Win Tickets to Decor + Design Melbourne's International Seminar Series

Melbourne, here I come!

Aside from catching up with all my wonderful Melburnians, I'm itching to get back to Melbourne for the
Decor + Design and Furnitex conferences this July. Although rebranded from the previously called Decoration + Design, if past events are anything to go by, attendance is a must - so much designer eye candy! (I've posted about past events here). Furnitex and Vivid are always a highlight, and the international and local speakers they organise are truly inspiring. We are super lucky enough to have double passes to each D+D International Seminar Series speaker to give away - more information on the giveaway at the end of the post!

This year there is a great lineup of local and international speakers, springing from all fields of interior design and architecture, from trend-forecasters to designers.

Kari Whitman, Interior Designer to the stars. Speaker at Decor + Design Melbourne 2014.
{Kari Whitman, Interior Designer to the stars}

I'm particularly looking forward to hearing
Kari Whitman, celebrity interior designer to the stars, including Kristen Bell, Antonio Banderas, Emilio Esteves, Don Johnson, and of course Jessica Alba's gorgeous eco-home seen in InStyle (US) and other publications. Her trademark style is one of ‘eclectic self-expressionism’, incorporating the latest interior styles, salvaged artefacts and reuse of the owners existing furniture, whilst integrating sustainable and pet-friendly design. She proves that eco-friendly design can work for any style.

Jessica Alba and Kari Whitman discuss what to reuse and recycle in her LA home, via InStyle
{Jessica Alba and Kari Whitman discuss what to reuse and recycle in her LA home, via

Victoria Redshaw is the Founder and Lead Trend Forecaster at Scarlet Opus in the UK, an interiors and home-dedicated trend forecasting consultancy. Redshaw has advised clients for more than a decade on the future of consumer and design trends and her seminar will explore key deign trends for interiors in 2015 and beyond.

Victoria Redshaw. Speaker at Decor + Design Melbourne 2014.
{Victoria Redshaw}

Sonia Simpfendorfer is a Director at Melbourne-based design agency, Nexus Designs. Nexus specialises in interior design, graphic design and product placement. Sonia determines the creative direction of each project, delivering interiors that are highly personal, distinctive and enduring. For her seminar at Furnitex, Sonia has distilled the experience of this award winning Melbourne design studio into ten key tips to guide and inspire those seeking to create their own contemporary Australian interior.

Residential project by Nexus. Photo by James Greer
{Residential project by Nexus. Photo by James Greer}

US Interior Designer Kishani Perera is known for her ability to blend the reclaimed with the refined to create beautiful spaces that are both luxurious and liveable. Kishani sources products from an eclectic array of sources – mixing contemporary with vintage – and incorporating pieces from the finest showrooms in Paris to the hidden gems of eBay and Craig's List. She'll be discussing the fine art of mixing high and low, old and new, and bringing new life to old pieces.

Kishani Perera. Speaker at Decor + Design Melbourne 2014.
{Kishani Perera}

Aussie Shareen Joel, Founder and Creative Director of Shareen Joel Design (SJD) and Share Design is pretty friggin' awesome!. She has been described by Belle Magazine as a ‘Creative Powerhouse’ - a designer with more than 20 years of experience across industrial design, interior architecture and product design. In 2011, Joel co-founded Share Design – the ultimate resource for home, interior and design inspiration - and definitely something worth checking out. In fact, while writing this, I got distracted for about an hour on Share Design and adding things to my design file (you'll see!). Shareen teams up with Australian House & Garden to share insights on how she has built and developed her successful business.

Shareen Joel's Sorrento beach house interiors.
{Shareen Joel's Sorrento beach house interiors. Images via Mafi}

Ben Edwards and Juliet Moore established architecture studio Edwards Moore in 2009. Since its inception, the studio has received worldwide attention, with work ranging in scale from private houses, retail spaces, exhibitions and temporary pavilions, to public buildings, with amazing accompanying architectural models (check out their website for more pics!). In their seminar, ‘How Design Happens’, you can go behind the scenes to find out how award-winning duo, Edwards Moore make it work.

Model of The Stratosphere building project in Parramatta by Edwards Moore
{Model of The Stratosphere building project in Parramatta by Edwards Moore}

Decor + Design and Furnitex will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from Thursday 10 July – Sunday 13 July 2014. For the seminar schedule and to purchase tickets visit the website.

For your chance to win a double pass to the speaker of your choice (valued at $100), comment below or send me an email with 'D+D Melb 2014' in the subject, before midnight (Perth-time) on Friday 27th June 2014. Just mention who you would love to see and why.*

*All participants in the competition must be available to attend the event at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on 10th or 11th July 2014 according to the seminar schedule and be in the trade. Register to attend the Decor + Design / Furnitex trade event online. One winner for each seminar will be selected by myself and will be notified by 30th June 2014.

Good Luck!

xo Romona

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