canadian design bloggers meet up 2012

January 31, 2012

Oh yes, there was not one but two blogger events this past weekend and I made it out to both of them!

Saturday, January 28th was the annual Canadian Design Bloggers meet up at Brassii Restaurant and Lounge in Toronto and it was a blast!

Vie of Verdigris Vie and Daniella of Daniella Marie are the organizers of the event and it was sponsored by:

The evening started off with wine and lots of mingling with other blogger. It was so great too meet so many bloggers that I know through their blogs and via Twitter! Check out the tweets from the event under the hashtag #CDB2012.

Vie of Verdigris Vie who worked her butt off to put this event together introduced the fabulous line up of speakers!

Cameron McNeil, one of House and Home magazine’s Senior Design Editor, shared with us the upcoming trends in the next colour issue of Canadian House and Home magazine. Look for lots of pattern, rainbows of colour, yellow, and pretty, traditional styling.

Lisa Murphy, House and Home magazine’s Online Director gave us some incites and tips on how to get noticed by House and Home! Here are a few of those tips: good blog design, lots of interior and product posts, a good understanding of the industry: credit and link to others work, good traffic and mentions.

The lovely Cassandra LaValle editor of the style blog Coco + Kelly shared with us her blogging journey and how she turned her blog into a business. She talked about the things she did well, making sure bloggers give themselves a break and a reminder that this is not high school, “We are all in this together.”

There was also a surprise presentation by Brian Gluckstein.  As we all know Brian loves design, and he loves sharing design. Although he still prefers phone conversations to emails he does love blogs, blogs help to feed his huge appetite for design! Did you know Brian blogs?

Len of Otima spent the evening filming the event. Check out his video for a little peek into the meet up and Brian Gluckstein’s presentation:


Check out the amazing swag they sent us home with! Wow!

For more information on the Canadian Design Bloggers visit their blog and follow on Twitter.

I’m already looking forward to the next Canadian Design Bloggers event.