See Michael Run

This is Michael Bruno. Michael runs 1st dibs, a jazzy internet resource for antiques, objets and all things fabulous. Oh, and in his spare time (well, I do know he has a little help) he created one of the best on-line magazines around.

A few months ago, a pesky blogger (“A what?” “A blogger, you know like web log?” “I thought that was only for kids.”) started pestering Michael to come to Kansas City. Our dealers, she claimed, are top notch. Dibs-worthy. You must.
In an effort to get her off his back, Michael e:mailed and said, “How ’bout we profile you on the site?” That seemed scary. But Jennifer had gone first, and it looked great, and I learned new things about her which was fun.

All they needed was a little information, and a head shot. A head shot? Um, I’m a Midwestern housewife, as a species we are lacking in the head shot department. But my fabulous editor at Spaces, Zim Loy, stepped in to save the day. She helped locate a photographer (the lovely and patient Aaron Leimkuehler), and made a surprise visit the day of the shoot.

I think it went well, don’t you. OK, you’re right, that’s Barbara Barry. I wish I looked that relaxed. I don’t. Zim assured me, “Everyone hates to get their picture taken.” Clearly, except Barbara Barry – she looks fabulous.
Jump on over to 1st dibs and check out the blogosphere feature. Then keep checking, I happen to know they have some great ones planned. Besides bloggers, there are great features on designers, shop owners and tastemakers.

I’m so flattered, you can’t imagine. Many thanks to Marcia Sherrill and Patricia Dobashi, wonderful writers and women, both, for walking me through it. And, Michael? I’m forever grateful. I’ll tell you all about it when you come to Kansas City.
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26 thoughts on “See Michael Run

  1. OH First!

    The photo is GREAT! You look happy and relaxed!

    What a lovely write up – and you deserve it. Your blog is one of the 12 i check DAILY FIRST before email sometimes!

    I don’t have the house or money to be as gorgeous as you – but I try in my little railroad apt with limited budget.

    thanks for all the inspiration !

  2. You guys are so nice. I’m totally squirming. You know the most recognition I get is “thanks, Mom” when I let someone have something sweet.

  3. Well! What a coincidence,I just read your interview on 1st
    dibs and hurried over to tell you how great it is.Your Picks are so dead-on and you are adorable!As you know I am such a fan,glad to put a face to your wonderful blog!

  4. Wow, Mrs B, I’m so proud of you!!!! Great article(and beautiful picture) and I’m sure just the beginning of more wondeful things to come!

  5. Brava!
    You and your dream house look wonderful. I love the way those photographers can really get the perfect shots. And love that tortoise shell box pic.
    Sara L.

  6. Congrats Patricia!!! Wonderful interview; your warmth really comes across. And in my humble opinion, you look cool as a cucumber in your headshot!

  7. great article -your house looks great and so do you! Love your 1st dibs picks at the end! I just wanted to add my congratulations to everyone elses!!

  8. awesome, mrs. b! the dreamhouse looks wonderful, as do you. so nice to have a face to go with the blog (and a name too, but somehow you’ll never be “patricia” in my head, but just “mrs. blandings”.

    congrats! now go buy yourself a zillion dollar 1stdibs tortoise shell box to celebrate…

  9. You are a natural. The photos of your home (and you) are perfect. Not only do you have classic taste, but a sharp wit we all admire. Congrats Mrs. Blandings!

  10. Excellent article, well deserved. You have a witty and wonderful writing style, and superb taste! Very daring indeed to be featured on 1st Dibs.

  11. Mrs. Blandings,


    Raise that bar, keep us all entertained with your wit, style and love of keeping a stylish home in the midst of parenting 3 boys and dog.
    Mr.B must be very proud. Let me go do a little jig for you! (or even better a drawing – you will be holding a statue, like the Oscar!)


  12. Congratulations! How fabulous! Love the article, your home and your headshot! Now I know who to look for when I come to KC in June! Can’t wait to meet the famous Mrs. Blandings in person!

  13. Mrs Blandings you look fantastic, and so does your house! Congratulations on being featured, its well deserved.

  14. BRAVA Mrs. Blandings! Well-deserved recognition for both you and Peak! A very nice article and you look fantastic in the photo — a perfect white shirt and a perfectly charming smile.

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