At the end of June, I had the great pleasure of being one of the hostesses of Dallas Market Center’s Sneak Peek event for bloggers. This is my second time to attend this event and I must say the event keeps getting better. All the fun started on Friday afternoon with a showroom visit to Silk Route. As you can see from the highlights below, Silk Route offers some real beauties imported from China.
We visited the International Folk Art Market Collection. I must admit that at first glance I did not think I would enjoy the tour. The last laugh was on me because I loved touring the market. After talking with many of the vendors, I came to appreciate the hours of delicate craftsmanship needed to make these beautiful handmade goods. Many of the vendors are cottage industries who employ women and provide them with much needed income to support their children.
We were treated to a demonstration by the lovely Amy Howard. Amy is the creative genius behind her new paint line, Rescue Restore Redecorate. See my earlier post about Amy Howard. The showroom CODARUS hosted a lovely cocktail reception to “Meet and Greet” Amy Howard. Thank you CODARUS for a lovely evening.
Saturday morning we had breakfast with Bill Rancic, successful entrepreneur and winner of The Apprentice. Bill gave an inspiring talk on “How to Succeed in Business and Life.” Not only is he nice looking, he is charming and smart as well.
We were then off to Design FINDS temporaries. I love the temporaries because this is the place to find new and interesting items that have not saturated the market yet. The photos above are a few of the great things I found. I hope you like my finds because they will be available in Hadley Court’s online shop in August. Stay Tuned!
During the lunch hour we visited Hudson Valley/Corbett Lighting. Their lighting is transitional and absolutely gorgeous. I also won a fabulous lamp. I just received it today. I will share a picture with you once I uncrate it. Many thanks Hudson Valley/Corbett Lighting for your generosity. A big thank you to the showroom, Currey & Co., who served us a lovely lunch.
My afternoon was filled with meetings, so I missed the afternoon tours. Fortunately, I was able to attend the closing cocktail reception in the showroom, Taylors on Ten. I want to thank Meredith Hite, VP of Corporate Communications at Dallas Market Center and her team for hosting our group of bloggers to such a fun-filled and informative weekend.