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Outdoor Design Conference

March 7

Discover products and techniques for designing distinguished outdoor spaces at the sixth annual Outdoor Design Conference!

See below for full scheduled CEUs/Featured Presentations

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Beyond the Back Door: A Guide to Determining the Right Material for your Application

Sponsored by: POLYWOOD LLC | Suite 15-105 | .1 CEU
Learn to navigate the wide range of outdoor furniture materials. We will introduce and discuss variety of outdoor materials and offer insightful features, benefits and tricks of the trade to useas a guide to helping you design the outdoor room.
Speaker: Lindsay Schleis, 14 years of industry experience

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Senior Living and Aging in Place: Tailoring Outdoor Environments For Your Clients’ Needs

Sponsored by: Anacara Co | Suite 14-127 | .1 CEU
Jon Yedinak, managing editor of Senior Housing News, will lead a panel discussion with industry design experts in Senior Living and Aging in place. Learn about trends and incorporating exterior products in your next project.
Speaker: John Yedinak, Managing Editor, Senior Housing News.

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Living Design

Sponsored by: Castelle | Suite 1576 | .1 CEU
Sustainability is alive and living well Outdoors – present how companies in outdoor are manufacturing in an environmentally friendly way and how designers can set themselves apart in exterior design. Casual Trends based on recent research of the outdoor segment will also be provided.
Speaker: Doug Becht, IDCEC Certified Instructor

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Technology Systems and Products for Outdoor Spaces

Sponsored by: Artisan Electronics Group | Suite 1486 | .1 CEU
Today’s homes have technology everywhere. This market has grown beyond simple audio and video options. This course will provide design and build partners with a familiarity with outdoor technology options and how the environment influences outdoor technology choices. Additionally, participants will discuss the infrastructure, and equipment needs and options to ensure a successful project! Real-world examples will be provided throughout the course to ensure attendees understand the relevance of these principles on any outdoor project.
Speakers: Ken Walker

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Open Houses | Tablescape | Lunches

Enjoy networking and visiting participating showrooms during this time. A variety of showrooms will serve lunch, light appetizers and drinks.
New! Outdoor Tablescapes by Designers. Designers will be partnered with a showroom to showcase their spring tablescape. More information to come!

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Gardens. Greens & Great Design!

Gloster | Suite 1452 | .1 CEU
Explore, get inspired, discuss ideas and find sustainable solutions for incredible urban gardens, exquisite design, self-sustaining interior plant scapes. Gloster will present a panel discussion with experts. Delicious vegan treats, wine & fun!
Speakers: Janet Shiff, Interior Designer Blutter Shiff, Ashley Joyce, Design Services & Gwyneth Webber, Horticulturist Chicago Specialty Gardens & Moderated by Kimberly McNatt, Managing Director Central CTL

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Designing the Outdoor Room

OW Lee | Suite 1572 | .1 CEU
Explaining different ways to turn your backyard into an outdoor room. Functional and comfortable with plenty of room to entertain. Live example of Sunbrella fabrics tested against bleach, wine, etc.
Speakers: Doug Sanicola, Owner Outdoor Elegance Patio Design Center, 2017 ICFA President

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Elevating Outdoor Living “Understanding Outdoor Materials and Educating your Client”

CAI Designs | Suite 1495 | Featured Presentation
View the new Montecito Collection as we welcome Scott Gregory, Director of Sales or Palecek. Scott will present “Understanding outdoor materials and educating your client.”
Speaker: Scott Gregory, Director of Sales for Palecek.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Color Trends for 2019 with Annmarie Fabbi of Sherwin Williams Patio Renaissance

Suite 1520 | .1 CEU
more information to come…

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