Designers, Architects, Art Consultants and Authors at Theta Design Weekend

Honorary Chair Mark D. Sikes

Mark D Sikes is an esteemed interior designer working on projects throughout the United States. He is known for creating beautiful and timeless interiors that embody an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Mark has a talent for mixing American and European, traditional and modern, and new and old sensibilities.

Mark launched his design company after spending 15 years in creative and marketing functions where he led high performing teams for large international companies. His eponymous firm handles high-end residential projects as well as commercial ones including stores in Dallas and Nashville and a hotel in Palm Springs.

Last year, Mark designed the much-celebrated dining room at the Kips Bay Show House in New York and the Grand Garden Halls at Greystone in Beverly Hills. He also recently completed the living room of the 50th Anniversary Southern Living Show House in Birmingham, Alabama and in June of2017 he will be designing the entire 25th Anniversary Coast Living Show House in Newport, Rhode Island.

Mark's work has been featured in AD, Veranda, House Beautiful, the Wall Street Journal, C Magazine, Milieu and Domino. His book, Beautiful, All American Decorating and Timeless Design, debuted this past fall and quickly hit the New York Times Best Seller List.

Mark has partnered with the best manufacturers in furniture and fabrics to develop his Signature Lines of products including Henredon, Soane, Merida and Schumacher.

See Mark speak @ Theta Design Weekend: 12/1/17 - 11:30am Buy Tickets

David Baker

A native of Ontario, Canada, David joined McALPINE after completing his architecture degree from Auburn University in 1998 and became a partner in 2013. His projects incorporate traditional styles and details with modern needs, leaving his clients with an “inheritable” McALPINE house. Notably, recent projects he designed have enlivened the pages of Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, and Coastal Living. He loves the outdoors and has boundless energy and creativity. Truly passionate about houses, David and his wife Carol can be found teaching their three children, Isabella, Davis, and Lily, how to use their hands as they build their own inheritable house on Lake Martin.

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Jennifer Barron

A native Texan, Jennifer was born and raised in Dallas. She attended Vanderbilt University to pursue a degree in Human and Organizational Development and a minor in Art History. Following graduation, Jennifer returned to her hometown with Teach for America, after which she decided to pursue her love for design. To begin her career, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago, transferring to the Art Institute of Houston where she received her degree in Interior Design. While a student, she earned real-time experience working part time for a designer, and was eventually brought on full-time as a Project Designer upon graduating.

In September of 2015, Jennifer launched Jennifer Barron Interiors. As a professional Interior Designer, Jennifer believes in the philosophy that her clients should be so in love with their home, they are excited every time they walk in their front door. Her mission is to make her clients' visions reality and believes that in each space, there should be something meaningful to them. Jennifer uses color and pattern to bring rooms to life, often turning to her favorite medium: wallpaper! Jennifer’s self-described style incorporates a blend of antiques with more contemporary elements of design. She brings her passion for style and design to each project, motivated by making a change in a place that her clients experience every day – their home.

Jennifer currently resides in Houston with her husband, John, and greyhound Gracie. She enjoys traveling, especially with family and friends to Park City, Utah where she loves to ski. When she’s not designing, Jennifer can be found jogging with Gracie, taking a long bath, or indulging in her guilty pleasure (sour candy).

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Ray Booth

Ray, an Alabama native and graduate of the Auburn University School of Architecture, joined McALPINE in 1999. The first phase of his career took him north to New York, where he spent successful tenures in the offices of such distinguished design talents as John Saladino. Ray returned to the south as a partner in McAlpine’s interior design firm with his former professor, Bobby McAlpine. These days, Ray has what many consider the best of both worlds: he divides his time between the firm's Nashville office and the expanded New York office, which allows him to keep one foot in the city and other in his native south. Ray’s work has received national recognition from the most prestigious publications. Architectural Digest featured Ray’s own Nashville residence as well as other projects in New York and Baton Rouge; Elle Décor has covered his projects in Montana and Mexico; and Veranda has published homes he designed in Charlotte and Nashville. With an undimmed passion and desire for beauty, Ray shares his life and homes in New York and Nashville with partner John Shea.

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Meg Braff

Meg Braff embarked on her interior design career after attending Vanderbilt University and the prestigious Parsons School of Design. Beginning as an associate at Ellen McCloskey Associates, she later worked with Jeff Lincoln before launching her eponymous firm in 1994.

Meg is known for her exuberant, youthful take on traditional design, creating livable spaces imbued with playful glamour and a modern perspective. Her sophisticated color sense and deft eye for mixing antique and modern pieces has broad appeal, evidenced by residential commissions throughout the East Coast and the Caribbean. In 2011 she acquired the Philip Graf archive, and began modernizing and recoloring his playful wallpaper patterns. She also opened a shop, Meg Braff Antiques & Decoration, located in the heart of Locust Valley, NY.

Meg emboldens her rooms with charisma and individuality, while taking heed to her clients preferences and lifestyles. The result is layered, deeply personal spaces, the ideal setting for gracious living and celebrations with friends and family. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Meg is married to Douglas Braff and is the mother of four teenage boys. When she is not traveling for clients she is crisscrossing the country to squash competitions; she also sits on the boards of The Bone Marrow Foundation and The Decorator’s Club. Her work has appeared in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, among others. Her first book, The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy, was published by Rizzoli in April 2017.

See Meg's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend: 12/1/17 - 2:00pm Complimentary Admission

Sara Cain

Sara B. Cain is a fine art appraiser and advisor specializing in Post-War, Contemporary & Emerging, and American paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs. She is an Accredited Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and is a USPAP compliant appraiser.

Ms. Cain is the owner and principal of Cain Fine Art, LLC, performing appraisal and advising services. She has been in the business of art for eight years and has extensive art market experience, including consulting with national and international galleries and auction houses. She has worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. in New York, and Sotheby’s, New York, solidifying a broad understanding of the art marketplace. In addition, she served in both appraising and advising roles for three years at an art management firm in Houston.

Ms. Cain earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University, graduating summa cum laude, and her Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York. She earned her Certificate of Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Art from New York University and the AAA.

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Ronda Carman

Ronda Carman is the founder of RONDA CARMAN FINE FABRICS, author of Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living (foreword by Martha Stewart), a contributing writer for Huffington Post and New York Social Diary; a reviewer for the prestigious Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Collections; and a frequent speaker on the topic of design.

Ronda spent 15 years in the world of marketing and nonprofits prior to founding All the Best Blog in 2007 and RONDA CARMAN FINE FABRICS in 2014.

Shortly after moving to Scotland in 2005, Ronda launched a blog to further her writing and explore her musings and findings. A lifelong love of design, travel, food and wine was the catalyst for establishing All the Best Blog.

What started as a hobby and passion became an expansive lifestyle blog visited by thousands of regular readers in over 100 countries.

Ronda has garnered press from around the globe, including Fox News, Traditional Home, ELLE Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, domino, Australian Vogue Living, Real Simple, and numerous regional, national and international newspapers.

Ronda’s unique business sense and creative vision is the framework for the RONDA CARMAN brand, and an expanding portfolio that encompasses both media and merchandise.

After living in Scotland for 10 years, Ronda returned to Houston in 2013. This year she is finishing her second book and launched her fashion line.

See Ronda's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend: 12/1/17 - 2:00pm Complimentary Admission

Paloma Contreras

Paloma Contreras is an award-winning interior decorator, tastemaker, and design blogger based in Houston, Texas. 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. Paloma has honed her distinct eye for style through nearly a decade in the design industry and a lifetime of appreciating beauty in all of its various forms. Paloma is well-versed in a broad range of styles which are executed in a manner that is polished, refined, and effortless.

Paloma has been featured in multiple publications and websites including House Beautiful, Domino, ELLE DECOR, LUXE, Traditional Home, Southern Living, New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Paloma has also worked on special projects with top brands such as One Kings Lane, Bravo Television, American Express, Miele, Nest, Auberge du Soleil, and Hilton Luxury Brands. Paloma launched her widely read blog, La Dolce Vita in 2007 where she continues to write about “the sweet life” on a daily basis.

Paloma has been recognized as a “Next Wave” interior designer by House Beautiful and one of LUXE Magazine’s “New Guard” list of 10 Designers to Know.

Paloma believes that every home should be a reflection of the people who inhabit its walls. Through her signature design approach, Paloma develops a comprehensive, bespoke plan suited to each individual project resulting in comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes, interests, and lifestyles. Paloma believes that the most beautiful interiors are also the most personal. She is currently working on her first design book which will be published by Abrams in Fall 2018.

See Paloma's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend: 12/3/17 - 1:30pm Complimentary Admission

Bill Curtis

William Curtis, a founding principal of Curtis & Windham Architects, has a deep respect and knowledge of architectural history. His dedication to the study of the historical and physical context of his buildings produces work that is both beautiful and articulate. Drawing upon the wealth of traditional architectural precedent, he finds appropriate architectural expression while solving the architectural problems of modern life. To Mr. Curtis, a successful design is the sensitive and articulate response to a given context, exercised with control, restraint, and modesty. Formative years in Washington DC and abroad in Australia provided experience with large-scale institutional work and crafting classically literate buildings. Returning to his native Texas, he began his collaboration with Russell Windham in 1992.

Mr. Curtis is a founding board member of the Texas Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and currently serves on its Board of Directors. In 1999, he and Russell Windham received that organization’s Arthur Ross Award for their body of work in Houston. He has lectured at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York and at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. His work has been published in several books, including, Nice House by Samuel G. White, Creating a New Old House by Russell Versaci, and The Institute of Classical Architecture, A Decade of Art and Architecture 1992-2002. A graduate of the University of Texas, he has exhibited throughout Texas and participated as a critic at various architectural schools in the United States. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Texas School of Architecture.

See Bill's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend: 12/2/17 - 2:00pm Complimentary Admission

Anton DiSclafani

Anton DiSclafani’s first novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a New York Times bestseller, an Indie Next pick and bestseller, and a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. YRC was named a most anticipated book of the summer by The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly, and was a summer book pick by USA Today and National Public Radio. Her second novel, The After Party, was an Amazon book of the month and an Indie Next pick. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages.

Her nonfiction and short fiction has appeared in Southbound, Rhapsody, Biographile, Washington Square Review, Electric Literature, and The Washington Post. She also wrote and performed a segment for This American Life.

DiSclafani received her BA from Emory University, and her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was previously a Writer-in-Residence. Now an Assistant Professor at Auburn University, DiSclafani lives in Auburn with her husband and son.

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Sarah Eilers

Sarah Brooks Eilers, a fifth generation Texan, grew up around gracious homes, timeless antiques, and beautiful gardens. Inspired by her southern heritage, Sarah’s design philosophy respects the past, embraces the current, and looks with vision and creativity towards the future. Her years of experience and refined eye enable Sarah to curate the best materials and sophisticated palettes, incorporating them into her award winning projects. Her designs can be best described as timeless transitional, with an eye on today’s demand for comfort and versatility. Sarah answers these client needs with projects that span from Houston’s elegant neighborhoods to vacation getaways coast to coast.

As Sarah’s love for antiques and beautiful living grew, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she received her degree in Interior Design. She spent the early years of her career at The Bryan Design Associates, where she developed a keen design aesthetic and built invaluable vendor relationships. As a founder of the award winning design firm Lucas/Eilers, Sarah embodies sound business practice, white glove service, and outstanding design. Keeping up with our ever-changing world, she exhibits an astute business acumen and timely ability to adapt to new marketing media. By enlisting new methods of social engagement and communication, Sarah is able to inspire and influence her peer group and clients in new and exciting ways. Her work has been published in many magazines including Luxe, Southern Cottage and Texas Home & Living. As well as 2 books in China.

Beyond interiors, Sarah’s most important work is taking care of her family, as a devoted wife and mother of three. Here, she finds balance between enjoying her children, actively participating in her community, and caring for her menagerie of family pets. Sarah is an active participant of the River Oaks Garden Club and asserts that a beautiful garden is an essential compliment to any interior.

Sarah’s industry affiliations include ASID. She has been a member of TAID, NCIDQ since 1985, and is a licensed Interior Designer by TBAE.

See Sarah's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend: 12/3/17 - 1:30pm Complimentary Admission

Susan Ferrier

With an intuitive approach to design, Susan Ferrier is well known for creating sensuous, wonderfully atmospheric interiors. In 2000, mutual professional and aesthetic admiration led Susan into a partnership with Bobby McAlpine and Ray Booth. She launched the Nashville office with Ray in 2003, and founded the Atlanta Design Studio in 2005. Her work has been recognized nationally in numerous prestigious publications. Most recently, in 2015, Veranda featured Susan’s own home, describing it as “an atmosphere of intrigue and wonder.” In addition, her interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Atlanta & Life Styles Homes, Turkish House Beautiful and other significant publications. Susan is inspired by travel, shops the world for treasures and shares her love of people and the places that hold them. She and her husband, Adrian, a native of New Zealand, spend their free time seeing the world, so much so that their passports read like the table of contents of National Geographic. Rizzoli Publications published Susan’s first book, Art of the House, which she co-authored with partner Bobby McAlpine.

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Sarah Foltz

Sarah Foltz is an art historian and fine art appraiser, specializing in 19th and 20th century Texas art. She is co-owner of William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art– a gallery in Houston, Texas dedicated to the promotion of Texas art.

She completed her M.A. in Art History at Southern Methodist University where she focused her thesis research on Texas regional and Latin American art within the Texas post-war art scene; prior to this, she received her B.A. in Photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

Her background includes New York University’s Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal Studies program, as well as the Provenance Research Training Program in Zagreb, Croatia, which focused on restitution of Nazi era looted cultural property.

Past internships and work experiences include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Austin Museum of Art and several prominent galleries in Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

Recently, she has published several articles relating to Texas art history and presented numerous lectures, with varying topics including Early Texas Art, Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Texas Modernism, Texas Dust Bowl Photography, and Art and the Environment.

Sarah is an active member of the Appraisers Association of America (accredited), CASETA (Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art), HETAG (Houston’s Earlier Texas Art Group), the Menil Contemporaries, CAMH Young Patrons, MFAH Art Crowd, Stewards of the Wild – Houston Chapter, and Preservation Houston’s Pier & Beam Group.

She is passionate about educating people on the importance and history of the evolving art scene in Texas during the late 19th and 20th century, and celebrating those artists whose achievements marked and set apart the Texas art community within the field of American art.

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Lindsey Herod

Lindsey Herod Interiors opened its doors in 2015 as a high-end residential interior design firm in Lindsey’s hometown of Houston, Texas. Her combination of New York training and Texas roots brings a range of knowledge and abilities to the decoration and design of her client’s homes. Her own tastes lean toward the fashionable and colorful, taking cues from the great mix masters of decorating, but she loves to work in a multitude of styles and flex her design muscles to make her client’s homes feel like a perfect expression of their life and family. She works in a range of project sizes including new construction, renovations and full service decoration and design.

Lindsey worked as a senior designer for New York based decorator, Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors for seven years prior to opening her own interior design firm. She has decorated homes in New York, Palm Beach, East Hampton, Connecticut, Scottsdale, Denver, San Antonio, Dallas, and of course Houston. Lindsey holds a Master of Science in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M’s School of Architecture. Her work has been publishedin Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Southern Living, Lonny, Modern Luxury Interiors Texas and she has been a contributor to Prime Living magazine’s design column and is a member of Coastal Living and Southern Living's Designer Network.

See Lindsey's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/3/17 @ 1:30pm Complimentary Admission

Benjamin Johnston

Benjamin Johnston is known for creating distinctive, layered spaces that are luxurious reflections of his clients’ personal tastes and histories. Taking inspirational cues from a variety of cultures and time periods, Ben blends new and vintage pieces to create contemporary spaces that feel curated over a lifetime. He accomplishes this tasteful mix while adhering to the classic design principles of balance and simplicity, through the use of clean lines and tailored details—timeless sensibilities he credits to his previous study and practice of architecture. Ben often utilizes tone-on-tone palettes to create a harmonious balance and then punctuates them with unexpected moments to delight and surprise. Each of his distinctive spaces operates beyond pure function to create a desired mood and ambiance, while still embodying his unmistakable sense of style.

Ben’s work has appeared in many magazines including Modern Luxury Interiors, Houston House and Home, PaperCity, the Houston Chronicle, and notably, in the coffee table book for Stark Carpets entitled, Designing with Carpets: A Fine Foundation. Ben has been recognized with design awards from PaperCity and Modern Luxury Interiors, as well as being named as a “2014 Rising Star of Design” and “2017 Star of Design” by the Decorative Center Houston and a “Leader in Design” by the Houston Design Center. Beyond his professional work, Ben was also named as one of Houston’s “Most Beautiful” by HTexas magazine for his generosity and community service. In January 2017, Ben’s firm was named ‘Best Transitional Design Firm’ by Modern Luxury Interiors Texas.

See Benjamin's work on Designer Row @ Theta Design Weekend, and his Design Panel on 12/3/17 @ 1:30pm Complimentary Admission

Amy Kummer

Amy Sikes Kummer, a native Houstonian, is an up and coming designer who has always garnished a love for beautiful spaces. In 2013, she took a leap of faith and made the decision to follow her passion, launching her interior design business. Incorporating the middle names of her two children, Grace Davis Interiors was born.

A traditionalist at heart, Amy has mastered putting a fresh twist on otherwise traditional designs. She loves to incorporate large monograms, antiques, and beautiful textiles into her work. Her strength lies in her ability to pull together fabrics in an effortless, yet refined way, keeping the overall look classic and timeless. She enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level and tailoring her designs to suit their lifestyle and personal taste.

Amy has a BS in Communications from Texas Christian University, where she was a member of Chi Omega. She lives with her husband, two precious children, and Winston, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. In her spare time, she enjoys perusing local antique stores, traveling to new places, and spending time with her family.

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Meg Lonergan

Since founding her own company in 2009. Meg LeSueur Lonergan has become one of Houston's most in-demand designers, known for creating sophisticated interiors that highlight the homeowners' sensibilities and personalities. Born in South Louisiana but uprooted at an early age, Meg lived abroad in Singapore, New Zealand, and France until she moved to Houston with her Kiwi husband. Her design ethos stays true to Southern elegance, tradition and history while reflecting her multicultural exposure. Clients turn to Meg for her keen eye to mix the old with the new, the classic with inventive, fine antiques with flea market finds, and eclectic with traditional. She creates unique designs by harmonizing her client's tastes and treasures with custom art, accessories, antiques, draperies and furniture.

Meg is very attentive to design details and takes a hands-on approach for every project whether it is a simple refresh or a new construction home. Meg Lonergan and her work has been features in the Houston Chronicle, The Scout Guide Houston, Texas Home & Living, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful magazine, and Lonny Magazine.

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Suzanne Longley

Suzanne Longley Landscapes, Inc. is a full service company providing design, installation, and maintenance services for both residential and commercial properties. The company is a leader in quality, using only organic, nontoxic materials and fertilizers, with a specialty in native plants and antique roses.

Suzanne Longley established her company in 1996 after earning a Master Gardener Certification from the Harris County Extension Service supported by Texas A&M University. She also owns and operates Suzanne Longley Farms a wholesale tree farm in Brenham, Texas, which has become grower for Bayou Bend. Suzanne enjoyed a stellar career as prima ballerina with the Houston Ballet. "Gardening is where I can apply my artistic passion," she says. "A garden is the slowest of the performing arts. I love creating beauty that elevates the spirit."

See Suzanne's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/2/17 @ 2:00pmComplimentary Admission

Bobby McAlpine

Born in an Alabama sawmill town, Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur, he envisions home as a timeless, graceful, and emotionally evocative place. From the time he founded the firm in 1983, he has realized this ideal in a diverse array of traditional styles and regional vernaculars for clients all over the country and abroad. Today, known simply as McALPINE, the firm now embraces a brilliant and eclectic family of architects and interior designers with offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and New York. They have been listed on Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List. Their designs include hundreds of residences, restaurants, private chapels, follies in a public park and on private lands, hotels, a school, a rehabilitated town, and a family compound on a private island in the Caribbean. Their extensive portfolio has been widely published in several books and many periodicals including VERANDA, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, ELLE DECOR, SOUTHERN LIVING, HOUSE AND GARDEN (both US and British editions), GARDEN AND GUN, COASTAL LIVING, MILIEU, and TRADITIONAL HOME. Bobby’s popular furniture line, McAlpine Home, is available nationwide. He holds both architecture and interior design degrees and he continues his lifetime of learning in the world’s classroom. Bobby’s critically acclaimed first book, The Home Within Us (2010), quickly became and remains a Rizzoli bestseller. His second book, Art of the House (Rizzoli 2014), was co-authored with his interior design partner Susan Ferrier. His much anticipated third book, also from Rizzoli, will be released in October.

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Bailey McCarthy

Bailey McCarthy started Biscuit in 2012 after working in interior design and recognizing a hole in the market for quality, heirloom bedding. Biscuit's bedding and pajama line are classic and colorful, rooted in the tradition of the south and manufactured in the USA. Bailey's work in interior design has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Southern Living, Country Living, Coastal Living, and House Beautiful. Biscuit's flagship store is located in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, and has a loyal nationwide following.

See Bailey's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/2/17 @ 2:00pmComplimentary Admission

Amanda Nisbet

Since its beginning in 1998, Amanda Nisbet Design has become one of the most distinctive, sought-after creators of refreshing and abundant elegance. The designer’s signature bold embrace of form, color and texture is held in exquisite balance. Amanda Nisbet Design has enlivened exclusive residences in North America and Europe, resulting in gracious and welcoming interiors that express Nisbet’s special alchemy of refinement and livability.

Despite her formal art history training and years at Christie’s auction house, Nisbet prefers to upend the usual design rules, in favor of a fresh, energetic approach that draws as much upon intuition as tradition. Mixing function and style, classical motifs and contemporary idioms, in rich and unexpected ways, Nisbet never loses her sense of wit and whimsy. According to Nisbet, a designer’s first and foremost job is to create a home for living that answers a client’s needs, wishes, and dreams. Incredible style does not fall victim to function in Nisbet’s carefully curated designs. Instead, her designs lie in the perfect equilibrium of splendor and practicality. Nisbet keeps both her company and number of active projects small, ensuring her involvement with – and commitment to – every home she creates.

In addition to her interior design work, Nisbet’s eponymous textile line is available to the trade through four showrooms: Studio Four (New York), Harbinger (Los Angeles), Travis (Atlanta), and Tigger Hall (Australia). The success of Nisbet’s textile line sparked its expansion to a line exquisite wallcoverings, which are also carried by Studio Four, Harbinger, Travis and Company, and Trigger Hall. The unique character of Nisbet’s designs is reflected in her lighting collection, created in partnership with The Urban Electric Company. A boutique rug line, sold exclusively through Studio Four, is the result of the collaboration between the creative minds of Nisbet and Kyle Bunting. In 2014, Amanda launched her first comprehensive furniture and lighting collection in partnership with Niermann Weeks. The popularity of this collection inspired a sequential collaboration, between Nisbet, Niermann Weeks, and One King’s Lane.

AND projects have been showcased in numerous publications, among them Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, New York Spaces, Oprah at Home, Traditional Home, Veranda, The New York Times, Town & Country, and The Washington Post. Nisbet remains a frequent and popular speaker about design, in general, and AND’s work in particular. Her first book, Dazzling Design, was published by Stewart Tabori & Chang on September 15, 2012.

In 2017, Amanda Nisbet Design looks forward to expanding into the realm of e-commerce and continuing to create spaces of luxury and livability.

See Amanda's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/1/17 @ 2:00pmComplimentary Admission

Danielle Rollins

Author of bestseller Soirée Entertaining with Style (Rizzoli 2012), contributing editor for Veranda, and lifestyle editor for, Danielle Rollins has quickly become one of the nation’s leading lifestyle experts. She has combined her vast creative energy, writing acumen, and exquisite eye for detail to unveil her website, On the site, she shares her uniquely chic view on Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining TM by reinventing time-honored traditions for contemporary living. Recently, Danielle has launched her new design firm, Danielle Rollins Interiors. She has been busy working on many projects including a home in Sandy Springs, a 200 foot boat in the Mediterranean, a bachelor’s condo in Columbus, and a hacienda in Mexico.

Veranda calls Danielle a “genuine expert—a natural born entertainer” and Southern Living, to which she has been a frequent contributor, proclaims her “Atlanta’s preeminent hostess and tastemaker.” Her book has garnered praise for both its beauty and practicality on various websites and blogs, including Martha,, Things That Inspire, and Stylebeat. Danielle has also received coverage in Women’s Wear Daily, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Post. She has been featured on several TV morning talk show segments as well as national and local radio shows.

Mixing a dash of glamour with an approachable flair, Danielle sets the standard for Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining TM. Channeling the style of Grace Kelly, the wit of Lucille Ball, and the decorating and entertaining approach of Dorothy Draper (mixed with a little fantasy from the ever-imaginative, flamboyant Elsie de Wolfe), she inspires and encourages others to celebrate any and every opportunity to create a memory.

Especially meaningful to Danielle are the contributions she has made to the Atlanta community by serving as a co-founder, chair, or member of various charities and boards. She is particularly proud of her efforts in establishing one of the city’s most popular events, Women of Style and Substance Annual Luncheon Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which was inspired by the healthcare professionals who cared for her daughter following a near fatal accident. She is dedicated to issues involving children’s healthcare and education.

A native of Dallas, TX, Danielle now lives in Atlanta with her children and beloved pets - two dogs and a cat. She is passionate about traveling, cooking, gardening, and all things design related.

See Danielle's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/1/17 @ 2:00pmComplimentary Admission

Margot Shaw

Margot Shaw was a late bloomer in floral design. A self-proclaimed “call-and-order-flowers girl,” Shaw reached a watershed moment when planning her daughter’s wedding. Working alongside the floral and event designer, she recognized the artistry and inspiration involved in “flowering” and soon began apprenticing with the same designer.

Unable to locate a publication that spoke to her passion, she set about creating one. Flower is a floral lifestyle magazine that inspires, entertains, and educates readers with a point of view that stems from seeing life through a botanical lens. From private and historic gardens to stylish weddings to tastemakers in the floral, event, and interiors world, Flower brims with the people, places, and things that inspire us all.

See Margot's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/2/17 @ 2:00pmComplimentary Admission

Hallie Henley Sims

Hallie Henley Design is a Houston, Texas based interior design firm committed to creating timeless, sophisticated and comfortable interiors that are reflective of the individuals who inhabit them. Owner Hallie Henley Sims leverages multiple years of experience in the hospitality and high-end residential design fields to create spaces that are fresh, tailored and eminently chic.

Hallie's background includes a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from the University of Oklahoma coupled with a Master of Arts Degree in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Hallie began her career at the hospitality design firm Duncan Miller Ullmann Design, working on boutique hotel projects in the US and abroad in China. Hallie then went on to fine tune her design talents working for the award-winning residential design firm Courtney Hill Interiors in Houston, Texas. Hallie's portfolio of work includes new ground-up construction projects as well as full-scale renovations.

Hallie lives with her husband and their two-year-old daughter in the historic Heights neighborhood of Houston. In her spare time, she enjoys trolling estate sales and FaceTiming with her nieces, Ruby and Lulu.

See Hallie's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/3/17 @ 1:30pmComplimentary Admission

Bill Stubbs

William W. Stubbs & Associates is all about meeting people’s needs, because Bill Stubb's life is about meeting people's needs.

When Bill works for individuals, he is directed by their need for a home that serves their lifestyles, nurtures their innermost being, and lifts their spirits each time they walk in the door.

Named to the AD 100, Architectural Digest’s list of the World’s Top Designers and Architects, Stubbs’ award-winning designs have included renovations of historical buildings, private homes and estates, vacation retreats, and even the interior design of a large corporate jet. Stubbs’ holistic approach to each project defines his style and success.

When he works for real estate developers and builders with homes on the market, he uses his skills to enhance the environment toward that goal. He is motivated and inspired by stretching his abilities to exceed the expectations of his clients.

His recent projects have taken him around the world to Kiev, Moscow, London, Hawaii, Acapulco, Palm Beach, Colorado, the Pacific Coast, San Antonio and Houston. He has been blessed with a large arsenal of creative people with whom he collaborates.

He is also host of Emmy-nominated Moment of Luxury, a lifestyle series seen on PBS nationwide, and is an in-demand speaker in the design and luxury lifestyle circuits. The New York Times calls his style “rollicking, dishy spritz” and “enthusiastic and fun-loving.” Bill brings to Moment of Luxury the artistic eye, adventurous spirit and extensive knowledge that has made him one of the world’s leading interior designers.

The iconic Liz Smith said in New York Daily News: “No wonder they call him ‘the Indiana Jones of interior design.’” Nicholas Von Hoffman, of Architectural Digest commented “Bill Stubbs is like a carbonated drink. He has an enormously winning personality. He is optimism. He is hope. He is sunny vistas.” And Entertainment Weekly marveled: “Finally a guy with nicer taste than ours.”

Bill is also holding court in the blogosphere with Creating Your Classic Life,, a platform to share his fascinating life journey of collecting, admiring and creating classic lifestyles for his clients, family and friends.

Bill’s homes have been featured in Architectural Digest on numerous occasions and he is a regular guest on Good Morning America, BRAVO, Martha Stewart Living Radio and in national print profiles such as The New York Times and People Magazine.

See Bill's Designer Walk @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/2/17 @ 4:00pmSold Out

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney, one of America’s best-known interior designers, is the president and owner of Dorothy Draper & Company, Inc. located in New York City. It is the oldest established and continuous interior design firm in the United States and is named after the founder of the company, Dorothy Draper, one of the doyennes of interior design in the United States from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. The Varney design philosophy stresses the use of bright colors and the rejection of all that is impractical, uncomfortable and drab. In embracing this practice, he continues the tradition of Dorothy Draper by being associated with the imaginative use of vibrant colors, floral patterns and bold contrasts.

Varney is associated with the restoration and decoration of countless hotels and resorts all over the world, among them: Adare Manor, Dromoland and Ashford Castles (Ireland); The Waldorf Towers and Plaza Hotel (New York); Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (Michigan) ; The Colony and The Breakers in Palm Beach (Florida), and The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs (West Virginia). In years past, he was the design consultant to the Carter Presidential Library and for numerous State functions at the White House. He also restored and redecorated the Official Vice President’s Residence in Washington D.C., the Governor’s Mansion in West Virginia, and the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo, Japan. His versatility in design can be seen in the wide range of products that have borne his mark, ranging from fabrics, wallpapers, scarves, carpets, furniture, lighting, dinner ware, crystal, and linen designs.

His line of fabric designs for Dorothy Draper Fabrics & Wallcoverings grace the private residences of his impressive roster of clients which include superstars from the worlds of entertainment (Joan Crawford, Van Johnson, Jimmy Nederlander), politics (Presidents Carter and Bush, Vice President Quayle), royalty (Princess Yasmin Aga Khan), and business (Rockefeller).

Carleton Varney is the author of over thirty books on interior design and also two novels, Kiss the Hibiscus Good Night and The Decorator. He is also the author of a well loved weekly syndicated newspaper column with The Palm Beach Daily News, titled “Your Family Decorator.” His original design blog now appears on One of his recent books Mr. Color is a title bestowed on him for his bold use of color.

Varney was named in 2005 as one of 30 Deans of American Design by Architectural Digest and has been featured in the magazine over 25 times. In 2015, the Las Vegas International Market awarded him the Design Icon of 2015. He is a member of the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame. He has received the Tommy Award, Shelby Williams Award and Restaurant, and Hotel Design Platinum Circle Award for his interior designs to name a few.

A native son of Lynn, Massachusetts, he was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree - and the University of Madrid, Spain. He obtained his Master of Arts degree at New York University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Charleston, West Virginia, and founded the Carleton Varney School of Art & Design in that institution. Carleton Varney is also the proud father of three sons, Nicholas, Seamus, and Sebastian.

See Carleton's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend - 12/1/17 @ 2:00pmComplimentary Admission

Russell Windham

As a founding principal of Curtis & Windham Architects, Russell Windham has established a practice committed to the classical tradition. From his wide-ranging travels, work, and study of both European and American architecture he combines a sculptor’s sense of scale and proportion with a deep interest and understanding of architectural styles and ornamentation. For Mr. Windham, what takes a building beyond mere structure and elevates it to an architectural experience is applying with a skillful hand, lessons learned from the study and appreciation of traditional and classical architecture. A native Texan, his early architectural career was formed in London and the East Coast before returning to Houston to collaborate with William Curtis in 1992.

Mr. Windham is currently Chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and has served as President of the Texas Chapter, as well as the Board of Directors for the national organization. In 1999, he and William Curtis received that organization’s Arthur Ross Award, which honors architects working in the classical tradition. He has lectured and exhibited in Texas, Rome, and at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York. He has published work in Architectural Digest and Southern Accents, also in The Art of Classical Details, a book by Phillip James Dodd. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Mr. Windham has served on juries at various architecture schools throughout the United States.

See Russell's Design Panel @ Theta Design Weekend: 12/2/17 - 2:00pm Complimentary Admission
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