Monday, March 26

feedback from our sponsors

"It was great to reconnect with a wide variety of Canadian bloggers! Vitania organized a terrific event."

-Lisa Murphy,  House and Home Magazine

“It was a pleasure for Delta Faucet to sponsor yet another fabulous Canadian Design Bloggers meet-up!  We are grateful for the opportunity to engage with such a talented group of bloggers who are passionate about great design and sharing it with the world. Thank you for inspiring us with your blogs, ideas and personalities. We look forward to learning and growing with you in the world of design and social media.”

-Anita Griffin, Canadian brand manager of Delta Faucet.

"AyA was a proud first time sponsor of this year’s Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup.  The event was a great opportunity for us to come out and put faces to our online followers and friends over great eats and some wine! Guest speakers kept everyone’s attention with insights on upcoming trends and colours as well as successful and helpful hints on mastering social media and creating a top notch blog. The prize tables displayed some great giveaways from generous sponsors and the swag bags were full of goodies for all! We were so thrilled to be able to be part of the day’s events, and are already looking forward to next year! "

-Amanda Britton, Aya Kitchens

“It was a pleasure to be amongst such a talented, vibrant and passionate group of men and women.  A huge thank you to Vitania and Daniella for orchestrating such a fun and engaging event.”

-Katie Zier-Vogel on behalf of Cottonelle brand

“Gluckstein Home was delighted to participate in the Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup. We were inspired by the talent and passion in the room and pleased to support such a stylish opportunity for the design blogging community to connect. It was a pleasure to meet so many talented bloggers in person and we look forward to continuing the conversation with this influential group. Congratulations to Vitania and Daniella for organizing an outstanding event.

-Cheryl Kozoriz, Gluckstein Home

A great big Thank You to everyone for such a successful Meetup!

Tuesday, February 7

CDB2012 :: Video Recap

Hello Everyone, hope you are all having a fabulous February! It's been really great catching up on all your tweets and blog posts.  It looks like we can all agree, that all the events around IDS this year, left us inspired and energized! Even better to see is all the new connections and friendships that have been made because of our meetup.  Again, THANK YOU so much for all your enthusiasm and support.

Here is the final video of the event.  It's a great clip of all that inspired us, and a great way to recapture the energy of the evening.  Some great moments captured from Cassandra, Lisa, Cameron and Brian.  Thanks again to Len, who filmed the event and produced this upbeat piece.

Monday, January 30

CDB2012 :: Oh What a Night!

It's Monday, and I hope you all have recovered from an amazing week!  Thank you again to everyone who came out to the Meetup on Saturday night.  Oh what a night it was!  It's so great to connect with you again, and meet so many new faces that attended this time around. We think we even had some party crashers

We want to take a moment to say Thank you to our great line up of sponsors. House and Home Magazine, Delta, Ikea, Cottonelle, CIL, Gluckstein Home and Aya Kitchens.  Thanks to our inspiring presenters, Cameron MacNeil, Lisa Murphy and Cassandra LaValle. And of course, thank you Brian Gluckstein for surprising everyone with a visit, and taking time to chat with us!   That was one hard secret to keep.

Alessia was taking pictures all night, and you can find more photos of the night on her Flickr page, Alessia Lamonaca. Thanks for taking all the great pictures of the evening!

You may have noticed Len of Otima, walking around with his video camera.  He's is just putting finishing touches on a video for all of us to enjoy, but here is a little teaser..  Thanks Len for putting this together for so quickly! 

Stay Tuned as we'll be updating the site with a few more images of the night.  If anyone has some great pictures to share please send them over, and we would also love to hear your feedback below. 

Wednesday, January 25

special thanks to...

We are absolutely thrilled with the overwhelming response to our 3rd meetup, and would like to thank a few sponsors for donating some great gifts to our prize table!

If you aren't familiar with the fabulous shop Green Light District, located on Roncesvalles, you are about to pleasantly surprised. They have a great collection of uniquely modern furnishings, sourced from around the world. Deborah and Dave are giving away this beautiful Wonki Tableware 24-piece set for 6 – valued at $600.00!

We'd also like to Rowenta for providing a Pro Compact Garment Steamer for one lucky blogger, as well as CB2 and Kravet for a few other wonderful prizes.

We can't wait to see who wins!

Tuesday, January 24

Cottonelle Clean Care :: a colour story...

Who doesn't love a generous dose of colour to liven up a space? When Cottonelle partnered with Jonathan Adler to design its new roll covers, they knew he would deliver colours and patterns that were both bold and lively! Adler has long been admired for his fearless use of colour, designing ordinary objects and interiors that are playful and energetic. And it's about time that toilet paper has its own little happy place in the world. Roll covers are a great way to bring some of that Adler energy into your home!

The new collection features three exclusive ‘groovy' designs sketched by Jonathan Adler. Let them inspire a redesign of your entire bathroom, or give your current design a little pop of colour!

You can get all the details at

Photos: Cottonelle

Monday, January 23

Delta Faucets :: inspiration for your kitchen...

Can a faucet inspire an entire kitchen? You bet it can! Especially when that faucet is at the center of a busy family. Delta’s Pilar and Trinsic faucet with Touch2O™ Technology allows you to turn water on and off with a simple tap on the spout or handle.

Kitchens do a whole lot more than prepare food these days. The heart of the home is known to serve as a study, craft room and a home office, on top of its traditional purpose; cooking. It’s no surprise that kitchen trends incorporate traditional style with updated functions, like a large counter space, traditional light fixture, casual seating, and modern appliances, to name a few.

Delivering exceptionally well-made stylish faucets, Delta believes that there are better ways to experience water, going beyond excellent design to incorporate smart thinking that anticipates people's needs. They're the creators of kitchen faucets with Touch2O™ Technology, like Pilar™ and Trinsic. And now, there’s Touch2O.xt™ Technology for the bathroom!

Check out the video below to see the added convenience of a hands-free function with Touch2O.xt. Be sure to pop by their blog for more inspiration, and follow them on Twitter @BeigeIsDead!

Photos: Delta, House & Home

Friday, January 20

IKEA Canada :: getting organized...

It's no secret that January is the month to get organized! It's all part of the process of starting the year out fresh, with new beginnings. As always, a favourite stop for inspiration and fabulous ideas is IKEA.

Right now, the IKEA Bedroom Event is on, where you can get 15% back in gift cards on the Pax wardrobe system and Komplement interiors. The Pax wardrobe is a great way to get a custom look at a fraction of the price. Just browsing the inspirational gallery will have you excited about all the possibilities!

The Bedroom Event ends February 5th, so be sure to check out more details here...

Photos: IKEA

Wednesday, January 18

house & home's exciting apps...

If you haven't already heard, House & Home now has some pretty exciting apps available to access all the content from, wherever and whenever you need it! The free app is currently available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, with more devices on the way. You can view photo galleries, blogs, online episodes, recipes, and all the latest content straight from your device!

For those with iPads, the magazine is also available in a fun, interactive format. Three free sample issues are currently available inside the app, including the 25th anniversary issue, the holiday issue and the trends issue. Each has at least a recipe or two, articles and endless photos!

Tuesday, January 17

welcome our 3rd bronze sponsor :: AyA Kitchens...

Today we're also announcing another new sponsor to the Design Blogger Meetup... AyA Kitchens.

AyA Kitchens and Baths has become Canada’s foremost manufacturer of high quality, frameless cabinetry. By combining old world craftsmanship and attention to detail with high tech manufacturing processes, AyA offers innovative, quality cabinetry at competitive, manufacturer direct prices to clients across North America. AyA (i'ya) means design and good design starts from the ground up. AyA has designed and continues to refine one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly cabinet manufacturing facilities in North America.

We're happy to have them join us! You can follow AyA on Twitter @ayakitchens

Photos: AyA Kitchens

announcing our 3rd guest speaker :: Cassandra LaValle!

You read that right! We're very happy to share that Cassandra LaValle of coco+kelley will be making a special trip to Toronto to meet and speak with Canadian design bloggers at our upcoming event! Cassandra has had an amazing journey as a blogger over the last few years and she'll be here to share some of her secrets to success. We can't wait!

Please join us in welcoming Cassandra to Toronto, and you can follow her on Twitter at @casslavalle

Monday, January 16

announcing our special guests!

Today we're delighted to introduce you to two of our guest speakers! Joining us from House and Home is Cameron MacNeil, Senior Design Editor, and Lisa Murphy, Online Director. Our goal is to inspire and inform you on some of the exciting things happening in the design world, with a twist that caters to design bloggers, so we hope you will join us in welcoming them to our meetup! You can follow Cameron @cameronmacneil and Lisa @LisaMurphyTO on Twitter.

Again, thank you all so much for your amazing response to our meetup this month! Although the event is now sold out, we're trying to make room for everyone, so please add your name to the waiting list if you didn't register on time.

Sunday, January 15

just a reminder...

Thank you all very much for registering, the response has been amazing. We just want to send out a quick reminder that registration is one ticket per blog. Your ticket gets you a fabulous swag bag and entry into some amazing giveaways!

Now is the time to book your babysitter, pick out your favorite outfit, and get ready to meet new friends! Can't wait to see you there...

Friday, January 13

welcome our 3rd silver sponsor :: IKEA Canada...

We are very excited to announce today that IKEA Canada is back again as a sponsor for our upcoming meetup! This is IKEA's second event with Canadian Design Bloggers, and we're delighted for their continued support of the blogging community.

From dream kitchens to fabulous PAX wardrobes, luxurious mattresses, and totally customizable media storage, IKEA has always been a favourite for beautiful decor inspiration, clever ideas, and great pieces to help make a house feel like a home.

Thanks again IKEA, we're looking forward to a fabulous event!

Potos & Logo: IKEA

Thursday, January 12

welcome another silver sponsor :: Cottonelle...

Today we're happy to announce that Cottonelle Brand has signed on as a silver sponsor for our upcoming meet up! You might wonder though why Cottonelle wants to partner with Canadian Design Bloggers... well, we did too!

It turns out that Cottonelle has collaborated with Jonathan Adler to design the brand’s new colourful collection of toilet paper roll covers. His fresh and modern take on everyday objects adds a little extraordinary to the ordinary!

The fun “Respect the Roll” campaign from the Cottonelle Brand is designed to give the everyday necessity its own pretty place in the bathroom. From soaps to linens to cotton balls, we all take great care in making sure our bathroom essentials are neatly tucked away, and now there's a place to store those extra rolls with a little more personality!

Photos: Logo & rolls - Cottonelle, Bathroom - House & Home

Thursday, January 5

welcome our bronze sponsor :: CIL...

Today we're excited to announce that CIL is a bronze sponsor for the second time!

CIL is Canada’s favourite brand of decorative paints, and has been sold by leading Canadian retailers and dealers for over 75 years. With four mood-inspired collections called deep & luxurious, clean & playful, mellow & comforting, and soft & elegant, they are designed to help you use colour to create the look and feel that’s totally you. And with the CIL Symbol System, you can easily coordinate colours too.

We are so happy that CIL is on board with us again. You can locate a CIL retailer here, and be sure to pop by their blog too – talk CIL.

Photos: CIL
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