Guess where I went on Monday! If you read the title of this post, then you know: I went to the Blogger Block Party hosted by HGTV Magazine! Since my middle son, Matthew has been functioning as my assistant in some of my DIY projects, I brought him along. (It is surprisingly cheap to take a bus from Philadelphia to NYC! Both of us got there and back for about $24 each!) Being at the mercy of the bus schedule, we arrived a little bit early and were the first ones there! So we had time for a few photos in the lobby.
We got our picture taken when we got in and that photo made it onto the big screen where it rotated in and out all day.There were stations set up on three floors and speakers/demonstrations every hour. There was a Flea Market Flip contest between Brooklyn Craft Company founder Brett Bara and HGTV magazine lifestyle editor Jodi Kahn. We were welcomed by Editor in Chief, Sara Peterson:
I actually got invited to the stage with Stephanie Marchetti of the blog Sandpaper and Glue to help Danny Seo make an upcycled home version of Candyland using scrapwood and Wilsonart laminate sample chips.
Matthew and I did the Chinet Challenge where we had 1 minute to do a pretty table setting. The photos were tweeted or Instagram’ed and printed out and Sara Peterson & Genevieve Gorder judged the best one. I’m pretty sure we came in second place. 😉
Genevieve Gorder shared her thoughts on coming design trends. For 2016 she thinks we’ll be seeing more of a Scandanavian influence with black and white contrasted and timeless tribal print patterns with an emphasis more on triangles and less on circles and squares. For 2017 she thinks we be seeing a big Cuban influence with tropical green colors and bold leaf patterns with pops of coral-ly pink.
After she spoke, Genevieve posed for photos. She was very gracious and took the time to chat with everyone in line. I hate to post this photo because she looks like Barbie and I look like…Mrs. Potato Head, but here it is…
We did some fun activities throughout the day. We created mini terrariums and painted tiny canvases with stencils. Matthew won a Snuggle teddy bear by spinning a wheel and naming the flower that the spinner landed on. We had some fun designing a shopping board on a giant smart board using products from Overstock.com. The event ended with a reception during which Matthew and I hung out in the lounge. Quite a fun day!