I don't really talk about interior design too much on this blog; there's plenty of other blogs that specialise in that area out there on the web, and my little blog has kind of a more children-y focus. But that doesn't mean I'm not passionate about interiors! I obsess about my home constantly, am addicted to design magazines and stalk the other homey sites on the web relentlessly!
My favourite design mag is the down-to-earth Real Living, where amazing style isn't about costing the earth and the ideas translate into REAL homes just, well, like mine! Last night, I attended a function where the editor of Real Living, Deborah Bibby, presented a talk about interior design and decorating. I've seen her on TV (on HomeMade) and in the magazine of course, but had no idea what she might be like in person. I couldn't believe how down-to-earth she was, a real poster girl for her magazine! She seemed like the type of gal you could chat for hours over a cup of tea with, discussing storage ideas and vignettes. I loved her!
Afterward, she stayed around to chat to audience members and I desperately wanted to go and say hello... but do you reckon I got the worst kind of stagefright?! I circled the room about 12 times before I plucked up enough courage to go over to her (oh, ok, my friend pretty much dragged me). When I got there, she was as lovely as I would have expected and even said I reminded her of her gardening editor! I gushed about how much I love her magazine and just barely restrained myself from begging for work experience!
So now, I have even more respect for my favourite magazine and its editor. Have you ever met someone you have admired from afar? Did they meet your expectations?