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Altitude Design Summit 2010

I’m back from summer camp! Oh, I mean Altitude Design Summit.

I could name all of the amazing people I got to meet and hang out with, but it would seem a little braggy because the summit was just that good. I mean, you saw the list of speakers, right? Add to that the awesome attendees and you have a list of my nearly all of my favorite design bloggers. The organizers behind Alt did an outstanding job, and I’m honored to have been included!

Altitude Design Summit (my panel)
Photo of my panel (“How to Find the Best Design Sites”) by Janel Laban, Apartment Therapy. Left to right: Allison Czarnecki, me (Nicole Balch), Jamie Derringer, and Karey Mackin

The panels were fantastic. In addition to the Keynote events, we were able to choose between three tracks for each session: Design Theory, Form & Function, or Hands On. I loved listening to what some of my favorite bloggers and influential people had to say on each topic, but it was even more exciting to be able to chat with them personally. Best of all, I left feeling inspired and ready to make this little ol’ blog of mine the best it can be.

Now you’re wishing that you went, right? Don’t worry. It’s all going to happen again next year, and I can’t wait.

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  • laura trevey
    January 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like you had a great time!!

  • Cheryl Ann
    January 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Wow, congratulations! Looks like it was an inspiration AND great fun! They were lucky to have you on one of their panels, you are one of the best!

    January 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I loved hearing what each of you talented women had to say! I also loved meeting you Nicole. You are so inspiring. I look forward to attending ALT next year!
    Hope you had a fun time here in SLC!

  • Samantha
    January 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Totally wish I could have gone!! Love your necklace.

  • Lindsay @ Likely Design
    January 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I HAVE to go next year…it looked AMAZING! I can’t wait to see what everyone has in store for us readers because of it.

  • Violet
    January 25, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I wish I would have known about this! Maybe next year =)

  • jaime
    January 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Nicole, it was a pleasure meeting you! Here’s to next year!

  • Fonda LaShay
    January 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    oh i hope i am able to go next year, sounds great!

  • amy
    January 25, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    oh to have been there. it does sound amazing! i hope to attend next year…

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    January 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Ooo…My fingers are crossed for next year.

    Glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time! I can only imagine how grande it was!

  • Megan {Shabby Blogs}
    January 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    You did such a wonderful job! You were definitely one of my favorites at the summit. :) Wish I could have heard from you even more.

  • karey m.
    January 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    you were a treat, nicole! and i loved how big-name bloggers came up to you and swooned!

    thanks for everything…xoxo.

  • kelly rae
    January 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    just found you.
    totally in love with your site!

    kelly rae

  • jules @the diversion project
    January 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    hey thanks for posting this pic, its really cool! great to put a face to everyone’s name.

    Glad you had a lovely time at ALT, seriously thinking about making the trek myself next year.


  • Courtney
    January 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Just had to say that you look adorable in that photo, and it sounds like it was a great time. I also have to give a big thumbs up for your pink suitcase. I never have to wonder if it’s my bag that’s coming down the carousel since not too many others dare to rock the pink suitcase!

  • John @ Young House Love
    January 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    So glad you had a great time, Nicole! And so bummed we missed the train on this one (or at least missed it with too little time to make last minute Salt Lake City plans). Hopefully we’re a bit more alert next year. Maybe we’d be able to meet in person finally!


  • Kami
    January 26, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I loved meeting you, Nicole. I’m already looking forward to next year. What a blast it was!

  • Amanda
    January 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Where was this pic taken at? Those lights in the background are awesome!

  • Carrie
    January 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm


  • becoming-mom
    January 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Nicole, you look fabulous!! I too love your necklace and your hair looks so cute :)

  • sarah jane
    January 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Nicole, it was so great to “meet” you too! So glad to have had the chance,and yes…wasn’t it just inspiring? Can’t imaging your blog getting any better…keep up the great work:) see you next year? xo sarah

  • Kelly
    January 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    So jealous!
    And I’m on board with loving the necklace, too. Where’d you get it?

  • Tracy
    January 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I couldn’t go, but I hope to do so next year!
    And omgoodness, you look so chic. What a great outfit and love the necklace!

  • Seleta
    January 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    You look pretty. Had to tell you I especially love your hair and necklace!!! Very chic.

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