Last week in Austin, we launched Design Camp to a warm crowd of over 100 top interior designers, speakers and the industry’s best vendors.
Of course we thought Design Camp was a good idea and were reassured when so many well known and respected vendors and speakers wanted to be involved. But nothing could have prepared Kelli and I for the experience we had with our campers. From students, to newer designers, to folks in their third decade of interior design business, to builders, stagers, real estate agents, artists, bloggers and design lovers… everyone was engaged, happy and enriched by our time together, especially us.
Here’s how it went down:
Seeing our name on the marquee was surreal after looking at our Design Camp inspiration boards for the last 10 months. Visualization works!
We started with cocktails at Austin’s Back Door to the Trade. Stockton Hicks Laffey, Sonno, Objets Ltd and Black Sheep Unique opened their doors and shared their collections of the finest furnishings and accessories available today. We especially loved Damian’s (Black Sheep Unique) black berry martinis and German tap dance video with Paul’s Boutique soundtrack by the Beastie Boys playing while dancin’ and groovin’ on thirty thousand dollar carpets. Totally our vibe!
Day two was back to business. We loved these words from Keith Granet’s book, the Business of Design. How many of your clients offer you a glass of water when you come to their homes? Speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
Campers had plenty of time to mingle and network with top interior design bloggers and Design Campers Julie (Belle Maison Blog) and Ashley (Decorology Blog).
A few of the campers jump on stage for a photo op. Campers arrive uncertain and disconnected, they leave as DESIGN STARS!!!
Some of our fabulous speakers and sponsors!
A few book signings in between lots of learning, eating Whole Foods catering and cocktails.
More words for a designer to live by, presented by Katy Garrett of Connexion Software.
As we closed camp with on stage give aways from Hansgrohe, Troy & Sons Moonshine, Wendover Art, Modern Lantern, Suite Sleep, Dallas Pintrest Party and VandM, we knew there were no “good byes”. We’re only getting started!!!
Come see what all the buzz is about and become a part of our community when Design Camp comes to Atlanta January 30 – February 1, 2013.