2017 Celebrities & Speakers
EXPERT HOST: Matt Muenster, Licensed Contractor and Designer – DIY Network’s Bath Crashers
Licensed contractor Matt Muenster sees every house project, whether he’s ripping apart dated bathrooms using the latest construction technology or completely gutting his own kitchen, as a chance to use his clever ideas to achieve great design while integrating earth-friendly elements. Matt earned his degree in interior design from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He initially got his feet wet designing restaurants and casinos and even worked on the Angolan Project in Africa. Eventually, his fervor for design shifted to the residential sector. His professional experience includes high-end interior design, and he gets an adrenaline rush every time he transforms a boring bathroom into a fantastic one on DIY Network’s Bath Crashers.
Matt will be appearing Friday, January 13, Saturday January 14 and Sunday January 15. Appearance times TBD.
One room at a time, Vern Yip is designing his way across America, having knocked down walls and made over countless homes and restaurants during his four seasons on TLC's Trading Spaces and during his over ten years as one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers.
Vern's past HGTV projects include four seasons of his own show titled Deserving Design with Vern Yip and two seasons as host and designer of HGTV Urban Oasis. His HGTV work also includes eight seasons of HGTV’s top-rated prime-time series HGTV Design Star and several seasons of Bang for Your Buck, where he served as the show’s host and design expert. Vern’s most recent HGTV project, Live in Vern’s House, chronicled the building of his dream beach home.
Vern runs his own design company in Atlanta, Vern Yip Designs. With an undergraduate education from The University of Virginia, a M.B.A. and Master of Architecture from The Georgia Institute of Technology, and a honorary Doctorate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Vern has used his varied educational background to build a distinguished business. His creations and room transformations range in budget from the notoriously frugal showcased on television to eight-figure projects for high-end clients nationwide. Regardless of the budget, Vern's design calling card is his attention to detail married with precise, clean-lined interiors balanced with a sense of warmth.
Recognized on the street, in home improvement centers, and in public venues across America, Vern has been prominently featured in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, People, The New York Times, and USA Today. He is frequently seen on NBC's TODAY show, CNN, and Live! with Kelly. In addition to being a New York Times Bestselling Author, Vern is also a travel and design columnist for The Washington Post, a regular contributor to HGTV Magazine and just landed the October cover of Traditional Home. Vern’s first book, titled Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home just debuted, spending nearly a week as an Amazon #1 Bestseller and in the overall Amazon Top 15, and landing at #2 on The New York Times Bestseller list.
Appearing Live on Stage January 2017 at The Philly Home Show!
Janet M. Taylor
Janet Taylor has displayed an innate tendency for order since childhood. Friends even remarked on the organization of her toys. In 1994 she took her natural ability and started Totally Organized - a business dedicated to working with businesses and individuals to save clients time and money. In 2010 Janet decided to cater to her executive client’s personal needs by providing them with strategies to organize their homes and lives. Janet now uses her twenty plus years experience along with skills as an expert organizer/strategist, to provide services to notable clients such as: Les Brown, motivational speaker; Dyana Williams, 100.3 WRNB, Hewlett-Packard and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Community Services Institute. She has also been a featured speaker for IKEA and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. In 2015 Totally Organized, LLC was recognized as one of the top minority firms by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Janet is a guest commentator for Soulful Sundays with Dyana Williams on 100.3 WRNB. Janet publishes a bi-monthly newsletter titled "Totally Organized Living", is the author of "101 Secrets To Living An Organized Life" and a series of organizing eBooks. Janet appeared on the lifestyle TV show "Mission: Organization" which aired on the Home and Garden Network (HGTV). Her work is featured in the Home and Garden Network (HGTV) Mission :Organization Book. Janet hosts a weekly internet podcast on BlogTalk Radio titled "Got Clutter! Get Organized! which in 2013 was named one of the top podcasts on BlogTalkRadio and reached over 750,000 listeners and can also be heard on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.