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weekend roundup: IDS 2012

Hey folks. Sorry for being totally MIA lately. I came down with a crazy stomach flu that had me completely down and out. Now that I’m feeling somewhat human again, let me tell you about the seriously amazing weekend I just had.

It started off with an event called BlogPodium (put together by the lovely Jen from Rambling Renovators and Lindsay from Aubrey + Lindsay). It brought together a big group of folks to chat about blogs and media. On the expert panel were media mavens, like Kate More from CityLine, Kimberley SeldonMargot Austin, and Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault from Benjamin Moore. I felt totally out of my league.

Besides learning some fabulous tips on how to get media exposure, I also met some other bloggers. This was the first time I have ever gone to a “blogger event”, so to meet other folks who are into blogging as much as I am was so fun. It’s definitely kind of weird to meet people who you feel you know already from their blog… it’s like starting on date #8. Weird, but in a fabulous kind of way.

[Photos by the amazing Jason Hudson, on flickr here]

After BlogPodium, I hit up the Interior Design Show (IDS). It was crazy inspiring. I’ve only ever gone to “Home and Garden” type shows which have been bo-bo-bo-boring. Unlike those shows which often have 15 different granite vendors and not much else, the IDS is chock-a-block full of amazing vignettes, a variety of vendors and artists, and just all-around eye candy. My eyes were peeled for anything I might be able to DIY. I noticed tons of orange (tangerine is the colour of the year, remember?), lots of salvaged wood,  and lots of natural textiles. Here are a few of my fave things from the show, but apologies for the less-than-fabulous photos (I relied on my phone instead of the SLR)…

ELTE had one of my absolutely favourite booths. I love their mixture of soft textiles with more rough, industrial pieces. I’m dying for one of their colourful silk rugs. None of my photos turned out well, so I snagged these ones off Elte’s facebook page here.

To wrap it all up, I attended the Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup. Like BlogPodium, it was a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow bloggers. And there were some great guest speakers — Cameron MacNeil and Lisa Murphy from House & Home, Cassandra Lavalle from coco + kelly and Brian Gluskstein. Amazing, right?! Oh and there were some incredible prizes to be won from IKEA, Delta, Kravat, and others (maybe I’ll get lucky next year!).

[photos by Alessia Lamonaca]

Now I’m off to drool over everything in the swag bags from BlogPodium and the Bloggers Meetup. It’s like Christmas all over again…

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  • Oh no…hope you are feeling better. It was lovely to meet you on Saturday! What software do you use to do these collages? Man, looking at that picture I think I need a makeover!

    • gemma

      Hi Sundeep! I just use Picasa/Picnik (but I gather that Picnik is soon to be no longer… apparently switching over to Google+). Hope that helps.

      PS. Don’t be silly – you look lovely!! :)


  • It was so great to meet you Gemma! Date #8 is the perfect way to put it…we’re not strangers if I know what your bathroom looks like ;) And you look totally pretty in that BlogPodium photo – not awkward at all! Hope you can make it in from Ottawa for the next event.

  • Gemma, it was so fun meeting you on Saturday! I really wish I could have gone to Blogpodium and the IDS as well as the meetup… next year, right?

    • gemma

      Absolutely! SO lovely meeting you too!!


  • Ick! I hate being sick, glad you are feeling better! It was seriously an amazing weekend wasn’t it! So much to see, do, learn, and take in…

  • Hi Gemma. My name is Andrew Metrick and my great grandfather started Elte. I don’t think we met at IDS but I was working in our booth during the show and I came across your site and just wanted to thank you for featuring us on your blog. It really means a lot to me. I’m so glad you had a great time at IDS. I has a blast meeting all sorts of amazing people, designers and bloggers. We already can’t wait for next year. Anyway, thank you so much once again and I hope to see you at Elte sometime soon, if not then definitely at IDS13!

    • gemma

      Andrew – you are most welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and leaving this comment. I adore Elte — your grandfather started a fabulous store!

      I’m an Elte regular when I’m in Toronto, so maybe I will see you there sometime!

      All the best –

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