Traditional Home Magazine predicts “Tobi will be like Cher or Oprah, one of those women for whom one name says it all”.
Designer and consultant Tobi Fairley has redesigned her life and her brand, launching Tobi Fairley & Associates as a full-service consulting and interior design company. In addition to creating award-winning interiors, the company provides custom-tailored education, enlightened mentoring, and common-sense tools to help companies and design firms improve their business.
Tobi’s vision for her brand is to empower others to cultivate their strengths and create inspired solutions for business, design, and life. Her unique combination of degrees in interior design and accounting, and an MBA from the prestigious Sam M. Walton College of Business, gives her a competitive advantage in the design industry, and offers a creative approach to the world of business. Since establishing her design firm more than a decade ago, Tobi’s projects have spanned the nation, and her award-winning designs for high-profile and celebrity clients have been featured on television, and in top-shelf shelter publications around the globe.
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. In March 2014, Paloma received the award for Best Overall Design Blog and was inducted into the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame by Traditional Home at the Design Bloggers Conference.
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.
Kate Arends is a Minneapolis-based designer and creative consultant. She started the lifestyle blog Wit & Delight in 2009 and now runs a small brand design firm, Wit & Delight Studio, focusing on brand strategy, graphic design, and new media development.
Angela Tafoya is the San Francisco editor of Refinery 29, the largest independent fashion and style website in the United States. Refinery29 connects over 10 million visitors every month and over 1.25 million subscribers with content, commerce, and community, giving them all the tips, tricks, and tools they need to live a more beautiful life – and share it with the world. Prior to joining Refinery 29, she wrote and worked for Angeleno Magazine, WHERE Magazine, Louis Vuitton City Guide, ModernLuxury.com, Chictopia, Sugar Inc., The Style Network and Flaunt Magazine. Tafoya studied journalism at Long Beach State University.
Her must-have cheap thrill is Essie’s Tart Deco nail polish and she can't live without her capes.
Oma Blaise Ford is the Executive Editor for Better Homes and Gardens. Prior to taking up that post in 2011, she headed up the magazine's Home Design department for nine years. When not busy wielding her editor's pen and keyboard, she's an inveterate dinner party host and can usually be found in the kitchen mixing up a casual meal and a great cocktail for friends.
Jeffrey Alan Marks epitomizes fresh, spirited, timeless design. A trendsetter for over two decades, he is known internationally for designing and sourcing exclusive and unique elements from around the globe. Set against his own rigorous standards of comfort and livability, Marks’ unique eye for combining subdued traditional elegance with contemporary edgy accents has earned him recognition as one of today’s most influential and important American designers. His firm designs exquisite interiors for the most discerning clientele at the highest end of the luxury market.
The Meaning of Home, Jeffrey Alan Marks’ first coffee table book, showcases fifteen of his firms’ projects, from Malibu beach houses to London townhouses. His innate good humor and renowned esthetic is on display in Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, viewed in more than twenty-five countries. Jeffrey Alan Marks’ projects include celebrity clients and business luminaries as well as iconic commercial interiors including, Tavern Restaurant in Brentwood, The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica and Belcampo Lodge Belize. Marks’ inspired furniture designs and lighting can be found at Palecek and A. Rudin Furniture. He is presently at work on a collection of select fabrics to be carried by luxury fabric purveyor Kravet.
Jeffrey’s designs continue to be featured in major publications including, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Town & Country and Wall Street Journal magazine.
Stephanie Morgan is mom to three young children, a style and parenting blogger, and the founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids (MPMK for short). MPMK, voted Best Craft Blog by Parents Magazine, provides recipes, organizational ideas, playtime activities and more to help parents simplify their lives and connect with their kids.
Ashley Muir Bruhn writes the popular lifestyle and travel blog, Hither & Thither from the home in California that she shares with her husband Aron, son Hudson, and puppy Sawyer (and, soon, a baby girl). Since Hither & Thither was created, nearly six years ago, the site has grown to feature family, food, design, style, New York and California and everything (and everywhere) in between.
Hither & Thither has been featured on MarthaStewart.com, A Cup of Jo, Etsy, Ebay, Apartment Therapy, and in Conde Nast’s Easy Living Magazine, among others. Hither & Thither was listed as a top read on travel with family by Orbitz.com, and was named the best travel blog for families and third prettiest photography travel blog by Babble.com.
Ashley is also a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Manhattan, Kinfolk, and Wayfare magazines, and on the online food guide Serious Eats New York and Babble’s Travel site.
Until recently, she was a book editor at a major publishing house in Manhattan, living in a tiny 500-square-foot apartment with her husband and son, and chronicling a love affair with New York City on Hither & Thither (first with its restaurants and then with its playgrounds). In September 2012, she and her family flew around the world (stopping in Bali, to spend a month) and relocated to Northern California, to the small, university town of Davis.
Ritzy Bee Events is a nationally recognized event design, planning and production firm specializing in completely custom wedding experiences for their clients. With over thirteen years of event experience behind them, owners Maria Baer and Kelly Seizert along with their team bring focus, fresh perspective, creativity and detailed planning attention to each of their weddings. Their elegant, understated style and refined aesthetic is signature of both their company and the Washington, DC area where their studio is based.
Maria and Kelly are authors of “The Southern Living Wedding Planner” and their work regularly appears in many national and local publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES, Southern Living, Town & Country Weddings, Washingtonian and many other esteemed online media outlets.
A creative visionary known for her consistent visual signature and editorial voice, Vanessa Holden joined West Elm as senior vice president and creative director in early 2011. In this role she oversees all facets of the brand’s catalog, website and store environments.
Vanessa has focused on the art of storytelling through images and words throughout her diverse career in publishing and design. As senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living Vanessa oversaw the creative and editorial direction of the award-winning magazine and married its visual style with the brand’s media and retail segments. Her responsibilities included collaboration with a diverse and extensive network of internal and external teams including print and online publishing; media partners such as Hallmark Television and Sirius Radio; and retailers including Home Depot, Macy’s, Michaels, EK Success, and PetSmart.
Vanessa joined Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2008 as the editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Weddings, and has served as creative director of Time Inc.’s Real Simple. In her native Australia, Vanessa co-founded Donna Hay Magazine which grew to become the leading magazine in its category and received numerous awards, including a prestigious James Beard award. She has worked at Marie Claire (Australia) and Marie Claire Lifestyle (Australia) and as an art director and designer for Vogue Entertaining and Travel and Vogue Living.
At her eponymous design firm, Vanessa Holden AD+D, Vanessa focused on food and lifestyle magazine and book development and branding projects. She provided art direction and design for editorial houses Harper Collins/Donna Hay and Murdoch Books/Bill Granger as well as the retailer Country Road Australia.
A graduate of the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Vanessa lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.
Michael Boodro has been the editor in chief of ELLE DECOR since August 2010. He has also served as editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living, was the launch editor of Culture and Travel, was an editor in the Style Department of The New York Times Magazine and served as the editor in chief of Garden Design. He worked as features editor at Vogue for 11 years. He is the author of Stephen Sills and James Huniford’s design book Dwellings. His articles have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Art News, Town & Country, and House Beautiful.
Victoria Smith is a San Francisco-based blogger, editor of one of the west coast's most popular design & lifestyle blogs, sfgirlbybay. Victoria has a unique and varied background in the design industry. A journalism major with an Advanced Arts degree in Interior Design, she has also worked as a freelance art buyer and stylist producing photo shoots for advertising agencies and designers on accounts such as Condé Nast Publications, and has contributed to Better Homes & Gardens, UPPERCASE, Anthology, and 7×7 Magazines.
With a loyal readership that includes social media butterflies, top magazine editors, shoppers, and industry professionals, Victoria is known for representing “Bohemian Modern Style” and for showcasing the newest designers, artists, crafters, products and trends; all the while offering affordable design inspiration and encouraging individuality and unique, personal style. A fixture in the design blog community, sfgirlbybay. has been the online home of independent design since June 2006. When she’s not blogging, Victoria is incessantly tweeting, or running around San Francisco, scouting the latest finds with her camera and trusty dog, Lucy.
As a business school graduate from Santa Clara University, Leila (Khalil) Lewis’ career began in publishing, where she worked in marketing and editorial roles for business and lifestyle publications. Since transitioning into the wedding business in 2004, Leila has nearly 10 years of wedding marketing experience under her belt, and is the industry’s go-to for public relations services, brand development and business consulting.
Combining her love for weddings and her professional expertise in media and marketing, Leila created Be Inspired® in 2007, the first full-service public relations agency dedicated to the wedding and special event industry. Passionate, focused and results-driven, Leila works closely with wedding and lifestyle brands – educating clients on marketing strategies, rebuilding corporate image, securing top-level media placements and helping them book new business.
Iconic potter, designer, author and personality, Jonathan Adler is dedicated to bringing style, craft, and joy to your life.
Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1993. Five years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan.
Jonathan Adler now has over 20 stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally.
While remaining committed to ceramic design, Jonathan has grown far beyond the potter’s wheel to become an internationally recognized design brand offering decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, gifts, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting, fashion accessories, neckwear and more.
Jonathan’s creativity is fueled by various sources of inspiration: Mid-Century modern design, art, and global pop culture combine to create the signature Adler aesthetic. The company prides itself on its ability to combine a serious design philosophy with a colorful sense of optimism. The guiding motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” reflects Jonathan’s commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury.
Jonathan lives in New York City with his partner, Barneys Creative Ambassador at Large Simon Doonan, and their Norwich Terrier Liberace.
Erica Domesek, the founder of the innovative do-it-yourself (DIY) lifestyle brand P.S.- I made this…, is a distinguished design and style expert living and creating in New York City. Her ultimate goal is to inspire and encourage her audience to embrace the concept of “I see it. I like it. I make it.”
Born from Erica’s passion for hand-making stylish objects and accessories that make everyday life more beautiful, P.S. – I made this... launched as a website in 2009. Shortly thereafter Elle magazine dubbed Erica “Fashion’s Queen of DIY." The website features DIY projects, accompanied by bold inspiration collages and simple step-by-step how-tos, P.S.– I made this… encourages followers to cultivate their inner-creativity and embrace the ever-growing DIY phenomenon.
In fall 2010, Erica published her first book titled after her eponymous website, P.S. – I made this…, featuring more than twenty-five projects that pull inspiration from timeless fashion looks, popular runway trends and notable style icons. The best-selling book has gone into multiple reprints and is available in several different languages.
In June 2012, Erica’s leading role in the DIY industry led to her weekly appearance as a judge on TLC’s Craft Wars. She has also appeared on the Today show, Rachael Ray, The Martha Stewart Show, E! News, The Nate Berkus Show, Fox Business News, and her work has been featured in issues of Glamour, Lucky, InStyle, Teen Vogue, Self, Elle, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal and more.
Maggie Hong is the art director of PEOPLE.com, a premier web destination for celebrity news, photos, style and entertainment. Under her design leadership, PEOPLE Digital has received notable accolades from Folio and min, and has recently been nominated for a Society of Publication Designers award. In addition to overseeing the creative direction for the brand's web, mobile, and app products, Maggie has advised on digital design for a variety of magazine titles under Time Inc.'s Style & Entertainment group.
Maggie landed in the publishing world after spending time on the agency side, where she created award-winning visuals for luxury retail brands, leaders in digital innovation, and Fortune 500 companies. As a graduate of Parsons School of Design, Maggie has a great appreciation for typography and patterns. She loves traveling, stumbling upon hidden-gem boutiques, and collecting more stationery than she'll ever need. Her home is scattered with ongoing craft projects, and she hopes one day she'll have enough space in her apartment for a vintage letterpress.
She currently lives in New York City with her fiancé and their cat, Bella.
Allison is the founder of Engaged & Inspired, a place where she talks all things weddings & design, shows off her design & planning work and her staff of 10 brides blog about their journey to "I Do". She also co-founded "The Lab", an event dedicated to helping brides and the best wedding industry professionals find each other and create magic.
Bee Kim is the founder and editor of Hellobee.com, a parenting community dedicated to guiding parents from pregnancy through the preschool years. Hellobee features a thriving and dedicated community, DIY projects from some of the best design bloggers on the web, as well as stylish and smart mom bloggers who share everything about the experience of being a modern parent.
Though Hellobee has only been around for one year, it was named one of Babble.com's top 50 Design Blogs for Mom in 2012.
In a former lifetime, Bee founded Weddingbee.com, the first wedding blog of its kind, which remains one of the most popular wedding blogs to date.
Dubbed by the press as "Silicon Valley's Martha Stewart," Brit Morin is the founder & CEO of Brit + Co, a lifestyle brand that teaches the digital generation savvy shortcuts for their online and offline lives. You can find Brit + Co. at Brit.co and can preview the company's first of many software apps, a social wedding application, at Weduary.com. Brit + Co. also offers commerce services like Brit Kits, a monthly do-it-yourself project subscription service, as well as many DIY kits and additional products in the Brit + Co. shop.
Since the start of the company in late 2011, Brit + Co. has attracted millions of people across web and mobile devices. They have partnered with businesses like Intel, Fab, L'Oreal, YouTube, UNIQLO, Alloy Media, 3M, Nikon and more. Brit has also been featured in publications like the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Mashable, People, Lucky, Forbes, Parade, USA Today and Fortune. She is a regular lifestyle contributor to the TODAY show and is the tech correspondent for Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, Katie, nationally syndicated on ABC.
Prior to starting her own company, Morin was at Google, where she spent four years helping to launch and grow products like Google TV, Google Maps, Google Search and iGoogle. Previously, she worked in iTunes at Apple as well as product marketing at mobile photo-sharing startup, Tiny Pictures (sold to Shutterfly in 2007). Brit currently serves as an advisor and investor in several technology startups. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, Dave, and their dog, Pixel.
Christine is an international wedding photographer with modern, relaxed, editorial style. She is also the co-founder of theprettyblog.com, grablunchbox.com and kiki.co.za. She loves traveling and has a great appreciation for good food and simplistic design.
Nicola is a qualified chef. After a few years in the food and magazine industry, she became one of the co-founders of theprettyblog.com. Nicola loves to entertain. She also has a great love for traveling and beautiful things.
As a wedding photographer and working closely with brides, Christine realized that many clients were looking for inspiration and good service providers for their weddings. After many clients were asking her for these contacts on a regular basis, she was inspired to start something online that could in turn inspire even more brides than just her own clients. The dream was however much bigger than something she could manage in her spare time. In mid-2008 Christine and Nicola met and discovered their shared passion for food, design and anything beautiful in general.
With Nicola’s background in the magazine industry and Christine’s experience in the wedding industry it was plain to see that The Pretty Blog had to be born.
Camille Styles is the founder and editor of lifestyle blog camillestyles.com, where she shares the creative entertaining ideas that inspire her parties and her life. Camille is also a regular lifestyle contributor to HGTV.com and the host of HGTV’s new mobile party planning app. Her modern aesthetic and eye for detail come together to create parties that are simply chic and all about fun.
Bri Emery is the creator of and voice behind the blog designlovefest. Her enthusiasm for simple yet effective design grew into a lifelong love for quality and creativity. Bri very quickly earned a reputation in the blog community as the go-to gal for innovative and stylish execution. A graphic designer by day, she consistently brings fun and fresh creative solutions to every project, infusing them with her signature charm and clever eye for color.
Joy Wilson is the voice behind the popular blog, JoytheBaker.com. She is a baker, food photographer, writer, and curator of all things sweet. JoytheBaker.com is a chronicle of everything from Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies to Spinach Avocado Salads. In four short years, it has been named one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by The London Times, Eight of the Very Best Food Blogs by Forbes, the Best Baking and Most Humorous Blog by Foodbuzz, and the Best Baking Blog by Saveur.
Joy’s first cookbook, the Joy the Baker Cookbook is on sale now! It’s an unabashed celebration of butter and sugar. Joy is also co-creator of Homefries.com, a growing site dedicated to lifestyle audio and video podcasts. Joy lives in Venice, California with her monstrous cat Jules, an admirable collection of nail polish, and a refrigerator full of butter.
Courtney Eliseo is a designer, blogger, and stationer based in Astoria, NY. Her lifelong obsession with typography and design began at a young age, before she could articulate exactly what it was. This paved the way for the establishment of a trio of design-focused businesses: Seamless Creative, the design studio where she collaborates with her husband on branding projects for small businesses; Design Work Life, a daily design inspiration blog, and Seamless Paperie, which creates brands and paper goods for weddings and special events.
Amy Atlas is an entertaining expert, baking and crafting stylist, and is internationally recognized for creating the stylized dessert bar trend. Amy's work has appeared in O Magazine, People Magazine, InStyle Magazine and many more. She has appeared on a variety of shows, including multiple appearances on The Today Show, Anderson, and Martha Stewart. Amy’s first book, “ Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It,” has ranked on Amazon’s overall weekly top 100 bestseller list for numerous weeks.
Amy writes her own daily blog, Sweet Designs, where she shares styling tips, recipes, do-it-yourself crafting tricks, and behind-the-scenes of her work. From a very young age, Amy was entertaining for friends and family and by the time she reached college, she had perfected her hobby for creating signature dessert tables. Amy lives in New York City with her husband, Rick, and their two sons. Not surprisingly, her family’s favorite activity is baking together!
With nearly thirty years at the forefront of the fashion industry, Christy Turlington Burns has established a diverse career as a model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate, and filmmaker. Philanthropy and service have long been a part of Christy's personal and professional mission to make a lasting impact on the world. In 2005, Christy became an advocate for maternal health for both CARE and (RED). In 2010, she completed and debuted her documentary film, NO WOMAN, NO CRY, about the global state of maternal health, at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and on the Oprah Winfrey network (OWN) on Mother's Day 2011. Concurrent with the debut of her documentary, Christy launched Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Every Mother Counts seeks to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.
Christy currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and as an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors, Mother’s Day Every Day and the White Ribbon Alliance. She has contributed writings to Marie Claire Magazine, Yoga Journal and Teen Vogue along with contributions to the Huffington Post, BlogHer, MomsRising, Canada’s Globe and Mail and the UK’s Evening Standard. Christy is also an avid yogi and merged her love of the practice and writing to author her first book, Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice (Hyperion 2002). She also founded two successful lifestyle brands; Sundãri, an Ayurvedic skincare line and Nuala, a yoga inspired apparel and accessories line. She recently completed her first ING NYC Marathon, running with Team Every Mother Counts.
Christy graduated cum laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and is currently pursuing a MPH at Columbia University’s Mailman School in New York City, where she lives with her husband - filmmaker Edward Burns - and their two children.
Rachel Faucett is a design and vintage scout for all things children, sharing her latest finds on her blog handmade charlotte. She lives on a farm just outside of Atlanta with her husband and their five children (and ever-changing menagerie of animals). Handmade Charlotte recently collaborated with J. Crew, Dwell Studio, and Oeuf. Her mini-collection for Anthropologie sold out in less than a month. A book with Lark Sterling is coming out in April. Pop-up shops all the country, as well as a DIY mini movie series, are also in the works. Rachel is very excited about 2012!
Liz Stanley blogs daily at Say Yes to Hoboken, a style and crafts site, when she's not camping under the Golden Gate Bridge with her husband and son or digging for treasures at local thrift stores. She writes for Apartment Therapy, Babble's Family Style site, and Momtastic. Her work has also been featured by Real Simple, HGTV, Parents Magazine, and Elle Decor.
Stephanie Brubaker has been delighting readers of her acclaimed design and lifestyle blog, Stephmodo, for more than four years, with original recipes, valuable tips and a healthy dose of “pretty.” It's a happy coincidence that in 2009, Stephanie and her husband embarked on a life changing project, renovating a 400-year-old stone cottage in southern France that once served as the small village's bakery. She and her family now call Seattle their home and on any given afternoon you can find Steph in the kitchen attempting to create something interesting, delicious, and palatable to her 4 young children.
Alison Pincus is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of One Kings Lane. A digital media veteran, Alison was inspired to co-create One Kings Lane to converge her passion for e-shopping and design. Alison oversees business development and strategic partnerships. In this role, Alison and her team are driving alliances with web upstarts, media properties, ecommerce entities and talent to grow membership, increase brand awareness, and enhance the shopping experience at One Kings Lane. Alison serves as a spokesperson and evangelist for One Kings Lane. Previously, Alison held digital marketing and business development positions at The Walt Disney Company, NBC and Hachette Filipacchi. Alison received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and her BS from UC Berkeley. As a food lover, Alison was ecstatic to be included in Food & Wine's “40 Under 40” in 2010. She loves the outdoors and wishes she had more time to tweet and FB about her favorite new discoveries.
Mary Jo Bowling works for McEvoy Media, where she covers the best of California design and architecture for California Home+Design and writes about the unique, stylish and sometimes quirky nuptials of the Golden State for 7x7 Weddings. She's also worked for Better Homes & Gardens and Sunset magazine.
Christina Vance Brian is the editor of the blog Full House which often highlights life at home as well as ramblings about design with an emphasis on home decor. Christina feels lucky to have rolled a full house in real life with her twin girls and her triplet boys. She loves trying to see life through the eyes of her children and can often be found taking the kids out to explore. Christina is known for making things look great on a budget and has been featured on numerous worldwide design sites, AZ Magazine, Arizona Foothills Magazine as well the Arizona Republic.
Jen Campbell, a formally trained graphic designer, started Green Wedding Shoes in October of 2008. GWS was born out of Jen’s desire to help brides dream up and enjoy weddings that reflect their personal interests and sense of style. GWS has since grown to become one of the most popular wedding blogs today. As the Editor and Creative Director of GWS, Jen works closely with top wedding industry talent and creative brides to showcase innovative and unique weddings, style photo shoots, and identify trends that give brides-to-be daily inspiration as they plan their big day. Green Wedding Shoes is currently one of the top wedding blogs and continues to inspire thousands of brides daily with their unique real weddings, creative-styled shoot features, DIY projects, inspiration boards, and curated vendor guide.
Shawna Gohel is the Founder and CEO of Maharani Weddings, a wedding blog focused on lavish Indian weddings. Founded in 2008, Maharaniweddings.com has grown to be the go-to place for chic, modern Indian brides and the largest Indian wedding blog globally. Maharani Weddings is a place where Bollywood style and Indian traditions exist in perfect harmony, giving Indian brides a wealth of resources and inspiration to plan their dream wedding.
Naoise McNally and Susan Gallagher are the creators of One Fab Day, Ireland's online wedding magazine. Naoise is a Digital Project Manager, with extensive experience in online marketing and development, and Susan a highly-respected independent web designer and developer.
One Fab Day originally started as a hobby in late 2009 when Sue was about to get married and Naoise had just gotten engaged, and the two friends seemed to be spending a lot of time online and flicking through magazines for stylish, contemporary, fashion-forward wedding inspiration. But accessible and affordable ideas for an Irish or UK-based bride seemed thin on the ground. So the pair decided to put their professional expertise and ongoing wedding research to good use and create a blog to help other Irish brides, grooms, and wedding guests navigate their way through the production of a wedding. One Fab Day could be summed up in two words: inspiration and information—helping Irish brides, and those planning to get married in Ireland, turn their dream day into a reality (without breaking the bank!).
Fri Forjindam’s vision to create an online resource for intercultural brides and multi-ethnic weddings has expanded from a blog to global-infused magazine publication at Wedding Nouveau. Fri's creativity and vision have been the driving forces behind the ultimate style guide for modern fusion brides, willing to showcase style and heritage in a way that dares to dream in culture. Since its founding in 2009, Wedding Nouveau has distinguished itself by being the leading bridal resource for intercultural, interfaith and multi-ethnic weddings. By collaborating with photographers, designers and real couples around the world, Wedding Nouveau strives to inspire couples of different ethnic backgrounds with confidence as they plan their big day.
Born and raised in Cameroon, Fri moved to New Orleans as a teenager. So began her introduction to a series of travel experiences that would later inform her passion. After graduating from Columbia University's School of the Arts in New York, Fri Forjindam began her career as a theatre artist in the Big Apple, but always maintained her passion for creative writing, unique style, design, and learning about new cultures. In the last 15 years, through her tours to many countries around the world, she has come to appreciate and realize the beauty of mixing it up. Fri currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Phillip Bailey, and their 2 year old daughter, Nahla Sophie.
Cathleya Schroeckenstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbee, a wedding blog site featuring real brides’ wedding planning journeys from engagement to “I Do” and beyond. Weddingbee is one of the most widely read wedding blogs, with over 14 million pageviews per month (July 2011) and growing. Cathleya blogged about her own wedding planning journey in 2008, turned her hobby into her career, and encourages well-written women from all around the world to join her at Weddingbee in documenting their engagements. She's passionate about sharing (sometimes oversharing), and enabling brides to discuss all things wedding planning. Her hobbies include paying full price for clothing and falsely claiming she purchased things on sale and eating raw fish from questionable sources—she is known to regularly ride a bicycle that gets her nowhere three days a week.
Cyd Converse is the Editor and Creative Director of The Sweetest Occasion, a lifestyle blog focused on design inspiration for weddings, celebrations, and parties. Founded in 2008, The Sweetest Occasion is a go-to destination for design-savvy brides, newlyweds, young moms and hostesses on the hunt for fashionable design ideas. A devoted readership comes for content covering a highly edited range of wedding ideas, party inspirations, paper and stationery, handmade goods, entertaining, décor, and featured events of all shapes and sizes. In addition to The Sweetest Occasion, Cyd can also be found offering creative design and styling services through her event design business, Sweet Occasions Studio, and working with creative professionals on perfecting their marketing and branding through her newest venture, Sweet Creative Co.
Heather Lee is Associate Editor at Brides.com, where she covers all things wedding stationery-related. She loves Gocco, letterpressed anything, and MUJI pens. Her favorite time of the year is May, when the National Stationery Show comes to New York City.
Nole Garey is the founder and editor of Oh So Beautiful Paper, a daily website dedicated to stationery and design. Launched in September of 2008, Oh So Beautiful Paper is among the Top 20 wedding blogs in the United States and a daily resource for brides, magazine editors, and design professionals around the world. In 2009, Oh So Beautiful Paper was named one of the Top 50 design blogs in the world by Times Online UK. Oh So Beautiful Paper features wedding invitations, social stationery, greeting and holiday cards, business collateral, artwork, and studio tours among other design-related content.
Summer Watkins is a stylist for commercial, editorial, and lifestyle photo shoots, preferring to spend her creative energies fashioning activities, ideas, projects, artists, and relationships into photo-worthy subjects. Under the guise of her nom de plume, GREY, stylist and curator, Summer also compiles and blogs stylishly handsome finds for voracious lovers of the good and pretty at Grey Likes Weddings, Grey Likes Nesting, and Grey Likes Baby. She’s an advocate for the proper treatment of details and is over the moon for fierce creativity, brave color palettes, and fashion inspired motifs. Most of all, Grey Likes LOVE. Well-Styled.
Nicole is the bestselling author of three books, the latest of which, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, has been optioned by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, the producers behind the Academy Award winning films American Beauty and Milk. Nicole was recently named LinkedIn's Connection Director. The company she founded, WORKS by Nicole Williams, is the go-to resource for career-minded young women and was named one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Career Websites for Women. You’ve seen her on TV— as a regular guest on Today, Good Morning America, and CNN—and in print, where her advice has appeared on the pages of ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and the Wall Street Journal. She is also Shape magazine's career contributor, where she'll continue to spread her sexy mix of dating tips turned career strategies to young women everywhere.
Tory Johnson’s career path can be traced to the pain of a pink slip. She dropped out of Emerson College for a chance to work at ABC News and then jumped to NBC News, only to be fired unexpectedly a couple years later. The permanent scar from that experience inspired her to shift from employee to entrepreneur and in 1999 she founded Women For Hire. Now in its 12th year, the company hosts high caliber diversity career expos across the country, attracting talented women and leading employers. Last year, she launched Spark & Hustle to serve current and aspiring small business owners through conferences and coaching programs. As the workplace contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, Tory is a favorite among viewers who appreciate her no-nonsense career advice. She’s a New York Times bestselling author who lives with her family in New York City.
Founder and CEO of Giggle
Ali Wing is the founder and CEO of new parent store giggle.com and the author of giggle guide to baby gear. Alis is also an advocate for today's new parents. By offering smarter solutions, providing information and building a parenting community, Ali has made giggle a resource destination. In addition to smarter products, giggle offers customized services to help make it easier to become a new parent, such as giggle personal shoppers and giggle's ultimate baby registry, offering parents a robust set of tools such as gear guides, starter checklists and a baby gear dictionary. She serves as a parenting resource through both her published works and her speeches, helping new parents navigate the glut of choices out there and find only what they need, when they need it.
Because of her extensive product knowledge, Ali is a regular speaker on lifestyle topics for parents for outlets, including Real Simple and Bloomberg Link, has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show as their baby product expert and on Fox Business News as a small business expert. She has also written the what-to-get-when- you’re-expecting guidebook on baby products, giggle guide to baby gear (Chronicle Books, 2008). Ali is also a columnist for The Bump and Glam; has contributed to other media, including BabyTalk, Working Mother and eHow; was part of USA Today’s CEO Roundtable; and is co-author of the lilaguide baby gear buyer's guide, the Zagat's of baby gear.From general advice for each gear category to lifestyle tips about individual products, her expertise helps provide context for the peer reviews.
Ali was born in Northern California and raised in Montana, where she was one of nine children, five of whom were adopted from different cultures. With a lifelong focus on healthy living and community, she's been a champion of ecological issues and leader in seeking out organic products from the beginning.
President and Executive Creative Director, J.Crew Group,Inc.
Her vision expands beyond heading up Men’s, Women’s & Crewcuts Design, and now also oversees the catalog, store design as well as jcrew.com and Madewell. Jenna’s creativity and vision has been an integral part of the recent turnaround at J.Crew. She has been the driving force behind the organic launch and evolution of J.Crew Weddings and Parties, as well as J.Crew Collection, the newest capsule collection of limited-edition exceptional quality garments; and most recently has lead the design of J.Crew’s most recent family addition, crewcuts (for ages 2-14).
After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Jenna Lyons began her career with an internship at Donna Karan. She then joined J.Crew as one of the first members of the design team under founder Emily Woods, where she has grown up along with J.Crew over the past 20 years.
She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband Vincent Mazeau, and her 4 year old, Beckett Lyons Mazeau.
CEO, Apartment Therapy Media
Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan is an interior designer, author and the founder of Apartment Therapy, originally an interior design service and now a network of blogs devoted to helping people make their homes beautiful, organized, and healthy.In April 2004, Maxwell, with his brother Oliver Ryan, launched apartmenttherapy.com, one of the most popular and influential design blogs in the country. Today, Apartment Therapy Media is a premier network of blogs dedicated to the home. The network consists of five blogs - apartmenttherapy, thekitchn, ohdeedoh, unplggd, re-nest - each covering a major area of the home.
The New York Times calls Maxwell "one part interior designer, one part life coach". He is the author of Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure (Bantam, 2006), and Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions (Chronicle, 2008), as well as Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, a forthcoming book from Clarkson-Potter (May, 2010). Maxwell was a regular commentator on the House & Garden Television show, Small Space, Big Style. He also appeared on HGTV's Mission Organization and has been interviewed in various publications including The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Observer, and The Wall Street Journal.
Mrs. Kelley Lilien is a graphic designer, wife, stylist, mother of two, and the mastermind behind Mrs. Lilien, a multifaceted aspirational brand that extends across online and print media. The Mrs. Lilien Styling House blog is a destination for the indulgent lifestyle enthusiast that delivers a daily smattering of delicious brilliance. The blog boasts a vibrant milieu that is carefully curated with an advantageous “Mrs.” aesthetic in mind. Through fantastical imagery and punchy graphics, and poetic prose, the Mrs. Lilien styling house blog serves as an explosively optimistic lifestyle utopia.
Kristin van Ogtrop was named Managing Editor of Real Simple in March 2003. Under her leadership, the magazine has achieved popular and critical acclaim. In addition to leading the magazine, van Ogtrop oversees all brand extensions, which have grown to include a robust website with unique, daily content; popular special issues, including Real Simple Family and Real Simple Weddings; books; licensed products; and mobile apps.
Before joining Real Simple, van Ogtrop was Executive Editor of Glamour. Previously she held positions at Vogue, Travel & Leisure and Premiere. She has served as an instructor at Columbia University’s Publishing Course and New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. Her essays and articles have appeared in a variety of publications, and in The New York Times bestseller, The Bitch in the House.
Kristin’s book Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom was published in hardcover last April by Little, Brown and came out in paperback this spring.
Alan is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a non-profit dedicated to capturing the creative imagination of the publicFounded in 2006, the Ambassadors are a group of individuals that advocate for Hong Kong as a design hub. . The group believes that cultural and creative experiences enliven societies and foster growth. Working together with the Hong Kong Design Centre, they generate enthusiasm in creative ventures in Hong Kong, and promote design and culture with a dynamic and educational approach. Besides his role as Ambassador Chairman since 2008, Alan is active in promoting design, creativity and tourism in Hong Kong, serving ART HK (advisory group member since 2009), Tourism Strategy Group (non-official member since 2008), Business Facilitation Advisory Committee (non-official member since 2009), 2009 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (curator for arts, city integration & events) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (council member since 2011). Alan Lo is also the co-founder and director of Hong Kong-based Press Room Group, owner and operator of The Press Room, Classified, The Pawn, and SML. He holds an AB in architecture from Princeton University.
Guest Judges Kate Swan Malin and Levina Li-Cadman are co-founders of Yummy Mummy Asia, the insider’s guide to motherhood with style throughout the Far East. Updated daily, Kate and Levina help Hong Kong mothers navigate and keep pace with the modern, ever-changing world of parenting in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Originally from the coast of Maine, Kate began her career in New York City at one of the city’s most prestigious law firms before joining American Express Publishing, where she spent several years in the company’s Public Relations office working on luxury magazine titles such as Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine. She later joined the Public Relations team at Christie’s auction house and handled media campaigns for some of the world’s most iconic works of art. When Kate and her husband moved to Hong Kong in 2008, she joined the Public Relations office at Christie’s Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Levina is Yummy Mummy Asia’s chief insider and the source for what’s happening in Hong Kong. With a Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, she specializes in business development across Asia Pacific, working for blue-chip prestige brands such as Elite Model Management, Cartoon Network/Turner Entertainment, Lanvin, Financial Times, and Christie’s. Besides her work for Yummy Mummy, Levina also consults for clients in art, design, and luxury goods industries.
Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan is the founder and CEO of Momaboard.com, an online community for parents traveling with young children. She was born and brought up in Mumbai, India, has lived in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in San Francisco. Kaamna is a mother, a dancer, and always an entrepreneur, looking for the next creative endeavor to partner with or support.
Ponn Sabra is a highly-prolific public health official-turned-best-selling author, internet marketer, and columnist who has been featured in the Associated Press, Washington Post, Fox, ABC News and other major media outlets. Founder and Owner of American Muslim Mom, the #1 online community for American Muslim Moms, Sabra shares homeschooling, green, natural, high-tech, frugal, world-traveling, social media tips, tools, contests and much more. Sabra also offers numerous free products, such as her ebook "Balancing Life as a Muslim Mom", American Muslim Mom podcast, tutorials, and videos. The mission of American Muslim Mom is to enlighten, educate and empower American Muslim Moms to action.
A professional cook and freelance writer, Samin Nosrat looks to tradition, culture and history for inspiration. Trained in the Chez Panisse kitchen, she cooked there for several years before moving to Italy, where she worked closely with the Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini and chef Benedetta Vitali for nearly two years. She spent five years as the sous chef and "farmwife" at Eccolo restaurant, butchering, brining, and preserving nearly everything in an effort to make the restaurant as self-sustaining as possible. In 2010, she co-founded Pop-Up General Store in Oakland. Samin is also teaching a class this spring on the traditions and symbolism behind the Persian New Year celebrations. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Wallpaper, NPR, and San Francisco Magazine, while her own writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Meatpaper, and Edible San Francisco, as well as on her blog, Ciao Samin
Melissa Milrad Goldstein is the Beauty Director for Better Homes & Gardens. She joined Better Homes & Gardens in November 2005 to spearhead the creation and launch of the magazine’s beauty and fashion editorial coverage. As the Style department evolved, she chose to focus her attention solely on the magazine’s beauty coverage. Prior to that she had spent 8 years as the senior editor for beauty, health, and jewelry at Town & Country magazine. A self-professed chemistry and science nerd, Melissa is often taking industry scientists to task over their ingredients and formulation and professes that if she knew she’d be doing this for a living, she’d have paid much more attention in her chemistry and biology classes. When she’s not knee-deep in boxes, product mailings, or trying to dig her way out of the beauty closet, she can be found posting pictures of her three kids on Facebook.
Erin Loechner publishes Design for Mankind, which was honored as one of the London Times‘s top 50 design blogs in the world. Her work has been featured in Glamour, Lucky, Dwell, Readymade, Nylon, Print Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and The Huffington Post, among others. She currently hosts a renovation column on HGTV.com, where she catalogs her experiences as an impromptu interior designer.
Caitlin Flemming is the editor and founder behind the lifestyle blog Sacramento Street. On a day-to-day basis she shares what inspires her in interiors, fashion, travel, photography and anything that comes her way. Today, when she’s not writing her lifestyle blog, she’s traveling the world and streets of San Francisco for the latest design finds. Caitlin's work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and 7x7 Magazine.
Meg Keene blogs at A Practical Wedding. Her First book, A Practical Wedding, a wedding planning handbook for normal people, will be released by Da Capo Press in December 2011. She has been quoted by CNN and Glamour Magazine, and her work has been cited by ReadyMade, NPR, and Feministing.com, among others. Recently, she contributed a sidebar to Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides. Meg attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and previously worked in New York in Off-Broadway theater management.
Amanda Nistor is the founder and editor of Ruffled, a blog for the vintage-inspired, eco-friendly and all around creative brides.
She started Ruffled in 2008 as a source of inspiration for vintage brides planning their weddings, and today she calls it her full
time job. Prior to Ruffled, Nistor worked at the marketing department of a popular fashion magazine. In addition to spending
her days blogging stylish weddings, she is working on new projects for Ruffled which includes an online bridal boutique,
launching next year.
Amy Eisinger is the assistant editor at The Knot, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, the nation's leading network of wedding resources. As assistant editor, Amy is responsible for researching, writing and reporting on everything to do with Real Weddings, from local affairs to destination weddings around the globe. She works with the industry’s top event planners, florists and cake bakers to provide the latest up-to-date trends and ideas for future brides and grooms. Amy also writes and manages the MyDIYWeddingDay blog exclusively for WeddingChannel.com, which includes creative ideas about everything from invitation designs to centerpieces.
Anne Sage is San Francisco-based stylist, blogger and editor. In 2008, she founded The City Sage, a blog that features daily inspiration for fashion and interior design. The City Sage was named in the September 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living as a Site to Bookmark, and it has been identified as one of the Top 15 Design Blogs in the World by Cote Maison France. Anne is also the co-founder and executive editor of Rue Magazine, an online interiors and entertaining publication with a fashion and lifestyle sensibility. When she’s not hopping a plane to produce photo shoots for Rue, she’s taking road trips with her husband, snuggling her two mischievous cats, and torturing herself with Jillian Michaels’ workout DVD’s.
Marcy Blum is a conceptualist, event planner, entertaining expert and author. Marcy crafts every event with her own distinctive brand of unpretentious elegance, and an almost-preternatural ability to visualize space. And she has planned many young adult parties in her long career. Marcy’s impressive portfolio includes the weddings of Kevin Bacon and Kyra
Sedgwick, Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, and Samantha Bryant and Colin Hanks. Other clients include the Rockefeller, Icahn and Philbin families, as well as many of the country’s most prestigious companies. See more at www.marcyblum.com.
Mary Kate Steinmiller is the Fashion Market Editor
for Teen Vogue Magazine. A graduate of Parsons
School of Design, she has contributed to Teen Vogue
for 6 years. She has her own jewelry line that has been
featured in many editorials and retails at Fred Segal, LA
and Charlotte Ronson, NYC. See more at www.teenvogue.com.
Lisa Gaché is the foremost etiquette, manners and life skills expert for children from a parenting perspective. The Los Angeles Times named her company, Beverly Hills Manners, the etiquette school to “teach kids to be polite.” This educational and entertainment company, founded in 2006, is recognized for its new school approach to etiquette and manners. Gaché’s
relatable persona and style makes learning manners relevant, entertaining, fun, interactive and informative.
Her straightforward and doable advice has been featured on CNN, NPR and “The Today Show” and in popular blogs and websites such as AOL, The Huffington Post, SheKnows.com and MomLogic.com, as well as numerous parenting websites from ParentsAsk to LAMomMagazine. Gaché is also known for addressing themes regarding why manners, self-awareness and responsibility for one’s actions are so important in a media-driven age that glamorizes undesirable young high profile role models. See more at www.beverlyhillsmanners.com.
Lilliana Vazquez is the founder of The CheapChica’s Guide to Style (http://cheapchicas.com), an online fashion resource that is the go-to destination for fashionistas on a budget. Known for her ability to provide informative and relatable fashion commentary, Lilliana is also recognized as an established style expert and host by top national media outlets including ABC, FOX, the Style Network and Univision. Currently Lilliana is a fashion and style correspondent for NBC 4 in New York and NBC 10 in Philadelphia. She also hosts the popular morning show, “Better Philly" and frequently covers red carpet events, movie premieres, fashion shows, and interviews today's leading actors, musicians, designers and directors.
Kelly’s loved art and design for as long as she can remember. (Seriously.) Since making the move from the world of advertising to design (and the 6 states in between), her day-to-day life plays out as a graphic designer at Hester Designers (http://www.hesterdesigns.com), and author of Design Crush (http://www.designcrushblog.com).
When undistracted by obscure and clever design finds, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, hanging out in dive bars and stalking professional mascots. She shares her Oklahoma home with two laid-back cats (one a hypochondriac, the other a pillow) and one high-energy pup.
Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to home and product design read by over 63,000 people a day. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge was declared a "Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials" and features store and product reviews, city, product, and gift guides, diy projects, before & after, furniture and home makeovers, home tours, videos, podcasts, and trend forecasting. Grace has a unique angle on the industry, having worked as a contributing editor at Domino, House and Garden and CRAFT magazine, and as freelancing for top publications like New York Home, Food and Wine, In Style, Better Homes and Gardens, New York Magazine, and The New York Post.
Courtney Dolloff is one half of the design duo behind Seamless Creative and the newly-launched Seamless Paperie.
In 2008 she launched design work life, a blog where she shares her obsessions with typography, art and design through bits of daily visual inspiration. Since that time, dwl has continues to amass a large following of fellow design enthusiasts.
Courtney is also currently in the process of planning and designing her own wedding, which she documents on a second blog, head vs. heart.
Elizabeth Mayhew is VP, Editor in Chief, Brand Content, for the Woman¹s Day Group since January 2010. Mayhew has been an influential lifestyle editor for more than a decade, contributing to brands like House Beautiful and Real Simple, where she led the magazine as editorial development editor and style director. Mayhew has been spotlighted by the Washington Post, which praised her for developing Real Simple's distinctive visual style, as well as by The New York Times. Mayhew is also the noted author of the decorating book Flip!
For Decorating, which earned praise from Katie Couric and Miles Redd, interior designer and creative director for Oscar de la Renta.
Gabrielle Blair is a graphic designer and mother of five – Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar and Betty. Her blog, Design Mom, which covers the intersection of motherhood and design, is regularly recognized as a top parenting blog by the media, most recently by Parents Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple Magazine. Gabrielle is also a co-founder of Kirtsy, a popular social media community, and was named one of the top 20 most influential women in social media.
Vané Broussard is the author and founder of Brooklyn Bride (http://bklynbrideonline.com/), a daily blog that features all that is modern in the world of weddings. The site features up and coming vendors in all fields such as photography, calligraphy, invitations, fashion, and gifts, along with coverage of bridal shows, shop reviews, and everything in between. The site is updated daily, and attracts a core readership of brides, industry professionals, and magazine editors. For the past year, Vané was also a contributor on WEtv.com’s Bridal Buzz blog.
100 Layer Cake is a creative collaboration between friends and fellow designers Jillian, Amanda, and Kristina. 3 women, 2 weddings, years working as designers (not to mention thousands of combined hours poring over wedding and wedding-related blogs), and many extremely excited conversations later, 100 Layer Cake came to be. They now provide a unique wedding planning resource for and by thoughtful, crafty, modern women. See more at www.100layercake.com/blog/
Courtney Murphy is Design Director of Good Housekeeping, a magazine with a rich 125-year-old commitment to the modern home and to a woman's quality of life. Previously she was Design Director of AARP The Magazine, Art Director of the Sunday Review in London, England; Spectrum Magazine in Edinburgh Scotland; and Budapest Week in Budapest, Hungary. Her work has won numerous awards from the Society of Publication Designers and the Society of News Designers, including the prestigious “World’s Best Newspaper”, twice.
Murphy began creating her first publication at the age of 7 for a family friend who was sick in the hospital. She wrote the articles, took the pictures and used paper and scissors and glue to pull it all together. Still working with her hands, but no longer drawing the type by hand, Murphy worked on a letterpress as an undergraduate and still can’t get enough of pretty papers and printing. When she is not working on the magazine, Murphy is doodling invitation ideas for her upcoming wedding.
Michele Bell is the Associate Editor for LilSugar — the hip, fun and informative parenting blog for witty and modern mamas. Before covering the motherhood beat, Michele taught elementary school, worked in advertising and attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. As a mother of two youngsters herself, Michele loves to take her real life experiences and share them with the readers she has come to know so well. A native Texan and ex-New Yorker, the current San Francisco dweller has taken her colorful background and brought it to the Sugar network where the she treats LilSugar like her third child. Her passion for cooking inspires her "Mural Meals" while her ability to pinpoint celebrity tots' outfits has made her Celebaby Style feature a hit. Her parenting mantra is this: Don't assume anything, never say "never", be patient and always keep an open mind.
Kathryn Storke started Snippet & Ink, a widely-read blog of daily wedding inspiration in the form of inspiration boards and real wedding features, as a hobby in 2007. It's now her full-time job. Snippet & Ink is a place where people can see how many different ways there are to have a wedding, that there's no one right way to do it, that simple can be beautiful, and that inspiration can be found anywhere. Storke says her sense of color and design comes from her mother, an artist and interior designer, and her various creative friends. “I grew up surrounded by women who taught me an appreciation for beauty and thoughtful details,” she says.
Janet Froelich is Creative Director of Real Simple. Previously she was
Creative Director at The New York Times Magazine and of T: The New York
Times Style Magazine. Under her direction, The New York Times Magazines have
won more than 60 gold and silver awards from The Art Directors Club, The
Society of Publication Designers, and the Society of Newspaper Designers and
have been finalists for SPD’s Magazine of the Year Award every year since
the award’s inception, winning the award in 1999 and 2007.
Froelich, a recipient of The Art Directors Club Hall of Fame award, is a
past member of the board of directors of the Society of Publication
Designers, a past president of The New York Chapter of the AIGA and
currently serves on the board of The Art Directors Club. She has served on
the faculty of The School of Visual Arts graduate and undergraduate design
Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner are the publishers of the influential
shopping and design blog Cool Mom Picks, which was called "the online
arbiters of cool for the swingset crowd" by Parents Magazine, and named one
of Real Simple's favorite three blogs for parents. They have appeared on
shows including The Early Show on CBS and ABC's A View From the Bay, doling
out shopping wisdom and pointing parents towards cool alternatives you just
can't find in your local mall.
Abby Larson is the editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, a style savvy wedding blog for the style obsessed, modern bride. She covers everything from gorgeous real weddings to up and comers in the invitation, floral, fashion and photography industries. Larson spends her days scouring the internet for beautiful things, walking the streets of Boston waiting to be inspired, roaming the aisles of her favorite little bookshop.all day, dreaming about weddings. On any given Tuesday, you might find her on her sofa, hovering over her laptop creating inspiration boards and color palettes, constantly getting sidetracked by all of the beautiful sites she has found along the way. Larson features only the most chic and style centric wedding related content, continually discovering new and brilliantly talented vendors, brides with an eye for all things chic.
Before starting Style Me Pretty, Larson worked at a public relations firm and then at a hedge fund. She launched a line of wedding invitations called Abby Jean in 2004. Three years later, she sold her line and started Style Me Pretty in 2007. With 2.8 Million Monthly Page View and 900,000 RSS Monthly View, Style Me Pretty has amassed an incredibly large audience.
Over the last twenty years, Angus’s fresh yet classic, comfortable but still refined, approach to interior design has built her an extremely loyal following. A painter at heart, her work combines contemporary art with a diverse mix of modern and timeless furniture. She began designing in New York City where she worked on projects for a number of well-known clients including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, and the Lauder family. Since starting San Francisco and New York based, Martha Angus Inc., her work has been featured in California Home + Design, Western Interiors and Design, and Elle Décor.
Widely regarded as a “dean of interior design,” Diaz-Azcuy has had a far-ranging influence on the contemporary practice of interior design. His elegantly composed rooms speak volumes for his spare, intelligent, and disciplined touch. He has designed everything from private residences to the Spa and Pool of Hong Kong's celebrated Peninsula Hotel. A critically acclaimed book about his design, published by Rizzoli and written by Diane Dorrans Saeks, came out earlier this year.
The head of the San Francisco and Los Angeles-based Jeffers Design Group, Jeffers is known for his extensive use of patterns and for his unexpected and whimsical additions to a room. He often infuses period antiques with modern pieces. His work is at once elegant and sophisticated, but always still approachable. House Beautiful has twice named Jay Jeffers one of its Top 100 Interior Designers, and he and JDG’s projects have appeared in Metropolitan Home, Elle Décor, and The New York Times.
As Editor of TheKnot.com, Anja Winikka combines her writing and editing skills with her weddings expertise to bring the most of-the-moment wedding trends to millions of engaged couples across the country. Anja immersed herself in the weddings industry at a young age in college, when she took a job as a weddings coordinator at a local reception space, helping to make hundreds of couples’ wedding days perfect. Now, in addition to writing and editing wedding articles for the website and magazine, ranging in subject from destination wedding planning tips to stationery trends and must-know wedding cake tips, Anja can also be found pouring over thousands of pictures from real wedding submissions across the country. She loves the challenge of trying to find a variety of the most stunning weddings from every corner of the U.S. to feature in the magazines. In addition, Anja is the editor of a number of niche websites, including ChineseWeddingsbyTheKnot.com, GayWeddingsbyTheKnot.com, the soon-to-be IndianWeddingsbyTheKnot.com, and BridesDecide.com, a political election website for brides and newlyweds. Anja has been a popular source for destination bachelor and bachelorette parties, honeymoons, and bridesmaid etiquette in national and local newspapers and has also appeared on NBC, CBS, and FOX local news segments across the country.
David Turner is a designer.
David graduated with a first class honors degree from St.Martin's School of Art in London in 1984.
He started his career at Minale Tattersfield and Partners, a well-known design company in Europe that nobody in America has heard of. Working for the charismatic Marcello Minale he learned two important things. 1. Without an idea, graphic design is just wallpaper. 2. Not to take himself too seriously. He worked his way up to be Design Director, completing branding and packaging projects for clients in the UK, Europe and Japan.
In 1993 he started Turner Duckworth with partner Bruce Duckworth. A few months later he left for San Francisco to pursue and marry his wife Ellen. Turner Duckworth became international, but the partners continue to work as if they still share an office.
Turner Duckworth's work consistently wins many of the industry’s most prestigious awards and been published broadly, including the Clios, D&AD, New York Art Directors, ID, Graphis, Print, Communication Arts, Creative Review, Wired and Rolling Stone.
In recent years David has been chairman of the Clio design jury and has judged the Communication Arts and ID magazine annual design reviews and the D&AD and London International Advertising Awards. He has taught a class called “Packaging a Brand” for Art Center Pasadena and he and Bruce were keynote speakers at the International Institute for Research’s Brand Packaging Conference. He has also spoken as part of the Apple Professionals series and the Coca-Cola Company Marketing VIP Speaker series. Turner Duckworth has worked with all sorts of clients, from global corporations like The Coca-Cola Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Amazon.com and Virgin Atlantic to smaller entrepreneurial businesses like Method Home, the Steel Brewing Company and Robert Redford’s Sundance.
David has donated design services to CommonSense Media, an organization devoted to giving parents and kids better information about the media kids consume and the SETI Institute, the leading organization in the search for life elsewhere in the universe.
David Turner lives in Larkspur, California with his wife Ellen and daughters Haley and Lily. He does not have an interesting collection of graphic ephemera.
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