2018 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Amy has two decades of editorial experience, conceiving story ideas, producing shoots and writing copy for magazines and online publications, including Country Living, InStyle, Refinery 29, Conde Nast Traveler, Better Homes & Gardens and Lucky magazine.
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 with the tools interior designers, architects, landscape planners and product designers need to take advantage of the new media opportunities available to creative professional.
Amy also applies her collective expertise in applying trend direction to product and brand development, working with companies to expand their marketing strategies and to connect businesses to the interior design trade.
Amy lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Alan Flurry, and two children. She also co-founded Paper-Cut-Project, a company that conceives highly crafted installations for fashion houses including Hermes, Kate Spade, Valentino, Christies and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Luxury interior designer and lifestyle maven Darcy Harris have quickly gained industry recognition for her sophisticated palate and inherent style sense. Darcy’s design philosophy is based on her inimitable ability to blend fashion-forward trends in residential and corporate spaces with a flawless appeal. Darcy’s designs and collections have been showcased among shelter and industry press including, The Atlantan, Atlanta Homes Magazine, Artefacto, Crave Atlanta, and other renowned media. Darcy was the featured curator for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s “Access Granted” Luxury Seminar Series and event designer for 19th Hole Golf Magazine’s charity fundraising event at Loews Atlanta Hotel.
The Darcy Harris brand is a marvel of elaborate design. Her luxury portfolio has granted her creative access to the homes of notable entertainment, sports and corporate clientele, including former Atlanta Falcon NFL player Michael Turner and former NFL player Antonio Bryant of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Darcy’s “VIP list” include lead interior designer and set designer for OT-Live Network Lifestyle Sports Show owned by former NFL player Ryan Mcneil, and featured curator for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s “Access Granted” Luxury Seminar Series 2010-2011.
Darcy Harris Design (formally The VIP Room Design Studio) has always been ahead of the design curve, and now its latest endeavors will take on more Creative Director driven projects in the future. Darcy's has worked as a Brand Ambassador for a Spanish Luxury furniture company out of Spain 2016. Art is another love of Ms. Harris', she has gathered some very creative artisans to represent as their Art Agent! N' Your Space Modern Home Decor Online Boutique launches this spring. www.nyourspaceboutique.com
Dominique Calhoun Lead Designer for Remix Living approach to design is simple. To create beautiful and unique spaces tailored to the individual taste and lifestyle of the client we are servicing. A native of the inner city area of Philadelphia Dominique always believed and lived by the motto of working with what you have and creating a feel of what you consider your luxury. Dominique’s fascination with interiors started at a very young age as she realized soon after obtaining her undergrad degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore studying fashion merchandising; her love for beautiful design was deeper then runway fashions but that of beautiful interiors and the finishing touches that make spaces amazing.
The birth of Remix grew as just a vision with an idea to create a design firm that worked with a variety of people without breaking the bank. Using Social media as a visual platform to showcase design transformations, organically growing a audience and becoming known as a design expert Dominique is now recognized as a social media design influencer and sharing with the world her visions in the field of Interior Design.
Talented and inventive, Nikki Chu stands as a hard working, powerful businesswoman in the world of product design and interiors. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada – Nikki has always had a passion to design since childhood. After realizing her love for the Arts, Nikki attended a specialized design school called International Academy of Design.
Having accomplished so much at a young age, and driven to succeed, it was only natural that Nikki embarked into a much more competitive marketplace – Los Angeles. There, her Interior Design and television journey began straight to the top for stars such as Tyra Banks, Nick Cannon, Lisa Leslie and Gabrielle Union.
Interior Designer Monica Wilcox is an expert in delivering unique design with functionality in mind. Her award-winning design firm creates gorgeous interiors that also offer livable-style with a California twist.
With an emphasis on Collaboration, Monica is able to realize the vision of her clients and bring them to life. She has the unique ability to connect with her clients and radiates a tremendous passion for what she does which is contagious to everyone around her.
Her impeccable eye for design combined with her in-depth knowledge of project management, sets her apart from other interior designers. From initial designs to the final install, each project is executed with precision and exceptional quality.
Monica is frequently called upon for advice for everything from interior design to business growth to lifestyle tips. She enjoys the art of living fully and completely, and is happy to share that with others. With boundless energy, an honest and direct approach, and an infectious spirit, it’s possible that this creative visionary may someday be in every household in America.
To date, Monica’s work has been featured on the pages of Dallas Style & Design numerous times. Her designs have also appeared in Home Magazine & Home Upgrades Magazine. She has participated in Several Dallas Home & Garden shows as a celebrity guest speaker, and currently host 2 design/lifestyle segments on Dallas Fox-4, and Good Morning Texas. She currently lives in McKinney, Texas with her husband and 4 children
Season eight winner of HGTV Star, and recently named as one of the nation’s Top 20 African American Interior Designers, Tiffany Brooks, is a wife and working mom who loves spending time growing her residential interior design business. She first demonstrated her design talent when she was offered the opportunity to stage model homes while working in property management. After one of her model-home designs won an award, she decided to follow her passion for interior design full-time. Tiffany’s design style is "classic with a twist," and she enjoys mixing traditional pieces with a little rock 'n' roll. Tiffany is the designer and host of HGTV Smart Home 2018.