Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Decor Mentor Debut - Kids Spaces Thoughtfully Designed

Kids Spaces Thoughtfully Designed on DecorMentor  today.  

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Design Bloggers Conference 2013 - Lamps Plus Scholarship



Times sure have changed!  I would have never imagined when I first got into the design industry 18 years ago that part of my job as an interior designer would involve social media.  As much as I would love to design all day, I realize that in order to stay current, I must be involved with many aspects of social media, and that includes keeping my blog active.   

When I started my design blog 3 years ago in 2010, I started it because I wanted to share more than just pretty pictures of finished projects on my website.   My website was only a portfolio and it was not documenting things I wanted to talk about and share with others.    So I started blogging.    Do I take full advantage of what my blog can do for my business?  I don’t know.  I am not a full-time blogger, so I am not familiar with a lot of the “tricks”.   I’m sure there is more to blogging than I am aware of.  And I would love to learn.

I have never attended a Blogger’s Conference.  Partially because I run a very busy design build firm and I am also a mother of two little ones.  So my time is really stretched thin.   Believe me, I want to attend, and I will, but when I factor in the cost of attending, the loss of three days of (productive) work time, it makes me wonder if it’s worth it for me?  Is the conference for designer’s like me who blog occasionally , or is it for the design enthusiasts who want to learn to start blogging?  I’m sure I would learn a thing or two and make some great connections as every networking event proves to be.  But will it be an experience that really elevates my business? I would love to stand corrected and come out of that experience wanting to go every year and encourage others ( skeptic like me)  to do the same. 

Well I am about to find out !   I have been awarded a scholarship
thru Lamps Plus and Designers Bloggers Conference committee to attend the conference next month in March.   Yay  ! BIG thank you to Lisa Ferguson of D├ęcor Mentor, Anne Sage of The City Sage, and designer/HGTV Host Emily Henderson for selecting me.  Congrats to Jill Hinson of Forever Cottage, Kelly Sutton of Sutton House, Dee Murphy of Murphy Deesign, and Joanna Hawley of  Jojotastic who are also recipients of the scholarship.