SDC Market and Getting Plastered

Last week, I spent Thursday and Friday at the Seattle Design Center for two totally different experiences. SDC always has great events and experiences going on, and I’m excited to share the latest two with you!

The calm before the storm….

The calm before the storm….



One of the first things that I learned about the design community during my grad work at UCLA was that designers LOVE to party. They love throwing them, going to them, and creating reasons to have them. Once I moved to Seattle, I found an amazing, close-knit community of interior designers who love to share, advise, collaborate, and drink together. Seriously, designers love to drink.

A few times a year, the Seattle Design Center holds mini market days for designers and people in the industry. It gives us a chance to see new lines, learn about new products, get introduced to new vendors and showrooms, and hang out with other people in our field (key, since many of us work alone and from home — it’s nice to have an excuse to get out of the house and interact!). We all shuffle from showroom to showroom for presentations, food, and drinks. These are easily some of my favorite days.

But this season’s Industry Day (held last Thursday) felt quiet — most designers had gone to High Point Market, which was scheduled at the same time, and there were almost no reps available to hock their new wares and lines. Still, I managed to see some beautiful things and hang out with some of my designer friends. Also, shout out to A Grand Affaire catering who wowed us all with their bites at Designer Furniture Galleries. Seriously, if you’re looking for a caterer — check them out!

A few pics below from throughout the day, including the champagne which was flowing quite freely throughout the day…


So, the following day I dragged myself back to the SDC, wearily, for a completely different kind of getting plastered. A workshop in lime plaster by the absolutely amazing Lauren Dillon from Master of Plaster. She’s a second generation plasterer and a wealth of information — everything from the chemical compounds to the inherent behaviors of lime plaster to the tons and tons of finishes and options.

I was nervous at the start — silly, right? Working with a medium like plaster allows you the creativity to work through “mistakes”. But I have a silly, very Virgo need to do things to a crazy level of perfection, and I was in my head about “doing it right” and make perfect plasterwork.

But the second my trowel hit the drywall, I was hooked. What a fun medium to work with! It’s forgiving, while still creating something entirely individual each time. We got to finish four boards: one starting from scratch with a first basecoat, one to do a second basecoat layer on top of an already prepped and dried first layer, one to put a finishing coat on a prepped dual layer board, and one to play with an incredible plaster called Caenstone. Caenstone was created by the owner of Master of Plaster to replicate the stone that was originally used to build Grand Central Station. They needed to repair some of the stone during the restoration, but the original quarry had shut down many years prior. So, plaster to the rescue! The Caenstone dries to look like actual stone, and can have lines cut into it when it’s partially dry to mimic grout or mortar lines.

Seriously, so cool.

It wound up being a long day of working with my hands, creating, getting dirty, and playing, and I’ll be honest — I was exhausted at the end. But I was also incredibly grateful for the opportunity to get out of my head and just play with plaster. Plus, now I have four cool sample boards of Caenstone and three different types and colors of Venetian plaster… time to get creative again!