Design Camp Vegas was everything I imagined it would be and more. The speakers were fabulous, the net working was fun, new friendships were formed, and old friends were reconnected with. There was an overload of valuable information shared over the two days which included everything from branding, to fees, to starting a furniture line to contracts. We also had the thrill of listening to design icon Roger Thomas and A-list designer Sandra Espinet.

Since it is impossible to cover everything I learned in a single post I thought I would share a few of my top take-a-ways in this first part 1.

 Bill Indursky opened Camp with his always entertaining trend report. His big tweetable quote concerning trends was  “Big Balls”. We all laughed, but seriously, big balls were spotted all over market. Big balls are especially popular in lighting

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

but I also saw plenty of balls used as accessories.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Susanna Salk was beautiful and as gracious as ever and shared her advice on how to get published. She showed slides from her new book, of which I was thrilled to get a signed copy, of  Decorate Fearlessly!  My biggest take-a-away from Susanna is to decorate in a way that makes you happy and forget the “rules”.

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder Design

I was especially excited to see that a friend of mine, Denise McGaha, had one of her designs in Susanna’s book. Don’t you just LOVE that yellow stove? Would you be brave enough to use it in your kitchen?

Denise McGaha

Denise McGaha Designs

I was so inspired by Susanna’s talk that I decided to go forward on ordering an apple green velvet sofa. I have been “thinking” about it for over a year but I have not yet been brave enough to pull the trigger. You know, big expense…trendy…will I tire of it? All the fearful thoughts that have been holding me back. Well with encouragement from my friend Kim, and looking at Susana’s book I have decided to go for it!

Kimberley Seldon, who’s class I took last November, the Business of Design, spoke about fees and charging what you are worth. I always love her frank discussion about money and my take-away from Kimberley was  “Don’t charge for your time, charge for your expertise”. I love that don’t you?

Helene Hollub who is a master builder in Florida gave us her number one tip when doing new construction. #1. pick a roof #2. pick a floor #3 pick a kitchen. Once you have decided on those three elements your home’s look and feel has been determined and the rest of the decisions should be easy.

Lastly, if you only buy one book for your design library then Patrick Dragonette who is an expert in furniture and design recommends The Encyclopedia of Furniture by Joseph Aronson. After all, if you don’t have an understanding the history of furniture you will not understand the furniture of today nor be the best designer you can be.

I also want to give a huge thank you to Lori Denis and Kelli Ellis for all their incredible hard work on running another hugely successful Camp. I think this one was the best one yet!

Next week I will follow up with part 2 as I am off to New York to see the Hampton  Show House. I hope they allow me to take photos but I forgot to call ahead. I’ll be sure to post lot’s of images on Instagram if you want to follow along.


Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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