Next month I will be celebrating my One Year Blog Anniversary, and I thought it appropriate to reflect on our accomplishments over the past year and welcome my new projects and partnerships for the new year.
One of the best ways to continue growing is to reflect on all we've accomplished in the past. So I'm taking a look back at 2016 and rounding up some or my best moments of the year. Since its inception, the dvd Interior Design Blog has collaborated with well over 25 manufacturers and design organizations.
Our activities saw us partner with a who's who of the industry including, Toto, Wood-Mode, KBIS, Architectural Digest Home Show, ICFF, Wilsonart, Steam Therapy, Blanco, Decor, THG, Miele, Blue Star and much more. All long-standing industry partners that provide products and services for over a decade.
I am thankful for, new clients who have become friends, their beautiful projects, opportunities to meet some amazing fellow Designers while on tour attending industry events across the nation, my loving family and friends, and my health. Here are few nods of pleasantries for 2016.
When I decided to start this blog in 2016, my professionalism did not always shine through, so I appreciate your patience as I climb the learning curve of blogging. My main goal was to have an avenue to participate and share new product introductions while on the Modenus BlogTours. There is also the resource component that is offered by Modenus that is a valuable tool for resourcing unique and interestin products.
Since attending Design Bloggers Conference in March, I have decided to grow a little beyond the tours to share information and ideas with you.
My small niche site does not have the budget for a graphic designer, writer or website developer, and my attempts to write and design material on my own will often miss the mark.
This years' highlights included two BlogTours with Modenus.
Blog tour KBIS ( Kitchen and Bath Industry Show)
"Kitchen Trends Spotted at KBIS"
" Best of ICFF"
What else made 2016 a great year?
Room for family fun and healthy living.
Who lives here: A professional couple and their 2 children and the family dog.
Location: Old Greenwich, CT
I was invited to partner with MomTrends and VTech in NYC to participate in the VTech Nursery Challange.
I penned an article " The Secret Sauce for a Successful and Blissfull Site" for iBlog Magazine, a trusted resource for any blogger. Read more here.
I hosted a Brand Awareness Event for Juliska at their Flagship Store in Stamford, Connecticut.
Here is my Event re-cap Post:
I was invited to participate with a select group of design bloggers to attend the 2nd annual HGTV Blogger Event in NYC featuring Emily Henderson, Etsy, Young House Love, Handmade Charlotte and more.
My article " Top 10 Design Trends at KBIS" was featured by NKBA Magazine offering all the details of the market week and hot new products presented in Las Vegas!
It's nice to be noticed.
We attended NY Now, one of the biggest show in the gifts and homewares industry at the Javits Center in New York City in August. For brands outside NYC this is a huge opportunity to get their products into the marketplace. It is an extensive show and always full of the newest products, and the latest trends.
Enjoy this little video of some of my favorite finds.
Interior Design Business reflections:
I have also had a few business reflections from 2016, that I hope not to repeat ever again!
- Always have a contract before you proceed.
- Everyone is your friend when they think they can get it for free. Don't work for free.
- Always have a retainer for services before you proceed.
- Stop working if the employer/ client is not paying. (No ticky, no laundry.) You must have a strategy in place for money situations. You never want to have your business in a difficult place do to money collection issues.
- Activate your social media = activate your relationships and business.
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