Lori & Kelli
Lori Dennis, LEED AP
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. www.loridennins.com
Kelli Ellis, CDPC, CLSC
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 resident designer on Bravo’s “Real Housewives” OC Edition. Kelli has authored the best selling design psychology inspired book,“Do I look skinny in this house? Kelli has guest appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC Nationwide. Kelli has been recently featured in, CA Home + Design, LUXE, The New York Times, LV Luxury, Riviera, Angeleno, Orange Coast Magazine, OC Magazine, Las Vegas Luxury. All The Best Blog and was chosen as Luxury Magazine “Editor’s Top 5 Picks”. The web knows Kelli on eHow.com as the resident Interior Design Expert giving advice to millions everyday. www.kelliellis.com
Current & Past Counselors
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. www.digitalsherpa.com
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. www.philpallen.com.
Suzanne’s classic interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Traditional Home and Veranda. Her widely published work has won numerous awards, placing Suzanne among the elite of America’s top designers. In the fall of 2009, Rizzoli published Suzanne’s first book, Inspired Interiors, featuring her “deft use of couture-like detailing, a keen sense of sublime color selections, and an aesthetic that seamlessly bridges American and European sensibilities.” www.suzannekasler.com
Co-Founder, with his brother Spiros Zakas, Peter is the current President of Z-Space Design Inc., a hospitality design firm which specialized in restaurant and hotel projects for almost 40 years with over 2,000 installations to their credit.
Peter’s vision is unique to the hospitality design industry by creating enduring, timeless and classic designs that are both emotionally and visually appealing, plus extremely functional and profitable. Along with these lines, Peter has developed a “scientific, big picture vision” for their clients, prior to the detailed design execution. Peter and his team research hotel and restaurant concepts very technically. They begin with studying the demographics, analyzing menu direction, space and traffic flow, plus other crucial elements necessary to provide designs that are ongoing profit centers for the long haul. In addition, Zakaspace was one of the first design firms in the nation to use the CAD system, now a standard tool for most architectural design firms. www.zspacedesign.com
Roger Thomas is executive vice president design for Wynn Design and Development. He created the interiors of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. He led the interior design of Wynn Macau and designed Encore Macau. Mr Thomas is currently developing designs for Wynn Cotai.
Mr. Thomas was senior vice president and director of interior design for Atlandia Design, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mirage Resorts Incorporated. For 20 years, he designed the interiors of the company’s many properties, including the Golden Nugget hotels in Las Vegas and Laughlin, and the most important properties on the Las Vegas Strip, the Mirage, Treasure Island and the world-famous Bellagio Resort.
While a recognized leader in interior design for the hospitality industry, Mr. Thomas has also designed corporate offices and aircraft interiors, as well as the private residences of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Wynn.
The Roger Thomas Collection includes signature designs and products for APF Master Framemakers, Boyd Lighting, Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, Fromental, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Samuel and Sons Passementerie, Townsend Leather, Veneman, Koroseal, S. Harris, Maya Romanoff, SICIS, The Phillips Collection and Studio A.
Mr. Thomas was elected to the Hospitality Design Platinum Circle in 2005 and received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality in the same year. In 2008 Mr Thomas was named “Designer of the Year” at The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS) in New York. In February 2009, Mr Thomas received the 2009 Design Icon distinction from the World Market Center in Las Vegas, and in November 2009, he received the Jay Sarno lifetime achievement award at the G2E expo in recognition of his significant career achievements in the field of casino resort interior design. In 2010 Mr Thomas received the Excellence in Design award from the Interior Designers Institute. In 2012 he was inducted as an icon by the Art Academy University of San Francisco. Mr. Thomas is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100.
An avid supporter of the arts, Mr. Thomas founded the Bank of America Nevada Fine Art Collection. He served on the boards of the Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Neon Museum Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Nevada Ballet Theater and the Wheelwright Museum Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was a Trustee of the Las Vegas Art Museum and is currently a member of the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation Board.
Additionally, he has taken an active role in the arts and architecture of the city, county and state throughout his professional career. He served on the Nevada Arts Council, a gubernatorial appointment; the McCarran Airport Arts Advisory Committee; the Clark County Government Center Architect Selection Committee; the Clark County Federal Courthouse Architect Selection Committee; and the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Architect Selection Committee.
Mr. Thomas serves as a Trustee of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) in New York City.
Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA. He received a BFA in Art History from Tufts University and an honorary masters degree from the Interior Design Institue. His work has been published in leading journals, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Interiors and Hospitality Design.
Born in Salt Lake City, he has lived most of his life in Las Vegas, where he still makes his home.
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. 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).
Susanna Salk grew up in Essex, Massachusetts and got her B.A. in English at Vassar College. She helped launch Elle Decor magazine as Interior Design Manager and later became a Contributing Editor there before ultimately going on to become Special Projects Editor at House and Garden magazine until its closing.
Today, Salk appears regularly on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss design style for the home. She is also a Contributing Editor to 1stdibs.com, and ivillage.com.
Salk is the author of Assouline’s “A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style,” as well as “Weekend Retreats” and the bestselling “Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play,” (both by Rizzoli.) She also collaborated on the book—“Home Sweet Home” (Rizzoli, Fall 2011) celebrating the international interiors shot by renowned photographer Oberto Gili.
Her latest book is, “Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Cues and Confidence from Today’s Leading Designers” (Rizzoli March, 2012) a design book aiming to inspire and inform via her favorite rooms from the world’s top designers and tastemakers.
Salk is currently working on the first pictorial book celebrating the iconic style of CZ Guest, the American author, columnist, horsewoman, fashion designer, muse and socialite.
Salk lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.
Kimberley Seldon founded her design firm over two decades ago and gained her industry knowledge through consistently satisfying clients, streamlining business systems, improving staff retention and growing profitability. To Kimberley, Design business success is 80% business and 20% creativity. Kimberley enjoys an international reputation as a designer, journalist, author, keynote speaker and broadcast personality with 20 years in the public eye.
Not only has Kimberley developed and award winning design and build firm, she’s also hosted the international television series, HGTV’s Design for living and makes regular appearances as a design expert on Canada’s leading national daytime television talk show, Cityline. She’s the design contributor for Chatelaine Magazine, Canada’s largest women’s magazine and author of Business of Design Part 1 and 2 and Ideas for small spaces. On top of that, she’s the Editor In Chief of Dabble Magazine – her own online resource covering everything food, travel and interiors. Kimberley shares her expertise and passion for design with industry peers though Business of Design; a business resource, and speaking tour for design professionals looking for professional development that you just can’t get in design school.
Bill serves as President of the Americas’ Operations for TOTO USA and Chairman of TOTO Mexico. In these capacities, he is responsible for all TOTO’s North American operations— including supply chain, design and development engineering, quality, ISO, environmental resource management, and management of TOTO’s five North American plants: Morrow, GA; Lakewood, GA; Fairburn, GA; Ontario, CA, Monterrey, Mexico, for a total of 1.8 million square feet under roof.
Under Bill’s leadership, TOTO has received numerous awards and recognitions for its leadership in environmental resource conservation, including the US EPA’s Water Efficiency Leadership award (TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer so honored); former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Water Conservation Leadership award; the Southface Sustainable Homebuilders’ Argon* award; the City of Atlanta’s Phoenix Award, and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s River Sustainability award. Recently, the Brookings Institution distinguished TOTO for its leadership in Clean Economy jobs creation. The coming Clean Economy, Brookings maintains, will define America’s low carbon future and provide employment opportunities for workers at all levels of income and skills, making it an important element in America’s emerging economy.
Sustainability initiatives that Bill has implemented at TOTO’s manufacturing facilities include:
• Instituting Life Cycle Assessment of a porcelain toilet from cradle to grave, which reduced the carbon foot print of the manufacturing processes, supply chain, and procurement, and reduced resource usage in the home.
• Establishing the Water/Energy Nexus to reduce the energy required to treat, transport and clean water in the aquifer withdrawal and return processes.
• Employing the Living Building Challenge protocol to eliminate production processes in the supply chain, improving the impact on environmental quality outcomes.
• Recycling approximately 3.4MM gallons of water monthly, pretreating and returning it to the Clayton County Water Authority in clean condition.
• Upcycling imperfect and damaged china through strategic partnership with Crossville, Inc., for the manufacture of new tile.
• Shipping all light packages carbon neutral through strategic partnership with UPS.
• Repurposing clay slurry into a feedstock for tile production.
• Recycling post‐industrial gray water within company’s operations to reduce potable water consumption.
• Using biodegradable soybean‐based oils, a renewable resource, in all hydraulic systems to reduce reliance on carbon‐based lubricants.
• Recycling plastics, aluminum, glass, cardboard, brass, pallets, and even computer equipment to reduce waste.
• Reducing everyday water and electricity use in its offices
• Reducing carbon emissions by minimizing travel and using Web conferencing.
• Participating in community building activities, such as Habitat for Humanity through projects and donations
• Ensuring that TOTO’s facilities are ISO 14001:2004 certified.
Alison Victoria is DesignMine’s Chief Designer, providing homeowners tips on design trends and home improvement projects. DesignMine is part of HomeAdvisor’s suite of products.
Victoria, a Chicago native, moved to Las Vegas to attend college at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Victoria started her career at Christopher Homes in Nevada, designing and creating custom interiors for affluent residences before launching her interior design firm, Alison Victoria Interiors, in 2003.
Since founding her firm, Victoria has successfully launched her own line of modern luxury furniture, and worked with top clients such as the Silverton Casino Hotel in Las Vegas where she was hired as creative director and oversaw its $160 million expansion. In 2011 Victoria received the Rising Stars of BusinessAward by the Las Vegas Press, and named one of Chicago Crain‘s 40 under 40 in 2014.
Victoria is currently the host of the DIY Network’s show Kitchen Crashers and has been featured in publications including the Washington Post, Vegas Magazine, Chicago Home and Garden, Luxury Home Quarterly, and People Magazine. Victoria will also be featured on Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible. Victoria is currently a resident of both Las Vegas and Chicago and is actively involved in donating her time to non-profit organizations such as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PAWS Chicago and Chicago Children’s Charities.
Kevin Litt is Adornably’s Chief Operating Officer, providing consumers the ability to easily visualize three dimensional, photorealistic furniture scaled to their rooms with unprecedented ease.
Kevin grew up in Los Angeles and has been in the furniture business since birth, inhabiting all the key roles in the business including retailer, designer, and manufacturer. The son of antique dealers, he has been buying and selling antiques all around the world as early as he can remember. Shortly after graduating from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with degrees in Finance and Information Systems, Kevin moved to Asia to open furniture factories specializing in building high end residential furniture “the old fashioned way.” After moving back to the states, he runs his retail stores in Los Angeles as well as travels around the world consulting and designing with the top manufacturers and retailers in the business focusing on their business practices, product design, and technology.
Henry Lien, JD, UCLA School of Law, BA, Brown University. Mr. Lien teaches a series of courses on interior design law in the Architecture and Interior Design Department at UCLA Extension. Mr. Lien practiced as a business attorney for ten years and was involved in cases pertaining to architecture, interior design, and construction. He is the owner/director of Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery in Hollywood and Santa Monica, with interior designers comprising a significant portion of his clientele. Mr. Lien has also served as the President of the West Hollywood Fine Art Gallery Association and as a board member of the West Hollywood Avenues of Art and Design.
Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason
AphroChic began in 2007 – the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason. Originally taking shape as an interior design blog, AphroChic became a place for Jeanine, a former policy attorney, and Bryan, a Ph.D. student, to escape the stresses of work and share their passion for culture and design. Offering home decor products inspired by cultures around the globe, AphroChic sets out to prove that ethnic heritage and culture can go hand in hand with the luxurious and the modern. AphroChic pieces have been featured in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Elle Decor, Lucky Magazine, California Home + Design and various interior design blogs. The pillow collection was on the 2010 California Home + Design Hit List, celebrating the best in California design. Jeanine also contributes regularly as a design expert for HGTV, the DIY Network, Houzz, Keep, Homesessive, and participated as an online guest judge for the 2010 season of HGTV’s Design Star. Jeanine and Bryan are the authors of REMIX: Decorating with Culture, Objects and Soul.
Patrick Dragonette established his eponymous showroom in Los Angeles in 1997. In the ensuing years, Dragonette Ltd has become one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid 20th-century design, including furniture, art and accessories, and has made a name for itself as a go-to source for designers across the country. Dragonette Ltd has made the works of William Haines a specialty, and Patrick has become a well-versed student of Haines’ work. Dragonette Ltd’s offerings have expanded in recent years to include Dragonette Private Label, a collection of pieces with a modern mid-century bent designed by Patrick, as well as vintage jewelry, primarily vintage couture costume and runway pieces from the 1980’s/90’s. In addition to curating the shop, Dragonette also tackles the role of interior designer, and has helmed several important commissions, including the orchestration of an astonishing collection of mid-century pieces for a Hal Levitt house in Trousdale Estates. “My approach,” says Dragonette, “is to seek simplicity of shape and design, matched by genuine comfort. www.dragonetteltd.com
Sandra Espinet, interior designer and lifelong traveler, is a mix-master of eclectic convergence, specializing in the fearless melding of exotic elements with traditional furnishings. Her extensive world travels produce “finds” of exquisitely wrought artisanal furniture, dramatic artworks and exotic accessories that are put to beautiful use in her clients’ homes. The Well-Traveled Home reveals the soul of luxury homes blending fabulous objects culled from around the globe.
A variety of educational experiences – New England School of Design in Boston, the American College of Art in Atlanta, and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles – have given Sandra a unique perspective in her design work, which has been published in numerous magazines including Architectural Digest Latin America, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Kitchen & Baths Magazine, etc. Sandra has worked on several HGTV television shows , won ASID 2011 best designer for homes over 3,00 s.f and in 2010 she won California Home & Design’s Readers Choice Designer of the Year Award.
Her new book, “The Well Traveled Home” (Gibbs-Smith, August 2013), reveals the soul of luxury homes blending fabulous objects culled from around the globe. Through beautiful photography taken on 3 continents, the book showcases some of the inspirational and acclaimed interiors Sandy has created for clients over the past several years.
Sandra’s creativity extends to product design, most recently seen in her new Tibetan rug line for Aga John, and her brand of design will continue to grow and expand with each coming year. Her casual, approachable style makes Sandy the perfect spokesperson for home products, such as Anderson Wood Floor Asia, because she is able to connect the fine line of luxury to a broad group of consumers. Though she seems to spend more time in the first class cabins of airlines jetting to design clients’ homes around the world, Sandy resides and works in Los Angeles and in Los Cabos, Mexico, where she currently owns and operates her design firm S.E. Design Services.
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.
Nationally recognized Design / Build contractor, popular industry expert and television personality. For over 20 years, he has become renowned for generating creative solutions to problems facing the modern-day client. Known for his timeless, elegant and uniquely customized spaces, Khachi ensures that inventiveness, sensibility and sophistication are the foundation to his design philosophy. Always keeping on top of current design trends, new innovative products & the latest in technical gadgets, Ramsin enjoys traveling to find insight and inspiration. A definite leader in his field, Ramsin has an unparalleled integrity for quality and knowledge of construction that has made him an asset to the design and construction communities. He frequently lectures at public forums and to professional organizations such as the Ontario Home Builders and Canadian Home Builders Associations to share his insight on enhancing the construction and housing industries.
One of the leading Design Experts on CTV’s popular daytime talk show “The Marilyn Denis Show” – Ramsin shares his tips on Construction, Interior Design and Décor with viewers nationwide. Other appearances have included a ten year stretch on Toronto’s CityLine, Breakfast Television (across Canada), Urban Rush (Vancouver) and CHCH (Hamilton). He writes for various media publications and can often be seen in the LUXURY LIVING section of the prestigious National Post Newspaper.
A true believer in giving back to his community, he contributes to several different charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation for which he has designed children’s bedroom makeovers. Known for his vivacious personality and distinctive style he is also an adoring father & spends what free time he has with his two teenage children.
Summer Kath leads Product Development, Business Development, and Events Marketing initiatives for Cambria in North America. She is a hands-on, results-oriented executive with strengths in interior design, relationship development and marketing strategy. On a daily basis, she directs the company’s brand advocates and alliance partnerships, as well as their public engagements.
Highlights of Summer’s 12-year career include the development and launch of the most trend-setting quartz designs in the industry. Summer has been a part of the Cambria marketing team since its inception and has contributed to the development and growth of the Cambria brand starting in Minneapolis. Today, Cambria is a leading North American brand.
In 2008, Summer lead the opening of the Toronto market, where Cambria has enjoyed steadily increasing sales and recognition for its Cambria Studio – Toronto opening and operations.
Summer is active on four boards including her alma mater the University of Minnesota Young Alumni, the University of Minnesota Interior Design College, the Minneapolis Downtown Council and West Park Health Centre Panache Foundation in Toronto. To balance Summer’s professional passions, she is mother to Sienna (7) and Lyla (5). She is committed to a lifelong health and wellness journey through Cross-fit, Yoga, Pilates and kickboxing.
Helene Hollub is the Executive Vice President, Principal of Hollub Homes, Inc. which is recognized as a premier building and design company of South Florida. She has been a leader in building and design for over 25 years. Hollub Homes reputation is second to none in the industry.
Helene’s designs have been featured in multiple publications such as Florida Design Magazine and Kitchen and Bath Magazine and several television design shows including HGTV. She has won dozens of design awards including Best of Show for the South Florida BEST Awards. She was named “Taste Maker” by the Onare kick off party for the internationally renowned Art Basel Exposition.
With life as her palette of colors, Helene continues to design some of the most amazing custom home exteriors/interiors in South Florida. She attributes the need of overall continuity as the link to giving a homeowner a true sense of the inside and outside of their home “working together.” And to think, all of this started in 1986 with Helene going to job sites and coming away with what she says is a “slightly different perspective on how she would have done it.”
Well, soon enough she was doing it all. From design and construction supervision, Helene ensures that every minute detail of design is executed to perfection. Her perspective on design is not the norm. She knows that as “things evolve the classics remain the same.” This has given Helene the opportunity to use new technology while incorporating materials from around the world.
This allows her to do what she does best, incorporate old with new and modern with eclectic. She loves working with mediums not normally sold together and combining non-traditional textures.
An avid outdoors person, Helene captains her own boat and loves the outdoors.
Further information can be found at www.HollubHomes.com
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.
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
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
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.
The son of a metallurgist, he spent his childhood in such places as India, Korea, New Caledonia and South Africa, where he graduated from high school. His design aesthetic is clearly influenced by a lifelong interest in global cultures and a love affair with intriguing objects. His passion and insight has garnered legions of fans (and clients) worldwide; including Diane Sawyer and former Senate majority leader Bill Frist. Never one to sit still, Barry launched his own furniture line with Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth in 2005, his rug collection with Megerian in 2009, and his fabric collection with Vervain debuted at Maison&Objet in Paris in January 2010. His collaboration with Fortuny continues this year with new showrooms. Recent accomplishments include a his book Barry Dixon Interiors with Brian Coleman.
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.
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.
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 http://www.HighDollarDesigner.com
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
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.
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.