Paloma Contreras to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

Paloma Contreras is an interior decorator, tastemaker, and design blogger based in Houston, Texas. Paloma launched her widely read blog, La Dolce Vita in 2007 and her interior design business followed as her readers’ interest in her style grew. Paloma has been featured in multiple publications and websites including the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, 002 Houston, Apartment Therapy, Rue Magazine, Adore Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and Casa Sugar. Paloma has also worked on special projects with top brands such as One Kings Lane, Bravo Television, American Express, and Hilton Luxury Brands. Recently, Paloma became an online contributor for beloved shelter magazine, Domino.

Paloma has honed her distinct eye for style through her work as a blogger, editor, and decorator resulting in an aesthetic that is polished and refined, yet maintains an effortless ease. Paloma’s design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style– gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamour and an infusion of color. Through her design approach, Paloma is able to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes, interests, and lifestyles. Paloma believes that the most beautiful interiors are also the most personal.

In her free time, Paloma loves traveling with her husband, Fabian and spending time with their sweet dog, Tate.

Toma Clark Haines to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

Toma Clark Haines is The Antiques Diva® – Chief Executive Diva of The Antiques Diva® & Co European Tours http://antiquesdiva.com/.  An American who has lived abroad more than a dozen years, it has been said that Clark Haines is conquering countries faster than Napoleon.  Working with a team of locally-based agents, The Antiques Diva® & Co has become Europe’s largest antiques touring company, offering customized antiques buying tours in 10 countries to both tourists (mere shopping mortals) and the trade (antique dealers and interior designers). Her favorite part of her job is stocking client’s stores across the pond and creating new trends in home fashion.  When this stylemaker is not on a buying tour Clark Haines is also a freelance travel and design writer, an international public speaker, an interior decorator and social media guru.  She is a champagne connoisseur, a vintage Chanel addict and her hobbies include driving fast cars and gourmet cooking.  Traveling extensively for work, she divides her time between her home in Berlin, Germany with her husband and cat and traveling in each of her company’s tour countries. Her greatest challenge in life is remembering when she wakes up each morning whether to greet the day with a Buongiorno, Bonjour, Guten Tag or simply Good Day!  You can follow her antiquing abroad travels on Facebook at The Antiques Diva® & Co or on Twitter @TheAntiquesDiva.  Her blog The Antiques Diva was recently voted Top 100 Interior Design blogs by Modenus.

Stacy Bewkes to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

After 17 years as an art director at Simon & Schuster, Stacey Bewkes left the corporate world to raise her four children in Connecticut. Her continuing love of design led to the creation of Quintessence, an award winning online guide to the best in style and substance.  From interiors and fashion, to art and architecture, books, film, travel and more, Quintessence has become a trusted source for well researched original content and imagery. Stacey has been a sponsored blogger at design events from Las Vegas to London and Quintessence has been featured in a multitude of shelter magazines both in print and online. Stacey is also the co-creator, with author/design expert Susanna Salk, of the popular Stylish Shopping video series, now including “At Home” and “In the Studio” visits. She can also be found out and about on all major social media platforms.

Suzanne Kasler to Speak at Phipps Plaza

On Sunday afternoon, March 2, prior to the Welcome Reception that kicks off the Design Bloggers Conference, we’ve arranged an excursion for attendees to Phipps Plaza in Atlanta. There you’ll see some of the latest kitchen designs, shop, and hear Suzanne Kasler share her thoughts on design.

Suzanne Kasler is inspired. As the principal of Atlanta-based Suzanne Kasler Interiors, she often asserts that “a room should be collected, not decorated.” Incorporating the personal collections of her clients with fine art and antiques, contemporary pieces and custom-designed furniture, Suzanne’s meaningful interiors straddle that rare middle ground between sophisticate and ingénue. As a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, Suzanne brings a comprehensive knowledge of interior architecture and decorative arts to her design work.

Suzanne’s classic interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda. Her widely published work has won numerous awards, placing Suzanne among the elite of America’s top designers. For the past three years, Suzanne was named to Elle Décor’s “A-List” of top designers in the country, and for the past two years, Suzanne was chosen for Architectural Digest’s AD100. In the fall of 2009, Rizzoli published Suzanne’s first book, Inspired Interiors, and in October 2013 they published her second book, Timeless Style, a lavishly illustrated volume that showcases her residential success, from her own elegant Regency-style house in Atlanta’s Buckhead to a family-oriented New England classic stone house in Greenwich, and a glamorous neoclassical country house in Columbus, Georgia.

In 2008, Suzanne launched a line of furniture for Hickory Chair, along with a collection of lighting for Visual Comfort. Her signature style of casual elegance has since been interpreted into a line of rugs with Safavieh, fine art with Soicher-Marin, accessories with Ballard, and fabrics with Lee Jofa.

Although her brand has expanded exponentially over the last few years, Suzanne remains true to her passion for designing interiors: “Being able to work as a designer is a gift—an amazing opportunity to connect to people and design spaces that inspire them.”

Amy Flurry to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

Amy Flurry is author of the new guide to DIY publicity, “Recipe for Press,” supporting her popular DIY PR workshops and consultancy designed to strengthen relationships between entrepreneurs and editors. Amy’s twenty years as a contributor to some of the biggest publications on the newsstand and online, including InStyle, Conde Nast Traveler, Country Living, Design Sponge and Lucky magazine, brings fresh perspective to the conversation and implementation of communications and publicity development.
In addition to Recipe for Press, Amy co-founded Paper-Cut-Project, a company that conceives art direction and highly crafted installations with clients including Kate Spade, Hermes, Valentino, Cartier and the Victoria & Albert museum. Paper-Cut-Project’s work has been featured in the NYT, Italian Vogue, Nylon, Selvedge and Marie Claire Taiwan. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Alan, and their two children.

Currey & Company to Provide Stage Furniture at Design Bloggers Conference

Currey & Co.We are proud to announce that Currey & Co. will provide the stage furniture at the Design Bloggers Conference. Currey’s vision is to create and fulfill the desire for distinctive home furnishings. Their mission is to serve their customers, owners and employees in an exemplary manner through a culture which encourages all to flourish.

Currey’s philosophy is a recognition that they are a people business. The essence of Currey & Company is not only the product for which it is known but also the very important people who help to create the product and carefully deliver it into the hands of those other important people, their customers, in a timely fashion. Their on-going program of process improvement speaks of their faith in the ability of the men and women who work at Currey & Company and their ability to contribute to the betterment of the company and its products. Their faith in them is demonstrated by the fact that they give all of their employees the opportunity to obtain a four-year college degree by paying for their tuition as well as bearing the expense for remedial courses and English programs for their non-English speakers. People are key, but product is also the lifeblood of the company and Currey & Company takes pride in their original design work , meticulous craftsmanship and careful attention to all details of a product. The effort of their multi-step hand-finishing process manifests itself in the richness and depth of the final finish of many of their products. The appearance of these pieces speaks of the human hands that have touched them as well as of the design skills and craftsmanship that have created them. Currey has the willingness to do what many other manufacturers regard as too difficult or too time-consuming. They think it shows.

Robert B. Currey, founder of Storehouse, Inc., founded Garden Source Furnishings as an offshoot of his Atlanta retail business in 1988. Garden Source evolved into today’s Currey & Company, a significant player in the lighting industry. Garden Source’s first offerings were historic garden furnishings from the Winterthur Museum joined by a very American collection of garden whimsies, birdhouses and rustic twig furniture, Some lighting products were among these first offerings and by the early1990’s formed a significant part of the collection. Accordingly, the name of the company was changed to Currey & Company.

Chandeliers, wall sconces and table lamps form a significant part of the company’s offerings and these goods are characterized by the attention and detailing that goes into their manufacturing and finishing. With a workforce in Atlanta, Currey International in the Philippines, and China, the product line has grown to more than 1,000 items. Rugs, upholstery, furniture and accessories have been added over the past decade so that we can now offer a floor to ceiling shopping experience for our customers.

Currey & Company is represented by sales reps in the United States and Internationally with permanent showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, High Point and New York. Currey also has an International Sales Office in Hong Kong.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Currey & Company. The company has grown and evolved from when it was founded in by Suzanne and Robert Currey in 1988. There is a common thread that runs through the entire 25 years, and that is the spirit of creativity. The use of natural materials, attention to details, time-honored craftsmanship and product designs influenced by authenticity, design history and timely trends are all part of the creative process at Currey & Company.

Jennifer Boles to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference!


JENNIFER BOLES

Jennifer Boles was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Upon obtaining her bachelor’s degree in history from University of the South (Sewanee, TN), Jennifer returned to Atlanta to pursue a career in business and finance. After ten years spent in the business sector, Jennifer decided to pursue her passion for interior design and the decorative arts. With an intense interest in design history and a love of writing, Jennifer started her design blog “The Peak of Chic” in the Fall of 2006. Her website-read by design devotees from around the world- focuses on design trends, historical homes, history of design, and all things design related.  Recently named “blogosphere darling” by Departures magazine, Jennifer has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Town & Country, Elle Décor, and Array.  In 2007, Jennifer became a contributing editor to House Beautiful.  Additionally, her first book, House Beautiful Fabrics for Your Home, was published in 2010.  As the inaugural winner of the Best Writing on a Design Blog award, Jennifer was inducted into the Design Blogger’s Hall of Fame in early 2012.  Jennifer’s second book, In with the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z, will be published by Clarkson Potter in October 2013.

When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about design, Jennifer spends her time traveling, collecting antique and vintage ceramics, and buying far too many books.

Michael Bruno to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

Michael Bruno is the founder and chairman of 1stdibs, the world’s largest online luxury marketplace for antiques and vintage design.
Bruno, whose motto is “decide what you want, believe in it and then get ready for the ride of your life,” launched the company in 2001 from his Paris apartment armed with just a clipboard, translator, web programmer and photographer. Today, over twelve years later, 1stdibs, based in New York hosts the finest dealers in furniture, fashion, jewelry and watches and fine art from the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Europe and has revolutionized how rare and desirable objects are purchased online.

Bruno began his professional career as a luxury real estate broker in La Jolla, CA and in the mid-1980’s moved to San Francisco where he continued to sell high-end properties. During this time Bruno, developed a passion for buying and restoring old homes, culminating in the restoration and successful sale of a magnificent Pacific Heights mansion in 1998. That same year, at the height of the dot com boom, Bruno began to search for his next venture. Keen to be part of this web revolution, he bought the domain name 1stdibs.com.

Today with Bruno at the helm of the company, in 2013 1stdibs is on target to achieve $1 billion in sales as reported by 1stdibs dealers with nearly 11,000 items reported sold monthly.

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Timothy Corrigan to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

Hailed in Architectural Digest as “Today’s Tastemaker,” Timothy Corrigan’s clients include European and Middle Eastern royalty, Hollywood celebrities and corporate leaders. His distinctive design philosophy of comfortable elegance has been featured in Elle Decor, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, Veranda, Vogue, and The Wall Street Journal. Corrigan has been named to the AD100 list for the last nine years, and will be receiving the Pacific Design Center’s “Star of Design” award in March 2014. Corrigan has offices in Paris and L.A., as well as an antique collection available at timothy-corrigan.com and 1stdibs.com. His first book, “An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé”, was recently published by Rizzoli, and has garnered unprecedented press coverage and glowing reviews. He will be introducing the first fully integrated line of fabrics, trims, furniture and floor covering for F. Schumacher in February 2014, as well as tabletop collections for Royal Limoges. 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.

Timothy will share his invaluable marketing background and knowledge of the design industry to help you define and cultivate your brand. Whether you’re a designer, a blogger, or both, you won’t want to miss his tips on how to attract the right clients, followers and business opportunities.

Tobi Fairley to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

The Design Bloggers Conference welcomes back Tobi Fairley to speak at this year’s event. One of the first speakers to grace the stage at the inaugural Design Bloggers Conference, Tobi was inducted the following year into the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame. Traditional Home Magazine predicts “Tobi will be like Cher or Oprah, one of those women for whom one name says it all”.

Tobi Fairley has redesigned her life and her brand, launching Tobi Fairley & Associates as a full-service consulting and design company. The company provides custom-tailored education, enlightened mentoring, and common-sense tools to help companies and design firms improve their business.

Tobi’s vision for her new brand is to empower others to cultivate their strengths and create inspired solutions for business, design, and life. Her unique combination of degrees in interior design and accounting, and an MBA from the prestigious Sam M. Walton College of Business, gives her a competitive advantage in the design industry, and offers a creative approach to the world of business.

Since establishing her design firm more than a decade ago, Tobi’s projects have spanned the nation, and her award-winning designs for high-profile and celebrity clients have been featured on television, and in top-shelf shelter publications around the globe.

Tobi’s design blog, created in September 2008, is currently read in more than 124 countries worldwide. In 2010, Tobi introduced her DIY design service, InBox Interiors, and launched her popular intensive courses and programs, including Design A-to-Z, Designer MBA, and her MasterMind mentoring program. Designers, business pros, and design enthusiasts alike have attended these programs from across the United States and Canada with rave reviews.

The most recent addition to the stable of businesses under the new brand is Tobi Fairley Home, which includes a collection of fabrics, pillows, and lighting in Tobi’s signature style – bright, bold, and tailored.

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