Rydhima Brar grew up in Kuwait, where her childhood was filled with breathtaking design & architecture, helping out with her father’s construction business. In 1990, the effects of the Gulf War drew Rydhima and her family to leave their home in the cover of night for another country. Returning to Kuwait after the war, I experienced the rebuilding of our home, and the rebirth of a nation. As her father then rebuilt his business, she helped him organize his building materials and sample libraries, always complaining but secretly loving every minute of it. Learn more about Rydhima Brar.
Everick Brown is an interior designer with clients throughout the United States and abroad. Based in New York, he launched everick brown design in 2009 to dedicate 100% of his time to creating modern, elegant homes for a discerning clientele.
Recognized as one of the Top 20 African American Interior Designers, Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas is the owner and Principle Designer at Interiors by Design (IBD) based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her loyal client base continues to grow from the expansive tri-state area known as the DMV, which encompasses Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. A highly creative and seasoned designer Dennese has a diverse national client base as well, with projects ranging from primary homes to vacation/second homes across the US and in the Caribbean. She attributes much of her success to her commitment to establish meaningful and trusting relationships with her clients. Dennese believes that client trust is essential to her professional and business growth. Her client relationships enable her to introduce innovative designs that reflect both client lifestyle and elegance in all of her projects. Her clients all appreciate her impeccable eye for detail and her commitment to leave no detail unattended. She creates luxurious surroundings and makes it affordable for every client!
Since founding her boutique, Washington, DC design firm, Shawna has been recognized for her clean and refined design approach. Shawna Underwood Interior Design is faithful to providing clients with quality and functional design that create timeless, bespoke interiors with turnkey service.
Monday, September 20, 2021
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Location: IHDC 1D209
Patti Carpenter and Amy Schwartzbard join the entire cast of designers for this grand finale discussion moderated by Camille Kauer, Founder of The E-Spot, about their experience in the industry.
Rasheeda Gray is the owner and Principal Designer of Gray Space Interiors (www.grayspaceinteriors.com), a full-service design firm in Philadelphia devoted to curating timeless, balanced, and contemporary spaces. Rasheeda’s path into design begins at the end of a fifteen-year c-suite career in Marketing and Communications, with the nation's top insurance companies.
Iantha Carley has been energizing homes with her signature passion for color and pattern since she started her business in 2005. She delights in helping clients realize they can live in beautiful environments that can still stand up to the rigors of daily life. Iantha’s guiding philosophy is to transform and elevate her clients’ most cherished possessions within an environment that’s invigorating yet enduringly personal and familiar. Having previously worked at Century Furniture and in textiles for Kravet and Lee Jofa – companies run by generations of American families – Iantha always puts a premium on craftsmanship that’s produced at home. “That’s really important to me – well-made furniture, and sourcing things that are made in the United States. It’s always important to support American manufacturers and craftspeople,” she says.
David Santiago is an award-winning designer and owner of Casa Santi Interior Design (www.CasaSanti.com) established in 2011. He caters to clients who seek the unique, creative details that elevate a project blending his traditional sensibility with the unexpected, known as his signature and trademark "Santified". His Strictly Santi brand was created as an umbrella brand in 2018 and since then, David launched several products; a lighting collection with American Brass & Crystal Lighting and a wallpaper collection entitled The Passport Collection, catering to hospitality and residential markets with Bijou wallcoverings. David is known as the “Prince of Wallpaper” highlighting his ability to master the art of wallpaper application on every project. David is acknowledged by the High Point Market Authority as an influencer.
Amy Lynn has a 30-year tenure in the Design and Furnishings industry. Born with a paintbrush in hand and a unique creative sensibility, she found her home in design. Amy has applied her talent in many areas. A 16 year home furnishings retailer, a 25 year + residential designer, a 7-year manufacturer’s rep, and an 8-year boutique hospitality designer. Amy is a savvy businesswoman, advocate, coach, world traveler, and a mother to a very special 29-year-old daughter, Justine. The Kaleidoscope Project is the culmination of her years of experience and passion. She cherishes her industry relationships and is committed to excellence in all that she does. Amy supports these industry organizations, NewH, ARTs, IDS, Withit, IHFRA, IFDA. Amy splits her time between NYC and The Berkshires. You can find her in museums, the theater, a concert, or walking the city for inspiration.
As an international expert in trend research, analysis, and forecasting, Patti Carpenter is the principal of carpenter + company, an award-winning firm focused on identifying trends in home décor, personal accessories, fragrance and gifts. She began in the world of fashion, and has since developed a career identifying the impact of global color and trends on the world of interior design.
Patti has designed, sourced and created private-label collections for leading international brands including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, Donna Karan Urban Zen, Sferra and Ralph Laruen. Much of this work was hand made by artisans around the globe. As a recognized leader in trend forecasting, Patti serves as a consultant for Pantone and is the Global Trend Ambassador for the prestigious Maison & Objet trade show in Paris and America. She sits on the Advisory Boards of SERRV International and the Black Artists and Designers Guild (BADG). She is also a member of the IFDA and ART. Carpenter has worked in fifty-seven countries around the world, and calls New York City home.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, interior design has been a consistent theme since Michael Bauer can remember. Bauer now brings his deep-rooted passion for the design community and home industry to his work at Dallas Market Center where he is the Vice President of Home & Design. With a long background in customer service, Bauer’s expertise lies in his instinctual understanding of designers’ needs and seamlessly communicating those needs with manufactures.
Bauer came to Dallas Market Center in 2001 where he worked as the showroom manager for The Mix. After becoming a key account manager for In-Detail and making great strides in the interior design community, Bauer came on staff at Dallas Market Center. Today, he works closely with the design community, along with the events and marketing team at the DMC, to effectively create a successful relationship with designers and manufactures.
Building relationships with interior design associations such as ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IDS (Interior Design Society), is a continued priority in Bauer’s long-term goals as he understands that partnerships benefit all parties in the quickly growing home design industry. Michael was the 2020 President for the IDS/DFW Chapter and is now on the IDS National Board of Directors for 2021-2022.
Awards include ASID Texas 2018 Kathy Hammond Industry Partner Award, 2019 IDS President’s Award for Outstanding Service and Support and ASID Texas Outstanding Sponsor Award and the 2020 DIFFA/Dallas Legacy of Love Award: Recognizing outstanding individuals that have significantly supported DIFFA/Dallas and its mission in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Principal and Co-Founder Beth Bender specializes in new client and strategic partner acquisitions for The Dove Agency. Beth has developed a team that expertly provides back-office operations for interior design professionals, from strategic planning and consulting to targeted marketing solutions. Additionally, Beth oversees human and organizational development services and she also manages strategic growth strategies at The Dove Agency.
Goddard Design Group, founded by Chris Goddard, is located in Northwest Arkansas and specializes in high-end residential and commercial projects. With clients in Arkansas, across the U.S. and abroad, the firm’s approach encompasses styles from the classically traditional to the ultra-contemporary.
Javier Leiva is a Mid-south Emmy award-winning producer and writer. He is also the creator and host of Pretend Radio, a documentary-style podcast about people pretending to be someone else. Javier has also worked in marketing and advertising for more than 15 years. He started his career producing documentaries and television news. He quickly transitioned to marketing and has created content for some of the biggest brands in the world: Red Hat, FedEx, AutoZone, IBM, and Hilton. Today, he’s a Digital Associate Creative Director at Red Hat in Raleigh, NC.
Jake Mason is the founder and President of USA Dodgeball. A former choreographer for film and television, Jake shook up the sports world when he created WeHo Dodgeball, the USA's largest and most inclusive dodgeball league in 2009. As an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Jake has worked social justice issues into the foundation of the dodgeball world, using his positions nationally, and internationally as VP of the World Dodgeball Federation, to ensure the conversation on diversity, equity, justice and inclusion remains an integral part of the sports community. Jake also teaches dance to kids at elementary schools and at his own PopDance Summer Camp program in Los Angeles, CA.