2018 speakers & celebrities

Vern Yip

vern yip

One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC's Trading Spaces and during his over ten years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers

Vern's past HGTV projects include four seasons of his own show titled Deserving Design with Vern Yip and two seasons as host and designer of HGTV Urban Oasis. His HGTV work also includes eight seasons of HGTV’s top-rated prime-time series HGTV Design Star and several seasons of Bang for Your Buck, where he served as the show’s host and design expert. Vern’s most recent HGTV project, Live in Vern’s House, chronicled the building of his dream beach home. 

Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs. With an undergraduate education from The University of Virginia, a M.B.A. and Master of Architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and a honorary Doctorate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Vern has used his varied educational background to build a distinguished business. His creations and room transformations range in budget from the notoriously frugal showcased on television to eight-figure projects for high-end clients nationwide. Regardless of the budget, Vern's design calling card is his attention to detail married with precise, clean-lined interiors balanced with a sense of warmth.

Vern will appear on stage Friday at 6pm & Saturday at 1pm & 4pm.

Kyle and JustinKyle and Justin Peek

Whether it's a backyard paradise or an over-the-top, show-stopper pool, audiences tune into the DIY Network's hit show, Pool Kings, each week to see what Kyle and Justin Peek have built for lucky homeowners.

Audiences love these dramatic pools with top-of-the-line features such as cascading waterfalls, playful water slides, crackling fire pits, refreshing swim-up bars, gourmet outdoor kitchens, and luxurious outdoor living spaces. So much so, season one of Pool Kings boosted DIY Network's Monday night ratings by 62%.

The Peeks, who own Tennessee-based Peek Pools and Spas, are currently shooting season two of Pool Kings, which will premiere May 2018.

In addition to Pool Kings, Kyle has been featured on HGTV's Cool Pools and has co-hosted DIY Network's America's Most Desperate Landscapes.

Kyle and Justin will appear on stage Friday at 2pm, Saturday at 6pm, and Sunday at 11am.

Marcelle Guilbeau marcelle guilbeau

Award-winning interior designer, Marcelle Guilbeau, creates soulful designs that stir the senses. Inspired by life and all its imperfections, Marcelle listens to the heartbeat of a home and uses its rhythm to create livable spaces that redefine luxury.  Her award winning designs have  appeared in Domino, Curbed,  NFoucus, StyleBlueprint, Apartment Therapy, and DesignSponge.

What’s Your Soul Style?  The Key to Creating a Soulful Home
Did you know you have your own unique Soul Style?  It’s hiding within all those home design pin-boards and magazines you’ve collected over the years – but never knew what to do with.  When you discover your Soul Style that is unique to your own taste and lifestyle, you can stop spinning your wheels, trying to “find yourself” in all those trends.  You will come away with a clear focus on your home design project, and a way to move forward.  By knowing your Soul Style, you can build on it over time, adding “layers”, and thus beginning to have fun again with all those trends and pin-boards.  Want to find out how?  Join Marcelle at her talk, What’s Your Soul Style?  The Key to Creating a Soulful Home. 

Marcelle will appear on stage Friday at 5pm & Sunday at 3pm.

Bohnne Jones

bohnne jones

Bohnne Jones, an award winning business owner and interior decorator, is the only Nashville Decorator to be featured in the new book “Love Your Home”. 
Bohnne has been providing Nashville area homeowners with fantastic products and solutions for residential and light commercial for over 10 years. She’s a dynamic designer who has worked on design projects from Massachusetts to California.

www.bohnne.decoratingden.com (615) 469-7334 bohnne@decoratingden.com

Bohnne will appear on stage Friday at 1pm, Saturday at noon, & Sunday at noon with her topic,  "Love Your Home" a collection of "Problem solved!" before and after makeovers. 


mary hance

Mary Hance, Ms. Cheap, writes a frugal consumer column and welcomes your tips on how to save money and time. She loves helping people stretch their dollars and is always looking for good sales and creative penny pinching strategies.   The Ms. Cheap column, which has been running for more than 23 years, appears through the week and on Sundays in The Tennessean. 

A native of Senatobia, Miss., she learned her thrift from her frugal parents – her bargain savvy mother and her father who was an Episcopal priest and bishop. She grew up in Mississippi and in Memphis, and graduated with honors from the University of the South at Sewanee, with a degree in English. In 1976, she started with the Nashville Banner as a copy clerk and worked her way up to cover the local, state and federal courts, the police beat, Metro government, and worked as an editorial writer, a business writer and assistant business editor. When the Banner closed in 1998, she and her Ms. Cheap column moved to The Tennessean. She and her husband Bill have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. 

Mary will appear on stage on Friday only at noon.