2015 Agenda

Here’s what you missed if you did not attend our 2015 event – please stay tuned as we update our program for 2016!


2015 Conference Agenda at a Glance and Exhibit & Sponsor List PDF – download here.


9:00AM – 8:00PM
Registration Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.
Please pick up your Registration Goody Bag – compliments of Sherwin-Williams. A badge is your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches, and receptions.

blog_clinic-15-but-1.120 Don’t forget to sign up for your free blog clinic which is included in your registration. By appointment only – sign up onsite at the registration desk. Learn more…
1:00PM – 5:00PM Exhibitor Set-Up for Design Bloggers Conference
All attendees are invited and all activites are included in your registration package.

2015-ADAC-Digital-Day-event-rev4-400 ADAC welcomes all Design Bloggers to Atlanta for a complimentary educational programming being held at the ADAC Showroom. Learn more.

Enjoy complimentary shuttle service between the Grand Hyatt Buckhead and ADAC on Wednesday, February 25 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
At 2:00PM buses will leave ADAC for a special excursion to Phipps Plaza.
2:00PM – 5:00PM LUXURY LIVING SHOW and OUTDOOR DESIGN AT PHIPPS PLAZA Sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
3:30PM – 4:15PM Special Guest and Presentation at Phipps Plaza by Alexa Hampton

alexa-hampton-photo-501 A perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list, Alexa Hampton’s work is classic, traditional and eclectic. Her involvement in design goes far past her position as President and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC; she is…. read more.
5:00PM Last buses depart from Phipps Plaza and return to the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel for Design Bloggers Welcome Reception.
5:30PM – 7:30PM Welcome Reception at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel Sponsored by Benjamin Moore
Join your fellow bloggers and speakers for a get-to-know-you cocktail reception. Please wear your Design Bloggers Conference badge for admission.
Official Wednesday After Party Sponsored by Sunbrella
All attendees are invited!
8:00PM – 10:30PM Official Wednesday After Party Sponsored by Sunbrella
Join Sunbrella and Traditional Home for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to kick off the Design Bloggers Conference and see the latest iteration of the groundbreaking Sunbrella design program, Perspective New York. Location: BJORK STUDIO,
1200 Old Chattahoochee Avenue NW in Atlanta.

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no later than February 15.  Complimentary bus service will be provided to and from The Grand Hyatt in Buckhead starting at 7:30 pm.
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All Conference sessions will be held in Grand Ballroom 1 & 2
7:30AM – 6:00PM Registration Sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.
Please pick up your Registration Goody Bag – compliments of Sherwin-Williams. A badge is your admission to the conference program, breakfast, lunches, and receptions.
7:30AM – 8:30AM Coffee with Sponsors and Exhibitors
8:30AM – 8:45AM Welcome and Introductory Remarks

adam_japko-new_266 Adam Japko
Design Bloggers Conference and
Garden Bloggers Conference
CEO, Esteem Media
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8:45AM –9:45AM


Photo credit: Target

Nate Berkus is a decorator, product designer and author. His interior design firm, which he founded in 1995, designs interiors across the country and around the world. In Fall 2012, Nate brought his branded line of home goods and accessories to Target stores nationwide, and his fabric collections are available at Fabricut, Calico and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Read more.
9:45AM –10:30AM
How Content Marketing Can Build Traffic, Loyal Readers, Your Brand, and Your Bottom Line
With more and more bloggers, and more and more content, standing out from the crowd and building your online presence is harder than it has ever been. In this highly interactive and fast-paced session, popular speaker Marcus Sheridan will explain specific ways you can create content that will not only generate more traffic and loyal readers, but will also help brand you as a thought leader with a unique approach and a top go-to source for design information.

Marcus_Sheridan_photo200pix Called a “Web Marketing Guru” by the New York Times, Marcus Sheridan has traveled the world, helping businesses and brands of all sizes simplify marketing in the digital age so they get results. Known for his contagious enthusiasm and boundless energy when on stage, Marcus has since become a popular speaker and is also known as the ‘Gary Vaynerchuk of the Swimming Pool Industry.’ Read more.
10:30AM –11:00AM
Networking Break/Interaction With Sponsors and Exhibitors Sponsored by ADAC
11:00AM– 12:00PM Learn How to Expand Your Brand into Video and Gain a Global Presence
Beth Le Manach, VP of Programming for Kin Community, YouTube’s #1 Lifestyle Community, and host/creator of “Entertaining with Beth” and the newly formed “In Beth’s Garden”, will show you how to take your brand to the next level, by expanding into video. Learn why YouTube is an ideal platform to build a video presence, best practices for building and sustaining an audience, basic equipment needed to get started, strategies for monetizing your content, and why the timing for launching a video brand, for design and garden professionals, couldn’t be better than right now! You’ve figured out Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. In 2015 learn how to master YouTube.

rob-ciampa-photo Rob Ciampa
YouTube-certified, award-winning innovative CMO & entrepreneur @Pixability. Passionate & wickedly opinionated about sales, marketing, startups, food, & wine. Read more.
beth-lamanach-photo-256 Beth Le Manach
VP Programming, Kin Community and Host, Entertaining with Beth
Beth is a home cook that has refined her cooking skills by cooking, constantly; as well as producing over 500 episodes of food content for both cable and online networks. Read more.
12:00PM– 12:45PM Wine, Branding, and Social Media
These two speakers were inspired by their passion for wine to leave the corporate world to take the lead in wine education and branding in the U.S and Asia. Brett and Jonathan will lead us through some practical understanding about enjoying wine, their personal stories, how to think about wine and design, why they use social media and content marketing to build personal and business brands, and then share some of their finest and favorite beverages.

brett_vankoski-267 Brett Vankoski, Vice President and Co-Founder, Latitude Beverage Co., Ninety+ Cellars. Sitting in his cubicle one day in 2007, Brett realized that all he could expect to measurably accomplish in another decade of corporate confinement was a few more totally awesome PowerPoint presentations…read more.
Jonathon-Alsop-photo-172 Jonathon Alsop is founder & executive director of the Boston Wine School and author of The Wine Lover’s Devotional…read more.
12:45PM–2:00PM Lunch/Networking with Exhibitors and Sponsors
2:00PM–2:15PM Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards
Sponsored and Presented by Ethan Allen and Traditional Home
Join Ethan Allen & Traditional Home for an engaging conversation about what makes an outstanding blog before they announce the winners of the 2015 Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards!


2:15PM – 3:00PM Keynote Address: Bunny Williams
Sponsored by Chairish

bunnywilliams_2014-377 Bunny Williams is a designer with a modern vision, a sense of history, and the confidence to take the unexpected path. Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Williams’ style is classic, but never predictable.
3:00PM – 3:30PM Networking Break/Interaction With Sponsors and Exhibitors
3:30PM – 4:00PM The Ultimate Blog Platform?

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is Chief Operating Officer and Co-owner of WebDevStudios, a design and development company specializing in customized WordPress themes and plugins, and the author of WordPress For Dummies. Read more


4:00PM –4:30PM
Creating a Safe and Secure Website Experience For You and Your Readers
These days the threat of getting hacked is very real to every website owner. While impossible to give you all the security you require in this session, we’ll explore a number of things that you can act on immediately to help improve and reduce your overall security risk. Security is not an absolute, and while a real threat, education and awareness around today’s security challenges is the first step to improving your website’s security posture.This talk will focus on the things that you should be thinking about when it comes to security and your website, while providing you best practices and giving you some actionable steps you can take. The worst thing you can do when creating a website is not think about security and potential impacts of getting hacked. We have a responsibility, as website owners, to ensure that those visiting our sites are safe online. This presentation will provide the foundation to achieve this.

tony_perez-500 Tony Perez is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sucuri, Inc. He believes that usability and website aesthetics should be built on a strong foundation of secure design.
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4:30PM – 4:45PM
Dwell with Dignity –A Special Invitation from Lisa Robison and Kim Turner

Lisa_Robison_2014 Lisa Robison is an Interior Designer whose desire to give back to her community and to pursue her passion for design culminated in the concept of Dwell with Dignity. Her strong belief that good design improves ones quality of life resulted in the incorporation of this non-profit foundation in April of 2009. Read more.
Kim_Turner Vice President & Director of Dwell with Dignity, Kim Turner, is a practicing designer in Dallas Texas. She has earned a solid reputation in the Dallas area for her ability to work across a variety of styles and create interiors that reflect her clients’ unique personalities and lifestyles. Read more.
4:45PM -5:30PM What You Need to Know about Pinterest and Instagram
Hear the fascinating story on how Nick amassed 2 million Pinterest followers in 6 months and captured the attention of the founder of Pinterest along the way. His success continues with 3.4 million followers and growing partnerships with a focus on mastering Instagram now. But there are things that Nick will not do on his journey.

nick-mccullough-466 Nick McCullough is an ALPD-certified Designer, who has won numerous awards including Young Professional Of The Year from the Perennial Plant Association. His social media presence of over 3 million Pinterest followers makes him a standout in the industry, and a sought-after public speaker. Author of the “Thinking Outside The Boxwood” blog, Nick has also been a featured writer for publications such as Garden Design magazine. Read more.
 allison-mccullough-331 Allison McCullough has a unique ability to set forth a grand vision, then follow through on every detail. While her finance degree from Indiana University gives her a business-minded foundation, her background in retail marketing and interactive advertising helped shape her passion for bringing that business vision to life in print and online. Read more.
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Networking Reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Sponsored by Pirch
Join your fellow bloggers, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers for a warm get-together reception. Please wear your Design Bloggers Conference badge for admission.
Official Thursday After Party Sponsored by Pirch
All attendees are invited!
Official After Party Sponsored by Pirch with Co-Sponsors Consentino and Gessi, Lenox Marketplace
What better way to wrap up your day than at an Italian masquerade? We know that a blogger’s work is never done but here is a fun opportunity to relax, imbibe, nosh, and enjoy! Festivities include a red carpet welcome,  an Italian masquerade, signature cocktails and bites, violinisits, contortionists, and more!

Pirch-AfterParty-Inv Italian Masquerade After Party – buses begin leaving the Grand Hyatt hotel at 6:30PM and will run continually to Pirch’s Lenox Marketplace nearby in Buckhead.
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7:30AM – 8:30AM Coffee with Sponsors and Exhibitors
8:30AM –8:55AM A Special Presentation by Adam Japko
9:00AM – 9:45AM KEYNOTE Address: Brian Patrick Flynn
Sponsored by Duralee

brian patrick flynn-2-466 Brian Patrick Flynn
is an American television producer turned interior designer. After years writing, producing and directing news programs and home improvement shows, Flynn tried his own hand at residential interiors…read more.
9:45AM – 10:30AM Blogging to Unveil Design’s Emotional Core and Higher Purpose
Much of today’s interior design and décor blogosphere are missing a great opportunity to connect with a much wider swath of people beyond just home design enthusiasts – i.e., a universe of folks who share the design community’s desire to change lives but have never been exposed to interior design and home décor in this larger context. Mark believes there’s an additional sweet spot with greater potential for growth – content that spotlights and celebrates the life-altering power of great and personalized design that can truly touch your soul. As he puts it, the spot “halfway between Oprah and Martha Stewart” that nobody is addressing right now.

mark-cutler-397 Mark Cutler
Chief Designer for nousDECOR and
Principal of Mark Cutler Design
Los Angeles-based, acclaimed Australian interior designer and the head of one of Robb Report’s Top 40 design firms in the U.S. Read more.

10:45AM– 11:15AM Networking Break/Interaction With Sponsors and Exhibitors
11:15AM– 12:00PM
Social Media: Roots for Design Collaboration
Social media marketing is more than finding customers. Hear from these design pros about how social media and blogging lead to their professional collaboration, new paths, partnerships, and blossoming personal brands and careers.

kell-ellis-photo-269 Kelli Ellis
Interior designer and lifelong traveler, represents the epitome of livable luxury and casual international style. Read more.
lori-dennis-phot0-202 Lori Dennis
A top Interior Designer, speaker, best selling author, custom furniture designer, celebrity and star of HGTV’sThe Real Designing Women.
lisa-mende-photo-500 Lisa Mende
Founder and principal Lisa Mende Design and a nationally acclaimed interior designer and allied member of ASID, IDS and Withit. Her vibrant social media presence is expanding through the popularity of her blog.
traci-zeller-photo-203 Traci Zeller
Twice named one of Charlotte’s 25 Most Stylish People, Traci employs a clean, sophisticated mix of classic and …read more.
12:00PM– 12:45PM
Digital Marketing and Branding Life Rafts
When you least expect it, digital marketing savvy and social media immersion can change the course of your design career and personal success. Through style, grit, and digital marketing strategies, these panelists have ignited their careers. Their stories are informative and inspiring.

denise_mcgaha-new599 Denise McGaha
Denise’s sophisticated methodology and solid business acumen evolved through her decade in the corporate landscape of luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus, where she honed her well-trained eye, and was an integral part of the team that launched NeimanMarcus.com.
read more.
Christina-Fluegge-photo-355 Christina Fluegge
Her popular lifestyle blog “greige” introduced Christina Fluegge to a nationwide readership, but her talents expand far beyond sharing
read more.
mitzi-beach-photo-400 Mitzi Beach
Author, speaker, educator and interior designer, and one of America’s top experts on #BoomerSmarts interior design and chic products that meet universal design standards… read more.


12:45PM – 1:00PM Conference Scholarship Sponsored and Presented by Hansgrohe
1:00PM – 2:00PM Lunch Sponsored by Pirch
2:00PM – 2:45PM Photography
Making your work look good in photographs is the most important aspect of finishing a project. Learn the key secrets from photo stylist and editor Stacy Kunstel who has had more than 90 magazine and book covers to her credit. Stacy shares how she approaches interiors to make them picture perfect.

stacey-kunstel-180 Stacy Kunstel
A constant traveler, finding houses and locations for magazines, which she then styles to produce beautiful photo shoots with some of the nation’s top interiors photographers.
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2:45PM – 3:30PM Social Media Analytics

marshall-sponder-498 Marshall Sponder has influenced the development of the digital analytics field with his WebMetricsGuru.com Blog that focuses on how to better understand the data associated with social media metrics and web intelligence. In 2011 Marshall created a special and much loved course on Social Media for the Arts…Read more.
3:30PM – 4:00PM Community Building in “Beta Brooklyn”
Brooklyn, NY has become host to a hotbed of aggressive digital start ups. Some of America’s finest young talent in online community building are nurturing businesses and new brands with aggressive and thoughtful social media and content marketing strategies. These two speakers are some of the brightest minds now operating in Brooklyn. There will be astounding takeaways for your design business’ digital marketing success!

Kika_Gilbert-photo-new Kika Gilbert
Head of Community at @Tinybop
Kika spent a few years working with artists and art startups before taking a year to immerse herself in the NYC public school system as a …read more.
bekka-palmer-photo-419 Bekka Palmer
Former GM of Tattly with 9 million Pinterest followers, Bekka works with many digital companies on content and production. Read more.
4:00PM – 4:15PM Critical Takeaways from Design Bloggers Conference 2015 and Special Announcements


  1. Sounds like a fabulous conference line-up! Can’t wait!!

  2. Sounds like a fabulous conference line-up! Can’t wait!!

  3. Sounds terrific! Great line up. Can’t wait!

  4. Sounds terrific! Great line up. Can’t wait!


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