What a whirlwind the last couple of weeks have been! I recently returned from an amazing vacation in Cartagena, Colombia celebrating the wedding of two fantastic people (I highly recommend a trip if you have never been!), and right before we headed out on our Colombian adventure, I was “on tour” in North Carolina.
No, I haven’t left the interior design world in pursuit of a musical career, but I was lucky enough to be a member of the Design Blogger’s Tour at the spring High Point Market. Presented by the fab team behind the Design Blogger’s Conference, the tour brought together a fantastic and diverse group of design bloggers for a two-day tour of some of High Point’s best showrooms and events with the best and brightest minds in design.
Read on for more details about my 48 hours on tour at High Point Market!
2017 Design Bloggers Tour: I can’t think of a better group to spend two design-filled days with!
In just two days, we packed in tours of fourteen showrooms and meet and greets with the biggest names in the industry: Badgley Mischka Home, Rachel Ashwell, Michael Berman, Jamie Drake, Windsor Smith, Joe Ruggiero, and more!
Meeting the duo behind Badgley Mischka was definitely a highlight of the trip!
The showrooms not only introduced us to the newest and best designs, but also provided wonderful hospitality. We were treated to massages, lovely lunches and cocktails, and Eastern Accents hosted an amazing event for all of us at the historic Pandora’s Manor.
As jam-packed as each day was, I was thrilled to retire each night to the brand new Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem. The hotel is in a historic building, which was once the architectural muse for the Empire State Building, and its interior is a designer’s dream itself – it’s definitely worth a stay if you ever find yourself in Winston-Salem!
The two-day tour was a fast and furious design experience and I cannot thank all of the partners, vendors, designers and fellow tour members enough for making the weekend one to remember. Looking back on the weekend, I have so many amazing new introductions and collections to share with you. I can’t wait to recap, in detail, all of my favorite finds and inspirations from the best design houses in the industry right here on the blog in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, you can check out behind-the-scenes moments from the tour by following #designbloggerstour on Instagram!