March 1, 2012

Design Bloggers Conference 2012

by Shelly

I’m finally feeling rested and have caught back up with work.  Starting Sunday night I had the pleasure of attending the Design Bloggers Conference in downtown Los Angeles.  This was the second year of the event which brings together around 200 or so design bloggers who may or may not be actually in the design business.  To say that I left inspired would be an understatement!

{martyn lawrence-bullard}

Sunday night there was a cocktail party at the hotel where the event would take place.  It was a great chance to catch up with fellow design bloggers that I had met the previous year and when I attended Blogfest in NYC last May. Then Monday morning the event kick started into full gear with the keynote address by designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, which you may know from Bravo’s show Million Dollar Decorators.  I sort of fell in love with Martyn after watching the show and was thrilled to hear him tell his crazy tales about working with celebrity clients.  That mans’ life doesn’t even seem real it’s so outrageous and extraordinary!

{ronda carman, tobi fairley, and cassandra lavalle}

The morning continued with talks which included the writer of All The Best blog, Ronda Carman, and Cassandra LaValle of Coco + Kelley, as well as designer Tobi Fairley ……who is definitely in my list of favorite designers!

{some designer friends…Julia from Material Girls, Mally Skok, and  designer Katie Rosenfeld who writes the blog, Bogle Street}

That evening the bloggers were treated to a fun cocktail party put on by Wayfair and Joss and Main.  Both amazing resources to find great things for your home!

{bunny williams}

But my personal favorite moment of the whole conference was hearing one of my design idols, Bunny Williams speak on the second day.  I never realized how SIMILAR her design philosophies are to my own!  She believes that:

1.  Add comfort and character

2. Make spaces that are relaxed and timeless

3. Reflect the client and suit the location

4. Make it comfortable for families and pets

5. Try not to be too repetitive when decorating

And bottom line, which I truly believe when working with clients is, ” It’s their house, NOT your house!”.  True Bunny Williams, very true!  I had wanted to get a picture with her after her talk, but she was surrounded by people for quite a while.  BUT THEN….later in the morning I happened to run into her in an empty hall and had a really nice chat with her.  What a nice lady!  If only I could go work for her in New York for a while.  I’m sure I would learn a thing or two!

The whole event was wrapped up with a fabulous party hosted by Traditional Home at Harbinger in West Hollywood for designer Bunny Williams.  And if by chance you don’t know what Harbinger is… it is the chic retail showroom of designers Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat.

{with one of my favs Annie Selke, designer and owner of Dash and Albert rugs and Pinecone Hill}

It’s not like I go to many of these shindigs….AT ALL!  So, it was pretty unbelievable to be in the same room with SOOO many talented interior designers!  Let’s face it, most of the time if I’m not working, I’m usually pleading with our four year old to eat her dinner or vacuuming up dog/cat hair for the fourth time that week.  SO glamorous!

{whitney from between the boxwoods, emily ruddo of armonia decors and me!}

It was a super, fun night with great eats by Lulu Powers.  She totally had me with the silver platters filled with bacon. Ummmm bacon!!! And I am counting down the days until I fly to New York City for the next design blog event, Blogfest.

A big shout out to those girls I haven’t mentioned and for some stupid reason I did not get a picture of….  Designer and blogger Amy MeierHouse of Turquoise writer (and one of the sweetest girls ever) Erin Olson, Jennifer Powell from Kravet, the fabulous and talented, Meredith Heron who won Best New Design Blog for Sashay, Boston designer Leslie Fine, Studio Ten 25 designer Abbe Fenimore, and Kyle of the popular blog Knight Moves.

Until next year…..

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin March 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Wasn’t that all just a total blast?! You are so sweet, thank you so much for the kind words! I loved chatting with you and enjoying our front row spot!! Can’t wait for BlogFest, am SOOO glad you’ll be there!!!!


Kristy @ I Design Love March 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I am so sad that I couldn’t attend this year, work held me back…It looks like you had a great time!



Dovecote Decor March 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

The conference was wonderful but big. I wish we had had the chance to meet. The keynote speakers, Bunny Williams and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard were certainly worth the price of admission. It is fun to see everybody’s “take-aways” on the event, but there does seem to be a consensus. Come by and say hello. I have a few out takes surrounding the trip. I’ll track you down next year.


Stacy Naquin March 23, 2012 at 2:34 am

Just popping in to say hello! Had a fab time at DBC2012!!!


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