Last month my fun friend Lauren and I headed down to West Elm in Dallas for the Design Sponge Event… so we got in the car – fought through the traffic, grabbed a copy of the book, and patiently waited to meet Grace Bonney. Here is something you probably don’t know about me – I get crazy star struck with people that are even marginally famous. Once I saw Queen Latifah in a record store in LA and just froze out of fear. I don’t have the guts to walk up to the radio guys when they are on location. I get sweaty and nervous – for no real reason. WE were at a concert in California this one time and Jason Schwartzman was sitting a few rows in front of us and I had a hard time enjoying myself after I found out — for fear that he would see me and acknowledge me. When I was working for a Starbucks in Plano Guy Fieri came in and ordered an Americano. I was the only person who recognized him immediately, he insisted on giving me a hug, and I just about peed my pants. (In case you were wondering I am also afraid of wasps and the idea of infinity.) So there we are, waiting in line, and I get nervous about my hair, what I’m going to say, whether or not to shake her hand. Poor Grace… she is only the sweetest woman in the world – and was so pleasant and patient and polite all evening long. So we get up there and I thank her for building the online empire that is Design Sponge and let her know she has changed the way that I face design for the last 6 years – and I get my book signed and we moved on. Then we ate the tastiest tiny cupcakes and played in the photo booth before leaving to go and eat dinner together. And it was glorious. And I’ve been brooding over my sweet sweet Design Sponge Book ever since.