Monday, March 5, 2012

Design Bloggers Conference L.A. 2012

Design bloggers had their academy awards last week at the Biltmore Millenium in downtown L.A. Design Sherpa sponsored the Design Bloggers Conference which debuted last year to educate and recognize top design bloggers. Martyn Lawrence-Bullard kicked off the first morning, regaling us with stories of his magical career. His designs look effortless, and inviting. Rooms appear to have grown organically over time.

 Hand stenciled walls stained with coffee and tea

Color Lesson: You have permission to mix your blues.

 Bold pattern combinations

Flair apparent!

Moroccan themes and antique textiles

Bunny Williams regaled us with anecdotes of her long career. She was actually both funny and concise. Like Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, she emphasizes comfort, but she does grand interiors. Making grand comfortable is accomplished through artful furniture placement, parsing the space into inviting conversation areas punctuated with multi-tasking functional pieces. The room below is a James O'Connor playhouse that Bunny designed with Sister Parish in the early days of her career. 

 This wide living room overlooking the indoor tennis courts is divided by a large round book table that can double as a server for drinks and nibbles. 

 On the opposite side of the room a cozy seating area is defined with bright pink lampshades, inviting guests for conversation. This English country house room is still fresh. 

Desks are a smart functional alternative to the obvious console. 
To see our exclusive post on this James O'Conner gem, 
click HERE.

 Hand painted trellis wall paper by Gracie, Gustavian shell back chairs by John Rosselli, garden urn by Trelliage

 A 19th century French garden table converted to a spectacular sink--genius from Trelliage! The wall covering is by Peter Fasano
Note to self: There is no excuse for a bare house-- go out and clip a few branches for a serene bonsai effect. 

 Again, a wide space is divided into intimate gathering spots. 

 Library dining does double duty
 The oversized lamps on the dining table are purely original. 

Macala Wright of Fashionably Marketing me, aka; FMM, was the most informative speaker at the conference. I was previously unaware of this dynamo social media guru, but I am now a devoted follower. Most exciting for the bloggers was meeting each other and celebrating those who won the awards. 
Best New Design Blog: 
Meredith Heron

Best Writing on Design
Jennifer Boles

Best Graphics and Photography

Best Over All Blog: 
Traditional Home Magazine online, Trad Home/Lonny held a contest for hot new designs:

The New Trads Design Winners are: 
via Atlanta Homes
Nominated by Patty Day of Patty's Epiphanies blog

Nominated by Naomi Stein of Design Manifest blog

Nominated by Nicole Gibbons of So Haute Style blog

Nominated by Rhonda Carmen of All The Best blog

Nominated by Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence Blog

Nominated by Marni Elyse Katz of Style Carrot

Nominated by Marissa Marcantonio of Style Beat

via Domino

Nominated by Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham

Grant K. Gibson
Nominated by Crystal Gentilello of Plush Palette 

via Rue
Nominated by Cassandra LaValle of Coco+Kelley

Congratulations to all the winners!
Dovecote Decor entered the talented Eddie Lee
Lets try again next year!

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More Later!


  1. Liz-
    Thank you for all of these beautiful images. I am so happy that you had a great time while learning so much! Wish I could have been there.
    I will have to visit the website of Macala Wright.
    Thanks for sharing the work of the designers. Lot of pretty here.
    Happy Monday.

  2. LOVED finally seeing you in person!!! And thank you for mention. Great round up!!

  3. I really love Martyn Lawrence Bullard's design works.
    So many wonderful images Liz!

    Art by Karena

  4. GREAT PICS:) I really like your much nice inspiration.
    I wish you a lovely weekend:)

    LOVE Maria at

  5. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous images.. I'm off to check out all the winners..
    Hope you got some traffic from my post yesterday with a link to your garden seats..

  6. so cool!!!
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful pictures...


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