Meet Our Speakers Series: MaryJo Camp & Laura Sullivan

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Bathroom design is a hot topic going into 2017, and the
NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is proud to host some of the best
speakers on this topic every year. Two expert designers in our industry, MaryJo
Camp, CAPS, CGP, of DesignCamp, RLLP, and Laura Sullivan, ASID, CAPS, CGP,
principal of ID.ology, will be presenting one of our most anticipated sessions,
“Bathrooms
Are Back: Top Trends in Design for 2017.”
 

We recently caught up with these fabulous women to get their
perspective on bathroom design and also learn a bit more about them, too. 

NAHB: Bathroom trends and design is a hot topic. Where do you find your design inspiration?
MARYJO: From
nature, for sure, especially on my morning walks. If I pay attention, I am
amazed at the colors and textures that reveal themselves, no matter the season,
no matter the location. I also learn from public buildings and
spaces. I just visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and am
struck, not only by the terrific art, but also by how the building itself
reveals the city as artwork and incorporates interior and exterior spaces
exquisitely.
LAURA:
Creativity is part of the design process so some custom details are always fun,
but as far as a resource, I love Houzz. 

NAHB: Within
the bathroom design space, what trends are you noticing?
MARYJO: A
preoccupation with health and wellness—not only for the body but also the
psyche as well. This influences layout, color, light, convenience and
cleanliness. 
LAURA: A
little shift in trending colors and use of materials. 

NAHB: Do you
have advice for an industry professional who is looking to be recognized more
at the national level, such as awards or projects featured in industry
publications?
LAURA: Good
photography is critical to even having the opportunity to get your work
considered, so make sure you invest in it. You’ll also want to become more
involved. 

NAHB: What is
the one thing you are looking forward to the most while attending IBS? 
MARYJO: To
connect with colleagues across the country who are the leaders of the
Industry. I get this one chance each year to touch base, catch up and
learn from this group of accomplished friends. 
LAURA: Getting
to hear speakers in the design/construction fields in order to learn more. The
growth [from attending IBS education sessions] is invaluable! I always love to
walk the show floor so that I can come away with great products to use in our
projects. 

NAHB: Where is
your favorite vacation spot?
MARYJO: Our
best vacation was driving our own canal boat on the Canal du Midi in Southern
France. We navigated locks and floated through wine country on a pace
where we could get to know the people and places intimately. The landscape
invites you to think like Monet. 

NAHB: Where
are you located and do you have one “must see” place you’d recommend to
out-of-town visitors?
MARYJO: I live
in Lake Norman, a large lake just north of Charlotte, NC. What to see depends
on the season and the visitor’s interest, but Charlotte has it all—from great
museums to NASCAR racing. My favorite location on the lake is Heron Island; I
enjoy watching these magnificent birds nesting in their own environment. In
Charlotte, I recommend taking in a Knights baseball game in the uptown stadium.
It’s a great place for “people watching” and gazing at the urban architecture
while munching on southern cuisine. Life is good! 
LAURA: I’m
located in Asheville, NC and for anyone visiting this area, I always recommend
seeing The Biltmore Estate

NAHB: Do you
have a favorite quote?
MARYJO: My Favorite
design quote is this: “Simplicity
is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci 

NAHB: In three
words or less, what’s your prediction of the building industry in 2017?
MARYJO: Loaded
with Opportunity. 
LAURA:
Consistent, strong and steady. 

MaryJo and Laura’s session
will be held on Thursday, January 12. 

When you select “full registration” for IBS, you get
access to over 130
sessions
across 8 different building industry topic tracks. Register for IBS today.

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