alt summit was sure a whirlwind. i was sick with nerves about speaking in front of hundreds of people, but it actually was a really easy crowd to talk to! i spoke about collaborations, and i have a zillion things to say about those, so it came pretty naturally. plus I met rooms FULL of awesome creative women.

i can’t say enough how important it is to connect with other bloggers that have common interests. it’s so refreshing and uplifting.

above: castle

i learned a few things too…

jordan tells us to get your blog on facebook. i must admit, i use twitter a lot more for my blog but she says a significant number of traffic comes from facebook. i’m on it!
• hugely inspired by lisa’s speech of starting a creative project. something that will create discipline, make you step outside your comfort zone and challenge you! (now i just gotta find the time for that)
• if you are interested in advertising on your site, it’s definitely important to invest in the design of your site. you want your ads to live in a beautiful place that’s not going to take away from your content.
• speaking of a nice design. i know it’s expensive. but i am telling you it’s worth it. template designs are well…just too templatey.
• when you are collaborating, get a contract. even if it’s your bestest friend. up front. right away. DO IT!
• when you want to start advertising on your blog, and don’t know how to get started. put up your friend’s ads first! it’s a way to get the word out that you are accepting ads & you are supporting your friends. win win.
victoria says…giveaways are cool, but don’t do them too often. you don’t want your blog turning into a game show!
• ben from pinterest tells us, MAKE ONE THING PERFECT. we all juggle so many things, but i think it’s so important to choose that one thing to really truly focus on and give it your all. his speech gave me goosebumps.
• i think just about everyone spoke about how important original content is! start a new column, create something only your blog can provide!

with my girls cassandra and anne in the smilebooth!

with that said. i will put this out there…

i’m been going through a really hard time this past few weeks. i took on a little more, ok a lot more, than I can handle (which is sure hard to admit) and i am not the best at accepting help. but i am determined to make designlovefest the best it can be this year, so I want to bring one a few people that have super awesome skills!

i’m currently on the lookout for contributors that can bring a fresh new outlook to designlovefest! someone that can provide original content and aligns well with the brand. you can leave a comment below and we can chat a little about it. i have just started thinking about it, so hopefully your comments will spark some fun ideas!


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    Marie says:

    I’m a true believer in original content and creating something fun with crafts and design. Thanks for your recap on the event…I’d love to go next year! 🙂


    Laura says:

    Hi Bri,

    Thank you so much for posting these Alt Summit tid-bits! I was following everyone’s tweets almost obsessively, desperately wishing I was there! I absolutely love DLF. Its vibrancy, its obvious passion, its playfulness and its inspiration are all things that I admire deeply and look forward to everyday.

    I’m not sure if you’d be interested in me or not as a contributor, but I would love to pitch you some ideas. I’m a writer by profession who currently runs Acquired Taste (www.acquiredtaste.org) as an ongoing portfolio (although I’ve fallen a bit behind lately due to moving — ugh, packing I tell you!)

    I write an ‘inspirational’ column there that chats about things most people have to deal with in life at some point and ideas for how to achieve, overcome and/or love the moment. Here are some examples:

    http://www.acquiredtaste.org/2011/10/dance-like-nobody-is-watching.html (photos in this post by me!)
    http://www.acquiredtaste.org/2011/11/food-talk-07-your-most-memorable-meal.html (this is a food post, but one of my favourites)

    I would be ecstatic to contribute an ongoing column of this nature that combines original photography (I desperately need an outlet to keep my photography motivated and going!) and poetic words to comfort, inspire and open new conversations with new people. Or even just words with sourced images — I’d be thrilled to do that too!

    Anyway, just a thought. I know you’re going to have thousands of applicants for this opportunity and that you need to pick the people who will best suit your blog. I just thought I’d humbly throw my hat into the ring for consideration 🙂 PS: I adore hats!

    Hi Bry,

    Here’s an idea for you, see what you think!

    I’m a photographer, I’d love to provide you content in the form of one kick ass, awe inspiring photograph each week that you could post as original content (I would not use it on my blog/website). It would be a photo that includes text – a quote, something brief, creatively placed on the photo – the intention is for it to inspire creativity for your readers (since that’s definitely why their visiting your blog daily!). I’m looking for more exposure and a super fun creative project, so it would be awesome for me to do something like this. I’ve got an example of what I’m thinking that I could email you if you’re interested…

    You’ll have to excuse my misspelling of your name above! 🙁 Sorry!!

    Savannah says:

    Bri — I loved hearing about your highlights at ALT summit! I made sure to keep up with the tweets and instagram pics, it sounded amazing! I’m definitely saving up to go next year. 🙂

    Also — I would love to talk about potentially doing some contributor work for you! I’m a graphic designer based in Atlanta as well as a lifestyle blogger.

    It would be fun to maybe do some features around “being your own boss”, more DIYs (maybe themed or related somehow?), design trends, nesting, a neat artists feature introducing designers, photographer and other small business owners to your readers??

    Let’s chat!

    [email protected]

    Ashley says:

    You are always travelling, how about you give one of your blogspot students in each city a chance to contribute a post (maybe about their city), I am sure they would feel totally honoured. Just a suggestion. Or design book reviews. Or event planning tips. Or an advice column (business of design) or (business of blogging). Just some thoughts. I hope you can relieve some of that stress. Stress is nasty, boo.

    Katie says:

    How about a mini Blogshop column with Photoshop tips? It might be a good way for others to share their tips and tricks too!
    Original content is awesome, it’s sometimes tricky getting the brain going to spark ideas! 🙂

    Jane says:

    I live in Hawaii so I was not able to attend Alt Summit but I recently discovered that my blog was named as one of the up and coming blogs at alt summit and I was so thrilled! I have been searching around desperately to find little tid bits that people took away from the conference so I was so happy to see your list above! Thank you… and I would love to be a contributor on your blog – I’m thinking a little column that inspires collaboration between creative people.

    Chelsea says:

    Oh, I like the suggestions by Ashley and Katie. I loved attending Blogshop, but it would be amazing to get some tips. The traveling contributors would be rad as well. You are rocking it, would have loved to say hi at Alt, but didn’t get the chance. Keep rockin’ it. xo

    So sorry to hear you are going through a rough spot, but remember it is always in times like these when really REALLY exciting things can happen.
    I think it would be AMAZING to have some illustrations on your blog! I do illustration work on The Lady D Chronicles and incorporate them into my fashion and food posts (I just worked with Food and Wine on a great Mexican wine post). A pencil drawing or watercolor adds so much GREAT texture to a blog. I noticed your food posts disappeared…..it would be great to bring them back, but illustrated!! Chat me up if you are interested.

    Tabara says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on ALT summit 🙂

    I love Ashley’s idea. I remember when you went to Europe you had all these lovely ladies contributing and I absolutely loved it.
    What about some of your readers or students from other countries? I’d love to contribute on London on Paris of course 🙂

    I love the idea of photoshop – illustrator – indesign tips and tutorials! Your a master at it!

    Tish says:

    Hmmm if you’re looking for more of that personal writing spin then I’d definitely be interested in helping you out. Even if it’s more so reporting on “Living the L.A. life Bri-style”

    It would be goofy ish…I must warn you. I’m not the most serious of the gals 😉

    Shenee says:


    I have a proposition for ya!

    I would love to contribute of my business and branding know-how here. You have developed such a fantastic brand that I am sure a lot of other lovely ladies would love some insight on brand building and networking. I would take some of the stuff you would usually learn ONLY at conferences (like the blog on facebook tip) and share them here on a weekly basis. I would share my insights on social media, community building and personality branding from my work with entrepreneurs. I could also interview other successful entrepreneurs in your space and curate resources for your audience to use. I’m from outside the design world but I def. have a unique spin on building businesses from scratch. You check out some of my writings here: http://www.heyshenee.com and I pin here! http://pinterest.com/sheneeee/

    We both love colors!

    I LOVE the idea above about features in different cities. You could do “Dish it Atlanta (Austin, San Fran, Nashville)” and feature a restaurant, dish or drink – or you could do “Make it Atlanta” and feature a small business that creates handmade awesomeness!

    Allison says:

    Great recap, Bri! I know what it’s like to take on too much. But it’s good to realize. I currently have a few “series” that I feature on my blog and I’d love to contribute 😉

    I currently have series called City Guide (lovely creatives share why their city is amazing and where to go that you wouldn’t normally hear about). The second feature is called MEET where I interview creatives/bloggers on how they got started and focus on advice. I also do reviews on monthly subscription boxes like Birchbox, MyGlam, Turntable, etc.

    No matter what, I hope you feel relieved by delegating. It’s the best!!

    If there’s one thing I learned from Alt it is the importance of building a strong and friendly community with other creative and inspiring ladies. There was definitely no shortage of them this past week and I feel blessed with all the new friendships Ive made.

    We all need people to make checks and balances with, no matter how large or small our blogs are… And we should always look out for each other with a high five and a smile.

    Chedva says:

    Bri, thanks so much for bringing a bit of Alt for those of us who couldn’t make it this year. As someone who also tends to take on more than I can chew (even without any sleeping hours) I really appreciate that you admit it and are looking for help. Good luck and keep being awesome!

    laura parke says:

    hi bri! i loved your panel at alt about successful collaborations and walked away feeling energized and inspired. i love to make things out of seemingly ordinary objects, think modern DIY. if you think that’s something you’d want on your blog, be in touch.

    Chelsea C. says:

    Dude! What an exciting thing! What about a column called “One Photo Two Ways?” I’m into repetition of images lately. It could be a cool demonstration of the Photoshop skills (that you taught in Blogshop!) that you can use to jazz up an image, and how you can always take it in different directions. Could be original images so there are no scary issues there. It could be really fun to play with and make for some awesome images.

    Kim says:

    Can I run around los angeles for you? We should put together an LA column 🙂

    Megan says:

    One little idea: it could be cool to have an “On The Road” series where you use a contributor to take your readers on a weekly tour of a new city, highlighting one super cool experience or place or restraunt at a time. Kind of like the LA restaurant guide you did for a bit, but more than restaraunts (shops, theaters, shows, etc). I live in Austin, I could post original content about that delicious meal or drink I had at East Side Showroom, or that sweet vintage dress I bought on South Congress, etc.

    Tracey says:

    Hi Bri,

    I’ve been following your blog for several months now and visit almost daily for fresh & creative inspiration. I’m pretty much in love with everything I see here and find you so inspiring! I’m a photographer in Detroit (with a serious side interest in decorating) and would love to contribute some creative photography to your blog! I just recently started a blog and I shoot with a range of new & vintage cameras including Polaroids with Impossible Project and instant film, so maybe a Polaroid post, tips for shooting with instant film, or even a giveaway? I would just love to be involved in some way!

    A sample of my work: http://www.studiothirtyfour.etsy.com

    Thanks for the great tips Bri! I’m rather new to this blogging world, and these are just fantastic! I wish I could have been at Alt!! As for a contributor idea… what about a “Trend Alert”? Of course, I would love to put this together for you! 😉 Whether it be a color, pattern, style, etc… It would be fun to pull together the best of the best! Just a thought…

    Annette says:

    Hi Bri! I would love to collaborate with you in any way. I am a freelance graphic designer and photographer in Anchorage, Alaska where I maintain a blogsite for my business and an online magazine called EntreprenuerAlaska.com. Shoot me an email if you want to chat about ideas.

    Bri, it was so great to finally meet in person at Alt Summit, I had a great time, and am still reeling. I’ve been wanting to do more DIY crafty/home projects, so I’d love to contribute those to your blog. I am also just about to purchase my first home (yes, as a single woman entrepreneur), so I can write about that too. Best of luck in 2012, hope to see you again soon.

    S says:

    I would love to contribute/collaborate! I am a graphic designer and blogger based in San Francisco. I could do an SF city guide, trends in SF, food reviews, recipes, etc. Be in touch if you are interested.. love your blog!

    Great post, Bri. What about an inspiration board brought to life by a team of stylists, artists, photographers. Maybe you would put together a board and the artists would put together a real life, affordable version how these things can be worn or used for real gals.

    Renee says:

    Thank you for the awesome tips you learned from Alt! I was wanting to go, but, like many, I couldn’t scrounge the money to afford it! It’s encouraging seeing such successful bloggers still able to write things they learned; you know, that the “experts” are not exempt from learning and trying new things! 🙂

    As far as help goes, I am a huge fan of designlovefest and one of my favorite things about your blogs are the columns, such as the style posts, the pretty pairs, etc. I wish you had more! I think the great thing about columns is that when they are posted on Twitter/Facebook, people know what to expect (in a sense) and can look forward to seeing new features on a column that they know and love. This also makes it so that your other “peek into the personal life of Bri” posts become a more special or sporadic feature, and therefore you can have a (semi) organized structure to your planning of blog posts for the week/month/whatever – you’ll still adhere to your brand or style while taking away some of the work that goes into planning what kind of posts you need to write! One particular thing I am always excited to see on your blog are your LA visits and eats. It would be so cool to have a “weekly spot” sort of column, where your contributor or you would feature a local find, whether it be hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant or a mainstream spot that you just love. Another favorite that I’ve seen on other blogs are DIY and craft tutorials – which would be great for picking up a contributor (pick me! ;)) to do a column of on DIY’s on a dime or something like that. Okay, maybe too much of my opinion going on there. But there are my thoughts – good luck! 🙂

    Hollis says:

    Hi Bri,

    You said you were “hugely inspired by lisa’s speech of starting a creative project” — i’d say your blogshop is a HUGEly awesome creative project. I think you’re doing a pretty great job with your fresh RUE designs, freelance work and your awesome blog. I hope you don’t beat yourself up too much, because I am truly fascinated by all you do and your designs inspire me EVERY day! Wish I could have been at Alt to hear you speak!

    bre says:

    I wish I could have been at ALT … but it’s been so much fun reading all of the recap posts from everyone. 🙂 I’m a HUGE fan of collaborations and helping others, so I’m going to send you a little email with an idea! xo.

    Noémie says:

    I’m totally jealous on your time at the altsummit – I was juuuust a tad too late and wasn’t able to get tickets. Ah well, next year!

    Here are a few ideas that I always though would be great for your blog – I’m not sure that I could help but suggestions are always helpful no? :

    ❥ I’d love to see more tips as mentioned by Ashley, Katie, and Chelsie. Whether it’s business or photoshop related I’m sure your readers would love the tips.
    ❥ Small snippets on other blogs would be lovely – their daily schedules, how they got started and how they made their jump from part-time blogger to full-time, how they stay creative, etc. (as per Allison)
    ❥ I’d love to see more food on here – I miss your recipes!

    Thanks again! xx

    Leah says:

    There are so many great suggestions here!
    I have one small idea. Being a music student, I normally pull the bulk of my inspiration from artists/songs/sounds. To me, your blog is a place for unending inspiration, and as one of your everyday (multiple times a day) readers I can honestly say your ideas and your designs are some of the best around. So… why not add in another area of inspiration? I’ve seen playlist and music in fashion series, but I’ve been mustering up some even more fun ideas just this past month. (so it’s interesting that you post this now!) If this is something you think would contribute to DLF’s overall brand, I would be honored to be apart of it!

    ann says:

    i kinda miss your old “day in the life” column! you’ve got lots of great contributors and ideas in these comments already, just wanted to toss my hat in the ring as well. we’ve gotta work together someday, bri 🙂

    tammie says:

    hi bri,
    i LOVED your panel on collaborations at alt. sadly, i didn’t get a chance to chat with you…maybe next year?

    since this blog is “where type and images totally make out”, how about do a type and image blind date >> each week/month there can be a word or theme. one person can make text to fit that theme and another person can take a photo fitting the theme, and then see if they “get along” – i know it sounds like a lot of work, so you could get a contributor (i’ll volunteer!) to put it together each time.

    Patti says:

    Hi Bri! thanks for sharing things you took away from alt summit. so wish I could have made it! one of my favorite columns on your blog is your style posts. Maybe you can have a contributor for style from a different coast i.e..) east coast in comparison to your west coast. i am super excited to start a style column and collaborate with an amazing photographer. our first shoot is in the next few weeks. I will send photos for you to see.

    I also love ideas of tutorials and people sharing how they stay creative : ) xo ~Patti

    what about an inspirational quote or saying in a really pretty format…maybe even a wallpaper or printable format, Wiley Valentine-style?

    Hang in there darling. We all believe in you (clearly, see the flood of comments above)…contributors is a great idea! xoxo Rachelle

    Rachel D says:

    I think it would be cool if you had a person in all the hotspot creative cities do a post for you once a week/month on what’s new and going on in that city. For example, when you came to Austin, it was super obvious you had tons of Austin followers plus people are ALWAYS traveling here and we have all sorts of hidden inspiration tucked in our streets. You could have someone do this “tiny tour” of their city once a week with a different city or once a month if you just wanted it to be special. Have a gal in Austin, Chicago, NY, San Fran, etc. It’d be like you had a whole troop of Amelie’s garden gnomes giving you pics and tips.

    I’d love to help 🙂

    Jennifer says:

    Hi Bri. I think I speak for everyone when I say you are an amazingly talented designer–someone designers can look up to. It has been a little over a year since I started blogging but I have really fallen in love with it. I blog about things that inspire me (photography, illustration, branding, packaging, etc.). I recently started a series called Photo Gems, where I take photos that I find inspiring and create a collaged “gem” out of them. Here’s an example: http://jenniferpacedesign.com/photo-gems-pinterest-finds. I have tons of ideas and would love to share them with you. I look forward to seeing the different ideas that come out of this!

    nicole says:

    yo Bri! don’t fret girl. what a brave & bold move to ask for some help. i’m a daily DLFester & i can tell that you are an overachiever 🙂 but even Wonder Woman needs a day off, right? your blog is flippin’ fantastic and the addition of some fresh contributors can only add to the greatness. i truly love the idea of adding music play lists as suggested above, and i too miss your little drink recipes. i’d be overjoyed to help with both.

    i also whole-heartedly believe in daily gratitude. i have done this exercise a little on my own Tumblr blog and on Facebook on a regular basis. basically i come up with at least 5 things each day that i am grateful for, whether it be a special moment with a friend of family member or that new pair of boots that i’ve been coveting, or, you know, being grateful for the simple things like q-tips, b/c dang, do you realize how many uses there are for q-tips? you get what i mean. it would be fun to attach cute photos & links when appropriate with each item. sort of a “what Bri is oh-so-very grateful for this week!” kind of post. i’d be in heaven if i could help you with that. you’d be surprised to discover what a positively happy change taking just 5 minutes to journal what you are most grateful for will make in your life. congrats on all of the new ideas and thanks for sharing the Alt tips! oxo

    Jameka says:

    Hi Bri,
    I just started reading your blog and I really enjoy it. You could add a contributor to your site that spotlights new + upcoming creatives that fit your aesthetic.

    Vanessa says:

    Clearly a good time was had by all at Alt. Thank you for sharing some fabulous takeaways! Wish I was there. Next year for sure!

    eva burns says:

    I’d love to collaborate! How about a little something on decorating your space. Finding inspiration from books, albums, movies, photos, patterns, whatever and translating it into items to decorate your abode.

    jordan shutt says:

    One thing I think could work for your blog and also be a little fresh is to do a video interview with other bloggers. Give them a chance to “guest post” in a different way. I’ve been working on a podcast for my blog, http://www.shinypaperblog.com where we’re going to be doing something similar, but in podcast form, that pertains to bloggers and such, I think the idea could work for you! Give the blogger a chance to submit some of their own creativity in a different way then just a formal post. Contact me if you’d like to chat more about this, I’d love to help as well! It was fun meeting you at Alt!


    Melissa says:

    Alt was SO incredibly fantastic this year. Better than the first two combined, in my opinion! Thanks for posting the takeaways, it was so hard to get to all of the fantastic panels out there.

    I walked past you a couple of times, but didn’t take the chance to introduce myself. I really wish I had. You are so cool & have such a fantastic blog (and design!). Let me know if you’re ever looking for contributors. I’d love to chat about that.


    Hi Bri! You know I’d love to do an illustration collab of some sort… I have lots of ideas, so just let me know if you’re ever interested.:) -kt

    Alicia says:

    Hi Bri,

    It’s amazing that when you ask for help, so many people are willing to step forward and offer some assistance. So, I’ll toss my hat in too. I am currently a full time mom that is filled with creative energy. I spend most days playing with my little man but am a crafter at heart. I love design, color, fashion, and try to make something new at least once a week. My current blog is mostly for family and keeps those far away up to date with us and sometimes share my latest creations.
    I would love to contribute about craft and fun to do DIY.

    Most recently, my biggest project was a home office redesign where I created an accent wall on a budget with a stencil based on some wall paper that was way out of our budget. I have lots of photos of the project that I’d love to share with you.

    I also made crafts galore for my son’s first birthday including a huge octopus. Please let me know if my idea is of any interest to you. Best of luck! I love your blog.

    Mai says:

    i love Katie’s idea about a mini blogshop column with photoshop tips!

    Shannon says:

    Hi Bri,

    What about a weekly contribution of the human factor? We all usually, (I know I do) chew off more than we can get DONE! Its nice to hear , though you are beautiful creative smart funny and just plain wonderful, you are still effected by the human condition. For example I love, “Sex and the City’s, Carrie Bradshaw”, at the end of each show, she narrates her written column about what went on the previous half hour. She asks certain questions, makes statements and comments on the navigation of being a girl in NY city. Maybe a column of where we find our array of muses, tricks of time management,how to let ourselves off the hook with less not more guilt in our creative lives? Also Thank You for your blog, Its my de-stress in stress!

    Kelly says:

    Bri – What I love about your blog is that it is a lifestyle, something I can relate to find things I didn’t even know I liked and didn’t even realize I needed. An effective brand can do that and you’re well on your way! Way well! I imagine in the coming days you will be inundated with eager applicants and an ever-growing list of bloggers to check out. So here I stand (really I am sitting) before you to add one more name to that list. You’ve more than mastered the chic things to buy and fun stuff to wear – you’re images are captivating and you’ve got the style aspect down for sure. What I see as an added benefit to DLF is more well rounded lifestyle infusion from someone who is like-minded yet has some different experiences to bring aboard (marriage, stylish motherhood, shopping addictions – managing them all while still having a creative voice!). I think I could bring a unique perspective to DLF and even help attract a wider audience. Check out my blog: http://www.twosixe.blogspot.com to meet me and learn a little more about my life, my family, the rad parties I like to throw and the weird stuff I obsess over. If you’re interested – shoot me an email. You’ve obviously been led to this moment in time for a reason. I’m pretty confident I can help you clarify exactly what that is! (picture me wildly waving my hand in the air like we did in grade school when we knew the right answer— Pick me! Pick me!)

    kelly ann says:

    Something I blog about a LOT is music. I’m a music nerd, and my readers are fully aware of this… I love that they embrace it. And to be honest, I talk about music constantly in my personal life, not just on my blog. But it’s more than just discussing new songs, or the new vinyls I picked up at the record store… I love talking about how music affects my daily life. Like how a certain song inspired my outfit, or how a new favorite album inspired me to create a new, fun color palette. Music can affect our mood, style, creativity, and productivity… and this year I would love to talk, a little more in depth, about how music really inspires my life and my work – beyond “oh hey, listen to this radtastic song I found!” I’m excited about it. 🙂 The great thing about music is that it sparks conversation and interaction with readers, and that’s one of my favorite things about sharing music recommendations with them.

    I don’t know if this helps at all – but maybe you could have a designlovefest music feature! You could have a contributor (or contributors) that chat about things like: What music do you listen to while working? Do certain projects require a certain genre of music? (I tend to create different playlists for different clients/projects/etc) Is there an album that inspires your creativity the most? I, for one, would love to know what type of music YOU love! 🙂

    Thanks, Bri! You’re rad!

    I would love to contribute original photos or designs! I love the idea that some people mentioned about featuring different cities. You could have a local “correspondant” in a variety of cities giving an inside look. I’d love to tackle Boston!

    I wish you the best on your search!

    Andrea says:

    Hey Bri,

    I get lost all the time in things that I get myself into. Its hard to say no to all the fun and creative things that are out there, but before you know it your swamped and burnt out. That happened to me not to long ago, I got majorly burnt out and the thing that I though I had tons of passion for became a pain in the butt. DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN TO YOU!!! It seems that you love what you do and thats important, so taking a breather and seeing what people are offering to help with is a great step to not letting that happen…. Good Luck! and I hope these ladies who have been posting have given you some amazing ideas.

    Kelly says:

    Bri – Your blog is definitely a daily read of mine, thank you so much for the alt recap…for those of us pining to be a part of it, your little synopsis was a great takeaway. So thank you. Now I know you have a ton of talented and wonderful people who would like to contribute to your blog, so I offer this quick proposal: Incorporate more music commentary into your blog. That may be a fashion/music mashup or a monthly playlist from an inspiring and design worthy artist. I have some other music column ideas that I won’t list here (can’t give away all my secrets in the comments!). But should you be interested, I’d be happy to talk more about a collaboration.

    If not, you and your blog are a happy place nonetheless. Cheers to you.

    Bri, I’d love to work with you as a contributor…my idea is doing a column focused on inspired life design — it’s so easy to put the focus on making everything around us beautiful that we often lose sight of what we are creating for our lives, or not creating for our lives.

    I envision something coach-y that also incorporates design principles in guiding people towards designing a life that they really love! I’d LOVE to chat with you more about this too!! xo

    Liz says:

    Hi Bri!

    So glad to hear you had a blast at Alt. My booty is going to be there next year, for sure.

    I’d love to chat with you about becoming one of your contributors. You’re a daily read of mine, plus I’m pals with Bre, Cassie, Brooke, Summer & I’m also currently re-designing the Girls With Glasses Show website.

    Feel free to shoot me an email! xx

    Anna says:


    Collaborating could be fun. I blog about vintage (design, fashion, graphics, typography etc). I think if we combined forces it would definitely add a little something new to your readers and I also get a hunch that you are into vintage as well! I’ve had ideas about interviewing people about their favorite vintage items…or maybe what they collect? I’m just spouting ideas at this point.

    With my blog I’m trying to make it a place where hip people go to get their vintage fix. The blog is a social networking tool for this small company I work for, which sells vintage fabric to designers for inspiration.

    Let me know if doing a vintage-y collab sounds like something you’d be interested in! I think we could have fun with it.



    jes says:

    hi bri i would love to contribute to your blog and i was thinking about doing like a style post that has to with something to do with design concepts that are for blogs or even graphic design but it can also fit in to personal style and home decor. if your interested my emal is [email protected]
    hope to work with you

    BrigittaR says:

    As a fellow professional designer I’d suggest that since you’re trying to ‘take on less’ whoever you take on should be experienced and proactive. (you don’t want to have to babysit anyone through the process of creating content, talk about a time suck)

    I write ‘Snacked’ which is entertainment and design focused so naturally I’d be keen to see more design oriented posts – less visual inspiration more actual design – or reviews of design books/films/products.

    I’d be willing to create this content for you or sit back and read it! Either way that’s what I’d love to see more of on DLF!

    Barbara says:

    Hi Bri,

    As a new reader (I only discovered your blog in the last few weeks), I find that your blog goes beyond many of the blogs I’ve seen and followed over the last few years because of one simpe thing: your blog is connected to your profession.I often find that there is a big disconnection between bloggers and how they earn their income, yet I’m always looking for ways to feel inspired to do what I love (aren’t we all?). With that said, I think it would be nice to find inspiring people making an actual living doing what they love and interview them in a fun way that reveals many of the juicy details we all want to know.

    I also tend to agree with the mini blogshop comment above. I’d love to get some of the content presented in the blogshops online.


    Erin says:

    Hi Bri!
    I would absolutely love to contribute to designlovefest. I have a blog called artsocial where myself and a friend write about contemporary art and artists in fun and accessible ways. If you’re ever interested in including something on the blog about art – visual, performance, or the like – I would love to chat with you. I’m attending Seattle Blogshop, in fact! Can’t wait to meet you and learn tons!


    What great tips and advice from alt!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    I would love to in some way, even if it is small, to contribute to Designlovefest!
    You’re someone who always inspires me to think outside of the box!
    I think some kind of art or design project that bloggers can add to would be fun!
    Much like the 15 Friend Project! http://inhonorofdesign.blogspot.com/2011/12/15-friends-project.html

    kim dean says:

    something that delves into your skills in color theory and type more, discussions on how you choose them and your process maybe? you are so creative in your design skills, and have a taste for color etc that is pretty much unseen anywhere else. love it!

    Billy says:

    How about a sassy homosexual’s take on food? or man clothes? My blog hasn’t been updated in a bit because of a crazy schedule, mostly including a move, but it would be amazing to write on your blog from time to time. For Reals. I have a couple posts set aside for DIY Projects, mostly for the kitchen, but it would be pretty cool to throw ideas your way or collaborate on some kitchen goodness.

    Hi Bri! I’m a long-time lover of DLF, and I’ve been shaking in my boots all day just thinking that I might have a chance to help you out as a contributor! I know how it is to get burnt out, and even though I don’t know you, I feel like I do sometimes, and if you’re even a fraction of the person I think you are, you’ll pull through and do great things with the hardships that you’re given. You’re the epitome of making lemonade out of lemons…so full of sunshine!

    If you DO happen to do any kind of posts based in cities on anything from shopping/thrifting/eating, like some of the other lovely ladies above have suggested, I am your girl for Savannah Georgia! I write lots of local reviews for places that I visit on my blog, pinegateroad.com.

    I also have an Idea for a weekly/semi-weekly column that I will send to you later 🙂 Best of luck with getting yourself together. I suggest juicing, and taking a long walk with the BF, that ‘secret’ exercise is always the best for the moods…at least it helps me when I feel I’m in your position…Thanks too for the great ALT tips! I was among the twitter stalkers longing to be out there with you guys. Hopefully I’ll make it next year!

    Hey Bri,

    I hope it’s not too late to throw my name in the hat for a contributor column. I see I’m not the first one to comment. 😕

    I made the switch to 98% original content (meaning the concept, photos, and copy were created by myself) on my blog about 9 months ago. It’s been amazing and I haven’t looked back once! Since then I’ve started several regular columns that are good examples of my work. Here are a few links that you might enjoy:


    My background is in interior design and I am SUPER inspired by color! So, I would love to do a regular feature on the subject. There are so many fun options for post layout structure… we can brainstorm ideas together, if you’d like.

    I’ve also been recently intrigued by the influence of nature and natural elements on the design process. I think it would be fascinating to compare the relationship between the two by featuring two photographs, one from nature and one of a man-made design, placed next to each other and discussed.

    Let me know what you think and we can chat more.

    Well Holy Smokes! That got everyone’s attention 🙂
    I loved meeting you at ALT and had a great time at your panel. That’s what it was all about ~ right? Collaborating!?!

    I think you are awesome – I am an Auction house turned interior designer turned blog-lover! After ALT I feel so energized and excited about everything..
    Send me a tweet and let me know how I can help you make this year A_Mazing too!
    xo jennifer from @decaporter

    Bryna says:

    Thank you for sharing some of the great things you learned at Alt! It’s very encouraging and inspiring to hear from the best of the best. I’m currently working on a website AND blog redesign and thinking of original columns to include as well. Sometimes the ideas come easier than figuring out the logistics/execution, which is always the challenge for me personally! Loving the columns you’ve been providing! Keep up the awesome work.

    Victoria says:

    Hey Bri! I saw your tweet at Alt about looking for contributors and I’m glad you reminded us about it here! I’d love to do something food related for your blog. Maybe a “fast, easy, fresh” type of column with accessible recipes, or another that delves into single ingredients and what people can do with them. Anything that can get people inspired to cook (it CAN be easy and fun!). I won’t yap about my food background too much here, but shoot me an email if it sounds interesting. Either way, best of luck with growing the blog and the contributing team!! xx

    Norah says:

    Hi Bri! I so wish I was at Alt this year, but I enjoyed following along on twitter and loved your recap here. I’m a gallerist by day and an art blogger by night with a passion for combing the internet for beautiful affordable art. My site, curate1k, showcases $1000 worth of online art finds each week. I hope it serves as a supplement to all of the other awesome art blogs out there by focusing on pieces that are available to purchase right then and there.

    I would love to contribute to DLF in some capacity. Please let me know if you’re interested in a column introducing readers to under-the-radar artists and encourage collecting. I sincerely want everyone to have beautiful walls and happy, inspiring homes!

    I have a blog where I did one new thing every day. It ranged from recipes to cool LA things, to DIY crafts, to the simplest joys like having a picnic in my living room. I’d love to do a column on doing new things — we could have them be totally out there or close to home, inspire people to step out of their box and try new things!


    I love all this. As a new blogger I am lapping up every single bit of advice out there, so thank you!

    Hello! Wow, what responses here. Everyone has such great ideas. I do love how cohesive your blog feels. From the selection of photos to the graphics to the columns. Truly an inspiration.

    I saw Jane’s response above and I was also honored to be on the list of up and coming blogs at Alt.–a total honor. I’m in Copenhagen, Denmark and make a lot of DIYs for Oh Happy Day, Styled, Brooklyn Bride, etc. I think it’d be AWESOME to show some DIYs on your site. Cool stuff, you know? From bright colored jewelry to clothing accessories to home stuff in your aesthetic. What do you think?

    I also love people’s ideas above about a blogshop column. Yes please!

    Thanks so much for the tips on blogging! They were very helpful and a reminder of the things I too want to accomplish. Do you know any good companies for web design, particularly for blog design?

    Katie says:

    I love Ashley’s idea about having posts about each city. I’m from Seattle but am studying abroad in Milan for the next for months, and would LOVE to be a part of this idea 🙂

    Kerry says:

    Hello Bri! I find delegating to be my hardest thing to do – so, BRAVO! You are such an inspiring person. Thanks for sharing some of the goodness you experienced at Alt summit. Oooooh I really like the blog posts from different cities idea. Holla if you need someone to ever share some juicy bits about NYC, or Jersey City NJ! 🙂

    Hanna says:

    We can contribute! And I think I know exactly how… The only thing is if you fancy this? Me and my sister have a design blog which is mostly about scandinavian interiors and good ideas. Since we live in Sweden it’s not so hard to find those nice white and nordic spaces! I’ve actually seen some of theme here on Designlovefest, so I know you like them too, but why not outsource that to us? We could tip you off for posts or do post for you on scandinavian design?! And let me tell you, there is a lot of cool and creative people and pictures from Island, Denmark, Finland and Sweden! Well just an idea! And keep up the good work, I think this is just perfect as it is! 🙂
    /Hanna of DoYouFancyThis.blogspot.com

    Jenny says:

    If you ever need help doing a post on Vancouver, I’m your gal!

    Dayle says:

    Hi Bri,
    I am a fan of your blog! I loved seeing you at Alt this past week. I can totally relate to what you are going through. I have had a hard time this past year and I really want to steer my life to a better place. I’m here in Atlanta and I’m looking for some collaboration opportunities too. Let me know if you would like collaborate! Good luck this year, I’m cheering for you.

    Jaclyn says:

    Hi Bri!

    I love your blog and style so much, it’s always such a colorful and exciting place for inspiration. I would love to do a collaboration with you, the experience would be amazing and I know I could dream up some fun things to show. I was thinking of a lifestyle post that has to do with moving to a new place. I’m originally from L.A., but moved to Ann Arbor a year and a half ago and have definitely had a little adventure transitioning. Maybe something that could talk about discovering new places and finding your way in a new setting? I’d love to throw around a few ideas with you. Thanks for taking the time to think about it! 🙂

    Melanie says:

    Hi Bri! I didn’t have a chance to say hello at Alt, but I’d like to next year. I would love to contribute to your blog and I have several ideas. I live in Seattle and we have some great indie boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, cool people, and, of course, coffee shops that I’d like to share with your readers. I would love to interview and photograph these people and places. Another idea is a “stylish mama” kind of thing, where I’d contribute cool things (toys, clothes, boutiques, gear, outings, etc.) for kids/moms that are well-designed, modern, creative, funky, fun, and urban. Let me know what you think! xoxo

    I love the cities idea so many of you have brought up in the comments. I’m all over Chicago if you decide to go that route!

    Another idea: what about a thrifty DIY series? I graduated from college 8 months ago and am trying to build a collection of pieces for my apartment that I love while staying on a budget. As a result, I’ve been doing a TON of DIY projects using things pieces I find at thrift stores. Here’s an example: http://www.secondfloorliving.net/2012/01/weekend-diy-reupholstered-ottoman.html

    Good luck with adding contributors, I’m sure it will be great!

    Rubina says:

    Hi Bri,
    I think it’s so fantastic when blogs open up the opportunity for contributors! As blogging becomes more popular I think that the sense of community becomes harder and harder to maintain so kudos to you for finding a great way to do it.
    I really appreciate how your blog feels like a stream of consciousness and that’s a tone that I’ve tried to maintain in my blog as well! I focus on DIY projects, interior styling and fashion all on a teeny tiny girl-who-works-at-an-ad-agency budget. I would love to bring some of my tips and projects to your site, as well as my personal passion for helping out inspiring Etsy shop owners by featuring them on my blog.

    Good luck with your simplifying process!
    ~ Rubina

    kristina says:

    hi bri, thanks for all of the great tips! and sorry to hear that you’re going through a rough time, it will all work out right?! i would be interested in contributing to your site, i would honored actually haha! as you may know, my blog focuses on a lot of the same topics that yours does, fashion, design, food. and i’m pretty heavy handed into the photoshop thing, it’s pretty much all i use, i love it! please contact me if you’re at all interested!
    xx, kristina

    Andrea says:

    Hi Bri,
    Love your style, love your blog.
    I write a beauty blog and am the owner of a little beauty shop in TO. I can offer you some down to earth, Bri-style beauty articles.

    Margaret says:

    favorite ideas here:
    #6 Ashley: city guides–but just like you marry images and text so well, this ought to balance awesome, iconic images of the city with a few key spots to visit.
    #7 Katie: mini-blogshop column.
    #33 Leah: Music post. LOVE THIS IDEA–especially since you and A clearly have awesome taste in music.

    Theresa says:

    Wow, there are so many great ideas here! This blogging community never ceases to amaze me. Also, thank you for the blogging tips from Alt Summit. It’s much appreciated; I took mad notes.
    The call for contributors is a wonderful idea and such an amazing opportunity to offer your readers. I love the collaboration you do with Joy – Closet & Casa. I’m always interested in reading about a creative’s thoughts on things and/or getting a peek into their lives. (I’ve actually been trying to flush this idea out for my own site.) I think it would be fun to start some kind of creative interview series on your blog. You know and are in constant contact with so many amazing creative people, it would be great to highlight/celebrate them on your site through a clever q&a, encompassed in a fun Bri-esque layout. [Throwing my hat in the ring if this sounds interesting.] You certainly have a goldmine of inspiration here. Best wishes on finding the right fit and wishing you continued success. You earned it!!

    Jess Davis says:

    Hi Bri –

    I would love to help out with Design Love Fest. I’m newer to the blogosphere but love what you do. Give me a holler. I think Joy forwarded an email to you from me about Closet & Casa, but I’d love to help you out with what you’re doing as well. Of course, I could be doing exactly what you are trying to solve for – overcommitting – but I’d love to take a stab at it.


    kelly says:

    Hi Bri – Thanks for all the alt info, good stuff! So sad I couldn’t go this year – it’s on my wish list for next year! Have you thought about a food/drink contributor?

    Also, love the city guide ideas!

    being lovely

    Julia says:

    I also love the idea of an “A day in [insert city here]” column. We all come here to be inspired, and this would be something that would really reach out to all of your readers, across the country, not just in the LA area.
    If this is something to choose to do, I would love to contribute a Vermont edition of the column. I spend a lot of time in both Montpelier and Burlington, and there are some great restaurants and shops that I think would be a perfect fit within your brand and style.

    I fell in love with your blog when I first discovered it a few months ago and have returned almost daily and am blown away by what I see.
    I love that you are opening up the call for contributors to your readers!

    Kate roebuck says:

    Bri! Accepting help is no easy feat! I do think that it works only when you are on the same page aestetically and work ethic wise. I work on a design team, we live in different cities and it works well only because we are totally in scyncwould love to chat more about this! Email me if you like, I would love to work with you! I could be the brunett to your.blond!

    I have to tell you, you are not alone. I struggle everyday with asking for help. It hard but I totally commend you taking that next step in doing so. While I’m stretched too thin myself already to offer up any ideas that I could bring to your team, I’ve been reading through all the ideas. Some very clever folks out there… The last comment from Kate seems so spot on. Totally in sync is so important. Brunette to your blond… clever…. all bases would be covered with her, I’m sure.
    Good luck!! Love reading your blog.

    Michelle says:

    Hi! It was a blast meeting you at the Alt Summit white party. I think both of our fun, design-infused aesthetics would work together well. I’m a wedding stylist, but I believe in showing clients my taste level and style in all areas of my life, so, here is my rad idea: You live in LA, I live in NYC, we both get the same piece of clothing/accessory and style it in our own ways. Bi-coastal fashion! We’ll collaborate with amazing photographers, each with a similar style for each post.

    Same concept, different application: we do the same thing with a home accessory/artwork. You live in a big LA loft, I live in a tiny Brooklyn apartment – we can show people how to make awesome home pieces work in their spaces, no matter what size!


    Hannah says:

    Hi Bri! I would love love love to contribute to designlovefest! Your blog has been inspiring me for a long time and I eagerly open your posts every morning. I am a fellow blogger and graphic designer, with one major thing different – I live and work in LONDON! I would love to do some graphic design type posts from over the ditch, looking at lovely type as I travel the world, gorgeous graphic design projects that have that extra something special, and anything designy that takes my fancy (obviously that fits with the DLF style!). Would absolutely love to take part in your inspiring blog, let me know if I can help! Hannah

    Laura says:

    Hi Bri,

    Your blog is just fantastic and full of adorable little tidbits. You collaborate with so many people and I think it would be a great idea to do some video interviews with some of your collaborators and up and coming bloggers. My friend Becky and I have been talking about working together on some videos and I think this would be a great place to start. You can check out my blog here: http://okayiknow.blogspot.com/ and becky’s video blog here: http://rebeccadavismultimedia.com/

    Let me know if you’re interested 🙂


    Kerry says:

    OR (Hi me again) what about this…I gather a team together to make someone feel super amazing and transform them before your eyes. Maybe work with a local vintage shop that I adore, my favorite hair guy, and of course have photos and maybe video of the whole process. I thought of this while sipping some wine. 🙂

    Ashley Rose says:

    I really like the ideas about featuring different people from various Blogshop’s since that ties in the collaborating and creative project advice from Alt, but I think your blog is so successful because you have your own unique design style that is cohesive and interesting to read every day. There are a lot of design blogs in my reader, but yours is always my first choice because of that, and to feature other designs would break that up quite a bit, I think.

    Maybe featuring more elements of Rue would be awesome; Blogshop has already proved to be wildly successful in and of itself and I really like scrolling through some of the inspirations from the Rue tumbl.r because it sort of combines type, design, images, and then how they can be tranformed into real life products, like these: http://ruemag.tumblr.com/post/16471425441 — they flow along with the style of your blog already, and could be made into a DIY project, which are always popular columns.

    Spencer says:

    Bri! Hi! As a dude who loves reading DLF for the graphic inspiration and rad writing style, I think it’d be awesome to have stuff that guys could possibly be into. Now, I know that your blog is primarily focused on women, and the guy to girl ratio is probably fairly small, a weekly post about stuff a girlfriends guy would like could be really cool. Not only would the lady readers get information on what new, interesting, well branded, and fun products to get their guy, but it could also be a piece that the potentially few male readers on your site could look forward to as well. Just a thought. 🙂 E-mail me if you’re looking for an awesome male contributor!
    PS: Oh, and music. <3 music.

    brianne says:

    hello from a fellow bri! i am an architect in my day job (v. small home reno/diy blog on the side), but I’ve been thinking for awhile of an “architect’s eye” column, focusing more on the infrastructure of a good space over the decorating/styling details. Easy and doable tips and inspiration for the fundamental creation of a space which you can then style (think windows, doors, hand rails, etc. etc.) So sad I didn’t get to come say hi during alt! Next year for sure 🙂

    ladynoble says:

    So many great comments, I loved reading through them! Of course I would also love to be on the DLF collaboration list. I am really interested in the music idea I see many have posted. I would say SOUND&VISION could be a rocking column. Pulling inspiration from a song, or video. Plus the David Bowie reference is awesome right?! I am a graphic designer and very familiar with the entire adobe suite, currently running CS5. I also take photos, love to paint, draw fonts, make jewelry and other random creative things. Have a look at my needs-to-be-updated-blog.

    Ranu says:

    Wish I could have seen you speak at ALT Bri! But it’s on my list to get there next year! 🙂 I’m sure you were fantastic, quirky and captured everyone’s attention as you did at Blogshop NYC! I know I enjoyed hearing you speak about DLF and sharing your knowledge there, so I’m sure ALT-goers enjoyed as well!

    I love the city guide ideas that have appeared in comments, and the original photographs with quotes. I’m always on the hunt for good quotes. I think it would be great to incorporate inspiring words in a post somehow on here, but obviously, we all already love your blog. Any thoughts on a music or mixtape post? I’ve always thought it would be cool to do an outfit-to-song post, or room/interior-to-song post. I feel like clothes and rooms have moods and feels, and so do songs, so it would be a great pairing. Let me know if it might be of interest, happy to chat more, and I’m looking forward to seeing some contributors on DLF whoever they may be, and seeing what you do in 2012!

    PSST. Blogshop 2.0 in NYC would be fab! 🙂

    IDA says:

    Ciao Bri,
    “Pattern your life”- what do you think about 🙂 Ida (patterna and textile designer)

    I would love to help out! I think that we see so many places on your blog, so many inspiring photographs and great spots around l.a.. why not open it up to other peoples neighborhoods? each week i could get a blogger or small biz owner (even someone established) to provide a few photos and tell us the cool spots in their town.. the places that the locals know of! Let me be your travel guide.

    Pink Ronnie says:

    Hi Bri,

    As a huge fan of your blog, thought I’d throw in my two cents worth (even though it’s almost a month since you wrote this post – I know, woops.)

    I’m a self-confessed neat freak. I am anti-clutter and all for being organised! I’ve noticed in a few past blog posts that you’ve mentioned how you would love to be better organised, etc. and I was thinking that maybe your readers feel the same too with regards to their lives.

    I used to host my own blog about getting organised called Get Sorty and it was hugely popular but life just got too busy for me to be doing daily updates. (I’ve even given a couple of Get Sorty talks and the women who came all raved about it afterwards.)

    My writing tone is casual, fun and slightly tongue-in-cheek. I also love taking arty photos, which I think will align well with the designlovefest brand. I’m also a graphic designer so can do my own layouts (again in line with your brand.)

    Anyway, that is all! Hope you have a gorgeous love day with Arian!

    Ronnie xo

    lexi says:

    I know I’m a little late on this, but I’d love love love to contribute. I’m a blogger/lawyer/over-achiever; old books + glitter make me weak in the knees. Send an e-mail my way if you’re even the slightest bit interested!
    Thanks SO much!
    ♡ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

    Hi Bri,

    Hope this finds you well, happy Friday! Are you still on the lookout for some contributors? I’ve noticed that you have a few new folks cropping up around here but my sister and I are huge fans of yours and have been writing a little blog of our own. We would LOVE to contribute to Design Lovefest if you’re still looking. I’ve got an idea that we’re trying out on our blog that I think may be a great fit. Let me know if you’re interested. Would love to connect,


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