Presenters

Steve and Brooke Giannetti

October 10, 2017
Steve and Brooke Giannetti
Architect and Interior Designer – “Stories & Dreams: Designing a Personal Home”….
Steve Giannetti is a renowned architect who specializes in the unique combination of classical and modern architecture. Since founding the firm in 1994 he has designed homes around the world for clients in nearly every architectural style. Steve is now working on homes in California, France, Connecticut, and Nashville.

Brooke Giannetti runs the company’s interior design studio and is the author of the design blog, Velvet and Linen. She and Steve are the authors of two books, Patina Style and the new Patina Farm, which highlights their home in Ojai, CA. The firm’s work has been published in Veranda, The New York Times, Santa Barbara Magazine, C Magazine, The Los Angeles Times as well as several other publications.

The Giannetti product lines include custom furniture, antiques and a new collection of Giannetti garments designed by son Charlie Giannetti. With a unified philosophy to create only the highest quality, carefully hand crafted product, the Giannetti lifestyle brand continues to expand across the country. Brooke and Steve live in Ojai, CA, on Patina Farm with their children, mini goats, dogs, Sicilian donkeys, sheep, chickens, and Hector, the house bunny.

Presenters

Susanna Salk
November 14, 2017
Susanna Salk
Designer and Stylist – “Decorate Fearlessly with Susanna Salk”
Email: ssalk@earthlink.net
Website: susannasalk
Susanna Salk is a designer, stylist, stager as well as the author of many best-selling design books. Her first was the unexpected hit, “A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style” (Assouline) which stemmed from her upbringing on Boston’s North Shore. Her next books celebrated design, from the personal weekend spaces of style makers in “Weekend Retreats” to “Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play,” which was the first book of its kind to explore design for the junior set. “Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Cues and Confidence from Today’s Leading Designers” (Rizzoli) followed, inspiring people to take design into their own hands. Her 2013 debut of “C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon,” (Rizzoli) was the first pictorial book on the iconic style of C.Z. Guest. “Decorate Fearlessly! Using Whimsy, Confidence and a Dash of Surprise to Create Personal Spaces,” (Rizzoli, 2014) explored the power and panache rooms can have when decorated with confidence instead of rules and “It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff” (Rizzoli, 2016) focused on the big power of the little moments in rooms.
Her latest book “Dogs and Their Designers” (Rizzoli, 2017) is a pictorial celebration of the beloved dogs of some of the world’s top interior designers and the stylish life they share. Salk also hosts the monthly “At Home With” video series on the Quintessence blog, which captures her visiting the homes of top designers and style makers around the globe. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.

Presenters

Bobby Mc Alpine
February 13, 2018
Bobby Mc Alpine
Architect – “Poetry of Place”
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, Poetry of Place (Rizzoli 2017), will be released in October 2017.

Presenters

Ben Page
March 13, 2018
Ben Page
Principal Landscape Architect – “Tradition in Transition – Profiles in Design”
Growing up in Tennessee, Ben Page gleaned knowledge of the land, natural systems, and horticulture during a childhood spent on his grandparents’ and great grandparents’ farms, long before he considered landscape architecture as a career. While he was pursuing a medical education with the intent of becoming a doctor, fate intervened and he discovered a passion for his chosen field. Specializing in residential landscape architecture, his work is richly detailed and often incorporates a deep combination of historical influences interpreted for the 21st century.

Ben Page loves interacting with clients, and highly values the relationships that evolve during a project. He also considers it his great fortune to have had clients who deeply share his passion. As his work has evolved, the influence of his farm roots has begun to assert itself more often, and he has become more involved in horse farm management, hunting plantation management and master planning for environmentally based communities. His work has been published nationally and featured on HGTV, and has received numerous awards. He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with honors in 1973 from the University of Georgia.

Presenters

Brian Coleman
April 10, 2018
Brian Coleman
Author – “Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens”
Email: bricoleman@aol.com
Brian D. Coleman, M.D. is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. Also an old house enthusiast, he has grown his love for restoration and design into an active second career. He is the Editor-at-large for Arts and Crafts Homes and Old House Journal magazines and has written numerous articles on home design. Brian is the author of twenty books including “Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color”, “Scalamandre”, and “Fortuny” among others and most recently “D.Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens”. Brian divides his time between Seattle and New York.