Lectures are typically presented in October, November,
February, March and April.

The lecture series is held at:

Edwards Big Newport Theatre
300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Non-members / guests are welcome to attend for a $60 fee
payable at the door.

Click here to get directions

Click here for a list of past presenters and topics.

Twenty First Annual Series: 2015-2016 Presenters

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October 11, 2015
Betsy Burnham
Betsy Burnham marries the classic with the unexpected in fresh compositions of texture, color, pattern and wit to create distinguished interiors that simultaneously showcase the designer's clear aesthetic vision and her client's own personal taste. Bringing a traditional east coast pedigree, a savvy eye for color and an adventurous sense of style, Betsy curates interiors that are sophisticated, livable, timeless, and always personalized to her clients and their lives. Betsy and her work have been featured extensively in the media, including appearances on the Today Show and coverage in The New York Times, House Beautiful, Los Angeles Times and InStyle among others. A native of Connecticut, Betsy graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and began her career in the New York fashion industry. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1989 where she channeled her talents in fashion and interiors to launch her eponymous design firm. Betsy lives in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with her husband Mark Stern, daughter Carson, son Will, and two chihuahuas, Lola and Nina Garcia.
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November 10, 2015
Ronda Rice Carman
Author and Co-Founder of Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics
Traditional Influences that Inspire Today's Designs
Ronda Carman is an American writer and founder of All the Best Blog, author of Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living (Foreword by Martha Stewart) and cofounder of Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics. Ronda spent 15 years in the world of marketing and nonprofits prior to founding All the Best Blog in 2007 and RONDA CARMAN FINE FABRICS in 2014. A lifelong love of design, travel, food and wine was the catalyst for establishing All the Best Blog. After moving to Scotland Ronda decided that launching a blog to explore her musings and findings was an ideal venue for connecting with likeminded individuals. What started as a passion became an expansive lifestyle blog visited by thousands of regular readers in over 100 countries. All the best has garnered press from around the globe, including Fox News (named one of the top ten design blogs in 2010), Traditional Home, ELLE Decor, House Beautiful, domino, Australian Vogue Living, Real Simple, and numerous regional, national and international newspapers. Ronda is a contributing writer for Huffington Post, New York Social Diary, a reviewer for the prestigious Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotel Collections, and a frequent speaker on the topic of design and social media.