I’m just back from “Design Camp”, a 3 day course of design from A-Z (i.e. A is for Art, B is for Budget). It was a fun, refresher course on the basics of design. About 36 women from across the country (and Canada) headed to this course taught by Tobi Fairley.
Allison Nease, our Business Operations Manager, and I went to learn from Tobi’s group the key elements of their design process. Anyone can attend, no design experience necessary. There is another camp coming up in January and space is still available. You can get more information here:
The event was also a great ‘girls trip’ which included all inclusive transportation, in these lovely limos (yes, the pink hummer was for our group):
as well as meals (served Southern style, which means no one ever went hungry) and lodging.
We brought our own project floor plans to work on. I brought Scott’s office, which he has been asking me to design for two years and I just haven’t made the time.
We were reminded of the importance of taking the time to develop a thorough inspiration board for each project, whether digital (online/PowerPoint) or physical ones such as these:
One night we had a reception at a local store, Cobblestone & Vine. I really enjoyed looking through and seeing all their lovely displays. It is interesting the style differences from the South compared to Texas (slightly more tailored and traditional).
Business entrepreneur Annie Selke, founder of Dash & Albert and Pine Cone Hill was at the reception signing copies of her new book, Fresh American Spaces. We have a few of Annie’s pieces from Vanguard Furniture for sale in our store now. They have great lines and a fresh look.
Her website is here if you would like to explore more of the fun companies Annie Selke has started: Annie Selke Website
I think that for many of us, once we leave school, we get busy with life and forget how important it is to continue to challenge ourselves mentally. Continuing education in our field, or even new areas of interest, is a good way to improve your skills and stay on top of new techniques and technologies. I am really glad Allison and I took the time and opportunity to brush up on our design knowledge and skills, and were able to do so in such a fun environment. I encourage you to check out the Design Camp program and consider it for yourself! I can promise I’ll be implementing a lot of new tools and techniques I learned in the coming months!