Barbara Barry to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

Barbara Barry is among the world’s most prominent and talented designers. Her name stands for a unique blend of sophistication and livability; her designs are classic, timeless and fluid. Hers is a look that speaks to the grace of form and simplicity of line.  Her designs range from elegant interiors to an extensive portfolio of home furnishings.

Praise from her peers and the press has earned Barbara Barry a distinctive place in design. Her honors include Interior Design “Hall of Fame,” Architectural Digest list of “World’s 100 Best Designers,” House Beautiful “Giants of Design,” and “Designer of the Year” from Elle Décor International Design. Additionally, she has been awarded the ASID “Designer of Distinction,” “Designer of the Year” by Traditional Home and “Best in Residential Design” by Interiors Magazine.

This award-winning interior designer has created homes for many prominent American families. Her designs for commercial and private spaces are international in their scope and sophisticated in their mood.  Her prestigious commissions range from restaurants and retail spaces to private estates, offices and yachts.

Barbara’s passion for beauty finds expression in many forms through partnerships with internationally renowned companies. Her signature designs for Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, Baker Furniture, Boyd Lighting, Hartmann Luggage, HBF Furniture, Henredon, Kallista, Kravet Fabrics, McGuire Furniture, Tufenkian Carpets, Visual Comfort and Wedgwood, as well as her signature bed and bath line Barbara Barry Dream, have been received with high acclaim. Barbara Barry collections are sold in fine stores throughout the world as well as Barbara Barry galleries in Bangkok, Singapore and Moscow.  Barbara’s first book, Around Beauty (Rizzoli New York, 2012), debuts October 2012.

With a vision of infusing simple luxuries in the every day, Barbara Barry creates refined interiors, timeless furnishings and luxury products that inspire a life of beauty.

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Susanna Salk To Speak at the Design Bloggers Conference

We are excited to announce that Susanna will be a featured speaker at the Design Bloggers Conference.

Susanna Salk grew up in Essex, Massachusetts and got her B.A. in English at Vassar College and then moved to Manhattan where she helped launch Elle Decor as Interior Design Manager. She later became a Contributing Editor.

In 2003, she joined House and Garden Magazine, where she was, until its closing, Special Projects Editor.

Today, Salk appears regularly on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss design style for the home. She is also a Contributing Editor to 1stdibs.com, and ivillage.com.

Salk is the author of Assouline’s “A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style,” as well as “Weekend Retreats” and the bestselling “Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play,” (both by Rizzoli.) Her book “Home Sweet Home” (Rizzoli, Fall 2011) celebrates the international interiors shot by renowned photographer Oberto Gili.

Her latest book is, “Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Cues and Confidence from Today’s Leading Designers” (Rizzoli) a design book aiming to inspire and inform via her favorite rooms from the world’s top designers and tastemakers.

Salk’s next book (out April 2013 from Rizzoli) is the first pictorial book celebrating the iconic style of CZ Guest, the American author, columnist, horsewoman, fashion designer, muse and socialite. It will celebrate her iconic style in her homes, garden and fashion with insightful memories by many of the people who loved her and knew her best.

Salk lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.

 

Vikas Jain: Social Media Expert

We are delighted to have Vikas Jain as a speaker at the Design Bloggers Conference. Vikas heads Business Development for Wildfire Interactive. Wildfire is a powerful, easy-to-use social marketing platform to grow, engage and monetize your audience across social networks.

His responsibilities include building strategic partnerships and expanding Wildfire’s footprint. Before Wildfire, he was Executive Vice President (and investor) at XProtean (SaaS solutions for Retail Industry). Prior to that, Vikas was part of the founding team at Systech Integrators (acquired by ACS, a Fortune 500 company).

At Systech Integrators, he managed business development activities for the West Coast/Canada and led marketing/alliance initiatives for the entire organization. Under his leadership, the West Coast business was the No. 1 revenue producing region from inception to acquisition. Vikas started his career as a strategy management consultant in a high profile internal consulting group that reported directly to the CEO of American Express. Vikas has an MBA from Yale University a MSc from Tulane University.

Tami McCarthy: CEO of TMG PR

We are thrilled to have Tami McCarthy as a speaker at the Design Bloggers Conference. Tami is the Founder and CEO of TMG PR, Inc., a leading boutique marketing communications agency based in New York City. Recognized as a leading force and one of the top creative thinkers in the communications arena, Tami founded TMG in 1996. Today, TMG is an award-winning, full- service agency, providing cutting-edge services in public relations, brand positioning, social media and digital marketing, as well as special events to clients in the consumer goods, financial services, design and media industries. In fact, Tami and her TMG team were instrumental in the successful launch of NCI’s DigitalSherpa division which began in 2009 with CommunitySherpa for the apartment industry, and now includes other verticals such as DesignSherpa, BrokerSherpa, and CampaignSherpa. Recently, Tami was named by Forbes as One of the Top 30 Women to follow on Twitter, and writes a popular blog called Buzzcloud.  Tami, who is a graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design, lives in Greenwich, with her husband Dan and her three children, Ryan, Julian and Luke, and two stepchildren, William and Rebecca. She is not sure how it happened but their house has 3 dogs too — Bella, Charlie and Taco.

Dwell With Dignity: Giving Back to the Community

Lisa Robison is an Interior Designer who’s 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. Dwell with Dignity’s mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time. The goal of every project is to bring good design to those less fortunate inspiring them to maintain a standard of living they can be proud of and thrive in. The Dwell with Dignity aesthetic has been labeled “cottage contemporary”. Very upbeat, warm, inviting interiors where you can’t help but be happy and hopeful.

In the short history of Dwell with Dignity, Lisa and her staff have garnered recognition and coverage from all of the local Dallas TV affiliates, national design and lifestyle bloggers and an entire episode devoted to Dwell with Dignity on the Nate Berkus show. Dwell with Dignity’s signature blog continues to be their strongest connection with volunteers, supporters, and design aficionados.

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.  When she first heard of Lisa Robison’s foundation, almost 14 years to the day of their first encounter in design school, she knew this was something, and someone, she wanted to get involved with.  She shares with Lisa the belief that lives can truly be inspired by design and that “dwelling with dignity” is something that can be possible for all.

Kim is credited with building awareness of Dwell with Dignity throughout the design community which has resulted in amazing support from luxury brands such as Neiman Marcus, Peacock Alley and Duxiana, to name a few.

Sarah Gim: Community Curation at TasteSpotting

Sarah J. Gim is the founder of TasteSpotting, at the center of which is a community-curated, editorially-filtered collection of stunning images of food, recipes, stories, articles, and blog posts from around the web. Launched in 2007, the website has grown into the world’s largest virtual, visual potluck of “food porn.”

TasteSpotting has been featured by Saveur in the magazine’s Saveur 100, InStyle magazine, Metropolitan Home, the Los Angeles Times, and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and countless other publications. However, the most important recognition TasteSpotting has ever received is a “good job” from Sarah’s Dad.

In a previous lifetime, Sarah had a career in technology and business, fully utilizing her BA in economics from Berkeley and MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She decided to pursue a true passion and now only has a “master” chihuahua named Daisy and a full-time job obsessing about food on the web. When she’s not working on TasteSpotting, she takes photos and writes about food and life on her personal site TheDeliciousLife.com, where “the difference between dating and eating is only one letter.”

Macala Wright: Social Media Pioneer and Digital Futurist

Macala Wright is a Los Angeles based digital media expert, retail journalist and social media personality.  She is widely recognized as a social media pioneer and digital futurist in the fashion and lifestyle industries.

Wright has built one of the most notable retail business blogs, FashionablyMarketing.Me, in the space and has successfully worked for eBay Fashion, WWDMAGIC, MAGIC Trade Shows, Teen Vogue, Cynthia Rowley, American Express, Brand Licensing Expo and many lifestyle retailers.

In 2009, Wright partnered with venture capitalist Jeff Keni Pulver to help create the first ever social media, Twitter conference, known as the 140Conf, in London and New York. For the conference, Wright created an international series on how medium-size retailers, luxury and fashion brands were using Twitter to market their product lines. Since then, Wright has become a notable speaker and educator, speaking in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney, Australia and Singapore, Southeast Asia. Wright frequently writes about retail, e-commerce and technology for CNN’s MASHABLE . Wright has been quoted or has had research cited in The New York Times, ADWEEK, Women’s Wear Daily, Sportswear International, Gawker, Defamer, NRF Smart Brief, The San Francisco Chronicle, Mashable, California Apparel News, Los Angeles Times, Apparel Magazine, Direct Marketing News, The Next Web, Fox Business, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly and Perez Hilton.

Lisa Ferguson: Making Design More Accessible

Lisa Ferguson is the founder of Decor Mentor and Lisa Ferguson Interior Design. While Decor Mentor’s 22 pro designers from across North America share insight into the process of their client projects on decormentor.com, Decor Mentor is also a one-stop shop for brands to work on creative collaborations with the Mentors. Books, videos, products and speaking engagements are all in the works.

Decor Mentor is supported by Lisa’s 23 years experience designing products and interiors. Lisa is the principal of Lisa Ferguson Interior Design, a Toronto based full scope interior design firm. Lisa and her team is currently installing and shooting a seven room client project with products exclusively sourced from vendors who are active on social media. It is her strengths of ideation and strategy, along with a  penchant for collaboration, that has Lisa pioneering viable win win opportunities.

Lisa is known for seeing the need to make design more accessible and pioneering the “Decorating Excursion” concept long before HGTV was regular viewing. The decorating excursion has often been imitated all over the world after it was featured in both Style at Home and The Toronto Star.

Recently Lisa was the featured interior designer on Design Milk’s Tools of the Trade Video, curated a Designer Pick’s sale forHomeSav and is in talks with top publishers about publishing the Decor Mentor book which will feature Lisa’s expertise and collaborations from the Decor Mentor team. Lisa has spoken at Humber College, on Kravet’s social media panel and wrote “ The Shape of Things to Come” for The National Post.

Lisa was one of only eight designers selected to be a High Point Market “StyleSpotter” and is excited for Decor Mentor to be partnering with High Point Market in April for a unique mentoring event.

If you’d like to reach Lisa, you can get in touch with her at www.lisafergusoninteriordesign.com ;www.decormentor.com; www.facebook.com/DecorMentor; or www.twitter.com/DecorMentor.

Kristine Kennedy: Excellence in Interior Design Content

Kristine Kennedy is the Editorial Director of wayfair.com, the largest online-only retailer of home furnishings, selling 4.5 million items from 5,000 vendors.  An experienced creative leader, Kennedy is known and regarded for her excellence in cultivating home furnishings and interior design content.

Prior to joining Wayfair in 2011, Kennedy spent 17 years with the Better Homes and Gardens brand, her last 8 years as East Coast Editor. Her career there entailed assessing, visiting, styling and writing about homes from coast-to-coast. She has directed countless photo shoots, directed digital edition videography and has worked with some of the best creative talents in the industry. Kennedy knows how America lives. She is committed to offering inspiration, ideas, advice and conversation to everyday people. She believes in helping others achieve more beauty and function in their lives regardless of style preference or budget.

At Wayfair, Kennedy is implementing a rich visual and editorial content strategy aimed at enhancing the customer experience everywhere the customer interacts with the Wayfair brand. Social media is a fundamental pillar of that plan, which includes a dynamic new blog called My Way Home, scheduled to launch in early 2012.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Kennedy began her career as a hard news newspaper reporter, covering events such as the LA riots and California’s wildfires. After a few years she discovered she could combine her hidden interior design talents with journalism. In addition to her work for Better Homes and Gardens, Kennedy co-wrote New York Times bestseller “Trading Spaces: Behind the Scenes” and has written for publications such as Traditional Home, Decorating, Quick & Easy Decorating, Window & Wall Ideas, Bedroom & Bath Ideas and Do It Yourself. A native of Portland, Oregon, Kennedy recently moved from New York’s Hudson Valley to suburban Boston with her husband, two children, Great Dane, two cats, sewing machine, pile of paint decks and about 340 linear feet of books.

Susan Feldman to Speak at Design Bloggers Conference

Susan Feldman is the co-founder and chief merchandising officer of One Kings Lane. In addition to overseeing all buying and merchandising, she travels the world with leading tastemakers to bring exciting and unique products to customers through the company’s specialized sales. Susan also serves as company spokesperson, appearing on venues such as The Martha Stewart Show to talk about products she loves. Prior to One Kings Lane, Susan held various senior positions in the apparel industry, including vice president of sales at Polo Jeans and president of sales at Lauren Ralph Lauren Sleepwear. Susan has also held executive positions at Warnaco/Authentic Fitness Corp., Ralph Lauren Swimwear, Liz Claiborne, and Cole of California. A native New Yorker, she received her MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and her BA from Stanford University. Susan lives in the Hollywood Hills with her family. She loves to decorate her house with the unique mementos she collects during her travels, and playing with her two yellow labs, Chloe and Maggie (who is One Kings Lane’s now-iconic canine mascot).