Hi everyone! As some of you may know, I was given the wonderful opportunity to attend Design Blogger’s Conference last week in Atlanta. Hansgrohe USA sent five lucky bloggers on scholarship to attend the conference, and I had the opportunity to be one of them (they also gave us a swank shower head in our swag bag, so Hansgrohe is literally my favorite company right now)!
I learned so much and met so many people, but I (surprisingly) didn’t take an overwhelming number of photos (you’re welcome, Instagram followers) 😉 So here’s my recap of the conference, as well as a few things that I learned and a few of the many amazing people that I met!
The first day, we had the opportunity to attend a catered lunch in the Sub-Zero/ Wolf showroom. If you know anything about these appliance companies, you know that those red knobs are an icon in the kitchen design world. The showroom did not disappoint!
I also met up and hung out with my local Charlotte buddy, the wonderful Cheryl.
We met new friends, and promptly got to toasting. We were able to attend the opening of Peacock Alley at ADAC, where we were served Prosecco (a theme for the conference, much to my happiness) and were able to ogle over beautiful linens and decorative items.
We then trekked to Phipps Plaza to hear the inspiring Suzanne Kasler speak.
via Architectural Digest
There, I was able to meet one of my favorites in person, Kristen (middle), as well as be introduced to Grace (left) from A Storied Style!
After crashing for the night, we were up fresh and early to hear one of my favorites speak. I have a gigantic design (and real-life) crush on Jeffrey Alan Marks, so it was great to hear him speak.
Did anyone watch him on Million Dollar Decorators? He was my favorite. I loved that show, waaay more than I should have.
I also purchased his book, and was able to meet him in person and have him sign it! I will go through it shortly with you guys here on the blog in a new series that I’ll be starting soon. More on that later!
We also listened to the incredibly inspiring and relatable Paloma Contreras from La Dolce Vita. I love her aesthetic, so I was definitely looking forward to this session. She was wonderful, and so, so motivating.
We then promptly resumed drinking. Loved meeting and hanging out with these ladies all week!
Cheryl and I did some damage at the wine tasting, given by the awesome Jeremy of Do Bianchi.
On the last day, we were treated with a session by the one and only Candice Olson. She is hilarious and much taller than me, which I love. She creates such beautiful spaces, and is really an expert on lighting. If you’ve seen any of her rooms, you know what I mean by that!
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of my tweet on the scree behind her head. We’re basically BFFs now.
I am so glad that I was able to meet so many amazing people; people whom I truly believe to be friends for life. These men and women are so incredibly inspiring, and last week really confirmed that I am doing exactly what I want to be doing. I have found my people, and they’re pretty awesome.
I can’t wait to attend DBC2015! If you’re thinking about going, but aren’t sure, I HIGHLY recommend it. I will be covering some of the other things that I learned in the sessions more in depth coming up!