Hey everyone, I’m speaking at The Canadian Decorator’s Association’s annual general meeting coming up on May 3. If you are a decorator in the lower mainland, this is your opportunity to come and get a sense of what it would be like to be a member and to hear me speak!
When I spoke at Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design Conference this winter in January I made a huge mistake in my presentation. . . I gave everyone samples of the undertones of fabric – courtesy of Robert Allen Fabrics (they are so awesome). My thought was, “Let’s make this really special. . . I’m speaking to a bunch of designers, it’ll give them a taste of my workshop, this will be so fabulous. . .!”
Well, it wasn’t.
As soon as I directed the attendees to the samples on the tables and started talking about the fabrics, I totally lost everyone. They started talking amongst themselves and I might as well have ended my talk right about then.
When I spoke at the Home Show in Vancouver and Calgary last fall, there were no samples in sight and I held everyone’s attention until the very end with people lined up with questions.
This did not happen in January.
It’s funny how true it is that when you do something right, you pat yourself on the back, have a glass of champagne and move on, and you really have no idea what you just did. When you do it wrong, that’s where there’s opportunity to learn and put in what was missing.
I did it right the first time I spoke in front of that many people but didn’t know it, and then the second time, BOMBED. If you’re really paying attention, you might have noticed I did not say much about that conference afterwards. I was too embarrassed.
Kimberley herself was totally charming and entertaining as usual and it was a great conference with 100 people in attendance.
And this May, I will be doing it right, so look, if you’re a decorator or a student, you should be there.
Sign up here.
The Canadian Decorators’ Association (CDECA) is a professional not-for-profit Association representing both Student and Accredited interior decorators and interior designers, and Affiliate businesses across Canada. By choosing a CDECA Member you are guaranteed that you will be working with a qualified professional. CDECA Members are graduates of recognized academic institutions in the field of interior decorating and design and/or have established professional decorating portfolios.
They are also committed to ongoing education through CDECA professional development training. CDECA Members ensure that you have access to the most current trends and innovations so when you are decorating, renovating, buying or building, choosing a CDECA designated professional to assist you will result in professional results.
CDECA National Website: www.cdeca.com
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With so much advice on the subject to choosing paint colours (“Just choose your favourite!” and “It’s just paint. . . paint again if you don’t like it”) it’s not wonder people are confused. Maria’s straightforward, no-nonsense colour advice will take the stress and confusion out of the conversation. Through her groundbreaking system of Understanding Undertones ™, she’ll show you what colours really do, and what you absolutely, positively need to know about them.
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If you would like to learn how to choose colour with confidence, become a True Colour Expert. Fall Dates now open for registration.
Hope to see you there!
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