Feb 27, 2013

Join me at Design Bloggers Conference in LA

Hi Friends,
I am so excited to announce that I will be part of a fun and exciting panel at this year's Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles.

This time last year, I had just found out that my blog had been nominated as one of the Nest New Design Blogs in a fantastic group of fellow bloggers and friends, and since then so much has changed! 

My panel ~ Case Study: Using Social Media and Content to Transform Your Life and Business will be moderated by Adam Japko and include .. myself.. 

Bill Pryor ~ founder of Spynergy and the Director of Spynergy Consulting. Over the past 7 years, Bill Pryor and his partner and sister have successfully launched and operated a family of unique indoor cycling studios — and also helped others launch theirs. These are small businesses that are fun….and profitable. In addition to running their own studios, Spynergy Consulting provides business planning, start-up, operational and marketing services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

as well as fellow design blogger, Amy Lee, from House of Wentworth blog. 
Are you following her yet?? They will both be sharing really great stories and can't wait to meet them both in person.

Amy’s passion for design prompted her to launch her design blog, House of Wentworth, in 2010.  Through her blog and social media engagement came features on other blogs such as Layla Grace Backroom Blog and Nest Design Studio, as well as a feature in the 2ndedition of Baby Lifestyles e-magazine.  The online Houzz community also voted Amy’s work Best of Houzz in 2012.Through her desire to design product came Amy’s latest collaboration with Plexi-Craft of New York. 2013 brings the launch of several of her acrylic chair designs for Plexi-Craft. In her downtime, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Robb, and daughter Pearson

It's an amazing time and this year's agenda looks sensational .. I would not want to miss it.. and still can't believe the incredible company I am in! Take a look..


H.D. BUTTERCUP RECEPTION -  an afternoon event with special guests Jeffrey Alan Marks and Ross Cassidy, the handsome designer duo from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators. 

President of DesignSherpa, a revolutionary internet marketing service for the home design and remodeling industry from Network Communications, Inc., the parent company of the country’s largest group of regional home design media brands including New England Home, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, At Home in Arkansas, and so many more.. 

Interior Design Trends in 2013

Windsor Smith, founder and creator of Windsor Smith Home, Inc. and Windsor Smith Home Collection is widely known as a design industry influencer. 

Pinterest, Content-to-Commerce, and The Future of Blogs

Cliff Sirlin is one of the Co-Founders of Project Décor.  
Peter Sallick, Co-Founder Dering Hall, CEO Waterworks

Jason Harris, Founder & CEO, The Design Network

Susanna Salk: Designing Outside the Box: How to Share Your Design Aesthetic With the World

There’s never been a better time to empower yourself and create design buzz by tapping into social media. From Facebook to Pinterest, to blogs, to Instagram: what are the most effective ways to share your work and world without it overshadowing your day job?
Susanna Salk helped launch Elle Decor as Interior Design Manager & later became a Contributing Editor. In 2003, she joined House and Garden Magazine, where she was, until its closing, Special Projects Editor. Today, Salk appears regularly on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss design style for the home. She is also a Contributing Editor to 1stdibs.com, and ivillage.com and so much more.. 

The Collaboration of Traditional Media and Social Media, SPONSORED BY BLOGFEST

The panel discussion features Jenny Bradley, senior design and lifestyle editor at Traditional Home and editor of the digital TRADhome magazine, Kyle Hoepner, editor in chief of New England Home magazine, and Beth Greene, executive vice president of marketing and strategic branding at Kravet. The panel will tackle timely issues such as crowdsourcing, blogger collaborations, and the new landscape of digital media and its influence over marketing strategy for national and regional magazines as well as a major industry brand. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Powell, Kravet communications manager.

How to Differentiate Yourself In a Crowded Online Marketplace

Evan Dawson ~ Managing Editor and Finger Lakes Editor of the New York Cork Report, the two-time winner of the award for Best Single-Subject Wine Blog. 

Richard Auffrey is a life-long resident of Massachusetts, a licensed attorney, and has been involved in food and wine writing for over seven years The Passionate Foodie.

Charlotte Moss: Show Me Content: Blogging on Design with Originality, Excellence and Ethics

Charlotte Moss is an icon of Southern warmth – hospitality, practicality and, of course, luxury. As communicating through the internet continues to grow, some bloggers disappear while new ones emerge. Is it time to reexamine our goals? What are we really communicating about ourselves and our industry? While there are plenty of great blogs , some have become critics with no background to support their words, some ‘scan and send’ with no content, no originality . This could never happen in print media.


Barbara will talk about beauty, her inspirations, influences on her work, and crafting her new book.
Barbara Barry is among the world’s most prominent and talented designers with classic, timeless and fluid designs that range from elegant interiors to an extensive portfolio of home furnishings. 
Her honors include Interior Design “Hall of Fame,” Architectural Digest list of “World’s 100 Best Designers,” House Beautiful “Giants of Design,” and “Designer of the Year” from Elle Décor International Design.

Showcasing Creative Products and Services Through Social Media

Leslie Carothers (known on Twitter as @tkpleslie) is the founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, an 11 year old international social media agency for furniture and interior design brands w/ current clients such as Olioboard.com –a fast growing global social commerce site with 2D and 3D visualization tools.

Mr. Appelbaum is a career entrepreneur who has founded a portfolio of high growth businesses in industries ranging from Design to dry cleaning & is a co-founder of Project Décor, a creative, social design platform where users discover, interact with and ultimately buy products they love.

As the host and creative force behind The House Counselor on HGTVRemodels.com, Laurie March is known for her approach to remodeling, which focuses on managing both the emotional and the tactical parts of a project. 

Mentoring and Transformational Careers in Design PLUS Special Entertainment Surprise

Patti Austin and Dawn Carroll of the Over My Shoulder Foundation

Grammy winner Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has made 17 solo albums, and has performed her award-nominated hit songs on the GRAMMYS® and the Oscars she co-founded the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

Dawn Carroll has dedicated a large part of the past 4 years to starting the Over My Shoulder Foundation (OMSF) and promoting the idea of Mentorology – the art and science of mentoring.

Print + Digital x Video = LivePaper

Magazines and blogs have taken similar paths in their respective evolutions. The primacy of the written word was quickly superseded by photography. Now text and photography must be complemented by compelling, integrated video across all media channels.
Newell Turner is the editor in chief of the Hearst Design Group, where he is responsible for the collective editorial direction and content development for ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, and VERANDA. 

How to Build Your Business Through Inbound Marketing with Adam Japko and Bob Hodgson

Bob has more than 20 years of experience in applying database marketing, data mining, advanced analytics and test and learn strategies to optimize marketing programs. 

See why I am soooooo excited??? 

Check out the fantastic schedule.. and don't waste any time ~ Register now as tickets are almost Sold Out!
See you all in LA! and don't forget... more details to come about the House Beautiful #HBCHAIRS Frontgate giveaway.. so stay tuned.


  1. very good information , your blog was very nice , i will visiting often and keep update

  2. This looks like a great group. I wish I was going!

    I look forward to your updates.

    Ann Porter { KitchAnn}


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