Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto. It was my first
visit. As a blogger, attending Blogpodium, I had an all access media pass to the previews, the Gala and Trade Day.
I did stop by the Gala on thursday night and I must admit it was overwhelming. So many people. However, I had a great time walking the show, sipping some champagne and spotting the design celebs.
My daughter had strict instructions for me to tell Tommy (Smythe) hello and that she thought he was hilarious. Ha! Alas...that opportunity did not arise.
Friday morning I returned for what I
felt was the highlight of my IDS experience -- Blogpodium.
The panel was great!
Margot Austin, Canadian House & Home
Moderated by Leigh-Ann Allaire, Benjamin Moore
Inspiring and useful information on Blogs & Media.
Although all the panelists had great tips and advice, I especially related to Margot Austin's remarks. I thought she provided some valuable insight into the world of print media and the appeal of a well edited blog. She also stressed the importance of giving credit where credit is due. For example, giving proper credit for photography and links to the original content.
Kimberley Seldon's advice to provide original content was key. This is something I really try to do on my blog. It is also what typically appeals to me about other blogs - fresh ideas, original photography.
I also loved the BlogPodium booklet that Lindsay Stephenson produced. What a lovely memento and tool for connecting.
Blogpodium provided a unique opportunity to meet many fellow Canadian bloggers. Events like these are so valuable! Congratulations to Lindsay Stephenson and Jennifer Flores for organizing an amazing morning! I can't wait to go to the next one.
Bonus: we all left with great swag from generous sponsors including Indigo Books & Music, Home Depot Canada, CB2, Benjamin Moore, Pure Green Magazine, & Canadian House & Home
After Blogpodium, I spent the day getting a better look at IDS.
I met up with Dianne Medieros (psst she's a very talented decorator) and we toured the show.
I thought the highlight of the show was Studio North. I enjoyed seeing artisans and boutiques showcasing their unique Canadian talents. I'd love to see more of that next time....
Above are a small selection of stand out booths from the show.