Thank you to those of you who joined us at the Robert Allen showroom during the DC Design Center's spring market.We were overwhelmed with joy at the tremendous turnout and show of support. Thank you to the staff at Robert Allen for going above and beyond to make us feel welcomed.  The showroom looked amazing!  Finally, thank you to members of the African American Top 20 Interior Designers Lorna Gross-Bryant, Rae Revelle, Dereky Martin Hadlger, Dennese Rojas and Iantha Carley who came out to share their favorite picks from the new Nomadic fabric collection.

If you were not able to attend, please enjoy the images from the day and make sure to make plans to join us at an event in the future.  We'd love to have you.


It was exciting for many of the designers who grew up watching or who became designers because of HGTV to be able to interact with them at the conference.The teams from digital to talent acquisition mixed it up with the attendee with the hopes of getting to know them better and to scout for design talent.We were excited to get the call expressing their interest. It is a goal of the Black Interior Designers Network to spread awareness of the designers in our community as well as to present designers with life changing opportunities. 

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And while we understand everyone is not destined to be a star on the network, our members were happy to learn about the opportunity to join the HGTV PROFESSIONALS NETWORK.  According to the promotional materials left with attendees, "HGTV editors are looking to connect top designers with their vast audience." Sounds like a win to me. Designers from all over the country should apply. For those of you who were on the fence about online marketing, this is a great opportunity for you to build a professional website that can be linked to an organization like HGTV.  Good Luck and Do it now! Remember, you have to be visible to be hired.

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Elaine Griffin Designer


That is the only question New York-based designer Elaine Griffin thinks we should focus on when dealing with difficult clients. Elaine was all jokes and gestures when encouraging the crowd to be less emotional about the process of interior design and more focused on the business side of things.  

"I used to wonder if the client liked me if I were doing enough or being enough. Then one day a good friend of mine who was way more successful than I was pulled me aside. He asked if they were paying me on time. I was like "yeah!" He then said "That's all that matters. Your only concern is if the check cleared." - Elaine

Elaine later stated how adopting that mantra saved her career and how she used the lessons from those early days to build her business. Elaine's career would take her all over the country, making her the most recognized African American Interior Designer in the nation, brand ambassador for some of the industry's top brands, contributor to national shelter publications like Elle Decor and Good Housekeeping, and the Good Works designer for Queen Oprah herself.

Elaine was very candid with the next generation of designers giving then stern advice for getting the most out of the industry and encouraging them to take advantage of social media and all the opportunities to build their brands that were absent in her day.  

Lucky viewers were able to catch Elaine in action when she competed as a contestant of the NBC primetime decorating show "American Dream Builders". If you missed Elaine there, but would like to learn more about her, please visit her website www.ElaineGriffin.com

Elaine Griffin Opening Keynote for the 2016 Black Interior Designers Conference, Americas Mart Downtown Atlanta