I think I found my people...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Now that's what I call a weekend. I started it early with Blogpodium and IDS 12 and closed it off with a delightful Canadian Design Blogger soiree in the heart of the city. Let's start off with Blogpodium & IDS 12 shall we? Now, I'm not going to lie here... I went into this series with a healthy does of skepticism. I wasn't entirely sure how applicable it was to me (you know, the non-industry, loner design enthusiast type). So I was more than pleasantly surprised with what the Blogpodium ladies (Jen & Lindsay) came up with. The panelists were local media & design mavens (Margot, Kimberley, Kate & Leigh-Ann) who provided a candid and honest dialogue on how the 'media' views 'design bloggers'. They spoke of the synergies, the need for proper blog etiquette & photo crediting and a little education on what trained media folks require and expect when looking for new talent to showcase. Informative and very entertaining...these ladies were comedians. As if I didn't love Margot Austin before, her rapport with the audience and honest perspective about publishing was refreshing. Now did this all apply to me? Not entirely sure. I'm not rushing out to get glamour shots done of myself (although I could seriously use some) or start to take classes to improve my written prose. But the insight and more importantly, the conversation was enlightening and something tells me Blogpodium just scratched the surface. Alright, now for pictures...IDS 12 was total eye candy (and I'm not just talking about designer Brian Gluckstein either)..well worth it in my books. Take a look for yourself...
The Elte booth...definitely one of my favourites. I'm pretty sure the Jaipur rugs got me hook, line & sinker. They were stunning and now I'm even more jealous of my mom's upcoming trip to India. Oh, coincidentally, BG stood in this spot as I quietly watched him from afar... (sounds creepy but I was just starstruck).
 Look more pretty area rugs? Come on now..the colour is awesome. Available at Elte
Dark & moody. Nice. I think I need to venture a trip out to Elte..you know..lie around on the rug to test it out.
Spotted this gorgeous little Moroccan table and gorgeous tulips at L'Atelier room at the How do you Live exhibit. The black & white inlay table with the fresh tulips is fresh & inviting.
Another exhibit that caught my eye (so much so I forgot to note who did this great work..let me know if you caught it! I love the leather, the wood and herringbone floors....husband would definitely approve here. Update: The mid-century design exhibit was done by Mazen El-Abdallah of MAZEN STUDIO and The Don Howell coffee table is from Caviar20 (thanks Jordana!)
This captain's mirror (from same exhibit above) has to come live with me. It just has too.
 You need one right? I do. Lovely tree stump stools available at Urban Tree Salvage. These babies were local Toronto trees buried under ground for years and oxidized into a lovely colour!
One of my top three booths  from Snob. Earthy, eclectic and full of character. I wanted all these stools.
Another wonderful installation here. All via Snob. What has taken me so long to go this store? People go drool over this website..Snob.
Last, but certainly not least...gold chair interpretation. Adore it. Cherish auction in support of One X One.


Collette Osuna said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, does this look like an amazing event or what?? I would sooo love to attend something like this in my area !!
And yes, I DO NEED one of those tree stump tables, who wouldn't? love it!

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Adele said... [Reply to comment]

Adore the Morroccan table xoxo

Amelia @ House Pretty said... [Reply to comment]

I was wondering what it would be like for a non-industry person - thanks for sharing your perspective. Looks like a TON of inspiration!

Stephanie Fazio (aka lealou) said... [Reply to comment]

I went to BlogPodium too (too bad I missed meeting you!) and I'm kind of kicking myself that I didn't go to see the rest of the show. So many beautiful things showing up in photos around the blogisphere.

LifeBegins@Thirty said... [Reply to comment]

Ohh I'm so sorry I didn't get to chat with you!! I would have loved that...but I was at a 'dentist appointment' and had to get back to work!!

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said... [Reply to comment]

Great post! I think I must have missed the Snob booth!! There stuff looks gorg!! xo

Sara Mueller said... [Reply to comment]

every thing looks incredible!

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said... [Reply to comment]

It was so lovely to meet you!!! I still have to post my experiences but it was so interesting to read your take. Blog Podium was fabulous, wasn't it?

Jordana @ White Cabana said... [Reply to comment]

It was so lovely to meet you in person Sundeep! I found the series of events inspiring and invigorating. I'm totally energized - even if today is Monday and I'm fully lacking sleep!

The mid-century design exhibit was done by Mazen El-Abdallah of MAZEN STUDIO (http://www.interiordesignshow.com/hdyl).

The Don Howell coffee table is from Caviar20 (http://caviar20.com/collections/all/products/don-howell-spalted-supreme-cocktail-table).

Carol@TheDesignPages said... [Reply to comment]

Okay, I'll admit to being more than a little envious of my Toronto blog friends. I did IDS in TO for years when I lived there but this was long before blogging became part of my world.

Hogger and Co. said... [Reply to comment]

Oooh oooh, so much loveliness! I want that rugged table - mid way. It's gorgeous! Such nice things.

Reshma at masalamangomantra.blogspot.com said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! So many things that look so covetable! Love love the Snob collections!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said... [Reply to comment]

The stools are my favorite!

Kelly @ JAX does design said... [Reply to comment]

It was a great weekend of people and parties and amazing home decor products :-) Not to mention all the amazing things we learned at BlogPodium and from the speakers at the meetup.

It was so nice to meet you on Saturday evening. Hopefully we'll have a chance to talk more at a future meetup :-)

InteriorGroupie said... [Reply to comment]

oooh love love love! I was totally star struck by BG - tweeted to him that I saw him yet didn't say anytihng in real life (remember how you acted on a crush in GRADE 4?? yah that's me. although it's just a design crush people). Great recap - loooooove that captain's mirror. I swung by Elte very quickly on Sunday.... :)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said... [Reply to comment]

A lovely read....great post!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said... [Reply to comment]

It was so great to finally meet you in person. So great that you found your people - I found mine too, all sitting in that room at IDS. Enjoyed your photos from the show - the ELTE booth was my favourite too!

barbara@hodge:podge said... [Reply to comment]

I am so jealous! Love the Mazen Studio booth the best, that mirror - gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

Lisa - A Room with A View said... [Reply to comment]

The rugs are absolutely stunning! Looks like it was a real fun event.

Andrew Metrick from Elte said... [Reply to comment]

Hi there. Hope you remember me. I just wanted to thank you for featuring our booth on your blog. We worked very hard to bring something new this year so I'm glad that you liked what you saw. I had an amazing time at the show and already I can't wait for IDS13. Anyway, thanks once again and be sure to check out the photos we uploaded of our booth on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/elte). Take care and all the best!

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