Yesterday, my best galpal and Kansas native Lisa and I joined approximately 4,000 women at the Kansas City Convention Center for the all day event. O You! featured seminars with O’s most popular contributors, along with the opportunity to meet the experts at book signings.
O Editor-At-Large Gayle King kicked off the conference, sharing an affection for Kansas City that began years ago when she worked for WDAF-TV here and later met her ex-husband. As she spoke about the city’s many charms, from fabulous dining and barbecue to friendly locals, I smiled in agreement.
Gayle introduced adorable interior designer Nate Berkus, who charmed the crowd with his quick wit and user-friendly home decorating advice.
“Our homes should tell the story of who we are,” he said.
Nate says creative inspiration can come from anywhere -- magazine articles, flea markets, even a friend’s personal style. A pattern on a wallet, for example, can become a pattern for a throw pillow.
He also advised looking at what you can add to surfaces like end tables and not being afraid to take risks.
“If you want a chandelier in the bathroom, do it,” he said. “There shouldn’t be rules in design.”
After his seminar, Nate signed copies of his decorating how-to book Home Rules, and Lisa and I caught a glimpse of a few other O contributors on the scene, including political strategist Donna Brazile and life coach Martha Beck.
Up next…great advice from Suze Orman and Dr. Oz and a big announcement from Gayle about upcoming O Magazine’s tenth anniversary.