Tuesday 16 October 2012

BLEND 2012

 BLEND 2012 was a huge hit this year! We were thrilled to work together with IKEA Canada for the second year in a row; they generously sponsored our event celebrating bloggers, designers, and leading industry tastemakers at the beautiful boutique hotel, the St. Regis.

It was a full house of talented people & a few very special guests! We were lucky enough to mingle with  House & Home's VP of Communications Mark Challen, House & Home Editor in Chief Suzanne Dimma, and designer & HGTV personality Tommy Smythe.

Mark Challen, Rosa of Flutter Flutter, and Suzanne Dimma

Danielle of Urban Walls & Tommy Smythe

Our fabulous special guests had such a way of working the room. A big thank you goes to each of them for making the night extra special!

The food & drinks at the St. Regis Hotel was fantastic! We were treated like royalty by everyone there ...

And the SWAG! The bags from the fabulous people at IKEA were filled with so many goodies for each attendee to take home with them.

So many items to list! We had a fab reusable shopping bag, LAPPLJUNG FÅGEL Reversible Cushion, VINÄGER Bamboo Bowl, GLIMMA Tealights, and VARLIG Tealight Holders in Pinstripe & Houndstooth from our sponsors IKEA. In addition to that, we had fabulous artwork from photographer Tracey Ayton, a 20% off coupon for Urban Walls by Danielle Hardy, Cloverdale Paint Artisan fan decks, FAT Paint chalk-style paint sample-pots from The FAT Paint Company (Victoria Lambert), purse size tape measures and free magazine subscription invitations from Stimuli Magazine, hand painted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colour charts from The Passionate Home, and a set of 6 hand-rendered cards from artisit Michelle Morelan. Thank you to everyone who donated!

And we had quite an amazing line-up of door prizes as well: we were lucky to have Delta Faucets return this year with very generous prizes, Christine of Just Bella {pictured below} won the Trinsic kitchen faucet with Touch2O technology!

Others who donated prizes inclue: IKEA's grand prize of a $1000 gift card & a $500 gift card, and fabulous goods from The Passionate Home, The Cross Decor & Design, Zoe Pawlak, Urban Walls, Once a Tree Furniture, Heather Ross, EdinHome, Nancy Marcus, Lulu & Drew, Indigo, and Spruce Collective.

A huge thank you to Madeleine of IKEA Canada and her colleagues who made this event possible! We already can't wait to see what BLEND 2013 will have in store!!

If you would like to see more of the IDSwest 2012 show and our BLEND 2012 event, be sure to check out these posts by our members:

Sheila of SZinteriors here, here, and here
Stephanie of Lulu & Drew
Barbara of hodge:podge
Rosa of Flutter Flutter here and here
Danielle of Urban Walls
Christine of Just Bella here and here
Nancy of Marcus Design here and here
Amy for Style at Home blog
Jan of Poppytalk

and Karla, Barbara, Danielle & Victoria


Anonymous said...

Beautiful re-cap of the night Ladies! I had so much fun. It was just so fantastic meeting you all. Thanks for making me feel so welcome. You're the best. xo

Meesh @ I Dream of Chairs said...

Fab recap! I love reliving the event and evening through everyone's posts! As always, looking forward to next year. A HUGE thank you to the organizers and our special guests!!!!!

Sheila Zeller said...

I'm with Meesh in loving every new recap that comes out - it's so much fun to take it all in again, each time with a few new details! I know I've said it before, but can I just say one more time - Nancy, Victoria, Barbara, Danielle, Karla - you are amazing! Thank you for doing what you do to organize this event!!!

Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said...

Great post Nancy! :) And a fabulous job well done ladies!

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