Last week, we took a little road trip….Photo 2

We took off to the East and turned a little to the South…through the hills of  Missouri and Arkansas…we stopped off in Joplin for some “Instant Karma”…

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It was delicious…but not heavy on the “instant”…we didn’t know what we really needed was an hour and a half  break from windshield time…getting either of us to stop for long when we are on a mission is a challenge!!  But we did it!!  And it was probably good we did…because, let’s just say, we barely took a breathe for the remainder of the week!!!

From the breakfast “intro” session Tuesday morning to the closing workshop Thursday afternoon, we talked design business, we talked design, we talked business…and, did I mention, we talked design business??!!

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Our Designer MBA mentor, Tobi Fairley!!

From the beginning to the end, Tobi’s passion for design and for mentoring those of us in the industry was absolutely apparent!!

The lovely Capitol Hotel hosted this event and may I just say, not all hotel’s are created equal!!

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The Capitol Hotel, Little Rock, Arkansas

Our suite was lovely…

…it spoke to our designer sensibilities…

…and spoiled us rotten!!

“Team Tobi” rolled out the red carpet with evening parties hosted by At Home in Arkansas

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The networking time was fabulous…

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And the spoiling continues…

with sponsors like Joss and Main, Olioboard and LampsPlus…

as well as meeting other designers from around the country!!

Our "class" of designers!

Our “class” of designers!

If there had to be one highlight, though, it was the input of this woman…we heard her passion to openly share her experience (in an often exclusive industry) and to pour into the lives of other business women in this industry.

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This event was by far the best investment we have made, yet, into our business… (Oh…and another highlight…we finally broke down and learned how to  twit   tweet…thanks, @TeamTobi #designermba  from @asterhousedesign)


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It was work…really…we promise!!!




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