Sarah Richardson in the House

Design trailblazer inspires at BlogPodium and previews what's next.

I know I am very behind in getting to this post – but this is an experience I really wanted to share, so I guess better late …

I was thrilled to participate in my first BlogPodium conference on a rainy Saturday  in Toronto. Bringing together fellow home decor enthusiasts and bloggers, it was a day of discussion, inspiration, workshops and product showcases. Hearing from some design super stars was the cherry on top.

In the Canadian (and international) home decor community, it’s hard to beat the popularity, pioneering-spirit and success of Sarah Richardson. The keynote presenter at the event, Sarah told us what she’s been up to. In addition to talking about her new series, Real Potential, which premiered this season on HGTV Canada, Sarah previewed her new gorgeous fabric line, (Sarah Richardson for Kravet), told us that a paper and cards collection with Hallmark is coming soon, and that a book is expected in spring 2014. Busy lady.

Here’s just a tasting menu of some Sarah’s lovely spaces. (All images from  Sarah Richardson Design.)

In addition to Sarah’s design prowess, she also offered inspiration for the group (of mostly women) as she spoke about her journey, hard work and dedication and how she leveraged her intrinsic talent in making beautiful spaces. Clear that she is not a trained interior designer, Sarah talked about how she trusted her natural ability which has catapulted her to elite status in the decor-loving crowd.

Take note – listen to your instincts, add lots of hard work, and the rest will come. As did Sarah’s big break when she landed the cover of Canadian House and Home with a timeless collection of beautifully curated everyday treasures.

Sarah's first House and Home cover from 1998.
Sarah’s first House and Home cover from 1998 (via www.kerrisdaledesign.com).

These words were sweet poetry to the collection of participants, many of whom were there to follow their design dreams. I spoke with young women who had started in one career direction and were going back to school to study interior design to try and make a go of it. I met women on the other end of the spectrum who were more mature and hoping to take a life-long hobby and monetize it for some extra income. There were bloggers looking to morph their passion projects  into a launch pad for something marvellous. It was truly an amazing scene of promise.

Now, who knows if the next Sarah was in the crowd? But what we do know is that day brought together a wonderful group with a shared love of feathering beautiful nests and learning from each other. What an inspiring way to spend a Saturday. Thank you Rambling Renovators‘ Jennifer Flores for your leadership in bringing this event together. I look forward to next year.

And in the meantime, Melissa from the Sweet Escape is keeping the love alive with a Blog Brunch in Toronto on November 23rd.  Rock on stylish sister.

Live beautifully,








  • I’m so glad you attended Cynthia. Sarah was truly inspiring and reminded us of what was possible if we worked hard and believed in ourselves. I look forward to seeing you at BlogPodium next year!

    • I will certainly be there. Thanks Jennifer for such a great event – can’t wait until next year.

  • Thanks for the reminder of a wonderful experience. It was great to meet you and hear Sarah inspire us all.
    Have a great holiday season.

    • So lovely to meet you as well. All the best for a great holiday. Until next time!

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