Although the forecast doesn’t predict 80 and sunny, I am excited to leave Chicago for Los Angeles for a few days for a reason other than weather…the Design Bloggers Conference!  Taking place at the Sofitel in LA from February 28-March 1, the 3 day long event will include a keynote speech from Jan Showers, presentations by Paloma Contreras (of La Dolce Vita), Ann Sage (executive editor of Rue magazine), Loren Ruch (director of original and special event programming for HGTV), Ann Omvig Maine (editor in chief of Traditional Home) and Michelle Adams (editor in chief of Lonny)…in addition to many others!

{Sofitel, Los Angeles}

Topics to be covered include:

Interior Design Trends of 2011

The Impact of Blogging on the Design Industry

Blogging With the Stars: Snapshot of Four Successful Blogs

Leveraging Social Media to Build Your Business

…and the list goes on!

I am so proud to be representing Material Girls at this extraordinary event, and I cannot wait to be in such good company with my exceptional (cyberspace) neighbors.






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You may have picked up by now that I have a slight (ok maybe more than slight…) obsession with orange.  Not only have I used this punchy hue throughout my own home, but it has also made its way into many of my projects, both commercial and residential.  Something about this color really strikes my fancy, for it has both a lively vintage quality yet also a sophisticated modern feel.  Furthermore, it can be paired with many other colors to create a dramatic effect (my favorite combos are orange and gray, orange and purple, orange and pink, orange and brown and orange and cream).

{Orange in my own home}

{Orange in Buckingham Interiors + Design space at Merchandise Mart Antiques Fair}

I was browsing Lonny’s online photo gallery and I was pleased to see just how many spaces used orange in some way, either big or small, and in many different rooms, from bathrooms to workspaces.  Check out some of my favorites!

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