Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vancouver Part One: IDS West

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I love Vancouver - the ocean, the mountains, the sweet salty air *sigh*, I really do feel relaxed whenever I'm there. I made the treck out west for the Interior Design Show and Blend 2012 blogger party. Yep, blogger party. To say I was nervous to meet my "internet friends" (how nerdy does that sound?) was a bit of an understatement, but from the very first moment my fears were eased. This was the sweetest, most welcoming group of people ever. I was welcomed with smiles, hugs (I love huggers) and loads of chatter.

I kicked off my weekend meeting up with Amy, Sara and Kerry. I had so much fun hanging out with these girls. As expected we had tons to chat about, it's so nice meeting people you know you already have so much in common with. We bonded over coffee and then headed over to the Interior Design Show (IDSwest) to take in a presentation from Tommy Smythe, the fabulous designer and co-star to Sarah 101, Sarah's House, Design Inc...

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getting cozy with my peeps - Sara, me, Amy and Kerry.
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After soaking up Tommy's wisdom, advice and hilarity we toured the show and soaked up all the beautiful inspiration. This really was a great show - well-edited, visually stunning and worlds away from the halls full of jacuzzis and hot tubs I'm used to. So many gorgeous details...

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Definitely a unanimous show stopper  was the Aya Kitchens booth designed by the talented Kelly Deck Design. Couldn't you just live in this thing?

Although the show was not huge, there are so many things I think I missed. It was such a fun day. Talk about inspiration overload, but in the best possible way.

Next up, a recap from the party!!

Christine

24 comments:

  1. It was really nice to meet you Christine, and I only wish I had more opportunity to really have a chance to chat! The weekend was so full, totally incredible, and I completely hear you on not being able to see everything. There was just so much to take in! Nice round-up (love the VIP seating photo!), and I'm looking forward to part 2!!!

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    1. I know! I wish we could have chatted more too, Sheila! The night went by so fast, next time for sure :)

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  2. I wish i could go to Vancouver one day to have a coffee and a chat with Kerry and Christine lol
    I love to read all your posts ,you are my favorite bloggers in Canada.
    Big Hug for you both .(i love hugs )
    Xoxo
    Lulu

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  3. Lucky ladies! Looks like you had a lot of fun. And I could totally live in that Aya Kitchen! Love the stump coffee tables!

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  4. i love vancouver too... it's just the cost of living that is a killer. that kitchen is amazing... so very unkitchenlike.

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    1. haha, so true, it's a great place to visit for that reason.

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  5. GREAT pics! I love your post Christine! :) You summed it up nicely. So, do you think you'll be able to come back next year?!

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  6. ummm you forgot to mention that you totally cleaned house with the door prizes! It's a good thing I like you so much otherwise you'd be getting my deadly eye daggers. I'm so glad we got to meet in person, it 100% confirmed what I already knew - our non-creepy internet friendship is a match made in blogger community heaven. Next time I want to meet Alice and get some fashion advice.
    Until we meet again my love,
    xo Sar

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    1. oh I see that we have a part 2 coming... you the gift that keeps on giving.

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    2. I'm glad we can still be friends ;) I promise I'm not usually this lucky!! and yes! We'll definitely have to get the kiddos together next time!

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  7. Now that is my idea of 'The Chair'! Ha ha!

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    1. haha, just think of all the clothes we could pile up on that thing!

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  8. Sigh...I hear ya dear! I love Vancouver too. Everytime I visit I leave wishing I could move there.
    Your photos are gorgeous as always. It was so fun sharing this new experience with you. Can't wait to meet up again soon. xo

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    1. Thanks, Amy, I hope to see you again soooon too!

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  9. Perfect recap Christine! And terrific photos :-)
    I was so happy that you, Sara & Amy came to Vancouver for our little party... and I'm even happier that you enjoyed yourself!! I DO hope you'll join us again next year!!
    Victoria

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    1. I definitely enjoyed myself, thank you again for such a fantastic party!

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  10. So glad you came! You are even more sweeter in person! We are a great bunch aren't we? Can't wait to meet up again {maybe when I am out your way?}

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    1. Absolutely! You get in touch anytime you're in Edmonton :)

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  11. How fun! I love the shot of you all on the couch!

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  12. Looks like you had so much fun! The instagram pics all weekend were killing me - it would have been so much fun to come and meet all of you :) I feel like a fake blogger these days though because I update it so sporadically though. Maybe next year!

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  13. It looks like an awesome event. It must have been really fun meeting all the different bloggers and listening to Tommy's presentation!

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