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Welcome to Florabundance Inspirational Design Days 2014
An Official Chapel Designer Event.

This conference is the result of an ongoing relationship between Joost Bongaerts, owner of Florabundance and Holly Chapple, owner of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, LTD and Chapel Designers.

Joost has been the flower sponsor of Chapel Designer Events, hosted by Holly, in NYC. In January of 2013 Joost invited Holly to be a guest speaker and designer at his first event, Florabundance Inspirational Design Days, in Santa Barbara, CA

Because of the success of past events, Joost and Holly decided to combine resources and experience to produce this combined event for Florabundance and Chapel Designers

This year’s event will be hosted by the Chapel Designers at the Hilton Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, CA. The event will start on January 20, 2014 at 9AM and will end at 4PM on January 22.


The conference unofficially starts with a welcome “get together” on Sunday evening in the hotel lobby bar. Please join us at 6 PM, and we’ll start the introductions and get to know each other.

On Monday, January 20, the conference will begin in one of the hotel’s conference rooms.  This will be an ideal location to host our full day of guest speakers, and open discussion.

Tuesday and Wednesday January 21 and 22 are our designated design days. We will begin the day by taking a short bus ride to the lovely Sunstone Villa in Santa Ynez, CA. Once we arrive guest designers will speak and display their techniques during a training session. Then everyone will be given an opportunity to design. Lunch will be provided both days and the bus will return us to the Fess Parker Hotel each afternoon.

The Chapel Designers Conference is at it’s best “after hours”. In the evening we may be able to secure a conference room for an additional casual get-together or we will plan on taking over the hotel’s lobby and lounge- networking and laughing until late in the evening.


Our “home base” is the Fess Parker Hilton located at 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. We have reserved a block of rooms for our event at a discounted rate. We cannot guarantee room rates after this block has been secured. For reservations call (805) 564-4333.

Complimentary Internet access (wi-fi) and parking may be included in rate.

Room rates quoted may not include taxes and fees. Fees may be subject to change.

All contractual terms between attendee and hotel and, reservations, charges, and expenses are attendee’s responsibility.

NOTE: There are many hotels in the area, but we recommend staying at the Hilton so that you can get the most out of your Chapel Designers’ networking experience.


The following travel information is from:

By Car

From the south or north, follow U.S. Highway 101 and the Pacific Coast Highway, which become the same road at various stages. Santa Barbara is just a 90-mile drive (144 km) from Los Angeles; we recommend taking the scenic route along Highway 1 via Malibu. From San Francisco, we’re just 325 miles (523 km) down the road. Again, if you have time, take the slower route along two-lane Highway One through Big Sur and Cambria to gaze at stunning views along the way-this section of the PCH is one of the nation’s most famous drives.

By Rail

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner travels 12 times daily between San Diego and San Luis Obispo. The Coast Starlight journeys daily between Los Angeles and Seattle, with stops in Oakland/San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland. Both trains stop at the Amtrak station in downtown Santa Barbara at 209 State Street. Info: 800.USA.RAIL,

By Air

Fly nonstop to the Santa Barbara Airport from Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, OR (seasonally), San Francisco, and Seattle via five commercial airlines. It’s just 10 miles north of downtown. Connect through Los Angeles International Airport or San Francisco International Airport for one-stop international access. Info: 805.967.7111,


Transportation to and from event and within Santa Barbara- except when specifically stated in the agenda.

Accommodations- Hotel rooms and all applicable hotel charges

Food- All meals unless specifically stated in the agenda.


The Chapel Designers networking experience

One day of conference time with guest speakers from many facets of the event industry.

Two days of guest designer and/or design time.

Discounts from our sponsors

Discounted hotel room rates- limited number of rooms available, first come first served

Meet and consult with Holly Chapple

Chapel Designer Membership- requirements and restriction apply

Access to the Chapel Designers private forum- requirements and restriction apply

Francoise Weeks, Holly Heider Chapple, Nancy Liu Chin and Joseph Massie will be teaching. Social Media will be handled by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs.