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 $75 fee
payable at the door.

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Click here for a list of past presenters and topics.

Twenty First Annual Series: 2015-2016 Presenters

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October 13, 2015
Betsy Burnham
East Coast Meets West Coast: A Fresh Colorful California Take on Classic Design
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
Designer, 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.
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February 9, 2016
Charlotte Moss
Designer, Author, Philanthropist
Muses and Inspirations in the Garden
Since opening her business in 1985, Charlotte Moss has designed private residences and executive suites all over the United States and the Caribbean. Always a creative and confident voice in the world of international interiors, Charlotte is an icon of Southern warmth, hospitality, practicality and, of course, luxury. In addition to designing interiors, Charlotte's career has included retail stores celebrated for the designer's unique blend of American, European and Classical influences.

Having launched her career on Wall Street, Charlotte has a keen sense for the shifting sands of change, amid all her decorating prowess. Widening her reach in recent years, Charlotte Moss, LLC now brings her signature Flair for Living to consumers worldwide with collections available under license. She has designed fabric and trim for Fabricut, carpeting, sisals and soon-to-be scenic mural wallpapers for Stark Carpet, and china for Pickard. Most recently, Charlotte has used her experience culled from twenty-five years of decorating couture homes to design a collection of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture. Charlotte's collection of framed decorative art for Soicher-Marin, which launched at the High Point Market, is based in part on her own photography.

Charlotte is a sought after speaker, lecturing widely on all the arts of living. She has written nine books to date. Her most recent title,Garden Inspirations was published by Rizzoli in April of 2015. In addition to writing books, she frequently contributes to The Wall Street Journal.

Charlotte considers her most important work to be her community service and philanthropy. She serves on the Boards of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation and the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Charlotte also sits on the Acquisitions Committee at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, serves on the Design Committee for the Kips Bay Showhouse in New York, and this year will be Design Chair for the International Antiques Show in New York.
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March 8, 2016
Hutton Wilkinson & Flynn Kuhnert
Author, Designer & Stage Director
The Walk to Elsie's
Hutton Wilkinson was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the architectural offices of his father and grandfather. At eighteen he had the opportunity to apprentice under the great American design icon, Tony Duquette. Wilkinson worked for Duquette as a volunteer apprentice for two years and then as a paid assistant designer for three years before starting his own interior design firm. While self-employed Wilkinson continued his professional association with Tony Duquette collaborating in partnership with the great designer on a myriad of projects over the next twenty-five years. Besides his own commissions, designing custom interiors for Alida Davison Rockefeller, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Stanfill, a palace complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Princes Tarfa Bin Abdul Aziz and executive offices for Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Wilkinson with Duquette collaborated on interiors for Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon, Herb Alpert and Doris Duke as well as houses in Paris, France and Venice, Italy for Mr. and Mrs. John N. Rosekrans. Hutton's most important current project is the re-design of the former Sophia Loren ranch in Thousand Oaks, California for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bradway who have recently moved to California from their home in London. In 1994 Wilkinson and Duquette officially became business partners, Wilkinson purchasing one half of the Tony Duquette Studios Inc. as well as the international trademarks to the name "Tony Duquette."

Flynn Kuhnert has taught 19th and 20th century dramatic literature at Harvard College and served as a Visiting Professor at Duke. He has directed and designed 35 theatre & opera productions in America and the Netherlands, as well as having served on the international board of directors of Save Venice, Inc. for nearly a decade. In 2013, he created & presented The Kuhnert Chronicles for the Ovation Television Network: analyzing art, architecture, theatre and literature. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Happy, exploring art and cultural happenings in cities across the globe. Born in Los Angles, Flynn has lived in Paris and London. He is a graduate of the University of California, Northwestern University and Harvard University's ART Institute. He lives in Bel Air, California. He is the co-author of The Walk to Elsie's.
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April 12, 2016
Peter Dunham
Interior & Textile Designer, Proprietor
Inspirations for California Living
Peter Dunham was raised in France, summered in Spain and educated in England. Moving to Los Angeles in 1998, Peter's signature style weaves the classic structure and European sensibility of his upbringing with casual, California elegance. Inspired by his travels through India, Turkey and the Mediterranean, Peter launched his own line of hand-printed textiles in 2003. Vibrant, sophisticated and charming, Peter's textiles beg to be mixed for an adventurous, yet refined decor.