Speakers


KEYNOTE LECTURE

Friday, February 1   •   11 a.m.

Designing, Building and Living in Paradise

Faith Hill with Ray Booth and Bobby McAlpine moderated by Leslie Newsom Rascoe, MILIEU's design director.


Grammy-winning superstar Faith Hill, alongside interior designer Ray Booth and architect Bobby McAlpine, will bring the tropics to Music City with a cultivated discussion on the design and construction of Faith and husband Tim McGraw’s Bahamian island home and the serenity of living in a private paradise. Leslie Newsom Rascoe, MILIEU’s design director, will lead the conversation highlighting the collaboration between architect, designer and client, as well as the planning process and special challenges posed by the island project. Faith, Ray and Bobby will also share the inspiration behind the design of the several other homes they have built together, including Faith and Tim’s family home in Nashville and other houses that are more than 100 years old.

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DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE LECTURE

Friday, February 1   •   2 p.m.

Pillow Talk: A Design Scene Power Couple Builds Their Dream Country Home

Interior designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer moderated by Susanna Salk


Interior designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer, whom 1stdibs called ‘a power couple in the New York design scene,’ come from different ends of the aesthetic scale, and yet in their work together they have found unexpected inspiration in their singular approaches to design. Join them, and acclaimed author and design expert Susanna Salk, for a lively conversation as they open the doors to various inspiring projects from around the country and take you on a tour of their own exuberant country house, a personal collaboration that leads to a rich, coherent and colorful design—with some surprising results. There is nothing more revealing than someone’s own home, and in this talk you will experience the behind-the-curtain anecdotes and stories that reveal how a house really comes together, and how this charming couple achieved true aesthetic harmony.

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LIFESTYLE LECTURE

Saturday, February 2  •  11 a.m.

Find Your Personal Style: Making a House a Home


Our original speaker, Carolyne Roehm, has been hospitalized and forced to cancel the remainder of her book tour. We are pleased to announce that Bunny Williams will take her place as speaker for this lecture.

For three decades Bunny Williams has built a legacy of superior design and is revered as a leader and champion for the design industry. Rooted in long-lasting and valued relationships with clientele, Bunny Williams is one of the most respected voices in the evolving history of design. Be the first to see a new body of work that will be featured in her soon to be released book Love Affairs with Houses. Come hear Bunny’s signature advice for creating rooms of comfort, ease, and elegance for the way we live now. Bunny will share ideas on how to find your personal style and make a house a home, giving tips on everything from easy entertaining and flower arranging to collecting antiques and updating rooms with modern touches.

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ENTERTAINING + FLORAL LECTURE

Saturday, February 2   •   2 p.m.

Farm-to-Table Florals & Flavors


Join Greg Campbell and Erick New, co-owners of Garden District in Memphis, Tennessee, and Elizabeth Heiskell, a cookbook author and celebrity chef who operated a catering business and vegetable farm in Oxford, Mississippi until she reinvented her culinary path as a regular on “TODAY Show.” Greg, Erick and Elizabeth have been intertwined for more than 20 years. It all started with Elizabeth’s wedding in the middle of a Mississippi Delta cotton field in the pouring rain. This event should have ended their friendship, but instead it bonded them as friends for life.

Elizabeth will share stories from the Delta flatlands to the Oxford hills while demonstrating her favorite seasonal vegetable dishes––recipes you can prepare in a few minutes and impress your guests with time and time again. Greg and Erick will complement Elizabeth’s creations with tablescapes using flowers sourced from family-owned farms across the U.S. and abroad that are showcased in their new book Florists to the Field.

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