Hosted by Tommy Smythe, join House and Home Editor-In-Chief, Beth Hitchcock as she moderates a panel discussion featuring industry professional around the topic of starting your personal art collection while ensuring a seamless blend into your home’s interior design.
Tommy Smythe ~ Host
Tommy’s contagious enthusiasm and fun loving approach to decor and renovating have made him an international design world favorite. A career spanning more than 18 years has left no stone unturned in getting the message of good, practical and beautiful design to his many followers through television, print media, social media and popular speaking engagements. Known for his warm and personal mixture of fine art, vintage, antique and modern furnishings pulled together with a cutting edge color sense, Tommy never lets it all feel too serious.
Beth Hitchcock ~ Moderator
Beth Hitchcock brings a lifelong passion for words and decorating — along with 20 years of experience in the magazine industry — to her role as editor-in-chief of Canadian House & Home magazine, the country’s premier design publication. With degrees in English and Journalism, she has been a guest lecturer and instructor at colleges and universities across Ontario. Beth also recently completed an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and is working on her first book, a decorating memoir.
Colette van den Thillart
Colette van den Thillart has a long-established reputation in the international world of interior design. Known for creating both contemporary and traditional interiors of compelling originality, she approaches each project with a highly tailored individualised brief. She expresses a confident maturity of taste and scale for projects executed around the world, and as seen in Architectural Digest, Veranda, Wall Street Journal, Canadian House and Home, Style at Home, House and Garden, World of Interiors, NUVO, and other international magazines. She currently resides between Toronto Canada and Los Angeles.
James M. Davie
James M. Davie is a graduate of the Parson’s School of Design in New York City; class of 2003. During his 9 years of work experience in New York he worked for some of the most highly respected design firms in the industry; most notably S. R. Gambrel Inc.; at which he spent his last 7 years. Having been involved in the design of dozens of magnificent properties in New York City, the Hamptons, and Europe James moved back to his hometown of Toronto in 2012 to bring his learned level of design to the Canadian market. He is now the principal of his own firm; James M. Davie Design Inc. which designs high-end residential properties in the Toronto area.
Born and raised in a small-town in South-Western Ontario, Joel Bray studied Art History Wilfrid Laurier University before attending Humber College for Interior Design. Joel works as a residential designer/decorator at his own firm, Joel Bray Design, and is a Contributing Editor at House & Home Magazine where he honed his skills for almost a decade. Joel is also a frequent guest on The Marilyn Denis Show.
In Joel’s opinion, an interior should be a true reflection of the people that live in it – always evolving, and full of personal mementos collected along the way. If you truly love something, there’s always a spot for it in your home.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Perry Tung is a Canadian Art Specialist and Auctioneer with over 15 years’ experience in both the primary and secondary Canadian Art markets. Perry joined Bonhams as a Canadian Art Specialist and Auctioneer in December 2009. Prior to joining Bonhams he spent 9 years with a local Toronto auction house, specializing in Canadian Art. Educated at the University of Toronto completing his degree in Fine Art History and English Literature, he continued his education in the arts at Humber College, completing post-graduate courses in Cultural Management. Perry is also an active volunteer, acting as auctioneer for various charity events in Toronto, including SNAP.