The Lab – Chemistry


From left to right along the couch:  the back of John Tusher’s head, me, Elaine Decorno, Mary Shelterrific, Megan Not Martha  (Photo courtesy of Eliza Truitt Photography)

So, guess who’s the Italian in this picture?

The Lab was fab.  John and Ali from Velocity had done a spectacular job drumming up an even higher turnout than the first one (John’s going to have to get a bigger showroom) and everyone had come armed with loads of thought-provoking questions so it felt just like chatting with old friends.  I hope I didn’t come across as too drunk.


My fellow panellists were all fascinating and have fabulous taste in shoes.  John is the new Oprah.

Things I Learned:

– The way to drum up lots of comments on your blog is to write posts saying “xxxx – yes or no?” and/or write about bacon 

Pink hoses make people very excited (!)

– I MUST HAVE Elaine Decorno’s handbag

– People in Seattle are lovely and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


I didn’t even begin to chat to all the people I wanted to meet, but it was lovely to speak to Still Dottie (who rocks the platinum blonde crop I’ve always wanted but never dared to have); Kim who makes stunning handmade books; the fabulous-as-always Stanford Blatch-alike Uncle Beefy (we were wondering where all the male design bloggers are?), the very lovely Danielle from Apartment Therapy (an Apartment Therapy Seattleite, who knew?) and meet, albeit briefly, the very cute Tula from Whorange.  I also talked to lots of other people who don’t have blogs and therefore can’t be linked to (how can this be? – get with the program!).

For more detailed notes on what we spoke about check out Megan’s and Mary’s posts.

June’s Lab will feature Kristen Rask of Schmancy and a couple of other crafters talking about crafting and plush toys.  I have a horrible feeling though that I’m going to have to miss this as I’m due to be cruising to Alaska with my crazy Italian rellies.  Though in typical badly organised Italian fashion the cruise has not yet been booked, so there is still hope of a reprieve.



  1. says

    Oh god, the infamous Seattle Freeze article! That was a humongous controversy on Yelp for WEEKS.
    As for that dog park lady, she’s obviously talking to the wrong owners. You would be amazed how many people we talk to when we have Sofa with us — everywhere. He is one big dog-lover magnet. We’ve met lots of people that way, and almost all of them are friendly.

  2. says

    LOVE your opening line, Paola! Fabulous!
    So I’ve now moved from Tim Gunn to Stanford Blatch? Honestly, it seems quite appropriate given that I’ve seen the damn movie twice in the opening weekend! God help me!
    Guess that’s the thing with us Yanks…no self-restraint 😉

  3. says

    Oh god I’m SO jealous. Still not going until tomorrow night…
    Who would you prefer to be? I hear there’s not a lot of Stanford in the movie, which is deeply distressing news.

  4. says

    you could totally sport the platinum do! thanks for the mention – it was great to meet you & i look forward to some more uk vs us. love it.

  5. says

    you could totally sport the platinum do! thanks for the mention – it was great to meet you & i look forward to some more uk vs us. love it.

  6. says

    I’m open to either selection really. Oh wait! Maybe Stanford…if I get to hang with Carrie all the time?! Anxious to know what you think. Hope you enjoy it!

  7. says

    Ann – Unfortunately I can barely find time to get to the hairdresser’s nowadays, let alone work on platinum roots (and I used to be a blonde and the condition of my hair was so awful).
    Uncle B – well you have the fashion savvy and wit of TG, and the humour, gossipy-ness and hairstyle of SB, so yes, either works!

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