A few days ago, we were able to announce our inaugural #designhounds Napa event, exclusively hosted by Signature Kitchen Suite and we are now able to share that, beyond a full immersion program at the company’s Experience & Design Center and beyond some of the regions finest wine and culinary experiences, Signature Kitchen Suite has made a commitment to all design professionals by allowing us to host an exclusive edition of Modenus Talks featuring valuable design business and marketing insights by LuAnn Nigara, Leslie Carothers, Claire Jefford and Carla Aston. Please stay tuned to #dhsks19 and #SKSNapaEDC for more information on these important conversations. Learn about our speakers and each panel discussion below.
LuAnn Nigara began her career more than thirty years ago as a co-owner of Window Works, an award-winning window treatment and awning retailer in Livingston, NJ. She’s also host of the top-rated interior design podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, which airs 2x per week on iTunes, Stitcher and iHeart Radio. Her podcast is the definitive resource for interior design professionals interested in operating a profitable and productive business. LuAnn is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from work-life balance to making decisions that make a difference. She recently appeared as the opening ceremonies keynote speaker at the 2017 IWCE (International Window Coverings Expo) in Charlotte, NC, and as a featured speaker at the 2017 Design Blogger’s Conference in L.A. These days, her expertise is in high demand online and on television. She has recently appeared on the Blissful Bites podcast, Business Building Rockstars and HouseSmarts. Her book, The Making of A Well-Designed Business®, is available on Amazon.
Carla Aston is an interior designer with a boutique design firm in the Houston, TX area, creating beautiful, functional homes for her clients for the past 15 years. A BFA in Interior Design and 9 years working in architectural design firms provided a strong, practical background prior to starting her own business.Carla has been sharing her passion for design with her blog readers, consistently, since 2012. In addition to full service design, Carla offers email Q&A consultations and e-book guides that answer of some of the most common design dilemmas she has seen through the years.
Named one of Home Furnishings Magazine’s 2018 Top 40 Most Inspiring Women In Home, Leslie Carothers is the CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership and Savour Partnership.
She is an internationally recognized brand strategist and authority on social media marketing and passive income generation for the interior design and home furnishings industry. Through her work, she helps businesses reach their goals faster in the short term and #DesignWealth, 24/7, into their online presence, in the long term, in order to build sellable assets.
Claire Jefford began her award winning Interior Decorating firm in 2011 & quickly grew her business, boasting the highest reviewed design professional in the Greater Toronto area with 100 houzz reviews. In 2017, Claire started a second business as a Business Coach. With a background in Human Resources, Claire is passionate about having organized processes, marketing & she also loves creating videos. Audiences love Claire for her authentic personality, her helpful, straight up advice & cheeky sense of humour. Voted #3 Top Influencer 2 years running by Modenus, Claire does speaking engagements, panel discussions & live video broadcasts from various events across North America. She also runs a highly active Facebook group, Interior Design Business Strategies, with over 3500 design professionals from around the world.