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Today we welcome Brian Paquette to the Podcast. Based in Seattle, Washington – Brian’s design business model has reinvented itself over the years in response not only to business goals but also to life priorities. In this episode we discuss how scaling back his business made more room for his passion for design, a book featuring over a decade of hi…
 
Today we welcome Katie Hodges to the Podcast. In this episode we talk about Katie’s unexpected path to her design career and how the encouragement of a friend convinced her to abandon the medical field and explore her true calling, design. We also discuss her “construction forward” approach to design, her commitment to her business boundaries, and …
 
Today we welcome back Kylie Van Meter as part of our “where are they now” series. Kylie originally joined us in July of 2019 (episode 28) – she was fresh out of design school and in the process of building her design business. A lot has transpired in a year and a half and Kylie shares her experiences in hiring, acquiring office space, learning to d…
 
Today we welcome Rhonnika Clifton of RJ Clifton Designs out of Houston, Texas. In this episode we discuss Rhonnika’s detour from Healthcare to Interior Design and her continued passion for improving the quality of people’s lives. We also talk about the need for mentorship within the design community and how her program “the educated designer” provi…
 
Today we welcome Jeanne Candler of Jeanne Candler Design, a Los Angeles based workroom specializing in custom window treatments. In this episode Jeanne explains how her passion and understanding of interior design turned into an opportunity to provide window treatment design services to designers, architects, and developers. We also cover the nuanc…
 
Today we welcome Ryan Saghian, a Los Angeles based interior designer who is blazing a trail in the industry with his fresh perspective of business and his fearless approach to design. In this episode we discuss confidence, ego and pushing boundaries. A proud millennial, Ryan is on the forefront of a movement to re-brand the business of design with …
 
Today we welcome back Naomi Coe of Little Crown Interiors to the podcast. Naomi was our very first featured designer when it all started back in May of 2018 and now she’s our first featured designer in our “where are they now” series. We’re catching up with some of our favorite guests to see what’s new and exciting in their world of design. In this…
 
Join us as we re-cap each inspiring episode of 2020 and discuss our biggest take aways from the conversations that rang in the new year with optimism, motivated us through uncertainty, and empowered us to band together as a COMMUNITY and rise above unprecedented times. We hope this episode will encourage you to re-visit past episode and inspire you…
 
Today we welcome Julia Alt – Principal Interior Designer of ALT DESIGN GROUP and the current chapter President of ASID Orange County . In this episode Julia shares how years of involvement in the design community have culminated into an opportunity to lead one of the largest ASID Chapters in the country. We also discuss the correlation between busi…
 
Today we welcome Joe DeCasperis, owner and designer of his namesake Kitchen and Bath design showroom located in Canyon Lake, California. In this episode Joe breaks down his unique business model with us and demonstrates that there’s more than one way to approach the business of design. We also discuss the value of leadership and how his commitment …
 
Today we’re re-capping the two days of presentations and ah-ha moments from the first ever DESIGN BIZ RETREAT. Our small but mighty group of design professionals and featured speakers tackled the business of design and its many challenges and left with new insight, valuable tools, and new friendships that will benefit their business for years to co…
 
Today we welcome Carrie Brigham of Carrie Brigham Design based in Naples, Florida. In this episode we discuss how Carrie developed her design firm to be technology forward and how that benefited her business in 2020. We also discuss how some great advice from a design school professor and an aggressive learning curve contributed to the success of h…
 
Today we welcome Laguna Beach based Architect, Anders Lasater. His award winning architectural studio specializes in custom homes, restaurants, boutique retail and commercial projects. In this episode we discuss his approach to solution based design, team trust, and how our current state of “working from home” has magnified the value of creative an…
 
Today we welcome Summer Meddock of Meddock Interiors, a full service design firm and retail retail storefront based in Newport Beach, CA. In this episode Summer and I sit down and have a real talk about her journey to launching her design business and the mind set she has adopted to see her way through this uncertain time and remain focused on the …
 
Today we welcome Stacey Brown Randall, author, entrepreneur, and business coach. Her concept of “generating business referrals without asking” has inspired entrepreneurs and business owners around the world and she’s sharing her top tips with us! Stacey dives into the importance of cultivating relationships and leading with authenticity to generate…
 
Today we welcome Lauren Czarniecki of CZAR Interiors, a Florida based boutique firm specializing in residential and commercial design. In this episode Lauren shares her path to launching her own firm just four years ago and the growing pains associated with the development of her business and how she overcame them. We also dive into Lauren’s perspe…
 
Today we welcome Wendy Yates of Abigail – Elise Design Studio, a Colorado based interior design firm specializing in interiors and merchandising for commercial, hospitality and residential projects. In this episode we discuss Wendy’s career path to design and her unique approach to developing a business model that promotes wellness, balance, and ad…
 
Today we welcome Annette English and Andrea Popkin of Annette English and Associates, a boutique interior design firm based in Los Angeles, California. In this episode, Annette and Andrea discuss their path to partnership and the “why” behind promoting from within. We also discuss team culture, the value of leadership, and what it takes to be a par…
 
He’s here! Today we welcome Ray Langhammer of RL Interiors to the podcast. In this episode we chat about Ray’s role as Creative Director for a global brand and how that experience has helped pave the way for his next chapter in life and business. At a time when many design professionals are weighing their options for the future of their business, R…
 
Today we welcome Michelle Lynne, owner of ML Interiors Group in Dallas, TX and founder of Designed for the Creative Mind – a coaching platform that empowers design professionals to grow more productive and profitable businesses. In this episode we discuss Michelle’s business model and her approach to building her own design team with balance and gr…
 
Join us as we continue the conversation about visibility and your business with photographer Karyn Millet. In this episode Karyn shares how years of experience in publishing and PR has contributed to her approach to capturing swoon worthy imagery for the pages of some of our favorite design publications. We also discuss the politics of a photo shoo…
 
Today we welcome Natalie Norcross, CEO and founder of A Design Partnership – a full service communications agency specializing in public relations for the interior design and architectural community. With a background in luxury residential and hospitality design, Natalie speaks the language of design professionals and shares just what it takes to d…
 
Today we welcome Erik Peterson, founder of PHX Architecture with operations in Scottsdale, AZ and Beverly Hills, CA. In this episode Erik shares how following his passion and saying YES to opportunity led him on a career path that he could have never imagined. We also discuss his approach to expanding his business model and how networking within th…
 
Today we welcome Braden Drake of Braden Drake Law. He’s the host and founder of one of my favorite podcasts, UNF*CK YOUR BIZ, and the super cool online community resource by the same name. Braden is dedicated to providing legit legal and tax education to the creative entrepreneur community. In this episode we talk about his process of establishing …
 
Today we welcome Traci Connell of Traci Connell Interiors, a full service design firm based in Dallas, Texas. In this episode Traci tells us how she built her business to be her rock during a time of challenge and how the pressure of necessity has lead her to a place of giving back to the design community in a very special way. This episode is all …
 
Today we welcome Annette Reeves, a long time design build industry partner and appliance & fixture specialist at PIRCH. In this episode we discuss how Annette collaborates with designers, builders, and architects on projects big and small to help them specify like a pro! We also discuss being of service and our mutual passion to elevate the design …
 
Today we welcome Mark Weaver – founder of Mark Weaver & Associates, a full service design firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA . With over forty years of design biz experience, Mark is no stranger to the ever changing design industry and in this episode he shares his perspective on the client experience, team culture, design education, and design …
 
Today we welcome Chris Johnson – founder of Design Tec, a California based design firm specializing in model homes and commercial spaces. In this episode we talk about attitude, ambition, and good old fashioned hard work. Chris also shares her thoughts on leadership, employee retention, and her path to reinvention which culminated into a trend sett…
 
Today we welcome Kansas City based interior designer Tamara Day of Growing Days, a multi faceted design business. In this episode we talk with Tamara about growing her brand from scratch, how her annual open house consignment sale evolved into a thriving design and e-commerce business, and how she managed it all with a child on her hip. We also dis…
 
Today we welcome our very first featured architect to the podcast, Paul McClean. Paul’s ten person architectural firm specializes in contemporary residential architecture in and around Southern California and abroad. In this episode we talk about the “design team” dynamic from an architect’s perspective. We discuss how architecture promotes communi…
 
Today we welcome Max Humphrey to the podcast. In this episode Max shares his “non-business model” and his secret to keeping it fresh and keeping it real. We also discuss how his experience in TV and film production and touring the country with his punk rock band influenced his exodus from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon where he mans the helm of hi…
 
Today we welcome Nicole Perrault and Gina Villasenor from Haus of Design based out of Costa Mesa, CA. We talk about team work, project diversification, and the absolute value of fulfilling every commitment you make to your clients, your business, and yourself. Nicole and Gina both have experience working in design trade showrooms and they’ve levera…
 
Today we welcome Sarah Strader – of Sarah Strader Textiles. In this episode Sarah shares her journey from interior designer to furniture designer to her current venture in hand blocked textile design. We talk about the pros and cons of having multiple ventures in play at the same time and how she refined her business model without sacrificing adven…
 
Today we welcome Erica Bryen – Principal Designer and Owner of Erica Bryen Design. In this episode Erica shares her passion for interior design and her long time role as buyer for one of Orange County’s premiere “to the trade” showrooms. We also talk about the reality of client relations, how she leverages her association with a showroom to streaml…
 
Today we welcome Erinn Valencich of Erinn V Design Group to the podcast and we discuss her many endeavors in the interior design industry from launching her own interior design firm to developing and designing her stunning made to order furniture line for the trade. Erinn openly shares her passion for the business of design, her very real observati…
 
Today we welcome Brooke Wagner of Brooke Wagner Design – a full service design firm based out of Corona Del Mar, California. Brooke literally started her design firm from her dining room table fifteen years ago and has expanded to what is now a team of nine specializing in new construction collaborations with Orange County’s top builders and archit…
 
Today we welcome Kylie Van Meter of Kylie Interiors – a full service design firm based out of Ventura County, California. Kylie is a recent design school graduate with a degree in Interior Design and Business Accounting. In this episode we talk about the reality of design school, the value of “on the job” work experience, and Kylie’s path to launch…
 
Today we welcome Britany Simon of Britany Simon Design House based in Scottsdale, Arizona. You may recognize Britany from her recent appearance on Bravo Network’s newest design show “Best Rooms Wins”. She’s also appeared on HGTV Design Star, The Travel Channel, and FYI Network – all while manning the helm of her award winning design firm. In this e…
 
In this special anniversary episode Raili Clasen from episode 7 returns for a PODCAST TAKEOVER! With Raili behind the controls and ME in the hot seat, we discuss the making of the podcast and how it has contributed to the design community. We uncover the mystery behind my day job, blow the cover off my weekend disguise, expose my introvert tendenci…
 
Today we have a special encore presentation of our conversation with Alexa Hampton as part of the newly developed “non-market” concept ARRIVE hosted by Laguna Design Center in Laguna Niguel, CA. They day’s events revolved around business and personal development for design professionals and what better way to kick off the day than with a fun and re…
 
Today we welcome Nancy Russert of Les Beaux Design and TWIST Custom Workroom. In today’s episode we talk about how Nancy’s passion, persistence, and instinct created a perfect recipe for her thriving design business and custom workroom. She went from intern to business owner practically over night and a few years later when the opportunity to expan…
 
In this episode we catch up with one of my all time favorite design bloggers Christina Fluegge of Greige Design. We talk about how her blog helped launch her brand which now extends across multiple platforms including interior design, textile design, and e-commerce. We also discuss the state of blogging today verses ten years ago and whether bloggi…
 
Part 2 of our Modernism Week podcast featuring the talented designers of the Christopher Kennedy Compound located in beautiful Palm Springs, California. This talented group of world class designers helped create a showcase house which has become the hottest ticket in town. In this episode we chat with Brian Paquette, Lisa McDennon, Gordon Kurtis, M…
 
Just a few short weeks ago we took the show on the road to sunny Palm Springs to experience the most anticipated week of design and architecture in Southern California – Modernism Week. We set up camp at the premiere showcase house, The Christopher Kennedy Compound, where we caught up with a few of the talented designers behind what has been dubbed…
 
This is our third and final interview from Las Vegas Market and what better way to wrap up the series than with the talented and energetic Mikel Welch. In this episode Mikel shares his journey from offering up free design services on Craigs List to develop his portfolio to becoming the “go to” designer for the Steve Harvey Show. Mikel’s persistence…
 
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