Finally! Set Design takes the Stage again at the 2016 Interior Design Society Conference in Dallas on April 1st, via @sarahsarna.


So many of my friends, fellow bloggers, and readers are interior designers. All of us have attended a talk or a conference within the Interior Design Industry, and have perhaps done both. As aesthetes and as professionals, we know that the set design of Designer speaking events and conferences could really use a helping hand. At events I’ve attended over the years, a solitary stool, maybe two, and a microphone have been the main, or the only set design.


This is why it’s great to hear that the Interior Design Society has asked Barbara Viteri to again produce and host a live speaking event – with full set design –for the 2016 IDS National Conference in Dallas next week. On the shoulders of Viteri’s breakthrough success with the hit online show, Designerlebrity™ Talk, the Designerlebrity™ brand was born. For last year’s 2015 IDS Design Show, Barbara partnered with up-and-coming decorator Christine Conte to design the set for her Designerlebrity™ Interview with the Million Dollar Contractor, Steve Fanuka. The set design collaboration was so well-received that it was featured in a two-page article in House Magazine.

In her second Designerlebrity™ Building a Breakthrough Brand presentation, Barbara Viteri has selected a panel of brand trailblazers: Nina Magon of Contour Interior Design, Jennifer Wagner Schmidt, Creator of Box of Chic, and Nick May, creator and host of The Chaise Lounge podcast.


Barbara Viteri’s movement to feature set design in interior design speaking events will gain further momentum in Dallas next week at the 2016 IDS Conference. In her second Designerlebrity™ Building a Breakthrough Brand presentation, Barbara has selected a panel of brand trailblazers: Nina Magon of Contour Interior Design, Jennifer Wagner Schmidt, Creator of Box of Chic, and Nick May, creator and host of The Chaise Lounge podcast. A passionate believer in the importance of diversity, Barbara’s Designerlebrity™ panels always represent multiple cultural backgrounds, “I think it’s important to show how colorful our industry is, as monochromatic can get boring in any situation,” she says.

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Set design for the Designerlebrity™ Building a Breakthrough Brand presentation at the 2016 IDS National Conference on Friday April 1st at the Dallas Market Center will be presented by Dallas-based interior designer, Barbara Gilbert. Home furnishings will be provided by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, lighting by Arteriors, and handmade art panels will be provided by worldwide distributed artist, Alex Turco.

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  • Hi Debbie, Wow, sounds like you two are meant to work together! Thanks for your kind words about Christine! x, Sarah

  • I’ve had the pleasure of being commissioned by Christine Conte to repurpose a table in her client’s home. If you think that set was great, you should see an entire house that she designed!

    I was fortunate enough to be part of the IDS LI Design Showcase, and it was so much fun to see the set in person, and see how Christine paid such attention to every single detail. And Barbara was a FABULOUS host, which is no wonder she was asked to the IDS National Conference. True professionals!

    Debbie Viola

  • Wow, Christine, thank you for your thoughtful comment. Now, in turn, you’ve made my day! I’m honored to have you as a reader. x, Sarah

  • Thank you Sarah for mentioning me and my design project that I created for Barbara Viteri and the IDS LI Design Showcase starring Steve Fanuka. It was so much fun to work with Barbra and to take her personality and ideas along with Steve’s personality and profession and turn them into a set design. And I am such a fan of your blog, it has truly made my day to open ups today’s post and read this! I will have a smile on my face for the rest of the day!!