Amateur Vs Pro

September 25th, 2012

Here’s an image of a dog I was taking care of over the weekend in my home.  He LOVED it here.    Gorgeous gray coat, very calm demeanor, and just a great all around dog.

Here’s an image of the same dog taken by photographer Laura Moss in my work studio at my house.    With the right lighting, backdrop and patience…. it looks like a whole other dog!

Even in his serious state of mind, another gorgeous pic.

Woven Newspaper Lampshade

June 23rd, 2011

Now that our Danny Seo towels, bath mats, sheets and other goodie are hitting stores around the country, it means I have to keep staying inspired for future product roll-outs in our “gorgeous and green” collection of home products.

I get ideas everywhere and hotels are a great source of inspiration for cutting edge ideas.

At the Intercontinental Hotel in NYC (in Times Square no less!), I was sitting in the lobby tapping away at my Blackberry when this lamp caught my attention.    Was it actually a recycled newspaper shade?

It sure was.    You know, I’m not normally a fan of home products made from woven newspaper; it always felt a little crunchy and not-so-durable to me.    But when it’s done this fine, intricately and in a clean/modern shape, it really, truly works.

I hope we can do this for our lighting collection or use it as inspiration for something else…but I like it very much.   Do you?

Not Normally a Fan of FlashMobs…but….

March 23rd, 2011

Makes me want to recycle!

Sizzly Sizzle Reel

March 7th, 2011

In the “profession” that I do (and I put profession in quotes because, frankly, even I’m a little confused what my job is sometimes), we have to up together a presentation tape every year showing what, who, how, when and why we do what we do. It’s usually played for television executives, in board rooms, at conferences and for folks who are pretty much in charge of my business destiny.

This time around, I teamed up with a great producer out in Los Angeles to help me add a little more sizzle to the sizzle reel and here’s what he came up with. It’s still a little rough, but I wanted to share it with you right now. The main reason? Lots of you email me all the time confused what it is I exactly do… do I design products? Am I a mattress manufacturer? Am I a TV host? Author? Lifestyle Expert? Today Show contributor? I could go on and on, but the answer to all of that is: YES.

Happy Monday all! If you’re on the East Coast, aren’t you happy that the days are getting a little bit more balmy? I sure am.

Video: My 1997 Oprah Appearance

November 24th, 2009

Oh boy, look what the Fedex man dragged to my front door: a DVD copy of my 1997 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  In light of her announcement that she’s ending her show with the 25th season, I thought how fitting to share this.

This week at Daily Danny seems to be a video montage week, first with the Method parody commercial of Scrubbing Bubbles, and now a blast from the past: my 19-year-old self on Oprah when she launched Oprah’s Angel Network.

12 years ago, I appeared on Oprah to share how I raised $30,000 in less than 30 days to sponsor the Baltimore Habitat for Humanity Oprah House.    I was given a challenge from a producer at the show: raise $30,000, don’t mention the name “Oprah” when fund-raising, and then come on the show to explain how you did it so others watching might be able to do the same thing.

I haven’t seen this video in over a decade and a lot things come to mind.  But I thought it would be something fun to share with you so you can see my teenage self was trying to save the world even way back then.