The (Stylish) Power of Twitter
#IDzinechat is Born
Last night there was a bit of a party. A fascinating, chatty, colorful party. And this Design Junkie attended in her pajamas.
You may know that besides producing HomeWorkshop.com, I report on interior design and decorating on Twitter (my Twitter name is @HomeWorkshop). It’s been an incredible venue to meet other design-crazed homeowners and design professionals.
Now back to last night.
Two women planned a little shindig. North Carolina-based interior designer, Wanda S. Horton (Twitter name @WandaSHorton) and design and furniture industries social media pro Leslie Carothers (on Twitter as @tkpleslie).
Wanda and Leslie’s idea was this event where professional interior designers, specialists, artists, craftspeople and retailers from all areas of all home design, could gather virtually with consumers, in order to answer as many questions as possible, and to share
So last night at 8 pm Eastern, I signed in to Twitter and searched on the special hashtag created for the event. #IDzinechat. (A hashtag is a way to quickly see all the “tweets” (Twitter entries) related to one topic.
Where do I begin a room from scratch?
An answer magically appeared:
- Start with a carpet and pull colors from that.
- We start with the artwork and go from there.
The next query:
How to finish a basement wall system?
- Put stylish wallpaper on the inside back of shelf sections.
- Better yet cover with wallpaper removable inserts, for easy updating.
Ideas were flowing, and more and more people came to the party.
Then keyboards and fabric samples began to fly.
There was talk of Eco-design…
and Feng Shui.
A retailer got instant direction from the field on current hot colors in baby rooms.
Sources were tweeted, and photos of projects. Links to helpful articles and blog posts were shared (yowzah!).
And everybody had an opinion about what to do with the darn TV:
- Some had great ideas for working it in over the fireplace.
- Others said okay, but here’s how to camouflage it there.
- Still others asked why the heck we are still hanging the TV over the fireplace, and hey a decorative cabinet is a better way to go.
Tweet of the evening was awarded to designer @kimberleyseldon:
“u don’t need face lift – u need table lamps”
(I’m off to buy more table lamps first thing tomorrow.)
I admit it’s not the simplest thing to follow a Twitter group conversation. Picture a cocktail party—a big, hip, happening one with the best decor of course—where you are privy to ALL the conversations at once. The key is to smile and jump in when you are interested and have a tidbit to add. (That and to wear hot shoes).
And tools like TweetDeck can help you follow along.
What was the best thing about #IDzinechat?
People met. However briefly, contacts were made. Designers met homeowners and vice versa. Retailers met design pros. And designers met other designers.
It was a friendly neighborhood gathering and (thankfully) with little of neighbor Herb pushing his latest multi-level marketing product.
So the first #IDzinechat is a wrap. We showered our hostesses with compliments and are plotting the next party. This time you’ll all be on the list.
Get shopping for that hot pair of slippers and I’ll see you there.