Last month I had the pleasure of accompanying my husband on a trip to beautiful Vancouver, Canada, I love to travel, so just a visit to this amazing city would have been exciting enough. But to make it ever more memorable, I had the chance to meet some talented bloggers and designers who had become my “on-line” friends since I started my blog almost a year ago.
I will never forget the warm welcome and amazing hospitality shown to Carter and me during our visit. It started with the most glorious brunch in my honor hosted by the charming and talented designer/blogger Ivan Meade of Meade Design Group in Victoria, BC.
Ivan put together a lovely brunch with attention to every detail especially for me. He invited 8 or 10 other bloggers and designers who I had the opportunity to meet and share ideas. The brunch was at the chic Loden Hotel. But it was the table decor courtesy of Ivan that made the occasion more special. Place cards, menu cards, corsages, gifts for me, party favors and the list goes on. And in honor of my “30 days of things I Love” blog series that was going on at the time, Ivan treated all the guest to adorable favors of tea with a quote from my Day 17… I love “afternoon tea, especially when I am in good company”.
The guests included the very talented Michelle Moreland from the blog A Schematic Life who presented me with a rendering of one of my projects. I was speechless at her kind gesture.
Also part of the group was designer and blogger Patricia Gray. Patricia and I became fast friends and I know it will be a relationship that will last a life time.
Another special friend I met was the lovely Italian designer Albarosa Simonetti from the blog Brillante Home Decor. Albarosa lives part of the time in Vancouver and the other part in Milan. I can’t wait to take her up on an offer to tour me around Italy.
Other talented, beautiful and engaging guests were Echo Eaton-Thorne, assistant to Ivan Meade, designer Kimberly Williams , and Victoria Lambert of the blog Design Ties.
The day was delightful and it was just the beginning of my visit. I will have more on my fabulous trip to Vancouver tomorrow but let me just say that my husband now ranks Vancouver as his favorite city and we came away with some life-long friends so I will have to give it high marks myself.