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2 A Little Break

Clare Elsaesser
Before summer ends, and a new season of busy begins we're taking a little break here on the blog for the next week to spend time with family, rejuvenate and prepare for the season ahead.  We'll be back after Labour Day with fresh new content to share. You can still find us on instagram, and if you need to contact us we will be checking our emails from time to time.  We leave you with a few links to bookmark.

1. Did you see our free online summer magazine?
2. Ten DIY art ideas for your walls we think you'll like.
3. 101 awesome DIY projects to bookmark 
4. Still a summer fave: Easy fish tacos!
5. How to age gracefully.
6. Looking for a good meditation app? We love this one (for all ages).
7. Why is everyone so worried about being normal?
Happy end of summer!

Join us for Social Sessions in September! A mini blog conference in partnership with the Interior Design Show West here in Vancouver.  It's going to be an amazing event with a keynote from Joy Cho of Oh Joy, and two other panels featuring Jaime Derringer of Design Milk, CTV's Tamara Taggart, Monika Hibbs, Issuu.com, Hootsuite, Latergramme and us, Poppytalk! Click HERE for more info! Hope to see you there!


6 Hotel Style | The Treehouse + Free Printable!

    Photos by Lynne Knowlton. 

Earlier this month we featured the idyllic treehouse owned by Lynne Knowlton, her husband Michael and their family in the Ontario countryside in our Summer 10 year blog Anniversary Magazine on Issuu.  We couldn't pass on the chance to also feature it here on the blog and include it in our collection of Hotel Style posts.


2 9 Rad IKEA RAST Hacks

The IKEA RAST seems to be a popular pick for the DIY set.  The possibilities are rather endless and just recently we seemed to run into so many, we gathered them for a post.  From mid-century modern to even a Brownie Camera, here's nine rad makeovers worth bookmarking!


1 9 New + Cool Decorating Tricks from IKEA Stylists

A dream job would be to work in Almhult, Sweden and create beautiful vignettes all day yes?  IKEA's stylists have to be some of the best out there. Here's 9 new vignettes, each with a cool decorating trick to bookmark from IKEA's Livet Hemma blog.


1 The Social Sessions | Growing A Following

Clockwise Top Left: Joy Cho, Tamara Taggart, Earl Einarson, Jan Halvarson, Jaime Derringer, Monika Hibbs

We don't talk about the business side of things often in this space, but if you're interested and would you like to hear about our journey on Pinterest and about our road to over 8 Million followers there we will be sharing our experience at a panel, 'Growing a Following' at Social Sessions at IDSwest this year in September.

We are excited to be partnering with the Interior Design Show West to bring this blogging and social media conference to our hometown, which is the perfect event, merging our love for everything design and home decor and how we share it online. Also, this is something we think has been long overdue here on the west coast of Canada!  We are thrilled to be telling our story (first time ever) to our local Vancouver audience! (A very rare occasion we might add).

Pinterest is still the number one referrer to our site (over and above all other social channels) and we will be talking about how we think you can improve your Pinterest along with other social media channels on our panel with three other successful social media panelists, Jaime Derringer of Design Milk , Tamara Taggart and Monika Hibbs. All have had successes on their social channels including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, each with different perspectives from TV, fashion and art.

The conversational-style panel (moderated by Earl Einarson, Co-founder of Poppytalk and BCIT Instructor, Digital Design and Trends) should be a huge resource for anyone interested in growing their following online and on social media.  As the online landscape changes, so does the way we communicate there and adapting to those changes from our blogs to our social channels. This panel will address our experiences, our growth and how we have adapted to new platforms, from being early adopters (or late), what angles we have taken, what worked, what didn't, along with a question and answer period afterwards.

We had an amazing journey online throughout our ten years of blogging and one of the highlights was our following on Pinterest. It didn't happen overnight, there was a lot of hard work and dedication and love for what we do, but with that experience, we do have some valuable tips and tricks we learned along the way. As a result, collaborations were formed, such as our partnership with Target (Poppytalk for Target ) in the summer of 2014, and other opportunities with brands such as Martha Stewart, Roots Canada, Staples and 3M.

We invite you to join us at Social Sessions at IDSwest (at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre) on September 26th at IDSwest to hear about our journey along with our peers in what should be a fantastic event!

Our expert lineup includes top online, social media, blogging, television and technology industry leaders in North America including a Keynote from Joy Cho of Oh Joy (named one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People on the Internet this year) our panel on 'Growing a Following' and another panel looking at the 'Future of Tech' (what technology should you be focusing on) with panelists from Issuu (Jeremy Lacroix, Head of Product Design and User Experience), Hootsuite (Candice Charleton, North American Community Manager) and Latergramme (Destin Jones, Head of Community & Customer Experience) moderated by Earl Einarson, (Co-founder of Poppytalk and BCIT Instructor, Digital Design and Trends).

If you're interested in attending visit IDSwest's website at idswest.com/event-info/social-sessions to register or more info.  We think it's going to be a really informative day and hope to see you there!