The 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. Serious retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry 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. Sponsored by Monogram Appliances.
Please note: 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.
12 - 1 p.m.
Lessons from A Well-Designed Business®
Speakers – LuAnn Nigara, Co-Owner, Window Works; Host, A Well-Designed Business®
As host of the podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, LuAnn Nigara helps interior design professionals operate a profitable and productive business by providing useful and understandable insights through conversations with industry leaders. Join LuAnn as she shares lessons learned from A Well-Designed Business®, including an overview of critical topics for running an interior design business, and straight talk and actionable lessons to take back to your practice. Immediately following the presentation, LuAnn will be available to sign copies of her upcoming book, The Things I Learned From A Well-Designed Business®.
Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 0.1 IDCEC-approved CEU.
Host, A Well-Designed Business®
LuAnn Nigara is the co-owner of Window Works, an award-winning window treatment and awning retailer in Livingston, NJ. She is the author of The Making of A Well-Designed Business® and the upcoming book, The Things I Learned From A Well-Designed Business®. Her podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, named in Architectural Digest as a favorite podcast for interior designers, is the #1 rated and reviewed podcast in the design industry. An engaging and energetic keynote speaker, LuAnn’s passion is helping designers be better business owners and leaders. Learn more at Luannnigara.com.
12 - 1 p.m.
Tech Tools: Reviews from the Designers Who Use Them
Speakers – Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, Founder and Principal, Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC (moderator); Corey Damen Jenkins, Principal & CEO, Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates, LLC; Darla Powell, Owner, Darla Powell Interiors ; Laura Thurman, Interior Designer, TDS-Thurman Design Studio, LLC ; Jarret Yoshida, Owner, Jarret Yoshida, Inc.
Back by popular demand, this session will discuss the technology tools peer designers use to both make their businesses more productive and effectively manage clients. Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, will ask our panel of design leaders to provide their approach to evaluating the best software options for their businesses. Leave with the factors you need to consider when evaluating your software options.
Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 0.1 IDCEC-approved CEU.
Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC (moderator)
Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, NCIDQ, CID
Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID, is a professional interior designer, author, speaker and educator. She has successfully run her award-winning firm, Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC, which services both commercial and residential clients worldwide, since 1993.
She is NCIDQ certified, NYS certified and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, serving as president of the ASID NY Metro Chapter in 2014-15 and in leadership roles on the national level as the chair of the ASID Chapter Support Team from 2016-17 and two task force committees since 2018. She is a mentor and a tenured adjunct assistant professor of Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), her Alma Mater, where she has been teaching Design Studio and Professional Practice for the past twenty years.
Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates, LLC
Corey Damen Jenkins
Nationally acclaimed interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins mixes vibrant colors with layered patterns to create architecturally inspired spaces that are, at once, elegant, inventive, and timeless. Taking cues from runway fashion, his residences feature luxurious and refined materials including intricate wallcoverings, sculptural lighting, and stately furnishings. Jenkins’ goal “is to ensure that my clients’ homes are always classic, chic, and without an expiration date.” Jenkins’ has designed client projects throughout the United States in Michigan, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas, and Nevada, and internationally in Toronto, Canada.
Most recently Jenkins was honored with Traditional Home’s “New Trad” Rising Star of Design Award, as well as an extensive cover feature highlighting a recent commission. His work has also garnered attention from numerous publications including Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, House Beautiful, Veranda, Domino, and HGTV. His brand expanded into product design with the 2016 launch of Corey Damen Jenkins Exclusively for Leathercraft, a line of elegant home furnishings. In 2018, Corey debuted a new lighting collection with Hudson Valley Lighting—the first designer collaboration in the brand’s history. He was also tapped to design the national ad campaign (Vanity Fair, Elle Décor) for DXV, American Standard’s luxury kitchen and bath line.
Darla Powell Interiors
Darla brings a fun, genuine, down-¬to-¬earth approach to designing beautiful spaces. Since she launched her career in 2016, clients have fallen in love with her work, growing her business almost exclusively by word of mouth. Darla spent almost 20 years as a detective sergeant in Miami, and the two careers are more similar than you may think, including the need for a strong sense of integrity, accountability, and a ready-for-anything-ness that is key for home renovation projects.
TDS-Thurman Design Studio, LLC
Laura Thurman is the only interior designer in Nashville specializing in a global aesthetic that’s filtered through a modern lens. She uses her upbringing in the diverse city of Los Angeles and world travels for inspiration as she collaborates with her clients to create beautiful spaces that reflect their values and personality. Laura uses three main principles EDUCATE . INSPIRE . CREATE to make her clients vision a reality. Laura has won the “Best of Houzz Service” award in 2016, 2017, 2018 and has an article published in the online magazine IvyMark.
Jarret Yoshida, Inc.
Jarret has traveled the world to develop his distinct style. Studying internationally and at design schools, his work understands the formality of traditional architectural styles while adapting to a more relaxed and casual aesthetic. He remains deeply inspired by the quiet harmony of Japanese æsthetics and the warmth and welcome of his Hawaiian childhood home. His designs reflect this unusual combination of experiences.
Beginning his design studies at the Corcoran Gallery School in Washington, DC, he went on to Parsons and FIT in New York and, most recently, the École des Beaux Arts et Décoratifs in Paris. After apprenticing with a well-known designer, he founded his own company in 2002 to pursue his unique vision. Jarret’s work ranges from New York City to Miami, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Hamptons and internationally as far as Riyadh.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Leveraging Social Media to Market Your Business
Speakers – Jennifer Quail, Editor-in-Chief, i+D magazine (moderator); Justina Blakeney, President, The Jungalow LLC, Design Director, Justine Blakeney Design Studio; Bria Hammel, Principal Designer & CEO, Bria Hammel Interiors; Lance Jackson, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Parker Kennedy; Courtney McLeod, Founder and Principal, Right Meets Left Interior Design
Social media can be an effective tool in your marketing plan, and creating your company’s online persona will help you build your audience and reach potential clients. Led by Jennifer Quail of i+D magazine, our panel of social media leaders will share their expertise on leveraging social platforms to reach customers. You will learn which platforms are best to reach certain audiences and strategies to convert online followers to customers. In addition, our experts will offer time management tips to help you juggle all of your social media tasks effectively.
Complimentary boxed lunch provided. 0.1 IDCEC-approved CEU.
i+D magazine (moderator)
Jennifer Quail serves as editor-in-chief of the ASID award-winning magazine, i+D. She has spent more than 15 years covering interior design, furnishings and more for magazines in New York and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Luxe Interiors + Design, FORM, ASPIRE Design & Home, and on About.com, where she served as home furnishings expert. While new to ASID headquarters, Jennifer has a history with the Society, having served on the Board of the New York Metro chapter and as editor of both the New York Metro and New Jersey chapter magazines.
Throughout her career, Jennifer has been continually struck by the endless ways design effects our daily lives and experiences and is excited to bring her passion for the subject to the pages of i+D.
The Jungalow LLC
Design Director, Justine Blakeney Design Studio
Justina Blakeney is a designer, artist, and New York Times bestselling author of The New Bohemians and The New Bohemians Handbook. With a passion for color, pattern, and plants, Justina and her award winning design blog and shop, Jungalow®, have quickly become the go to sources for bohemian design inspiration. For Justina, decorating is about feeling free, having fun, and getting a little wild!
As one of the leading design personalities on the web, Justina has over two million followers online and has been named a top designer to follow on Instagram by Harper’s Bazaar, New York Magazine and Lonny magazine.
Justina's eponymous lifestyle brand, Justina Blakeney Home™, includes a wide range of lifestyle and home products including furniture, case goods, rugs, pillows, wallpaper, bedding, and stationery.
Bria Hammel Interiors
Bria is the principal designer and CEO of Bria Hammel Interiors, the CEO of Brooke & Lou, and co-creator of Hammel House & Co. She leads a fresh, talented team of women who are dedicated to designing beautiful, inviting homes for clients. For Bria, every project is about creating a home filled with surprising, thoughtful spaces that lead to unexpected moments. She has an incredible eye for detail and has a passion for designing spaces that tell her clients’ stories.
Bria’s work has been featured in national publications such as Traditional Home, HGTV Magazine, Magnolia Journal, Lonny Magazine, Style Me Pretty, as well as many other local shelter magazines. She received the “Faces of Design” award in 2015 & 2018 from HGTV, has been nominated for an International Design Award, and was selected as a 2018 Style Spotter for High Point Market Authority.
Lance Jackson, co-founder and creative director, developed the Parker Kennedy Living interior design group and brand with business partner and co-founder David Ecton in 2011. Lance started his career in the interior design business after graduating from SCAD Savannah with a BFA in interior design. While working and developing highly successful interior design groups for Atlanta-based architecture firms (ranging from high-end residential to hospitality to student and multi-family housing), Lance decided it was time to develop his own brand. Three years spent working in furniture product development sparked Lance’s desire to have his hand in the product design industry.
Parker Kennedy Living focuses on high-end residential interior design and product development. Their look is “Preppy on the Edge” – Southern Regency is what Lance calls it – taking a traditional interior and elevating it to an updated look using lacquer finishes and mixing textures and vintage details with young colors and patterns.
Right Meets Left Interior Design
Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning Manhattan-based full-service design studio. Her work has been featured in print both in the U.S. and abroad, including the cover of Aspire Design + Home Magazine and Luxe Magazine. She has been named a 2019 Style Spotter by the High Point Market Authority and included on the 2019 list of emerging designers by Luxe Magazine. An avid colorist at heart, Courtney draws from a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create rooms evocative of one emotion above all others - joy. Prior to founding the firm, Courtney earned a business degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and completed design-related studies at Parsons, Pratt, and NYSID. The name Right Meets Left perfectly reflects her approach to the design process - rooted in the balance of creative design (right brain) and analytical rigor (left brain). The spaces she designs express both her client's unique tastes and her vivid, collected aesthetic.