Design Panel Lecture
  • Robert Leleux
  • Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller
  • Mary McDonald
  • Nathan Turner
Music City CenterSat, Feb 4 11:00 AM Not Available
Event Type:Lecture


Robert Leleux is the author of two books, "The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy" and "The Living End."  His essays and articles have appeared in such publications as "The New York Times," "The New York Times Magazine," and "The Huffington Post."  He was the managing editor of "Lonny Magazine," and the editor or "domino."  He is also the founder of the Southern Style Now Festival & Showhouse.


Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier and Company Interiors, are a husband-and-wife duo who create rooms that are a confident mix of timeless and contemporary design-both familiar and fresh at once. Always refined and sophisticated, light-filled and airy, the Carriers’ work ranges in style from elegantly traditional to luxuriously minimalist to glamorously bohemian.  Their rooms often feature subtle patterns and neutral palettes punctuated by bursts of exuberance and unexpected mixes of high and low, old and new. 

Their newly published book, Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors, showcases their chic and elegant design. Jesse and Mara write of their approach, DzDecorating is, and always has been, all about the mix. A room’s style-a home’s style-derives from the pairings, the compositions, the accents, the details. Unexpected choices in scale, material, or placement, a daring use of bold color or finish, may arrest the eye and stop Offering tours of the private spaces of highly influential tastemakers in the fields of fashion and media, Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors features the homes of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue; Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Esquire; fashion designer Jason Wu; and photographer Annie Leibovitz; among others. 

Named to the prestigious Architectural Digest AD100 and the Elle Décor A-List, the Carrier’s have garnered accolades from the world’s most prestigious publications including Architectural Digest, Vogue, Town & Country, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Oprah and World Of Interiors.

Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller met in their senior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked for a number of AD Top 100 interior designers before forming their own firm, Carrier and Company Interiors, in 2005. They live in New York City with their two children.


Mary McDonald is an award winning, internationally published Los Angeles-based interior designer. She is the one of the stars of Bravo TV’s “Million DollarDecorators” & "Property Envy" series and has been ranked as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers. She is the author of "Interiors: The Allure of Style" from Rizzoli publishing and has been honored as one of the top 25 designers by Veranda Magazine. Her licensed product lines include two acclaimed fabric collections for F. Schumacher & Company, lighting for Robert Abbey, rugs for Patterson, Flynn and Martin, and furniture for Chaddock Home.


As a fourth-generation Californian, Nathan Turner grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, surrounded by a large, extended family. Deeply rooted in California’s heritage, Nathan’s childhood took him to many of the state’s most quintessential environments: From weekends family spent at his family’s Northern California ranch where they would ride horses, raise cattle and cook farm-to-table meals (decades before it became a cultural obsession) to long afternoons in the family sailboat, exploring every nook of San Francisco’s TK Bay, to summers spent in La Jolla and Laguna Beach.

Nathan’s upbringing also took him beyond his beloved home state at a young age. He learned the value of travel early in life, and now has traveled to every continent. And it’s both Nathan’s passion for traveling the world and his intimate familiarity with California’s design heritage that has informed his own aesthetic. Whether inspiration comes in the form of his take on English/Bohemian style, or from some of his favorite places such as Istanbul and Mexico city, Nathan draws upon this broad range of aesthetic influences to give his work a distinct cultural layering that is as once global in scope and highly personal to each client. 

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Nathan successfully merged his greatest passions-- design, travel and food--into his eponymous shop. Nathan’s store has become an expression of his years traveling, his love of simply prepared, elegant food, and a commitment to exploring his ever-evolving sense of interior design. As a faithful source for the country’s leading interior decorators, as well as some of the most stylish individuals from coast to coast, Nathan’s shop has become an iconic part of the Los Angeles design landscape. The consummate host, Nathan has become known for his stylish and entertaining parties. Having played host to the likes of Carolina Herrera, India Hicks, Carolyne Roehm, Anya Hindmarch, Chris Benz, Serena & Lily and Soledad Twombly to name a few, Nathan is known for creating highly elegant affairs that nevertheless maintain an accessible friendliness that epitomizes his version of the well-lived life.

Nathan starred in Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, a show focusing on the lives of successful Los Angeles based designers as they navigate the high-pressured design world. In 2008 Nathan Turner for Elite Leather was launched and can be found in Bloomingdale’s stores across the country. In 2012, Abrams published Nathan Turner’s American Style,  a lifestyle book authored by Turner. Nathan is a regular entertaining expert on The Today Show, and has appeared on Extra, CBS The Early Show, TBS’s Movie and a Makeover, CW Now, Good Day LA, and Good Day NY. Nathan’s designs, parties and products have been featured in major national and regional publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Vogue, Veranda, Domino, Vogue Living, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Details, Food & Wine, and C magazine.

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Doors open at 10:00am