Opening night we were welcomed to Atlanta with a cocktail party at the beautiful Subzeroshowroom. I was kicking myself the next day for not taking pictures of the actual showroom. It was breathtaking! So many innovative designs. However, I was a little distracted by Barry Dixon! Isn’t he the cat’s pajamas? Such a southern gentleman and so engaging. I have always admired his work, but now that I have met the man, heard him share his approach to design, my respect for him is ten fold. I can’t wait to write more about Barry and his approach to design, because it completely resonates with my “authentic” design philosophy.
The next day, camp opened with Bill Indursky of V and M (Vintage and Modern). He was a “colorful speaker” to say the least! Kidding aside, he talked about emerging trends and what we could expect. He also talked about how trends develop. I think I can speak for the group when I say we all learned a great deal from Bill. Check out his website!
Lots of eye candy there! He warmed up the crowd and got us so excited about what’s to come!!!
Bill was only one of a fabulous group of speakers Lori and Kelli scheduled for camp. Here are some of the others we were so lucky to learn from! On the left is photographer,Gerardo Jaconelli, Kelli, Jason from Japiur Rugs, Lori, Kimberley Seldon, Katy Garrett and Ronda Carmen from All The Best Blog, who has a new book coming out this Spring! (Not sure what Gerardo talked about, I think we were all mesmerized by his handsome looks and “wee bit” of a cute personality!)
We also had the good fortune of hearing sage advice from Susanna Salk! Her book “Be Your Own Decorator” is one of my favorites for inspiration. I also adore her Children’s Room book. She shared such good tips such as “dont’ over style your room for photo shoots”. She said editors are “over” the trays with lemons and glasses of juice! ( of course I just did all that in one of my shoots, dang it! It will be good for a laugh and an eye roll I’m sure!) Oh well!
The biggest surprise of the day was compliments of Hansgrohe USA National Sales Training Manager, Jason McNeely! We had an Oprah moment when Jason announced Hansgrohe was giving every camper a FREE Hansgrohe E 120 Hand shower!! Yipee!!!!
I won the kitchen faucet by tweeting design ideas with Hansgrohe’s new Axor Bouroullec line which offers step by step planning for your own personal lavatory! See the killer sink below! Hansgrohe offers options not only of various handles designs but also placement options to suit your personal needs. Quite genius!
All in all Design Camp was everything I had hoped it would be and much, much more! I highly recommend you attend when it comes to a city near you!
Thank You Lori and Kelli for a fabulous experience! You were so kind to allow me to participate in such an awe inspiring camp!!! I look forward to seeing you again in High Point for a Mini Camp during High Point Market in April!!!
Now I must fly off to Mastermind with Tobi Fairley in Little Rock, Arkansas! I am excited to meet up with my Mastermind Group and learn more!!!! I’ve missed my Mastermind peeps! If you are interested in learning more about Mastermind or Design Camp please feel free to email me anytime at Lmende@gmail.com