Bio

kim vallee :: lifestyle and entertaining expert

As a lifestyle and entertaining expert, Kim founded in 2007 At Home with Kim Vallee, an online destination for busy women who wish to live with style. She tailors the blog to her stylish lifestyle as a career woman, a wife and a mom.

What Kim delivers on her blog, on Twitter and on Facebook is carefully curated content that mixes design inspirations, great finds and uncomplicated tips for stylish living. She covers home decor, food, everyday entertaining, travel and family lifestyle.

Kim started to blog in 2005 and she has been a pro blogger for nearly five years. As a long-time entrepreneur, Kim loves to tackle the challenges of defining what’s next for her publication from a business and editorial viewpoints.

Freelance Writer and Columnist

In addition to At Home with Kim Vallee, Kim is a published freelance writer and columnist. Her client list includes Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, The Toronto Star and Astral Media (Canal Vie). Major newspapers, magazines and TV shows interviewed her over the years about party planning and décor trends. Kim hosted the design segment of On Est Ensemble, a Web TV show produced in Montreal.

Get the whole picture on her press coverage page.

Recognitions

Kim appeared 5th on the Top 25 Web stars in Quebec, a list compiled by the Radio-Canada journalist Bruno Guglielminetti (February 2009). She was also named on the top 10 people to follow on Twitter on a business article by La Presse.

Speaking Engagements

Kim is very engaged in the social media community. Traditional medias in Quebec often feature Kim as a social media personality to follow.

Blogging and social media enabled Kim to build the career of her dreams. She believes that these tools can do the same for other women. To spread the word, Kim talks at conferences, sits on panels and writes about social media and blogging at On the Web with Kim Vallee. Past events where Kim was a speaker include the Toronto and Montreal PodCamp events, WordCamp, webcom Montreal and Belles à bloguer (organized by Coup de Pouce, property of Transcontinental) to name a few.

Social Media Strategist

Being a popular and respected social media personality led Kim to work on several social media mandates for clients that have nothing to do with At Home with Kim Vallee. She was able to bring a unique perspective than no consultant has because she experienced the various sides of social media from being a publisher, to public relations management up to establishing the best practices for blogger outreach.

As a social media strategist, Kim has helped large corporations and organizations to successfully use social media. She formulated with them implementation plans tailored to their business cultures while she pushed them outside their comfort zone to be able to fit the realities of social media communication style and to meet their business goals.

Before At Home with Kim Vallee

Click here to visit Kim’s professional Web site.

Kim’s career path seems unrelated at first but it follows a natural flow. She studied mathematics and economics at the university. Her career as an actuary associate led her to become the head of quality assurance of a private pension plan program. After completing an interior design diploma, life brought her back to the software industry. She became the co-owner of a Web development studio. For  15 years, Kim was the bridge between the users and the developing team. As an editor, Kim relies on the same skills that she used to deliver effective, easy to run, practical Web solutions to publish relevant and inspiring stories to her readers.

Kim currently lives in Montreal with her geek husband, their adorable toddler son and two active cats.

FAQ

How I Started Blogging?

As a partner in a Web development studio, I must stay current on new technology. So, I started blogging in January 2005 with a French-speaking blog called Flair et Style. It was just for fun and it gave me the chance to experiment with this upcoming (at the time) communication tool. My first post was about the original Dwell home. I then wrote a French version of At Home. I stopped writing in French when At Home took off.

What is Your Team?

Besides myself, I currently have one writer located in Toronto. I also hired,on a needed basis, a graphic designer, a Web programmer and plan any future projects with my system architect.