Design Camp Overview

I realize I’m a bit late with my overview of Design Camp.  But my old computer was maxed out and didn’t have space to upload pictures.  So now that I have my new Mac, I’m back in business!!

Design Camp was unbelievable.  Full of information and an amazing lineup of speakers!

But let’s start at the beginning…..the hotel.

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We stayed at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle.  For the first few minutes at the hotel, I had a bit of guilt….

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…because this was all mine for two days!

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And it was a huge hotel room.  Once I took a look around, I got over my guilt and started to enjoy myself!

They even supply you with an animal print bathrobe!

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And don’t you love these brick walls!?

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Ok, enough of the hotel.  On to the people.

This was the first conference I attended without my trusty sidekicks, Lori and Amanda.  But thankfully, I had a few local blog friends that I hadn’t met in person.

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Meeting Stacey Steward from Steward of Design {on the left} and Maggie Morgan of Maggie Rose Interiors {on the right} was so  much fun!

And I had the opportunity to meet other great designer from across the US, like Molly Quinn from Louisiana.

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Molly and I met the first evening in the hotel lobby and enjoyed hanging out during the entire conference.

And now onto the speakers…..

Design Camp was put on by Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis.  Both of these ladies are incredibly talented designers….

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…and so down to earth!

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They brought with them an amazing line up of speakers.

Nathan Turner {from Million Dollar Decorators} spoke on his journey to success.

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Ronda Rice Carman from All the Best spoke about her journey to being published.

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Cassandra Lavalle {Coco+Kelley} is a successful blogger from Seattle.  She spoke on creating and maintaining a successful blog.

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But I think the most information and inspirational speaker {for me} was Kimberley Seldon.

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Kimberley spoke on the business of design. She challenged each and every designer to charge what they are worth. And to not apologize for it! Not only was she encouraging and challenging to the novice and experienced designer, but she was funny as can be!

The conference was filled with so much incredible information.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Design Camp, DO IT! You won’t regret it for a single minute.

Thank you, thank you to Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. You outdid yourselves.


Design Bloggers Conference Recap

I think I’m finally caught up from returning from the Design Bloggers Conference.

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Bags are unpacked and laundry is {almost} done. Now I get to sort through my pictures and reminisce over a great few days away.

I had the chance to attend the conference with two friends, Lori {Lori May Interiors} and Amanda {Amanda Carol Home}.  You should check out their blogs….they are both very talented designers!

Here are a few highlights of the trip….


Internet connection and a Starbucks in the hotel made for a great start to the conference!


I had the opportunity to meet Ross from Million Dollar Decorators! {Though I confess, for as much reality tv that I watch, this show was not on my list. It is now!!}


They served wine and sake one afternoon, during the conference!


Talented Interior Designer, Barbara Barry


Grammy Winner, Patti Austin

Some amazing speakers were brought in for the event!  Talented designers Barbara Barry {above} and Charlotte Moss both spoke to the crowd.  As did Grammy winner, Patti Austin {above}.  What a treat to hear what they all had to say!


And this may have been my favorite part of the entire conference….the people!

The above picture is from a dinner out one evening with Amanda {Amanda Carol At Home}, Cheryl {Dwell by Cheryl}, Shelly {Lura Studio} and Lori {Lori May Interiors}.  It’s always so fun to meet new friends and re-connect with old friends at events like this!

The trip was very worthwhile.  And I’m so thankful for the opportunity to go. But as always, it’s good to be home.


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