Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Atlanta Hosts DBC 2014: Olson, Salk, Fairley, Boles, Corrigan and more!

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta this week. This was the first time the event has been held in our home city of Atlanta, and my first time attending. 

(thank you to Jeremy Parzen of Do Bianchi for the great crowd pic)

The line up of speakers was an amazing cast made up of names like Corrigan (Timothy), Olson (Candice), Salk (Susanna), Fairley (Tobi), and many more. I decided to highlight a couple of my favorite speakers here.

In the Innovative category, my favorite was by far the presentation by Susanna Salk and Stacey Bewkes. Stacey's blog, https://quintessenceblog.com/, is a lifestyle blog that is entertaining and informative, showing her expertise and experience as a past Art Director in NYC shine through. The exciting part about their presentation, however, was the introduction of video content. 

My favorite was her video titled “Dogs and their Designers.” http://quintessenceblog.com/dogs-designers-video/ Watch out for the segment on “Teddy” towards the end. Their latest release, a tour of Timothy Corrigan’s Loire Valley estate, is also worth watching. http://quintessenceblog.com/international-house-guest-video-susanna-salk-timothy-corrigan/

Speaking of Timothy Corrigan—what a dynamic and creative person.  He gave a brief synopsis of his path into the design world and how he has successfully built the Timothy Corrigan Design Brand with offices now in Los Angeles and Paris. Named one of the World's Top 100 Interior Designers by Architectural Digest and one of the World's Top 40 Designers by The Robb Report, Corrigan's empire is built upon his simple philosophy of "comfortable elegance." 

 He strives (and succeeds) with every project to truly and seamlessly blend California comfort with the high style and elegance of French interiors. I can't wait to get my hands on his newly released book,
An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé.


Last but certainly not least, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing and seeing Tobi Fairly speak on how she has used social media and blogging to expand her business. 

Out of Little Rock, AK, Tobi Fairley & Associates as a full-service consulting and design company. Tobi has built a successful business and brand by living by one purposeful philosophy—be yourself and stand behind your style. She maintains that despite her highly successful business, she does not outsource her blog to anyone. “It needs to be my voice,” she said at the conference. Admitting that she may not have as many followers as some (though let’s be honest, she has numbers in the tens of thousands), she sticks to her style—that way, she knows that those that follow her are truly interested in what she is doing, and can expect what they know and love from Tobi--which is usually bold color infused in inviting, elegant, and livable spaces.

 Thank to you to these fabulous designers that have inspired me. I hope that you find something inspiring in your day or week. We look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon, Christina

1 comment:

  1. Great wrap-up of DBC2014! It was so nice to meet you, too!