Robert Allen is Inviting Everyone to Go #madformadcap

This year, Robert Allen is inviting everyone to go #madformadcap. Showcasing the new Madcap Cottage collection for Robert Allen @Home, the textiles leader is taking the standard setup and turning it into a whimsical world full of all the riotous color and pattern designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke (aka the Madcap gents) are known for. Inspired by the allure of the past and a global sensibility directly gleaned from their travels, this new collection, called “A Collector’s Eye,” brings the world home. “We toured the great homes of Europe, attended auctions in New York and London and perused color-filled markets in India and China,” says Jason and John. “We distilled these experiences into our collection.”

Touches of worldly enchantment will be featured throughout the booth, but the real draw will be the mix-and-match gratis cocktail napkins in the new Madcap Cottage fabrics and a corresponding #mymadcapmix Instagram give-away. As an effort to spread their love of pattern play, Jason and John are challenging visitors to curate a set of napkins, then style that set (using provided props) and share the results with the tags #mymadcapmix and #robertallendesign. Each participant will leave with a set of cocktail napkins. The Insta winner will get a free consultation with Jason and John to customize a chair by Robert Allen Furniture in Madcap Cottage fabrics and trims. For anyone in need of new furnishings, this opportunity is not to be missed!

About Robert Allen
For over 75 years, Robert Allen has been serving the residential and hospitality design community by offering premium fabrics, luxurious furnishings and ground-breaking design services that are relevant and timeless. Our design philosophy centers on color, and we’ve circled the globe seeking inspiration and working with mills in far-flung places that align with our principles. Our tireless efforts have not only resulted in thousands of colors but thousands of the right colors. Our obsession with color can only be rivaled by our dedication to delivering quality fabrics with relevant yet timeless appeal. Our designs are influenced by the worlds of fashion, design, architecture and even pop culture. The breadth of our creativity is boundless in both pattern and innovative fabric construction.

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:

THG®-Paris

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

Interior Design Internet Trends

Interior Design Internet at Design Bloggers ConferenceWhen we started thinking about launching the Design Bloggers Conference back in 2009, it was simple to contemplate the interior design internet. There were the required designer, brand and traditional media websites, but blogs, Twitter and Facebook shook the ground. Design blog stars were born. Designer brands were built. National design brands scurried to find ways to intersect and leverage all these new content creators and their audiences. The excitement was palpable; a renaissance of sorts.

Today, the interior design internet persists as fertile ground for content marketing and brand building, but the landscape is inescapably more advanced and organized than during its earlier renaissance more than 10 years ago. Nonetheless, excitement and involvement with social media and blogging remains inescapable as Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and other fertile content sharing platforms contribute to the landscape. Lurking around the corner, though, is a digital reshaping of the way consumers, designers, and brands traditionally approach design projects or conduct brick and mortar commerce.  Design entrepreneurs, along with venture capital and private equity funds, are stoking the internet with product and service marketplaces, photo sharing platforms, DIY design tools, reseller affiliate programs, and anything a designer once exclusively specified for their clients.

Last year, we added a separate two day conference track immediately following the Design Bloggers Conference.  We named it the Home Design Digital Marketing Summit, born to help our industry navigate the changing consumer and trade patterns and emerge with sound business models.  The conference content for those two days was ranked as the most compelling of all the sessions we produced that week. E-commerce, digital marketplaces, affiliate programs, and branding on the “new” web stole the show.  The reason we launched the Summit as a separate track was to bring focused attention to the critical nature of these issues for every design professional; designer, brand, or retailer.

the-beverly-hilton-pool-940x564At the Beverly Hilton on March 5-7 2017, we are returning to Los Angeles where the Design Bloggers Conference was born in 2011-2013 before moving to the east coast. We recognize this as a compelling opportunity to weave these Summit topics into the Design Bloggers Conference to create one fully packed agenda so any design pro can can attend three days and get everything required to prosper as we tackle the digital transition of our industry together.

We feel like we are coming home, back to the warm embrace the local Southern California design community extended to our community of designer, brand, social media star, and blog content creators seven years ago. We are driven to put on our best conference ever and combining every piece of compelling internet marketing content under the Design Bloggers Conference feels like the right move for our broader design community.

The excitement we are feeling from our industry with our return to Los Angeles is overwhelming.  Our planning team is further along with with the conference’s speaker, content, and social lineup than we normally are even three months before any previous Design Bloggers Conference.  I am excited for all of us together who will embrace the opportunities and change the web has brought about and will choose to join like minded colleagues over three days in Los Angeles to learn, network, and socialize with the leading minds inside and outside our industry.

Testimonials from Our 2016 Event

We are so thankful and thrilled to have hosted another successful event!  But we figured that we couldn’t summarize the conference any better than YOU, our attendees, so here you’ll find a collection of the highlights, recaps, and key takeaways from the conference, along with lots of photos.

Design Bloggers Conference 2016 – SOME HIGHLIGHTS!

 

Design Bloggers Conference 2016

 

Design Bloggers Conference 2016 and a Big Announcement!

My Top 3 Takeaways from the Design Bloggers Conference

 

Five Lessons Learned at Design Bloggers Conference 2016

Meet The Winners of the 2016 Design Bloggers Hall of Fame Awards!

Design Blogger’s Conference 2016

 

The interior design Field Is Full Of Backstabbing Shrews, Right?

News Flash for Mitzi Beach: What I Am Not!

 

 

2016 Event Highlights

We are so grateful to our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for making 2016 another successful year!

So many to thank – from Cynthia Rowley, India Hicks, Justina Blakeney, Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner, Christi Tasker, Courtney from French Country Cottage, Saxon Henry, Colleen Duffley, Julianne Taylor, Robin Catalano, Conor Dwyer, Natasha Murphy, and Adrienne Brown.

We also want to thank this year’s Advisory Board members whose counsel and recommendations helped shape our conference program: Cheryl Draa, Cheryl Draa Interior Designs; Beth Felsen,Vice President Trade and Showroom Partnerships at Viyet; Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home magazine; Bethanne Matari, PR and marketing guru at Currey & Company; Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room; Elizabeth Ralls, Editor-in-Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; and Jackie von Tobel ( http://www.jackievontobel.com/), interior designer, product designer, best selling author and illustrator.

DBC-2016-exh-spon-rWe also want to acknowledge the generous support of the nearly 60 exhibitors and sponsors on our expo floor – from ADAC to U-Line – who strive to make our lives better and more beautiful everyday.

If you missed the event we figured that we couldn’t summarize the conference any better than YOU, our attendees, so here you’ll find a collection of the highlights, recaps, new friends, and key takeaways from the conference, along with lots of photos.

Hoping we all meet again next year when we return to Los Angeles – March 5-7, 2017.

 

 

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.