Our Mentors

Annilee Waterman

Annilee Waterman Design

 Annilee Waterman has 30 years of art & design experience. Building on her Fine Arts and Interior Design degrees,  years of experience on Film & Television sets, & nearly 20 years as an Interior Designer, Annilee offers Rendering, Design Consulting, Custom Home Plans & Training for clients globally. She has utilized 3d modeling and rendering extensively and works daily on designs for  clients, as well as drafting, modeling and rendering for architects and designers. Over the years, she has become proficient using various programs, and understanding their integrations.


mentoring focus:

  • eDesign Platform Trainer
  • Chief Architect
  • Chief Architect, Revit, AutoCAD Integration

Brigett Mercado

DBM Interior Design

Upon graduating with a AA & AS in Interior Design from Seminole State College Florida in 2002, Brigett started working towards getting hands-on kitchen design experience.  She had worked as a kitchen and bath designer for over 16 years and now the proud business is owner and CEO of DBM Interiors since 2016


She is a Allied member of ASID and NKBA Member.


She is married with two adult daughters, 3 grandsons and one dog named Hairy.


mentoring focus:

  • eDesign Platform Trainer
  • 2020 Integration into eDesign Tribe platform via Sketchup
  • Kitchen and Bath layouts that follow NKBA guidelines

Robin Baron

Robin Baron Design

Robin Baron, celebrity interior designer, lifestyle expert, and luxury home-furnishings designer, thrives on creating homes that are unique while maintaining a warm and inviting atmosphere. Reflecting her motto that “Confidence Begins at Home™”, she prides herself on her ability to capture her clients’ individual personalities and bring positivity into their homes. Robin has significant experience on TV, video and radio including appearing on HGTV, Bravo and NBC and has been featured in many print and online publications.


Robin tours the country as a spokesperson, and leads educational speaking engagements that are fun and dynamic, speaking to audiences at events both within the industry as well as to the public. She enjoys providing lifestyle and design tips through her award-winning blog “Simplifying Fabulous!™” and her multi-platform social media presence.


mentoring focus:

All facets of design and the business of design


Colleen Primm

Colleen Primm Design

I'm Colleen, owner and interior decorator at Colleen Primm Design. My path to Interior Design was a little unconventional but I believe everything happens for a reason and my design journey was no different. I had been in the banking industry for about 12 years when I decided to make the change to Interior Design. When I was working in the banking field I underwrote commercial loans and later in my career I wrote mortgage loans and also trained other mortgage bankers to write loans as well. I am the only Interior Designer that can not only decorate your home, but I can also talk to you about your mortgage! After having my second child I finally decided to turn my passion for design into reality. I went back to school for Interior Design, and I haven't looked back.


mentoring focus:

  • Business of Interior Design
  • Sales for Creatives
  • Facebook Group Expert

Lauren Brantley

Lauren Ashley Design

Lauren started her career as an e-designer in college. She transitioned her company into a DVA services business, assisting other designers, architects, and contractors quickly growing a strong clientele. Her heart's passion is rendering but what makes her DVA business different is marketing strategies. Lauren truly believes in the power of marketing your business as a DVA or interior designer is the way to success.


Over recent years, Lauren has become proficient in 3d modeling and rendering platforms, graphic design tools, and marketing strategies. She uses these tools daily in her life as a DVA, with her design clients and her personal projects. These various capabilities and relationships are how she builds rapport with her clientele. 


mentoring focus:

  • eDesign Platform Trainer
  • Designer Virtual Assistance

Angie Scott

Angie Scott Design

Are you an interior designer that is curious about well-being and would like to incorporate it into your business? My name is Dr. Angie Scott and wellness and the built environment are my sweet spot! I am a residential designer, interior design professor, and well-being strategistwho would love to help you navigate the well-being space. I have been in the interior design profession for 20 years, with the last 10 in these roles. In addition to teaching, I conduct research, and speak about wellness nationwide. My business is all about transforming my clients lives by using research-based well-being practices. People spend 90% of their time indoors and consumers are becoming more and more aware of the need for well-being. Therefore, I believe as interior designers, we should understand how space can affect our client’s behavior and ability to support an optimal life. Click on the link below to discuss how I can help you with understanding this topic in more depth and ways to incorporate it into your business through my

mentoring sessions! 


mentoring focus:

Interior design for well-being

Sharon Otto

Sharon Otto Interiors Business Mentoring

Are you running your business with intention? At the core of your business is YOU. Discovering the most authentic version of yourself in order to run an intentional business that speaks to your purpose is always the priority of collaborative mentoring sessions with Sharon Otto.


Sharon has built her design business over the last 4 years and has 20 years of experience in corporate training and coaching. She holds a Masters in Organizational Development, is tech-savvy, and is certified in MBTI (you know the extravert/introvert stuff!).


mentoring focus:

New Business Setup Brand, Niching, and Ideal Client Development Customer Journey Mapping Utilizing MBTI (Myers Briggs) to Grow Your Business and Yourself Building eDesign into your Business Using the eDesign Tribe Platform in your Business Business Systems & Processes


Val Malnar

Orangetree Interiors

Val Malnar is a passionate entrepreneur that takes an out-of-the-box approach in everything she does. From offering interior decorating services online to developing an online interior design course for DIY and design enthusiasts, to mentoring and coaching newbie interior design professionals on how to get their businesses up and running as quickly as possible, she relies on creative thinking to develop products and services that speak to her clients’ highest values.

Val is the Founder of Orangetree Interiors, a Certified Interior Decorator, an award-winning eDesigner, creator of the DIY Interior Design Course and business mentor and coach. She has a background in Marketing and a passion for making connections, whether it’s between her clients and their home design projects or with their personal and professional development. Val has is an honours graduate of both the Interior Decorating program and Business Administration – Marketing at Conestoga College.


mentoring focus:

Visual Branding & Developing Brand Voice

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