We Went Camping on La Cienega

As expected, Legends of La Cienega 2014 was a well organized, heavily attended, designer dream event in the heart of Los Angeles’ designer playground – La Cienega.  We gathered to celebrate designer legend, Gina Berschneider’s 40 years in business.


 With the branding expertise of Aaron Danzig of William Sonoma and the legal acumen of Henry Lien, we entertained our Campers in true Kelli and Lori fashion!

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Lori and Kelli either singing a duet and adding pearls of wisdom

Wine, cheese, information, inspiration and laughter is how we do it – and a huge THANK YOU to all our attendees.

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Henry Lien entertaining Campers with fun legal facts

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Typhanie Pearson , Allan Dallatorre (LA MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF) and Jeanne Chung (Cozy Stylish Chic Blog)

We are expecting standing room only – we can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas in July! Be sure to get a seat early and register for our BEST camp yet.




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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


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!


Who’s Who Seattle and CEU’s …Oh my!


Design Camp Atlanta by Sarah Cain Design

Design Camp sounds like something you might do with your kids, but don’t be fooled by it’s name, this is a, seriously take your business to the next level, dynamic event!  Ultimately, Design Camp at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta was an amazing experience which will expand my opportunities and streamline my process.

Kelli Ellis, Me, Lori Dennis & Margaret Norcott

Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis, our industrious leaders and Design Camp founders and my new friend and very talented designer, Margaret Norcott (Milieu Design Group).

V & M founder’s colorful presentation about Design Trends of 2013.
My table of Designers the First Day!
 The beginning of “Camp” we did not know what to expect, but we were all very excited to connect and share with our follow designers  and design industry leaders from around the globe!

Implementing proven systems which allow me to streamline the paperwork side of the business will give me more time to focus on my clients.

Geraldo Jackonelli, photographer and Ronda Carmon, All the Best blog

Advise on photographing our design work from the  photographer extraordinaire, Geraldo Jackonelli.

Annie Nozawa, Houzz Executive

Learning more about how to utilize Houzz to grow my business nationally and internationally was very insightful.  I had heard the founder of Houzz at The International Homes Furnishings Market talk about the opportunities for Designers on Houzz, but it took Annie’s presentation to motivate me to create my professional profile on their website.  The staff at Houzz is outstanding and very supportive of designers.

Kimberly Seldon, designer & trainer

Kimberly was one of my favorite speakers, she was hilarious and so on point for the ways designers might get in our own way in our business.  Her no-nonsense approach and advise was very helpful.

Kelli Ellis, Lori Dennis and HansGrohe executive

No one leaves design camp empty handed!  Lots of giveaways including a fabulous new shower head from Hans Grohe ( for all the attendees!!  It felt like the Oprah Show…everybody wins!!!  I can’t wait to install my fixture, my Master Bath redesign just got moved to the top of the list!

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Atlanta Design Camp Review by La Dolce Vita’s, Paloma Contreras

{REPRINTED} Dear friend and Camper, Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita Blog, wrote a fantastic blog review about Camp we wanted to share with you! We can’t wait to see you in Seattle – Come make your own Design Camp memories! Learn. Connect. Design.



Good morning! I just got back from a few days in Atlanta where I was lucky enough to attend Design Camp, a two-day seminar seminar hosted and instructed by celebrity interior designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis, with special guest segments led by local and national industry experts in niche fields. They covered everything from 2013 design trends, blogging, photography, and social media to billing and contracts with incredible insight and unbelievable candor—nothing was off limits! It was so refreshing to go to a conference and have successful professionals share the strategies that lead them to where they are today without holding anything back.


{At the Sub Zero Wolf Cocktail Party with the Winners of my Design Camp Giveaway, Mimi and Kelsie—They were so sweet and so happy to be there. I was thrilled to meet them and to hear how much they loved camp!}

Honestly, I headed to camp with a tiny bit of trepidation. I’ve attended and spoken at a few design conferences and attend industry events regularly, so I wasn’t expecting to learn anything new. I figured I would get to network and have some fun. I could not have been more wrong. I have come away from Design Camp feeling refreshed, energized, and more motivated than ever. It was exactly the jolt that I needed. I was able to gather many valuable takeaways in TWO short days that I have already begun to implement into my life and my business. I hardly slept while in Atlanta because I was so excited about everything I was learning and my mind was going a million miles a minute thinking about how I could apply all of these new strategies to my life. I spoke with a lot of the 120 people in attendance and every one of them had a very similar experience. We all came away from camp feeling incredibly inspired and ready to take on the world.

If you want to get your design business on track this year, are looking for inspiration, want to network with other designers, or you want to delve into the business of interior design, I highly recommend Design Camp! There will be more sessions later this year, including camps in Seattle and Philadelphia, so be sure to check their website often. Design Camp really sparked something in me and while I can’t discuss anything in detail yet, there are some VERY exciting things in the works for me and La Dolce Vita as a result of my experience at Design Camp. 2013 is going to be a big, big year, so stay tuned!

{At the Sub Zero Wolf Party with Mimi and Lauren Haskett of Material Girls—Lauren and I are friends here in Houston so we ventured to camp together. I am so glad that I got to share this amazing experience with her.}


{Barry Dixon’s presentation was one of my favorites. He is so eloquent and inspiring. He draws inspiration from the most unexpected places and has the most incredible approach to life and design. Lauren, Lori, our new pal, Liz Carroll and I were so inspired by Barry and vowed to ask ourselves “What would Barry say?” whenever faced with a difficult or unsavory situation. He is the ultimate gentleman!}

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Design Camp: Atlanta – Watch to see your fantastic lineup!

Watch to see why Kelli and Lori are so excited about Atlanta. Design Camp is the only place you can meet, greet and mingle with the industry’s elite while getting their insider advice on how to skyrocket your career. Come see why Design Camp is the talk of the town… don’t believe us? Watch the video!


Who wants free a free photo shoot? Circa Lamps? Wendover Art? Troy and Sons Moonshine? Kravet Pillows?

Design Camp Atlanta is less than four weeks away and have we got great giveaways for our campers!


New at Design Camp Atlanta is the HOT SCOT, international photographer, Gerardo Jaconelli. He’ll be on stage with Ronda Carman of All the Best Blog telling us how top interior designers produce cover worthy images. Gerardo will review portfolios during lunch and give away a one hour photo shoot to one LUCKY camper. To enter to win you must be an attendee of Design Camp Atlanta and post on our blog and Twitter or Facebook , telling us why you should win the photo shoot. The winner will be announced 5 days before camp and contacted to set up their appointment for Wednesday January 30.
And the freebies keep coming….


Circa Lighting is giving away a pair of fabulous table lamps and each camper will receive a Circa tape measure in their gift bags.


For those of you who like a good, stiff drink (and who doesn’t need one sometimes?!)our new spirit sponsor, Troy and Sons has some Heirloom Quality Moonshine with your name all over it.


Kravet is not only hosting one of our networking, cocktail parties but they’re parting with a throw pillow for one of our Atlanta campers.


And our friends at Wendover Art Group are back at Design Camp Atlanta with two more stunning works of art.
You can only win if you come to camp and if you come to camp…it’s a win anyway!!

Come check out why the top interior designers in the business are presenting at Design Camp Atlanta Jan 30-Feb 1. While you’re there networking with interior designers from all over the country, getting to know top bloggers and making connections with A-List editors, you could also be going home with some fantastic prizes!


Top Atlanta “To Do’s”


After two and days and nights of learning and networking at camp, you’ll have the weekend to hit the town with your new friends and see what why people are calling Atlanta the “Hollywood” of the South.  We hear this city is all about see and be seen, so make sure to pack your GLAM and check out our “must do” list.



High Museum

High Museum of Art  With its renowned collection of classic and contemporary art and award-winning architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art has grown from its origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. Located in Midtown Atlanta’s arts and business district, the High has more than 13,000 works of art in its permanent collection.


georgia aquarium

Georgia Aquarium With more than 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you’ve never seen before! On November 23, 2005, Georgia Aquarium officially opened its doors to the public. As the world’s largest aquarium, Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than ten million gallons of water. Through a path of more than sixty exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story, with features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world.

martin luther king

Martin Luther King Center Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.



Baraonda  Opened in 2000 in the heart of Midtown, over the years Baraonda has become a favorite for both Atlantans and visitors.  Transporting guests to Italy while embracing the warmth & southern charm of Atlanta, Baraonda has achieved many accolades. It was voted top 50 restaurant by the Atlanta Constitution, best of City Search, mentioned by Bon Appetit, top 100 by Atlanta Magazine, Zagat Rated just to mention a few.

Vortex  From its inception, The Vortex has been honored with “Best Burger” awards by a multitude of local and national publications. Additional accolades followed over the years, including awards for “Best Overall Liquor Selection in Atlanta,” “Best Bar Food,” “Best Veggie Burger,” “Best Beer Selection,” “Best Neighborhood Bar,” and “One of the Top 50 Restaurants in Atlanta.”  The Vortex has appeared on Man vs. Food, Sunday Night Football, Rachel Ray and several other “top restaurants in the country”-themed shows.

mary macs

Mary Mac’s  Casual Southern cooking at it’s best, Mary Mac’s has 6 bustling dining rooms and a full service bar. If it’s your 1st visit to Mary Mac’s, be sure to ask for your complimentary cup of Pot Likker and don’t forget to treat yourself to Southern classics, Fried Okra,  Sweet Tea, Mint Julep Martinis. or Georgia Peach Martinis.  Mary Mac’s has another very unique feature…our very own Goodwill Ambassador, Jo Carter. She personally visits all of their guests giving her specialty back rubs.


STK  This hot spot combines two concepts into one—the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge. With a female-friendly mindset, STK offers small, medium and large cuts of meat, as well as naturally raised options and market fresh fish entrees. Aside from steak, signature items include Parmesan Truffle Fries; Lil’ BRGs; Shrimp Rice Krispies; Sweet Corn Pudding; and Jump Lump Crab Salad. Theatrical lights illuminate each table, while smoky mirrors allow patrons to catch a glimpse of the surroundings while a DJ creates an energetic vibe throughout the entire space.


reign night club

Reign and Vanquish Night Clubs  Reign is Midtown’s newest nightclub designed for adult recreation. This 10,000 square foot club, with plush VIP sky booths, a large dance floor, Las Vegas style intelligent lighting and full production sound that all delivers an energetic vibe is all about VIPs.  Dress to impress.

halo lounge

Halo Lounge  This is the lounge where Atlanta goes for affordable premium spirits and signature drinks, fabulous music, and shared good times. HALO Lounge is a sophisticated upscale bar located underneath the historic Biltmore Hotel in heart of Midtown Atlanta. The recently renovated venue boasts high-quality design, an expansive signature drink menu, world class DJs, and two bars. HALO Lounge only serves the finest spirits, wine, and beer. Complimentary passes are provided to guests of the Indigo Hotel.

apache cafe

Apache Cafe  Open seven nights a week and serving a diverse group of patrons, Apache Café offers an intimate café, gallery, and venue with exposed brick walls and a loft-like style. As a restaurant café, Apache serves house made southwestern, Latin, and Caribbean inspired fare along with a full premium spirits bar, coffee bar, and dessert menu. As a gallery, you view artwork from a wide range of local and visiting traveling artists. As a venue, you will find presentations on the Asian rosewood stage of everything from think-tank type discussion forums to world-class music ensembles.
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