|Design Blogger's Conference Stage|
The Design Conference was presented by Design Sherpa for Interior Design Bloggers and held from March 2-4, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta. This was the 4th annual Design Blogger's Conference and it is the only one available specifically for interior design bloggers. In the past, the event has been held in Los Angeles. This year, they decided to move coasts to Atlanta. It was the most widely attended conference yet with over 430 design bloggers, and I was proud to be among them!
We were exposed to incredibly talented speakers, including Jeffrey Alan Marks (Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators), Candice Olson (HGTV's Divine Design and Candice Tells All,), Timothy Corrigan (hailed by Architectural Digest as "Today's Tastemaker" and top 100 designers).
|Beth Greene of Kravet and Jeffrey Alan Marks | Candice Olson|
Candice Olson of HGTV's Divine Design expressed that color is one of the most powerful tools a designer has in their tool box (yes!). She also discussed how lighting plays a very important part of her design process (more to follow in a separate post).
Design extraordinaire, Timothy Corrigan shared photos of his French Chateau, Château du Grand-Lucé and inspired me in describing his pathway to becoming such a celebrity and luxury designer. PS- he had no formal design training- a man after my own heart.
|Timothy Corrigan's French Estate Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest|
I was finally able to connect - in person - with fellow design bloggers that I've followed for years, many with whom I've established a true friendship beyond blogging.
All of the speakers offered invaluable advice. Some of the most memorable advice, for me, came from the following:
1. Jan Bills of Two Women and a Hoe said "let your brand bloom organically." Give people what they want and make things easy for people to see.
|Courtesy of La Dolce Vita blog|
3. New England Home's Lynda Simonton urged bloggers to photograph your work! Visual images are the key to success. Even if it costs a bit more to have your work professionally photographed, it will pay off in the end.
4. Michael Bruno, the founder of 1st dibs, gave a wonderful synopsis of 1st dibs and how it was created. Look for a future post.
|Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva (Courtesy of The Antiques Diva)|
5. I was so inspired by Toma Clark Haines of The Antiques Diva. She described how she finally said "yes" to shopping for other people. This changed everything. Before then, she used to help her friends out of the kindness of her heart because she loved antiquing so much. Her advice, "don't get so focused doing what it is you are doing that you overlook an opportunity to do something else."
The networking opportunities were tremendous. Each night, there was another beautifully executed post-party. This gave us an opportunity to visit design showrooms and see elaborate spaces.
This experience was a huge metamorphosis for me. I have a greater understanding of where I want to take Vivid Hue and I have learned some excellent tips in order to get there. I will be sharing these in future posts.
I am grateful for this experience. Look to good things to come from Vivid Hue Home. If you're a new reader and you've found me from the #dbc2014 please follow me! I will follow you back.