Ivy’s Guide to Las Vegas Market Summer 2018


The best way to tackle Las Vegas Market is to research, prepare, and plan your day-to-day ahead of time. Lately, there’s so much more you can get from Market than just sourcing and face time with vendor relationships. As a designer, there’s a ton of complimentary educational programming you can take advantage of. With that comes a little extra planning to fit in those inspiring panels in between vendor appointments. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you prioritize and navigate your Market experience in advance so you can manage Summer Las Vegas Market 2018 like a pro.

What To Bring

  • Comfortable (but cute) sneakers. You’re standing on your feet all day so will want some foot support. After your showroom appointments, you won’t want to change into a cute pair of shoots so make sure your sneakers are cute!
  • A sweater…that air conditioning inside the convention center is freezing. 
  • A tote bag to throw samples and collateral into .
  • Hundreds of business cards (more than you would think!), plus, something to store your business cards into.
  • A refillable water bottle
  • A portable phone charger
  • If you need to get through emails while you’re also shopping at Market…we highly recommend bringing a portable tethering device…the Wi-Fi is horrible at the convention center and you don’t want that to slow you down!

The Top Must-See Showrooms at Las Vegas Market

Review the full exhibitor directory here.

  • Abbyson | B170
  • Aesthetic Movement | C198
  • Currey & Company | 398
  • Dovetail | B159
  • Four Hands | A140
  • Jaipur Home | B612
  • Jaipur Living | B424
  • Noir | C399
  • Norwalk Furniture | A225
  • Selamat Designs | C301
  • Stark Carpet and Stark Studio Rugs | C123
  • Sunpan | B700
  • ZUO and ZUO Decor | A442

Pencil in these events to your calendar

Review the full calendar of LVMKT events, educational panels, tours, and parties here.

Sunday, July 29

Soft Design Lab Red Carpet Experience (Tour)

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | VIP Tour of Las Vegas Market, Building A, Building A.1

The State of the Art: 12 Must-Know Website Design Trends (Educational)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Building B: Retailer Resource Center, Building B, B-1050 

Did you know the typical attention span is seven seconds? Timing is everything. In seven seconds, shoppers decide if your site is worthy of their attention and their dollars. Your site should measure up to the extreme expectations of design and function demanded by today’s digital consumers. Find out what you can do to entice visitors by using the latest web design practices and see live examples from MicroD’s chief product officer and former furniture retailer, Richard Sexton.

Coast to Coast – Expanding your Design Firm with a Brick & Mortar (Educational)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Building C: Building C Seminar Room, C174 

Leading designers across the country are building their businesses with brick and mortar. In today’s digital marketplace, consumers still want to see and feel home furnishings in person. But doing your home store homework is critical. Join Lori Paranjape, Christopher Kennedy, Bobbi Jo Engleby, and Susan Jamieson, as they share the ins and outs of opening a brick and mortar to include: combining online and in-store marketing strategies; creating a unique customer experience; design collectives; hidden costs; finding the right location and so much more. Moderated by Designers Today Editor in Chief, Jane Dagmi. (0.1 CEU)

Coast to Coast - Expanding your Design Firm with a Brick & Mortar

A First-Timer Market Primer with Leyla Jaworski of Design Shop Interiors

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Jaipur Showroom, B-424

You’re a new designer and this is your first market. Well done and congratulations! So, now what?! Everyone has to start somewhere. And that’s where Design Shop Interiors owner Leyla Jaworski will share her hard-won experience on:

-Where to go and what to do while you’re at market
-Wholesale vendors – who they are and why they’re important
-How to tactfully handle clients on social media when they ask, “who can I buy that rug (or ottoman, or pillow) from?” Hint: It’s YOU!

RSVP here.

Turning Interior Designer Challenges into Opportunities (Educational)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Pavilion One: Pavilion 1 Seminar Room

Interior designers Wendy Glaister from Central California and Debbe Daley from Boston MA have been practicing Interior Design for years. Though based on opposite sides of the country, they share the same struggles developing creative solutions for their clients. This dynamic duo has teamed up to share about the challenges they’ve faced from contracts to contractors, to building your team, to internal practices. Join in the fun, learn some clever work-arounds, and enjoy a mastermind session Q & A to follow. (0.1 CEU)

Monday, July 30

Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2019 (Educational)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Building B: WorldView on Sixteen

WELCOME TO THE COLOR JOURNALS. We’ve gathered 42 trend colors into a master palette, then arranged them into six unique color personalities, each leading its own voyage. Please join Laurie Clark, Sherwin-Williams Senior Designer Account Executive, at the Unveiling and Presentation of Colormix® Forecast 2019. You will receive the exclusive Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2019 brochure and limited edition Fan Deck (available only at presentation). This course will take the participant on a visual journey with stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research that supports the 2019 forecast for color and design trends. (0.1 CEU). People who attend the presentation on Monday July 30 will receive the Colormix Brochure and a special edition fan deck for presentation attendees only.

Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2019

Ahead of the Curve Tour with Luxe Interiors + Design – Kathryn Given (Tour)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Building B: Tour of Las Vegas Market | Event Type: Tour

As a preview to our keynote “Ahead of the Curve” presentation, join us as we discover what our select designers have found to be hot and Ahead of the Curve in trends at Las Vegas Market this summer. Kathryn Given, Senior Design & Market Editor for Luxe Interiors + Design, will lead this intimate tour so you may get a first-hand look at her selections, which you won’t want to miss! RSVP for tour here.

Best of the West (Educational)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Building B: WorldView on Sixteen

Join REstyleSOURCE and our guest moderator Jesse Bodine, President and Co-Founder of Scout & Nimble, as we discuss West Coast “Life and Style” with a curated panel of taste-making influencers and designers. This season our guest will include Jenny Komenda, of Little Green Notebook, Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker of Sugar Paper LA, Ryan Garvin of Ryan Garvin Photography, Kristen Forgione of The LifeStyled Company and Caitlin Wilson of Caitlin Wilson Design. You won’t want to miss out this on intriguing look at what’s hot in West Coast lifestyle and design from these industry leaders, and how each interprets West Coast style into their own signature look and brand. (0.1 CEU).

ZUO/Housetipster Industry Insight Panel – How to Adapt to a Changing Industry (Educational)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Building C: Building C Seminar Room, C174

Join ZUO and Housetipster for this lively discussion about How to Adapt to a Changing Industry, which will be moderated by Christopher Grubb, Founder of Arch-Interiors Design Group Inc. Topic will cover the State of the Industry and how to adapt, change and thrive in a growing furnishings market. From how designers + retailers source trends, how magazines select and source features plus how each one selects individual brands. Diving deeper into the inside of how designers are adapting to change and how to diversify oneself while navigating your own branding + licensing deals. Panelists will include: John Erdos – Founder and Owner of Erdos + Ko, Andrea Guardiola – ZUO Décor Director; Nicole Davis – Editor in Chief of Lighting & Décor Magazine; and Barrie Livingstone – Designer & Real Estate Guru. Panel discussion will be followed by a cocktail hour with panelists in ZUO A442 showroom 5-7pm. Co-produced by ZUO + Housetipser.com + Arch Interiors + Lighting & Décor Magazine. RSVP for event here.

Tuesday, July 31

Inside: Out . . . Outside: In (Educational)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Building C: OW Lee Company, Building C, C1301

Designers Today Editor Jane Dagmi teams up with Exterior Design Editor Waynette Goodson to address a hot new trend: the conjoining of interior design and exterior design. Today’s architects draw blueprints incorporating the all-important 5th Room—the outdoor space. So interior designers must be prepared to design the home in its entirety, both inside—and out! Thus, they’re tasked with bringing the outdoors inside through the use of nature and natural elements. Then they must seamlessly transition their indoor aesthetic to the outdoor area. Jane and Waynette find out from some of the top working designers today how they are bringing the natural world inside and introducing a true living experience outdoors. Complimentary lunch will be provided in the showroom following the presentation, and special gift bags for those in attendance! (0.1 CEU). Panelists include Justina Blakeney, Kerrie Kelly, Rafael Kalichstein, Joshua Rose, Lori Paranjape, Waynette Goodson and Jane Dagmi.

Your Style Your Brand (Educational)

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Building B: Sunpan, Building B, B700 

Can your personal brand be affected by the way you look? Absolutely! Two iconic designers who have mastered the ins and outs of personal branding are joined by a stylist and photographer to give you tips and tricks on how to improve your personal brand. One lucky winner will receive a full makeover and professional headshots to ignite his or her journey to success. Join Kelli Ellis, Shayla Copas, Aaron Perkins (stylist) and Myron Hensel (photographer) for this discussion, and makeover, with moderation by Nick May of The Chaise Lounge Podcast.

Yummy restaurants to eat at after a long day at Market

Places to rest your head at night

Fun things to do in Vegas if you have an off-night