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Blogging, Design and Cocktails

Atlanta was fortunate to host the fourth annual Design Bloggers Conference, held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead from March 2-4. The AEP team was even luckier to cover both the Cocktail Kickoff Party and the Conference After Party! Both the talented Sara Speert and I got to take part in the photo action.

The opener was sponsored by Sunbrella and Traditional Home at the “Fishbowl” at Atlantic Station Lofts. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and an Oscars theme while exploring how designer Alex Gaston used Sunbrella to create a modern and chic space at the loft. Alex is the star of Perspective Atlanta, a reality web series produced by Sunbrella, and Director of Design for Mark Cunningham Inc. in New York City.

The fabulous food sustained the guests through a lively scavenger hunt in the loft. Most attendees also joined the quest to win a “Sunbrella Oscars” gift bag.

On Monday the mixing and mingling moved to Alpharetta for the official conference after party at the newly redesigned Ethan Allen Design Center. Guests took a private tour of the showroom and enjoyed hors doeuvres catered by A Divine Event.

Dave Moore, Ethan Allen’s DVP and chief brand officer, spoke to the group. Traditional Home editor in chief Ann Maine mingled as well.

Ethan Allen highlighted their current focus on furniture as fashion and eclectic accents with bold displays mixing colors and styles. I hadn’t been to the showroom in a long time, and one thing immediately became clear: This is not your grandmother’s Ethan Allen!

Thanks to Meredith Corporation and Design Bloggers for including us. Next year’s conference will bring these new media moguls back to Buckhead, so we hope to be there to capture another vibrant event.

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