Cosagach: the traditional Gaelic/Scottish term for cozy, warm, well. Science shows that our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being are intricately linked to the outside world yet we spend 90% of our lives indoors. Join Lisa Kahn, Founder of Lisa Kahn Designs, as she shows how to extract and infuse natural elements into our interior environments that actually help encourage renewal and well-being. Learn and discover how to create a sanctuary inside for your clients and yourself.
First impressions count! That’s why your design presentation HAS to create the "wow" factor, so your prospective clients buy into your vision and say YES, every time. Get ahead of your competitors by learning how to create a dramatic presentation that will have your clients captivated and wanting more.
Expert designer Elle Cole shares her innovative and sensational ideas and fail-safe tips for presentations that will create the right buying mood and have your clients lining up to sign on the dotted line! A question and answer segment with follow.
Join celebrity designer Mikel Welch, Founder of Mikel Welch Design, on this intimate tour of Contemporary Furnishings on Floors 10 & 11 in IHFC. Mikel will take you through his favorite finds, highlighting what’s new and innovative in contemporatory design on each floor.
Mikel runs his interior design business Mikel Welch Designs and works as an on air personality and design expert for Steve Harvey. Here, Mikel has shown the show’s 2.2 million viewers tips and tricks for renovating unfinished basements, designing sophisticated masculine spaces and creating luxury looks at affordable prices. In this role, he has created lavish greenrooms for prominent personalities, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, Halle Berry and Tyler Perry.
The public first became familiar with Mikel’s signature style – his bow-tie, relaxed, fun and enthusiastic personality – when he appeared on HGTV Design Star’s Season 7 in 2012, where he finished as a top four contender. Mikel was also chosen to be one of 26 designers participating in the 2015 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, and served on the Inaugural Designer Committee of the 2015 Antiques, Garden & Design Show.
His designs have been featured in The Huffington Post, HGTV Magazine, Essence Magazine, Chicago’s NBC-TV, HGTV’s Shop This Room and The Fabulist on E! Network and Splash magazine.
Mikel has recently been profiled in CS magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors and Crain’s Chicago Business, and is the newest designer on TLC’s Trading Spaces. Mikel resides between Chicago and New York City.
Let’s face it, you didn’t get into the interior design business to sell, you got into it to be a creative force and transform people’s environments. Well, you actually can stop selling and earn more when you understand what to do instead. No one likes being sold to. You’ll learn the simple strategies that will have prospects and clients saying “yes” to your design services, product, and packages without feeling like a slick or sleazy salesperson.
This is the designer’s path to profit without ever selling. Key tips you will learn are: How to Make an Unforgettable Connection so Your Prospect Becomes a Client; 3 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Find Out Everything You Need to Know About a Potential Client; How to Stop Selling Furniture and Focus on the True Transformation You Provide; Master Your Positioning as an Expert at Design and Knock Out the Competition; How to Get Your Client’s Investment (aka budget) When They Won’t Tell You and much more!
Designers, bloggers and social media maestros not only have their finger on the pulse of what is hot today, they influence consumer demand tomorrow. To get a first-hand look at what designer & trendsetter Kerrie Kelly, FASID, Founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, thinks is trending at High Point Market this spring, spend an hour on an intimate guided tour with her. Join Kerrie, as she takes you through some of her favorite finds on all three floors of The Suites at Market Square – the largest and only presentation of temporary exhibits and a must-see for every designer and retailer looking for what’s new and innovative! Sponsored by IMC-DesignOnHPMkt.
Northern California interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. Kerrie is an award-winning interior designer, author and contributor, product designer and multi-media consultant, helping national brands reach the interior design market. Kerrie is a Fellow, Board Member and Foundation Trustee of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); Houzz Pro Advisory Board Member; and Member of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). She is also an avid representative, speaker and on-air talent for Outdoor Living and Livable Design initiatives and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).
Kerrie has authored two books: Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide with Sunset Books and My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education. Recently named as one of the Top 200 Design Influencers in the Home Design Industry by fixr.com, Kerrie is the Interior Design National Spokesperson for Zillow Inc., writing monthly articles for their website and speaking to media outlets about interior design reaching Yahoo!, NY Times, Forbes, Globe and Mail and Wall Street Journal. She also writes a monthly design column for Style Media Group.
Kerrie launched her “Blue my Mind” tile line with TileBar in 2016; and Feizy Rugs line and Zeev lighting collection in 2017 while debuting her #BlondeFox accessory collection with GO Home Ltd. in October 2017. She looks forward to continuing to add product to her current collections throughout the 2019 market season.
Mingle with colleagues and get your henna on at High Point Market! We'll have a henna tattoo artist available in Jaipur Living Showplace 3300 on Saturday, April 6 from 1pm to 4pm. Light refreshments will be available.
IIMC's highly-anticipated TrendWatch program returns to High Point Market this Spring to give attendees an inside look at leading trends shaping the home furnishings industry. TrendWatch, both an opening-day seminar and three on-site trend displays, is directed by home furnishings trend forecaster, editor and curator Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media. Julie will present upon the three key design directions she predicts will most impact home furnishings market in the future: ORE, ECO and CHARGE .
These big picture trends are influenced by consumer insights and creative intelligence from the interiors, fashion and consumer product arenas. Julie will offer insight into how these trends will influence interior décor and product designs for furniture, upholstery, fabrics, decorative accessories, and more. The popular Trendwatch seminar gives designers the inspiration and creative insight to meet the needs of their clients in the years to come.
Look for the three TrendWatch displays as you shop IMC properties: Suites at Market Square Lobby, IHFC Green Lobby and the walkway between IHFC and Showplace near the Transportation Terminal.
Market is all about product and trends, but our extensive list of educational seminars and signature programming offer attendees the chance to hear about color, design and consumer influences impacting purchase decisions. It’s all part of the Market experience! Check out the schedule and explore opportunities that include everything from architecture to global trends to the business of bedding. And don’t forget to take advantage of the many opportunities to network and socialize!
International Market Centers and DesignOnHPMKT bring a strong series of original programming that will appeal to designers, buyers and retailers this fall – offering attendees a wealth of choices to connect with peers, become educated on industry trends, earn CEU credits and get insights on important issues impacting the future. Take advantage of these great resources, register to attend Market today!
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