Friday, 20 January 2012

Interior Design Show, What to Wear to the Gala

Well hello there's Christine here from Bijou and Boheme and I'm quite delighted to be here today, sharing with you a little design gala ensemble pretty.

When putting together this little frock, I wanted to represent my love for pink/edgy glamour...I also tried to put together something that reflected my aesthetic because let's face it...when you dress up for a party, you want people to know, from looking at you, what you're all about.

This outfit does just that for's basically me in clothes version and I so hope you like it...because if you don't, then I guess one could deduce that you don't like me and that would make me sad so....yes...hope you enjoy;)

The outfit started with the incredible pink chiffon Alexander McQueen scarf dress. If one is going to attend a design gala, I figure they should look the part...and frankly my friends, this dress just screams chic design cool.

From keeping the ensemble from being too feminine/pretty, I edged it up a little by introducing the black...hello Guiseppe Zanotti suede boots and Spell Designs Tribe Chest plate necklace...they both make my design show outfit infinitely cooler.

Of course, no party fabulous would be complete without a little clutch love and I kept the McQueen party going with this studded skull piece of purse of my all time favourites.

To complete the look, I added a Samma bracelet, a Valerie Egee ring and a pair of ridiculously fabulous Gucci earrings...because what gala would be complete without a little G love.

So there you have take on design gala chic.

If money were no an object, I'd so be rocking the crap out of that there outfit fantastic.



Thursday, 19 January 2012

Our Moderator - Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

We're so delighted that Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault said yes when we approached her to be our Moderator for BlogPodium. Leigh-Ann has a dynamic personality, is engaging, stylish, and loves bloggers and design - The perfect combo to run a BlogPodium Panel. Here is a little more about Leigh-Ann.

With a passion and flair for colour, Leigh-Ann joined the Benjamin Moore team in 2004 as a Colour and Design Specialist, and brought with her experience in both commercial and residential design. An honors graduate of the Interior Decorating program at Sheridan College, and now a faculty member at her alma mater, Leigh-Ann understands the kind of inspiration and direction homeowners seek when tackling a new decor project.

In 2007, Leigh-Ann joined CityTV’s CityLine family as a regular guest expert where she can often be seen showcasing the latest in colour trends and her obsession with DIY. Leigh-Ann loves the challenge of creating luxe living spaces on a budget and shares her decorating adventures on her blog; The Frugalista, which is featured on CityLine’s website. Along with being a member of the Colour Marketing Group of Alexandria, Leigh-Ann works with Benjamin Moore’s North American colour team to research, develop and publish upcoming colour forecasts and trends for the Architectural & Design community as well as savvy homeowners.


Monday, 16 January 2012

BlogPodium Profile: Christine Dovey

Continuing on with our blogger profile series, we highlight a talented lady who has skyrocketed through the blogosphere and caught the attention of fellow bloggers, the design industry, and media alike.

Christine Dovey is a lover of all things pretty and most things pink. As an art teacher in her past life, and a stay at home mom to 3 kids, she's also the curator of Bijou and Boheme (visit it here)...a blog that details her musings on design, fashion and art. Christine's style can best be described as a blushy cocktail of feminine pretty and regency glamour, with a dash of quirky modern thrown in for good measure. She believes that the most beautiful things in life are worth waiting for and that great design should feel like a gorgeous art exhibit...personal, collected and memorable.

Catch Christine’s recent appearance on Steven & Chris online (here) and watch for her feature in an upcoming issue of Style At Home magazine.

Friday, 13 January 2012

BlogPodium Sponsor: Olioboard

We are excited to introduce out next sponsor of Olioboard. As design bloggers, Olioboard is the perfect to tool to help with your decorating projects and mood board designs.
Olioboard is an online interior design moodboard creator that allows you to create 2D or 3D spaces using real products from all your favourite brands. Fear a financial or design mistake? Use olioboard to Try it before you buy it!

Collect products from Olioboard's library of over 150,000 items, from 100's of brands like Crate and Barrel, West Elm and Dwell! Or use the Olioboard clipper to grab products from any site on the web. Easily pull details and pricing so you can compare options, share it with those that need to see it (whether it's clients, family or friends) or keep it private!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

BlogPodium Profile: Margot Austin

We'd like to introduce you to our panel of experts prior to each BlogPodium event. Our Blogs & Media panel on January 27th wouldn't be complete without Margot Austin, a senior design editor at Canadian House & Home Magazine.  Margot brings to the discussion a wonderful perspective on the publishing industry and we're absolutely thrilled to have her on our panel. 

Margot Austin is a senior design editor at Canadian House & Home. She has more than 15 years experience working in magazine publishing and has covered entertainment, food, fashion, beauty and design. Margot has been tweeting since 2008 and blogging since 2009. 

Visit Margot's own blog at
And follow her on Twitter @MargotAustin

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Blogger Profile: Jason Hudson

One of our aims in creating BlogPodium was to cast a spotlight on the wealth of Canadian design blogger talent out there. In the days leading up to BlogPodium, we’ll be profiling some very brilliant individuals and showcasing their blogs, passions, and work. Kicking off our series is Jason Hudson.

Jason is a photographer and blogger from Toronto, Canada. Contributing to Toronto Life Magazine, House & Home, Kinfolk, and The Globe and Mail and working with The Hudson's Bay Company and other fashion houses and retailers, he has managed to etch out a particular niche, somewhere between documentary, advertising, and journalism. He lives in Toronto with his partner, Jeff.

Jason’s blog These Roving Eyes is a visual narration of his very stylish life. Here’s a glimpse of his phenomenal work:

We are honoured to have Jason Hudson photograph BlogPodium. Attendees and panelists, you’ll want to be camera-ready should Jason cast his discerning eye on you!

Jaston Hudson:

Twitter: @TheseRovingEyes

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Our Sponsor, Delta

We hope you are all enjoying your holidays, spending time with your family and friends. The new year is approaching quickly and in just over a month, we will be bringing you our first BlogPodium conference!

In organizing this event, we wanted to work with sponsors who understood and supported the design blogger community. One company immediately came to mind: Delta Faucet. Delta has been there since the beginning and supported other blogger meetups over the past two years. We are excited to partner with such a design savvy and forward thinking corporation as Delta for BlogPodium.

The leading choice of North America’s builders and homeowners, Delta delivers exceptionally well-made, stylish faucets and related kitchen and bath accessories. Delta products feature a unique combination of stylish looks and excellent quality, and are available in a wide variety of finishes.

For more information on Delta, visit, their blog, Facebook page or on twitter @beigeisdead

Thank you Delta for sponsoring BlogPodium. We look forward to chatting about Blogs + Media with you!