A testament to the strength of Design Bloggers Conference, which took place in Los Angeles earlier this month at the Beverly Hilton, is that I was listening to talks and really making the most of those sessions, then meeting attendees during the networking breaks. I had little time to take pictures and certainly wasn’t worried about posting in those moments. Being “present” is something those who attended were very much aware of, given the face-to-face opportunities with peers and industry leaders. Among the few pics I did snap were of my co-presenter, Marjorie Gage, who was barely able to plow out of her snow-strewn drive to get to sunny LA (as I type, she is experiencing her second Nor’easter since returning from California). It pleases me to no end that Marjorie, the brilliant editor on my new book, Recipe for Press: Designer Edition, shared the stage with me at Design Bloggers Conference in a talk titled, “The Editor Is In!” and the talk was better for her points and perspective. I also enjoyed chasing her around with the camera as she soaked in some sun!
A gathering of over 400 that included industry dignitaries like Clint Smith, editor in chief of Veranda magazine, to brilliant communication experts and creative directors (hello Bethanne Matari and Cecil Adams of Currey & Co) to designers and design bloggers from Texas to San Diego to Boston to Seattle, is somewhat rare. Valued is time, built-in, to this conference, and to the meaningful conversations that grew of it. Below, Marjorie Gage of Art and Intuition (on my left) and Claire Ruhlin, editor at Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, pose for a picture. *note, Marjorie was the editor who assigned me my first national article as a freelance writer for Country Living, over twenty years ago. Claire (pictured right) was a Recipe for Press intern five years ago and now she’s a hot-shot magazine editor! Mentioned in our talk was the power of positive relationships and this captures that point at it’s essence.
Podcaster Nick May of The Chaise Lounge and I caught up and snuck in an interview as well. Congratulations, Nick, on your 200th episode! I’ll be able to say, “I remember you when!”
I met Mary Etta McCurdy of Mary Etta Designs in Orange County, California! She was a recent guest on Design + Style, a podcast devoted to VISIBILITY by Rachel Moriarty and Dixie Willard, and having listened to the interview, I felt I could pick right up on that conversation. I highly recommend both of the podcasts mentioned in this post, along with LuAnn Nigara’s . I’ve been a guest on all three!We’re going to miss you, sunny LA, but next year Design Blogger’s Conference moves back to Atlanta! The dates (February 24-26) have already been posted online and it’s never too early to start planning to attend. This conference is so much more than blogging and it’s not just for interior designers. The opportunities for collaboration and for improving on your communication’s efforts are at the essence of this conference. See you there!