Principal Interior Designer, Thurman Design Studio LLC
High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina, every six months. Retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.
ASID and High Point Market Authority bring you the Design Viewpoints Series (DVS) to help navigate the changing interior design business landscape. Learn from industry leaders as they share their knowledge on a well-designed business, evaluating your tech tools, and leveraging social media to market your business. All seminars will take place at the High Point Theatre, located in the Transportation Terminal.
*Attendees will earn Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)-approved continuing education credit per seminar. A conference card will be provided and a signature/stamp from an ASID representative is required after the course has been completed in order to record credit. Attendees must self-report their attendance to their IDCEC registry.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Cultivating Industry Relationships to Build Your Brand
Speakers – Laura Thurman, Principal Interior Designer, TDS-Thurman Design Studio, LLC (moderator), Michel Smith Boyd, Allied ASID, Interior Designer, Smith Boyd Interiors, Jane Dagmi, Editor-in-Chief, Designers Today, Amy Ferrer, Principal/Owner, Miko + Boone Home, Amy Flurry, Founder, Recipe for Press
Being talented, solo, or isolated will get you nowhere in this industry. However, being talented, connected, and possessing strong industry relationships will get you far. Join moderator Laura Thurman for a crash course on how to harness the power of building healthy, authentic, industry relationships. Panelists will talk about networking to build partnerships in public relations and communications, publishing, licensing, and trade resources. Learn from their experiences and lessons learned regarding the connections that propelled their businesses forward. Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 1 IDCEC-approved CEU. Presented by the High Point Market Authority and ASID.
Principal Interior Designer, Thurman Design Studio LLC
Interior Designer, Smith Boyd Interiors
Editor-in-Chief, Designers Today
Thurman Design Studio is a Nashville-based interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial development projects throughout the country. Laura Thurman, principal interior designer, is well known for a global aesthetic filtered through a modern lens. She uses her upbringing in the diverse city of Los Angeles and her world travels for inspiration as she collaborates with her clients to create beautiful spaces that reflect their values and personality.
Laura's inspiring designs have been featured in national and regional publications, including HTGV Magazine, Business of Home, and The Cottage Journal. Additionally, she was named best in Houzz four consecutive years.
Laura has received numerous industry honors recognizing her emergence as a fresh voice and influencer in the design industry.
TDS's guiding principles are EDUCATE. INSPIRE. CREATE.
TDS serves its clients by guiding them through a thoughtfully curated design experience that yields creativity, displays quality, and goes beyond what the client imagined possible.
Michel Smith Boyd is an American interior designer and star of Bravo’s Buying it Blind. His Atlanta based firm, Michel Smith Boyd Interiors, is known for Michel’s signature, sumptuous style. Renowned for its distinctive, cultivated, and soulful vibe, Michel’s work has received countless accolades including recognition as one of the Top 20 African American Designers in the country. Additionally, Michel’s work has graced the pages of Elle Décor, Traditional Home, Vogue, Veranda, Ebony, and The Washington Post just to name a few.
Boyd prides himself on creating spaces that his clients not only adore but also delight in calling home. Michel’s breadth of influence includes residential and commercial interior design as well as curated collections of luxe rugs, fabrics and trims, wall coverings, decorative home accessories, and objets d'art. His signature style masterfully juxtaposes masculine and feminine sophistication and seamlessly blends it all under one roof to set the perfect mood.
Jane Dagmi is Editor-in-Chief of Designers Today, a vibrant trade magazine that empowers interior designers with the resources, information, and inspiration necessary to grow their businesses, spur creativity, and cultivate community. Since she took the helm in January 2018, the magazine has doubled its frequency to eight times a year and has evolved into a subscription model, in addition to its continued distribution at industry events and conferences.
Jane started her editorial career at Hearst, writing and producing stories for Country Living Magazine. It was an invaluable fourteen-year role, indoctrinating herinto publishing and the worlds of furniture and interior design. Post-Hearst, she became a freelance writer, substitute teacher, and held communications positions in the technology industry. Through it all, Jane’s buoyant curiosity and attraction to the creative spirit has kept her connected to the industry.
She graduated from Parsons School of Design with an AAS in Interior Design and has a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University. Since she could not figure out how to get paid to stay in school, journalism has proven to be the perfect career, satisfyingJane’s passion for life-long learning and telling stories. And designers have proven to be her favorite subject.
Principal/Owner, Miko + Boone Home
Founder, Recipe for Press
After owning a successful full-service interior design firm, Amy Ferrer, owner and principal designer, opened a retail shop and launched the brand's trade resource company in 2015. Miko + Boone’s trade program currently serves interior designers across the U.S. and features over 100 vendor lines hand-selected by Ferrer. The trade program has positioned itself as a standout experience with a hands-on approach aimed at saving designers both time and money. Key services offered by the Miko + Boone trade team include purchasing and processing designer orders, acting as the liaison to help resolve damage issues, and most importantly, meeting opening minimums with vendors to alleviate the obligation from individual designers. Local (and visiting) designers are also encouraged to utilize the firm's resource center housed on the ground floor of Miko + Boone's retail shop, located in Roswell's historic downtown district. With a passion for both design and fostering relationships, Ferrer also founded "Gather for Design," an educational event that invites industry experts, vendors, and more to speak to designers at monthly functions hosted at the shop. All facets of the Miko + Boone brand are rooted in Ferrer’s unique eye for design which she enjoys sharing with both clients and design colleagues.
Amy operates an independent communications studio that assists companies in developing and implementing focused communication strategies that position them for the next stage of growth.
Serving as a communications partner, Amy and her team help to strengthen the editorial voices of companies through custom marketing assets with a clear point of view. She also expands existing marketing strategies to connect businesses to the interior design trade.
Amy has two decades of editorial experience, contributing to publications including Conde Nast Traveler, Country Living, Lucky, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, and InStyle. Inspired by this rich career in publishing, Amy authored Recipe for Press (Pitch Your Story and Create a Buzz, 2011) then took to the road, sharing her editorial insights with entrepreneurs. Recipe for Press (Designer Edition, 2018) is her newest book and includes the tools interior designers need to take advantage of the press opportunities available to creative professionals.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Translating Your Brand to Online Retail
Speakers – Sarah Walker, Principal and Founder, The Curated House (moderator), Barclay Butera, Allied ASID, Owner/CEO, Barclay Butera, Inc., Julia Buckingham, Founder + Principal, Buckingham Interiors + Design and Modernique, Nicole White, CEO/Principal Designer, Nicole White Designs Interiors, Scot Meacham Wood, Owner and Creative Director, Scot Meacham Wood Home & Design
If you have ever felt frustrated by clients “shopping you” online, consider expanding your business to online retail. In addition to diversifying your revenue streams, online retail positions your expertise and savvy as a designer to a larger audience. Join our esteemed panelists and moderator Sarah Walker from The Curated House for a vibrant discussion on what it takes to translate your brand’s online presence into e-commerce. The panel will answer your questions on what it takes to launch and manage online retail for your business. Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 1 IDCEC-approved CEU. Presented by the High Point Market Authority and ASID.
Principal and Founder, The Curated House
Founder + Principal, Buckingham Interiors + Design and Modernique
Owner/CEO, Barclay Butera, Inc.
Canadian designer and 2018 Style Spotter Sarah Walker is passionate about Wellness By Design. Known for her approachable sophistication and curated, edgy mix, Sarah’s design work has been extensively featured in major publications across North America. Sarah believes that healthy design can also be luxurious and inspiring, and has become an “insider advocate” for mindful design as she continues to gather kindred spirits together for the purpose of transforming the health and sustainability of the design industry from the inside out. Sarah believes we are all better together and is grateful for the opportunity to create an environment of mutual learning and support through the ASID Design Viewpoint Series at High Point Market.
Julia Buckingham leads a new generation of world-class interior designers, bringing her Modernique® chic sensibility to both residential and commercial design projects around the country. Julia’s unique design style, captured in her new book, Modernique, Inspiring Interiors – Mixing Modern and Vintage Style, her spectacular collections of licensed products, numerous high profile panels, show houses, and personal appearances around the globe have earned her the reputation of a rock-solid force in the industry. Destined to create a design empire, Julia runs a highly successful design studio in Chicago specializing in luxury interiors with her signature vintage and modern mix. Julia’s brick and mortar, named for her signature look, Modernique®, is located in Phoenix and is a jewel box of a boutique filled with antiques, artifacts, and a curated selections of her own designs. Recently, Jonathan Adler recognized Julia and Modernique® for its joie de vivre and chose the boutique to collaborate with him in creating a Shop-In-Shop. A hand-selected variety of Jonathan Adler pieces in their own mini-boutique is housed within Modernique®.
BARCLAY BUTERA is an interior, lifestyle, and product designer. Some of his most recognized and sought-after collections in the marketplace include fabrics, indoor and outdoor furnishings, flooring, carpets, lighting, wall art, bedding, decorative mirrors, and home décor. He is the author of five books: Modern Living; Past, Present, Inspired; Living in Style; Living on the Coast; and Getaways and Retreats. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Extra!, CBS, ABC, Fox, Beautiful Homes & Great Estates, and HGTV, and has enjoyed print publication coverage in a myriad of upscale luxury shelter and lifestyle magazines including The New York Times, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, ELLE DÉCOR, House Beautiful, Veranda, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design, House & Garden, Ocean Home, Western Interiors & Design, Esquire, Robb Report, Modern Luxury, CVLUX, and California Home and Ocean Home magazines. Impressive digital media coverage in 1stdibs, One Kings Lane, Gilt, Rue Magazine, Chairish, Viyet, Homebunch, California Home + Design Magazine, Traditional Home and Architectural Digest round out the mix.
CEO/Principal Designer, Nicole White Designs Interiors
Owner and Creative Director, Scot Meacham Wood Home & Design
Nicole White is the CEO and principal designer of Nicole White Designs Interiors, a full-service boutique interior design firm based in Sunrise, Florida.
Known for her renovation prowess, Nicole has been featured in various local, national, and international publications including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens magazine; Ocean Drive, Huffington Post, and Domino online magazines, as well as The Miami Herald and Jamaica Observer. She’s twice been noted as an emerging designer to watch by the Black Interior Designers Network and was a recipient of the Z-Gallerie Design Award Fall/Winter 2013. Nicole is also a brand ambassador/influencer for The Home Depot, Zephyr, Purple Drywall, and City Furniture.
Before launching her successful design firm, Nicole was an award-winning journalist whose stories appeared in The Miami Herald and Village Voice newspapers. Her combined love of design and writing spawned the creation of her blog: where she showcases the behind the scenes details of design projects, shares tips on affordable design ideas, and dishes about design trends. Her blog was nominated for Best Renovation Blog by Domino Magazine in 2018.
A Jamaican native, Nicole is deeply inspired by the colors and textures of the Caribbean and constantly fuses those elements in her designs. For more info and project details visit: www.nwdinteriors.com
A genteel Southerner with a deep-rooted connection to Great Britain, Scot Meacham Wood is as renowned for his distinctly timeless design aesthetic as for his larger than life personality. Drawing inspiration from his Scottish heritage, Scot’s signature style evokes a mélange of European and Southern sensibilities, merging sartorial influences, bold prints, and more than a dash of whimsy to create luxurious spaces that bridge generations with his uniquely modern voice.
Launching his eponymous design firm in 2001, Scot quickly became one of Northern California’s most sought-after interior design professionals, rapidly developing an impressive portfolio of projects across the United States. An early recognizer of the benefits of technology, Scot quickly rose as one of the industry’s most vivid influencers, becoming a popular speaker and frequent face among the pages of House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and Traditional Home magazines.
With the opening of his lifestyle boutique, Scot Meacham Wood Home, in 2014, this former concert pianist partnered with the world’s most historic mills in creating a bespoke collection of custom textiles, bringing old-world elegance and luxury to the San Francisco Design Center. Since then, the SMW Home family of products has grown to include furnishings, accessories, décor, and art appealing to trade professionals and discerning homeowners alike.
Noon – 1 p.m.
The Business of Customization
Speakers – Beth Diana Smith, Owner + Principal Designer, Beth Diana Smith Interior Design (moderator), Barry Dixon, President, Barry Dixon, Inc., Eric Haydel, Allied ASID, Principal, Eric Haydel Design, Drew McGukin, Allied ASID, Principal, Drew McGukin Interiors, Michelle Workman, Designer and Principal, Michelle Workman Interiors
Clients seek out the expertise of an interior designer because of their unique artistic vision. With a trained eye, designers can transform a space with custom-designed elements to fit specific lifestyle needs and aesthetics, and this ability can be a selling point for potential clients. Led by moderator Beth Diana Smith, panelists Barry Dixon, Eric Haydel, Drew McGukin, and Michelle Workman will share tips on how to make customization a key part of your portfolio of services, from furniture, finishes, textiles, and more, and how to sell this differentiator to your clients. Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 0.1 IDCEC-approved CEU. Presented by the High Point Market Authority and ASID.
Owner, Beth Diana Smith Interior Design
President, Barry Dixon, Inc.
Principal - Creative Director, Eric Haydel Design
Beth Diana Smith is the owner and principal designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, a full service interior design firm focused on the discerning client who wants a curated home with thoughtful details. She prides herself on her bold, eclectic style while creating a home’s story through renovation, curated pieces, and customized design. Her goal for each client is to have them see another realm of possibility in how they can live.
After Beth spent more than a decade in corporate accounting and finance in companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Viacom, she decided to pursue interior design full time and obtained a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. However, Beth brought along a distinct set of skills such as budget management, presentation creation based on client needs, and the ability to adapt quickly. These skills allowed her to manage projects and client budgets and the operation of her business, on top of the design skills and creativity required for each project.
Beth has been on NBC and HGTV, and featured in various outlets including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Lonny Magazine, and the Business of Home.
Inspired by acres of lush Virginia countryside, Barry Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends Western styles with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, New Caledonia, and South Africa. With projects spanning the world, Dixon imagines interiors that infuse artifacts and antiques with present‐day motifs ‐ all preserving the history and personality of the home's owners and their treasures. His exclusive collections include furniture, lighting, and accessories for Arteriors; showroom design and products for Fortuny; custom furniture and lighting for Avrett; fabrics, trims, and new wallcoverings for Vervain; upholstery for Tomlinson Erwin‐Lambeth; and The Naturals Color Collection by Barry Dixon for C2 Paint.
Dixon's work is featured in Barry Dixon Interiors and Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Edward Addeo (photographer) and Barry Dixon Inspirations and Fortuny Interiors, both by Brian Coleman (author) and Erik Kvalsvik (photographer). Dixon lives and works in his 1907 Edwardian estate, Elway Hall, located on 270 acres of farmland in the heart of Fauquier County, Virginia's horse country.
ASID New England President Eric Haydel has made his mark by marrying Southern charm with New England sensibilities to develop intriguing and distinctive design solutions. A native of Louisiana and an alum of Boston Architectural College, Eric helms his eponymous showroom and serves as creative director of M-Geough Showroom at the Boston Design Center. His firm, Eric Haydel Design, serves clients nationally. Named a 2017 ASID Ones to Watch and a 2019 High Point Market Authority Style Spotter, Eric’s dedication to the design profession and creative process have earned him recognition throughout the industry. Eric ventured into product development in 2017, introducing The Carnival Rug collection in collaboration with Dover Rug & Home. This year he is expanding his collection with the launch of a Natural Woven line. Eric’s upholstery collection, The Club Collection, produced in partnership with LebaTex, is expanding his product development footprint, and his furniture can be seen in a special pop-up with Cotton & Quill at High Point Fall Market.
Principal, Drew McGukin Interiors
Designer and Principal, Michelle Workman Interiors
Drew McGukin tackles the interior design world with a unique level of energy, great pace, and integrity. He is known for a touch of the unexpected, combined with beautiful textures and bold patterns that vibrate with a perfect amount of sophistication, warmth, innovation, style, and approachability. Graduating from the New York School of Interior Design in May 2010, Drew kicked off his own New York-based firm in October 2010.
While classically trained, this self-proclaimed pattern-addict has fast become one of the leading contemporary designers in today’s market. “I’ve never been a wallflower,” says Drew. “Neither are my interiors.” In 2019, Introspective Magazine described Drew as designing “with a commanding intelligence and an ability to articulate his ideas sharply and clearly – a rare quality among younger designers, who often struggle to describe their work. And his aesthetic is anything but recessive. His style is forthright and high impact, characterized by strong and graphic patterns deployed with confidence and skill while avoiding eyeball-straining shades that can be visually overwhelming.”
The International Furnishings & Design Association quickly recognized Drew’s signature style and named him a Rising Star. Drew has sat on various designer advisory councils including the ASID National Board of Directors and the New York Design Center’s Access to Design Referral Network. He has also engaged as a creative consultant for renowned industry giants like Cosentino, Delta Facet Company, and Monogram. His work is regularly featured through traditional and nontraditional media, and a favorite across numerous social channels. His portfolio remains a standout on heavy-hitting digital design platforms like 1stdibs and Houzz – a nod to his extraordinary online following. In 2018 Drew launched his first capsule furnishings collection with Crate & Barrel.
Drew McGukin Interiors designs innovative interiors across the United States that tell a story by combining bold choices and rich textures to create subtle, sophisticated designs that require you to take notice, then relax and enjoy.
Michelle Workman is one of America’s most sought-after interior designers, with high-end residential and commercial projects spanning from West Coast to East Coast.
Touted as "Showbiz Royalty" by Variety magazine, Michelle possesses an esteemed and influential client roster, from the Hollywood elite (Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, and Topher Grace, to name a few) and Silicon Valley executives, to Manhattan philanthropists; anyone who desires elegant and glamorous trend-setting design. Michelle is well-known for her ability to seamlessly layer in vintage and modern pieces with patterns and textures, allowing her to create a storied and unique home for each of her clients, with no two designs ever the same.
Recognized as a leader in the field of interior design, Michelle's aesthetic and taste have garnered her accolades across the globe. Her work has been featured on E! Entertainment News, HGTV, and includes multiple spreads in both national and international publications. Considered a tastemaker in her industry, she has been a speaker at many prominent design industry events and venues.
Michelle has more recently added product licensing to her professional services and business mix. Her designs for various product categories are reflective of her style that she describes as “exuberant elegance.” She believes in adding a bit of whimsy, and her first collection for Pyar & Co. launched a stunning collection of inventive and colorful bespoke trims, fringes, and tapes that received much acclaim within the design industry press and social media. Her partnership with French Heritage, includes an extensive case-goods collection inspired by the Art Deco movement, yet incorporates her vision with new and innovative design, modern sensibilities, and access to unique manufacturing techniques. In the year since its launch, it has been nominated for an ARTS Award, and garnered multiple editorial spreads in key shelter and trade press, as well as on social media. Currently, Michelle is developing a wallpaper collection set to launch in 2019. She is also working on designs for upholstery, lighting, and decorative furnishings.
Many new products claim to be “smart,” but how do these devices actually improve clients’ experiences in their homes? Join Giles Sutton, senior vice president of Industry Engagement at CEDIA, on October 19 from 3 – 5 p.m. to learn about innovative technologies available for the home, as well as new kitchen tech trends that can provide added value and convenience. The session will also cover key aspects related to the successful integration of smart tech as well as critical considerations for service and support. The CEU will be followed by cooking demonstrations, handcrafted cocktails, and appetizers prepared by celebrity chef and cookbook author, James Briscione.