So perhaps you didn’t know that we design bloggers have our own very special conferences just like all other industries. I have to admit that this dezign girl isn’t much of a conference junkie…something about hundreds of people getting together to talk for days about blogging sort of turns me off. But last year I got hooked on two great events that
I have to admit I really find fun, inspiring and informative.
The first event is called Design Bloggers Conference (see post) and it has been held for the last three years in February in Los Angeles and I happen to have just returned from it. FYI the second is BlogFest (see post)which is a NYC event sponsored by Kravet held in May, but more about that down the road.
One of the best features at these events, aside from great schmoozing with like-minded obsessive interior dezign afficionados like myself, is meeting people in the design industry. I always come away from these events with 2 or 3 super new resources, one of which I want to share with you today. The other two will follow in future blogs.
The opening event for Design Bloggers Conference 2013 was held at a place called HD Buttercup, housed in a famous building in Culver City which has been converted into a mini design center called the Helms Bakery District. The word was out that the owner of HD Buttercup was at one time related to the owner of ABC Carpet & Home in NYC…need to research this dezign rumor a bit more.
ABC, for those not in the know, is a great one stop dezign shop here in NYC, and is filled to the brim with all sorts of interesting furnishings and accessories and tchotchkes for the home. Hence, I was eager to (1) attend the event, (2) see the essence of HD Buttercup and (3) meet and greet the two famous hosts, Jeffrey Alan Marks and Ross Cassidy from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators (Please note picture of me hobnobbing with same!)
Essence of HD Buttercup: The HD Buttercup experience is high end eclectic…vintage is interspersed with modern and country and salt and peppered with ethnic. You can find a little bit of everything here. If you don’t have the ability to mix and match this would be a great place to seek out help for your design solutions. I also like that everything seems original and not off the predictable “furniture rack.” You get the feeling that you are purchasing things with a dezign edge no matter what the style or period.
As a first time shopper I would have to admit I was really pleasantly surprised with the great assortment of furniture available there. I strolled around and took numerous pictures of great pieces I thought might be appropriate for some jobs I am working on at this time. Loved in particular their selection of sofas and other upholstered pieces. And they had some great looking case pieces, the fur covered chest and the desk pictured on this page being two of them.They also have tons of different accessories scattered amongst the furniture goodies and a very significant rug department.
As their website says, they like to put the “…emphasis on fusing style and function.” Think industrial meets Asian meets country meets contemporary, etc., etc., etc. So put this cool store on your “A List” for visiting while in Los Angeles. Or, get immediate satisfaction and go strait to the web site, where you will see a lot, but not all of the great furnishings HD Buttercup has for sale.
Ciao, ciao “til next time!