My third trip to the Design Bloggers Conference was the best! I’m delighted to finally sit down and tell you about my time there this year!
My soul sister, Amy Lee, of House of Wentworth and I kicked off the week with a dining experience we’ll never forget! Having dinner with Adam Japko, founder of the Design Bloggers Conference and writer of WineZag wine blog, is always a treat, but this time it was extra special! We were joined by one of the speakers at the conference, Richard Auffrey, The Passionate Foodie, who happens to be a Certified Sake Professional…a dream dinner companion when you’re headed to LA’s hottest Japanese restaurant, n/naka.
I knew when we walked in the door and Richard started speaking Japanese to the waitstaff that we were in for a treat! We enjoyed a 3.5 hour tasting menu that was visually stimulating and full of taste and texture combinations. Simply splendid! A night to remember, for sure!
Find Richard’s review of the night here.
OK…enough about food…I’m suppose to be telling you about the Design Bloggers Conference, right? *focus*
Oh, shoot…One more diversion…
This year’s conference kicked off at HD Buttercup, LA’s brick and mortar emporium full of goodies from around the globe…both modern and classic…all displayed in the old Helm’s Bakery building. As wonderful as HD Buttercup’s collections are, we were all distracted by reuniting with friends that we had met at past DBC gatherings or were meeting for the first time, yet virtually visit daily on their blogs. Imagine the chatter!
For the next two days we heard from some of the world’s most admired design industry influencers, social media experts, world-reknown bloggers, prominent published designers and editor in cheif’s of some of the nation’s most read magazines. The biggest highlight was seeing my precious friend, Amy, share of her recent success in seeing her chair designs come to fruition through her collaboration with Plexi-Craft. Find out more info about these beautiful chairs here.
Look what happened for two days during the conference on Twitter! #DBC2013 trended No. 1! Very cool, no?
I’ll never forget the words that flowed from Barbara Barry , one of my favorite speaker, as we all sat mesmerized by her melodious voice and inspiring thoughts on beauty. There’s no doubt that she has us all viewing the world in a different way…
Amy and I had lunch at The Ivy after the conference was over and Barbara’s influence had me finding beauty in the seeds and grain of the roll on my plate…
…and finding much more vibrance in the roses on the table… Thank you Barbara!
Another highlight was having the privilege to meet Grammy winner, Patti Austin. I have such fond memories of listening to her music as a teenager and young adult. She has one of those voices that causes rememberance to resurface and sends chills down your spine.
I was delighted to find that her gorgeous voice is second to her warm spirit and generous heart as I learned of her non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation. Founded by Patti and Dawn Carroll, lyricist and Executive Director of OMSF, their mission is to promote mentoring and “mentorology” (the art and science of mentoring) through music and design. Find out more about this non-profit here and see the video she shared of a 2011 performance of Dawn’s song performed at a Martin Luther King Celebration in Boston. Warning: Could induce goosebumps!
It was a trip to remember. New friendships formed…reunions happened…and inspiration flourished…
I now have a new soul-sister…Irene Turner. What a delight to give her a physical hug instead of communicating online!
We adore Andrew Joseph
This photo kind-of sums up the week… As we were leaving a fabulous party at the Harbinger showroom in West Hollywood we requested the photography skills of Bethanne Matari, PR Maven at Currey & Company, to get a party pic of Amy, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess and this was the result. Complete and utter BLISS!