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Design Bloggers Conference 2015

Christy is in Atlanta, Georgia, to represent my blog for the annual Design Bloggers Conference.  The Design Bloggers Conference 2015 is where interior design bloggers from across the country come to learn how to better their social media skills, blogging skills, and network.

Donna's Blog: Design Bloggers Conference 2015

 

This year there are a host of fabulous speakers, some which I call friends from the design blogging community and some that are renowned interior designers most of you have heard of.  Nate Berkus is the keynote speaker, and I’m quite sure you have all heard of him.  Some of my design friends that will be speaking are Lisa Mende, Denise McGaha, Mitzi Beach, and Traci Zeller.

 

What do I love about this conference?  I love learning new techniques and gaining new knowledge on how to better my social media and blogging skills.  The geniuses at Esteem Media also host a blog workshop where they will answer any questions on blogging, from analytics to design layout.  The networking is great, and connecting with like minded people is so much fun!  I am looking forward to sharing with you all the take aways from this years conference and many more!  Follow the hashtags on Twitter and Facebook for up to date stats by using these hashtag: #DBCatl #dbc2015

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Adorne Collection: Legrand & Hubbardton Forge Collaborate!

Last week Christy went to New York City in my place to attend the Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Adorne Collection collaboration.  In 2012, Legrand “reinvented” the everyday light switch by launching their Adorne Collection, which includes switches, dimmers, outlets and wall plates.

Donna's Blog: Adorne by  Legrande & Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

The Adorne Collection uses innovative technology with a compelling design that allows the homeowner and designer to truly consider all aspects and design decisions of the home.  The original Adorne collection launched with seven interfaces for the actual switch and 32 wall plates that coordinate with any adorne switch.  So what makes the Hubbardton Forge and Legrand collaboration so amazing?  One, the light switch plates (aka lighting controls) and light fixtures are designed for each other.  Two, these new plate options are made in America, right in Vermont–American made is a huge plus in my book.  And three, these are not only American made, but hand-made by my some of America’s finest skilled artisans.

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

The Hubbardton Forge and Legrand Adorne Collection includes six new hand-forged metal finishes that coordinate with the Hubbardton lights.  Christy, along with four other design bloggers got to attend an exclusive press cocktail event at Haven Kitchen for the unveiling of these gorgeous switch plates.

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

The Hubbardton Forge & Legrand teams

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

The interior design bloggers and newest friends: Christy (from your’s truly), Jeannie Chung (Cozy Stylish Chic), Kristin Cadwallader (Bliss at Home), Renee Carman (Interiors by Mandeville Canyon Designs) & Patricia Davis Brown (Dig this Design), Justin Powder (Maison Decor, not photographed).

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

 

I’d like to thank Legrand & the Hubbardton Forge for the all-expenses paid trip to NYC for the unveiling of their new collaboration in the Adorne collection.  And thank you for the awesome swag bag!  We can’t wait to use our very own Legrand/Hubbardton Forge Adorne light switch and plate!!

Donna's Blog: Adorne Collection: Legrand and Hubbardton Forge Collaboration

**All photos are provided by Sharp Communications and Donna’s Blog.**

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Dress Up the Dining Room with Wall Covering

Dining rooms have been a space that some consumers are in limbo about: to keep or not keep.  With the home floor layout trend to be mainly open and casual, the need or desire for the formal dining room is not as strong as it once used to be.  But then there are still those homeowners who desire a formal dining room; there is a need for this space.  Yes it might only be used a couple of times of year, but still the formal dining room does have a purpose.  A dining room can be designed to be as formal or casual as the homeowner desires, but one great way to create a unique space is to use a wall covering or wallpaper.

 

There are so many different wall covering types and styles, ranging from grass cloth to a geometric print to hand-painted traditional design.  Depending on the material and design, the wallpaper can be a subtle backdrop to the furniture and draperies, or it can be the main focal point in the space.  A subtle pattern can be a wonderful backdrop as well, just because there is a pattern does not mean that thy have to be the main focal point.  Adding wallpaper to the walls is just one extra way to add depth and visual interest in the space.  It’s one extra element that separates your dining room from the rest!

Donna's Blog: Dress up a dining room with wall covering | designer Celerie Kemble, House Beautiful, photographer Simon Upton

designer Celerie Kemble, House Beautiful, photographer Simon Upton

 

 

Donna's Blog: Dress up dining room with wall covering | designer Rob Southern, House Beautiful, photographer James Merrell

designer Rob Southern, House Beautiful, photographer James Merrell

 

 

Donna's Blog: Dress up dining room with wall covering | designer Christina Murphy, House Beautiful, photographer Jonny Valiant

designer Christina Murphy, House Beautiful, photographer Jonny Valiant

 

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