Design Milk X Modenus Social Lounge VIP access

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Orange County Convention Center - South Concourse

9899 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

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Join us at KBIS for the launch of Modenus® X Design Milk® Social Lounge, a space for bloggers, social influencers and design VIPs to connect, chat and (re)charge. The Social Lounge will be located in space S5414 in the North/South Building of KBIS 2017, Jan. 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The lounge is by invitation only and all tickets are subect to criteria that define bloggers and social media influencers, please see general requirements for access below. A follow up email will confirm your eligibility for lounge access.

Access requirements:

  • Interior, kitchen & bath, food, lifestyle or architecture blog with min 2 posts per week for past 3 months
  • Active social media platforms on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter or acceptable combination of platforms
  • KBIS exhibitors are welcome to attend the Social Leaders Meetup Jan 12 11:30 - 12:30 am, see separate ticket
  • Interiors, kitchen & bath and architecture students are admitted for student session Jan 10 -11am, see separate ticket
  • Sponsoring brands will receive access credentials in separate email.

Access to lounge and all sessions is on a first come basis, schedule will be posted at show and via email.

January 10

11 - noon

Trends Talk and Kick off to Trend Search Contest with Bobby Berk, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and Tyler Wisler. Moderated by Jaime Derringer

NKBA trends forecast highlights and design trends from around the world shared by Richard, Tyler and Bobby. The trends chat will kick off a trendspotting contest #KBIStrends on Instagram with all participants in the chat finding discussed or new trends at the show and posting them to Instagram. There will be a random drawing of 3 $100 gift cards daily.

Sponsor: Coastal Shower Doors

12:15 -1pm

Ten things NOT TO DO when pitching to an editor. A fresh twist on how to get published. Attending editors: DJ Carey (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) Chelsie Butler (K+BB Magazine) and Jaime Derringer (Design Milk) . Moderated by Veronika Miller

Design professionals and social influencers alike love to see their name in print or featured on major online publications. Editors on regional, national or even international basis are always looking for amazing new designs. Seems simple? Not so fast. It's great to know what editors expect in terms of pitch format, styles, designs and documentation and this fun chat is all about "What NOT to do" but also about best practices when pitching to an editor.

Sponsor: Ann Sacks

1:15 – 2:15

Bobby Berk + Jaime Derringer - How to prepare and style for portfolios and Airbnb listings

Bobby Berk’s rise to bonafide “IT” status in the home design world and his work with some of the most reputable builders and interiors brands makes him a trend setter and leader in the world of modern design. Bobby and Klif Andrews are talking to Jaime Derringer about designing a space and styling it to look great in your portfolio and on sites like Airbnb.

Sponsor : Stikwood

2:30 – 3:30

This Old House panel discussion. Guests: Kevin O'Connor and Richard Trethewey, Jaime Derringer and David Warmenhoven, Design Supervisor, Belwith

The team at This Old House is proud to announce: Generation Next. A new program, supported by the Mike Rowe Foundation that is set to vastly broaden and improve skilled labor programs and that empowers young artisans and tradespeople as they embark on a career path in the trade of their choice.

Sponsor: Belwith

3:30 – 4:30

Design Milk X Modenus Happy Hour

Happy Hour Social Media Influencers, Bloggers and Design VIPs and meet & greet with the team from This Old House at 4pm

January 11

11 - noon

Easy does it - The European Kitchen : Tips and Tricks on working with European appliances and cabinetry to create the simple but intriguing lines our friends across the pond are famous for. Panel/speakers tba

European kitchens: Are they always cold and modern? Is the focus on function over form or form over function? What can we learn from our friends across the pond in terms of space planning, design elements, unfitted kitchens and interior fittings that help us all be oh so organized.

Sponsor: Liebherr

Noon to 1pm

Influencer Luncheon - DM and Modenus Smart Talks (Q&A on blogging, social media and brand collaborations

Join Jaime Derringer from mega design blog Design Milk and Veronika Miller of Modenus and BlogTour fame to talk about the future of social media, best practices in social media and blogging and what you can do to make the most of your online image. SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED please contact to RSVP for this event

Sponsor: Liebherr

1 – 2 PM

Libby Langdon - Amp Up Your Visibility Factor: How to Be Your Own Best PR Person

Libby Langdon, interior designer, author, TV makeover personality and product designer shares her insights on using self-promotion to create more opportunities for herself, her design business and her licensing partnerships. Libby’s no stranger to hard work and in her presentation she offers tools and tactics for taking your PR into your own hands; she covers how she started in design and makeover TV, getting her first book published, growing her design business and getting into licensing. Libby breaks down approaching media outlets to create more press opportunities, building your brand and getting your name out there. Please join her for this dynamic, information-packed and entertaining design presentation.

Sponsor: Thompson Traders

2:15 – 3:15

Jaime and Danny Seo - Designing for the Environment and why it matters more than ever

Sponsor: Wilsonart


Happy Hour

Cocktails hosted by DXV. Announcement of DXV Design Panel 2017

Sponsor: DXV by American Standard

January 12

10 – 11

Things They Don’t Teach You In School – Session for students and those who never stop learning. Hosted by Veronika Miller from Modenus

Breakfast session for students to talk about starting out in the kitchen & bath industry, possible pitfalls, new opportunities and how to avoid common mistakes.

Sponsor: NKBA

11:30 – 12:30

KBIS Social Leaders Meet up

KBIS Social Media team hosts a meetup and Q&A session for exhibitors’ social media managers. Veronika Miller of Modenus and Jaime Derringer of Design Milk will be available to answer social media questions.


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Orange County Convention Center - South Concourse

9899 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

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