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Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere. -Barry Dixon

This morning I decided I would take a little bit of time and get inspired by spending some time going back through my Barry Dixon book.

I had the good fortune to hear Barry speak while I was at Design Camp in Atlanta this past January. I’ll admit, it wasn’t the portion of the conference I was most looking forward to, but afterwards, it was my favorite! Meeting him afterwards for just a few moments, he has an uncanny knack of making you feel like you’ve been friends forever.So impressive to me- his attention to detail and how he uses this for inspiration.The fabric Barry designed for Vervain on the right was inspired by the hay bales on his farm. Cool, right?

But I think the real reason I loved hearing him speak was that he made me feel like I wasn’t crazy. How in the world could Barry Dixon legitimize me, you ask? A simple phrase about having not one, but two clients; one being the human client and the other being the house. Yes, houses speak to designers. They tell us what they want and what they need.

We’re like “house whisperers”.

So even though you probably will never see this blog; Barry Dixon, thank you for your inspiration in more ways than one. You prove my mantra that good things happen to good people.

What is inspiring you at the moment? Where do you go when you need that little jump start?

I’m Going To Camp

Like many of you, I use the “do not disturb” setting on my phone & iPad. A girl’s gotta get some beauty sleep, you know? So when I woke up Tuesday morning to my Twitter notifications, I was pretty excited.

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But was it too good to be true?

Only a week earlier we received an email at the shop about Design Camp. The email described the two-day opportunity to learn and network with some of the most respected names in design business; in all areas of the business. I mentioned to Dana that I thought it could be something good for us to do. Of course Money Lady responds with the “We’ll have to look at the budget” answer that she’s so good at. (That damn voice of reason; must we all have one??) Well it just so happened Dana was leaving the next morning for Mexico so we wouldn’t be able to go over it until she got back. I know, world smallest violin playing for Dana: Mexico, while we were freezing back here. I’ll give her this; she deserved it and yes, she had a blast. I’m thankful she came back.

Anyhoo, I saw on Twitter that Lisa Mende was giving away two free tickets on her blog Lisa Mende Design to attend this event. I thought what the heck, what do I have to lose? So I commented about one of the many speakers I’d be interested most in hearing. Well, let me just say, my luck is starting out on a high note in 2013, because I won the opportunity! I must admit, my first thought was I never win anything, it’s gotta be too good to be true. So I just kinda sat on it awhile until I got the message asking for all my details. So ladies and gents-

I’M GOING TO DESIGN CAMP! In Atlanta. At the end of the month. It’s a whirlwind, clearing schedules and making plans, but I’m so sure this is going to be such a worthwhile event! And luckily the budget thing didn’t have to play a big part in the decision. I can’t wait! If you’re curious about what Design Camp is all about or want to join me, check out the website here. My goals are to learn a lot, network and make new connections, and get motivated. Thank you over and over to Lisa Mende, Kelli Ellis & Lori Dennis! I look forward to meeting you all!

See you at The Fox!