Vancouver, with Love…

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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.

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8 Responses to Vancouver, with Love…

  1. What an incredible welcome!!!!!

  2. amanda says:

    My goodness you do get around! Haha. All of these wonderful people are on my favorite list of bloggers. I visit their blogs weekly. When time allows I visit daily. I cannot imagine getting to meet them personally. How absolutely lovely that must have been. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to travel as you do and get to meet wonderful people in the trade. Superb!

  3. Brooke says:

    How wonderful and sweet!! It looks like you had a great time and great company!

  4. It’s truly amazing how much blogging can bring people together. 🙂

  5. Ivan Meade says:

    It was a pleasure to host the event, thank you very much for being the guest of honour. We can’t wait to see you again.

    Iván Meade and Echo Eaton

  6. michelle says:

    So much fun showing you and Carter our city Tobi! I had forgotten how much fun it was!

    I wish it wasn’t 90 degrees when you were here.

    Keep in touch ok? I’m heading to NYC in Sept to see Mary…see what you have started?


  7. Hi Tobi
    It was so great to finally get a chance to meet you in my hometown, and spend time with you and your wonderful Carter!!!! I just wish we had more time together. I suffered from ‘Tobi’ withdrawal when you left.
    Take care and I look forward to our next get together!!

  8. Brillante says:

    Any time come and join me in Milan, it will be a great pleasure to escort you around (art, shoes, food, bags, scenery…whatever).
    Ciao Bella!