The opening keynote for the 2016 Black Interior Designers Conference is Georgia’s own Elaine Griffin. Elaine is a nationally recognized taste-maker. She appears frequently in print, is the contributing editor (design), for Better Homes & Gardens; designed the Good Works Makeovers for Oprah’s O at Home; was a contributing/special projects editor at Elle Decor; and is ranked as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 American Designers.
Elaine was a cast member of NBC’s primetime design reality show, 'American Dream Builders' hosted by Nate Berkus. Elaine is the author of the bestselling book "Design Rules: The Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator " (Gotham Books, 2009).
Elaine is a participant in the Kips Bay Decorator Show house and her private client work has been featured in publications including Elle Decor, House Beautiful, the New York Times, Daily News and New York Post, Southern Accents, and New York magazine. She also appears regularly on the Today show.
Elaine is a graduate of Yale University and studied at the New York School of Interior Design. She began her design career in the office of architectural behemoth Peter Marino, following a nine-year career as a publicist in New York and Paris, and officially opened her own firm in 1999.