Monogram Explores the Future of Kitchen Design

While sophisticated styling and exceptional craftsmanship set Monogram apart from all other appliance brands, an unrivaled commitment to innovation is always at the forefront of product development. Through the Industrial Design Organization (IDO) at Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky, designers are researching the latest trends to develop kitchen concepts that push the boundaries of luxurious living.

One such concept, based on the idea of “ambient technology and healthy living,” will be on display at the 2017 Designer Bloggers Conference.  From touch screens that deliver step-by-step recipes to countertop herb gardens grown by LED lights, this kitchen represents the exploration of how high-tech design can create a healthier lifestyle.

Be sure to stop by the Monogram display at the Networking Reception from 5:30-8:00 pm on Monday, March 6, and all throughout the conference. IDO Designer Maggie Bellinger will be on hand to answer questions.

Also, at any time during the conference, when you stop by the Monogram display, you’ll even have the opportunity to register for a chance to win a trip to the Monogram Experience Center in Louisville Kentucky, including a behind-the-scenes look at the IDO. Sweepstakes limited to legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18 years or older.  Complete Official Rules available at the Monogram Display.

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.

Design bloggers who stop by PM Fixtures’ exhibit and sign up for its design program will have a chance to win a Coyote Outdoor Living Asado Cooker. There will be two raffles – one on Monday and one on Tuesday. The high quality Asado Cooker has the Standard Coyote Signature Smoking Grate™ for perfect heat diffusion and the option of smoke, sear or grill, a suitable addition to outdoor living experiences.

Coyote Outdoor Living

Coyote Outdoor Living’s passion for design, value and the outdoor lifestyle is demonstrated in its outdoor culinary and entertainment products. The brand is dedicated to elevating and improving every moment spent, memory made and bite or sip taken in outdoor spaces. Based in Dallas, Coyote Outdoor Living specializes in the design, development, and production of high quality outdoor kitchen equipment. It is committed to making outdoor kitchens an attainable reality for anyone who is passionate about cooking, entertaining or simply relaxing outdoors. The company is proud to offer durable products at great values to enable all outdoor chefs and enthusiasts to build the outdoor kitchen of their dreams. www.coyoteoutdoor.com

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

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.

Fabricut to Sponsor Twitter Feed At Design Bloggers Conference

Fabricut_Trend_logo-300x150Fabricut Inc. is a second-generation family-run and employee owned company, devoted to supplying beautiful fabrics, trimmings, decorative drapery hardware and wallcoverings to the interior design trade. Established in 1954, the Fabricut brand has grown into one of the largest, most progressive distributors of decorative fabrics in the world. Fabricut added S. Harris in 1988 to deliver unique, boutique collections of distinct fabrics to the contemporary high-end market. It launched Vervain in 2004 with its artistry and distinction for high-end traditional interiors, and in 2006 created Trend, a brand with beautiful fabrics at exceptional value. Fabricut acquired Stroheim from JAB Anstoetz of Germany in 2010 to complement and broaden the scope of product offered to the contemporary, transitional and traditional high-end interior designers in North America. With its commitment to quality products and extraordinary service, coupled with a knowledgeable worldwide sales force, Fabricut Inc. provides fabric, trimming, hardware and wallcovering solutions for everyday decorating.

India Hicks to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

India_Hicks_8008-2We are thrilled to announce that India Hicks will be speaking at the Design Bloggers Conference.

Author, model, entrepreneur, TV personality and daughter of famed designer David Hicks, India comes from both British and design royalty.

Her God father is the Prince of Wales and India was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Lady Diana.

Living with her young family on a small island in the Bahamas, she has shared and documented her multidimensional, unpredictable life through social media, her lifestyle books and her website indiahicks.com

India is connected to a broad spectrum of tastemakers and is established as an influencer amongst modern, strong, entrepreneurial women.

Unencumbered by tradition, India has made bold life choices that inspire women to join her in the pursuit of an extraordinary life.

After a successful career designing collections of bath & beauty products, bedding and jewelry in partnership with others the time for change arrived. With two strong business minded partners she launched a lifestyle brand: India Hicks. These collections are sold through entrepreneurial women at home, online, or one-to-one. This is more than a trunk show business, it’s about building more than a company, it’s about building a community.

Don’t miss India at the Design Bloggers Conference!

Favorite Spaces Contest Winners Announced

At the 2012 Design Bloggers Conference, held in Los Angeles in February, the editors of Colrado Homes & Lifestyles asked designers from across the country to send them pictures of their favorite spaces. After hours spent poring over images of stunning rooms, the editors at CH&L and their sister publications each selected a winner (click here to see them all).

CH&L chose this living room, designed by Eddy Doumas of Worth Interiors, that anchors a young family’s Vail vacation home. “The couple likes both contemporary and traditional styles,” Doumas says, “so my task was to try to combine the two.”

Want to see the winning spaces each magazine chose? Click here to view them all, and mark your calendars for the 2013 Design Bloggers Conference, March 3-5, 2013, in Los Angeles.