Keynote Speaker


Robert Leleux (President) is the former editor of domino magazine, and the former managing editor of Lonny. His essays and articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Huffington Post. He is also the author of three books—The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy, The Living End, and the forthcoming Southern Style Now™ .




With a love of art and antiques, Nicki Clendening's interiors incorporate a wide range of styles and design elements–modern, traditional, and vintage–to achieve spaces that are both adventurous and timeless. Her ability to “scout” the best for her clients allows her to create interiors that exude a globally influenced sophistication while reflecting the lifestyle of the those who live and work in them.

Scout Designs has been profiled on 1stDibs and in Lonny magazine, Time Out New York, Interior Design, Daily Candy, Curbed, and Apartment Therapy. In 2011 Scout Designs was named one of Traditional Home’s Top 20 “New

Traditional” Designers to Watch, and was named a “Rising Star” by the International Furnishings & Design Association in November 2012. In 2017 Nicki launched BEETLE, an online boutique offering her one-of-a-kind finds from around the globe. BEETLE has garnered press attention in Garden & Gun magazine,, and A Southerner by birth, Nicki has called New York City home for the past 17 years.

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