Win with Amerock Hardware Design Trends for 2017

Amerock introduces new cabinetry hardware designs focused on emerging trends in home décor. As a fashion-forward brand, Amerock created a buzz at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show when they unveiled their new hardware collections St. Vincent, Ashby, and Glacio. They also expanded their on-trend finishes Golden Champagne, Polished Nickel, and Gunmetal to best sellers and their very successful 1929 Refined product line.

This year, designers can win big with Amerock at DBC2017!

Is your style Glam Farmhouse? Or are you more Modern Glass? Stop by our booth to check out our trend forecasts and new hardware collections.

While you’re there, take a photo of your favorite Amerock trend board. Then, post the pic to Instagram using the hashtags #trendboardselfie, #showusyouramerock, and #dbc2017 for a chance to win free product for your next project and a $250 Visa gift card!

The contest will close at 10:00am EST, on March 10. We’ll announce the #trendboardselfie winner on March 11. You must be following us on Instagram @amerockhardware to win!

But you don’t have to wait to win. During every break at Design Bloggers Conference we’ll be drawing a business card to give away one custom wine stopper made with Amerock’s stunning Esquire knobs. Be sure to leave your card with us!

Let’s work together! Visit our booth to see our newest collections and learn more about collaborating with Amerock for your next project.

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Founded in 1929, Amerock is a respected leader in its field, with a full line of cabinet hardware, wall plates, hooks and bathroom accessories. The company offers award-winning designs and quality pieces in a wide range of styles, finishes and price points, and is a favorite choice not only for designers but also for homeowners. Headquartered in Mooresville, NC. 

Purcell Murray to Sponsor Design Bloggers Conference

 

PM Fixtures, a division of Purcell Murray, focuses on a curated collection of renowned domestic and international plumbing, hardware and fixture manufacturers. Our mission is to provide homeowners, trade professionals and our dealer network with the latest lifestyle and wellness products for the bath, kitchen and outdoors – as we represent and support some of the industry’s most important brands such as Easy Drain, Falper, MGS and more for residential, commercial and hospitality settings. For more information, visit www.pmfixtures.us.

Easy Drain

Easy Sanitary Solutions (ESS) invented barrier-free showering, opening a new world of accessibility and smart design previously unheard of. Their Easy Drain products have allowed a level of freedom in residential bathrooms as well as commercial and hospitality installations worldwide. In fact, for 80 years, ESS, winner of numerous design and innovation awards, has been changing the world of shower drains with innovations that enhance comfort along with ease of installation. The various design options and applications have made Easy Drain a top-of-mind resource for architects, designers and hospitality/contract engineers. A keen sense of design, along with their patented Tile Adjustable Frame (TAF) and Water Protection System (WPS), makes Easy Drain products the ultimate finishing touch for any bathroom. Extensive testing ensures all products deliver high performance and quality craftsmanship along with the design and versatility ESS is known for. www.easydrain.com

Falper

Masterpieces forged through the marriage of technology and art, Falper’s furniture, washbasins, bathtubs and accessories embody the refinement and sensuality of traditional Italian design while employing the latest technology and production methods to create the finest products. It is this fearless mixture of art and cutting-edge concepts that puts Falper a step above other designers. Falper’s wide-ranging collections boast everything from brilliant steel, the finest wood species and refined leather, to stain-proof satin glass surfaces and basins and baths made with Cristalplant® biobased material in metal Cor-Ten finishes. Yet, even with such a diversity of material options, Falper offers fully customizable furniture, consoles and panels. With 50+ years of experience in the field and a constant readiness to apply new ideas and designs, this leading luxury designer and manufacturer has become an expert in both beauty and performance. www.falper.it


MGS

MGS stainless steel fixtures merge Italian style and sophisticated design with the accuracy and attention to detail of Swiss engineering, precision manufacturing and uncompromising standards. Creating architectural plumbing fixtures for kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors, MGS represents the perfect harmony of aesthetics and technology. Every fixture has an architectural appeal and is reliable and unique with ultra-smooth operation. While most competitors use brass, MGS uses non-toxic and naturally hygienic solid stainless steel. Every element in fittings and accessories is hand-finished prior to assembly, making each faucet durable and beautiful, with clean finished edges. Although this technique is more difficult and costly, MGS has dedicated their brand DNA to the pursuit of this practice. This design aesthetic and attention to detail resonates with discerning consumers and architects who appreciate the difference and uniqueness of pure design and functionality. www.mgstaps.com

Universal Furniture to Sponsor Design Bloggers Conference

If you haven’t seen Universal Furniture lately, then you haven’t seen Universal.  With nearly 50 years’ experience under its belt, Universal is at the top of its game as a whole home resource leading the adult and youth furnishings markets. Three brands live under the Universal umbrella – Universal Furniture (adult collections), Smartstuff (child and baby) and Universal to the Trade (designer lines).

Introduced in 2015, Universal to the Trade was designed for designers.  All products within the program are available only to interior designers, and cannot be shopped at retail, giving designers the leverage they need to provide distinctive products for their clients while setting their own margins.

Universal to the Trade offers designers exclusive benefits not available to traditional retail. There are NO order minimums and products ship from the warehouse in 14 days. Ordering is simple using our online iStore, with easy shipping and payment options. And if one product is all you need, you can order online with a credit card. Assistance is available via a dedicated customer service number called The Design Line: 877-804-5535.

For designers attending the Design Bloggers Conference, we’re offering an introductory order incentive – 20% off your opening order of $2,000 or more! Must have an approved Universal To The Trade account to be eligible. Discount is eligible for new accounts or introductory offer. The following code TOTHETRADEDBC20 must accompany the order and can’t be combined with other offers. Offer expires on May 30th, 2017

This April we invite you to visit us at the Universal showroom (101 S. Hamilton) to experience the new showroom and new Universal to the Trade introductions. Plus, you can enjoy the Steelyard Designers Lounge, a designers-only salon and workspace complete with wi-fi, workstations, beverages and snacks. Catch up on emails and texts, review the day’s agenda, rehydrate and relax. Drop in anytime!

Come visit us in person or find us online: Instagram – @UniversalFurn; Facebook – TheUniversalFurniture; Twitter – @UniversalFurn.

DRS and Associates to Sponsor Design Bloggers Conference

DRS and Associates dissolves the boundaries between public relations, social media, brand consulting and marketing to position ourselves as a forward-thinking content generating, brand-engagement agency. Our approach lets us explore unique avenues of developing written and visual content. As globally recognized experts in the Architecture and Design market, we excel in converting creative energy into digital and print materials that target luxury lifestyle consumers as well as the architectural, interior design, hospitality and building products arenas. We have offices in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, often acting as an extension of our clients’ sales and marketing team by developing strategic communication programs, direct and digital marketing campaigns, advertising and comprehensive, experiential branding. Learn more at www.drsandassociates.com.

At the Design Blogger Conference, we act as a resource for bloggers to communicate and reach out to the clients we represent. We will be giving out gift items and hosting a giveaway for a Hudson Valley Lighting® table lamp. Here are some of our clients:

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The house of Tetard-Haudiquez-Grisoni (THG®-Paris), based near Normandy, France, is world-renowned for its exquisite, custom-crafted collections of bathroom faucets and accessories that bring opulence and artistry to fine baths in luxury residences, hotels, yachts and royal palaces across the globe. THG®-Paris maintains partnerships with luxury brands, such as Baccarat and Lalique, and high-profile designers to create products unparalleled in look, composition, and design. One of the brand’s newest line, created in partnership with award-winning designer and 2017 Design Blogger Conference keynote speaker, Timothy Corrigan, will debut later this year. www.thgusa.com

Watermark Designs

“Made in Brooklyn” for more than three decades, Watermark Designs’ decorative plumbing fixtures and bathroom accessories are a reflection of the creative melting-pot that makes up the fiercely independent design hub of Brooklyn. Collaborating with the industry’s best-known designers and architects, Watermark Designs has secured its reputation as the go-to firm for innovative functional products that redefine the term “custom.” In fact, its recent Elan Vital kitchen faucet with telescopic spout was awarded a patent for its unique properties. As a smaller brand, it is just this type of creativity that drives their design team every day. www.watermark-designs.com

Corbett Lighting: High Fashion Pieces Transformed into Illuminating Works of Art
For over 40 years, Corbett Lighting has created lighting with superb craftsmanship and revered commitment to fine detailing and finishes for residential, hospitality, commercial and contract markets. From bias cut crystals to delicate Japanese papers, Corbett Lighting uses only the most stylized and refined materials to reflect the latest trends in fashion, design and lifestyle. Adhering to meticulous manufacturing standards, Corbett Lighting maintains a level of production consistency, resulting in pieces superior in quality and unmatched in execution. www.corbettlighting.com

Hudson Valley Lighting®: Historic Inspirations Reborn Beautifully

The design inspiration for Hudson Valley Lighting® begins at its design studio location – the phenomenal Hudson River Valley – and branches off into the unrivaled cosmopolitan glamour of Manhattan and beyond. Known for its exquisite detailing, fine finishes and strong craftsmanship, Hudson Valley Lighting® believes in designing decorative lighting fixtures that enhance the warmth and comfort of a space while simultaneously serving as a focal point of style and self-expression. www.hudsonvalleylighting.com

Troy Lighting: Sophisticated Casual that is Strikingly Nostalgic.

Troy Lighting inscribes lighting design as a humanism, crafting strikingly nostalgic, sophisticated casual fixtures that tug on collective human memory through unique yet familiar designs and advanced functionality. Guided by expert eclecticism and a keenness for experimentation, Troy Lighting combines thoughtfully sourced materials with handworked artistry to produce authentic and evocative pendants, sconces, chandeliers and flush mounts. Troy Lighting reinstates a focus on the consumer and the earth we share, developing products that elicit emotions, draw connections and account for the environment. www.troy-lighting.com

Guest Post: My First Design Bloggers Conference by Susie Feia

AJapko2016 is the sixth year of the annual Design Bloggers Conference (Also known as the DBC), organized by the energetic Adam Japko and Esteem Media. Originally just the DBC, it has expanded to include several additional conferences and is now known as the Home & Garden Digital Marketing Week. I attended the DBC portion – the first two days of the week’s conference.

This was my first time attending – I was a DBC virgin! Hoping to gain some tips as I set out to launch my blog, I was excited, yet feeling a little overwhelmed at the same time. While I’ve been active on Social Media for years, I’m a newbie in the blogging world, and was sure I’d be the most inexperienced one there. But I came away from the DBC feeling incredibly informed, inspired, and motivated. And here’s why:

Even though many of the attendees are experienced design bloggers, with well-regarded blogs, (19% have been active bloggers for 5 or more years), almost 36% had been blogging less than a year – like me! And the attendees ranged in age from high schoolers to talented designers in their 60’s –a very diverse group. I had worried needlessly; I fit right in!

So no matter what your experience level is – a beginner looking for ways to grow your blog, or experienced blogger looking to diversify, monetize your blog or move into ecommerce – there was someone you could relate to. I was amazed to find out that the combined reach of the bloggers was more than House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Traditional Home or Arch Digest. I was in very impressive company!

To kick off the DBC, there was an opening night after party held at the Ferguson Showroom. On top of a fun showroom to wander through, Ferguson was a great host, providing yummy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

But the highlight of the evening was having time to catch up with old friends, and meet IRL those people that had, up until now, been “on-line” friends. It was like summer camp where you bond instantly and become hard and fast friends!

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The smiles and laughter show what a fun time everyone was having!

Making those connections the first day translated into a valuable resource over the course of the conference, as everyone was happy and willing to share their tips, tricks and practical ideas about blogging and social media. Have a question? Not only could you get answers, but more importantly, you were also provided encouragement and support.

And the conversations went far beyond blogging and social media: all aspects of running a business and dealing with clients were fair game for an in-depth discussion. We all learned from each other, as much as we learned from the conference speakers!

An amazing line-up of speakers rocked the DBC!! 

Talented, smart – and funny too! – the DBC speakers were the juice that motivated us! It was exciting to learn how they achieved their success, but the stories were also backed up with key strategies to help us achieve our business objectives. All the attendees went home with different tactics that were important to them, depending on what their business goals are, but collectively, we all felt that rush of inspiration that fuels our passion. The keynote speakers and celebrated designers Cynthia Rowley, India Hicks, Nathan Turner and Mary McDonald kept me entertained, inspired, laughing at their humor and gushing over their gorgeous projects and personal homes.

BlakeneyJustina Blakeney was one of my favorite speakers because of the way she approached business!

Justina is the author of the best-selling book “The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes”. She is also a social media maven as “The Jungalow”, where she has an on-line audience of over 1.5 million! She commanded the room as she shared her experience in creating a successful brand. Justina advised us to strive for authenticity (not necessarily originality) and be able to clearly define what your brand stands for in three words. “Create community around what you’re trying to build!”

DwyerAnd I can’t go without mentioning this cutie! Connor Dwyer is still in college, and this was his first time speaking at a conference. He was invited to speak because he rocks Instagram with almost 78,000 followers! Connor reinforced the wisdom many of the speakers shared again and again: know your brand niche and curate your images and social media postings to reflect this. Follow him @CONNORTD or @Thadthefinger to see how he does this successfully!

So much info was presented about building your brand, blogging, Pinterest, Instagram, writing, taking photos, SEO, analytics and brand/vendor collaboration by the knowledgeable roster of speakers. I know many of my friends were making adjustments to their blogging strategies and redefining their focus before they even make it back home!

Oh, and did I mention we got a mid-afternoon wine tasting? We did! And it was very good!! (Thanks Adam!) 

So the key points I learned are this: 

Be consistent with your brand.

Curate your marketing efforts to reflect your message.

Be authentic.

And > use all the resources available to help you achieve this!

I realize that attending conferences are a big investment in time and money. But I also consider it important to take a “pause” now and then and take stock of where you are with your business and where you want to be. So I went to join almost 400 other attendees at the DBC in Atlanta. And it delivered! I only wished I hadn’t waited so long to attend!

There is a saying that goes: 

Surround Yourself with People 

Who have Dreams, Desire and Ambition; 

They’ll Help You Push For, and Realize Your Own. 

And that, in a nutshell, is the essence of DBC! 

Full disclosure here: I won a bottle of wine for guessing correctly where next year’s conference will be held. And the winning city? Los Angeles. I’ve already got my calendar marked for 2017! Can’t wait!!

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Delighted to call these talented designers my friends! Be sure to visit their blogs to see how they enjoyed the DBC. Plus they have really great blogs! Laurel won a 2016 Hall of Fame award for Best Writing – an honor well deserved, I love reading her posts!

Carla Aston: http://carlaaston.com/designed/how-to-discover-your-interior-design-business-niche-using-social-media 

Laurel Bern: http://laurelberninteriors.com/2016/03/15/people-interior-design-field-cutthroat/ 

Mitzi Beach: http://beboomersmart.com/news-flash-for-mitzi-beach-what-i-am-not/ 

Amanda Gates: https://gatesinteriordesign.com/everyone-attend-business-conference/ 

Linda Holt: http://www.lindaholtinteriors.com/2016/03/my-top-three-take-a-ways-from-the-design-bloggers-conference/ 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susie Feia is co-woner of Feia Construction, LLC is an award-winning design-build remodeling firm. Known for a commitment to excellence with creative designs, quality craftsmanship, and excellent client service.

Feia Construction will enhance your life with any type of renovation, new construction or interior design. They specialize in additions, whole house renovations, kitchens, bathrooms and lower levels.

Traditional Home, Ferguson Sponsor Sunday After Party at Design Bloggers Conference

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Traditional Home, the National Media Sponsor of the Design Bloggers Conference, and Ferguson are teaming up to bring you the Sunday After Party at the Design Bloggers Conference.

FergusonBKL logoFerguson – Stunning kitchens. Spa-like baths. Beautiful lighting. Party-perfect patios. When you re-imagine your home, your entire life gets a redesign. Creating a space designed around the way you live – a space that perfectly fits your lifestyle – is possible and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery can help make that dream a reality.

Be inspired
Step into a Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and you’ll immediately be inspired by what you see – beautifully displayed lighting, appliances, and bath and kitchen products from today’s top brands. But their state-of-the-art showrooms take the experience even further and allow you to touch and feel the products in a welcoming, hands-on environment. From exquisitely designed bathroom displays with functional showerheads, to full kitchens with working appliances, you can explore a variety of design styles ranging from classical elegance to bold contemporary.

If you need more inspiration, visit their inspiration gallery at http://www.ferguson.com/showrooms/inspiration. It is full of beautiful kitchen and bath images and can help you identify your design style whether traditional, transitional or contemporary.

Largest selection of products
Ferguson’s wide range of products lets you make multiple selections at a single showroom, which streamlines budgeting and makes the building process more efficient. Not only do they offer traditional plumbing products, but they also offer lighting and appliances. Many showrooms have a dedicated lighting specialist on staff that can assist you with customized lighting plans, product selection and budgeting. As well, Ferguson offers high-quality appliances from cooktops and ranges, to refrigerators and outdoor grills.

Personalized service
Ask customers what brings them back time and again and they’ll say it’s the people. Ferguson’s product experts have years of industry experience and are extremely knowledgeable about design trends, product selection and the building and remodeling process. Whether you’re renovating an outdated bathroom or designing your dream kitchen, they take time to listen to your ideas and work one-on-one with you to bring your vision to life.

Dependable delivery
After your product selections are made, it’s important to ensure that the right product is delivered during the right stage of the building or remodeling process. Ferguson’s local inventory combined with their strategically-placed distribution centers stock thousands of products by major manufacturers. This means that inventory is always available. If it’s not in-stock, their buying power and vendor relationships mean they can still get the product quickly.

For more on sponsoring the Design Bloggers Conference, check out our sponsorship information.

Pirch to Sponsor Tuesday Lunch at Design Bloggers Conference

Pirch Logo_CMYK_(R)PIRCH is a unique and innovative retail concept specializing in premium lifestyle products for the home.  The store enables visitors to shop in an entirely new way, by dreaming of, playing with, and choosing products that lead to better living.  Specifically configured for shoppers to “try before they buy,” the store features bath, shower and kitchen vignettes with running water, live ovens, ranges and stoves, as well as fully-functional outdoor kitchen products such as gas grills and under-counter refrigeration systems. In addition, the showroom includes a new in-store boutique, featuring specially-curated, limited edition goods designed to inspire joyful moments at home.

For more on sponsoring the Design Bloggers Conference, check out our sponsorship information.

Currey Sponsors Stage Furniture at Design Bloggers Conference

Ours is a people business. The essence of Currey & Company is not only the product for which it is known but also the very important people who help to create the product and carefully deliver it into the hands of those other important people, our customers, in a timely fashion. Our on-going program of process improvement speaks of our faith in the ability of the men and women who work at Currey & Company and their ability to contribute to the betterment of the company and its products. Our faith in them is demonstrated by the fact that we give all of our employees the opportunity to obtain a four-year college degree by paying for their tuition as well as bearing the expense for remedial courses and English programs for our non-English speakers. People are key, but product is also the lifeblood of the company and at Currey & Company we take pride in our original design work , meticulous craftsmanship and careful attention to all details of a product. The effort of our multi-step hand-finishing process manifests itself in the richness and depth of the final finish of many of our products. The appearance of these pieces speaks of the human hands that have touched them as well as of the design skills and craftsmanship that have created them. We have the willingness to do what many other manufacturers regard as too difficult or too time-consuming. We think it shows.

Chandeliers, wall sconces and table lamps form a significant part of the company’s offerings and these goods are characterized by the attention and detailing that goes into their manufacturing and finishing. With a workforce in Atlanta, Currey International in the Philippines, and China, the product line has grown to more than 1,000 items. Rugs, upholstery, furniture and accessories have been added over the past decade so that we can now offer a floor to ceiling shopping experience for our customers.

Currey & Company is represented by sales reps in the United States and Internationally with permanent showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, High Point and New York. Currey also has an International Sales Office in Hong Kong.

For more on sponsoring the Design Bloggers Conference, check out our sponsorship information.

Refined Haystack Sponsors Design Bloggers Conference

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Refined Haystack is a curated interiors network connecting the best in local interior design. Our platform offers luxury interior designers, sources, and other industry professionals enhanced opportunities for networking, brand awareness, and the exchange of fresh ideas and authentic recommendations. It is built to help unite, promote, and elevate local interiors communities while providing homeowners and design enthusiasts with knowledge and unique access to trusted design resources.

Acting as a marketplace and guide curated and driven by engagement from the design community, Refined Haystack makes it easy for you to find what you’re looking for when it comes to local interior design and decor.

For more on sponsoring the Design Bloggers Conference, check out our sponsorship information.

Greenhouse Fabrics Sponsors the Design Bloggers Conference

Greenhouse Fabrics Logo_14inFour generations of the Greenhouse family have now focused on the future of fabrics for all of our Greenhouse friends.

We strive daily to bring you an industry leading customer service, where you will always hear us Smile on the Phone while assisting you with all of your fabric needs. Speak with any of our highly trained Customer & Fabric Specialists at 866.755.5000 for answers to your questions and to explore ways we can help you to grow your business.

Our goal is to be fast, fun, friendly, and flexible while helping you find the Right Fabrics, in the Right Color, at the Right Price!

We feature an inventory of more than 10,000 Beautiful Fabrics on our industry leading website, which you can easily shop from your PC or any mobile device.

For more on sponsoring the Design Bloggers Conference, check out our sponsorship information.