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Design Trends – Dwell Conference and Exhibition


Woo Hoo! This is the first year that I’ll be attending the Dwell on Design Conference and Exhibition! And I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am! (maybe the exclamation points are giving it away though.) Since July of last year, I’ve been (re)building a house on the Great Highway and during the whole process, I have found that I have become quite addicted to design. Modern design to be specific. Which, if you know me, is quite a transformation for me. If you had asked me 10 years ago what my dream kitchen looked like, you would have gotten something out of Better Homes & Gardens or Martha Stewart Living. But as the years slowly ticked by, I caught myself being drawn to Metropolitan Home magazine. Urban design grabbed my attention—it seemed sophisticated, satisfying, and (dare I say) grown up! And then…one day, I discovered Dwell. Suddenly, my head felt light, my heart fluttered…. I was in love! Every issue covered something that was new and exciting to me. The prefab housing, the green design, the minimalist spaces, the timeless furniture with a flair for the unique –  it all made my head spin and my imagination run wild!

Needless to say, when I heard about Dwell’s Conference and Exhibition that is going to be held September 14-16 here in San Francisco, I was SO excited! Tickets to the exhibition are just $20 dollars, although tickets to the entire conference range from $95 for the student package, to $895 for the passport package which includes cocktail receptions, dinners—as well as gift bags! I don’t have too much time the weekend of the conference, so I’ll just settle for sneaking a peak at the newest and best in product design, prefab, green building practices, architectural innovation, landscape design, and more. And if you see me there walking around and fondling the latest in modern materials…be sure to stop and say "Hi!"

And if you don’t have time, money or wherewithal to make it to the conference, then never fear!  I’ll be back in a few weeks to let you know what happened.