Designer Dossier: Lori Dennis & Kelli Ellis creators of Design Camp

The creators of next weeks big Design Camp Atlanta are impressive in and of themselves, However, put the two of them together and it’s a powerhouse of design intellect. With the big event right around the corner we will be focusing on highlighting the careers and personalities of all the “Camp Counselors” that make up this 3 day Camp.
Since I never went to sleep away camp as a child, I’m long overdue for some bonding and character building exercises. Luckily for me the only camping I’ll be doing is in a 5star Midtown hotel and there won’t be any campfires or smores but instead, cocktails and networking receptions. (If they had a camp like this when I was growing up I would have insisted on going)

Today we’re going to start at the top with these two lovely ladies who created and conceptualized this event. Since we already covered the “How” of getting to the camp in our recent post about Charlotte based designer Traci Zeller we will explain some of the “Who” of Design Camp Atlanta 2013.


lori-250Lori Dennis, ASID, LEED AP is an internationally known celebrity Interior Designer, speaker, best-selling author and star of HGTV’s “The Real Designing Women”. This Los Angeles based designer has won awards and been acknowledge by countless industry leaders such as HGTV, The New York Times, ASID, NBC and Viking and routinely travels the globe to attend and speak at Design events.

She is known the world over as an incredibly gifted Interior Designer with special focus in Green Building, Green Design and Eco-Friendly interior options.  Lori Dennis Inc. is a full service design build firm. They oversee interior design, landscape, development and construction in residential, hospitality, retail and commercial arenas.



Kelli Ellis, CDPC is an award winning celebrity Interior Designer and Design Psychology Expert as well as an author, imgresBrand ambassador, Educator, Speaker and Principal Designer at Kelli Ellis Interiors, Inc. You may also recognized this design super star from  HGTV’s Special Holiday Design Show where she decorated Haley Duff’s house for the holidays. Her fun and fresh design aesthetic will have something for for everyone to love.

And we can’t wait to soak up all the design magic that will be sparking all over the Fox Theater next week. A big thanks To Lori & Kelli for all their effort in creating such a stellar event . Stay tuned all this week as we round up the all the other players we’ll be bumping into at Design Camp Atlanta.



The Who, What, When and Why of Design Camp Atlanta 2013.

In anticipation of our adventure in the hippest city in the Southeast we’ll be giving our readers a guide to the WhoWhats WhenWheres of Design Camp. Starting next  week designers, stylists, bloggers and the elite from the world of Interior Design will travel from all over to attend Design Camp Atlanta 2013.  And because of a little luck and a lot of support from Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs, this humble little blogger will be attending right along side them.

During the ramp up to the event we’ll be giving you the low down on the Celebrity Hosts and creators of this event Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. Then we’ll share with you the vitals on all the “Camp Counselors” who will be leading the seminars and workshops during the 3 day intensive. The list is a dizzying example of some seriously talented Marketing Mavens, Social Media entrepreneurs and Design Wizards.


However, it’s all because of Traci Zeller Designs that The Life & Style Guild will be on hand to enjoy and cover this event. So it’s only appropriate that we start there.


This talented Charlotte, NC. based designer, wife and mother of twin boys is truly dialed in to all that is stylish and noteworthy in the world of Interior Design. Not only was Traci named one of Charlotte’s top 25 Most Stylish People for 2010 but she’s also been hand picked for Style Spotting at 2012′s HighPoint Market exclusively by the organizers of the Market. She was this Fall’s winner of the HighPoint Style Spotters contest, Traci holds both a degree in Law and a degree in Accounting which helps her run her highly organized and successful design business.

As the principal designer for Traci Zeller Designs, Traci infuses her effortless chic into the interiors that she designs. The result is a space that is calming, practical and elevating. Traci is also the President of Charlotte Mothers of Multiples, Inc. In addition to her design business, she also created a blog (one of our favorites) where she conveys a genuine affinity for her over 40,000 monthly readers by offering helpful ideas and tips on creating and maintaining a home that a family can be proud of.



Her design aesthetic has been described as classic and clean with a modern twist. Traci Zeller Designs offers a full range of design services to their clients as well as a unique à la carte pricing menu. Clients can hire Traci Zeller Designs for a laser focused project such as creating a design for individual spaces like a Foyer, a Master Bedroom, or living room . Up next for the designer, a new Fabric Line that will be unveiled this year.img_gallery_events_2

We are beyond excited to grab some face time with the designer as we follow her around this years Design Camp Atlanta 2013.  Thanks again to Traci Zeller, you rock! You can preview some stellar examples of her warm modern and crisp design aesthetic bellow, but for the big picture head over to her official homepage to see services and portfolio details.








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The Life & Style Guild to attend and cover Design Camp Atlanta Jan 30-Feb 1st!

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Big news for a new year! The Life & Style Guild is thrilled to announce that we will be heading to Atlanta in a few weeks to cover one of the biggest interior design conferences in the country. Thanks to the amazing and talented Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs,  The Life and Style Guild will be a part of  Design Camp Atlanta 2013. The 3 day intensive conference will be held inside the legendary Fox Theater in Atlanta’s hip Midtown district. Design Camp, LLC. is a two day, educational seminar hosted and instructed by Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis with special guests segments led by industry experts in niche fields. The course is tailored for design professionals and design aficionados.

The Guild will be shoulder to shoulder with industry elite and celebrity designers. “Camp Counselors” and Sponsors from the design world will be there to dish out all the design knowledge we can possibly absorb. We’ll hear from the likes of Susanna Salk, Bill Indursky,( of Vintage and Modern)  Clinton Smith, Leslie Newsom Rascoe (who helped launch Veranda in ’87) Vice President of HGTV.com Jillian St. Charles, Adam Japko from DigitalSherpa, Ronda Carman founder of All The Best Blog, and Jessica Graves of The Love List which was named one of the “Top 25 Blogs to Watch in 2012″. We’ll attend seminars, workshops, cocktail receptions and luncheons along side these movers and shakers.

We are eternally grateful to Traci Zellar for the opportunity to be included in such a momentous occasion and we can’t wait for the trip to begin. Stay tuned for more details and head over to Design Camp’s website to see what all the fuss is about!