The opening keynote for the 2016 Black Interior Designers Conference is Georgia’s own Elaine Griffin. Elaine is a nationally recognized taste-maker. She appears frequently in print, is the contributing editor (design), for Better Homes & Gardens; designed the Good Works Makeovers for Oprah’s O at Home; was a contributing/special projects editor at Elle Decor; and is ranked as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 American Designers.

Elaine was a cast member of NBC’s prime-time design reality show, ‘American Dream Builders’ hosted by Nate Berkus. Elaine is the author of the bestselling book “Design Rules: The Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator ” (Gotham Books, 2009).

Elaine is a participant in the Kips Bay Decorator Show house and her private client work has been featured in publications including Elle Decor, House Beautiful, the New York Times, Daily News and New York Post, Southern Accents, and New York magazine. She also appears regularly on the Today show.

Elaine is a graduate of Yale University and studied at the New York School of Interior Design. She began her design career in the office of architectural behemoth Peter Marino, following a nine-year career as a publicist in New York and Paris, and officially opened her own firm in 1999.

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  1. Ms Griffin, You are an accomplished, renowned designer, and I am very impressed with you academic history. Okay, now this is just me talking. I am white. Yes, I know the ‘black’ and ‘white’ meanings have been around for eons. Some people don’t like for "black" Americans to call themselves African-American. I prefer that, (who cares) because if you were an Asian group you wouldn’t be called "Yellow Designers".
    Just a thought. I don’t know. It seems divisive to me. Something about if a client is ‘black’ she or he should hire one of you. Since I am white and want to hire a ‘black designer’ would he or she think I didn’t know the designer is black? Or would the black designer feel he/she doesn’t or should’t want to work with a white client?
    Well, kudos to all you successful designers…. Whatever you are.
    p.s. I am sending this to you simply because there was no general type comment choice so I picked you.