Jeff Andrews on Design at Camp:OC



Showered with Elegance!

Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers

Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers

Full of Southern charm and talent for days, the lovely and elegant Jan Showers graced us with her presence in Los Angeles. We mingled with Jan, coveted and her gorgeous jacket and got her beautiful book signed…The handsome man pictured is fantastic Patrick Dragonette, 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. Located on famed La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, Patrick has become the goto for everything fabulous. We are delighted to have him in join us Las Vegas, sharing the his massive wealth of information!


Camp Counselors Lori Dennis, Patrick Dragonette, Jan Showers and Kelli Ellis at Harbinger, Los Angeles.





Interior Design Camp Orange County was a hit!

We are still buzzing from Interior Design Camp Orange County at the Laguna Design Center!  Each and every camp we learn something new and are filled with a fresh spark of enthusiasm.  This was our biggest and best camp yet (164!) and we’re so grateful to everyone who attended – Counselors, Campers and Sponsors.  You are all so amazing and YOU are what makes this event great!

This camp brought a theme of Passion and Positioning to our world of design.  Passion for what gets you out of bed in the morning, excites and drives you.  And Positioning your business, brand and marketing and how this all feeds back into your ultimate success.

Like everyone else, our brains were overflowing with so many ideas and inspiration, and our cheeks were sore from all the smiling and laughing.  We watched as connections were made, ah-ha sparks were lit and as camper Monica Nordquist said, had “a bonfire lit under me”.

Our line-up of incredible speakers this camp included the Design Elite Kathryn M IrelandTimothy CorriganNathan Turner, Adam Japko (Digital Sherpa), Cliff FongBarbara Deckmeyer, Katy Garrett (Connexion Software), Phil Pallen, Bill Indursky (Design Life Network), Julie Thigpen (Belle Maison), Paloma Contreras (La Dolce Vita), Builder John Finton, Pamela Jaccarino (Editor-in-Chief ofLuxe Interiors+Design), Jason Clark of HansgroheChristopher Kennedy, Christian May (Maison21), Tracy Burge and Julie Arcelay (Sub-Zero Wolf), Jeff Andrews, Brian Van Gorder (BVG PR), Rich Pedine (RP PR), Aaron Danzig (Williams-Sonoma), Jennifer Convy, and Penelope Francis.  Amazing!

The Opening Night Party, hosted by Sub-Wolf Zero was incredible and we had a wonderful time (despite the Southern California rain – what?)  P.S. We can’t wait to visit their huge new showroom in Orange County soon!

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Adam Japko talking about our Design Tribe

Two of the most uplifting and inspiring speakers and friends, Christopher Kennedy and Timothy Corrigan
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Decide, Commit, Succeed

Do we feel like getting up at 5AM and doing 30 minutes of squats followed by 18 minutes of sit ups? Not really. Do we want to ballroom dance until our toes bruise and feet ache? Nope. But we know it’s going to give us the body we want and the first place trophy, so we commit and move forward.

Being a successful interior designer takes the same kind of dedication. It means being able to master budgeting, time management, marketing, scheduling, designing, inventory, installations, public relations, networking, administration, project management, client relations, HR, the list goes on. A lot of days, it feels just like waking up at 5AM to do an excruciating workout or 4 hours of Tango. Having a coach with a proven track record will give you the confidence to tackle your task, knowing that 5 minutes in you will feel the same level of satisfaction in your journey that we feel when we commit to our training goals.

Design Camp is that coach, actually it’s many top level coaches (who we lovingly refer to as Camp Counselors) motivating you and giving you the guidance you need to meet your career goals and SUCCEED. And although Design Camp is a lot fun, it is a financial, emotional and time investment that is sometimes difficult or even scary to make, but absolutely necessary to stay inspired and get what you want out of your interior design business.


Design Camp Counselors Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis


Design Camp Counselor Barry Dixon w/ top designers Lisa Mende and Kandrac & Kole

So, like our coaches ask of us everyday, we invite you to DECIDE, COMMIT and SUCCEED on your professional course. We promise that if you join us at Design Camp, YOU WILL SEE RESULTS. And it may not even take you 5 minutes with us to become overjoyed, realizing that your journey to success has begun.


Design Camp Counselors Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Lori Dennis


Design Camp Counselors Mitra Morgan Joss & Main and Jillian St. Charles HGTV


Design Camp Counselors Kelli Ellis, Pam Jaccarino EIC of Luxe Magazine and Lori Dennis

Our next camp is in Orange County, California on October 9-11 at the Laguna Design Center. Bring a friend and save $500.


Design Camp Orange Coutny Giveaways!

Who doesn’t love a great Giveaway?

Not only will you walk away from Design Camp feeling totally inspired and over-flowing with new ideas to catapult your business to the next level, but you could leave with a beautiful gift from one of our sponsors!  We can’t wait to see what they have to offer, and here are just a handful of goodies up for grabs.


Each camp, Hans Grohe does an interactive design challenge where the winner receives a Radiance Hand Shower.  We’re not lying when we tell you this is the best shower we’ve ever had.  It’s like heaven is raining down on our heads!

This elegant book, Charlotte Moss Decorates, or a stunning Gilt Twist Accent Table could be in your hot little hands, courtesy of Currey & Company.


Jaipur not only offers beautiful products, but their philosophy on social responsibility rings close to my heart.  They are giving back to the hard working and talented communities who are helping to create these rugs, and empowering them to find better financial and social stability.  And you may have a piece of these creations in your own home if you’re a lucky winner!



Arteriors has just joined in and will be offering something just as lovely as ever.  We love Arteriors!

Soicher Marin has promised to bring something brand new and exciting to camp and we’re dying to see what it is!

Our Sponsor Give-Aways keep getting better and better.  It’s the icing on the cake when you head home after a few great days at Design Camp!

We can’t wait to see your pretty faces in Orange County this October!
Register Today, seats are seriously filling FAST … 

XO, Lori and Kelli

 Bring a Friend and Save $500


Timothy Corrigan restores Chateau du Grand-Luce

Award winning designer, Timothy Corrigan, restores a French National Landmark in this trailer for his upcoming book, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé, (Rizzoli New York, 2013.)

We are delighted to have Timothy speaking at Design Camp Orange County about his fantastic career and inspirations. Please enjoy this little teaser detailing his painstaking and gorgeous restoration. His stunning book is set to be released August 13th. Come get your signed copy at Camp!


What to do in OC: Laguna Beach

While you’re in our backyard of Laguna Beach for Design Camp,
why not make a weekend out of it?

Laguna is such a great little funky art town and easily walkable.  There’s so much to do, so much to soak in and so many places to explore!  We’re talking galleries, theatre, live music and more.



What to do?  What to do?




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The stretch of South Coast Highway is lined with so many cute shops and restaurants, it’ll make you giddy.

For you winos and foodies:
Saturday, October 12 has a couple events you may want to fit into your schedule:

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Laguna Culinary Arts – Wine Tasting
Saturday, October 12 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm


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Flavors of Laguna Food Tasting Tour
Saturday, October 12 from 10:30am – 1:30pm


Boardwalk Beach

The sand, the water and the beautiful sunsets.  The hub of activity is usually centered at the intersection of Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway
(Where North turns into South Coast Highway)


Laguna Art Museum




John Mason Blue Wall Exhibit
The energetic, monumental Blue Wall is perhaps the best example of “abstract expressionist ceramics” ever produced. To create this sculpture, Mason built heavy-duty easels, which provided a flat surface for sculpting a multi-sectioned relief that extended both horizontally and vertically. Mason slammed massive amounts of clay directly onto the easels, imprinting the finished form with the gestural force of its making. The sections were then fired and fitted together on the wall, forming an undulating visual rhythm. Through these processes, Mason created an entirely new genre: ceramic walls


Laguna Playhouse


Fallen Angeles

Julia and Jane are the best of friends and happily married. But before they tied the knot, they each had a brief, torrid affair with Maurice, a charming, handsome Frenchman. While their husbands are away for a day of golf, guess who’s back in town and requesting the ladies’ company? Fallen Angels is a champagne cocktail of wit, charm and high comedy that set the stage for the likes of female comedic duos such as Lucy and Ethel and LaVerne and Shirley. This is Noel Coward at his inimitable best – you’ll laugh yourself silly at the farcical foibles of these fabulous Fallen Angels.

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We’re so excited to see you in Laguna and can’t wait to hear about the amazing weekend you plan!


Design Campus is Here!

Design Campus has been up and running for just over 24 hours and we’re already flooded with positive feedback an hundreds sign ups!  We’re so excited for everyone because we know how valuable this information is and we’ve heard how it’s transformed careers.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to make it to one of our Design Camps, this is a perfect way for you to take an online workshop in whatever topic interests you.  Our leading design speakers give you the latest tips and resources on Business, Social Media, Getting Published, Trends, Lighting, Kitchen and Bath and more!


If you’ve already attended one of our design camps and just want more or would like a refresher, here’s your chance.  As promised, Design Campus is a place to connect or reconnect with other passionate designers and business owners.  This is an honest, open and relaxed forum for everyone to share, ask questions, get answers – all in a supportive environment.

Your membership includes unlimited access to our entire library filled with instructional presentations, interviews with top expert interior designers, strategies to bring your business to the next level and more.

This could be you, but in front of your computer wearing PJs!

As a taster in these next few days, we’re offering membership for just $1!  WHAT?!  You’ll have instant access to exclusive videos from interior design experts from around the world!  After that,  it’s just $27 per month and feel free to cancel any time.

Don’t forget, our next Design Camp is October 9-11 in Orange County, CA – and I promise you, it’s gonna be GOOOOOOD!!!  Early Bird registration opens July 8 ($500 off baby!) and we’d love to see you there!

We’re so happy to be a part of this with you and can’t wait to hear how Design Camp and Design Campus have changed your life!



Interior Design Camp: Seattle…. Here’s What You Missed!


Setting the stage for success!


Off to sponsor, Sub Zero Wolf’s, gorgeous showroom in Seattle!


Looking Springy in Seattle – Design Camp Seattle sponsors Sub Zero Wolf show Lori and Kelli how they eat in the NorthWest – Fantastic Food!

Design Camp Seattle brought together over 120 of the top interior designers in North America. Camp Counselors Lori and Kelli made sure the stage was set and got the troops on the bus!

First stop:Sub Zero Wolf Kicked off camp with a party on Wednesday night. We’re still getting rave reviews about the food!


Thursday: Class is in session at the Seattle Design Center. Topics like Social Media strategies, trends, how to design a line and take it to market, getting your projects and a book published, lighting, Universal Design,and much more including book signings by celebrity interior designers and a soiree by Currey and Co filled the 9AM-9PM schedule.


Happy Campers with presenter Phil Pallen at Design Camp Seattle!


Author Ronda Carman and editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe wowing the Campers at Design Camp Seattle!



Leslie Newsom Rascoe, Kelli Ellis, Bradley Clifford, Ronda Carman and Lori Dennis

Greats like business coach Kimberley Seldon, author Ronda Carman (All the Best and Designers at Home), top blogger Cassandra La Valle (Coco+Kelley), social media gurus Phil Phallen and Adam Japko (Design Bloggers Conference), leading editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe (Veranda), industry power house Jillian St. Charles (HGTV), Entrepreneur Mitra Morgan (Joss and Main Founder), Interior Design Sr. VP of Williams Sonoma, Katherine Rice and famous interior designer Nathan Turner shed some serious knowledge about how to succeed in the interior design biz, while being charitable and having a blast!



Presenters Cassandra LaValle and Phil Pallen


Adam Japko keeping it real!

The list of top notch speakers went on and on and kept us engaged for 16 hours of invaluable content. Whether you were a seasoned interior designer like Bradley Clifford, Mike Ragan and Jennifer Convey , new to the business or somewhere in between, you learned and connected with A-list people and places of your brain that you forgot existed! There’s a reason we get the reviews we do about people lives being changed by Interior Design Camp.


Reunited on the stage and still besties – Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Lori Dennis at Design Camp Seattle!


Joss and Main’s Mitra Morgan and HGTV’s Jillian St. Charles

If you haven’t made it to IDC, come see us in Orange County on October 9-11 and see what all the fun is about! We promise you will be happy you did. Until then, happy glamping!


It’s a really GOOD thing…..

What does Design Camp and Martha Stewart have in common? We both love Design Camp Counselor Ronda Rice Carman!  

 Many of you know Ronda from her world renowned blog, All The Best, and as Design Camp’s fantastic, witty Counselor….


We are proud to announce her fabulous new book, Designers At Home,

forward by Martha Stewart!


Come meet, greet and learn from Ronda at Design Camp Seattle, May 1-3, and get a signed copy of her book!


Only 3 short weeks before we gather once again to inspire, recharge and redesign our Design Careers. Design Camp is the premiere event to “Learn. Connect. Design” 

 ”You can’t afford to miss Design Camp….Your career will never be the same!”


Bring a friend to Camp and Save $500! Hurry Seats are FILLING FAST!


Come meet, learn from, and mingle with Nathan Turner!

Your new fantastic Camp Counselors;

Mitra Morgan - Joss and Main ~ Shannon O’Leary - Editor of Northwest Home Magazine ~ Cassandra LaValle - coco+kelley ~ Randall Whitehead - Randall Whitehead Lighting ~ Keri Petersen - Seattle Staging Expert ~ Cassie Daughtrey - Sotheby’s Real Estate  ~ Phil Pallen - Social Media ~ Michael Strack - Sub Zero Wolf ~ Susan Marinello - Commercial Designer ~ Jillian St. Charles - ~ Mike Ragan - LA Design Magazine ~ and William-Sonoma!

and Welcome back to your Fantastic Camp Counselors;

Adam Japko - Design Bloggers Convention founder ~ Katy Garrett - Connexion Software ~ Bill Indursky - Vintage and Modern ~ Kimberley Seldon - Business of Design ~ Jason McNeely - Hansgrohe ~ Leslie Newsom Rascoe - Veranda Magazine ~ Shay Geyer - Good Morning Texas ~ Ronda Carman - All The Best and Author

Two Amazing Days of excitement and Education
Complimentary Gourmet Lunches and Snack Bar
Field Trip Cocktails Mixers
Design Camp Swag Bag Full of Goodies
Lifelong Friendships and Connections! 
“Now that I know what that kind of wonderful feels like, I implore you to find your Design Camp and go. Whatever industry you’re in or whatever your passions/hobbies are in this life find out where they’re holding a workshop and go feed your soul. If your passion is Interior Design then by any means necessary register for Design Camp like yesterday! You’ll be so grateful that you did.” ~ Atlanta Camper
We cannot wait to see you in Seattle. Get ready for the event of a your career!