2013 celebrity & expert appearances
HGTV's Love it or List it
Jillian Harris first charmed an audience with her irrepressible humor and emotional honesty on ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” She will now have the chance to share her wealth of experience in the design industry as co-host of Love it or List it Vancouver.
A self-proclaimed “polished redneck,” she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty or climb a ladder with heels on. Whether applied to design or daily life, she carefully combines elements of the metropolis and country, low brow and high class, and the classic versus the absurd. From ATV’ing and campfire roasts to perusing the shops of the Merchandise Mart for design trends- or searching endlessly for the perfect pair of heels- Jillian’s motto about ‘doing it all’ never rests.
Having previously hosted Canada's Handyman Challenge and having worked as a designer on Extreme Makeover: Home Addition, co-hosting Love it or List it Vancouver is a natural fit for Jillian.
Project Runway Season 6
Christopher Straub is a fashion designer who made his debut on Season 6 of Project Runway: a competition reality program where fashion designers are creatively challenged week after week to show their skills while meeting the guidelines of each challenge. He won top honors on the first episode and continued to show the judges that he has the potential for greater things. After filming Project Runway Christopher continues to design from his hometown in Shakopee, Minnesota. Straub has many pieces in development including handbags, fashion accessories, apparel and even home décor.
HGTV's Design Wars
Leading designer Kelly LaPlante, who taught the design community that “green is a standard, not a style” took her philosophy to the next level when she launched the digital magazine Standard in September of 2010. Standard is a über-stylish design magazine where the focus is on featuring thoughtful, exemplary design on every page of every issue.
LaPlante, who is based in Austin Texas, also continues to work on exceptional design projects including a Caribbean Eco-lodge on the island of Dominica and a spectacular new B&B resort in Driftwood Texas. Her collection of couture-inspired designs for Fireclay Tile launched to rave reviews in 2012 and she is currently developing several licensed collections, to be released with various companies in 2013.
Colette Brown is an
Accredited Member (AM) of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) with
12+ years of experience in the antique and estate liquidation business.
She is also a member of the North Texas Chapter of ISA. Her appraisal
specialty is in Household Content for taxes, equitable separation of property
due to death or divorce, insurance, charitable donations or estate
planning. She is USPAP certified.
Ms. Brown specializes in,
but is not limited to, the appraisal of antiques, collectibles and residential
contents. She can also help you with your estate liquidation, internet and high
end auction needs.
Susan Sturdivant, PhD., ISA, CAPP, a Certified Member of the International Society of Appraisers. This designation is awarded only after passing written examinations, presenting evidence of extensive practical experience and submitting sample appraisals to the national organization. She is Past President of the North Texas chapter of ISA, the largest ISA chapter in the country.
Her training includes the Westbrook School of Appraisal nine-month course in Antiques & Appraisal; seminars at Colonial Williamsburg; and at the Historic New Orleans Collection. She also has advanced training in Antique Jewelry; Antique Silver & Ivory; Asian Antiques; Quilt Restoration & Conservation; Antique & Contemporary Needlework, including American Schoolgirl Samplers; Native American Art & Jewelry; and Oriental Rugs. She has made both national & local presentations on antiques and appraisal including seminars on Antique Linens & Needlework, and on Appraising Needlework for the national conference of the American Needlepoint Guild. She served as local consultant for FOX-TV’s new appraisal show Buried Treasure starring Leslie & Leigh Keno.
Antiques have been Maggie's passion since she discovered Art Nouveau hatpins at college. A serial collector, she tends to collect one thing at a time, learn everything she can about that category, and move on to a new area. Her current interests include world globes, doorknockers, doorstops featuring women or dogs, sterling baby rattles, marbles, miniature portraits, chatelaines, and tussie mussies. She has always had a special interest in Victorian and Edwardian jewelry.
Maggie is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers and the Association of Online Appraisers, and an active member of the North Texas Chapter of International Society of Appraisers. To keep professionally current with trends in the industry, she participates in continuing education courses in areas including Oriental Rugs, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAPS), fine arts appraisals, ethics, and business practices.
Model My Home
Uselton is a National Speaker for the Real Estate Industry and started her own
business in 2002, Model My Home, which has since become the largest exclusive Home Staging
business in the world. As part of the National Association
of Expert Advisors™, Jana continuously works to educate agents, investors, and other
Home Stagers to grow their business by selling top dollar homes quickly.
in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, Jana and her incredible team of professionals office
out of a large facility, ready to transform any home into a showcase.
Model My Home team has also been featured guests and seen on several networks,
such as: Fox, ABC, WB33, and HGTV to show results and help educate the public
on the importance of Home Staging in today’s market. Their nationally syndicated Real Estate Talk radio
show can also be heard weekly on 1160AM KVCE.
Lorraine Brock is a professional organizer, family coach, speaker, and Founder and President of Get Organized!. Her company’s focus is motivating individuals to organize home, business, and life based on need and function. She strongly believes that organizing your home and life will have a positive impact on productivity at home, growing your business, or efficiency at the office.
A popular media guest, Lorraine has been on Good Morning Texas, Good Day Fox, various radio outlets, and many local, regional, and national print and online magazines. She has also presented at the Attention Deficit Disorders Association (Southern Region) Conference and was selected to participate in a panel discussion at the national convention for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, where she discussed the effects of technology on today’s society.
She takes her passion for design very
seriously. She is able to create an outstanding rapport with her
clients by serving them promptly and efficiently, listening to their
needs and incorporating their own unique style into her design all while
staying within budget. In addition to her book, Sylvie has also
written articles on Green Design for national publication and is a
Certified Aging in Place Specialist; giving her the ability to help her
to create interior design so aging clients can stay self-sufficient in
their homes well into their golden years.
Author, Interior Designer
Sylvie is a Interior Designer
native from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and speaks French. She received
her Interior Design Degree in Montreal. She came to Fort Worth Texas
in 1996 with her husband and her 2 boys. Since that time Sylvie has
began following her dreams by learning English and builds her
design expertise to be able to turning her passion into a business.
Today, in this fast paced
life. We all need a place to relax when we come back home from a long
day or for entertaining family and friends. We all deserve a place to
be proud of, functional and who it reflect our lifestyle. But as a
homeowner where do we begin? This is when you need to call her.