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HIGH POINT MARKET DESIGN BLOGGERS TOUR 2016

The countdown is on…Just 44 days until High Point Market officially opens!

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I am excited to be joining this lovely group of ladies, High Point Market, Esteem Media, and the Design Bloggers Conference for the 3rd Annual High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour.  The program brings ten leading design bloggers to High Point Market for a 2-day tour of sponsoring showrooms. We will be visiting each sponsor for an up-close look at the exhibitors’ company, showroom and products during a 45 minute presentation and tours. We will then feature and discuss our inspiring finds on our individual blogs and social media accounts. I could not think of a more fun and creative group to take in the inspiration of market.

“We are very excited about our selected bloggers, and were encouraged by the sponsorship commitments made by the High Point Market exhibitors in recognition of the trade influence and consumer reach that the assembled corps of bloggers and social media influencers represent,” commented Adam Japko, founder and CEO of Esteem Media. “I anticipate we’ll have top-notch coverage from our blogger team, with great insight into the highlights and trends they’ll discover in the sponsoring showrooms.”

The tour will kick off on Sunday, October 23, and conclude on Monday, October 24. Additional information on the Design Bloggers Tour can be found at http://www.highpointmarket.org/event/design-blogger-tour. During and after Market, follow the tour on social media by following the #designbloggerstour hashtag.

PARTICIPANTS

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Courtney Allison, www.frenchcountrycottage.net
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Cathy Austin, www.catherinemaustin.com/bespokebanter
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Arianne Bellizaire, www.inspiredtostyle.com
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Vicki G. Bolick, www.theaceofspaceblog.com
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Jeanne Chung, www.cozystylishchic.com
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Janet Coon, www.shabbyfufublog.com
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Mariella Cruzado, www.splendorstyling.com
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Carrie Leskowitz, www.carriesdesignmusings.blogspot.com
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Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, www.theenglishroom.biz
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Shannon Smith, www.burlapandlaceblog.com

TOUR SPONSORS

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NATE BERKUS & THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY: DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE

 Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. – Brené Brown

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What do you get when you combine insane talent, effusive charm and ridiculous good looks? NATE BERKUS.  I had the pleasure to hear him speak last week at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. As the opening keynote speaker, he set a perfect tone for the day inspiring guests with the ultimate pep talk.

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Nate encouraged all of us to make ourselves vulnerable to realize our full potential as creative talents. He discovered his passion for design at a young age which was not the most popular pastime with his peers. With self-deprecating humor, he regaled many tales of forcing friends to help him rearrange furniture and accessorize their interiors.

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In her celebrated TED Talk (link below), Brené Brown says that “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.  Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.”

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Nate applied this concept not only to his own career but also to his clients. He found that one of the reasons for his success was that he gave his clients permission to be exactly who they wanted to be. He does not try to superimpose a “look” or “trend” into their interiors, but discovers the essence of their personalities. He asks his clients who they are, who they are going to evolve to be, and how he can create a canvas for that life.

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Throughout his career, Nate has remained true to himself by choosing authenticity above all else. He has given himself the permission to take risks, fail, learn from his mistakes, and follow his gut. He encouraged us to not to try to be everything to everybody, but to be everything to ourselves.

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He stresses that, “Imperfections are where the real story lies in design. Chasing perfection makes you unbalanced in all areas of your life…Replace the word “perfect” with “permission”…When we put ourselves out there every day, we make ourselves vulnerable and ultimately give our best selves.”

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Nate also shared that the reach of the blog community is larger than any publication.  As creatives, he feels that we have a responsibility to share our inspiration, but first we have to BELIEVE we are inspiring.

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Nate concluded with a story of a client who lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. After her husband died, she started keeping feathers that she discovered along her neighborhood streets as a sort of remembrance from her departed spouse.  Nate framed one of the feathers and placed it in a prominent spot in her home. Although the memento had no real value, it was full of symbolic power for the homeowner. Ever since, Nate encourages his employees and clients to ask themselves, “What is your feather?”

Insert standing ovation!

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 THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY BY BRENÉ BROWN

In her TED talk, Brene Brown concludes that when she lets her real self be seen, loves with her whole heart, practices gratitude, and leans into joy that her newfound vulnerability has allowed her live her life morefully and authentically. Be sure to watch the TED talk for the complete message!

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