ADAC Sponsors the Monday Morning Break

ADAC is a community-focused, nationally-recognized leader in the world of interior design and home fashion, built over 50 years ago by renowned architect and developer John Portman. For a half-century it has served as the essential one-stop shopping resource for interior designers, architects, and builders.

The ADAC campus consists of 550,000 square feet with over 60 showrooms offering 1,200 of the industry’s finest product lines including furniture, fabric, rugs, lighting, accessories, floor and wall coverings, antiques, fine art and framing, kitchens, bath, tile and stone, and home theater products. Likewise, ADAC’s extensive services include custom designs such as framing, electronic systems, faux-finishing, and draperies.

In addition, signature industry presentations, celebrity and media events, educational programs and networking opportunities held throughout the year make ADAC truly a one-of-a-kind, design destination. To learn more, visit

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AE Outdoor Sponsors the Design Bloggers Conference

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What can we say? AE Outdoor feels like most of the outdoor furniture world is stuck in 1984. It’s about time someone shook it up! Bring on some color! Embrace modern design! AE Outdoor designs outdoor furniture for those who want to celebrate their outdoor space with friends and family and aren’t afraid to do it in style. We use only rust proof aluminum frames, the highest quality all-weather wickers, and the most durable Sunbrella fabrics. Don’t get us wrong, 1984 was a fine year… but how often do you get out pictures of yourself in your old parachute pants? Browse our outdoor furniture collections at

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High Point Market Sponsors Conference Online Proceedings

High Point Market_Logo_v1_300We are pleased to announce that The High Point Market Authority will sponsor this year’s conference online proceedings, making it possible for attendees to have a permanent record of the material covered at the conference. The High Point Market Authority,, is the official sponsor and organizer of the High Point Market in High Point, N.C. Featuring an extensive selection of exhibitors spanning every category, style, and price point, and attracting tens of thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries twice each year, the High Point Market is the driving force of the home furnishings industry. Find the High Point Market anywhere online, and follow on Twitter using the hashtag #hpmkt.

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

Simplifying Social Data: How to Measure and Maximize Your Results on Social Media

You might be hard pressed to find a blogger today that isn’t highly active on some form of social media. After all, the last few years have proven that an effective social media strategy can lead to phenomenal success. But in order to find that success, a key component needs to be well understood: analytics.

In this session, attendees will:
  • be introduced to some of the introductory concepts of social data
  • learn how to measure results across major social networks
  • how to tie those results to business goals.
On its surface, social data can appear daunting, but this session will be geared towards simplifying the concept and providing bloggers with the tools and know-how to start utilizing their data in order to maximize their results on social media.


Corey Padveen Headshot LargeCorey Padveen is the Director of Global Social Business Strategy at t2 Marketing International, and Google AdWords Certified, Google Analytics Certified, as well as a Certified Inbound Marketer. He is also one of the founding theorists on the concepts of Social Equity and Responsive Branding, as well as a keynote speaker featured at marketing and digital business summits around the world. On the personal side, he loves cooking, making wine and, as all good Canadians, is a big hockey fan.


For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

Think Like an Editor: Turn Good Design Blogs, Articles, and Books Great

Ever heard the adage that great writing is more about revision than the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard? Whether your goal is to be a top design blogger or to submit an project, article, or book for publication, longtime writer/editor Robin Catalano will optimize your chances by helping you become your own “first editor”.

This session covers:

  • What brands and editors are looking for when they evaluate the collaboration or publishing potential of a blogger’s work
  • How to develop your own unique voice that carries through your writing
  • Best and worst times to self-edit
  • How to identify and improve weak aspects in your writing and how to highlight your strengths
  • Steps to correct patterns of repetition in sentence structure, word choice, and style
  • Instruction for creating your own style sheet, just like professional editors do, to ensure consistency in your writing
  • When to stop editing and how to avoid getting in the way of your writing process
  • When you know an article or book manuscript is ready for “prime time”
  • Pet peeves of professional editors — aka, how to become your editor’s best friend

Robin-Catalano-346Robin Catalano is managing editor and senior copywriter for The Annie Selke Companies. She has worked as a professional journalist, copywriter, and book and magazine editor for nearly 20 years, with articles appearing in Gourmet, Culinary Trends, Berkshire Magazine, Stage Directions, Let’s Live, and Berkshire Living, among others. She has edited more than three hundred fiction and nonfiction titles for publishing companies such as Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, The Harvard Common Press, Workman, and Inner Traditions International.

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

Blogger and Brand Collaborations

Companies are increasingly on the look out for authentic ways to communicate with their prospects and customers. 92% of consumers are more influenced to make a purchase via peer-to-peer recommendations than by traditional advertising. Brands are establishing specific criteria before entering into blogger partnerships and bloggers are balancing their own readers’ sensibility with brand needs. Hear about real experiences in this kind of collaborative framework delivered by one experienced brand leader and star blogger.

This session offers insider tips for lasting collaborations including:

  • Best practices for approaching manufacturers on potential collaboration
  • How manufacturers assess and execute collaborations with bloggers
  • Etiquette tips for designers and bloggers when approaching brands
  • Creative and innovative project ideas for creating unique pitches to manufacturers

Julianne Taylor has quickly emerged as one of the home décor industry’s most prominent female entrepreneurs. Her company actively engages the blogger community. Taylor Burke Home’s bold, unexpected and sophisticated designs are highly sought after by premiere interior designers across the nation. Julianne is the author of DesignHER, available next Spring and carries a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of South Carolina.


Courtney of French Country Cottage knows the power of patina, that fresh flowers and a chandelier belong in every room, and the mix of rustic & refined is perfection. She also understands that working with large brands to leverage her significant audience and social media following are win/win opportunities. Courtney has deep experience creating content that she knows her followers will find engaging and also benefits her partner brands.

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle, design, DIY & the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage. When she isn’t behind the computer blogging she acts as photographer and stylist for several top magazines.

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

4-Hour Home Design Workweek? Say “YES” to Affiliate Marketing

Looking for ways to generate more revenue? Learn how without changing your routines by participating in the world of online affiliate marketing. Forget terms like “advertiser” or “publisher” and build lucrative partnerships in the time it takes to “swipe left”. This jam-packed session is guaranteed to transform the way you think about your role as a design professional on the internet.


  • What type of content you need to have to play
  • Why this will elevate your brand to a whole new level
  • Who would be interested in working with you
  • How to maximize the opportunity with the least amount of time and effort

kelly-fallisKelly Fallis is the founder and CEO of Remote Stylist, the online furniture platform with 350+ brands, $1 shipping duties included in Canada/USA and free Stylist sourcing help. A true pioneer in the online furniture world, she can dazzle you with stories journeying her trials and tribulations when it comes to import/export, logistics, custom development, marketing, brand management, web development, ecommerce, big data and real estate matters. Follow her on Twitter @kellyfallis.

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

“Visual Web” Marketing + Instagram Power Tips

The web has turned visual and that’s a perfect development for the design industry and creating content that drives results!  At the Design Bloggers Conference, Adam Japko and Connor Dwyer will show you how to:

  • Demonstrate Mobile’s impact on Social Engagement
  • Provide Case Studies in Design and other industries on excellent visual web marketing
  • Demonstrate how to combine social, mobile, and video platforms for great results
  • Offer metrics for content success
  • Map the evolution from design blogs to current day visual marketing approaches
  • Unveil Instagram as the most powerful social platform and provide insights into excellent Instagram marketing

Adam_Japko_41Adam Japko has spent the last year studying the organic shift to the “Visual Web” and its implications for new approaches to powerful home design marketing.  Hear how logical and simple it can be for you.




connor-dywerConnor Dwyer lives in Atlanta while working on his masters in graphic design at SCAD. He has amassed 76.4k followers on Instagram with his compelling photography. He thinks graphic design and photography for building brands, but mostly enjoys making people feel loved. Hear how Connor creates inspired Instagram campaigns with powerful results.


For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.

WordPress and Google Analytics: Websites, Blogs, and Analytics Made Simple(r) 

WordPress is the leading platform used by design bloggers. Knowing how to get the most out of WordPress will save you time and improve your blog. This session will cover:

  • The top 5 WordPress plugins you can not live without
  • What can plugins do to optimize your SEO
  • What to consider when shopping for a new WordPress theme
  • Why WordPress is the right platform for your site
  • How to approach web security and hosting for WordPress environments
  • Top new developments affecting WordPress users
  • Getting comfortable with Google Analytics
  • Best Google Analytic metrics you should know for guiding your content strategy

Natasha_Murphy_217x300Natasha Murphy describes herself as just a good girl who likes design and computers. Natasha has ten+ years of front-end development experience and is a big fan of clean, responsive web design. Design, development, and online marketing all fall into her firm’s, Nicely Built, wheelhouse.  From e-commerce, professional websites or personal blogs, Natasha is dedicated to WordPress for good reason.


adrienne-brownAdrienne Brown is a Digital Strategist and founder of Adrienne J Media, a digital marketing firm. Adrienne has an extensive background in B2B, consumer and lead generation marketing and advertising. As a self proclaimed digital media maven, Adrienne is obsessed with all things digital and committed to helping brands become their “digital best.”


How to be a Social Media Star

One of the industry’s most notable design bloggers who commands a huge social media following will share her social media strategies, tips, techniques and ROI.

TemplateObsessed with color, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting, Justina Blakeney is a designer and design blogger with a bohemian heart.

Domino MagazineBetter Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire Magazine and Refinery29 all agree that Justina’s blog is one of the best design blogs on the web! Harper’s Bazaar recently named Justina a top designer to follow on Instagram and Justina is one of the world’s leading curators on Pinterest with over 1 million followers. She has worked with brands such as Anthropologie, 1st Dibs, OneKingsLane, eBay, CB2, AirBnB and Joss & Main.

For more on our exciting sessions, check out our complete agenda.