2019 DESIGN PANEL
JANUARY 12, 2019 • 11:00 am – 12:00 PM
Join a lively conversation on design with Elle Decor editor-in-chief Whitney Robinson, HGTV’s Leanne Ford, interior designer Sarah Bartholomew, and designer Eddie Ross.
Whitney Robinson, Moderator
Whitney Robinson was named editor-in-chief of Elle Decor in July 2017. Before that, he was style director at Town & Country, where he assigned, edited, wrote and produced style and interiors stories and collaborated on a wide range of topics throughout the magazine. Robinson was deputy editor of the reimagined Metropolitan Home, and before that, he was a senior editor at Town & Country. He was the co-founder of Qulture.com, a bilingual digital destination for arts and culture in the Middle East. Robinson has written about interior design, fashion, jewelry, food and travel for publications including T: The New York Times Style Magazine, WSJ Magazine and Departures. He began his career at House Beautiful.
• Whitney Robinson on Instagram
Leanne Ford is an American interior designer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ford gained national attention for the 1907 schoolhouse turned home that she restored and designed in her hometown. It was this first personal project where she established the “white on white” signature aesthetic she’s now known for. Featured in Country Living magazine, the house launched her career as an interior designer, leading to projects in Pennsylvania, New York, and Los Angeles, each a reflection of her modern yet lived-in aesthetic.
Ford’s easy vibe and personal style match the stylish yet approachable spaces she creates and curates. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Country Living, Domino, GQ, Lonny, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, MyDomaine, Refinery 29, the New York Times, and more; her bathroom design has been featured on the cover of Bright Bazaar’s latest interiors book, Dream Decor. She is currently the star, along with her brother and contractor Steve Ford, of Restored by the Fords on HGTV, which follows the siblings as they turn some of Pittsburgh’s most dated buildings into magazine-worthy homes.
• Leanne Ford on Instagram
Sarah Bartholomew has been nationally recognized for her signature, fresh take on classic sensibility. Known for interiors that balance beauty and function, layer color and pattern and embody both elegance and practicality, Bartholomew creates timeless, livable spaces to call home.
Born and raised in Virginia, Bartholomew’s love of classical architecture is inherent to her roots. She attended the University of Virginia; founded by Thomas Jefferson, who Sarah considers a great inspiration.
Established in 2010, Sarah has been published in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Southern Living, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Better Homes and Gardens; in addition to being featured on ArchDigest.com, Vogue.com and Tory Daily. In 2018, Bartholomew was named a Traditional Home New Traditionalist and in 2016, a House Beautiful Next Wave Designer. Most recently, Sarah Bartholomew launched a collection for Pottery Barn featuring furnishings and home accessories.
Located in Nashville, Bartholomew is currently working on projects across the U.S. from Connecticut and California to Tennessee and Texas.
• Sarah Bartholomew on Instagram
Eddie Ross is the Co-founder and Chief Content Creator of Maximalist Studios, specializing in environmental photography for the home design and consumer products industries. He has worked as a design, decorating and food editor for Better Homes & Gardens, Food Network, Martha Stewart Living and House Beautiful.
Recognized by design aficionados for his inventive, out-of-the-box approach to decorating and entertaining, Eddie consistently re-imagines the aesthetic possibilities in secondhand finds, imbuing them with a chic and colorful sophistication within everyone’s reach. His sold-out tours of antique markets across the country have empowered devoted followers to find the best things they can and, at the same time, to give new life to what they may already own.
A trained chef from the Culinary Institute of America, Eddie has styled parties and table settings featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living and InStyle. His design work has been published in Domino, Vanity Fair, Country Living and The New York Times. He has also appeared in Bravo’s interior design competition series Top Design and entertaining specials for HGTV.
Eddie lectures widely on the living arts, from food and flowers, to gardening, decorating and entertaining. His first book, entitled Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, was published by Gibbs Smith in September 2015.
• Eddie Ross on Instagram
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