Monday, February 16, 2009

Winter High by Sarah

As previously mentioned, we all headed down the road to High Point for the Unity in Design Winter Conference. It was great to take a break from our desks, see new product, and get some great advice from speakers. The pricipal designers from Bradley Thiergartner in Manhattan treated us to some light-hearted marketing tips. They were so sharp and personable! Check out their "notable interiors and tailored design" here. And here:

Our second lecture was hosted by New River Artisans, a custom rug company. Tobi Fairley, an Arkansas based designer and the key speaker, shared some great ways to rise above the economy. As if Tobi's sparkling personality were not enough, she has a facinating educational background. She has an undergraduate degree in Interior Design, another undergraduate degree in Accounting, and a Masters in Business Administration. It is so rare to find a designer that has formal business and financial training. This made for a very realistic and helpful lecture that gave us several tangiable ideas. Check out Tobi's website and blog here. Also, here is a picture of our team with Tobi:

Marlene and Caroline in lovely complimentary colors:

One of Tobi's rooms with a New River Artisan custom designed rug:

Many thanks to Benjamin, David, and Tobi for traveling to visit with us in High Point!

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