for two and a half years. About four or five months ago, we got the green light [and learned] that HGTV picked it up.”

PoshTots’ celebrity clients are topped by such A-listers as Julia Roberts, Donald and Vanessa Trump, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, and Heidi Klum and Seal. The company also has collaborated on set designs for television and movies, including the Oscar-winning 2010 Natalie Portman film, “Black Swan.”

The company’s whimsical creations include a pirate-themed room with a pirate-ship bed that appears to burst out of a sea mural painted on the bedroom wall. “That’s the really fun thing,” Edmunds says. “We’re not selling a typical piece of furniture that’s in a box or has already been made. It’s a custom creation.”

PoshTots’ online furnishings catalog features items ranging from a $1,200 Bonne Nuit Cradle in Versailles finish to a Cinderella-inspired $47,500 Fantasy Coach bed.

Edmunds co-founded PoshTots in 2000 and sold the business to an online retailer for $12 million in 2006. She reacquired the business in 2009, paying $735,000 for it after then-owner, the Parent Co., filed for bankruptcy. At its height in 2006, PoshTots was reaping $10 million in annual sales and Edmunds says her privately held company now makes a little less than that.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition- Featuring PoshTot’s Own Jason Hulfish

If you missed Sunday night’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, you missed an inspiring story of bravery. Anaiah Rucker saved her sister Camry’s life by keeping her from getting hit by a truck. In return, Anaiah was hit, and lost her leg. After several grueling surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Anaiah is now able to walk on a prosthetic leg and returning to a normal life. The only thing missing, was a safe and handicapped accessible space to call home. That’s where EMHE and Ty Pennington come in and work their magic. Creating a beautiful space for these lovely ladies to call home.

We are especially connected to the fun desk, tree bed, and gorgeous mural art done in Camry’s room, by our very own Jason Hulfish. Please click here to see more of Jason’s talented work.

Images courtesy of www.abc.go.com

Camry, who wishes to be a Veterinarian, got an amazing animal themed room full safari-inspired furniture and whimsical animals to examine. We expect nothing less than extraordinary from Jason, who donated his time and talents for this deserving family.

Special Spaces

Ginger Rodriguez shares her insight on designing a special needs kids friendly room in her latest column, Coffee with Ginger.

We find that her advice could serve for any type of child, but is especially useful for those with special needs. She suggests an amazing mural or artwork, washable-walls and surfaces, and keeping items within arm’s reach. She also strategizes the layout of the room, to work with any equipment that is needed and also make it so the child has a nice view out the window.

We love the design of her completed room, with it’s amazing airplane mural, super organized closet and fun red bed dressed up with our Jake’s Plaid Bedding.

If you have a chance please read her article on page 30 in the latest issue of Zebra, A lifestyle journal for Northern Virginia. It will be sure to inspire, any Mom with a design dilemma.

Do you have a room that is designed for a child with special needs? Please share your suggestions and inspiration for your own child’s room design.

Design Dynamo Contest – Finalists

Thank you for all of your Design Dynamo Contest entries! We were truly dazzled by your décor and inspired by your imagination. Although it was a tough task to tackle, here are the finalists as chosen by our posh panel. Vote for your favorite nursery by “liking” their photo on facebook.

We adore the painted cherry blossoms in this adorable tree house dream. The small details, like the rose drawer pulls and the wall-mounted birdhouses especially make our heart’s flutter.

Chloe’s girly space is just darling. Rich window treatments and fun printed wallpaper really make her room pop.

The Lynn’s shabby chic room is dressed to impress and ready for tea time. We love the printed glider, especially with the smiling surprise that’s waiting inside.

The Eimerman’s nursery is as posh as they come, complete with all a gorgeous wall mural and a bold use of black and white.

The Ferris’s safari escape has us looking in every corner for a cute animal to make us smile.

Kate and Emily’s nursery is a seaside dream. We love the seahorse mobile and the fun printed sheets.

Lia and Humberto’s parent’s did a grand job of designing a gender-neutral space. The neutral backdrop with the solid purple and blue accents make this room pleasing for both baby boy and girl.

Maggie’s fairy tale starts and ends with a happy ending. Who wouldn’t be happy when surrounded by this much beauty?

Raevyn and Sydney’s nursery is a double delight. We love the soft steciled walls, and fun hanging letters.

The Silva’s have a golden touch. With bold yet soft window treatments, and all the fine touches details that bring together an elegant look.

Now please, go on and vote by “liking” their photo on facebook.

The special space with the most “likes” by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 19th will win a $500 PoshTots gift certificate!