By Gail M Davis
Design Perspectives May 26, 2023
EPISODE - 137 AMY YOUNGBLOOD
Amy’s career in interior design began over 20 years ago. She has worked for several interior design firms, both residential and commercial. With a strong background as an accomplished artist, Amy fused her creative abilities along with her business and design experience to launch Amy Youngblood Interiors in 2009. Both her artwork and design commissions have been featured over the years in the local and national media. Amy’s appreciation of all styles has made her known for her clean lined, yet comfortable, sophisticated look. Their spaces tend to flow; are elegant with often a hint of eclecticism. Amy and her team appreciate each client’s individuality and by listening to their clients tastes and needs, they lead them in the direction of a beautiful yet functional home.
Amy Youngblood Interiors is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier.
EPISODE 136 - CHRISTINA KIM
Christina Kim is the principal designer and owner of Christina Kim Interior Design, a New Jersey-based firm specialized in the ground up construction of modern beach homes. Once an aspiring actress, her obsession with design and innate curiosity lead her to the world of interiors. Her work is influenced by the scenes in LA, NYC and Paris. She is guided by her design education, travels and a lifetime of training her eye. In her spare time, she hunts for vintage treasures! Christina leads a busy life in the Jersey shore town of Manasquan with her husband and four children. http://www.christinakiminteriordesign.com/
EPISODE 135 - GINGER CURTIS
Ginger Curtis is an award-winning interior designer, book author, Instagram Influencer, and serial entrepreneur. She is an expert in modern luxury design and has a passion for all things beautiful. After surviving cancer, she began Urbanology Designs in 2015 to inspire and help others elevate their homes' beauty, comfort, and function. Ginger is known for stunning and inspirational design. Her distinctive ability to connect with clients and bring their dreams into reality has led to multiple "best of" awards for design and customer service year after year. She's appeared on several TV and radio shows, podcasts and featured in over 100 magazines and digital publications. Her new and highly acclaimed book, "Beauty By Design," is available nationwide. She is a professional member of the BBB, Interior Design Society, and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Keller with her husband Eric and their five beautiful children. https://www.urbanologydesigns.com/
EPISODE 134 - DEBBIE TRAVIN
Since Debbie grew up in the world of haute couture accompanying her family on business trips to Italy to purchase men’s luxury fashion, she always had an innate sense of style and a keen eye for color. Her early career in the fashion industry led to the discovery of her passion for design and eye for detail in interior design. From then on, her keen sense of style began to grow and turned into a successful career and now there are interior design by Debbie which are too much impressive.
Debbie currently lives in both New York City and Miami, Florida with her husband Michael and their three children. When she is not in the Decoration & Design Building (DDB) finding beautiful fabrics for custom furniture, etc she likes to travel, go running in the park or join an early morning yoga class.
EPISODE 133 - RAQUEL LANGWORTHY
Raquel Langworthy has been taking photos and telling stories since childhood. She earned a BFA in art history from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.S. from the VCU Brandcenter (a program that marries strategy, creative and business). After working in advertising as an art director for brands such as Chobani, Amazon Kindle, CNN, Denny's and Kotex she decided it was time to take a leap of faith and follow her heart to pursue visual storytelling through photography in 2011. Within three short years she had the pleasure of working with many commercial brands, including Discovery Channel, Boden Clothing, Canon Cameras, the TV show Cake Boss, and a host of other small business clients. Most recently she has worked with securing a niche in the the interiors and decor world by helping interior designers capture the essence of their designs both through photography and styling assistance. She has been published in print as well as a various web publication for her photos of interiors, children, food and decor. Raquel has always loved to to travel and forever learns from the people and places she encounters. In 2014 and 2015 she had the opportunity to tour the U.S. documenting the unique mornings and evenings of 30 different families.
EPISODE 132 - AMY FLURRY
Amy Flurry operates a boutique communications and brand development firm in Athens, Georgia. Along with her team and advisor, they partner with companies in the home furnishings industry to develop and and implement focused communication plans, expand marketing strategies to connect to the interior design trade and apply trend direction to product development.
Amy has two decades of editorial experience, producing features and writing for top print and online publications. In 2011 Amy authored Recipe for Press (Pitch Your Story and Create a Buzz,) and is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of DIY PR. Recipe for Press (Designer Edition) is her newest book with the tools interior designers need to take advantage of the press opportunities available to creative professionals. The book took shape after two years as creative director of the first-of-its kind project management app for interior design professionals.
Amy is co-founder of Paper-Cut-Project, a company that conceives highly crafted installations for fashion houses including Hermes, Kate Spade, Valentino, Christies and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She is also principal in aloka, a home accessories company with an emphasis on limited-supply vintage pillows and throws thoughtfully styled for today’s living.
EPISODE 131 - BROOKE LANG
Brooke Lang graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters of Architecture degree. Her design career began in 2006 while working for some of Chicago’s top architecture firms including Brazley, Epstein Global and Harding Partners. Brooke studied overseas at the Sede di Roma facilities in Rome and won the Donald E. Bergeson Sustainable Design Award for the “Office of the Future” design concept.
Since 2008, Brooke has been involved in a number of organizations including the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Interior Design Peer Alliance (IDPA), NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) and Grove3547, a Bronzeville community organization. In addition, she also taught architecture history classes for City Colleges of Chicago Center for Distance Learning program.
EPISODE 130 - GAIL M DAVIS
What is it going to take to allow children to feel safe in school again? The real reason why 2 of the Tennessee 3 was expelled.
EPISODE - 129 RENEE BUSH
Renee founded Tandem to address the conflict that often arises in the space between creativity and structure in business. She knew there was a better way to achieve success– by creating a sharp vision and building systems that work in tandem with the design process instead of trying to control it. Tandem puts design at the center of everything we do. We look at each client, business, and vision individually to find the best possible solution to align with our client’s values and desired goals.
Renee is the business-minded problem solver. She understands the interior design industry, knows how to get straight to the heart of any issue, and always has a creative solution up her sleeve. https://with-tandem.com/
EPISODE 128 - DAVINA OGILVIE
Davina Ogilvie is founder of Wovn Home, a direct-to-consumer custom window treatments company based in New York.
After growing up in Bangkok, Thailand surrounded by beautiful custom window treatments, Davina was surprised to find a lack of options to choose from when she was decorating her own Manhattan apartment. When she turned to local upholstery shops, she found they were incredibly expensive and also required months-long lead times. On the other hand, big box retailers only offered standard sizes that were often poor quality. Rather than choosing either of these less-than-desirable options, she decided to use her previous experience from working in the New York fashion industry to create her own custom window treatments. From this experience, she created and launched Wovn Home in September 2019, offering designer-quality custom window treatments at an accessible price point.
Wovn Home’s fabrics are made of luxurious linens sourced from premium textile mills in Belgium, while the patterns are designed exclusively for Wovn and screen printed in Los Angeles. The brand’s drapes, shades and pillows are produced in North Carolina through family owned workrooms that have generations of experience and knowledge in the industry to ensure a quality product. Through Wovn Home, Davina hopes to enable consumers and designers alike to create beautifully customized spaces that complement and reflect their own style and preferences.
EPISODE 127 - DARCY GUTTWEIN
Darcy Guttwein is a season world traveler with a passion for lifestyle improvement. She has spent over two decades designing at-home luxury lifestyle experiences that exemplify “Hotels to Home” living.
What if you could live the luxury hotel experience at home, every day? Hotels to Home answers that question by creating a new lifestyle template that bridges the gap between your fondest hotel memories and everyday living.
Imagine stepping into your entryway with the eager anticipation as when entering your favorite hotel lobby, defining your family's hotel brand as a lifestyle strategy, finely orchestrating room service for your household, or celebrating the end of each day with personalized turndown service. Taking what might have once been considered ordinary homelife and making your address a highly coveted destination.
Less memoir, more guidebook. Peek into the author's travel essays and enjoy prompts to excavate your own vacation preferences that reveal a holiday lifestyle at home. Welcome to the Hotels to Home lifestyle!
EPISODE 126 - GAIL M DAVIS
I am back and, I will be slightly pivoting the message. Racism is an important part of the fibers of this country. While I will still discuss design...I will also address yt supremacy as it is designed into the fibers of this country. While I am a proud American...I am also disappointed with the death grip that yt folks have on their privilege. This is NOT an attack (although it may FEEL like it) but what it is, is an observation on casual racism.
Thank you for coming to my TedTalk.
EPISODE 125 - AMY FLURRY
Here are a few questions that I had for Amy:
What is my “why?”
I am a creative person and a business owner and I understand the necessity and the difficulties of communicating your own story well. Given my background in editorial, I felt I could demystify and simplify what it means to be “press ready" from that perspective, which is just one perspective but an important one when trying to get your message out there!
Who is my clientele?
Mainly interior designers. Increasingly small manufacturers and brands in the interiors industry. The communications component that is now so closely bound to business continues to express itself in new ways within the design community, whether with showrooms, design centers, or large design markets.
How to be “pitch perfect”?
First, understand that writers and editors look for the special in your work, a point of view. You can learn what it means to communicate that in my book, Recipe for Press: Designer Edition.
But in a nutshell, pitching requires clarity, reliability, consistency and reciprocity. It is a process that takes time and valuing the process of creating relationships within the design community.
Elevator pitch in three seconds.
You be you, with conviction! I treasure people’s story. I always have.
EPISODE 124 - GAIL M DAVIS
This is the kitchen renovation episode! My kitchen renovation to be exact! I have been toiling away for the past 4 months working on my kitchen. I have learned A LOT and will share my journey. This kitchen was designed with the grown & sexy in mind! I want it to feel like you are experiencing your favorite restaurant whose dining area is sultry & moody. I wanted it to be a visceral tactile experience.
Thank you to House Beautiful and the following sponsors for being so AMAZING to work with:
Emtek - https://www.emtek.com/
Monogram - https://www.monogram.com/
The Tile Shop - https://www.tileshop.com/
Fabuwood - https://www.fabuwood.com/
Leeor Zorel - https://www.thezorelgroup.com/
EPISODE 123 - ANNE HEPFER
Anne started her eponymous firm after relocating to Toronto 15 years ago after working for Daniel Romuladez on all Tory and Chris Burch's projects. She was House & Home's Designer of the Year in 2021 and has been featured in House Beautiful (her home was the cover story), The Wall St Journal, AD, Domino to name a few. She just released her first ever design and lifestyle book, MOOD, which is available on Amazon and in select stores.
More about MOOD
In Anne Hepfer’s world, a home is a complex reflection of who you are, and the people, places and ideas that matter most. For this, her first, book, the acclaimed designer explores the power of a stylish and soul-nourishing refuge of one’s own. Drawing inspiration from influences as wide-ranging as travel, music, food and drink, fashion, and nature, Hepfer shares her process and opens the doors to the masterful spaces she has crafted for both international clients and her own family. Filled with exuberant color and meditative reflections, MOOD is an ever-evolving journey through the seven key emotions a brilliantly designed home should evoke: happy, relaxed, energized, cozy, sexy, tranquil, and nostalgic.
EPISODE 122 - LIZ LIDGETT
Liz Lidgett's passion for art allowed her to see that competent art consulting for private companies and corporations was a need that wasn’t being filled. With that in mind, she began her art consultation business, Adore Your Walls, in 2013. Since then, her business has grown and she recognized once again that online and national consulting – the type that exists for furniture and interior design – was completely absent for the world of art and has expanded her services, including a gallery space. With her developed expertise, Adore Your Walls has evolved into her new brand: Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design. Within the rebrand, Liz continues to consult, partner with artists and regularly contribute to design publications across the country.
EPISODE 121 - PULP DESIGN STUDIOS
Co-founded in 2007 by interior designers Beth Dotolo and Carolina V. Gentry, Pulp Design Studios is an iconic force to be reckoned with in the world of interiors, and the firm brings a sense of adventure to the business of design.
With a forward-thinking approach to commerce and design, Pulp has established a unique viewpoint that combines luxury design and a flair for the unexpected. With studios in Seattle, Dallas, and Los Angeles, the Pulp team works with residential and commercial clients across the country, helping them define a personal style and transforming interiors into spaces that are brag-worthy and innovative.
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EPISODE 119 - TODD RAYMOND
Todd Raymond, principal of the firm, founded the studio in April of 2020. While opening a new design firm in the midst of a global pandemic presented unique challenges, Todd did not let that deter him. He already has a few exciting projects in the pipeline that we'd be happy to share with you. Before opening his firm, Todd worked with the likes of top designers such as Tony Chi and Pembrooke and Ives as well as AD100 designers Dan Fink and Shawn Henderson.
EPISODE 118 - HEIDI CALLIER
Heidi Caillier Design is a full-service interior design firm, with a project portfolio spanning San Francisco, Los Angeles, New England, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The studio is experienced in everything from new build construction to simple room refreshes. We work closely with architects, builders, contractors, furniture makers, and artisans to create unique spaces that are client-friendly and speak to your specific needs.
Our design philosophy is based on the belief that homes should be comfortable and livable while at the same time beautiful and curated. Our style mixes old with new, integrating textures and color, layered with pieces that feel travelled and have history. An intrinsic love of vintage furniture and materials that feature raw and natural textures balance our appreciation of color and pattern to create spaces that feel practical and effortless.
EPISODE 117 -GAIL M DAVIS
In this episode, I talk about failure and supporting women. Both are SUPER important in life and I want to provide some perspective to ease your anxiety. Failure is wonderful! It allows you to know what is NOT working and that you need to redirect on how you are going to move in a different way.
Women supporting women can happen. We just need to be honest about why it is so important...is it because you are looking to get something or are you REALLY about watching women win.
EPISODE 116 - GAIL M DAVIS
I hope you will join me in Newport, California at The Haven List Workshop, October 4-6. Please click on the link below to sign up.
I also talk about The San Francisco Fall Show and the lack of BIPOC representation. If we are to ever to turn the corner on inclusion, then we must ALL hold each other accountable. We can ALL win if we share.
EPISODE 115 - EUGENE COLBERG
Eugene Colberg is an architect with twenty-five years’ experience producing award-winning architecture and interiors both in the United States and internationally. He has designed imaginative and environmentally sensitive residential projects, directed projects at recognized New York institutions, and helped master plan higher education campuses nationwide. His retail projects have successfully dovetailed architectural design and brand identity and expression. He has a BArch from Cornell University, is a Registered Architect in the State of New York, a LEED Green Associate, and is NCARB certified.
Colberg Architecture is a Certified Minority Owned Business with the City and State of New York and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
EPISODE 114 - GAIL M DAVIS
It is time for you to be SELFISH! There, I said it! It is time for you to be ok with taking time out from the world to connect/reconnect with who YOU are and what you want for your life. To live a life that is fulfilled, you have to be ok with taking time to be alone and shutting the world out. It is time to live your BEST life! Learn to live OUT LOUD!
EPISODE 113 - CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK
Christopher Peacock began his career in the early eighties working at Terence Conran’sfurniture store in London. He launched Christopher Peacock Cabinetry in 1992, beginning with a kitchen display in a small store in Greenwich CT. He has established himself as the paradigm of beautiful hand-crafted, British inspired cabinetry made to order in the heart of West Virginia. He has showrooms across the globe, designs in luxury residential buildings and numerous high profile clients from the world of art, sports and business. Since then he has opened showrooms throughout the U.S. and Europe, with locations in Greenwich,Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Short Hills, Dallas and Nashville.
EPISODE 112 - WILL ZHANG
EPISODE 111 - KATE LESTER
Kate Lester is the creative director and CEO of Kate Lester Interiors & Kate Lester HOME. With a diversely talented design team in her studio, and two retail stores in Southern California, Kate is thrilled to be spreading her unique design vision with the masses.
Her style ethos is all about creating spaces that weave classic lines, vintage finds, modern moments, and an infusion of at least “one weird thing”.
Kate attended USC’s prestigious Marshall School of Business, and went on to study Design and Architecture at Otis College in Los Angeles. Her industry experience includes working for some of Hollywood’s most famous designers before launching her own firm in 2010.
Thriving at the intersection of livable luxury, humor, and realism, Kate believes that the homes she designs should always be carefully crafted, thoughtfully curated, and a direct reflection of the people who inhabit them.
When not designing, Kate can be found in Southern California dragging her family to flea markets, running on the beach, or hesitantly participating in a plethora of extreme sports with her extremely persuasive (and brave) husband and daughter.
EPISODE 110 - SHAWN WREDE
Shawn Wrede is the newly appointed showroom manager of the Ferguson Kitchen, Bath and Lighting Gallery in Fairfield, NJ. A seven-year veteran of the company, she joined Ferguson in 2015 as a showroom customer service representative in Clifton, NJ. Within a year, she transitioned to a sales consultant role at the same showroom location. Most recently, Shawn continued to evolve her skillset for building relationships through a position with the Outside Builder Sales team. She returned to the showroom in a leadership role in April 2022 to continue to grow new relationships, develop her team, and to pursue a personal passion for design.
In her spare time, Shawn enjoys hanging out with her husband and their dog, traveling, and renovating their new forever home!
EPISODE 109 - GAIL M DAVIS
Today I am sounding off about the state of the world! Where is the humanity??? I am sharing my thoughts on political topics. I am not a scholar...however, I AM HUMAN! I want the world to ask. "Am I not my brother's keeper?"
EPISODE 107 - MICHELLE LYNNE
Interior Designers are creatives at heart but they often lack the business savvy required to run large scale projects, complex budgets, and a million moving pieces.
At MLIG, our background is in business first. We use our exceptional focus & sophisticated process to expertly manage and execute your project. Our clients often say, “This was the smoothest design process we’ve ever experienced.”
EPISODE 108 - MICHELLE LYNNE
Michelle began her journey in 2008 when she was the sole designer. Now, she has expanded to two full-time designers and a host of powerful relationships to the trade. There’s a special chemistry when they all get together. You’ll feel the playful, creative energy and laser-sharp attention to detail we bring to the table. Focused and unfussy, her team loves to say they take their projects seriously, but never themselves.
EPISODE 107 - DWAYNE BERGMANN
Acclaimed interior designer, Dwayne Bergmann founded his eponymous firm, Dwayne Bergmann Interiors in 2013 with the mission of reimagining and redefining environments to reflect each client’s unique needs. His consistently singular focus on perfecting his craft is a mentality he continues to apply to his design practice to create luxurious spaces highly tailored to the lives of the individuals that reside in them. Dually-based in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida the firm’s projects span across The Americas, specializing in high-end residential, commercial, and hospitality projects, from architecture and interiors to full-service design-builds. The prolifically published designer’s work has been featured in such illustrious industry titles as Luxe Interiors + Design, East Coast Home + Design, Gulfshore Life, and Naples Illustrated, among others.
With the same precision and practiced hand Dwayne and his talented team bring to each project, they’ve executed his custom furniture and newly launched cabinetry line to embody the brand’s signature essence, a seamless blend of efficiency and form with human connection at the forefront. Dwayne Bergmann’s philosophy is based on a “refusal to compromise style for function” believing “you can have it all.”
EPISODE 106 - KELLI LAMB
Kelli Lamb is the editorial director + co-principal @ruemagazine, a quarterly design magazine & digital destination for stylish living. She is also the author of the book "Home with RUE," Style for Everyone. She is originally from Boise, Idaho & currently resides in sunny Los Angeles.
EPISODE 105 - GAIL M DAVIS
Today's episode I talk about kindness. People are treating each other without humanity & respect.
I want you to do a kindness for someone without expectation. I want you to do a kindness for someone because it will make their day.
I dare you to take the challenge!
Episode 104 - Pamela Durkin
Believe it or not, I was raised on a farm in NJ taking care of over 20 horses. From that upbringing, I learned many lessons that are still very much a part of me today. The value of hard work, ethics, showing up on time, doing what you say you are going to do, attention to detail, the power of please and thank you and the notion that you always leave something better than you found it are ingrained in everything I do.
I am fascinated with classic silhouettes and beautifully crafted pieces and love to combine classic styling with more modern clean lines. I have always been inspired by the designs of the 1950s, which were modern, clean, comfortable, interesting and timeless. These traits can be seen in all my designs.
Episode 103 - Gail M Davis
Today's episode is entitled..."Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover." I recently was sourcing fabric from a local rep and per usual, the following questions ALWAYS occur; "how much?" "What is the stock?" And if you don't have it in stock..."when will it come in?" These are run of the mill questions, I don't care even if you have a client that has "no budget." Newsflash, EVERYONE has a number; even if they don't tell you. So I asked how much and the response was..."you know what they say if you have to ask?" I am sharing this episode to enlighten folks on how to NOT judge a book by its cover. I don't care how I shopped in the past. If I call on you for a particular vendor, please be very aware that I understand the vendors prices as I have done my due diligence. This happens too often in this industry with people who act as gatekeepers to keep folks out because we don't look a certain way or speak or have the right pedigree. Beauty is for ALL...not a chosen few.
EPISODE 102- GAIL M DAVIS
I am here to talk about the Meridian Experience with Albie Buabend aka @albieknows. This 4 day event takes place June 8-11th in Bellevue, Washington. Tickets are ONLY $1528!!! This event is like no other as it is spearheaded by a Black woman who understands the word "inclusive."
The list of guest speakers is insane! You won't want to miss this event!
Episode 101 - Gail M Davis
I am still on my introspective journey. How do you define success? What is your idea of happiness? Prosperity? I have a few ideas that I am sharing.
EPISODE 100 - ALBIE BUABENG
The Meridian Experience is a 4-day in person event tailored to celebrate and support the multi hyphenate design creative on their designpreneur journey through a curated curriculum & intentional relationship building.
Meridian — Making Exceptional Relationships with Interior Design Influencers through Authentic Networking — is more than just a conference. It’s an experience that’s designed to bridge the gap between interior designers & home influencers for meaningful & intentional exchanges.
It’s a conference in the way that a conference allows you to network & learn.
It’s a retreat in the way that a retreat allows you to recharge your battery.
It’s a reunion in the way that a reunion allows you to connect with your people.
EPISODE 99- GAIL M DAVIS
Hi there! It's me and I am back! I have taken some time off to be silent. I do this when life is overwhelming and I feel disconnected. It is important to take time out for yourself and your thoughts. We have to get back to learning how to be bored; there are so many distractions out there that imposter syndrome, insecurities, etc. can creep in and take over.
I am challenging you to be silent. I want you to take time to hear, do and say nothing. I want you to get back to the dreamer, the one who belly laughs, the child that found joy in discovering. It is time to tap into who you REALLY are!
EPISODE 98 - JASMINE PRUITT
Jasmine Pruitt is known for creating calm in a world full of chaos by organizing and simplifying your life. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Jasmine fell in love with keeping her personal items organized and neat at a young age. Once Jasmine graduated high school, she moved to Philadelphia where she attended Philadelphia University and majored in both Fashion Merchandising and Business. While attending PhilaU, Jasmine mastered her skills for understanding visual symmetry, and creating inviting retail spaces. She began her retail career where she was able to apply her passion and knowledge. Jasmine has 15 years of retail experience and was promoted quickly to General Manager at a few retail brands. She used her organization skills to drive and grow super profitable businesses. Jasmine’s knows that one of the most important factors of running a successful household and business is “the importance of keeping your space clean, neat, and organized”. With her strong attention to detail, she creates strategic organizational systems that keep businesses and homes running effortlessly.
Coupled with her education and retail background, Jasmine is also extremely passionate about the customer experience. Jasmine understands that each client has a specific need and it is her duty to go above and beyond to exceed their expectations. She builds and maintains strong relationships with her clients. Her clients aren’t just customers, they are her friends!
EPISODE 97 - GAIL M DAVIS
Living in the moment is SO important! I was for sure that Covid-19 taught the world such valuable lessson of slowing down. But now, everyone is over staying home & forgetting the VALUE of time! Time with family. Time with friends. Time with ones thoughts. I watched folks learn to LOVE the slower pace, it forced them to lean into taking life in as oppose to blowing through it. I want to challenge folks to soak up EVERY minute of their lives & TRULY FEEL each moment. Life is NOT short. Life is LONG! Make it count!
EPISODE 96 - RASHEEDA GRAY
Launched in 2016, by House Beautiful Next Wave Designer, Rasheeda Gray, Gray Space is a full-service design firm focused on curating interiors that are contemporary, chic and classic. From new construction builds to whole house renovations, Gray Space specializes in residential and boutique commercial projects throughout the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), New Jersey and Delaware area. Through a thoughtful and collaborative design process, the Gray Space team works to design spaces that reflect who you are and will inspire you for years to come.
EPISODE 95 - JULIA MILLER
We can’t emphasize enough the importance we place on fit—in both personality and style. We focus on quality over quantity, partnering on projects that reflect our values and our soulful aesthetic. While we listen to the architecture of the house, our process is very much client-driven, focusing on function and your style preferences. We aim to add a tailor made feel to your home. Staying small and intentional is the goal of our studio.
Values are important to us—while we strive for uniqueness, we look for items that will last. We also honor and believe in true craftsmanship and love having the opportunity to source from smaller makers. We love to tell a story through our sourcing. We use vintage pieces whenever we can to lean into our values of sustainability and quality.
EPISODE 94 - STEPHANIE SABBE
Stephanie believes tht good esign is not embodied in a specific design style. Good design is the careful consideration of scale and proportion; the study of light and color. It tells of the old while embracing the new. It reflects a life, YOUR life. And every interior space, just like every life, shoud be one of a kind.
EPISODE 93 - GAIL M DAVIS
This is a special episode to discuss true commitment when it comes to anti-racist work. I am watching folks check boxes like it is a to do list. I am here to tell you that it is NOT! This is a life long commitment of unlearning raciscm as well as looking at your privilege under a magnifying lens. It is not enought to attend a rally or write a check to a black organization, it is way more than that! My question to you is, "are you REALLY committed?" It looks like you want recognition for your performance.
EPISODE 92 - REGINE LABOSSIERE
Regine is a renaissance DIY Maven! She is all about her love for interior design and all that makes a house a home, from DIY projects, home renovations, interviews with interior designers, and the Haitian food she is cooking up in the Kreyol Kitchen.
EPISODE 91 -DEESHA DYER
Deesha Dyer is the Founder & CEO of Hook & Fasten, a social impact firm. Dyer is an award-winning event strategist, community organizer, and speaker who specializes in transforming ideas into causes that create tangible change. A 2019 Resident Fellow for the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, her career and personal journey reflects an unwavering passion for servant leadership, civic engagement, and social justice.
On her journey from a 31-year old community college student intern to social secretary for the Obama White House, Deesha resolved to not only open, but build doors of opportunity, support, and access to others. Deesha worked with the President and First Lady to plan and arrange all official and personal events hosted at the White House. She coordinated the historic visit of Pope Francis, State Dinners with leaders from China, Canada, Italy, Singapore and Italy, and booked legendary acts like Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and more.
Deesha is the co-founder and Executive Director of beGirl.world, an organization that empowers teen girls through global education and travel. In 2019, beGirl.world awarded scholarships to two black female college students who have been accepted into study abroad programs. She also oversees additional initiatives, including Black Girl 44, a scholarship fund for young black women seeking internships in Washington, D.C., and the Deesha Dyer Second Chance Scholarship at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Deesha recently completed a two-year tenure at the Ford Foundation. She is a sought after keynote speaker known for delivering engaging talks on topics spanning women in leadership, diversity, and social change. She was named to Marie Claire’s new guard of women changing the world and the Root’s most influential African-Americans. A proud Philly native who currently resides in Harlem, she has been featured in national media outlets, not limited to, but including Vogue, Travelnoire, and The Washington Post.
EPISODE 90 - ARIENE BETHEA
Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio LLC, a boutique vintage furniture shop and design studio. The studio has become a destination for vintage furnishings, global accessories, and more. Named "one of the Best Living Vintage in America" by House Beautiful and included on AD PRO's list of the best home decor stores in America, the shop has received national recognition.
Growing up in a home infused with art and culture has influenced her casual collected style and playful use of patterns and colors. For Ariene collecting is about judgement, taste and imagination.
EPISODE 89 - GAIL M DAVIS
Today's episode is to remind you that you have to put in the work for your dreams. You don't get there by hoping & waiting on folks. You must nurture your dream & work at it until it happens.
EPISODE 88 - KATI CURTIS
Kati Curtis Design is a full service, interior design firm based in New York City specializing in classic design with a global influence. Whether designing residential or commercial spaces, KCD has built a reputation on achieving highly individual results for a discerning, international clientele.
KCD crafts visual stories that become signature surroundings. Guided by clients’ aspirations, as well as their diverse experiences, the firm designs singular interiors, which allow clients to fully express who they are, and what holds meaning to them.
The history and location of the project, coupled with KCD’s broad base of experience, and its firm belief that successful design must be generated by the individual characteristics of each project, let’s KCD create extraordinary interiors. A portfolio of completed work includes historic restorations, contemporary renovations and new construction projects.
Supported by an underlying thread of sustainable quality, Kati Curtis Design ensures that the clients’ greatest investment is also their greatest source of comfort, pride and self-expression.
EPISODE 87 - MICHELLE DIRKSE
With degrees in both psychology and interior design, principal designer Michelle Dirkse’s unique training allows her to understand both the psyche and the artistic foundation of the design process. After purchasing and remodeling her first condo in 2004 Michelle decided to pivot from a career in social work to focus on her creative side. Following a few years gaining industry experience, she launched her eponymous firm in 2013, employing her cognitive research abilities to discover creative meaning and analytical solutions in every project along the way. In recent years, she has worked with local artists to transform their original artwork into kaleidoscopic patterns for her in-house collection of fabric, wallpaper, home accessories, decor items, and more.
Michelle is inspired by change and transformation—looking at ways to elevate common elements to something of beauty and intentionality. Interior design allows her to create living, functional art pieces in which every project presents a particular puzzle to solve. Her personal taste runs the gamut from the subdued to the bold, the traditional to the modern, and the minimalist to the maximalist. She relishes in the opportunity to explore all of her aesthetic passions by working with a variety of clients, each with their own sense of style.
EPISODE 86 - NORMA KAMALI
Norma Kamali has been in the fashion industry for over 50 years and is known for her innovative designs. She designed the Sleeping Bag Coat on a camping trip in the seventies, as well as multi-style jersey dresses. In 1973 her designs were referred to as ‘vintage of the future’ and are, in fact, part of her line today in washable, easy-care fabrics. Her swimwear has made a global influence for over forty years. The Parachute Collection is in several notable museums and is still evolving as part of her collection today.
In 1980 Norma introduced her sweats collection that became the forerunner of what is today called Active and Athleisure Wear. In the mid-nineties she created the NK ‘try before you buy’ website and was the first designer to have a store on eBay. During this time, she continued her exploration of alternative, healthy lifestyle practices; a search that began after the loss of her dear friends to AIDS.
After 9/11 Norma opened the Wellness Café; a curated collection of personal care and food products that support the immune system. The Wellness Café hosted talks and events featuring experts in the wellness arena. Teas, meditation, and classes were held every day at 6 pm.
In 2007 Norma collaborated with Walmart in a three-year licensee partnership where she created a collection of timeless styles all $20 and under. According to Norma, this was one of the most inspired and exciting experiences of her career.
As a result of the successful collection on Walmart.com, Norma was determined to transform her company to be exclusively e-commerce. Her current distribution network is to all major e-commerce players as well as a selection of specialty stores throughout America and Europe.
In 2016 Norma Kamali received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA to add to her numerous awards from the fashion industry.
In 2019 NORMALIFE was launched under the concept of a healthy lifestyle. NORMALIFE is democratic and inclusive for men and women of all ages, skin color, and type. The first launch was a skin line of timeless, safe ingredients and the packaging was developed with a sustainability focus.
I AM INVINCIBLE, Norma’s healthy lifestyle guide on aging with power, was released February 2021. Norma continues to live through her purpose in life of empowering women.
EPISODE 85 - GAIL M DAVIS
I am returning to share some thoughts on vetting folks. It is important to invest in your business, but it is more important to know whom you are giving your money to. Also, it is great to learn as much as you can, but it is equally important to implement what you have learned!
EPISODE 84 - Monique Stemper
Monique Stemper is the founder & brains of Stemper & Associates.
Stemper & Associates customizes accounting, project management, as well as growth and development services to each designer’s unique needs . We help designers streamline their business process, control the bottom line, and maximize business profits so they can spend less time on paperwork and focus on doing what they love—design.
Episode 83 - Gail M Davis
Today on the podcast I am sharing what I learned at the Business of Home Future of Home conference. It was phenomenal!
If I can share one thing with you, it would be to attend the conferences that will help grow your business. Do not look at it like it is an unnecessary expense, what it actually is, is an opportunity for YOU to grow your business & invest in yourself. The money you put out will return a thousand times if you implement what you learn. Learn to invest in your dream and truly give it ALL you got! I promise you, it will be worth it.
Episode 82 - Gail M Davis
This is a message to faux ally's every where. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable and unlearn the entitlement & hatred that upholds white supremacy. STOP acting shock when you get it wrong. STOP with the hypocrisy. DO BETTER. That's it.
Episode 81 - Fernando Duque
Fernando is the co-founder of Duke Renders. A 3-D Rendering studio based in beautiful Tulum, Mexico. Duke Renders serves busy interior designers with 100% accurate photo-realistic 3D Renderings of their creative designs. They make you and your clients feel proud, confident and empowered at every step of the design process.
Episode - 80 Kaitlin Petersen
Kaitlin Petersen is the editor in chief of Business of Home. She is also the author of the site’s 50 States Project, a weekly series that chronicles the unique challenges of running a design firm through interviews with interior designers state by state, and host of the podcast Trade Tales. Kaitlin has been writing about style and design for a decade, and her work has appeared in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home and Veranda, as well as Chicago, Texas Monthly, Time Out New York, and the international editions of Vanity Fair and Vogue.
Episode 79 - Gail M Davis
Today we are going to address the most recent post from High Point Market Authority & their 10 chosen Design Influencers Tour.
EPISODE 78 - SHIRA GILL
Shira Gill is the creative force behind Shira Gill Home, a lifestyle brand and popular blog. Her Virtual Closet Makeover Program and Get Organized Master Class sell out instantly, with hundreds of participants from all over the world. Shira has grown a cult-like following on Instagram, where her followers devour her authentic and funny content and share their own fifteen-minute wins (#15MinWin), from cleaning out a messy junk drawer to adding a calendar reminder to call their mother-in-law.
She is releasing her first book, MINIMALISTA (Ten Speed Press, October 12th, 2021)- an approachable, fun, and effective guide to understanding what you want and need to feel better at home, this fall.
EPISODE 77 -GRACEANNE DIGIOVACCHINO
Today's guest is my client GraceAnne DiGiovacchino. She is a super busy woman who has a successful career, she is also a mom to a toddler & wife. GraceAnne found me via referral from a designer friend. She has NEVER worked with a designer & had no idea what to expect. She will share the lessons that she has learned being a homeowner & what it is like to work with me.
EPISODE 76 -KIMBERLEY SELDON
Kimberley Seldon is not only a great interior designer, but she is an amazing sought after, kick ass business coach! She walks her talk & has changed the way designers do business around the globe.
While I know her team wanted me to discuss more of the designer Kimberley Seldon; I would be doing a disservice to the design world if we did not mention Business of Design aka BOD. I am proud to say that Kimberley is MY business coach!
To ALL of the designers/decorators out there, if you want to take your business to the next level...look no further. Do yourself and your business a favor & sign up for BOD!
EPISODE 75 - ABBY HETHERINGTON
When solving a design predicament—from acquiring a rare piece of art or picking out the perfect fabric—they leave no tile unturned and finish by directing a full, perfect installation. Abby Hetherington Interiors has developed a strong business team in house and with the area's finest craftsmen, artisans, architects and builders. Using this elite network, AHI collaborates with each, drawing from their master skills to give creative life to their custom visions for your project. Others have been drawn to Abby Hetherington Interiors' inspiring and unique designs. AHI work has been featured in numerous publications including Country Living, Mountain Living, Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture and Cowboys & Indians.
Abby Hetherington Interiors is housed with its sister company, the Architect's Wife, in the historic Montana Motor Supply building in downtown Bozeman.
EPISODE 74 - HALEY CHOUINARD
Haley Chouinard is the managing editor of Business of Home, the daily publication of record for the home industry. She previously held editorial roles at Galerie and House Beautiful. In a past life, Haley covered arts & entertainment for Bustle, TDF Stages, and Rolling Stone.
EPISODE 73 - SHARON LEE
Sharon Lee is a Korean-American fine artist and interior designer native to Los Angeles. Groomed as an artist from a young age to continue her grandfather's and mother's legacy, she has a B.A. from UCLA art school, a Masters of Interior Architecture from UCLA/Cal Poly, and worked as an interior designer at Michael S. Smith.
In 2012, she founded Krane Home to share her modernized interpretation of Korean Art with the Interior design world. Her art and decor are beloved by homeowners and designers worldwide and her work has been featured in every major design magazine.
EPISODE 72 - SHERRELL NEAL
Growing up in Houston and spending much of her childhood in New Orleans, Sherrell Neal spent a great deal of time with her father on a remodel job, or in the workshop, where she developed a heart for design. Her passion for quality and craftsmanship have led her to develop relationships with some of Houston’s skilled experts. Sherrell is a graduate of The Art Institute of Houston where she studied Interior Design.
EPISODE 71 - EMMA BERYL KEMPER
Inspired by her travels, family and friends, and fashion, Emma always knew she wanted to be an interior designer. After training at the New York School of Interior Design Emma has worked on a wide array of projects all over the world. In 2015 she started her own eponymous design firm, Emma Beryl. Emma Beryl was recently named as a top new designer to watch by Lonny Mag.
EPISODE 70 - ELLA HALL
EPISODE 69 - CHAYA KRINSKY
As Co-Founder + Lead Designer of TOV, I've developed a keen understanding of what the millennial shopper wants. I saw a gap in the market for stylish and affordable furniture and worked to provide chic, fashion-inspired pieces by examining runway trends. Previously a pre-school teacher, my love of interior design brought me into the furniture space where I've helped change what it looks like to be a woman in this male-dominated industry.
Episode 68 - Haley Weidenbaum
Growing up, Haley spent countless hours reconfiguring the layout of her bedroom furniture, all the while gaining an informal, albeit invaluable education in how best to utilize space. Over time, her desire to design interior spaces grew from a childhood pastime to a burning passion. Haley's impeccable design instincts and efficient, bootstrapping approach to challenges are only outdone by her disarming positivity and charm. A devoted traveler with Los Angeles roots, Haley effortlessly infuses signature California-tinged cool with worldly-inspired accents. She appreciates the styles of the past but values modern comfort and functionality first and foremost. Haley's mission is to design homes that make people happy. Happiness looks different for each client, and that is the challenge that Haley looks forward to solving with every project.
EPISODE 67 - JACOB MEDINA
Since beginning his firm in 2016, Jacob has quickly become recognized as an industry leader, having been included in Houston Chronicle’s round up of Most Beautiful Homes for 2019 and 2020, recognized by Luxe Interiors as a go-to designer for contemporary kitchens, and mentioned in Architectural Digest as an "insider". He describes his style as Modern Eclectic, saying “the terms modern and eclectic are pretty broad, but it best describes my ideal style. I draw inspiration from styles that are traditional and contemporary to create something that is unique”. He believes that collecting pieces from multiple eras and styles is the key to a design that is timeless and not trendy. Jacob introduces vintage pieces in his designs to create a layered look that represents his client’s journey and lifestyle. The end result is sophisticated yet comfortable.
EPISODE 66 - DARA CAPONIGRO
Dara Caponigro is the Chief Creative Officer of F. Schumacher & Co. and Creative Director of Schumacher. F. Schumacher & Co. is a 131-year-old American company that comprises both Schumacher, the luxury fabric and wallcovering house, and Patterson Flynn Martin, the prestigious rug firm. Caponigro directs and oversees product development, digital and print marketing, PR and events, licensing, the Schumacher blog and visual merchandising. She is also Editor in Chief of Schumacher’s luxury design magazine, Frederic. Caponigro is the author of The Authentics, which delves into the lives and homes of original trailblazers in the creative world as well as Domino, the Book of Decorating, a NY Times bestseller. Her most recent book S Is for Style: The Schumacher Book of Decoration celebrates the limitless possibilities of decorating and helps readers identify their personal style. Prior to joining Schumacher, Caponigro held many illustrious positions as a magazine editor, specializing in interior design and architecture. Most recently, Caponigro was the Editor-in-Chief of Veranda, establishing it as a global luxury brand. During her tenure, which coincided with both a recession and a decline in overall magazine readership, both Veranda's newsstand sales and advertising revenue increased by double digit percentages. Caponigro was also a founding editor of domino where she was Style Director from 2004 to 2009. She also held the positions of Design and Decoration Director at Elle Decor and Decorating Director at House Beautiful. She began her career at The Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Caponigro is known for her ability to develop and invigorate brands, whether it’s breathing new life into existing companies or building them from scratch. With her discerning eye and uncanny ability to know her audience, she is able to dissect a property’s assets, give it a distinct personality, and evolve it to its full potential. Caponigro holds a BA from Barnard College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in the Bronx with her husband, David Steinberger, and their two children, Sofia and Stefan. Their homes have been published in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, domino, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
EPISODE 65 - BECKY SHEA
Becky Shea Design (BS/D) is a leading NYC-based full service interior design & lifestyle studio specializing in organic modernist principles across our luxury residential projects and custom, artisan crafted furniture & home decor. Unlike most interior design studios which rely on architects for design elements and drawings, we control and design every single detail of the custom homes we build and renovate, inside and out. From all custom millwork, vanities, windows and door details, down to the grout color and vegetation surrounding you, we holistically create spaces thoughtfully considering how each element symbiotically works together. Our design philosophy is rooted in our deep appreciation for embracing nature’s energy in a sustainable, timeless way that evokes a sense of welcoming calmness & peace. BS/D’s signature use of muted, organic textiles, and layered natural elements paired with industrial materials like steel and concrete, define our studio’s ethos. When coupled with our obsessive desire to ensure functionalism is not lost, the end result is a truly beautiful, yet practical, design that will stand the test of time.
EPISODE 64 - CHRIS GODDARD
Chris Goddard is the Founder and Principal Designer of Goddard Design Group. With over 30 years of design experience, Chris has mastered his approach to creating timeless spaces that tell a story and evoke a mood.
Through his eclectic style and attention to detail, Chris artfully blends elegance with personal history. With a focus on each client’s individual needs, environment and past, he ultimately creates an inheritable home for generations to come. Chris believes that a home should be a sanctuary and a true expression of each client.
EPISODE 63 - LINDSEY BORCHARD
Lindsey Brooke Design was started in 2016 in Lindsey’s spare bedroom of her Thousand Oaks home. With a lot of hard work, endless nights, and a big dream Lindsey has turned Lindsey Brooke Design into a household name. Lindsey also works as a leader in the design community by co-hosting a 4 day retreat called Design Camp throughout the year for fellow design professionals.
Episode 62 - Jean Brownhill
After earning an Architecture degree at The Cooper Union, Jean spent a decade working in architecture and construction. Her own challenging renovation inspired her to transform the opaque construction industry and create the first modern renovation experience that is transparent, efficient and personal. Sweeten (as in “home, sweet home”) launched in 2011. Today, Sweeten has nearly $1.5B of construction projects in the pipeline. The two-sided marketplace brings trust, transparency and technology to a $400B industry, creating the end-to-end standard for the renovation experience. Sweeten has been called a “Renovation Game-Changer,” with Jean hailed as “The Contractor Whisperer” by New York Magazine and one of Inc. Magazine’s “Most Innovative Women Founders in America.” Jean is a Loeb Fellow from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where she co-founded the African American Student Union (AASU), an organization supporting African Americans in architecture, real estate and urban planning. As a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, she recently launched SAW (Sweeten Accelerator for Women) to help female contractors build their businesses. Most recently, Jean was recognized by Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2020 at its Builders + Innovators Summit.
Design Camp - Fall 2021
Episode 61 - Katerina Rothman
Katerina has been successful in turning the male-dominated textile industry on its head and lean into the softer side of entrepreneurship. She was able to tap into her femininity to create the best of both worlds. Her emphasis on sustainability, nature and female legacy, is everything that Beflax Linen represents. The pieces are created using the most ecological and socially responsible methods, without any artificial dyes. The fabrics' unique weave is crafted to provide a great balance of comfort and weight and rich texture.
EPISODE 60- Cortney Novogratz
Cortney is an interior designer, developer and one half of the Novogratz design duo, who along with her husband Robert are beloved designers well-known for their eclectic style and boutique-inspired furniture and home accents. Their eponymous home furnishing lines are sold at major retailers, as well as their brisk e-commerce business, ShoptheNovogratz.com. Cortney is the co-founder of The Novogratz brand that aims to bring boutique designs at affordable prices to families around the world.
The Novogratz have had many celebrated collaborations, including the most recent new designs for Tempaper, working with the fabulous artist and creative director Donald Robertson (@Drawbertson), on two recent issues, Zebras in Love and Lips. Exciting new collabs are due for 2021 so stay tuned! The Novogratz create community through these collaborations and on social media generating a lot of user generated content.
Cortney is mother to seven children: Wolfgang, Bellamy, Tallulah, Breaker, Five, Holleder, and Major. The ability to integrate their work and personallives has given the Novogratz a unique perspective as to the needs of the modern family, and they love nothing more than bringing functional, beautifulsolutions to their customers.
Cortney and Robert are working on two major home projects, the iconic Pink House in Greenwich Village in New York, NY and the “Bird House”, another super-star project located on the much-coveted Bird Streets of Los Angeles. Both will be completed toward the second half of the year.
Episode 59 - Lauren Hwang
After spending a decade in publishing firms from Conde Nast, Time Inc. to Hachette, Lauren’s focus turned to textiles in 2009. While not formerly trained in textiles, her love and passion for the craft grew organically from early on. As an avid collector of handwoven vintage textiles, she knew that some day it would take possession of her and to this day, one of her guiding design principle is to honor the hand loom whenever possible.
Always inspired by nature and global cultures, driven by love of fiber and craft, with a nod to the past, LAUREN HWANG NEW YORK offers a new modern luxury textile collection steeped in ethnic heritage with simplicity, the natural and understated elegance.
Proud to share the following design luminaries are patrons of Lauren’s work: Peter Marino Architect, Drake/Anderson, Victoria Hagan, Steven Gambrel, Robert Couturier, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Foley & Cox, Sara Story, Frank De Biasi, Workshop APD, Pembrooke & Ives, Kelly Behun, Cortney Bishop, Jenny Kennan, Nicole Fuller, Steven Volpe, Erica Millar, Joan Behnke, Michael S Smith, Nicole Hollis, Cullman Kravis, Stewart Manger, Amy Hirsh, Grade NY, David Kleinberg, De la Torre design,Fawn Galli, Studio Sofield, Huniford, Thomas Juul Hansen, Wiseman Group, Shawn Henderson, Patrick Sutton, David Collins Studio, K&H design, Studio Vero, Jean Louis Denot, Four Seasons Hotel, Cartier, Graff, Chanel & Dior.
EPISODE 58 - BROOK PERDIGON
Everything starts in our studio, where we paint sketches, hand-carve blocks or hand-cut stencils before transforming each pattern into an original fabric design.
Screen printing historically evolved from stenciling, and we likewise progress from analog methods to modern techniques, hand-screening our fabrics on 100% Belgian linen and digitally printing our wallpapers on vellum or grass cloth.
We see through the lens of California’s landscape, which inspires our spectrum of painterly colors. We’re based in Los Angeles, where we print our fabrics, and we’re represented by showrooms across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
EPISODE 57 - Kelsey Mulvey
Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance journalist is San Francisco. Prior to going freelance, Kelsey created lifestyle content for the Wall Street Journal and Business Insider. Her work has been featured in Lonny, My Domaine, Apartment Therapy, and many more! She is also the founder of Office Hours, a newsletter that has candid conversations about being your own boss!
EPISODE 56 - Laura Thurman
Laura Thurman (Principal Interior Designer) is well known for a global aesthetic filtered through a modern lens. She uses her upbringing in the diverse city of Los Angeles and world travels for inspiration as she collaborates with her clients to create beautiful spaces that reflect their values and personality.
EPISODE 55 -Noz Nozawa
Noz Design is a full-service interior design firm based in San Francisco, serving clients on residential and select commercial projects throughout the Bay Area and from coast to coast. With a focus on eclectic, collected spaces, Noz Design creates effortlessly bold, well-appointed homes that not only reflect our dwellers' lifestyles and tastes, but also maximize a space's functionality and a project's budget. Noz was named an Architectural Digest Rising Star in 2020, House Beautiful Next Wave Designer in 2020, Sunset Magazine’s Best Designer of the West 2020, and our work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Sunset Magazine, House Beautiful, HGTV Magazine, ELLE Decor, Curbed SF, The Irish Times, Houzz, and The Today Show.
At Noz Design, we are big believers that Home is critical to our mental health and happiness. As active members of the San Francisco community, we commit a portion of our income to a local shelter that provides a safe haven for women, children, and gender non-binary survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Noz Design is a woman-owned, POC-owned business, and we believe Black Lives Matter.
EPISODE 54 -Anderson Somerselle
SOMERSELLE is a multiline showroom offering a NEW SHOWROOM EXPERIENCE!
EPISODE 53 - Tariq Dixon
TRNK presents PROVENANCED, an exhibition of contemporary designs that reference African, Indigenous, and ancient aesthetics. From the 20th century modernist art movement (i.e Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti) to turn-of-the-century Art Deco design (i.e. Victor Courtray, Pierre Legrain), African and Indigenous works have forever evolved Western design language. Despite this enormous influence, rarely can we collectively speak to the historical significance of these references. Influences have either gone unacknowldeged, or have become abstracted to the point of anonymity.
EPISODE - 52 KATHARINE EARNHARDT
Katharine Earnhardt developed an in-depth art market knowledge and aptitude for developing client taste through 15 years of experience in the New York and London art worlds. She has worked at notable institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Christie’s Inc, and Gurr Johns, and conducted extensive research on art value and investment. She regularly speaks, conducts webinars, and leads classes on the art industry, educating designers and other creatives about sourcing and acquiring art. Known for her approachability, transparency, and discerning eye for art, balance, and scale, Katharine instills trust and confidence in her clients and industry colleagues.
Katharine has a dual degree in Art History and Economics from Williams College and a Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Outside of her business, she takes pride in preserving quality time with her two girls and husband, starting a local community service class for children, and being unexpectedly outdoorsy.
EPISODE 51 - MONIQUE VALERIS
Monique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers decorating ideas, home tours, gift guides and more. Previously, she served as the digital home editor at ELLE Decor.
EPISODE 50 - CARISHA SWANSON
Carisha Swanson is the Market Director for House Beautiful. At any given point you can find her searching for her next foodie and design-related travel adventure, drinking a nice pour of bourbon or a perfectly poured martini, or searching for her dream home in Mexico/North Carolina. Her personal design style: lots of pattern, color and art on every surface.
EPISODE 49 - CHRISTINE GACHOT
The studio was founded by John and Christine Gachot as a collaborative environment with service as its core principle. The team brings together diverse skills in real estate development, art direction and interior design to overcome the constraints of physical space and deliver thoughtful, project-specific products.
EPISODE 48 - GAIL M DAVIS
Hello Good People! This is the last episode for 2020 & I will be sharing my take aways of what I learned.
Thank you for being a subscriber! I appreciate YOU!
Happy New Year!
EPISODE 47 - GAIL M DAVIS
Merry Christmas, good people! Today's episode is short and sweet.
Enjoy your family and count your blessings.
EPISODE 46 - Rebecca Atwood
Brooklyn based designer and artist Rebecca Atwood believes in the art of making. I believe that how you get to a finished product is just as important as the final design. Each step of my process, from first sketch to production techniques to our shipping methods, is so important. I don’t believe in perfection, but I do ask myself, “How can I do things better?” frequently. I like to think you can see that when you purchase one of our pieces. And I like to think that our process is part of the reason you can feel truly good about bringing our pieces into your home.
EPISODE 45 - KELLY FINLEY
Kelly founded Joy Street design in 2011 with a simple idea in mind—that everyone deserves to live in a home they love which can only be achieved when the space is personal, functional, and comfortable.
As a former lawyer, Kelly is no stranger to managing large, complex projects. With her fun personality, energy, and love of bold colors she brings the perfect combination of project management, creative design ideas, and unparalleled service to her clients.
Kelly loves working with young families to bring life, fun and color to older homes. Her signature style fuses vibrant colors and contemporary designs. When she isn’t designing, you can find Kelly traveling the world with her family, and gaining inspiration for her projects, or working on her non-profit, Joy Street Initiative.
EPISODE 44 - JOY MOYLER
Joy is the REAL DEAL architect interior designer. She is high-end residential interior design, tabletop and event planning design. Her projects for her celebrity clients can be seen globally. You can check out her work at www.joymoylerinteriors.com and you can follow her on instagram @joymoyler.
EPISODE 43 - KABRIA CUMMINGS
Chicago native Kabria Cummings has interior design in her DNA. Her parents, Sam and Ella Cummings were quite the dynamic decorating duo. They scoured thrift stores for items that they could breathe new life into. They made drapery, reupholstered furniture, gardened, collected global art and her father even built his own furniture. Additionally, Kabria was influenced by her cousin Thea Nerissa Barnes, who collected artisanal items while traveling the world as a professional dancer with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey.
Decorating and collecting art from her travels became part-time hobbies while Kabria established a career in graphic design and marketing. However, the deaths of her parents two months apart and other life-altering events that included the end of a long-term relationship, surgery, and the loss of her job of 10 ½ years, prompted her to reevaluate things. Kabria knew that she wanted to pursue her passion for interior decorating full-time. In 2016, she founded Global Attic LLC.
Global Attic sells a carefully curated collection of one-of-a-kind home décor sourced and sometimes designed by Kabria. The statement pieces transform bland living spaces, convey individuality, and help to support the global community. They are handmade by artisans from around the world using natural and sustainable materials in places such as Africa, Indonesia, India & Haiti.
Episode 42 - Erika Ward
Erika Hollinshead Ward is an award-winning, published interior designer and the founder of Erika Ward Interiors, a design firm and showroom specializing in a contemporary meets classic interior design aesthetic.
With a strong foundation in business and finance and over a decade of experience as an interior designer, Erika has become a leader in East Coast design while also serving clients nationwide. Since the firm’s inception in 2006, Erika Ward Interiors has grown exponentially and thrilled countless design clients with her team’s attention to detail and client-focused services. In fact over eighty percent of her business is from repeat clients and referrals.
Erika also works closely with brands such as Home Depot, High Point Market, ADAC Atlanta, S.C. Johnson and Company, and Rowe Furniture as a spokesperson and brand ambassador in targeted marketing campaigns.
However, her proudest roles are as a wife to her husband, Chris, and a mother to their five children, Evan, Ava, Dallas, Cameron, and Brooke.
EPISODE 41 - JOYCE DOWNING PICKENS
Joyce is a Los Angeles based interior designer and owner of JDP Interiors. After traveling throughout her childhood, Joyce's love of design was born. She strives to create beautiful, comfortable and textural spaces, while providing her clients with superior customer service and project management. She continually collects and curates to achieve the perfect blend between vintage and modern and consistently enjoys watching her visions come to life - there's nothing better than a good "before and after"!
EPISODE 40 - BRIAN PAQUETTE
With a background in painting and conceptual art, Brian Paquette brings a singular point of view to the Seattle and San Francisco interior design scene. Rather than following a particular style, he draws inspiration from a variety of sources: architecture, travel, and the natural world, to name a few. For Brian, interior design is not something sterile or static; it’s a living extension of art, meant to be touched, used and admired.
That mindset is at the heart of Brian Paquette Interiors. We are a high end design firm and we build custom spaces that are at once open and intimate, grounded yet light. Our Seattle interior design team works through a close, collaborative process, creating homes that reflect our clients’ identity, history and aspirations. We partner with local craftsmen to ensure every element in our projects is unique and carefully considered, with its own story that adds to the greater whole.
Founded in 2009, Brian Paquette Interiors provides full-service interior design. Our Seattle and San Francisco interiors have been featured in Architectural Digest, Dwell, Luxe Magazine and more. We also regularly work in Los Angeles, New York City, British Columbia and beyond.
In addition to interior design, we offer furniture, textiles and décor through Brian Paquette at Home. Our online shop is yet another extension of Brian’s personal aesthetic. Experience it for yourself.
EPISODE 39 - GRACE BONNEY
Grace Bonney is an author, blogger and entrepreneur. Bonney wrote In The Company of Women, a book featuring more than 100 stories about women entrepreneurs who overcame adversity. She also wrote the DIY interior design book Design*Sponge at Home.
EPISODE 38 - JOY MOYLER
Joy Moyler Interiors influences of textiles, color, depth and pattern seep into projects carving their own place. They are punctuated with bespoke details often found in haute couture and men's haberdashery.
EPISODE 37 - KIMBERLY ELLIOTT
The Be Like Josh foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to celebrating humans and animals with special needs. Our foundation helps to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs with special abilities, and we visit elementary and high schools to promote kindness and inclusion. Through our work, we share the message that all animals and people, wherever they are on the spectrum of abilities, are worthy of being seen, loved and appreciated.
EPISODE 36 - ASAD SYRKETT
Asad Syrkett is the new Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor. Recently, he was Deputy Editor at the design and cities website Curbed, where he oversaw the senior editing and reporting staff. He's also held staff positions at Architectural Digest and Architectural Record magazines. Beyond the written word, he has guest-lectured at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, appeared on panels at South By Southwest and Design Miami, and co-hosted two seasons of a design podcast, The Curbed Appeal. Asad graduated from Columbia University with a degree in architectural history and lives in Brooklyn.
Episode 35 - Tobi Fairley
Tobi Fairley is an award-winning interior designer and business consultant with over a decade of experience helping high-achieving, creative professionals take their companies and lives to the next level. When she’s not running her two seven-figure businesses, including an interior design firm and a consulting firm for artistic business owners, she’s busy leading an online membership community for ambitious professionals. Tobi specializes in transforming home and business environments to maximize productivity and well-being. She has been featured on television and in top-shelf publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, The Huffington Post, Southern Living, House Beautiful, and Traditional Home. As the host of her Design You podcast, Tobi helps creatives design businesses and lives that they love. Tobi lives in Arkansas with her attorney husband and teenage daughter.
Episode 34 -Albie Buabeng
My passion for decoding spaces is the culmination of nearly a decade of retail visual merchandising and freelance marketing, sprinkled with a lifetime of experiences. Using my background of space design and storytelling, I took my real life lessons and launched an online interior design service. My love of design has evolved into a destination for inspiration centered around my blog, video, and social media content.
For years, I worked as a self-proclaimed “silent salesperson” — a retail visual merchandiser translating brands’ visions into something tangible and transactional. My marketing degree taught me how to "sell" brands, my retail job taught me how to "sell" lifestyles, and my day-to-day life taught me how to bring them together to tell a story!WHEN I MADE THE NATURAL TRANSITION FROM PRODUCT PRESENTATION INTO INTERIOR DESIGN, I WAS SUBSTITUTING FIXTURES FOR FURNITURE & APPAREL FOR ACCENTS, AS ANOTHER FORM OF STORYTELLING.
Episode 33 - Drew McGukin
Drew McGukin tackles the interior design world with a unique level of energy, great pace, and integrity. He is known for a touch of the unexpected, combined with beautiful textures and bold patterns that vibrate with a perfect amount of sophistication, warmth, innovation, style, and approachability. Graduating from the New York School of Interior Design in May 2010, Drew kicked off the lead designer in his own New York-based firm in October 2010.
While Classically trained, this self-proclaimed pattern-addict has fast become one of the leading contemporary designers in today’s market. “I’ve never been a wallflower,” says Drew. “Neither are my interiors.” In 2019, Introspective Magazine described Drew as designing “with a commanding intelligence and an ability to articulate his ideas sharply and clearly – a rare quality among younger designers, who often struggle to describe their work. And his aesthetic is anything but recessive. His style is forthright and high impact, characterized by strong and graphic patterns deployed with confidence and skill while avoiding eyeball-straining shades that can be visually overwhelming.”
The International Furnishings & Design Association quickly recognized Drew’s Signature style and named him a Rising Star. Drew has sat on various designer advisory councils including the ASID Board of Directors and the New York Design Center’s Access to Design Referral Network. He has also engaged as a creative consultant for renowned industry giants like Cosentino, Delta Facet Company, and Monogram. His work is regularly featured through traditional and nontraditional media, and a favorite across numerous social channels. His portfolio remains a standout on heavy-hitting digital design platforms like 1stdibs and Houzz – a nod to his extraordinary online following. In 2018 Drew launched his first capsule furnishings collection with Crate & Barrel.
Drew McGukin Interiors design innovative interiors across the United States that tell a story by combining bold choices and rich textures to create subtle, sophisticated designs that require you take notice, then relax and enjoy.
Episode 32 - Sue Wadden
Sue Wadden is the Director of Color Markeing at Sherwin-Williams. We talk about 2021 Colormix Color Forecast, a collection of 40 hues across four storytelling palettes that designers and homeowners can expect to see more of in 2021.
Episode 31 - Tiana Webb Evans
Tiana Webb Evans is marketing and communications professional and a key figure in the arts, advocating for diversity in the industry. Prior to founding ESP Inc, Tiana worked in the role of Communications Director at Phillips Auctioneers, a global corporation focused on the sale of Contemporary Art. She was instrumental in organizing Paddles On, the first auction dedicated to digital art, which was organized in conjunction with Tumblr. Working as Communications Director, her role involved a combination of corporate communications, crisis management, strategic partnerships, and client development through programming and events. Tiana is a longtime supporter of the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum or Art and Design in New York. In addition to being a member of the Rush Arts artist advisory board, she has been a guest curator for LIFEbeat’s Sound of Art and has hosted exhibitions for a number of emerging and mid-career artists.
Episode 30 - Tenlie Mourning
Tenlie Mourning is someone that needs to be on your radar. I found her on instagram, where she challenges companies to pledge to Make Space for BIPOC to have a seat at the collaboration table. "Changing the visual landscape of the consumer home category. We are calling for home decor brands and media outlets to pledge that 13% of annual creative, content and collaborations will be produced by and/or feature a black creator."https://makespacepledge.com/
Episode 29 - Anastasia Casey
If you are an interior designer & you need to tighten up your brand. IDCO is the ONLY place you should be looking!! Just read their manifesto!
We are designers, writers, & creators. We specialize in branding. web design, and instagram management for interior designers. IDCO STUDIO is a boutique creative agency, crafting brands built around beautiful living.
Episode 28 - Arianne Bellizaire
Arianne Bellizaire is a force of Nature. She is highly sought after interior designer in Baton Rouge, Louisana, as well as an AMAZING videographer. And let me be clear, you NEED to take her course on how to video like a pro! She is full of wisdom & is super talented!
Episode 27 - Hadley Keller
This is part III of my discussion with Hadley Keller. Today's topic is Plantations & the ugly history that no one talks about. We discuss how historians describe these places as beauty & elegance. When the truth is there is A LOT of ugliness that occurred daily & that they were built by slaves.
I have attached a few plantations that you can research:
Episode 26 - Hadley Keller
She's back! Hadley and I continue our discussion on Race in America and next steps. Here are a few topics we discussed:
Episode 25 - Courtney McLeod
Courtey McLeod is a financial guru, showhouse queen & a super smart woman!Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning, full-service design studio located in the heart of the Flatiron District in Manhattan. Her work has been featured in print both in the US and abroad - including Luxe Interiors + Design, Modern Luxury, House Beautiful, and the cover of Aspire Design + Home. She is a High Point Market Authority Style Spotter and included on the 2019 list of emerging designers by Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. The name Right Meets Left perfectly reflects our approach to the design process - rooted in an ideal balance of innovative design (right brain) and analytical rigor (left brain). We utilize a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create a singular and cohesive expression of each client’s unique personality and lifestyle. We understand a professional process and flawless execution are a top priority for our clients.
Episode 24 - Hadley Keller
Hadley Keller is a writer and editor based in New York, covering design, interiors, and culture. She served as Associate Market Editor, Design Reporter, and News Editor for Architectural Digest and AD PRO before joining House Beautiful, where she continues to cover the work of talented interior designers. Hadley is a staunch maximalist who has been known to “rescue” unwanted furniture from the streets of New York. She loves travel, cooking, entertaining, and visiting museums as often as she can.
Episode 23 - Joanna Buchanan
Accessory designer Joanna Buchanan developed an unmistakable vision for luxury, color, texture and pattern not only from her 20 years in the fashion retail business working at Saks Fifth Avenue and Banana Republic, but also through her Hong Kong childhood, adult years in Europe and extensive travel throughout India. For the woman who always believed that “life should be decorated and joyful,” the holiday season presented the perfect opportunity for Joanna to take her passion for home décor and accessories design to the next level via her own brand. Her first holiday collection launched exclusively on One Kings Lane in 2014 and she has continued to add an impressive collective of retailers to that list including: Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Geary’s Beverly Hills in the US and Harrods, John Lewis, and Amara in the UK.
Episode 22 - Antonio Thompson
I first met Antonio when he shot me for Ebony Magazine. We immediately hit it off and have kept in touch. His an AMAZING self taught photographer that has traveled the world (and is still traveling). Please enjoy our interview, I know I did.
Episode 21 - Elaine Santos
Episode 20 - Jeremy Taylor of TaylornTaylor Inc.
In 2016, Jeremy Taylor joined forces with his parents architectural design firm to serve as Studio Director and Architectural Designer, bringing years of experience in the fields of architectural design and illustration in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as proficiency in a wide range of cutting-edge design tools.
More recently the firm has launched a development wing, T3 Homes. T3 Homes designs, builds and sells turnkey homes that embody the same high-quality design on which Taylor & Taylor stakes its reputation.The product lineup unites our trademark gracious tropical lifestyle with cutting edge technology and vernacular methods. Hurricane ready, flood ready, efficient homes, optimized for South Florida living.
Episode 19 - The Vale London - Melinda Marquardt
The Vale London was founded in 2017 by Melinda Marquardt. After working in sales for an American textile company for seven years, she decided to start up her own business.
Partnering her education in fine art with her many years of sales experience, Melinda created the Vale London to provide exquisite textiles and wallpapers to the luxury interiors market.
Each pattern starts out as an original piece of art work; illustrated by hand and produced by the finest mills. Each metre of fabric or roll of wallpaper is a piece of art for the home. Texture, colour and design work symbiotically to create each unique piece. Melinda creates timeless designs that will adorn windows and walls for many years.
Episode 18 - Now that you know better. DO BETTER!
Episode 17 - Nuances of Racism
Welcome to part 2 of a 3 part series on Racism in America. Normally, I discuss design but in light of what has transpired in the last few weeks, you are going to hear what life is like in America for people of color.
I want to thank you for joining me on this journey. I also want to tell you to keep an open mind and heart, as that is how we will HEAL! This is about moving forward. This is about having an open honest dialogue and forcing America to look at the under belly of racism and all of its ugliness.
Together we can conquer hate and those who this way.
When you know better, you do better!
Episode 16- A Different Podcast Topic
Today's podcast guest is ME! I am discussing what we are ALL experiencing after witnessing the privilege of Amy Cooper and the murder of George Floyd. For the next three episodes, I want to talk about the Design Perspective of Racism in America.
Episode 15 - Peter Sandel
Texas native, Peter Sandel is principal & founder of Peter Sandel Design, LLC a boutique design firm based in Downtown Manhattan.
Peter’s portfolio is not tied to any one signature style but highlights a range of approaches unified in thoughtful floor plans, unique furnishings and dedication to exceptional craftsmanship.
Although interior design has been a natural and lifelong passion, it wasn't the obvious career choice. After a decade working as a Washington lobbyist; it was a timely transition to New York, coupled with the tragic loss of his Mother to breast cancer that compelled him to seek change.
Sandel subsequently started his career in design working for world-renowned architect Peter Marino. He later worked alongside Dallas' most sought after interior designers while simultaneously starting his own firm. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Baylor University and later attended the New York School of Interior Design.
Episode 14 - Sarah Von Dreele
Sarah Von Dreele has been the creative director of Onethread Design, Inc., a New York-based design consultancy, which she founded in 2003. Launching her eponymous brand of wallcoverings in 2019, Sarah’s hand-painted aesthetic quickly gained traction in the interior design field, garnering attention from designers and publications internationally. What began as a simple creative exercise at the end of the day quickly evolved into a collection of surface designs, painted exclusively in gouache. Her latest works explore the integration of imperfection and repetition to create rich patterns. The abstracted floral and geometric forms are ethereal and calm, lending themselves to a variety of applications for the curated home.
Episode 13 - Kammi Reiss
Kammi Reiss is the founder and president of Kammi Reiss Design, L.L.C., an interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial commissions, as well as custom products and furnishings. Kammi’s approach to interiors is client focused. She develops each project based on the specific needs, interests, and style of the client, making the finished product their ideal environment.
Kammi’s career in design began when she was a member of the founding editorial staff of the US edition of Elle Décor. Kammi served as the Photo Editor where, in addition to coordinating all of the photography for the magazine, she also supervised and styled many of the photos featured on the cover and inside the magazine. In 1999, Kammi pivoted her design career to launch an eponymous handbag line with The Pegasus Apparel Group. After 10 years building Kammi Reiss Handbags to a successful brand of custom bags, Kammi was drawn back into the world of interiors by a hotel commission. She felt she had returned to her passion and moved back to designing interiors exclusively. Kammi loves excellent craftsmanship, welcoming environments, and designs that endure.
Episode 12- Toledo Geller
Virginia founded Toledo Geller in 2006 after recognizing a need in the luxury residential market for a firm with specialized knowledge in both the design and construction process. Formally trained in interior design, she also gained invaluable experience working along side her father, a general contractor, on construction sites. A native of Brooklyn, Virginia is a mother who loves historical fiction and entertaining in her 1920’s Craftsman style New Jersey home, which she is constantly updating.
The experience of renovating a children’s hospital playroom sparked Jessica’s decision to switch careers from social work to interior design. Her intuitive design sensibility is both innate and learned from experience in the field, and she gravitates towards the perfectly imperfect—such as introducing a color that seems “off” but magically completes the design. A mother of three, Jessica moved to Essex Fells within a year of renovating her 1850s Hoboken townhouse to embark on transforming a 1920s center hall colonial into the perfect cozy home for spending time with her family.
Episode 11 - Phyllis Taylor of Taylor and Taylor Inc.
Taylor & Taylor is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm based in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, Florida. Phyllis runs her architecture and design firm with her architect husband William. They have been in business over 30 years.
Episode 10 - Laura Hodges
Laura runs a boutique design firm located in the Baltimore / Washington DC area, Laura Hodges Studio focuses on creating the ultimate in beautiful, tailored spaces while fully expressing every client’s individual style and taste.
Laura is a LEED AP and a GREEN AP which means she has completed rigorous sustainability training and demonstrated extensive knowledge of and dedication to sustainable design practices. This includes everything from sourcing fair trade and renewable resources and donating unwanted furnishings to optimizing energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and recycling cabinetry and building materials. We make design decisions and selections that encourage the sustainability of our planet's resources so responsible and high quality vendors, manufacturers, products and services are always given priority. These practices lead us to designing a home or public space that is both enjoyable and healthy for you while being considerate of our environment.
Episode 9 - Anelle Gandelman
Anelle comes from a strong background in both art and design. She is an alumna of DwellStudio, a New York-based home furnishings company, where she served as Head of Design before leaving to start her own design firm and contemporary Art Gallery in 2007.
Anelle studied Interior Design at the New York School of Interior Design and holds a Certificate in American Art and antiques from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design.
Originally from South Africa, Anelle currently lives in Westchester with her husband and two boys.
Episode 8 - Tina Ramchandani Creative
Today's guest, Tina Ramchandani is a super talented interior designer that has graced so many shelter magazines. She started her eponymous firm in 2014 and has successfully built it with quality team members and vendors. It is more than passion for her, it is a way of life.
Peti Lau - AristoFreak
I am so fortunate to know so many amazingly talented designers. Peti Lau is one jetsetting boss chick! I met Peti at NYSID & was always in awe of how talented & gracious she is. Her story has so many interesting twist and turns! She describes her brand as AristoFreak and you will understand why!
Season II - Episode 6 - Eneia White
Eneia White is a force of nature! She is a super talented interior designer with a vision for where she is driving her business. She has a YouTube channel and is a master of instagram stories. Most recently Eneia designed doll house for Doll House Beautiful House Beautiful and she won Designer Takeover for Made Goods.
You are going to enjoy listening to her journey.
Episode 5 - Elizabeth M Lawrence - Partner at Bunny Williams Inc.
Today's guest is the epitome of kindness and perseverance. Elizabeth M. Lawrence is a partner at Bunny Williams Inc. , and she is NYSID's 2020 Rising Star. As you listen to her share her story on her road to partnership and how service is key when it comes to BWI clientele.
Be sure to follow her on instagram @elizabeth_m_lawrence.
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Who should you hire first? A Business Coach or a Branding Coach?
This seems to always be a topic with my designer besties. Who would you hire first? A business coach to grow your business or a branding coach to grow your brand? Listen in as I share who I would hire first & why.
Check out my business coach Kimberley Seldon, Business of Design. https://businessofdesign.com/
Paint Scam 101
I am here to tell you that paint is NOT the first thing you do. Folks move into a new house & are gifted with a paint consultation for their home. They have individuals come in and advise them on paint, but they do not have any furniture!
Am I double dipping?
Recently I sat down with a few designer's and we discussed all things business. One topic in particular had my complete attention and it is what is commonly known as trade discount. If you speak to clients, a few will consider it "double dipping", but is it really? Aren't we running a business? Why are designer's asked to share?
Season 2 - Episode 1
Today I share about the showhouse that I am currently involved with. It is exciting and scary at the same time. If you get an opportunity to do a showhouse, do it!
Repeat - Dina Holland
Happy New Year, good people!
Flashback Friday with Dina Holland of Dina Holland Interiors. I enjoyed this interview so much that I wanted to play it again for you!
Episode 17 - Thank YOU!
I just want to thank everyone who has sent me a DM, text message or picked up the phone to spread love. Y'all have been AMAZING!!
I am taking some time off and will be back in FULL force in February for Season 2.
Please take a moment to rate me on iTunes.
Episode 16 - Ann Feldstein Moxie Marketing Communications
As always, I am excited to share this amazing girl boss with you! Ann Feldstein is the epitome of stepping out and getting it done.
After years of being a VP of Marketing at Kravet, Inc. Ann decided it was time for her to step out on her own & start her own business. She didn't just start 1 business, she started 2. Listen as she shares her story and tells you the best way to prepare your business to be ready for all things marketing.
Episode 15 - RPS Consulting
Today's guest is powerhouse publicist Raymond P Schneider. Before he was a publicist, he was an interior designer for some of the top people in this industry. Listen on how he explains that his past has helped forge the way to his current success.
You will want to pay close attention to what he has planned next for RPS consulting.
Episode 14 - Michael Adams
Today my guest is interior designer Michael Adams & he is wonderful! He is a New York based interior designer who has projects all over from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to England. His clients love him so much that his business comes from client referrals.
Listen how he shares his story and how optimistic he is.
Episode 13 - Ariella Duker
Today's guest is the epitome of not letting anything slow her down. If she thinks it, it is happening!
Ariella Duker is a NYC based interior designer, whom recently had to start again but this time on her own. She shares her story about building her dream home, nesting & starting over on her own.
Please follow her on instagram @arielladuker & check out her website: www.arielladukerinteriors.com.
Episode 12 - Stay the Course
So many times our clients buy in and then get cold feet and want to water down the concept. Learn to stay the course and remind them of the beauty that they will live with once the project is complete.
Remember that you are the expert and that you must believe in the vision. Explain the concept to your client with passion and they will buy in. Learn how to navigate cold feet.
Episode 11 - Showhouse talk
I know...I missed last Friday, but I was super busy working on a few projects.
In this episode it is a casual talk discussing High Point & the upcoming showhouse that I am currently working on.
Episode 10 - Dina Holland
Dina Holland is the most AMAZING person that I know! She is by far the funniest and the most savvy business woman that I have ever met. I am so excited to share her story with YOU!
She is based outside of Boston and has a super bustling interior design firm. You can see her fabulous work www.dinahollandinteriors. You can follow her on instagram @honeyandfitz. She also has an online business @honeyandfitzcollection that was born out of folks incessantly asking her where to purchase her finds, and she is the content creator for the FUNNIEST instagram entitlted @pleasehatethesethings.
Make sure that you sign up for her newsletter and follow her on all of her instagram handles.
Episode 9 - Kim Radovich
Kim Radovich is the grand dame of interior design located on Long Island's Gold Coast. She is a force of nature with the kindest heart. I met Kim at her Design Retreat that she hosted in her lovely home.
At this retreat she had the BEST speakers to assist designers in taking their business to the next level. Listen as you hear Kim's passion and the way she runs her business.
Check out her website www.kimradovichinteriors.com and instagram @kimradovichinteriors.
Episode 8 - 3 Things That You Must Do
What are the 3 things that you must do to get ahead? Be Consistent. Master your time & FOCUS. Trust me when I tell you that it is a daily challenge. And when I don't do what I am suppose to do, progress suffers. Listen in on to get better at this.
Episode 7 - Downtown Decorators
You will find out in this episode that Gut Reno Girl, Jaclyn Isaac is fierce! She started her business after working on her own home with her handsome hunky husband. She quickly learned that not having the right trades people can turn an on time renovation into a disaster. Listen in as we talk about lessons she learned & how it has shaped the way she does business with her clients who absolutely adore her.
You can find her on IG @downtowndecorators.
Episode 6 - Lisa Russman Photography
Lisa Russman is a professional interior and architectural photographer based in northern New Jersey, shooting residential and commercial spaces in the greater New York area since 2010.
While getting a B.A. in Art History at Tufts University, Lisa studied black & white and color photography with renowned photographer Jim Dow at both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Tufts. His panoramic study of hundreds of America’s baseball stadiums and parks had a profound impact on how she views the built environment today.
Lisa is a phenomenal photographer who partners with her client to ensure they are capturing crisp details.
Episode 5 - Comparison Vulture
When comparison kicks in, it will eat away at your self esteem & make you second guess yourself. DO NOT allow this to happen to you. We are ALL great within our lane & what is for you is for YOU! Learn to celebrate those that are around you & cheer them on, because one day, they will do it for YOU!
6 Things To Do for Your Design Business
There are 6 important steps that are a requirement when you are in business. There is so much more to running a business than having a logo & colors. In this episode, I discuss the 6 components that are essential to you moving the needle on your business.Hire a business coach Have a solid website Systems that help you run your business. I use Studio Webware. Insurance Tax Accountant Find your tribe
Episode 3 - Your Home is Therapy
Do you consider that your home is therapeutic? It is important that how you design your home replenishes your spirit. So many folks take decorating & designing their home lightly. It is your safe haven where you rear your family & spend time with loved ones. In this episode, I want you to look at why you should be hiring a designer with new eyes.
Episode 2 - Expectations
What is it that a client thinks a designer does? Are you setting clear expectations when you interview a potential client? Do you ask smart questions that will help a potential client understand the design process? It is important to clarify your services and if it is a job you cannot do, then suggest a designer bestie that can do the job.
Why Hire an Interior Designer
Why hiring an interior designer is of VALUE to your wallet, your home and your sanity.