The Dallas Traditional Home Showhouse is over! We are all feeling sad about it. It was super hard to take everything out of the home and see it become empty again. However, the home sold has and now a happy family is living in it!Read More
I just returned home from sunny Los Angeles! I attended the Design Bloggers Conference! It is my favorite conference because I get to spend time with my designer friends and get to meet new designers and bloggers as well.
When you own your own business, it is really hard to make time to get away for conferences like this. What I have learned is that it is crucial that you take time away from your every day work life so you can be inspired, encouraged, and filled up. This conference is that for me.
I also got to spend an evening with a few Dallas Designers, which was a treat.
Brooke Giannetti with Velvet and Linen was one of the speakers, and she was so fantastic. Brooke was one of the first blogs that I started following when blogs were just beginning. I latched on to every word she said when I first started blogging and learned so much from her.
She was a true example of a great designer with a casual spirit that connected with her audience. If you haven't had a chance to read her story, do it! Her husband is an architect and they are so lovely together and so incredibly gifted. They are extra special because they too have chickens, just like us!
Another of my favorite speakers was Lord Spencer, Lady Diana's brother. He spoke about his 13 Acre estate in England and it was fascinating to hear his stories!
I got to eat on the patio at the Beverly Hills Hotel and we got a glimpse of Kim Kardashian. Of course, we only got a quick glimpse of her but it was still a fun movie star sighting. Can you believe these gorgeous flowers in their lobby?
One of the awesome things that was announced while I was at the conference was that I was selected to be on the High Point Market Design Bloggers Spring Tour along with these wonderful designers!
Visit High Point Market Design Bloggers Spring Tour 2017 to see each participant.
I am so excited about this because it is yet another opportunity for me to connect with new designers. I also look forward to being introduced to new vendors and contacts during market.
These are the wonderful bloggers I will be on the tour with:
Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
Margot Austin, www.thedesigneditblog.com
Elle Cole, www.ellecoleblog.com
Nina Magon, www.livestylishdaily.com
Lisa Mende, www.lisamendedesign.blogspot.com
Michiel Perry, www.blacksouthernbelle.com
Me, Jana Platina Phipps, www.trimqueen.com
Ruthie Staalsen, www.ruthiestaalsen.com
Laura Umansky, www.laurauinteriordesign.com
Rhoda Vickers, www.southernhospitalityblog.com
Our sponsors for the tour?
Meet the sponsoring companies and showrooms we will be touring. Thank you sponsors for this opportunity! See you there!
We just returned from Colorado after being there 10 days with family and friends.
We traveled with 6 other families (26 of us in all). We all have RV's and it was such fun to be on the road together.
Even our doggie Ava loved the ride.
We stayed at Castle Lakes RV & Campground in Lake City, Colorado. What a gorgeous place.
I thought I'd share some of my favorite captures my eyes took in.
This was the view from our RV site. It was breathtaking. It was a great place for coffee in the morning. Nice and cold too.
The water was like glass most days and we had spectacular weather all week long.
I just loved how the mountain reflected in the water.
Can you believe how gorgeous this is?
We took walks around the lake and admired the wildflowers and beauty.
Hanging baskets were overflowing with color at the lodge.
I was tempted to bring this fabulous piece of driftwood home!
I'm sure the beavers would have been sad to see it go.
This bridge was perfect for fishing.
All 6 families rented jeeps from the lodge one day. We drove in convoy right up into the mountains. It was an amazing day of adventure and fun!
I just couldn't believe this view. The color of the water in this valley took my breath away.
See what I mean?
but lots of dust flying everywhere too.
Loads of belly laughter around the fire each evening. Loads of memories were made! Some of these friends have been in our lives since high school so the stories that were told were absolute hoots.
Lots of hiking and fishing too!
The jeeping was my favorite, maybe because I had such a handsome driver.
Always so good to be in nature exploring God's incredible beauty.
Hard to be back in the 100 degree heat here in Texas now. I'm going to miss my coffee spot.
but.... ready to start all my new projects!
I have 2 photo shoots this week. A kitchen remodel and a bathroom remodel completion. Pictures coming soon!
The view from the main house to the Studio.
This is another outside patio area.
Notice these wonderful arched windows. There were about 8 of them that were going to be thrown out. David rescued them paying about 4 pounds each (I couldn't believe that) and he didn't do a thing to them.
The rustic patina on them hasn't been touched, it's just real age!
This is a large meeting room where the big events take place. The row of columns on the outside of this building are from a church that was being demolished in London.