I’m still buzzing from Design Camp Orange County at the Laguna Design Center!  Each and every camp I learn something new and am filled with a fresh spark of enthusiasm.  This was our biggest and best camp yet (164!) and we’re so grateful to everyone who attended – Counselors, Campers and Sponsors.  You are all so amazing and YOU are what makes this event great!

This camp brought a theme of Passion and Positioning to our world of design.  Passion for what gets you out of bed in the morning, excites and drives you.  And Positioning your business, brand and marketing and how this all feeds back into your ultimate success.

Like everyone else, my brain was overflowing with so many ideas and inspiration, and my cheeks were sore from all the smiling and laughing.  I watched as connections were made, ah-ha sparks were lit and as camper Monica Nordquist said, had “a bonfire lit under me”.

Our line-up of incredible speakers this camp included the Design Elite Kathryn M Ireland, Timothy Corrigan, Nathan Turner, Adam Japko (Digital Sherpa), Cliff Fong, Barbara Deckmeyer, Katy Garrett (Connexion Software), Phil Pallen, Bill Indursky (Design Life Network), Julie Thigpen (Belle Maison), Paloma Contreras (La Dolce Vita), Builder John Finton, Pamela Jaccarino (Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Interiors+Design), Jason Clark of Hansgrohe, Christopher Kennedy, Christian May (Maison21), Tracy Burge and Julie Arcelay (Sub-Zero Wolf), Jeff Andrews, Brian Van Gorder (BVG PR), Rich Pedine (RP PR), Aaron Danzig (Williams-Sonoma), Jennifer Convy, and Penelope Francis.  Amazing!

The Opening Night Party, hosted by Sub-Wolf Zero was incredible and we had a wonderful time (despite the Southern California rain – what?)  We can’t wait to visit their huge new showroom in Orange County soon!

Kelli and I Gettin’ Glam

With my team Hawlie Ohe, Krytal Hudson, Elena Matara and Sara Plaisted – plus the amazingly talented Daniel Maltzman, who helped cover the Design Camp walls with his beautiful paintings.

Adam Japko talking about our Design Tribe

Two of the most uplifting and inspiring speakers, Christopher Kennedy and Timothy Corrigan

You could hear a pin drop while Master Builder John Finton and PR Guru Penelope Francis were on stage

With Kathryn M. Ireland signing her gorgeous book, Timeless Interiors

Sharing their wealth of knowledge on High-End Design and PR, Bryan Van Goder, Cliff Fong,
Jeff Andrews and Rich Pedine

Aaron Danzig talked about the strength in branding for Williams Sonoma

Two Passionate People building relationships at Kravet, Pam Jaccarino and Christopher Kennedy

With one of the most down-to-earth Designers, Nathan Turner

Bill Indursky is always enthusiastic to talk about what’s happening in design

Blogger Typhanie Peterson and Gail Rysavy of Bassman Blaine

Our Sponsors from Sub-Zero Wolf, Cambria Quartz and Witford enjoying the party

Bummed you missed Camp this time?  Read some of our reviews here, get pumped up and book your trip to Vegas, baby for our next camp July 25-27 2014!

Thank you again to our sponsors Axor Hansgrohe, Sub-Zero Wolf, Luxe Interiors+Design, Designer Marketplace, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Rejuvenation, Mark & Graham, Design Sherpa, ConnexionSoft, Cost Plus World Market, Cambria Quartz, Jaipur Rugs, The Design Life Network, La Dolce Vita, Currey & Co, Belle Maison, Lisa Mende Design, SoCal Contractor, Daniel MaltzmanKravet, Witford and Bassman Blaine