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Libby Langdon named Industry Design Luminary at IFDA event

 Carolinas Chapter members attending the Night of Luminaries include Kathleen Koch, left; Joanne Hoover; Susan Connor; designer, author and TV makeover expert Libby Langdon; Bonnie Peterson and Robin Gainey, chapter president.Carolinas Chapter members attending the Night of Luminaries include Kathleen Koch, left; Joanne Hoover; Susan Connor; designer, author and TV makeover expert Libby Langdon; Bonnie Peterson and Robin Gainey, chapter president.
 Eight senior design stars selected by area schools joined TV personality Libby Langdon for the IFDA Carolinas Chapter Night of Luminaries. From left are Amber Woody, Dana Skelton, Rachel Harris, Allison Carithers, Langdon, Shannon Clinton, Ariel Shockley, Jessica Rose and Cassie Bradfield.Eight senior design stars selected by area schools joined TV personality Libby Langdon for the IFDA Carolinas Chapter Night of Luminaries. From left are Amber Woody, Dana Skelton, Rachel Harris, Allison Carithers, Langdon, Shannon Clinton, Ariel Shockley, Jessica Rose and Cassie Bradfield.

HIGH POINT — The stars were bright at Night of Luminaries, an event here this week hosted by the Carolinas Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Assn. and featuring designer, author and TV room makeover expert Libby Langdon.

Langdon was presented with an engraved crystal vase as the Carolinas IFDA 2012 Industry Design Luminary.

She was joined at the event by IFDA members and guests, including eight senior student design stars from area colleges and universities. The students' projects were on display, reflecting a variety of design themes from furniture, restaurant and room designs to sustainable furnishings and architecture.

The students, selected by their schools as the top senior design students, were Cassandra Bradfield, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Allison Carithers, Forsyth Tech; Shannon Clinton, Salem College; Rachel Harris, Randolph Community College; Jessica Rose, High Point University; Ariel Shockley, Appalachian State University; Dana Skelton, North Carolina State University, and Amber Rogers Woody, Meredith College.

A High Point native, Langdon studied fashion in New York and began a career as a designer that eventually landed her on the Fox TV show "Design Invasion." She was given $6,000, one handyman and a painter, and the challenge of transforming a room.

"The best part of this entire shooting process was how much I enjoyed working with real people on camera.... They were so thankful and appreciative it was incredible." She said her goal was to create the room they always wanted but didn't know how to make it happen.

As a designer, she took on a broad array of projects and began writing about them and her design choices - everything from how to layer bed linens to hosting the perfect New Year's Eve party. She found her niche in "Small Space, Big Style" on HGTV, creating stylish decorating ideas for small space living. She authored a book on that theme, "Libby Langdon's Small Space Solutions."

She has followed with more magazine and TV appearances. She also has partnered with High Point's Braxton Culler to design an upholstery line, and also designs for Tiger Rug.

She also recently started shooting a new half-hour makeover show that will launch in January, according to IFDA.

"I never know where the day is going to take me so I try a lot of things, work really hard ... have a can-do spirit in a get-it-done body," Langdon told the IFDA group. "Thank you for giving me this incredible honor in such a special place, my hometown!"

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