14th Floor Event Space – Thursday Oct. 13 @ 11am
D&D Keynote: Rising Stars of Interior Design
Join this year’s Rising Star designers Courtney McLeod and Michelle Murphy, as well as previous winner Tina Ramchandani, as they chat with Homes & Gardens Editor-at-Large Kaitlin Madden. They will discuss what it means to be a rising star in this industry, for them as designers and for their business. From getting projects placed in publications and using social media to grow their profile to knowing when to say yes and when to say no to opportunities, these award-winning designers will share their insight and experience in this lively discussion.
Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning full-service design firm based in New York. Courtney believes in the power of design to spark joy and utilizes a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create a singular and cohesive expression of each client’s unique personality and lifestyle. The name Right Meets Left reflects her design process – rooted in an optimal balance of innovative design (right brain) and analytical rigor (left brain). She serves as a Trustee of the New York School of Interior Design. In 2022, Courtney debuted on the ELLE Decor A-List & 1stDibs 50, while celebrating the 10th anniversary of her firm.
At Tina Ramchandani Creative (TRC) we design warm, modern interiors that fully capture our clients’ polished lifestyles. Our passion — Soulful Minimalism™ — allows our clients to experience life surrounded by the things that matter, so they can focus on the people that matter.
We set the design vision and provide strong implementation, allowing our clients to move into beautifully completed homes. But “beautiful” isn’t the whole story…having a home designed to function perfectly, easily, and completely tailored to our clients is just as important.
Into our signature style, we incorporate our global perspective, and our infatuation for amazingly crafted, custom elements. We go wherever the work takes us, bringing our love for beauty, and obsession with design, to each of our homes.
Tina’s work has been nationally recognized by publications including Elle Décor, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Cottages & Gardens, Lonny, Gotham, and Cover. She was most recently named a “2018 Next Wave” designer by House Beautiful, A Star on The Rise by the D&D Building in New York, and was awarded the Innovation in Design Award by Cottages & Gardens.
Tina resides in Manhattan with her husband Ajay and her spunky dog Figaro.
Michelle Murphy, Founder + Principal Designer of Demi Ryan
Versatile, bold, and refusing to be boxed into one style or aesthetic, Michelle Murphy of Demi Ryan is a designer to watch. Originally from New York and now rooted in Chapel Hill, NC, Michelle is branching out all across the United States and her work is getting national recognition. Encouraged with a multilayering approach, Michelle creates spaces that are unlike any other.
The perfect balance of style, beauty, tradition, and panache, Michelle’s eye for design is impeccable. With a diverse portfolio that includes new builds, celebrity clientele, and projects with ties to her favorite charities, her talent is a gift to the interior design world.
With the support of her Demi Ryan team as well as her PR partners, Michelle brings the whole package: approachable and pleasant demeanor, extensive knowledge, experience of showhouses and events, and a high professional regard. Her showhouse experience includes HGTV 1999 Madame CJ Walker Showhouse; Villa Lewaro, Irvington on Hudson NY; and the 2003, 2004, and 2005 New Homes and Ideas Dream House Raleigh, NC.
Kaitlin Madden Armon is Editor-at-Large for Homes & Gardens magazine. She started her career as a local lifestyle editor with Modern Luxury’s Michigan Avenue magazine in Chicago. After a move to Boston, she took a role as the managing and online editor at New England Home, where she discovered a love of all things interior design. She’s focused her career on interiors ever since. She joined Homes & Gardens in 2021, covering the US interiors industry.
Homes & Gardens was established in 1919, as the UK’s first home-interest magazine. More than 100 years later, Homes & Gardens have built on this print legacy and are now the fastest growing home interest website in the world. They have grown into a global publication, covering design throughout the world, with a focus on the US market.