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Here are my favourite home bloggers from those I met at Problogger.
Picture this …
It’s the Gold Coast. It’s 3 nights away from the family. It’s a 2-day conference. There’s 700 attendees in total. And only about 15 of them are men.
It’s the 2015 Problogger event – a conference for the Australian blogging community, that keeps getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger each year.
As an architect, working in the property and construction industry for 20 years now, it is rare I’m in a room with so many women. SO. MANY. WOMEN.
And not just women … bloggers.
Even though I’ve been ‘blogging’ for a year now, it still blows my mind that there is a world-wide economy created by people who write online. However, if there was one take-away from this year’s 2015 Problogger, it was this …
There is. Blogging is massive. And it is creating change in every industry.
I am pretty sure I was the only architect there. I was joined by several other bloggers from the home design, building, renovating and interiors industries … some of whom I’ve been in contact with online for some time.
I thought I’d share a snippet here for the UA Community. Here’s my collection of a few from “All Things Home from Problogger”.
The Builder’s Wife
I met Nicole early in the conference – at the networking evening, in the bar, amongst a few hundred other ‘newbies’. Having connected online, it was great to find a familiar face so early, and I enjoyed hearing more about her experience of blogging, renovating and running a business with her hubby.
Nicole of The Builder’s Wife, and her hubby, Adam, own Fernbrooke Homes, a building company based in Ipswich. They have 5 kids between them (!) and juggle a busy life with running their business and renovating.
Nicole blogs about the renovation of her own, beautiful 100+ year old Queenslander. She also shares blogs including nuts-and-bolts advice, guest posts from a range of industry professionals, and great building insight.
Rebecca Senyard is The Plumbette, a Brisbane-based, award-winning plumber! I didn’t get the chance to find her in amongst the 700 attendees, but I love her blog for all the useful info it contains, so I wanted to share with the UA Community for sure.
Her blog covers all things plumbing, as well as general advice on navigating a male-dominated industry such as construction. There’s lots of life inspiration here too, as she shares her journey as a wife, mum and businesswoman.
What I love about this blog is its no-nonsense approach on all she writes about. She’s straight down the line … which I think you’d expect from a woman who’s bravely taken on the plumbing industry as her chosen line of work!
Gina and I tracked each other down on the last day and enjoyed lunch together. Gina of Style Curator is gorgeous – to look at and in her energy … and clever, stylish and savvy. I always feel so casual and pragmatically dressed next to elegant young women like Gina (!) – she even looked great sitting on the grass during our lunch. She shared her plans and dreams for Style Curator, and I loved hearing about her journey.
This effortless sense of style also oozes from Style Curator’s pages. A social media advisor, writer and editor, Gina has a passion for interiors and home décor and excellent taste!
You can follow the journey of Gina creating a new, contemporary home in Canberra, and read her blogs for advice on interiors, DIY projects, pieces for your home, TV renovation wrap-ups, and design projects to swoon over.
Suzanne of She-Builds and I have bounced back and forth on social media for some months now. Both driven by a similar mission to help women feel more confident when building and renovating, we come at it from slightly different but complimentary angles.
So when Suzanne and I found ourselves sitting either side of another attendee, who shared that she’d just exchanged contracts on a home she planned to renovate in Sydney … you can imagine the giggles when we realised who we each were – and then the advice we both poured on this woman!
Suzanne is Director and General Manager of Australia’s largest building inspection business, Jim’s Building Inspections.
She started “SheBuilds” as an Australian Home Improvement community for women … and from a similar frustration that I felt too. That women weren’t being effectively supported as they built and renovated their homes, and deserved better as they made decisions that impacted how they, and their families, lived and created their futures.
Suzanne’s blogs are incredible – full of useful and practical expert information to help you navigate building and renovating … and you can also follow her renovation.
Nooks and Cranny
Niks and Luke of Nooks and Cranny are a gorgeous couple living in the Gold Coast Hinterland renovating their home, and very clever at DIY and renovation projects.
If you feel the need to get cracking with some projects on your weekends, read their blog for inspiration. From chicken coops to gift wrap, there is a project to suit everyone … outlined in an easy-to-follow way that may just inspire your creativity!
Helen Edwards of Recycled Interiors wears a few hats, all leading her on her mission to help you have a happy, healthy home.
Her blog is full of fantastic DIY projects – all focused at buying less and doing more with what you have.
She provides consultations, has an online shop, does workshops and also helps others in her industry with business strategy.
Her site is the ultimate in recycled and upcycled interiors, and sustainable objects for your home.
I have to give a special shout-out to Alexx Stuart of Low Tox Life who was my roomie for the 3 nights of this event.
Alexx is a dear friend, and I don’t know about you – but when you get a chance to hang out (kid-free) with your friends for a few days, it’s like stepping back to high school. Lots of giggles, borrowing clothes, and we even caught a Patrick Dempsey Friday-night movie after the conference evening event!
Alexx has an incredible business helping people live better, more conscious lives, through eating real food and low tox living. She’s got also got an e-course available called “Thrive – Raising Kids Who Love Real Food” if you have fussy little ones that you struggle to get to eat well.
I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who is so non-judgemental as Alexx … everything she teaches and shares is done with such love and compassion, and always from a place of helping you to know better, so you can do better … but without the guilt. She could have glared or tutt-tutted at my choices so many times over the weekend, but never did!