IDS12: Part 1

After attending BlogPodium on Friday I went upstairs to The Interior Design Show and walked around, and around, and around. There was SO MUCH to see!

I fully intended to compose an informative post on all the marvelous things I saw, but after looking through the pictures I took, I think I’ll let them do the talking for me. You’ll forgive me right? I hope so. Where possible I’ve listed the website of the exhibitor.

Lighting

How Do you Live? Exhibit

Gresham House - greshamhousefurniture.com

AM Studio - amstudio.ca

AM Studio - amstudio.ca

AM Studio - amstudio.ca

 Outdoor Living

How do you Live? Exhibit

Sung Outdoor, sungoutdoor.com

Eliile Lounge, Eliile.com

Andrew Richard Designs, andrewricharddesigns.com

Hauser Designs, hauserstores.com

Kitchens

Dee Dee Taylor Hannah, taylorhannaharchitect.ca/

Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry, bloomsburydesign.com

 I think I give your scrolling finger a rest for now. I’ll post more fabulousness tomorrow.

BlogPodium: Blogs + Media

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to sit in a room full of fabulous bloggers and listen to an excellent panel discuss the role of blogs and traditional media.

BlogPodium was created by two Toronto based bloggers – Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Lindsay Stevenson of Little House Blog, and it’s purpose is to bring together design bloggers and industry representatives from design magazines and television shows to share ideas about how blogs are influencing traditional design media (and vice-versa), and what blog writers should aim for when striving to make their blog successful. Yesterdays panel was the first of what will be a quarterly discussion about blogs, with the aim of educating and encouraging bloggers to create the best blogs possible.

This first discussion was held at the start of trade day at the Interior design show (which I explored after the talk), and there were excellent speakers on the panel:

  • Margot Austin – Senior Design Editor – House & Home magazine
  • Kimberley Seldon – Editor in Chief – Dabble magazine, and Design Editor – Chatelaine magazine
  • Kate Moore – Producer – CityLine
  • Jennifer Flores – Blogger and co-founder of BlogPodium
  • Moderated by: Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault – CityLine Guest Expert

    The BlogPodium panel: from L to R: Lindsay Stevenson, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, Jennifer Flores, Kimberley Seldon, Kate Moore, Margot Austin (my apologies for the fuzzy cellphone picture)

The discussions were incredibly interesting – here is some of what the panel had to say:

  • A good blog has an original voice,and original ideas.
  • Don’t just post pictures and say ‘wow – this space is awesome’ – explain why you think it’s a great space.
  • Don’t let your blog get too serious – blogging is about content and entertainment.
  • Make use of all forms of Social Media – you need exposure along with great ideas to grow your blog.
  • If you dream of being invited to do a guest spot on a design show include video on your blog so producers of shows can see the real you.
  • Set a good regular schedule for posting – 3 to 4 posts a week – once is not enough(eeps!)
  • Try to keep you posts to under 500 words (Double eeps!)
  • If pitching your idea – consider the vehicle – know the audience – if the magazine features mostly homes decorated by professional designers using high-end products they probably won’t be interested in your DIY projects.
  • Editing is key – stick to your core message.
  • If you use the work of others in your blog (photographers, designers, etc), always, always credit the source.

The panel made some excellent points, and I will try to work on some of them: posting 3-4 times a week and keep posts to about 500 words – both of which will be really hard.

BlogPodium’s next topic will be the Business of Blogging and will be presented in May. I’m sure it will be just as enlightening as yesterdays, and I’m planning on attending, and if you’re in or near Toronto I hope you will consider coming as well.

This afternoon I’m heading to Canadian Design bloggers meetup so I won’t be able to share today what great things I saw at the Interior Design show – hopefully I’ll be able to do that later this week.

PS – Word count: 529 :(

I’m Finally Pinteresting

I have a bit of a problem. I currently get two magazines delivered to my home every month – Style at Home, and Canadian House & Home. I like to flip through them to see what wonderful (and sometimes odd) things people are doing inside their homes. Now, some of you may have many more subscriptions than I, but my problem isn’t the number of magazines I get, it’s the number I keep. That’s right, I keep them all.

My Embarrassing Overflowing Bookcase

Behold my bookcase – that bottom shelf is pretty much all magazines that I’ve kept on the off-chance that someday I may feel the need to flip though one that’s two years old (or more) for decor inspiration.

As I’ve recently been plotting a project that will require my bookcase to be emptied, I decided to start shifting through the 3 years of decor magazines collecting dust on the bottom shelf. But, what was I going to do with them? I couldn’t just recycle them – what about all the great stuff contained within their glossy pages? I could tear out the pages that I liked, but then I’d have to figure out where to store the random pages.

For the past few months I’ve been silently stalking Pinterest. I’d login occasionally, take a look at some things people had ‘pinned’, maybe save a few, and then log out. I didn’t do much with it, until I decided to sort through my stack of magazines.

For those of you who aren’t aware of Pinterest it’s described as ‘a virtual pinboard’ – a way to store and save all those things you find on the web, that you might need one day. I prefer to think of it as a more visual way to store all those bookmarks you have in your internet browser, but instead of folders you have boards.

Here is what Pinterest looks like:

Main Pinterest page

To make saving images from the internet easy you install a small ‘Pin-it’ button to your bookmarks bar, and then whenever you see something you’d like to save you click on the button. A little pop-up window appears and you select the image you’d like to save, and then decide which of your boards you will save the image to. You can also add a comment to each Pin to describe what it is.

Pinterest starts you with a few default boards, but you can rename them, and add more depending on the items you’re going to be saving.

My ‘For the Home’ Page

You can also search Pinterest for images that appeal to you, and if you find something you can re-pin it to your board. I don’t particularly like this function – If I find an image I like, I’d rather go to the originating website and pin-it directly, but that’s simply a personal preference.

Pinterest also allows you to follow people, or you can follow individual boards, so if there’s someone who’s taste is similar to yours you can see what they’ve pinned. Here’s my profile if you’d like to see what I’m pinning.

If you have a blog or website you can also see what images people have pinned from your site –  type this into your browser with your site’s full url (without the www.): http://pinterest.com/source/insertyourwebsite’surlhere/

My Slightly More Organised Bottom Shelf

Anyways, after several hours of magazine flipping I now have a Pinterest page with 14 boards and 149 pins. I also have a bookcase that is slightly less crammed with magazines. Hopefully I’ll be good and periodically purge my magazine collection. Next up is sorting all my books, and deciding which I really want to keep, and which can go to a new home.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2012: Tangerine Tango 17-1463

Pantone – Tangerine Tango – 17-1463

With the end of the year fast approaching, on Thursday PANTONE announced their  colour of the year for 2012. Their choice is Tangerine Tango (17-1463) which according to their press release, is ‘a vivacious, enticing hue’ that will ‘provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward’. As with their Colour of the Year choices of Mimosa (a yellow) in 2009, Turquoise in 2010, and Honeysuckle (pink) in 2011, we can expect to start seeing a lot of orange in fashion and interior design in the new year.

If you’d like to inject some of that vivaciousness into your world right away, here are a few items you might consider:

 

Clockwise from top left: Le Creuset French oven in Flame, Small rectangular Lacquer Tray from West Elm, Boca Persimmon Table Lamp by Crate&Barrel, Design*Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney from Chapters, Small Diamond Bowl in Felt from Branch, Mod Dot Place Setting by Jonathan Adler, Clambake nail polish by Essie, American Modern Pitcher by Russel Wright, Bazaar Hand Towel Set by Thomas Paul

So, what do you think? Will you be adding any Tangerine Tango to your surroundings this year?