photo credit: Tristan Knowlton
Ahhh… just back from a trip that will rank high in the memories of a lifetime. The Blogger Retreat was an intimate gathering two hours outside of Toronto hosted by Lynne Knowlton and Lisa Smith, beautifully planned down to the last luxury detail, even with corporate sponsors, a personal chef, sous-chef, and deluxe gift bags. I think I speak for all who attended when I say that our expectations were blown out of the water. The event, the home, the people- all were magnificent. We left with an overload of information, enlightenment and new best friends. This event was a memory maker… a powerful idea exchange, a carefully curated agenda of serious presentations, discussions, and exploration of a range of valuable topics. The group was a perfect mix of backgrounds, talents, strengths, personalities. I am truly honored to have been included.
See Who attended the Blogger Retreat, check out their blogs, & follow these talented ladies:
Host Lynne Knowlton of Design The Life You Want to Live
Host Lisa Smith of Interior Design Factory
Anita Griffin of Masco Canada, of The Organic Experiment
Janet of House Four
Kathy Sandler of Live The Fine Life
Lisa Ferguson of Decor Mentor
Norma Thiessen of My Beautiful Paris
Check out the deluxe country destination! Lynne’s farm-house. Which we will call a resort, because that’s what it is. If you know Lynne Knowlton’s blog, you know how creative and witty she is. She is even more lovely in person, and does she ever have an eye for design and a heart for hospitality. She and Lisa had everybody feeling like the guest of honor, which is a unique set of skills, thoughtfulness and class. Here is the “farm-house”:
The tree house below, with bar and 2 sleeping areas, a porch with hammock chairs, a seating area below and a slide…
The barn, where our meetings took place:
So what did we talk about? Oh, can’t tell you. Sorry. But it was great.
But here is what I can share with you. Let’s talk about the chef and sous-chef. They were incredible. The food was as delicious as it was beautifully presented. Menus were carefully planned by hosts and chef and the many details were made to look effortless. But we know better than that.
Chef Derek Paterson of the Toronto Westin, sous-chef and lovely daughter of Lynne- Tristan Knowlton
Glasses provided by West Elm
Placemats provided by Devine Color
And then there were the gift bags, each uniquely customized for the recipient, filled with thoughtful & delightful contents, many thanks to Brizo Canada… mine made me laugh out loud and I will carry it proudly, in fact, I think it might become my new camera bag.
The Blogger Retreat was a once in a lifetime experience that we will all cherish. Our group of nine bonded nicely and are already BFFs. Many thanks to Lynne and Lisa for your vision, attention to the details of entertaining and business, generosity and graciousness. We all want to come back. Now. XOXOX
“What we had this weekend is rare and there is something about the randomness of the universe—sometimes it gets corralled and something wonderful begins.” -Ann Wertz Garvin