2017 Speakers


Charles, the current Earl Spencer inherited Althorp in 1992, aged 27. In his time the house has received a new roof, a reworked exterior, and several major improvements to the house’s infrastructure.

A Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II, he was educated at Eton College, before reading Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. He then spent seven years as a foreign news reporter for the American television network, NBC. He has written five history books, one of which – Blenheim: Battle for Europe – was shortlisted for History Book of the Year at the 2005 National Book Awards. His latest work, Killers of the King, was the second highest selling History book in Britain during 2014.

He is father to five daughters and two sons, and his wife, Karen, is the founder and CEO of Whole Child International, a charity that seeks to protect and help orphaned and abandoned children.

About Althorp

Located in Northamptonshire, England, this is the ancestral home of the Spencer family and the childhood home of Charles, 9th Earl Spencer and his sister Diana. Having celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2008, the house reflects 500 years of living history.

The Spencer Family

The Spencers have been one of the great British aristocratic dynasties since the 16th century. From Knighthood to Baronetcy and Earldom, from naval victories to viceroy’s of Ireland, from patrons of the arts to avid literary collectors, the family has played a formative part in England’s history.



What started out as a small interior design blog focusing on the documentation of Amber’s experiences as a first time homeowner and her passions for all things interiors, has since turned into a successful design-build firm with clients all over the country, a line of furniture and home goods, an e-commerce business, a brick and mortar retail operation, and a social media following with an audience reach in the millions.

As principal at Amber Interior Design and founder of the blog, Amber Interiors, she has garnered clients and followers from around the world. Hear how Amber assigns her success to blogging, Instagram, Pinterest, and a myriad of other social content.

Today Amber Interior Design, Inc. provides designs for everything from large-scale residences to extensive commercial projects. Amber and her team work with architects and contractors to bring the distinct visions seen in her work, on her blog and in her retail Shoppe, to life. Amber imbues a bit of bohemian elegance in all of her projects, but craves a design challenge and opportunities to show off her ever-evolving style. No matter what the style she is asked to create, each space designed by Amber feels cozy, eclectic, and unique.



Ken is a designer of experiences big and small. He is renowned for his layered interiors and over-the-top parties. With a team of 50 “magic makers” to help bring his ideas to life, Fulk leads a team of architects, designers, branding and event specialists in both San Francisco and New York.

The Virginia-born designer has spent the last 20 years developing a business from turning his clients’ dreams into reality. Fulk has become the curator of lifestyles, not only designing homes, restaurants and hotels but also choreographing unforgettable weddings, parties and family getaways.

In recent years, Ken Fulk has expanded his impact around the globe. In addition to current residential work from Mexico to Miami and Provence to Provincetown, Ken Fulk is making his mark in New York with a new concept for rental residences on West 38th Street, slated to open this spring. Designed like a boutique hotel with a lobby restaurant and rooftop lounge, the 224-unit building will offer residents a taste of Fulk’s extraordinary experiences, from interior design and party planning to weekly floral market and guest performances.



Steve Giannetti is a renowned architect who specializes in the unique combination of classical and modern architecture. Since founding the firm in 1994 he has designed homes around the world for clients in nearly every architectural style. Steve is now working on homes in California, France, Connecticut, and Nashville.

Brooke Giannetti runs the company’s interior design studio and is the author of the design blog, Velvet and Linen. She and Steve are the Authors of the book Patina Style (2011), as well as their second book, Patina Farm (2016), which highlights their home in Ojai, CA. The firm’s work has been published in Veranda, The New York Times, Milieu, Santa Barbara Magazine, and C Magazine, as well as several other publications.

Together they own the store Giannetti Home, located in Los Angeles, CA which also functions as their studio.  Specializing in custom furniture and imported antiques, the store is focused on offering products and visuals in the couple’s signature “Patina Style”.



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, restoration and interiors has been featured on television and in such prestigious publications as: Elle Decor, The New York Times, Town & Country, Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design, Vanity Fair, Vogue and The Wall Street Journal. Timothy has been named to the 2016 AD100 list of the world’s top 100 architects and designers by Architectural Digest. He is one of only nine designers who have consecutively been on the list since 2007 .

The Robb Report named him one of the World’s Top 40 Interior Designers and he is on the 2016 Luxe Interiors + Design “Gold List.” In March 2014, he received the “Star of Design” award from the Pacific Design Center and in November 2014, was the first American designer honored by the French Heritage Society for his restoration work of landmark buildings in France. “An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé,” his critically acclaimed book, was published by Rizzoli. Timothy has designed fabrics, trims, furniture and floor covering for Schumacher and Patterson, Flynn & Martin, as well as two tabletop collections for Royal Limoges. He is designing passementerie for Samuel & Sons, wallpaper for Fromental and plumbing and door hardware for THG Paris, all to debut in 2017 & 2018.

Prior to forming his design firm in 1998, Timothy Corrigan had a successful career in advertising where he headed up Saatchi & Saatchi’s Bates Worldwide’s international operations.


Adam is founder of the Design Bloggers Conference, Home Design Digital Marketing Summit, and Esteem Media, Inc. Leading up to founding Esteem Media, Adam was President of DigitalSherpa, a high growth SMB social media and internet marketing business offering content, social media, reputation management, local listings, lead generation, web business intelligence, and other internet marketing programs. The company served over 4,000 SMBs.

These experiences, along with the success of his wine blog, WineZag, reaffirmed a deep belief that digital community engagement, quality content, and in-person networking are lethal tools for transforming brands and businesses in meaningful ways.


Before Stacy Kunstel became an interiors stylist with nearly 100 magazine and book covers to her credit, she began as a writer covering luxury travel destinations, architecture and design. She combines both skills in her work as Homes Editor for New England Home Magazine and as a Regional Editor for Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living and others. Her work has appeared in Coastal Living, Country Living, Luxe, Rizzoli Books, the London Observer, Harper’s Bazzar UK and a dozen other publications.

In 2010, between photoshoots and writing assignments, she and her partner Michael Partenio launched the lighting and furniture brand Dunes and Duchess, which is sold in luxury boutiques and to the trade. Dunes and Duchess has appeared in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Oprah, Luxe, Food & Wine and many other publications.



James is an award-winning interior designer, author and renowned podcaster, Million Dollar Decorating. He has spent the past 18 years, crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and his book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.

Podcast Vision: To entertain, educate and inspire. As the first podcast devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living we feature interviews with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans.  Life-style leaders engage in unguarded conversation, reveal behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration and share stories that inspire and motivate homemakers around the world to make their home more beautiful.



If you’re in the field of interior design, then you’ve likely heard of Nick May. He’s the guy behind the mic at The Chaise Lounge podcast. Talking the business of interior design  each week, Nick May interviews successful interior designers from around the world to find out how they have grown their successful interior design business. He covers topics like marketing, client management, staff management, and all the little things that go into creating a great design business.  If you’ve listened to his podcast, you will know that aside from being a charming host, quick with the questions we all want answers to, Nick is a painting contractor with a business in Denver, Colorado, Walls by Design. He has been running his own biz there for many years and brings lots of knowledge and insight into the world of construction.



LuAnn is an award-winning window treatment authority, author, host of one of the most popular podcasts for the design industry, and overall business dynamo.

Based in Livingston, New Jersey, LuAnn got her start in 1982 when she, her husband and cousin purchased a franchise of the Florida-based window treatment company, Window Works. With LuAnn at the helm of sales, they quickly expanded from New Jersey to serving the entire metro area from Philadelphia to Connecticut, and became the leading showroom in gross sales of the more than 120 stores Window Works stores around the country.

Andrew Tucker Google


Andrew Tucker is the Team Lead for Web Partner Development for Google NA, focusing on strategic partnerships and monetization. His core competency is in Doubleclick solutions where he specializes in complex ad server implementations and yield management. Prior to joining Google, Andrew was a Senior Media Buyer at Digitas, focusing on American Express Brand Partnerships with the NBA, USTA and PGA. He graduated from Duke University with a BA from the Sanford School of Public Policy.


Clinton Smith is the Editor in Chief of Veranda, the interiors and lifestyle magazine that celebrates the art of living well. He is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the fields of interior design, style, architecture, travel and other luxury lifestyle topics for almost two decades. During his time at Veranda—which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017—the magazine has become the ultimate sourcebook for those on a quest for the very best, displaying the finest in decorating, outdoor living, fine jewelry, flowers and entertaining. Smith is the author of Veranda Entertaining (April 2017), and The Romance of Flowers (2015), which also has been adapted into coloring book for adults that will be published in May. A native Texan, Smith is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He lives in New York.



Founder and Owner of Manhattan PR firm
Blitzer & Company

Blitzer and Company is a specialized, home design-focused public relations and marketing agency based in New York. We are highly collaborative and creative, taking a hands-on approach aimed at devising targeted strategies for a selective roster of clients. Our small, streamlined operation allows us to be directly involved in every aspect of the process, offering an uncompromising level of personal service in the industry. In addition to our core PR and marketing services, we provide targeted brand identity, influencer engagement, and social media consulting.

Founder and owner, Elizabeth Blitzer brings nearly two decades of experience in the Home Space market to the table, having worked over the span of her career with a broad range of clients that includes Williams Sonoma Home, ATG.stores, and F. Schumacher.

The current roster of local, national, and international clients consists of everyone from high-profile interior designers including Bunny Williams, Thomas O’Brien, and Alexa Hampton to the luxury furnishings store FLAIR to the English stone mantel company Chesneys.

Ms. Blitzer was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Ms. Blitzer humbly maintains that her southern background and that of all of her colleagues bring an appreciated politeness and strong work ethic to their professional relationships.

Kristin Giese


Kristin Giese is the founder and owner of all moxie inc, an LA-based creative services agency that handles PR, branding, marketing, talent management and television development. She’s produced hundreds of hours of television, including the upcoming show Married to Design (wt) starring Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent for TLC, a format which Kristin created. She has worked with a broad range of retailers, networks, brands and personalities since founding all moxie 16 years ago. Best known for having established and built the Nate Berkus brand, Kristin also manages a range of talent in the lifestyle, design and personality space. Follow Kristin on instagram, twitter and snap under the handle @allmoxie.



President, ANDREW JOSEPH PR. With experience in journalism and public relations, Andrew Joseph is a fresh, unique solution for creative professionals. A design enthusiast at heart, he decided to launch his boutique firm in 2012.  Andrew Joseph PR is a full service communications firm specializing in shelter, design, and lifestyle brands. We create programs that are customized to support our clients’ business goals and communication needs, establishing successful results. As a dynamic, passionate boutique agency with large agency capabilities, we make sure every client has personalized attention, which helps us maintain strong, long-lasting relationships. Technology and the avenues in which we trust and process “news” and information is evolving everyday, and we pride ourselves in navigating new media and brand specific avenues that elevate brands to give them a competitive edge. Our team’s impressive contacts and credentials—with key lifestyle, design and shelter publications, producers, blogs and influencers—make us a powerful force.




Christina Juarez & Company is a full-service consulting firm specializing in public relations, special events, product launches, media tours, design and lifestyle book ‘packaging’ and business strategies for high end interior designers, interior design books as well as home décor and tabletop related luxury product lines.

With over twenty five years experience, Christina Juarez has built a reputation as one of the leading consultants in the ‘luxury goods’ design and décor business. Renowned for her no-nonsense, straightforward approach and for a consistent roster of upscale clients, Christina Juarez & Company provides the personal attention of a seasoned consultant, with the efficiency and networking capabilities of a large agency.

Since 2000, CJ&Co has been consulting to a group of clients originally steeped in the fashion and beauty industries and now completely immersed in the interior design and decoration world. Clients have included Amanda Nisbet Design, Antonino Buzzetta Designs, Assouline Publishers, Benjamin Vandiver Interiors and Lifestyle, Bergdorf Goodman, Bunny Williams, Burberry, Campion Platt, Carolina George Furniture and Interiors, Carolyne Roehm, Cullman & Kravis, Kiehls, Liz O’Brien, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, Matthew Patrick Smyth, MR Architecture + Décor, Nancy Corzine, Nathaniel Kramer Photography, Newel Antiques, Pagoda Red, Promemoria, Reagan Hayes, Richard Mishaan, Sam Allen, Sara Gilbane, Sedwick & Brattle, Serena & Lily, SFERRA Luxury Italian Linens, Stephen Fanuka, Studio Four NYC, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Thom Filicia, Inc. and Todd Merrill.


Presently editor-in-chief of New England Home, a luxury design brand with offerings both in print and online, Kyle has had a distinctly hands-on relationship with magazines for more than thirty years. He began as a typesetter and later served as art director for several business, financial, and computing titles, but an invitation to join the launch team for New England Home in 2005 was a welcome chance to reconnect with long-held interests in architecture and interiors. Since then, he has helped guide the publication’s evolution into one of the most widely respected regional shelter titles in the U.S.


Lori Dennis, ASID, LEED AP is an entrepreneur, celebrity interior designer, speaker, author and co-founder of Design Campus.  she is an advisor for Kabuni, a community marketplace for design build professionals and is a board member for Print the Future. With multiple awards for excellence, Lori has been profiled in magazines, websites and TV on six continents, including  Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, People, New York Times, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal and many others.  Industry titans like American Express, Verizon, Volvo, HGTV, ASID, NBC, Viking and Food Network have partnered with Lori as expert in luxury and green lifestyles.


An experienced technology entrepreneur with a background in real estate, Neil Patel has been an entrepreneur since the age of 14. A successful founder and CEO for over 20 years for businesses around the globe,  he has also sat on the boards of various public and private companies. Currently, Neil is CEO of Kabuni, a community-driven marketplace for designers, makers and design lovers, where every purchase makes an impact. Most recently, he has launched Print the Future Inc., a company making printing ideas on demand a reality by opening a network of Print The Future stores across the globe. Neil lives in Vancouver with his wife and four awesome kids and he is an avid cricket fan.


Jill is an accomplished book publishing and brand marketing professional.  Her thirty years of experience has focused on marketing through the publication of illustrated books.  After a distinguished career in the industry’s most prestigious companies, Jill has built her agency into what is today considered the “home” for illustrated books.

In 2006, Jill founded Jill Cohen Associates, to work directly with authors and brands to convey their message through books and strategic marketing.  Distinguished past and current clients include Aerin Lauder, Stephen Sills, Mary McDonald, Suzanne Kasler, Ellie Cullman, Brian McCarthy, Preston Bailey, India Hicks, Rebecca Moses, Gil Schafer, Carolyne Roehm, Bobbi Brown, James Magni, Suzanne Tucker, Timothy Corrigan, Matthew Smyth, William Hefner, Danielle Rollins, IKB Architects, Barton G. Weiss, San Ysidro Ranch, Amanda Nisbet, Ferguson Shamamian, Frye, Brioni, Hollye Jacobs, Norma Kamali, Windsor Smith and other accomplished authors and brands.



Mark D. Sikes is an esteemed interior designer working on projects throughout the United States. He is known for creating beautiful and timeless interiors that embody an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Mark has a talent for mixing American and European, traditional and modern, and new and old sensibilities. Mark is also the founder and editor of the well know lifestyle blog Mark D. Sikes; Chic People, Glamorous Places and Stylish Things.

Mark has a new book, Beautiful, All American Decorating and Timeless Style, as well as new collections with Soane, Henredon, Merida and Schumacher. Last year, Mark designed the much celebrated dinning room at the Kips Bay Show House in New York and the Grand Garden Halls at Greystone in Beverly Hills.

In addition to design projects, Mark launched his first fashion collection, MDS Stripes, in 2015 and is busy working on new women’s collections for, among others, Moda Operandi and Club Monaco.

Corey Padveen


is the Director of Global Social Business Strategy at t2 Marketing International, and Google AdWords Certified, Google Analytics Certified, as well as a Certified Inbound Marketer. He is also one of the founding theorists on the concepts of Social Equity and Responsive Branding, as well as a keynote speaker featured at marketing and digital business summits around the world. On the personal side, he loves cooking, making wine and, as all good Canadians, is a big hockey fan.



For Shea McGee of Studio McGee, it all started 3 years ago when she signed up for an Instagram account to promote her part-time design business that she ran out of our spare bedroom. 30 employees and 300k followers later – she’s had some victories, made a few mistakes, and learned a lot along the way.

Growing her Instagram following has been the single most important thing she has done for her business- providing the  opportunity to be discovered by clients, partners, and talented employees. It has also been the main vehicle for developing an engaging brand image and personality.

Studio McGee was created in a spare bedroom with lots of big ideas and no room for fabric samples. After many late nights of brainstorming and collaboration, husband and wife team, Syd and Shea McGee decided to take what was a small business for a stay-at-home mom and turn it into something much more.

After graduating with a degree in Public Relations, Shea realized that what she really wanted to do was design. A few semesters into design school, her bright and clean aesthetic had attracted a waiting list of clients and no idea how to handle the workload.

Meanwhile, Syd had worked for six years to build a start-up digital marketing firm that was acquired and left him searching for a new start-up to dive into. He soon realized there was the perfect candidate right in front of him.

Their team’s work has garnered attention in the design world from House Beautiful, Domaine Home, Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, SMP Living, and One King’s Lane to name a few.



Chad, Sr. Vice President and President of Decorative Furnishings Association, is the main figure behind the scenes at Stark. He continues to direct the company as an industry leader, while growing business in the digital age. As the operational wizard behind Stark, he manages all the technical details while remaining focused on providing the highest level of customer service to trade clients.



The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association [IFDA] named Drew McGukin a ‘Rising Star’ in 2012; Departures Magazine has included Drew as a member of its Home Design Council since 2014; and Houzz.com, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, continues to honor Drew with its “Best of Houzz” distinction in design for driving extraordinary online traffic through his online portfolio.

Drew McGukin Interiors participated in the “Project Design” collaboration with Kravet Inc. and The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island encompassing a two-phase renovation of the facility from the Spring 2013 to Fall 2014. Most recently, Drew was selected by Sunbrella as one of five designers across the US to design a complete room showcasing the breadth and style of Sunbrella’s interior fabric lines. These designs were unveiled in New York in October 2014, and again Feburary 2015 in Atlanta at the 2015 Design Blogger’s Conference. Drew is one of five notable designers selected to represent Cosentino as a 2015 Silestone Trendsetter.



Dylan is an Implementation Specialist at HubSpot in Cambridge, MA. Dylan started his first business at age 11 and has been learning ever since. His day-to-day includes helping HubSpot customers implement software and adopt the inbound marketing methodology. At night, he attends business courses at Harvard. Prior to HubSpot, Dylan spent time at Catalina, managing accounts for Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson.



Alex oversees strategy for Wayfair’s blogger program, The Homemakers. Prior to working at Wayfair, she ran social media at Simmons College, the only all-women’s college in Boston. Outside of work, Alex runs marathons, blogs about life in Boston, and remembers the lyrics to most late ‘90s and early ‘00s pop songs.



Naples, Florida resident Linda Weinstein is the creator and owner of the widely anticipated event, the One Room Challenge™. In her role as director of the One Room Challenge™, Weinstein has motivated, supported, and inspired the design blogging community to transform spaces while encouraging one another in a noncompetitive, positive, and uplifting way. Everyone who takes the challenge is surrounded by endless encouragement. To date, the One Room Challenge™ is responsible for the transformation of over 1,000 rooms worldwide. She has partnered with dozens of corporate brands like Farrow & Ball, Karastan Carpets, Lowe’s, Wayfair, and so many more, vying to have their products featured throughout the One Room Challenge™. This past spring, the challenge announced a media partnership with House Beautiful.



Holly is a residential interior designer and owner of The English Room, which is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Holly’s style is elegant, eclectic and colorful. She has completed homes all over the east coast that have ranged from the super modern to very traditional while keeping it true to her style. She loves overseeing the design process from beginning to end. The best part is when your clients really trust you and set you free to do what you do best. Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work. According to Holly, “Color makes people happy!” She loves the mixing the tradition of the past with the modern style of the future.

Holly’s early design experience includes working with Alexandra Stoddard and Sotheby’s – both in New York City. Holly completed a Mint Museum Senior Study and worked at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. After College, Holly lived in London while completing Sotheby’s 17th and 18th century decorative arts program. She has also completed The Winter institute at Winterthur, which provided a deep exposure one of the most complete collections of American Antiques in existence.


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Ralls is a 14-year magazine-industry veteran who has covered the shelter category in the Southeast since she began her career with Southern Accents magazine. The region’s leading design publication since 1983, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is published monthly, and Ralls has been at its helm for the past four years, where she has spearheaded an overhaul of the magazine’s website and digital platforms as well as debuted a new showhouse platform dedicated to exhibiting the work of the region’s most accomplished design talents with the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, which launched in Buckhead last spring. Raised in the Midwest and schooled in the Northeast, Ralls has spent the last 10 years in Atlanta, where she and her family of 5 have planted firm roots.  


Since 1994, Barclay Butera has been the creative force behind his eponymous design firm and showroom in Newport Beach, California. His success in Newport prompted Butera to establish showrooms in Corona del Mar, California, West Hollywood, California, and Park City, Utah. In addition to his thriving interior design business, Butera’s most recent venture into licensing has landed him an unprecedented number of the industry’s most respected partners including: Bradburn Gallery Home, Castelle, Eastern Accents, Highland House Furniture, Kravet, Leftbank Art, Mirror Image Home, Mirth Studio, Nourison, MDC/Winfield Thybony. 

A media favorite, Butera continues to garnish continuous editorial coverage in all major shelter and lifestyle publications. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Extra!, CBS, ABC, Fox, Beautiful Homes & Great Estates and HGTV; and has received press in the New York and Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Traditional Home, ELLE DÉCOR, House Beautiful, Veranda, Luxe, House & Garden, Western Interiors & Design, Robb Report, Esquire, 1stdibs.com, OneKingsLane.com, Gilt.com and ArchitecturalDigest.com. Butera is also the author of five coffee-table books: Modern Living; Past, Present, Inspired; Living in Style; Living on the Coast; and Getaways and Retreats.


As a curator who discovers exquisite treasures all over the world for her projects and her Dallas-based design store Ceylon et Cie, Michelle Nussbaumer has a signature style, in multilayered rooms that mix periods with antique textiles, embroideries and weavings, unconventional furniture, and global art. The result is unique interiors that might recall 1940s glamour or nineteenth-century England.

wanderlust-cover-mktgWANDERLUST: Interiors that Bring the World Home, Nussbaumer’s first book, features her dramatically lush interiors and shows readers how spaces can be inspired by travel and filled with treasures from around the world. Organized by mood and style and showcasing interiors that range from calm to bold, and from rustic to exotic, WANDERLUST includes Nussbaumer’s own stunning residences in Switzerland and Texas, as well as her work for clients around the country. Her sumptuous interiors—eclectic in style and influenced by travels from France and Italy to Morocco, Mexico, India, and China—provide alluring inspiration for design aficionados.

Michelle Nussbaumer’s design career began in Rome, where expats fell in love with the villa she had decorated and sought her out as a guide to Italian treasures. After a few years in Los Angeles, she returned to Dallas and opened her celebrated shop Ceylon et Cie. Her work has been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Veranda, Marie Claire, House & Garden, and the New York Times.



Mat Sanders is the Co-founder and Creative Director at Consort—a lifestyle brand that provides original and trend-driven interior design services for an A-list clientele. He first began his interior design career as a stylist in New York City. With a cultivated eye for design, Sanders continued his career in the industry and became the market editor for the internet’s largest design site, Apartment Therapy. During this time, Sanders was also an integral part of Conde Nast’s Editorial Development Group that relaunched and revamped Domino Magazine. Propelling his career and relocating to Los Angeles in 2012, Sanders launched and became the Editorial Director at MyDomaine, later being named Editor-at-Large. In 2014, Sanders launched Consort with Co-founder Brandon Quattrone and split his time between his two entrepreneurial endeavors. He now fully commits his time to Consort to focus on the firm’s expansion to NYC, which is marked by the opening of a design studio and retail shop in the heart of Tribeca in December 2016.



Laurel Bern,  founder of The Laurel Home Blog and Laurel Bern Interiors and an award-winning residential interior designer from Bronxville, NY began her career in 1988. In 2012, she started her popular, award-winning blog, Laurel Home. Laurel says that the first two years, she made “every mistake in the book and then some.” Because of that failed experience and then finding the right help, she has learned what it takes to turn one’s blog into a lean-mean-money-making machine.



Connor lives in Atlanta while working on his masters in graphic design at SCAD. He has amassed 76.4k followers on Instagram with his compelling photography. He thinks graphic design and photography for building brands, but mostly enjoys making people feel loved. Hear how Connor creates inspired Instagram campaigns with powerful results.



is the only interior design industry business coach and speaker who creates personal bios and other promotional materials for design professionals worldwide.

Fred has more than 25 years experience training design professionals from Dallas to Dubai, and creating their online profiles, website and social media copy, blogs and marketing forms. In addition, he offers a wide range of business coaching services, ranging from his High Performance Coaching Program to his Bio Briefing and Website Onceover.

As one of the biggest names in the business of interior design, he speaks at design conferences and other events throughout the U.S. and around the world. He also develops sales and marketing programs for international franchise organizations and companies within the interior design industry, and trains manufacturers, retailers, and others on how to increase sales to design professionals.

Fred focuses in his keynote speeches and seminars on how designers, kitchen and bath specialists, window fashion experts and other professionals can dramatically increase sales, and market themselves more effectively.

He has appeared at the International Window Coverings Expo; Neocon events; the High Point Market; Surfaces; design symposiums; home and design expos; furniture, gift and accessory shows; and national conferences of such groups as ASID, NKBA, IDS and IFDA.

Fred’s blog is read by design professionals the world over, and he regularly writes guest blog posts and articles for online and print media.  He also is a frequent guest on design industry podcasts.

Fred’s clients today benefit from the communication and copy writing skills that he acquired during his highly-successful earlier career as a broadcast and print journalist. In that career, he founded one of Washington, D.C.’s largest and longest-established independent news bureaus.



Courtney believes in the power of patina, that fresh flowers and a chandelier belong in every room and that the mix of rustic & refined is perfection. When she isn’t behind the computer blogging- she works freelance as a photographer and stylist for magazines, loves to travel and you might also find her sitting on the beach with her toes in the sand and a beach bag filled with peonies.   Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle, design, DIY & the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage. With a style that is a little bit shabby, French country, and a touch of cottage mixed in- she loves the mix of rustic & refined and doesn’t like to follow all those design rules (except for the one about decorating with what you love). She thinks if it makes you happy when you walk in a room- it is perfect. www.frenchcountrycottage.net