VRD Summit immersive two day event, April 20-21, 2023 will explore the business of vacation rental design and how elevated design and professional interior designers can have a positive impact on the short-term rental market.
Tapping into the expertise of interior designers, hosts, property managers, business strategists and real estate professionals, education sessions will hone in on design as a differentiator in short-term rental success, the business of vacation rental design, the value designers bring to the table, and opportunities for designers in this market.

Keynote & Headliners

Vacation Rental Design Summit Speakers

Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Interiors will deliver the keynote “Becoming a Luxury Vacation Rental Design Expert.” The multi-talented designer and six-time author launched his first luxury vacation rental property, Villa Butera, in Palm Springs four years ago and has since added Villa Blanca in Cabo San Lucas. He will speak about educating himself to become an expert in this field, along with key tips and tricks for acquiring and maintaining luxury rental properties that have significant returns on investment.

Jaye Anna Mize, VP of Creative, Home + Lifestyle for international trend company Fashion Snoops, who will cast a spotlight on “Mindfulness in Hospitality” and how designers can adapt these principles in their business.

Chicago-based interior designer and vacation rental owner Joy Williams of Joyful Designs Studio will trace her personal journey through real estate investing and provide actionable tips in a session she’s calling “The JOY and Grit of Building Wealth through Investing.”

Leslie Carothers, principal of Savour Partnership, a digital marketing consultancy, will dive into social media in her presentation, “Content and Captions: Top Tips for Attracting Ideal Vacation Rental Investors.”

In “Building a Hospitality Brand,” Tobi Fairley – designer, business coach, and serial entrepreneur – of Tobi Fairley Design will provide plenty of takeaways and share details of her new hospitality venture unfolding in Arkansas.

Meet our speakers, presenters & industry experts

Tyann Marcink

Branson Family Retreats

Touch Stay


Tiffany Cassidy

Lagnappe Interiors


Tatianna Taylor-Tait

Tatianna Taylor-Tait Ltd


Summer Loftin Headshot

Summer Loftin

Summer Loftin Antiques & Interior Design


Rina Norwood

Rina Norwood Designs

House of Norwood


Paula Oblen

Vacation Interiors

Hotelements by Paula Oblen


Ola Swarn

J’Adore Le Decor


Melanie Honig



Margie Kaercher

Hearth & Honey Homes


Linda Holt

Linda Holt Creative


Kellie Smith

Kellie Smith Design Studio



Julia Harmon

RealtorⓇ with Compass

Vacation Rental Designers


Marie Cloud

Marie Cloud

Indigo Pruitt Design Studio


Ginger Curtis

Urbanology Designs

Urbanology Properties


Elizabeth Scruggs

Superior Construction & Design


Pam McNally

Pam McNally



Joseph Szymczak

Slate Interior Design


Jessica Duce

JDuce Design

Vacation Rental Designers


Alexa Nota

Rent Responsibly


Carisha Swanson

Carisha Swanson

House Beautiful


Lorraine Woodward Headshot

Lorraine Woodward

Becoming rentABLE


Tammy Nagem Headshot

Tammy Nagem

High Point Market Authority


Ericka Saurit Headshot

Ericka Saurit

Saurit Creative


Diane Falvey Headshot

Diane Falvey

Furniture, Lighting and Decor


Ellen Williams

Ellen Renee Photography


Jenna Gaidusek Headshot

Jenna Gaidusek

Mydoma Studio


Kristi Hopper Headshot

Kristi Hopper

Kristi Hopper Designs


Jen Sexton

Jen Sexton



VRD Summit Agenda


April 20-21, 2023 in High Point, NC