WHAT I’VE LEARNED… Blogfest2011 Recap

This week has been a great learning experience for me! I learned that…

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(a lovely bouquet of peonies at our table at the Hearst building)

Lunch on the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower is beautiful especially when you have the prettiest shade of pink peonies to look at…

(Janell’s lunch on Monday!)

That food on a white plate looks even more delicious…

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(The lovely Barbara Barry talking to us about her fabric)

that there are some people in this world that when you meet them, you realize that what you thought you knew about yourself was nothing until that moment…

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(A fabulous cocktail and floral arrangement at the #DesignTVJoss party)

That a great tasting drink is the best compliment to a beautiful floral arrangement…

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(Kimberly Ward, Deena Parham , Beth Smith)

That meeting new people is really exciting! And that there are still people out there worth meeting no matter how bad other encounters have been…


(Thomas O’Brian and myself)

That kicking nerves to the side and taking that picture is the best thing you can do for yourself…

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(Roslyn from Radecor)

That sharing a room with someone that you have never met before is not that bad after all!

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That Suzanne Kasler is as wonderful in person as her designs are…

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(Lilly Pulitzer in Kravet showroom)

That color is ALWAYS a good thing, so use lots of it…

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That hotels can use great fabric.  They just need great designers who know where to get it from…

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(boards with fabric swatches from our Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils Studio tours)

That an inspiration board can have as much as you want to have on it…


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(a hand painting of the fabric to achieve the right color and look)

That the actual fabric itself is nothing compared to what it takes to get to that point…


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(A beautiful chair in a showroom in the NYDC building)

That art does not have to hang on the wall… You can sit on it too!

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(Barbara Barry pieces in Henredon showroom)

That I am headed in the right direction by hanging a bulletin board in my bedroom…

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(Margaret Russell Editor at large of Architectural Digest)

That power has no size.  It can be found in a person as small as Margaret Russel!  It’s how you use that power that counts…

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(picture taken by a photographer from blogfest)

That these earrings must be worn with everything thanks to all of the complements I received while wearing them…

(Chanee, Amanda, Amanda, Chassity, Janell, Bryn)

That next time, find someone else to be the photographer so you can be in pictures too!


(name tag table…picture from Blogfest facebook page)

and last, I learned that Kravet/Lee Jofa really know how to entertain!

Blogfest left me with many feelings about the event.  I can assure you that none of them are bad! I realized that I’m in transition at the moment and this was an experience that was really needed. I had so much fun chatting with everyone and meeting new people while reconnecting with others that I’ve met before.  The information that was shared with us during the course of the three days have left me full.  Full to the point where I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to releasing it.  I feel the need to hold on to most of it just so my thoughts are not changed by other people’s opinions… The event itself was a valuable one.  And after much debate on if I should go or not, I made the right decision after all!

Thanks to the entire Kravet/Lee Jofa team!

Now, it’s time to get back to my bedroom! Happy FridaySmile



Brandi said...

So glad you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing your experience. The pictures are fabulous.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Looks like good times by all! So hate I missed it.

Beautiful Pictures!

Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

I love seeing your pictures and hearing about your experience! It sounds like there was lots of great info to soak up! You look so gorgeous in that close-up pic!!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

Oh my gosh - Thomas O'Brian and Suzanne Kasler - be still my heart! Glad you had a good time! And those earrings are seriously beautiful!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What an experience it must have been. I can see the joy it brought you through your words.

Miss M&M said...

Looks like you had a great time and learned lots of things! Lovely pictures and I see why you received so many compliments on the earrings, they are very cute and the color of the cardi looks great on you. Did you bring back any fabric? LOL

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

This was a wonderful recap, go great to spend more time with you, and yes, next time you do need to stop taking pictures and get in front of the camera more. (Though, love so many of the pictures you took for me!!!! Thanks!)

Glad this event proved to be so beneficial to you!! Janell

Tiffany said...

Fabulous post! Looks like you had a grand time and I'm so happy for you! I'm so inspired and hope to make it there one day!

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Kathysue said...

Laekitha, This looks as if it was a wonderful experience for all who attended. Oh how I wish I could have been there to meet you in person!!! So glad you came back full of inspiration!! Kathysue

MzMannerz said...

You look fabulous and those earrings are incredible!

Glad you had such a great experience. The photos are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.

Brixton Nole said...

those earrings are indeed THE BUSINESS! and I can tell from the pictures in the previous post that you discovered something you didn't know you had through someone else's eyes (did that make sense?) Either way I can tell it was a profound conversation. Just awesome!

Tammy@InStitches said...

It sounds like a fabulous trip, wish I could have been there too ! I think you should wear the earrings and that sweater more, it's a beautiful pic of you !

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Looks like you had so much fun and fantastic experiences. I am going to have to go next year!

Jen said...

what a treat to meet you! I enjoyed your list and could definitely relate to all your lessons!
Clever post and I had happiness flashback!
Next year we will know more and btw I love your bedroom and what you wrote about Barbara!

urbanbydesign said...

It was wonderful to see you, and I am so honored to be included in your post, thank you! :) I love the list of lessons, and can see that you have truly taken Barbara Barry's most poignant words to heart. :) It was a truly a blessing to experience such moments of grace. This post is a treasure! --Deena :)

The Sister Sophisticate said...

Looks like it was a great experience and you learned a lot! Thank you for sharing, but I know its nothing like being there. I wanted let you know I rewarded you with the One Lovely blog award! Please stop by and check it out!

traci zeller designs said...

I love this post, Lakeitha! You did an amazing job of summing up the feelings, not just the activities. xo!

Denysee said...

Good for you, LD! I LOVE those fabrics!

Denysee said...

Oops! This is Tasha from Symonesmommy. On my friend's computer and it logged me in as her :)

CSD Blog said...

It was great meeting you L! Glad you came and met in person!

Lori said...

Wonderful pictures, LaKeitha. So glad to hear that you had a nice time at Blogfest. It sounds like you will grow from your experiences and that is always a good thing.

Enjoyed our time on Saturday! Look forward to seeing you again soon!



I am so jealous that I did not go and I am "sick and tired" of reading what a wonderful time everyone had....imagine a real sourpuss face right now :)

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