Written by Rachel L. Ritter
Saturday was chock full of events and beautiful things to see. All weekend I hung out with my Olioboard friend Alicia Phillips from over at http://alliecat4ever.blogspot.com/. We were introduced to each other by the wonderful and inspiring Leslie Carothers from the Kaleidoscope Partnership. Anyway, I had a list of 20 events I wanted to make it to, I have no idea why I thought I could do it all! To my defense it was my first time at High Point Market and there were tons of cool people that I just had to meet, so many seminars and events that I wanted to be a part of. Luckily I was able to make it to the most important events.
Events I made it to:
Free Buyers Breakfast– Of course, there’s free food!
The Antique & Design Center was pretty cool because they hosted a lot of great events and there were so many awesome companies inside (so many that I didn’t get to visit them all) but I heard there were a lot of fun & unique finds. Next time there I’ll have to spend more time walking through.
Lunch with Olioboard CEO Sheilah MacSporran- Here’s a video to explain what Olioboard is and the story behind it’s creation.
I use Olioboard to create mood boards almost everyday now that I’m working with clients. On my off days I participate in sponsored contests put on by Olioboard or fan contests through Olioboard Fan Room on Facebook. You can imagine my surprise when I learned I would get to see Sheilah MacSporran speak at a seminar, let alone meet her! Sheilah is a co-creator of the website Olioboard.com. It’s such a great site because it lets you create so many beautiful spaces, and it’s a real community. I have made a lot of cool friends through the use of Olioboard + Twitter.
“Fast Forward: A Future-View of Interior Trends 2014”
This presentation was great because it showed us some of upcoming trends that will be happening the rest of the year and into the beginning of 2014. These trends being “Raw”, “Pattern Play”, “Dramatic License” & “The Ancients”.
The Taste of Design Camp was a fun and informative event too because there was a panel of professionals that are actually part of the Design camp that Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis run several times a year. This camp is to help Interior Designers network with other professionals and to learn more about business, trends, social media and other info about niche fields.
Traci Zeller (more on her in the Sunday post)
Dee Dee from Trellis Studio
Amanda Kinney from the Antique & Design Center
Kelly Kole & Joann Kandrac from Kandrac Cole Interiors
John Loecke & Jason Oliver Nixon from Madcap Cottage (Images can be seen at Bert VanderVeen’s site: http://vanderveen.photoshelter.com/gallery/Mad-Cap-Cottage-Show-House/G0000pu_MsHzWAAE/)
Show exhibitors I liked:
At the CR Laine party that night, I got to meet people that I have met through Twitter, Olioboard and through following each other’s blogs. Here’s a collage of some of these cool ladies that I now know in real life too!
All this was in one day- Sunday and Monday were just as busy, if not more!