Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with nearly 20 years of experience in green building. Eric is the author of four books, including his latest, “Green$ense for the Home,” which won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Having grown up with a Structural Engineer father as the owner of a design and development corporation in Puerto Rico, Ili’s passion for design and construction is in her blood. Since middle school, she has been sketching houses, inking drawings and shadowing her father from drawing board to construction site. Today, with 20 years of experience under her belt, she is a founding partner of Georgia-based TerraCotta Properties and oversees concept design, development and the implementation of all architecture, interiors and construction. At her office, you will often find Ili with her dog Zo soundly sleeping at her feet.
Jennifer has been creating beautiful kitchens in the Washington, DC, area and beyond for more than 20 years. Starting with a drafting job at a small kitchen design firm, Jennifer realized she had a passion for creatively technical work. In 1998, she launched her own firm, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath, Ltd, and her award-winning designs span from classic and traditional to sleek and contemporary. Amidst her busy day-to-day, she enjoys sharing her kitchen knowledge and advice with the Cultivate community.
Salvage expert Joanne Palmisano knows a thing or two about scoring great secondhand goods—and then incorporating them into the home. Author of Salvage Secrets: Transforming Reclaimed Material Into Design Concepts, Joanne is constantly hunting for treasures (and new ways to merge said treasures) for both her books and home in Vermont. Her favorite find for her personal kitchen? A vintage soapstone laundry sink from the late 1800's!
Matthew is the founder of M. Frederick, an international interior design firm specializing in residential interiors. A big fan of elegant living for everyday life, his work ranges from a farm renovation in Pennsylvania‘s Bucks Country to a high-rise penthouse in St. Petersburg, Russia. His most recent project is his family's new home (and kitchen!), which he has built from the ground up near Far Hills, New Jersey. Matthew's interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, HGTV Magazine, Elle Décor, and Traditional Home, among others.
Ramey has worked in the design business for 15-plus years. She spent eight years at Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, where she acted as the Hospitality Director, sourcing products for luxury hotels such as Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, and Starwood Hotels. In 2003, Ramey started her own interior decorating firm, Griffin Design Source, which has garnished fans from around the country. Ramey currently lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and two children.
An award-winning kitchen designer, Susan is designer and founder of Bornholm Kitchen and Scandinavian Made and has owned and operated her kitchen and bath design firm for 20 years. A speaker in the US and Europe on kitchen design and a consultant to major kitchen and bath brands, Susan's expertise makes her a go-to resource in the industry. Susan's own blog, The Kitchen Designer, is the number one blog authored by a professional kitchen designer today.