2019 Speakers & Celebrities

Karen E Laine and Mina StarsiakKaren E Laine and Mina Starsiak

Renovate and Revitalize with “Two Chicks and a Hammer

The dynamic mother-daughter duo of Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak is back at it! Just weeks after giving birth to her son, Jack Richard, Mina joined her mom back onset for the filming of the fourth season of HGTV’s “Good Bones.” Karen and Mina share home renovation tips, tricks and trends when they appear at the Home Show on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19.
Vern Yip

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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 has spread the word on digital home makeovers through AOL and worked hand-in-hand with companies such as Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Newell Rubbermaid, Delta, and Porsche. His award-nominated national commercial for the AT&T U Verse Wireless Receiver aired during some of America’s most watched programs, including the 2012 Super Bowl and the 2012 Grammy Awards. In spring of 2013, Diet Pepsi partnered with Vern to release a limited edition Vern Yip can, making him the only interior designer to have ever had his own signature can. Vern just completed over three years with Home Shopping Network (HSN) where he spearheaded the Vern Yip Home line of home décor and still holds the record for most number of sheet sets sold in a single day by a designer brand. Recently, Vern launched the Vern Yip Premium Home Fragrance Collection available through gift and specialty retailers nationwide. In January, Vern launched the Vern Yip for Trend Home Fabric and Trim Collection in partnership with Fabricut. January also saw the premiere of Vern’s newest product collaborations which include a line of lighting with Stonegate Designs by AFX and a Home Décor and Accessory collection distributed through OneCoast to retail at brick and mortar gift and specialty retailers nationwide. And Vern has already begun designing the second iteration of his very successful home fabric and trim line with a projected debut in 2017.

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 can also be seen on Delta Airlines flights across the globe where he is profiled for Delta’s exclusive on-air program On Creativity, showcasing the most creative minds in design and entertainment. 

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. Many elements of his eclectic style demonstrate an influence from his love of travel. Vern has traveled to nearly fifty countries in the past eight years as a travel and design columnist for The Washington Post since 2011, a design advisor to global brands, and as a U.S. Ambassador for UNICEF.  

Vern’s projects have amassed an impressive list of design awards including: 2015 Design Maverick Nominee, 2003 Distinguished Southerner Award, and 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year. Vern continues to be involved extensively in non-profit work and annually awards scholarships at The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, where his family established the Vera Yip Memorial Scholarship after his Mother. He’s also now in his sixth year working with UNICEF as a U.S. Ambassador to help raise awareness of the needs of children around the world. Vern is passionate about his work with UNICEF and designed the 2009- 2015 UNICEF Snowflake Balls that took place in New York’s famous Cipriani and will be returning to design duties for the 2016 Snowflake Ball. He also serves as the Founding and National Chair of The UNICEF Experience and has hosted four installments of the event in Atlanta.

Recognized on the street, in home improvement centers, and in public venues across America, Vern has been prominently featured in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, People, The New York Times, and USA Today. He is frequently seen on NBC's TODAY show, CNN, and Live! with Kelly. In addition to being a New York Times Bestselling Author, Vern is also a travel and design columnist for The Washington Post, a regular contributor to HGTV Magazine and just landed the October cover of Traditional Home. Vern’s first book, titled Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home just debuted, spending nearly a week as an Amazon #1 Bestseller and in the overall Amazon Top 15, and landing at #2 on The New York Times 

Vern will appear on stage Friday, Jan. 25 & Saturday, Jan. 26

Meet the Madcap Cottage Gents

Mad CapJohn Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their passion for prints and pattern, the Madcap gents—along with their pound-rescue posse, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia—scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique viewpoint. Imagine a British country house that pairs centuries-old antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a splash of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.
“If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree,” quips Jason. “We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are bespoke, sophisticated, and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly fun—and always livable. John and I have dogs and nieces and nephews—we get it.” Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; and a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
The Madcap Cottage gents run their firm—an ever-changing design laboratory—from the heart of High Point, North Carolina, the hub for American decorative arts. The Madcaps’ latest book, “Prints Charming: How to Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns,” will debut from Abrams in October 2017. The Madcap Cottage gents’ vintage and antique selections can be found at One Kings Lane and at 1stDibs.com, and their licensed product collections are available through Robert Allen @Home, Howard Elliott, Smith + Noble, and HSN.
Follow the Madcap Cottage adventures on Instagram and Facebook, and read their design blog, Demystifying Design, recently named by Domino magazine as one of the Top 100 Design Blogs, at www.madcapcottage.com.

See them at the Home Show on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24.
Cherie Lowe

Cherie Lowe 

Since 2008, Cherie Lowe has been confidently wearing a plastic crown and encouraging others to dream big dreams.
Together with her husband, Brian, Cherie paid off $127,482.30 in a little under four years. She scribed the ups and downs of their debt-slaying journey on her popular website, www.QueenOfFree.net. Weekly, she appears on WTHR (NBC Indianapolis), sharing tips to help others manage their money well while living life to its fullest.
Cherie strongly believes that something can come from nothing and that there is always a way for her readers to simplify their lives and their budgets. More than anything, through speaking and written word, Cherie longs for others to know that there is hope for getting their finances under control. Her family’s story has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, Redbook magazine, AOL Daily Finance, NBC News, and more. Cherie and Brian reside in Greenwood, Indiana, along with their daughters, Anna and Zoe.

Queen of Free Cherie Lowe shares how you can fight your financial foes, one bill at a time, when she appears at the Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 27.

Liz Henderson


Liz Henderson and her husband, Mike bought their foreclosed home on HGTV House Hunters, shared their room updates on HGTV House Hunters Where Are They Now and renovated their basement on DIY Network's Renovation Realities. With a passion for decorating and a love for people, Liz enjoys inspiring women to spruce up their spaces here in the Midwest. A former radio and television producer, Liz now spends her time creating cozy spaces, welcoming friends into her home and planning special events in Indianapolis.

Desiring to motivate other millennials, Liz enjoys serving as the Events and Experience Coordinator for EDGE Mentoring, an organization designed to sharpen the impact and influence of emerging leaders. 

Follow Liz on Instagram at: @mrslizhendy


Also, see Liz and a panel of local business owners and designers at the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage on Sunday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 27. 

The Artisan Markets Indianapolis 
Home Show 2019 Presentations

Furniture Fashion Show appearing on stage Monday, January 21


Furniture Fashion Show hosted by Angie Brown of Gravel Road Home
If you like a good “before” and “after”, don’t miss this fun furniture fashion show where local artisans from The Artisan Markets Indianapolis showcase furniture and home accessories that have been transformed from beast to beauty with a little creativity and a little paint. Get a look inside the inspiration and creative process and get inspired to make changes in your home decor.
Angie Brown is an Indiana native, living and working in Fort Wayne but she has the soul
of a beach girl. Angie is a wife and mom to three children. She is a small business owner with a hardcore, sometimes neurotic, passion to repurpose, relove, remake, refinish and redo furniture and home accessories into decor that makes people smile every time they see it. Angie laughs hard, loves hard and lives free expressing herself through her creative and imaginative furniture transformations.


All About Upcycling appearing on stage
Tuesday, January 22


All About Upcycling- Decorating your Home with What You Have presented by Marie Lowe of Marie’s Creations and Kellie Schooler of Spring Street Style
Confused about decorating? Frustrated? Looking for a change for your home? Do you want a magazine worthy home but have a very small budget? Join two artisans from The Artisan Markets Indianapolis for tips on how to reuse, repurpose and redo much of what you already own. Marie and Kellie will show you how to breathe new life into your home using what is currently stashed in your closet.  
Marie Lowe, owner of Marie’s Creations, proudly creates one-of-a-kind pieces from rescued, vintage furniture in the Indianapolis area. For more than twenty years, Marie worked successfully as a painting contractor while building knowledge and experience with finishes and color. In 2014, finding the demand for restyled furniture was growing, Marie turned her attention to furniture painting using her decorating knowledge to create beautiful projects for her customers. Marie finds great joy in the creative process.


Kellie Schooler is the owner of Spring Street Style in Zionsville. In 2014, after a journey to  the Big Apple with her son, she was inspired by the hustle and bustle of NYC streets, thus naming her business after Spring Street in lower Manhattan. Kellie realized it was time to jump in and “do” her passion. Kellie has always been artsy (quirky) turning nothing into something. After painting a large vintage kitchen cabinet in 2002, she was hooked and worked to hone her skills. Kellie occasionally offers design work working with clients to furnish and decorate their spaces, but her favorite place to be is in her shop.


Whats your Style? Appearing on stage Wednesday, January 23

Are you a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll? Join us as we discuss popular styles and current trends in furniture. Several local furniture artisans from The Artisan Markets Indianapolis will paint live on stage in different styles demonstrating how to use paint to express your personal style. Each artisan will paint the same style furniture custom built by Sheridan Master Carpenter Tabb Adams of Cross Cut Vintage Designs. Tabb will also share his insights on how to work with a craftsman to have custom furniture built for your home.


There’s history in each piece of Tabb’s furniture, whether it’s a new piece or old, whether Tabb is refinishing your decades-old coffee table or crafting a new mid-century-modern-style desk from trees cut down late last year. He builds your furniture with the skill and care passed down from his great-grandfather, his grandfather, and father. A lineage that crafted buildings still standing today, over a century later. A fourth generation carpenter, Tabb has created more than most will in a lifetime. He’s built or rebuilt houses, tables, chairs, desks, and more. His commitment has always been to people first and the piece second. He lets the relationship craft the work and the work speak for itself. 


The Ins and Outs of Painting Furniture appearing on stage
Thursday, January 24

Do you want to paint your grandma’s table but you have no idea where to start? Join three furniture artisans from The Artisan Markets Indianapolis to get the lowdown on how to prepare, paint and protect your furniture. Heather Barnes of Delilah Tree presents General Finishes products. BJ Massa of Junk’d Up and The Pickled Pair presents Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint and Kelly Huskins debuts her own paint line Eye Love Hue.


Heather Barnes is the owner of Delilah Tree, located in Noblesville. Her artisan furniture and custom made decor can be found at “The Mix Marketplace” in downtown Noblesville. Heather is a local retailer for General Finishes and is an online instructor for Furniture Painting University. Her love for painting, creating and upcycling began when she refinished her own bedroom furniture at the age of 12.


BJ Massa is a New Yorker by birth and a Hoosier by choice. She is the owner and creative force behind Junk’d Up and co-owner of The Pickled Pair, both located inside Logan Village Mall in downtown Noblesville. BJ has over 20 years experience painting furniture. She is an instructor with Furniture Painting University and has won national awards for her painted furniture and staging. BJ’s style leans to the more creative, challenging clients to create a home as unique as they are. She sells furniture to customers all over the United States through her Etsy shop. BJ is proud to be a retailer for Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint through The Pickled Pair.


Kelly Huskins, owner of Whimsykel LLC, has a background in interior design and marketing. Her passion for color and creativity began at a young age. As both an accomplished stained glass and furniture artist, she has taken her love for color and furniture and developed a line of chalk infused paints called Eye Love Hue. As a mother of one, she loves to inspire and encourage others to find their passion and pursue it.

Jo Ellen


 Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, a 25-year veteran of newspaper journalism, owns Write for You! LLC, a freelance writing and editing business. She is a regular contributor to Indiana Gardening, and until recently, was editor of Iowa Gardener, Michigan Gardening, Minnesota Gardener and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989 and is a frequent guest on television, radio and web broadcasts. An Advanced Master Gardener, she is a garden coach and has an all-season container planting business. For nearly 20 years, she has worked at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis. A popular, five-star rated speaker, she’s co-author of the Indiana Gardener’s Guide, author of The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens and contributor to Oxford Companion to the Garden and Phaidon’s The Gardener’s Garden. Jo Ellen is vice president of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators; a director of the Horticultural Society at Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art); member of Indiana Landmarks Cultural Landscapes Committee; and member of GreatGardenSpeakers.com. 

Jo Ellen will be on stage, Monday, Jan. 21 & Tuesday, Jan. 22


Celebrating 34 years at WIBC Radio in Indianapolis and the co-host of the Morning News for 23 years, which included reporting traffic for the last three.
Taking on a new role of a new program called "Neighbor to Neighbor", which promotes non-profit events.

Terri will be on stage, Saturday, Jan. 19 & Sunday, Jan. 20 

Sean Copeland


Living in an 80 year old Irvington home, Sean loves spending time at the Home Show!  You can hear him weekday mornings on B105.7 and watch his web series “Sean In The City” at b1057.com.

  Sean will be on stage, Saturday Jan. 26 & Sunday, Jan. 28