Interior Design Camp Co-Creator
Lori Dennis is an internationally known celebrity Interior Designer, speaker, best-selling author and star of HGTV’s “The Real Designing Women”. An award-winning Los Angeles interior designer, she has appeared in magazines, websites and television screens throughout the world including Elle Decor, LUXE, Dwell, the New York Times, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Los Angeles Times and All the Best Blog. Recognized by industry leaders like HGTV, ASID, NBC, Viking and countless others as an expert in luxury and green lifestyles, Lori speaks at events around the globe.
Partnered with SoCal Contractor, a licensed and bonded construction and remodeling company, Lori Dennis Inc. is a full service design build firm. They oversee interior design, landscape, development and construction in residential, hospitality, retail and commercial arenas.
Interior Design Camp Co-Creator
Kelli Ellis is an award-winning, internationally known celebrity Interior Designer and Design Psychology Expert. Kelli splits time as an author, brand ambassador, educator, life coach, speaker, professional blogger and on-camera Designer.
Kelli is the featured designer on the long-running, TLC’s Clean Sweep, star of HGTVs Takeover My Makeover, star designer on HGTVs top hit show, Celebrity Holiday Homes and watch for Kelli’s design psychology inspired book, “Do I look skinny in this house?”, spring 2014.
In addition to HGTV, TLC, Bravo, Kelli has guest appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC Nationwide. Kelli has been featured in, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, LV Luxury, Riviera, Angeleno, Orange Coast Magazine, OC Magazine, All The Best Blog and was chosen as Luxe Magazine “Editor’s Top 5 Picks”. The web knows Kelli on eHow.com as the resident Interior Design Expert giving advice to millions everyday.
Nathan Turner is a renowned interior designer and entertaining expert. Deeply rooted in California heritage, Nathan grew up surrounded by his large extended family in the San Francisco bay area. After spending weekends at his family’s ranch in Northern California, Nathan developed his tastes for adventure, travels, and an eclectic lifestyle. He graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a degree in business and then lived abroad in France & Italy where he studied the area’s language, art history, and honed his culinary skills. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Nathan successfully merged his greatest passions of design, food, and travel into his eponymous shop. Nathan Turner’s showroom has become a faithful go-to-source for the country’s leading interior designers, as well as some of the most stylish individuals from coast to coast. Nathan’s parties, products, and designs have been featured in major national and regional publications including Architectural Digest, Vogue Living, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Food & Wine, and C Magazine. His many television appearances include The Today Show, Extra, CBS The Early Show, and TBS’s Movie and Makeover. In 2008 Nathan launched the Nathan Turner for Elite Leather collection of upholstered furniture. He is featured on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators and is the style expert for Pottery Barn.
Kathryn M. Ireland is a British-born, Los Angeles based interiors and textile designer.
She is the author of four books including Summers in France (April 2011, Gibbs Smith) and the recently released Timeless Interiors (October 2012, Gibbs Smith). Ireland also stars in Bravo TV’s hit program Million Dollar Decorators, which recently completed its second season. The show follows Ireland as she creates stylish homes for her clientele of celebrities and tastemakers, which have included Steve Martin, Robert Zemeckis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Arianna Huffington. In addition to her thriving interior design practice, Ireland launched her first collection of signature fabrics in 1997 and since then and has released over 50 patterns produced at Ireland’s own print shop in Los Angeles. Her textile collections are available through her eponymous showrooms in West Hollywood, California and London, England and other notable retailers and showrooms around the world. Ireland will launch collaborations with the venerable fabric house Scalamandre and French furniture maker Grange in the spring of 2013.
Ireland’s signature style has been described as comfortable, bohemian, and family friendly with large doses of color and a lack of orthodoxy, which ELLE Décor dubbed “seat-of-the-pants chic.” Her work has been published internationally in top magazines such as The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, InStyle, ELLE Décor, Veranda, Traditional Home, People, the Wall Street Journal, W, Vogue Living and others. Prior to joining the cast of Million Dollar Decorators, Ireland also appeared on numerous television programs including Style Network’s Shabby Chic, Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa, and ITV’s Design Wars in the UK. A popular public speaker, Ireland has given keynote addresses to interior design professionals and enthusiasts around the globe.
Born in England, Kathryn was raised at her parents’ homes in London and Scotland. She arrived in Los Angeles in 1986. Prior to launching her interior design business in the early 90′s, Kathryn was an actress, clothing designer and filmmaker.
Kathryn divides her time between Santa Monica, California and Montauban, France.
Hailed in Architectural Digest as “Today’s Tastemaker,” Timothy Corrigan’s work is showcased in some of the world’s most extraordinary properties with clients including European and Middle Eastern royalty, Hollywood celebrities and corporate leaders. With offices in both Los Angeles and Paris, his distinctive design philosophy of comfortable elegance in architecture and interiors has been featured on television and in numerous prestigious publications. Timothy has been named one of the world’s top 100 architects and designers by Architectural Digest for the past eight years, one of the World’s Top 40 Interior Designers by The Robb Report, and included on Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List. Timothy is currently designing an integrated line of fabrics, floor coverings, furniture and lighting which will be introduced in January 2014. Additionally, he is introducing several new tabletop collections for the legendary, Royal Limoges. Rizzoli Publishing will launch a book showcasing some of his work in October, 2013. His antique collection is available for sale on his web site www.timothy-corrigan.com as well as on 1stdibs.
Prior to forming his design firm in 1998, Timothy had a successful career in advertising where he managed Bates Worldwide’s major global clients and international operations.
Cliff Fong was born in New York and has had a diverse upbringing residing in many countries around the world but is happy to call Los Angeles his home. He has been part of this fertile design community for two decades as an interior designer, fashion designer and entrepreneur.
As a fashion buyer, stylist and designer, he worked with Ron Herman and Maxfield amongst other international retailers and luxury brands. In 2004 he cofounded an artisanal unisex collection, Chatav Ectabit, with Sandy Dalal.
As an interior designer, he creates unique, personal and often unexpected environments, drawing from various inspirations. His work is largely residential but also includes many notable commercial spaces such as Madison Gallery, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, night spot H. Wood and Michael Voltaggio’s Ink restaurant. In 2009, with partners, he opened Galerie Half, a sprawling emporium of 20th century design, European antiques, architectural elements and art.
Internationally celebrated interior designer Jeff Andrews creates sophisticated and livable interiors for families and celebrities alike. Jeff is skilled at pushing creative boundaries in ways that respect and redefine traditional design aesthetics. His innovative and refreshing approach makes him one of the most sought-after interior designers in the industry, and his ability to visualize and interpret the needs of a diverse range of clients is unmatched. His long list of celebrity clients includes Ryan Seacrest, Michael C. Hall, Lamar and Khloe Odom, Bruce and Kris Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian.Jeff Andrews’ interiors are stunning achievements in their beauty, comfort, and livability. What sets Jeff Andrews apart in the world of interior design is his natural talent for taking bold design concepts and infusing them with warmth, sophistication, and most importantly, a sense of home. His concept of high design is quality, function, and comfort executed with the most aesthetically pleasing elements and modern amenities. Inspired by his Southern California upbringing, Andrews and his team create interior and exterior spaces with equal magic.Jeff’s attention to detail and demand for excellence is reflected is his top-notch group of master craftspeople and artisans. The meticulous contribution of everyone on a Jeff Andrews-Design project ensures the end result exceeds his clients’ expectations. His dedication to his clients and the achievement of their design goals is Jeff’s main priority. The collaborative process helps to define a vision that works within their lifestyles, needs and dreams.
Rich Pedine is a public relations professional with expertise in the interior design industry. In 2011, he founded RPpr – Rich Pedine Public Relations – a boutique agency devoted to professional interior designers, lifestyle personalities, home products for the trade and consumers, and retail/showrooms. Rich has worked with some of the biggest names in the interior design world from lifestyle TV trailblazers like Christopher Lowell and Doug Wilson and today’s hottest design talent including David Bromstad, Taniya Nayak, Kathryn Ireland, Reagan Hayes, Sandra Espinet, Chris & Peyton Lambton, and Jeff Andrews. Rich’s lifelong passion for interior design, real estate, and home & garden pursuits is obvious in his work.
RPpr clients design some of the most beautiful, exclusive residences in the world, and Rich ensures that the world sees them! His clients have appeared on NBC, HGTV, Bravo, TLC, E!, and more. Rich gained exposure for his clients in top magazines including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, House Beautiful, Interior Design, and Traditional Home, as well as regional publications such as Angeleno, CA Home + Design, Ocean Drive, and Los Angeles magazine. RPpr maintains relationships with top online media including ApartmentTherapy, CasaSugar, MSN’s Glo, Lonny, Rue, Domaine, and Matchbook. Rich also works regularly with mainstream consumer magazines ranging from People and Us Weekly to Redbook and Country Living.
He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a native of Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Bryan van Gorder has more than fifteen years experience in marketing and public relations. Since starting his own public relations company in 2009, Bryan has represented lifestyle brands in fashion, interiors and food/beverage.
Most recently, Bryan was a senior manager at the Clifford Public Relations Los Angeles office (now part of HL Group) where he worked on campaigns for Land Rover, Kalologie Skincare, Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Erika Brunson, John Varvatos Eyewear and Carolina Herrera Eyewear.
Prior to joining Clifford, Bryan was the Associate Vice President for Zirh Skin Nutrition, a prestige-level men’s skin care line in New York. He also worked for PR agency LaForce & Stevens where he produced dozens of fashion shows, organized product launches and press events, as well as handled the day-to-day initiatives for a number of European fashion designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Katharine Hamnett, Krizia and Rene Lezard.
Bryan lives in West Hollywood, CA and is a graduate of Harvard University with an honors degree in History & Literature. In his spare time he also regularly writes travel features for The Advocate, Outtraveler.com and Palm Springs Desert Outlook.
Julie Thigpen is an interior designer and founder and editor of the design blog, Belle Maison. Belle Maison was founded in 2008 as an outlet for Julie’s passion for design and all things beautiful. What started out as a hobby quickly grew into a major blog, visits from loyal readers from around the world. Julie has collaborated with major brands such as Buick, West Elm, My Color inspired by Pantone, Bravo’s Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, Lowe’s and Valspar Paint, with features in Adore Home and Ivy and Piper Magazine. She has contributed as a design expert on HGTV.com and StyleatHome.com, and is a regular contributor on Houzz. Julie was also featured on One King’s Lane as a Blogger Tastemaker in 2012.
Editor-in-chief & Co-founder, The Design Life Network
Bill Indursky is an architect, designer, artist, trend expert, Fashionisto and digital entrepreneur. He is Editor-in-chief & Co-founder of The Design Life Network, a magazine & new media company promoting design online and on TV. Bill lectures regularly on trends around the country, including High Point Furniture Market, the largest furniture show in the world. He has appeared on HGTV’s Real Designing Women with celebrity designer Lori Dennis. As a designer, Bill’s own apartment has been honored on three Top 10 lists on Apartment Therapy (Best Small Space, Best Apartment 2010, Best Spaces NYC) and was the first home tour to appear on the Huffington Post real estate section. As a digital entrepreneur, Bill founded V&M (Vintage and Modern) (2006-2013) One of the largest vintage, antique, and design sites on the web and FLASHcap Interactive (1998-2008) An award winning New York City digital interactive agency with clients including SONY, Panasonic, Popular Photography & Imaging Magazine, Adobe, American PHOTO Magazine, Canon, Sound & Vision Magazine, Ford Motor Company, Kodak, as well as 175 others.Before moving to digital, Bill worked in the fashion industry for companies Liz Claiborne and J. Crew. His first book, Emil Carlsen: The Complete Known Works, on Danish-American still life and landscape painter, Emil Carlsen, is due to be published in 2013/2014. Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, OH and paints in a Classical Realist style at a studio in New York City’s Chelsea Art District, under the name William Eric (http://williameric.com).
Nicknamed the Indiana Jones of Builders, John Finton is the go-to guy in luxury residential building, having traveled through over 80 countries sourcing the planet’s most unusual and rare materials for his uber-luxurious homes. Working with high-profile clients such as Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lopez, Paul Marciano, Maria Shriver, Mark Wahlberg and countless captains of industry, he describes his work as “building art through construction”.
A proven leader and constant pioneer in his business, Finton translates architects’ and designers’ visions into reality. His extensive knowledge of the industry has him in demand both domestically and internationally, with developments in France, the UK, China, Mexico and Russia.
This love of building and global sourcing has inspired his first book, California Luxury Living: A Private Tour, with an insider’s look into some of Southern California’s most prominent addresses.
Finton’s work is often recognized in publications such as Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Worth, The Los Angeles Times, Robb Report, The Los Angeles Business Journal and the London Sunday Times. Finton Construction has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Cabo San Lucas and soon in San Francisco.
Finton received a B.S. in Business Administration and Real Estate from California State Polytechnic University in 1989 and went on to found Finton Associates (now Finton Construction) in Los Angeles that same year. As Chief Executive Officer since its establishment almost 25 years ago, John Finton has personally overseen the expansion of Finton Construction into La Quinta and Loreto, Mexico, Orange County and San Francisco. John Finton is a recipient of Teen Line’s ‘Above and Beyond’ Award and has been a national spokesperson for Bank of America’s Building Green Effort.
Phil Pallen is a Los Angeles-based brand strategist specializing in social media marketing and design for entertainment, lifestyle and retail brands.
Some of his recent clients include Lori Greiner (ABC’s Shark Tank), Joshua McKinley (Project Runway), Sally Hershberger, and many other TV hosts and personalities. In addition to webinars and speaking engagements, Phil also teaches aspiring TV hosts how to brand and market themselves to stand out in LA.
Phil has appeared on The Daily Buzz, NBC LA, CF13, CTV, eTalk, CP24 and CityTV.
Nationally recognized interior design business coach, systems educator, and award winning custom home furnishings consultant, Katy Garrett has worked with numerous high profile interior design clients including the North Carolina Governor, CEO Craig Madison, a nationally recognized resort and spa executive, Entrepreneur of the Year Allen Morris along with several well funded historic restoration projects in the Southern states.
As owners of Garrett & Garrett Corporation, a private consulting firm specializing in business intelligence, system integration and data solutions with Fortune 500 clients such as The World Bank, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Exxon Mobile, Toyota, J. Crew, Deloitte, Wolverine, Rockwell Collins, and the US Defense Logistics Department, Mike and Katy Garrett enjoy bringing a unique perspective and frontline success strategies from the corporate world to the small design business owner thru their coaching, technology blogs and marketing initiatives. Using insights and anecdotes from corporate system integration, organization and technology, the Garrett’s provide easily translatable, proven success education and powerful small business coaching to interior designers both inside and outside of the US.
In 2003, Katy Garrett aligned her coaching and interior design expertise with her technology-guru, SAP Press author and former Apple Computer Systems Analyst husband, to launch CONNEXION Software, the first truly collaborative, cloud based project management system for the design professional to feature a native iPhone and iPad app.
Mike and Katy Garrett reside in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and enjoy biking, hiking, entertaining and giving back to the community they live in whenever they get the chance.
Paloma Contreras is the founder and editor of the style blog, La Dolce Vita, which has garnered attention from loyal readers around the world. Founded as a much-needed creative outlet during Paloma’s previous career as a high school Spanish teacher, La Dolce Vita has provided readers with a daily dose of expertly-curated inspiration since July 2007. Paloma has been featured in multiple publications including the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com, Better Homes & Gardens, 002 Houston, Apartment Therapy, Rue Magazine, Adore Magazine, and AOL’s ShelterPop. Paloma’s passion for the sweet life is reflected in the topics she explores daily from interior design and fashion to intriguing people and fabulous travel destinations. Paloma’s strong point of view, eye for style, and work as a blogger and editor have led her to be considered an “influencer” and “tastemaker” in the worlds of interior design and social media.
Adam Japko is President of Network Communications, Inc.’s (NCI) Digital Sherpa social media management business. DigitalSherpa has helped 2000 SMBs activate content and social media marketing with the goal of increasing their discoverability on the web and maximizing conversion rates. In addition, Adam leads NCI’s luxury magazine and other online and offline media brands like New England Home, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Unique Homes, and Mountain Living.
From 1991 until 2005, Adam was with PennWell, a B2B information provider serving the global Advanced Technology, Energy, and Municipal Services markets with magazines, events, research and Internet businesses. Adam was President of the Advanced Technology Division and a member of the company’s board of directors.
Adam launched his consumer and B2B media career over 30 years ago holding management positions at Media Networks, Sunday Magazine Network, Gralla, Miller Freeman and PennnWell prior to joining NCI in 2005 as the company.
Adam received a BA in Journalism from New York University.
Pamela Jaccarino is the founding editor-in-chief of LUXE Interiors + Design, the largest network of architecture and design magazines in the country, a position she has held since 2005. Ms. Jaccarino has been instrumental in the growth of the publication, both locally and nationally, and continues to champion its fresh vision and evolution. Ms. Jaccarino also lectures frequently on design-related topics. Prior to joining Sandow Media in 2002, Ms. Jaccarino was an Executive Editor with the LVMH Group.
Jason Clark has been in the plumbing industry for over 14 years. He currently serves as Hansgrohe’s primary technical trainer. Jason is responsible for creating
technical training presentations, presentation delivery in a classroom setting offered at Hansgrohe for plumbing contractors as well as Hansgrohe staff and all field training activities. He has been a Hansgrohe Technical Service Representative for two years. Much of his work consists of troubleshooting product issues for plumbing contractors and homeowners. Jason has many years experience previously working as a field superintendent for a plumbing contractor; responsible for codes and approval compliance. Prior to that, Jason worked as a plumber’s apprentice.
As an Interior Designer and marketing consultant, Barbara Deckmeyer has successfully worked in the field of interior design for over 23 years. Having worked with the world’s most prestigious clients, Barbara specializes in providing beautiful shades, exquisite draperies and sumptuous bedding for discriminating tastes.
She’s been flown to exotic international locations for client projects and been published in magazines, newspapers and industry publications (including the American Society of Interior Designer’s Magazine) for over 25 years.
In addition to her design business, Barbara is a marketing consultant who teaches how to attract and work with high end, luxury clientele. She has developed an effective system, “7 Steps to Attracting High End Clients” (TM) that helps her clients:
* Identify untapped opportunities
* Automate their marketing
* Attract the kind of clients most interior designers only dream about
Since founding his firm in 2005, Christopher Kennedy has emerged as one of the nation’s freshest voices in home furnishings and interior design. His name and products are quickly becoming synonymous with modern luxury and vibrant California glamour. Christopher’s work and products have captured the attention of such leading publications as Architectural Digest, Dwell Magazine, Elle Decor, Luxe Magazine, and The Los Angeles Times.
Christopher holds Bachelor of Architecture and MBA degrees from Drury University. Born in San Francisco and raised on California’s Central Coast, he brings a synthesis of big-city style and relaxed resort living to his work. Easy elegance and casual sophistication are hallmarks of Christopher’s style. www.christopherkennedy.com
Julie Arcelay is currently the Trade Sales Representative for Sub-Zero Wolf’s Southern CA region. She has been with the company since 2012 marketing to the Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and Ventura Counties. Her back ground includes: Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath Design, tile design, marketing and promoting. She provides hands-on product training for homeowners and/or trade clients to assist them in selecting appliances that will fit their life-style and/or kitchen design.
Her passion for the trade has led her to hold the current board positions: Director of Sponsorship AIA Pasadena/Foothill chapter 2013, Secretary NKBA Central, Coast and Valleys chapter 2013-2015, and Communications Director ASID Los Angeles chapter 2014 & 2015.
Tracy Burge is currently the Trade Marketing Representative for Sub-Zero Wolf’s Southern CA region. She has been with the company since 2003 and has a very diverse background. In 2003, Tracy called on the builder market. Her expertise and knowledge in design helped her connect with custom and national builders to specify product in high end projects. She also worked in the retail territory where she trained sales staff and participated in cooking and product demonstrations. For the past four years, Tracy has worked with kitchen dealers, designers and the architect community. She provides hands-on product training for their clients to assist them in selecting the appliances that will fit their life-style and kitchen design.
Prior to joining Sub-Zero Wolf, Tracy worked for Taylor Woodrow Homes in Irvine where she worked on-site in the Orange County and San Diego design centers assisting new homebuyers in purchasing options to fulfill their dream homes. She left Taylor Woodrow Homes to join Shea Homes’ San Diego design center where she assisted homebuyers in selecting their design and flooring options.
Professional Activities • Attended the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach • Supports and is active with the NKBA, ASID and AIA • Hosts product training meetings, continued education courses and cooking demonstrations at the Sub-Zero Wolf showroom in Costa Mesa, CA
Christian May is the founder of Maison21 Interior Decoration, a Los Angeles based interior design firm specializing in eclectic, modern interiors. The Maison21 design philosophy blends vintage with modern and color with pattern to create a chic mix that is unique to every client. Christian believes that while design is serious business, there is no reason it can’t be fun as well. His long running design blog, Maison21: Decorative But Not Serious, is dedicated to that credo.
Christian was a featured designer for Legends of La Cienega 2012, as well as the Small Space Big Design Hollywood Showhouse 2012, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times and California Home + Design magazine. He has a line of custom wallpapers with Black Crow Studios, and is developing a licensed line of carpets, as well as a capsule collection of custom furniture under the Maison21 imprint. Christian was selected to participate in Blogtour London 2012 and Brizo Fashion Week 2011, and has been a correspondent reporting from spring and fall markets at High Point for several years running.
Aaron Danzig currently serves as Director of Business Development for Williams-Sonoma, Inc., where he is responsible for the company’s marketing to the trade. As a branding strategist, he has been instrumental in developing the WSI Designer Marketplace trade program, and is co-creator of Cultivate.com, Williams-Sonoma’s online content site dedicated to kitchen design and inspiration. Prior to his tenure at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Aaron was partner in a Boston-based branding strategy consultancy, where his client work consisted of consumer, industrial, and not-for-profit brands. Aaron holds an MBA from Duke University, and currently resides in San Francisco’s Mission district.
This former hollywood stylist has been pioneering luxury brands for over 20 years. A native Texan with strong Francophile leanings grew up around fashion and is known in the shelter circle as a rule breaker with a keen sense of taste! Penelope, originally pioneered internationally known brand, FiFi & Romeo, setting a trend in Pet luxury! Her successful Branding, Marketing and PR firm, Penelope Fran- cis & Co, is known in the shelter industry, as the quiet storm, “looks at Design as Design” whether it is frocks, furniture or food, and likes blurring the lines between Industries. Her entrepreneurial spirit and innate design ability has set the stage for new modern creative ways of marketing companies and products. Her firm’s work spans across luxury brands such as Magni Inc, Finton Construction, Mansour Modern and David Phoenix Interior Design.