Mark Cutler Will Help You Take Your Blog to The Next Level


mark-cutler-397We look forward to great anticipation to hear the presentation of Mark Cutler at the Design Bloggers Conference. Mark is the Chief Designer for nousDECOR and Principal of Mark Cutler Design.

Mark will discuss and show different examples of how you can take your blog to the next level, focusing on examples and tips for video bloggers and for photo + text blogs. And he will emphasize the overall idea of addressing this bigger purpose of design by giving back via community involvement in platforms like nousDECOR and other design communities that work to bring techniques and knowledge to a wider array of people across income levels.

Los Angeles-based, acclaimed Australian interior designer and the head of one of Robb Report’s Top 40 design firms in the U.S., Mark Cutler has experience, taste, and a desire to help educate a community passionate about decor. In this role as Chief Designer for nousDECOR, Mark plays an integral role in the company, advising on product evolution and design, identifying professional and retail partnerships, and creating exclusive content for the site, including a weekly “Master Class” series detailing important insider tricks and techniques for decorating spaces. In the near future, Mark will begin providing video tours and tutorials for nousDECOR users to bring the design experience and his philosophy and vision to life, as well as serving as a brand spokesperson with lifestyle media.

As principal of Mark Cutler Designs, Mark has built an global and award-winning portfolio of high profile residential and commercial projects, including homes for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Tom Skerrit, as well as the Cipriani and Regent Hotels. In addition to having participated in the most prestigious showcase houses in Southern California, his work has been featured in many of the leading shelter and design magazines around the world, including Architectural DigestMetropolitan HomeHouse BeautifulCalifornia HomesHome MagazineThe Robb ReportThe Robb Report Luxury HomeKitchen & Bath TrendsTraditional Home, and Kitchen & Bath Ideas, as well as in The Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

On the television front, Cutler served as the resident interior designer on A&E’s “Makeover Mamas” and has made numerous appearances on HGTV (Designer’s Challenge), MTV (A Day in the Life of Jennifer Lopez), The Style Network (House Beautiful TV), and Discovery Channel, as well as on KABC and KNBC in Los Angeles.

Brian Patrick Flynn to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

brian patrick flynn-2-466We’re delighted to have Brian Patrick Flynn speak at this year’s conference. Brian 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, quickly earning the respect of his peers and shelter magazine editors. Brian combined his design and decorating skills with his television production experience to create FlynnsideOut Productions, a full service production company specializing in lifestyle-related content. In addition to serving as Founder, Brian also serves as Executive Producer, Set Designer, Writer and Prop Stylist for his projects. Brian is also a contributor and featured designer with

Marcus Sheridan, Web Marketing Guru, Keynotes Design Bloggers Conference

Marcus_Sheridan_photo200pixCalled 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.

We have had the pleasure of hearing Marcus speak and the attendees were absolutely captivated by him! He was by far the best speaker at the conference, which why he has become a highly-sought-after keynote speaker.

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.’

Marcus Sheridan is the founder of The Sales Lion, one of the internet’s fastest growing marketing websites focusing on the transformational powers of inbound marketing on small businesses. But before spreading the good word about marketing, Sheridan, who also owns a prominent swimming pool company, established the most popular swimming pool website in the world through content marketing.

Marcus provides simple, real-life examples of how he has made his brand and business wildly successful. In fact, as a result of his own meteoric rise, he has become a very successful HubSpot Partner, training inbound marketers and companies everywhere how to find success.

Marcus’ topic is entitled How Content Marketing Can Build Traffic, Loyal Readers, Your Brand, and Your Bottom LineWith 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 gardening information.

Join us at the conference so you can hear Marcus – he’s truly amazing!

2015 Hall Of Fame Nominations Now Open!


It’s time to begin the exciting process of electing new members to the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame! Many thanks to Traditional Home for sponsoring the 2015 Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards. 

Design Bloggers…it’s your time to be recognized on the global new media stage! We are excited to announce that nominations for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame are now open. We are also excited to announce that this year’s awards will be sponsored by Traditional Home, our National Media sponsor. The role of the Hall of Fame is to recognize excellence in blogging and new media in the field of interior design. Each year, a new set of outstanding design blogs will become eligible through an open, online nomination process leading up to the ultimate recognition as Hall of Fame inductee.

The winners, and runner ups, will be determined through a combination of ratings by a panel of judges and a public vote. The awards will be presented live, and the inductees recognized during the 2015 Design Bloggers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta on February 26, 2015.

Nominate a Blog Now!

The Rules

Here is how the  Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards process works:

  • The awards are open to any English-language design blog.
  • The nomination period will start on December 11, 2014, and continue through the end of the day (Eastern Standard Time) on January 9, 2015. Nominations are open to the public and will be made via the Design Bloggers Conference website (see below to nominate a blog). A nomination can be made by simply adding a comment to the page for the designated category nominating the blog for consideration. Each blog nominated for a category will be included in the selection process; additional nominations for a blog in the same category will have no effect, so once a blog is nominated for a category there is no reason to nominate it again.
  • A panel of expert judges will evaluate all the nominated blogs for each category during the period January 9 – January 16, 2015 and will select the top five blogs in each category.
  • The public will be given the opportunity to vote for the finalists of each category from January 19 – February 6, 2015.
  • Each category winner will be chosen based on 50% of the input coming from the judges and 50% coming from the public vote.
  • The awards will be presented live at the Design Bloggers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta on February 26, 2015.

We look forward to your participation!

Bunny Williams to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

bunnywilliams_2014-377We are thrilled to have Bunny Williams as a keynote speaker at the Design Bloggers Conference. Bunny 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.

A native of Charlottesville, VA, Williams began her career at Stair & Co., the prestigious English antiques dealer, followed by 22 years with the venerable firm, Parish-Hadley Associates. She formed her own firm, Bunny Williams Inc. in 1988. Today she not only runs her design firm, but with her husband John Rosselli, owns Treillage Ltd., two shops selling garden objects, antiques, and decorative accessories, based in New York City. In 2008 she introduced a celebrated home furnishings collection, BeeLine Home, which continues to expand and introduce new pieces at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC. Williams’ fourth book, “Scrapbook for Living” was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang in November 2010.


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  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.