Opening Keynote: Cynthia Rowley
and Owner Cynthia Rowley Boutiques
Cynthia Rowley is a leading global lifestyle brand sold in over 60-freestanding collection boutiques, as well as in department, specialty, and online stores worldwide. Brimming with energy, Cynthia Rowley imbues a sense of adventure in all of her design projects, be it wetsuits or her ready-to-wear.
While attending the Art Institute of Chicago (where she had every intention of becoming a painter), Rowley fell into fashion when a local department store buyer discovered her on the train. That initial interest gave Cynthia the confidence to move to NYC where she went on to win the CFDA award for best new talent, became a best-selling author and has appeared on TV shows such as Project Runway, Letterman, The Today Show, and Celebrity Jeopardy.
She was named Designer of the Year at the American Image Awards this past April, and continues to bring innovative design concepts to new categories that extend beyond the realm of fashion. Some of which run the gamut from office products, to furniture, beauty, tech accessories, and a fully realized line of fitness clothing which launched this spring.
As a fourth-generation Californian, Nathan Turner grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, surrounded by a large, extended family. Deeply rooted in California’s heritage, Nathan’s childhood took him to many of the state’s most quintessential environments: From weekends family spent at his family’s Northern California ranch where they would ride horses, raise cattle and cook farm-to-table meals (decades before it became a cultural obsession) to long afternoons in the family sailboat, exploring every nook of San Francisco’s TK Bay, to summers spent in La Jolla and Laguna Beach.
Nathan’s upbringing also took him beyond his beloved home state at a young age. He learned the value of travel early in life, and now has traveled to every continent. And it’s both Nathan’s passion for traveling the world and his intimate familiarity with California’s design heritage that has informed his own aesthetic. Whether inspiration comes in the form of his take on English/Bohemian style, or from some of his favorite places such as Istanbul and Mexico city, Nathan draws upon this broad range of aesthetic influences to give his work a distinct cultural layering that is as once global in scope and highly personal to each client.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Nathan successfully merged his greatest passions– design, travel and food–into his eponymous shop. Nathan’s store has become an expression of his years traveling, his love of simply prepared, elegant food, and a commitment to exploring his ever-evolving sense of interior design. As a faithful source for the country’s leading interior decorators, as well as some of the most stylish individuals from coast to coast, Nathan’s shop has become an iconic part of the Los Angeles design landscape. The consummate host, Nathan has become known for his stylish and entertaining parties. Having played host to the likes of Carolina Herrera, India Hicks, Carolyne Roehm, Anya Hindmarch, Chris Benz and Soledad Twombly to name a few, Nathan is known for creating highly elegant affairs that nevertheless maintain an accessible friendliness that epitomizes his version of the well-lived life.
Nathan starred in Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, a show focusing on the lives of successful Los Angeles based designers as they navigate the high-pressured design world. In 2008 Nathan Turner for Elite Leather was launched and can be found in Bloomingdale’s stores across the country. In 2012, Abrams published Nathan Turner’s American Style, a lifestyle book authored by Turner. Nathan is a regular entertaining expert on The Today Show, and has appeared on Extra, CBS The Early Show, TBS’s Movie and a Makeover, CW Now, Good Day LA, and Good Day NY. Nathan’s designs, parties and products have been featured in major national and regional publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Vogue, Veranda, Domino, Vogue Living, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Details, Food & Wine, and C magazine.
Mary McDonald is an award winning, internationally published Los Angeles-based interior designer. She is the one of the stars of Bravo TV’s “Million DollarDecorators” & “Property Envy” series and is consistently ranked as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers. She is the author of “Interiors: The Allure of Style” from Rizzoli publishing and has been honored as one of the top 25 designers by Veranda Magazine. Her licensed product lines include two acclaimed fabric collections for F. Schumacher & Company, lighting for Robert Abbey, rugs for Patterson, Flynn and Martin, and furniture for Chaddock Home.
Author, model, entrepreneur, TV personality and daughter of famed designer David Hicks, India comes from both British and design royalty.
Her God father is the Prince of Wales and India was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Lady Diana.
Living with her young family on a small island in the Bahamas, she has shared and documented her multidimensional, unpredictable life through social media, her lifestyle books and her website indiahicks.com
India is connected to a broad spectrum of tastemakers and is established as an influencer amongst modern, strong, entrepreneurial women.
Unencumbered by tradition, India has made bold life choices that inspire women to join her in the pursuit of an extraordinary life.
After a successful career designing collections of bath & beauty products, bedding and jewelry in partnership with others the time for change arrived. With two strong business minded partners she launched a lifestyle brand: India Hicks. These collections are sold through entrepreneurial women at home, online, or one-to-one. This is more than a trunk show business, it’s about building more than a company, it’s about building a community.
Obsessed with color, plants, travel, creative reuse and thrifting, Justina Blakeney is a designer and design blogger with a bohemian heart.
Domino Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Marie Claire Magazine and Refinery29 all agree that Justina’s blog is one of the best design blogs on the web! Harper’s Bazaar recently named Justina a top designer to follow on Instagram and Justina is one of the world’s leading curators on Pinterest with over 1 million followers. She has worked with brands such as Anthropologie, 1st Dibs, OneKingsLane, eBay, CB2, AirBnB and Joss & Main.
Justina’s bohemian aesthetic emerged out of her multicultural upbringing in Berkeley, California. The convergence of cultures in her childhood home gave her an appreciation for mixing things up when it came to home décor. Her degree from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures, as well as extensive international travels also informed her aesthetic. It was this creative spirit and a love of sharing that compelled her to start a design blog when she returned to the US after living and designing in Italy for seven years. For Justina, decorating is about feeling free, having fun and getting a little bit wild.
Justina currently lives in Los Angeles in her ‘jungalow’ with her husband and young daughter, Ida.
Jaime Derringer is Founder and Executive Editor of modern design blog Design Milk, which quickly became the “go-to” site for unique modern interiors, home furnishings, art & architecture and is now one of the most popular design blogs reaching millions of readers across the globe through various channels. Design Milk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, San Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine, and was one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and is a Twitter influencer in Art & Design and a Google+ Partner. Inspired by her love for dogs, in 2010 Jaime launched modern design blog Dog Milk to expose dog lovers to pet design that fits their uniquely modern sense of style. Her most recent venture, Adorn Milk, is an online shop devoted to architectural and statement jewelry.
In addition, Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design, blogging and social media, and offers consulting. She dreams of designing textiles, running more than 8 miles, and having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—reading and drawing. She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter and their dog.
Adrienne Brown is a Digital Strategist and founder of Adrienne J Media, a digital marketing firm. Adrienne has an extensive background in B2B, consumer and lead generation marketing and advertising. As a self proclaimed digital media maven, Adrienne is obsessed with all things digital and committed to helping brands become their “digital best.”
Adrienne J Media is a boutique agency, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that specializes in digital media solutions. From social media management to digital media consulting, we are dedicated to helping your business reach its digital best.
Adam is the Founder and Owner of the Design Bloggers Conference, the Home Digital Design Marketing Summit, the Garden Bloggers Conference, and is President of Esteem Media. Leading up to founding Esteem Media and its managing investor role in New England Home Magazine, LLC., Adam served as President of DigitalSherpa, a high growth SMB social media and internet discovery 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 community engagement, quality content, and in-person networking are lethal tools for transforming brands and businesses in meaningful ways.
Prior to DigitalSherpa, Adam lead the creation of the largest network of regional luxury shelter media properties for Network Communications, Inc (NCI). While President there, he acquired or launched all of the properties that now make up Esteem Media, Inc.’s portfolio.
Earlier, Japko spent 14 years at PennWell Corporation, a privately held business-to-business information provider serving the global Technology, Energy, and Municipal Services markets as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Advanced Technology Division and member of the company’s board of directors. His background in the publishing, online, and event management industry also includes management positions at Media Networks, Inc. a 3M Company specializing in local networks of national magazines including Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Business Week, Sunday Magazine Network, and various B2B media companies including BMT, Gralla, and Miller Freeman (United Newspapers).
Adam continues as an active member of the wine industry’s social media landscape through his award winning blog; WineZag. In 1979 Japko received a BA in Journalism from New York University.
Julianne Taylor has quickly emerged as one of the home décor industry’s most prominent female entrepreneurs. Taylor Burke Home’s bold, unexpected and sophisticated designs are highly sought after by premiere interior designers across the nation. A designer by trade, Julianne gains much of her inspiration from her many years spent living abroad. Julianne is the author of DesignHER, available next Spring. Julianne carries a B.F.A. in Interior Design from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of South Carolina. Design headquarters for Taylor Burke Home are located in Charleston, South Carolina.
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 and french country with a touch of cottage mixed in- she loves the mix of rustic & refined in a space 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. When she isn’t blogging- she also works freelance as a photographer & stylist and loves to travel. www.frenchcountrycottage.net
Robin Catalano is the managing editor and senior copywriter for The Annie Selke Companies. She has worked as a professional journalist, copywriter, and book and magazine editor for nearly 20 years, with articles appearing in Gourmet, Culinary Trends, Berkshire Magazine, Stage Directions, Let’s Live, and Berkshire Living, among others. She has edited more than three hundred fiction and nonfiction titles for publishing companies such as Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, The Harvard Common Press, Workman, and Inner Traditions International. Robin lives in upstate New York.
A true design enthusiast, David Brian Sanders describes his own personal style as classic modernism but approaches each project with an open mind in hopes of making each client’s dreams come true. With his warm smile and welcoming demeanor it feels as if you are catching up with an old friend. This is one of the reasons that the Atlanta native has become one of the most sought after interior designers in Los Angeles and Nationwide. Despite his popularity and success with some of the most discerning members of the Hollywood elite, Sanders remains true to his southern roots, a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with. He treats each client and approaches each project with the same level of professionalism and enthusiasm, one of the principles that David has maintained since the firm’s inception.
Prior to founding David Brian Sanders Interiors in 1998, Sanders spent several years managing and re-branding the famed luxury linen purveyor Peacock Alley that was located in the Pacific Design Center. With a life-long interest in interior design and architecture, Sanders began taking on private interior design clients and within a few short months David realized he had found his true calling. Shortly thereafter he started his own design firm David Brian Sanders Interior Design.
David Brian Sanders resides in Los Angeles and his work has been published in RENOVATION STYLE, TRADITIONAL HOME and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. He has also appeared on several national television shows including Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker as the resident interior designer and a special home makeover edition of Fox’s America’s Most Wanted.
Kelly Fallis is the founder and CEO of Remote Stylist, the online furniture platform with 350+brands, $1 shipping duties included in Canada/USA and free Stylist sourcing help. A true pioneer in the online furniture world, she can dazzle you with stories journeying her trials and tribulations when it comes to import/export, logistics, custom development, marketing, brand management, web development, ecommerce, big data and real estate matters. Follow her on Twitter @kellyfallis
For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, Ambiance Interiors & Gifts, Inc., Christi found the time and opportunity to discover her true-life passion – that of MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a unique designer, Christi created a clear concise brand − unmistakable and unforgettable, that stood out from the rest of the crowd − it was “spot on”.
From her experience as a retailer, Christi was well aware of the struggle experienced by small businesses with marketing, so she began to help various companies with their own online branding and marketing campaigns. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a Social Media Expert Speaker for various brands and businesses, and today has developed into a successful and renowned social media keynote speaker, educating such key brands and businesses as Trollbeads, World Market Center Las Vegas, AmericasMart Atlanta, and the foremost conferences worldwide.
On top of her already busy lifestyle, Christi is now teaming with the remarkable Henry Weinacker to contribute her experience and knowledge in the promotion Pinterest, which has grown to generate huge “interest” in the social media field from both sides of the business spectrum. Together Christi & Henry have co-authored “The Power of Pinterest,” an e-book packed with tips, strategies, and case studies to help businesses market on Pinterest.
Natasha describes herself as just a good girl who likes design and computers. Natasha has ten+ years of front-end development experience and is a big fan of clean, responsive web design. Design, development, and online marketing all fall into her firm’s, Nicely Built, wheelhouse. From e-commerce, professional websites or personal blogs, Natasha is dedicated to WordPress for good reason.
Colleen has been shooting people, places and things around the globe for 25 years. She shoots, directs, produces, and concepts for magazines, commercials and ad campaigns, but has never limited herself and has since developed plan b., or Studio b. rather.
Passionate for photography and getting a shot on film the way her mind sees it is her incessant challenge, and it’s what makes her still so in love with a career she started so many years ago. Light is her inspiration and what propelled her to become a photographer and what still motivates Colleen today.
Building upon her experience from over two decades as a design, architecture and travel journalist, Saxon Henry understands content creation from every angle. Her journalistic credits include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Robb Report, Delta Sky, Modernism, Elle Décor, Interiors, The Miami Herald and Architectural Digest. The author, currently a columnist for Architizer, has published books that range from design and architecture titles to serious works of nonfiction and poetry.
Saxon began her first blog, Design Commotion, in early 2009 and has since explored a variety of angles of design/architectural/travel writing online. She is currently maintaining two blogs:The Diary of an Improvateur and Productrazzi. As an avid history buff and fan of great literature, she brings these subjects to bear on her Improvateurexplorations, many of which are paid collaborations for clients who value brand enhancement and brand elevation through associations with culturally significant subjects. Saxon’s curricula at Vermont College and New York University (NYU) centered upon poetry and aesthetics. She can often be found combing through the archives of scholarly institutions, such as the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale, in search of knowledge and inspiration.
Corey 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.
Connor lives in Atlanta and is getting his masters in graphic design at SCAD Atlanta. He is graphic designer and photographer who also comes up with business ideas and help make brands. He published a comic in college newspapers. Connor also rides bikes and skateboards, rock climbs, and plays the banjo (and other things). He enjoys making people feel loved. He likes to call himself a creative type but also likes to work for people who are looking for a creative type. He has amassed 76.4k followers on Instagram with his amazing photography.