I am overwhelmed and humbled by the amazing experience I had this past weekend.
I was invited by my fabulous sales rep and designer friend, Sophie, at Ann Sacks (an artisan tile company owned by Kohler) to participate in the Ann Sacks VIP factory tour in Portland, Oregon. I have to be honest, I did not know what to expect on this trip but with my recent mindset to “show up” with an open heart and mind and to let go of any expectations, I cannot begin to share how truly amazed and overwhelmed I was by the graciousness of every person I met along the way. I have so much to share about this journey and I don’t know where to begin because it is all so good!
Upon my arrival at The Nines boutique hotel, I was greeted with lovely people and impressed with the very hip and chic décor of this hotel. My stay was first class and I slept like a princess.
Our first evening included a meet and greet with champagne, canapes and a very warm welcome from Ted Chappell, the president of Ann Sacks, and of course his amazing team. I had fantastic conversation with all of the Ann Sacks team (Diane, Dee Dee, Ashleigh, Jennifer, Lea, and Kaycee - love you girls!). The night was so much fun and filled with great conversation, lovely ambiance and a delicious dinner to follow at Nobel Rot.
The following day we traveled in style in a luxury van to Sokol Blosser winery and had an educational, inspiring and super fun day learning about new products, trends, and the Kohler story. We also had team collaboration in our round table discussion. At the end of our day, we were treated to a wine tour of Sokol Blosser, wine tasting and a 5 course dining event in the tasting room that was so decadent and magical!
It can be overwhelming and perhaps intimidating to be in the same room as 15 other incredibly talented interior designers but to my surprise, I had a special connection with each and every one of these super talented and very successful designers across the country and Canada. I learned so much form each one of these talents and I seriously feel like I have made 15 new friends, I cannot again express how thankful I am for this.
Not only do I have a new perspective on how amazing Ann Sacks is and how special their artisan tile collectins are but the Kohler Company itself is so impressive and unbelievable.
I left Oregon craving a few more days and saddened to leave my 15 new designer friends and all of the amazing people that make Ann Sacks the amazing company that it is.