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Monday, May 8 from 11 to 1

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Ashley Whittaker 

Ashley Whittaker is an Elle Décor A-List interior decorator who has run her design business in New York City since 2006. Described as the “neo-traditionalist,” Ashley Whittaker reveals her fresh and modern perspective on traditional design and architecture in all of her work, which is characterized by colorful, pattern-filled rooms.Her first book, “The Well-Loved House: Creating Homes with Color, Comfort and Drama,” was published in September 2021 by Rizzoli.


Ashley and Timothy have been friends since early in their careers. They share a love of antiques and the artful mix of the high and the low. Together they have embarked on many shopping excursions filled with an abundance of laughter and fun. Ashley and Timothy look forward to discussing their friendship, anecdotes fromPage 2 of Twotheir travels, and their shared passion for design at the keynote lecture, potentially during the opening weekend of The Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens.

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Timothy Whealon

Timothy Whealon is a Sotheby’s trained Elle Décor A-List interior decorator. His work is rooted in classicism, with a modern twist and an emphasis on the fine and decorative arts. His designs are enhanced by both his extensive knowledge of the international art and antiques market and by his team of skilled artists and craftsmen who create many of the custom furniture pieces found in his signature interiors. The first monograph of his work, "In Pursuit of Beauty: The Interiors of Timothy Whealon," was published by Rizzoli in 2015.

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Emma Bazilian

Emma Bazilian is a design writer and editor and is the content director at FREDERIC magazine and FSCO Media. She was previously an editor at House Beautiful magazine, where she coined the term “grandmillenial”. 


Schumacher Books, a division of FSCO Media, and Monacelli, a Phaidon Company, are proud to announce the release of Charm School: The Schumacher Guide to Traditional Decorating for Today. In the new book, FSCO Content Director Emma Bazilian and Art Director Stephanie Diaz dive into old-school decorating techniques that are making a comeback in a fresh, new way. From cozy canopied beds and cheeky needlepoint pillows to treasured personal collections and antique furniture, the book guides readers on how to execute traditional design for the next generation.

“Charm School is part of our commitment to inspire the design community and to champion interior designers. 


 The book will be released to the general public on March 8, 2023.

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