Samantha Nestor has been a vital link for bringing together manufacturers, interior designers, media, and charities with patrons and consumers for nearly two decades. Author, editor, producer, brand builder and interior design insider, she is an accomplished creator of experiential programs, strategic partnerships, and is a much sought-after voice of the design-industry. Samantha is a skilled negotiator and an ambassador of ideas, who successfully connects people and companies in strategic alliances for mutual benefit.
Personable and outgoing Samantha is regularly called upon to speak publicly on home design. She has appeared on television and radio, and been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other publications.
Samantha was Special Projects Editor at Metropolitan Home Magazine and a contributor to pointclickhome.com. During her tenure at Met Home she created digital promotions, online competitions and represented the magazine at public appearances and educational programs. She was most highly regarded for managing the design relationships for The Showtime Show Houses and the Modern by Design franchise. Most critical, she sought and solicited the design teams, assembling a who's who of participants, including: Markus Dochantschi, Vicente Wolfe, Jamie Drake, Richard Mishaan, Piero Lissoni, Christopher Coleman, and Barbara Barry. In 2010 she was engaged by Elle Decor to lead, manage and oversee the Elle Decor inaugural show home in San Francisco.
Samantha was previously Communications Director for The New York Design Center, where she worked with major name furniture brands to develop innovative consumer targeted integrated marketing programs that are still in place today. At NYDC, Samantha orchestrated collaborations between shelter media and charitable organizations including: Architectural Digest, AIA, Domino, Elle Decor, DIFFA, Alpha Workshops, and Museum of the City of New York, among countless others.
She began her career in the non-profit and cultural arts sector, a good fit with her degrees in Art History and Communications from Cornell University. First she was employed at the New York Public Library and then The Frick Collection, where Samantha instituted the Young Fellows as well as the corporate event program.
Clarkson Potter published her first book, The Luxury Bathroom, in 2008. Soon after, she released, Living with Wine -- featuring collectors Ryan Seacrest and Pixar Studios founder John Lasseter, to critical acclaim. To date, the book is in its second printing has been enthusiastically reviewed in more than 80 publications worldwide. "A gorgeous photographic trip to the cellars of our dreams" writes New York Times wine columnist Eric Asimov.