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the creative language
Allegra Hicks is an artist and designer, who works between London and Naples. Allegra’s origins in painting began in frescos and have, over the past decades, flourished into one off design pieces which investigate the diaphanous bridge between art and design. Exploring the natural landscape of the body, Allegra’s recent paintings weave within and without, mapping the soul’s geographic ties to human anatomy. From tapestries to rugs to cast bronze lamps, Allegra’s work continues to respect the fluidity of watercolour. Today, Allegra presents a collection of metal design pieces and manages to find a unique softness in the material.
As a Los Angeles-based interior designer, author, philanthropist and mom to two boys, Breegan Jane is a dynamic voice in the industry. Most recently joining The House My Wedding Bought on HGTV (airdate to be announced), Breegan continues to showcase her vast expertise building and designing homes as well as on programs including, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Property Brothers, Fix My Fail, and more. As a leader in industry conversations, Breegan participates regularly in speaker series events and champions the motherhood community as she shares her insight via her weekly blog on breeganjane.com. Further expanding her reach and narrative, she advocates for women and children in Africa as a partner with international non-profit organization, World Vision.
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Creative Space Design
Architect Donald M. Rattner helps people maximize their creativity by using research in design psychology to shape the built environment. His most recent book is the award-winning My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation. Rattner has taught at the University of Illinois, NYU, and Parsons. Speaking venues include the Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, libraries, conferences, and company events. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, and on numerous podcasts. Rattner holds a BA from Columbia and an MArch from Princeton.
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.Hi, I’m Holly Becker and I’m the founder and editor of decor8. I’m an interior design expert, author, journalist, online educator, moderator, mom, and an American expat from Boston based in Hannover, Germany. I work on projects in the world of interiors that range from designing stands for trade shows, to public speaking, teaching e-courses, writing books, producing my podcast, and so much more.
I’m known as pioneer in my industry because I am fearless and curious - a real trailblazer! I love to lead, take risks and try new things, and I challenge myself by doing what hasn’t been done before. I’m always thinking of what could be next and how to make it possible. I also love to collaborate with others and I work best under pressure. When everyone is ready to give up, I’m the cheerleader who motivates others to stand up and keep going so that we can all be successful together..
Family Functional Interior Design Design + Paint Colors + Equestrian Inspired Design
Lauren Clement is an award-winning, Charlotte-based Interior Designer with 14 years experience in residential, commercial, renovation & new construction design. Lauren followed in her mother’s footsteps learning how to run a full-time design business while parenting two girls of her own — And the foundation of her business and design philosophy is centered around the phrase, "Family + Function = Fabulous”. Focusing on their specific needs, Lauren enjoys working closely with her clients to ensure the end results are a true reflection of their personal tastes. An active member of the interior design community, Lauren serves as an ambassador for manufacturers, voices expert advice on industry panels and podcasts, and is a contributing editor for Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine.
International Best selling author Mel Mason is The Clutter Expert and as a sexual abuse survivor, she grew up depressed, suicidal and surrounded by clutter. What she realized after coming back from the brink of despair and getting through her own chaos was that the outside is just a mirror of the inside. And if you only address the outside without changing the inside, the clutter keeps coming back. That set her on a mission to empower people around the world to get free from clutter inside & out, so they can experience happiness and abundance in every area of their lives.
Full length pdf of my book Freedom From Clutter
Eclectic interiors, sourcing and acquiring antiques, decorative items, and art. Author of The Maverick Soul: Believer in homes that reflect the personality and spirit of the inhabitant, not what’s trending with the retailers. Supporter of William Morris quote: Have nothing in your homes that you do not believe to be either useful or beautiful.
Soul of the Home: Designing with Antiques
“Antiques show their age and history, blemishes and all. That kind of imperfection is a lovely thing to live with because it’s so forgiving. It’s just what I want to come home to.” Tara Shaw’s design principles stem from 20 years of success as a "guerilla antiquer" in France, Italy, Sweden and Belgium selling in wholesale volume. In addition to her thriving import business, she has a custom furniture line, Maison, and a licensed product line with Restoration Hardware. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Robert Walsh, and her whippet, Brother Lucca. The door opened to design home interiors when Jill Goodacre and Harry Connick Jr. encouraged her to work on their home in Connecticut. Many design projects followed by word of mouth. Shaw is a respected supplier of French and other European antiques for a host of AD100 And ELLE Decor A- listers, including Bobby McAlpine, Brooke and Steve Gianetti, Marie Flanigan, and Peter Marino.
A Little About Whitney
I’ve started my design business officially in 2012, but I’ve had a love for décor since I was a little girl. I used to move our bedroom and living room furniture around often (which bred my love for space planning) and asked for décor for Christmas gifts. While I did love toys, my most fun was with the ones that made me make believe with real(ish) home furnishings, like doll houses and the Easy-Bake oven.
I’m a New Orleans native and conduct most business with clients in my area, but since starting my design business, I’ve worked with clients all around the US and even some outside the US, like the UK and Australia. I was named a Design Master in the Fall 2017 issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles magazine and my work was featured in our local newspaper, The Times-Picayune, and online publications, like The Olive Guide.
I’ve spent years perfecting my processes in space planning, project management, CAD software, and design.
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