Karl Champley was the host of the award winning shows DIY to the Rescue, Wasted Spaces and Home & Family on HGTV, DIY and Hallmark Networks. He has hosted over 300 episodes viewed in over 100 million homes in the United States and is seen in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Turkey and several other countries around the world. Both of his home improvement shows "DIY To The Rescue" and "Wasted Spaces" have won 7 Telly and Aurora awards. Karl was the winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge with Ellen DeGeneres. Reaching the highest viewership HGTV had ever experienced.
Karl Champley, is an Award-Winning Master Builder, Television and Radio host, Home Inspector, Author, speaker, judge and Environmental Building Consultant in both the United States and Australia. Since 1983 when Karl started his apprenticeship as a carpenter, he has won several awards for his work on homes, colleges, libraries, restaurants, fire stations, and even the world-famous Glass House situated in the Royal Sydney Botanical Gardens. He was awarded the Australian achiever award for his design and construction company in 2001. His passionate and no-nonsense approach to home improvement has earned him a well-deserved notoriety in the building industry.
The homes he has designed and built have been featured in publications around the world. Champley genuinely loves to teach homeowners new do-it yourself skills, how to save money, get up to date with the latest trends and innovations, use tools correctly and get empowered.
Karl has worked along side some great entertainers and industry professionals in many Habitat For Humanity & other non profit organization projects around the USA. He is also an animal advocate for the Wildlife Waystation in Los Angeles. He is an ambassador for AdaptaVet to help prevent suicides in our military. He is also a trendsetter and insider for the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) and he is extremely passionate about helping children and young adults find their way.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, he now lives in Los Angeles, California since 2001.
Karl will appear on the Main Stage Sponsored by Slumberland Furniture on:
Friday, February 16
6:30pm Meet and Greet
Saturday, February 17
3:00pm Meet and Greet
5:30pm Meet and Greet
Sunday, February 18
2:00pm Meet and Greet
John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their passion for prints and pattern, the Madcap gents—along with their pound-rescue posse, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia—scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique viewpoint. Imagine a British country house that pairs centuries-old antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a splash of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.
“If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree,” quips Jason. “We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are bespoke, sophisticated, and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly fun—and always livable. John and I have dogs and nieces and nephews—we get it.” Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; and a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
The Madcap Cottage gents run their firm—an ever-changing design laboratory—from the heart of High Point, North Carolina, the hub for American decorative arts. The Madcaps’ latest book, “Prints Charming: How to Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns,” will debut from Abrams in October 2017. The Madcap Cottage gents’ vintage and antique selections can be found at One Kings Lane and at 1stDibs.com, and their licensed product collections are available through Robert Allen @Home, Howard Elliott, Smith + Noble, and HSN.
Follow the Madcap Cottage adventures on Instagram and Facebook, and read their design blog, Demystifying Design, recently named by Domino magazine as one of the Top 100 Design Blogs, at www.madcapcottage.com.
Madcap Cottage will appear on the Main Stage Sponsored by Slumberland Furniture on:
Friday, February 16
4:00pm Meet and Greet
Saturday, February 17
11:30am Meet and Greet
1:00pm Presentation Only