Welcome to the First Annual DESIGN LIVE


On September 15 and 16, California Home + Design and Coupar Communications kicked off the first annual DESIGN LIVE,  a two day design summit on San Francisco’s Sacramento Street, presenting inspiration, celebrating talent and sharing ideas and opportunities amongst the Bay Area’s design community.


Thursday began with a lively discussion led by Chairish CEO Anna Brockway, on what design trends are in and out. Panelists included; Cassandra LaValle of CocoKelley, Martha Angus of Martha Angus Inc, Jeff Holt of HEWN, Hillary Thomas of Hillary Thomas Designs, Nancy Evars of Evars + Anderson, Allison Bloom of Dehn Bloom and Benjamin Dhong of Benjamin Dhong Interiors.

Love or Hate, hosted by Chairish


The day continued with a very informative converstaion hosted by Paragon Real Estate Company around strategic home investments to increase the value. Moderated by Alf Nucifora of the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco, the expert panel included Ruth Krishnan of Paragon Real Estate, Julie Lloyd of Clive Christian Interiors, Jeffrey Smith of Michaan’s Auctions, Antonio Martins of Antonio Martins Interior Design and Josh Grout of Aaron Gordon Construction, Inc..

Investing in Your Real Estate, hosted by Paragon Real Estate Company


The next topic covered the Power of Showcase Design with experts Krista Coupar of Coupar Communications, Annie Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors, Julie Rootes of Julie Rootes Interiors, Interiors and Photographer David Duncan Livingston.  

Krista Coupar and panel at the Power of Showcase discussion

Guests celebrated the launch of the design summit by enjoying drinks and bites at Spruce while making memories in the Clive Christian photobooth. 

California Home + Design Publisher Ali Grosslight and Rachel Daunais of ATGStores.com

Julie Lloyd of Clive Christian and guests in the Photo Booth

The Coupar Consulting Team

Krista Coupar and Kay Evans

Marge Ling and Valerie Lasker of the NKBA

California Home + Design Associate Publisher Kelly Stucker, Chairish’s Mugs Buckley and Robert Imbriaco

The California Home + Design Team

Jeff Holt of Hewn, Landscape designer Katherine Webster, Antonio Martins of Antonio Martins Design

Peter West of Hewn, Liddy Walseth and Kelly Stucker of California Home + Design

Danielle Johnson and Olivia Chapman Goss of Costentino, Cristina Tudor of Cambria

Dierk Herbermann of Paragon Real Estate Company and guest

The Clive Christian Team



Highlights of Day two included a complimentary hour of advice from designers Emilie Munroe of Studio Munroe, Regan Baker of Regan Baker Design, Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors, Courtney Lake of Monogram Decor, and Cynthia Spence of Cynthia Spence Design on where to splurge and where to steal when designing. 

Krista Coupar hosting the Splurge vs. Steal discussion


The final design discussion on California’s Global design influence featured Bay Area design legends Ben Ospital of MAC, Paul Wiseman of The Wiseman Group, Amir Mortazavi, Founder of M-PROJECTS & Co-Founder of CANOPY, and Philip Wood. The day ended with a fun shopping stroll along Sacramento Street at the Cambria Pop-Up Gallery, Hillary Thomas, Baboo and Alyse Grace. 

Thank you to all of the sponsors who supported the first year! Stay tuned for more details on the 2nd Annual DESIGN LIVE, happening in 2017. 




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