Just wanted to mention that after Design Camp Austin I felt super encouraged to take a few more risks with my business, especially my blog. I decided for a blog feature, I would love to interview the set designers of some of my favorite television shows. I simply started asking, and people said yes. Next week I will be flying to L.A. to tour the set of Modern Family and interview the set designer! Thanks, girls for giving me the extra confidence that I needed!! ~ Keri Peterson
“Thank you so much for producing Design Camp and allowing us to be a part of it, It was an exhilirating experience, especially for novices. Lane kelly and I learned so much in such a short period of time! The love you have for your craft and the industry is contagious! Best to you and your partner in the future!!” ~ Rosemary Raysor
“I had such a GREAT time listening, learning & mingling with other designers from around the country! Many thanks to Ronda for hosting the giveaway that brought me to camp!”~ Margaret Norcott, Milieu Design Group
“Sort of like a great book or a fantastic film that just won’t leave your thoughts I am finding it hard to think of anything else besides Design Camp Atlanta. It was 3 days of being a kid in a candy store! With over 100 fellow campers, both Interior Designers and enthusiasts alike I floated around listening to world famous designers and industry leaders who dropped some serious design knowledge on us. Over the next few days and weeks I will do my best to share with you what I’ve learned but it’s going to be kinda tough. What I got out of Design Camp is far more than just a few lectures and some meet-n-greets. To explain to you my adventures in Atlanta will be like bearing my soul. Sounds a bit dramatic I know, but no less accurate.
My experience at Design Camp was like nothing else I’ve ever done in my life and I am without a doubt a better person/blogger/wife/mother for it. It exceeded all my expectations and brought me a sense of well-being that I was sorely missing. Instead of finding elitist designers and corny brand ambassadors I found leaders and speakers who were genuinely interested in enhancing our lives. Not only professionally but personally as well. I didn’t network, I made amazing friends. We didn’t compete, we collaborated. There was no haves and haves not’s but instead a group of people who were serious about their craft and making the design world better by sharing their accomplishments right along side their mistakes.
Even though I am not a designer I gained tremendous knowledge about all manner of industries associated with design. There was something valuable for everyone there from bloggers to design aficionados to best selling authors, socialites, TV personalities, online retailers and everyone in between. At the end of each day all the “Happy Campers” shared their feedback and take away’s over cocktails and the overall feeling was that everyone was having the time of their lives. We all agreed that the speakers were out of this world insightful and shockingly real down to earth individuals who made time to personally address each campers questions or accolades.
Now that I know what that kind of wonderful feels like, I implore you to find your Design Camp and go. Whatever industry you’re in or whatever your passions/hobbies are in this life find out where they’re holding a workshop and go feed your soul. If you passion is Interior Design then by any means necessary register for Design Camp like yesterday! You’ll be so grateful that you did. ( BTW the next camp is in Seattle this May, I’m just saying)”
~ Ryan DiSalvo, The Life and Style Guild
I had the exceptional privilege of being a guest at Design Camp in Austin TX from Oct 24th – 26th. Design Camp was created by celebrity interior designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. Aside from two days of on-trend interior design education, the people – speakers and guests – were all awesome!!! Lori and Kelli were so sweet and made the conference feel more like a party where people discuss great ideas to expand and grow your design business.I felt the most useful and inspiring speakers were those that covered information of social media and using it to get your designs and creativity out there! Leslie Carothers, CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, shared with everyone the amazing “Olioboard,” a site that allows you to create 2 and 3D rooms that you can share with others, shop from, and save. Most design campers agreed this was one of their favorite presentations.
A sample Olioboard
All The Best‘s Ronda Rice Carman spoke about the necessity of defining your brand, which includes having a website that reflects your philosophy and services. ( I don’t usually like to push my other business, web design, but I can definitely hook you guys up with a gorgeous website!) She also recommends staying focused on what you want to accomplish – avoid having too many branches of your blog/business. Find your niche and stick to it!
Design expert Susanna Salk spoke about getting published and her experiences creating beautiful design books.
Susanna’s tips include not being afraid to get out there and introduce yourself and your work through various social networking platforms (twitter, facebook, olioboard, pinterest, etc.), and to editors and bloggers.