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MAIYA :: Las Vegas Market 2012 Recapaganza!

Hey, remember when I went to the Las Vegas Market two weeks ago and I promised a recap full of photos and pixies and unicorn dander??  Well, that time has come friends.  Hold on to your pants, because it's a doozy!  (And by "doozy" I mean it's full of pretty photos I took with my smartphone... because I'm smart. And I travel light.)  Ready?  Read on!

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MAIYA :: Las Vegas Market 2012

I'm heading off this morning for a whirlwind trip to the 2012 Las Vegas Market, where I'll scout out the latest trends in home decor and accessories, furniture, and my favorite of favorites -- color!  This will be my first year at the event and I'm excited to get an inside look at some of the fresh, new design developments for 2012 as well as for the opportunity to mix 'n' mingle with some industry experts and hear their unique predictions for the coming year.  Speaking of industry experts, I'm slated to meet some pretty amazing people:

1. Genevieve Gorder of HGTV fame

2. Priscilla Presley -- YES, that Priscilla Presley!

3. Monica Pedersen from HGTV's Designed to Sell

4. Anthony Baratta of Diamond Baratta Design

5. Adi Tatarko, Co-Founder and CEO of Houzz.com

Um, pinch me??  Seriously, you guys, this is really happening!  I'll be live tweeting and posting photos throughout the event, so be sure to follow me on Twitter*.  Meanwhile, I've got some posts scheduled in my absence (but I'll be back in action on Wednesday).  See you soon!

*Also tune in to Curbly on Twitter!  I'll be sharing some insights through that channel as well.  xo


MAIYA :: Alt Summit 2012 Recap-apalooza!

Wow.  Wow, wow, wow.  Where to begin??  Alt Summit 2012 was sink-licking good... as in, I actually licked a sink because I made a promise (to Amy and Linda) and I follow through on promises, y'all.  Plus, I probably would have done it anyway.  Let's be honest.

Speaking of being honest, this year Alt Summit was a little different for me.  Last year, I was all about panels and note-taking and squeezing every bit of info I possibly could into my sponge-like brain.  This year, I found that same priceless value in the connections that were made: lengthy bathroom chats with personal heroes, intimate dinners with people I love, and late night conversations in hotel lounges with cherished friends old and new.  It was about building on relationships from last year, further establishing friendships with some of my favorite people on Twitter, and really embracing this incredible community.  I loved every minute and everyone in it.

It wasn't all giggles and girl talk, though.  I did learn a few things!  Like silk painting, for example (see my very first silk painting ever above).  Turns out, I really, really like it.  Working with your hands, getting messy, and half-hazardly throwing colors all over the place is totally my gig.  I also picked up a few little nuggets of blogging/life wisdom (which many and more people have written about already, and probably in greater detail).  A couple recurring themes that stand out to me are: a) know your value and b) engage, engage, engage.  This big, mad blogging world is all about (or should be) building and facilitating authentic conversations.  If you're not in it for that, "get out the game"... as they say.

Another highlight for me was finally meeting the folks behind MAIYA sponsor (and Alt Summit Sponsor) Cargoh!  Paul and Cariann are incredible, beautiful, passionate, and deeply caring human beings--I LOVE THEM!!  They really brought Alt Summit to a whole new level.  I was fortunate enough to attend their hosted dinner as well, where I was introduced to the incredible work of artist (and Cargoh seller) Zoe Pawlak (definitely posting more about her soon).  Us lucky dinner attendees even received original paintings (pictured above)!  HOW AWESOME IS THAT?  Many, many thanks go to Zoe and Cargoh for making Alt Summit downright amazing.

And of course, I couldn't resist picking up a new robot from the toy store inside Grand America.  His name is Walt (like Alt... get it?  I'm so clever!).  I love him.

So Adventurers, that's my big grand Alt Summit recap!  Did you attend?  Share your favorite moments or aspects below!  And if you're thinking about attending next year--DO IT.

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