Design Chicago

Join us Wednesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 28th 2020 for Design Chicago, the Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference featuring two days of education, product features and design inspiration from the kitchen, bath and home furnishings showrooms at the Merchandise Mart.

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SAVE THE DATE Design Chicago 2021

Save the Date: Design Chicago 2021
In-Person October 27-28, 2021 at theMART

The Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference: A two-day trade event featuring presentations by industry experts, CEU seminars, new product debuts, open houses and much more

WHAT: Design Center at theMART and LuxeHome will host Design Chicago 2021, the Midwest’s largest residential design conference, October 27–28, 2021 (Wednesday-Thursday) in person at the Merchandise Mart. The two-day event will welcome leading interior design, architecture and luxury custom home building professionals for educational and innovative programming in the 100+ showrooms on the Merchandise Mart’s 1st, 6th, 14th and 15th floors, which feature the finest in kitchen, bath and home furnishings.

WHO: Design Center at theMART, the world’s largest resource for custom indoor and outdoor home furnishings and interior design (Floor 6, 14, 15) and LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation (Floor 1)

WHEN: Design Chicago 2021, October 27-28 (Wednesday-Thursday), 2021

WHERE: Merchandise Mart
Floors 1, 6, 14, 15
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
In-Person at theMART

REGISTER: This is a trade-only event. Complimentary admission to all daytime programming for trade professionals. Details on registration coming soon at

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About Design Center at theMART
The Design Center, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, the Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, customizable, residential and outdoor home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 750,000 square feet, boasting more than 125 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the ultimate resource for designers and design enthusiasts of luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting and much more. For more information, visit Follow Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.

About LuxeHome
LuxeHome is the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. With more than 125,000 square feet of showroom space featured in over 45 boutiques, LuxeHome is host to the finest products for home building and renovation from the most recognized and respected manufacturers worldwide. LuxeHome offers discerning homeowners and trade professionals one-stop shopping convenience with access to the finest kitchen, bath, tile, lighting, cabinetry, appliances, countertops and much more. LuxeHome displays the widest selection of products to suit all upscale design styles, from modern European to classic American to traditional English. In addition to the extensive lineup of premier brands, each boutique offers knowledgeable designers who are available to assist with all phases of each design project. For more information, visit Follow LuxeHome on Facebook and Instagram

About theMART
theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in culture, art, business, fashion, media and more. As the largest privately held commercial building in the United States, it is one of the world’s leading commercial buildings, wholesale design centers and the preeminent international business location in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day and nearly 10 million people annually. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and showrooms, theMART serves as a business hub for interior designers, architects, contractors, business owners and buyers, and recently has become home to Chicago’s most creative and technologically innovative companies including Motorola Mobility, 1871, Yelp, PayPal and MATTER, as well as Fortune 500 companies Conagra, Allstate, Kellogg, Beam Suntory, and Grainger. theMART was awarded LEED Silver Certification in 2007 and LEED Gold Certification in 2013 and in 2018.

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Instagram for Business in 2021

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Instagram for Business in 2021

May 19, 2021 │ 11:30am CT │ Zoom Webinar Presentation

Lizzie Campbell is back to help you take your Instagram game to the next level. While creating beautiful images for your feed is important, using the app to promote your business in 2021 takes much more than just pretty pictures. From Stories to Reels to infusing strategy into your content, she will be covering all the things you need to stand out on Instagram in 2021 and beyond.

In this session, you will learn how to:
•Build your brand
•Attract a qualified audience
•Understand the algorithm and use it to your advantage
•Find and interpret insights and analytics
•Use a scheduling tool to plan, manage and automate content
•Attract new business leads

This presentation will inspire you to harness the power of social media to your advantage.

Lizzie Campbell
Lizzie Campbell is a designer, business coach and strategist for creative business owners. She has grown an engaged and enthusiastic audience of over 50,000 followers, and her clients have been featured in publications such as Buzzfeed, Glitter Guide, Altitude Summit, and Popsugar. Lizzie is passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs build beautiful, impactful brands online and off through brand and website design, social media strategy, and more.


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The Soul of Design: Understanding the Neuroscience of Beauty, Color & Pattern

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The Soul of Design: Understanding the Neuroscience of Beauty, Color & Pattern

April 21, 2021 │ Noon CT │ Zoom Webinar Presentation
Uplifting clients is at the heart of what designers do. Not only can it be fulfilling, but a space that makes clients feel good, even better, can help your business. Join author of Ode to Color and product designer Lori Weitzner and interior designer Lisa Staprans for a presentation that illustrates how understanding the neuroscience of design and color can help elevate mood, inspire creativity, and strengthen your business.

Attendees are encouraged to take Lori’s online Ode to Color quiz prior to the event:

In this presentation you will learn:
• How the personal connection to color and pattern can impact everyday lives and wellbeing
• To create spaces that elevate emotional state
• The neuroscience behind design choices that assist in physical and mental health

This presentation will give you actionable ideas to help impact your clients and the designs you create for them.

Lori Weitzner, Principal and Creative Director, Lori Weitzner Design
Lori is internationally known for her contributions to the world of textiles and wallcoverings under the brand Weitzner. She has translated her aesthetic into collaborations with such renowned brands as Sahco, Samuel & Sons Passementerie, Perennials, West Elm, Artistic Tile and Papyrus. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cooper- Hewitt and Smithsonian Design Museum among others. She is the recipient of more than twenty-five prestigious design awards and often lectures before audiences around the world on engaging the senses and finding inspiration in the world around us, both natural and man-made.


Lisa Staprans, Principal, Staprans Design (San Francisco, CA)
Lisa believes that artistically driven and emotionally connective interiors have the ability to transform one’s entire state of being. Lisa first fell in love with design while studying art history, art and architecture at UC Berkeley. She continued her education at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York. Lisa has received awards from AIA for her work on the Portola Valley Town Library, a platinum LEED-certified project, and from ASID for a 3,400 sq. ft. Single Family Home, and for a 5,600 sq. ft. Residential Mountain Retreat project. Lisa is currently working on her first book, The Soul of Design.


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Your Mindset Matters: Create Focus and Increase Productivity

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Your Mindset Matters: Create Focus and Increase Productivity

March 18, 2021 │ 11:30am CT │ Zoom Webinar Presentation

You know you can’t keep doing things this way. The constant stress of being behind, details slipping through the cracks, and your revenue not reflecting your late nights. You have a bigger vision for your interior design business, but when each day feels like a grind, there’s little time or energy to devote to creating the life and business you truly desire.

Former interior designer, now Certified Life & Business Coach, Desi Creswell has the solution to this common struggle. If you are stuck in the spin of the day-to-day you will not want to miss her upcoming presentation, Your Mindset Matters: Create Focus and Increase Productivity.

Is this presentation you will learn:

  • The number one thing you can do to stop feeling so overwhelmed
  • How to create focus in your day and eliminate reactivity
  • A combination of mindset and practical tools you can utilize to increase your productivity immediately

Not only will you walk away with actionable next steps, you will have the opportunity to ask Desi your questions live and get the support you need.

Desi Creswell, Certified Life and Business Coach
Desi Creswell is a Certified Life and Business Coach who helps interior designers intentionally achieve success with more freedom and fulfillment. An awarding-winning interior designer who has worked for world-renowned design and architecture firms prior to establishing her own design practice, Desi is uniquely equipped to empower her clients with an essential blend of industry specific expertise and mindset coaching. Her passion is to help designers build thriving businesses that enrich and support their lives as a whole. Desi is a co-author in LuAnn Nigara’s forthcoming book A Well Designed Business, Power Talk Friday Experts: Volume 2.

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