JENNIFER BAGGETT AND LIZ BALLARD
Jennifer Baggett and Liz Ballard, best friends and fellow designers, met in design school and migrated to Atlanta together several years ago. Jennifer Baggett’s love for design led her to join the boutique design firm Studio M Interiors, where she specializes in residential, commercial, and multi-family design. She’s also the author of the design blog, Where We Nestle. Her design aesthetic can be described as fresh & bold, focusing on the elements of pattern, texture, and color to create a story that leaves her clients feeling inspired. Liz began her career in her hometown of Athens, Georgia. Go Dawgs! Despite her small town roots, her longing for bright lights and the big city led Liz to a position with a large furniture showroom in the West Midtown Design District of Atlanta where she gained specific knowledge of high end rugs and furniture. She is currently with Design Environments, a multi-family and model home design firm. Liz shares about her blossoming life in the city and her growing career in the design industry on her blog, Canopy.
Angela Chrusciaki Blehm knew she was onto something as a child when a friend’s mother paid Angela $5 to “decorate” her daughter’s room. Angela essentially cleaned the space, but the exhilaration of creating beauty from disorder was addicting.
Many years later after graduating with a BFA in painting from University of Houston, Angela started an art and design business for children’s spaces in Houston, Texas, as a way to combine her love of painting and design.
Three children later and a move to Georgia, most days bustle with the demands of homeschool; but Angela carves time for freelance art and design projects for the sheer love of it. She also writes The Painted House, a blog about offbeat beauty.
HEATHER FULKERSON AND CODY STOCKTON
Heather Fulkerson and Cody Stockton, both I.O. Metro managers and designers, have a passion for creating functional and fresh spaces for their clients. Heather’s signature look weaves patterns, textiles and colors into extraordinary interiors. Cody’s approach blends eclectic furniture, art and accessories to achieve a unique style. Both have the ability to take a client’s personal style, whether traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, and mesh it together with current trends for a timeless look.
Lisa Gabrielson is an interior designer and antique dealer in Alpharetta. Her eclectic, yet approachable style is laced with European flair, which derives from 17 years of living in Florence, Italy. Lisa holds a degree in art history, and followed a path in fashion before returning to her true love of interiors ten years ago. Her projects often incorporate one-of-a-kind pieces from her shop as well as customized hand-painted furniture and accessories. She is a self-taught designer who credits her mother for her design sense and her father for her craftsmanship and business mind. Lisa Gabrielson Interior Design & Vintage Finds can be found at the Queen of Hearts, Alpharetta, at Scott’s Antique Market, and at The European Market on Milton. Recently, she has joined forces with Jennifer Schoenberger of J. Schoenberger Design, to create dream spaces for Atlanta families.
For 20 years, Sherry Hart Designs has been helping clients tell their stories in Atlanta and well beyond the city limits. Her goal is a design that truly reflects the needs, desires, and voice of the client. A big part of her design strategy for a project is to reuse, repurpose, and recycle instead of starting over. Sherry resides in Atlanta, drawing energy from her rescued sheepdogs and inspiration from the beauty of the natural world around her.
Annette Joseph is a photo stylist/producer who specializes in lifestyle editorial images for national magazines with 20 years experience. Her work can be found in national magazines. Her expertise includes photo styling for interiors, food propping and special production projects.
Annette is a regular lifestyle contributor on The Today Show and Better Mornings. Annette is currently working on her first book on home style and stylish entertaining with Rizzoli U.S.A.
JOANN KANDRAC AND KELLY KOLE
Kandrac and Kole Interior Designs, is a nationally recognized interior design firm lead by Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole. This talented duo lives by one philosophy above all…”we relish the hunt, the research and the energy it takes to create unique designs over and over again”. It is this passion for the process of design and the relationships born from it that has clients coming back. Their design style of sophisticated whimsy and signature use of color, paired with their bold, yet approachable personalities affords them double the energy and creative brilliance to focus on other ventures including writing for their popular design blog and staying on the cutting edge of developments in the field of design.
Jessica Knight has been working as a garden designer in Italy for the past 15 years. After graduating from Middlebury College, she earned her degree in Garden Design from the Villa Montalto School in Florence and set up her company Florence Garden Design. Having worked for many years in Tuscany and Umbria, Jessica balances both American and Mediterranean influences in her designs, giving a softer look to the formality of the classic Italian garden and bringing more structure to the flowing English cottage garden style. Jessica has recently moved to Atlanta but continues to live and work part-time in Italy.
Lori May is an Interior Designer in the Atlanta metro area. Her creative blend of traditional design with a modern flair has been featured on Front and Main, Little Black Dress/Little Red Wagon, and HGTV’s Design Wars where she was selected as the show’s top designer.
Her passion for design was honed as a young professional working as a buyer for several retailers including The Bombay Company. Lori has spent the majority of her career traveling the world developing home accessories and furniture, shaping her personal design skills and creating her own distinctive style.
Lori continues her design work through her Atlanta based company Lori May Interiors, LLC.
Niki is a Carolina born & bred designer, artist & blogger who is passionate about great design & outstanding artwork.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she attended Meredith College and Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy to study design and art.
Currently, she is juggling both interior & graphic design clients. In 2010, SingleBubblePop Design Studio was born combining her interior + graphic design services to provide “artfully designed graphics & interiors”.
Jack Poles has been in the design industry for 12 years. He draws from his background of floral design and retail merchandising to create memorable spaces and create timeless design. His talent has awarded him the opportunity to design hot Atlanta properties and featured in magazines like Traditional Home. In 2008, Jack unveiled Wallpaper Your World, a wallpaper boutique located in Snellville, Ga. and just recently expanded with a Fabric Outlet store. As an eco-sensitive designer, Jack has created a boutique that has more updated and eco friendly choices.
HEATHER HOGAN ROBERTS
Heather has been decorating, staging and renovating homes for the past 9 years. She has both residential and commercial experience, and began her design career with T. Duffy and Associates, one of Atlanta’s leading interiors firms. She is the principal of HHR Interiors, as well as the e-commerce site, Ivy and Vine, an online shop for all things vintage and fabulous.
Prior to entering the design world, Heather lived in New York City, working as the Fashion Director for ELLE, JANE, and Allure magazines. Heather’s 12 year career in marketing, advertising and public relations has helped her immensely in developing her own distinct vision, which is a unique juxtaposition of fashion and home décor.
In recent years, Heather’s work has been featured in local and national publications and home blogs including Daily Candy, Elements of Style, Shelter, Jezebel, and The Atlantan. She was also chosen as one of 10 National Designers to compete in Showtime’s “The Borgias” National window design competition. Heather is a graduate of Hamilton College with a BA in Art History, studied Architecture in Spain at the International Institute, and holds certification from The New York Real Estate School.
Dayka Robinson is a California native and Principal Designer designer at Dayka Robinson Designs, the Interior Design firm she founded in 2010. A former Design Assistant on TBS’ Movie And A Makeover, Dayka is the writer of the popular blog, DRD where she blogs about her love for second-hand shopping, antiquing, and estate sale-ing that has become an integral part of her design business.She lives by the 3 R’s (Rescue, Reuse, Reinvent) and loves to show clients how to mix re-imagined vintage pieces with newer furniture & textiles to create a distinct & eclectic look. Dayka has been featured in Canadian House & Home, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Design Sponge, The Atlantan, Atlanta Magazine and more.
Jennifer Schoenberger is a self-taught interior designer born and raised in Michigan. She began her career as a Broadcast Journalist in Michigan before moving to San Francisco to experience life and culture on the West Coast. She and her family moved south to Atlanta where her life-long passion for design blossomed into her current profession. Jennifer, a graduate of Michigan State University, authors the design and style blog Vreeland Road. She resides in the Atlanta Metro Area with her husband, two children and the family fish, Ray III.
OLIVIA NEZEY WESTBROOKS
Olivia Nezey Westbrooks, or Liv as her friends call her, is an Atlanta-based interior designer. Originally from Louisiana, she graduated from FIDER accredited Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Interior Design. She spent many years as an Interior Designer with one of Atlanta’s most prestigious high end interior design firms before forming Liv By Design Interiors, Inc.
Her style is described as sophisticated yet livable, and fresh with a touch of the unexpected. After all, she believes that “design as a creative process should not be taken too seriously.” Carrying over from her Louisiana up-bringing, Olivia injects southern hospitality into every project and client interaction. She walks step by step with her clients throughout the entire design process.
Her creative designs can be seen in homes throughout the South and Southeast, Northwest, and Caribbean. In 2009, Olivia had the honor of becoming a nationally published interior designer. In addition to her achievement of becoming a published designer, she received an American Society of Interior Designer’s Design Excellence Award for a masterful beach condo renovation in Vero Beach, FL.
Olivia’s most recent roll is that of television host. She can be seen guiding viewers through the country’s most elegant homes on the nationally broadcasted show Wealthy Manor, featured on the Resort & Residence Network.