A Well-Designed Business®
LuAnn Nigara
In today's world being a talented interior designer isn't enough to ensure that you have a profitable and successful business. Design school curricula doesn't always equip you with the business skills to have your interior design business be everything you imagined it would be! A Well-Designed Business® is here to fill in the gaps and give you real live business skills from some of the top interior designers. Your host, LuAnn Nigara shares her 35 years of success in the interior design industry, and she finds the most successful guests to share their interior design business best practices. This podcast is sponsored by Kravet Inc. featuring CuratedKravet.com. You can find them at http://curatedkravet.com.
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Terri Taylor joins LuAnn on today’s show and she’s going to be walking you through how she calculates budgets on the fly. You’re going to learn what a powerful tool it can be for your design business! One of Terri’s passions is helping interior designers get their firms organized and profitable. Make sure you take notes because Terri’s going to detail how she does this in an understandable, doable way! Hopefully, it will inspire you and give you the courage and language to have that tricky conversation about budget with your next client. Terri Taylor is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at design conferences and showrooms throughout the country. She speaks on a number of topics related to the business of interior design, including: business practices, sales, marketing, motivation, leadership, success, and personal growth. Ms. Taylor is nationally known as an interior design business expert and coach who teaches and mentors interior designers to help them create successful design businesses. Terri has over 32 years in the interior design and construction business. She holds both residential and commercial general remodeling Arizona Contractors Licenses, and qualified for her NCIDQ certification in 1991. Terri is a professional member of ASID, IDS, and NCIDQ. Terri connects with heart-centered designers to help grow their business strategy, accountability, and profitability all while undergoing a beautiful personal transformation. Show Highlights: Using an Excel spreadsheet with the items found in a room and broken out by a room during a consult is simple and efficient. If you can get a client to agree with you on the price of furniture pieces three or four times, the client is going to say yes to you when you ask to be hired. You have to do your homework and know how to figure these prices out beforehand. When you get all the prices on your yellow pad, add it up using easy, rounded-up numbers, and write the total. Hand this to your client, and don’t say anything. They might say they didn’t know it was going to be that much, and Okay. Then you’ve just sold the whole job. If they counter with a lower price, agree with them, then ask them which parts they would like to take out? This is not the time to educate your client on quality and value, you’re just determining their thoughts on prices. Once you agree on the total of the furniture, you can pull out a design fee based on 15% - 20% of the furniture budget. This is a small number and easy to sell, but keep your percentage private. Terri offers more details on how to do this. There is a way to create revenue of millions of dollars a year, but it’s about team and organization. When you actually design the room, you don’t pay attention to the individual pieces but are just keeping the overall budget in mind. You have gotten the agreement based on concept and budget. What you can learn by floating good, better, and best prices for individual pieces. Your answers have to make sense and you need to speak with confidence. Tips on collecting your design fee. Although you charge a flat fee, you still have to plan your hours and know how much time each part of the project you have to complete its so that the flat fee you charged is profitable. ·         As you gain experience (meaning as you have perfected your back end, your process, your efficiencies as well as your budget and sales presentation), in order to make more money you should be striving to earn more money on the furniture items (instead of raising your design fees above 20-25%). ·         Terri shares information on her various online courses and the services she offers at Interior Design Business Academy. Links : LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara: COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! LuAnn's new course taught by Traci Connell:  Buy Wholesale For Profit Connect with Terri! Terri’s Website: Go to Interior Design Business Academy and sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter to get FREE business tips and strategies and invitations to my monthly FREE Design Business CEUs. Terri’s Email: Terri@InteriorDesignBusinessAcademy A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! Check Out Their Client Portal and Time Tracking Features! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Take Advantage of Kravet Inc.’s Extensive Digital Tools & 24/7 Customer Service! Set Up a Virtual Appointment with Your Local Sales Representative: Kravet For More Shows About Fees & Budgets: Sandra Funk #520, #145, #02 Sarah Magness #384 Cheryl Clendenon #482 Laura Michaels #372 Sally Williams #496 Other shows mentioned: Nancy Ganzekaufer:#389, #256, #159, #15 Brad Leavitt #542 Traci Connell #525    

Welcome to a Well-Designed Business! It’s Power Talk Friday, and LuAnn’s friend, Jamie Lieberman, joins the show today. Jamie also happens to be her lawyer and co-author of their upcoming book, A Well-Designed Business, The Power Talk Friday Experts, Vol 2, coming Fall 2020. Jamie will be covering five steps to engaging effectively in any negotiation. This is a great topic because you can dramatically improve your profitability when you sharpen these skills. Negotiating is a learned skill, just like learning how to do floor plans, and just like learning to do floor plans, negotiating is a critical skill to ensure your success, so listen in and take some notes! Jamie Lieberman is an attorney, podcaster and entrepreneur dedicated to making legal accessible and to sharing the message that legal does not have to be scary. As the owner and founder of Hashtag Legal, Jamie draws on her experience working with influencer marketing professionals, creatives and business owners to help her clients grow and protect their businesses. She leads an all female, virtual team focused on providing clients with advice on a wide range of subjects such as intellectual property, contracts, privacy, FTC and general business law as well negotiation strategies. Jamie is a highly experienced speaker and is the co-host for the FearLess Business Podcast. Show Highlights: If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re a sales person. Determine your tolerance for risk. Negotiation is about collaboration, and needs a holistic approach. Bargaining is what most people think negotiation is. There is so much strategy and research that goes into a true negotiation that by the time you get to bargaining, it’s an afterthought. Jamie details the five steps to effectively engage in negotiation, which are: Strategy Setting the Climate Getting Information Clarifying Positions & Interests Bargaining After those five steps, that’s when you can memorialize your agreement in a contract. Don’t be surprised if you have multiple waves of negotiation before you actually sign a contract. Know your boundaries and know when and if it’s appropriate to walk away. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Jamie! Jamie’sWebsite Jamie’s Facebook Jamie’s Instagram Jamie’s LinkedIn Jamie’s FearLess Podcast Jamie’s YouTube Channel A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article. Previous Shows Mentioned: Kwame Christian: #129 Jamie Lieberman #454 Article.com Jillian Cross #367  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s time for another episode of “What Would Lu Do?” where you ask the questions and LuAnn helps out with the answers. Today’s question comes from LuAnn’s coaching client, Jill, who gave LuAnn her blessing to share this sticky situation on the podcast. Jill has a new client who is the daughter of a very good client (and friend) of hers. The new client had a general contractor present at an in-home consultation for window treatments and the GC was very opinionated, contradicting Jill's advice at every turn. To make matters worse, the new client gave deference to every word he said.  Listen in to hear multiple dilemmas that Jill faces, as LuAnn digs into the details, susses out the situation, and lays out her reasoning on the resolutions. If you are not working with a coach or perhaps you don’t have a business mentor or business bestie to provide guidance, this is the perfect opportunity to email LuAnn the burning issues that you need insight on and she’ll answer them on air. Please send your questions to luannnigara.com/wwld! Show Highlights: LuAnn shares the details of her coaching client, Jill’s, dilemma. LuAnn posed this question for Jill to consider: Do you actually disagree with the GC’s suggestions and comments, or are you just annoyed that his say-so is being included in the discussion? The bottom line is to get clear on what your actual reaction is and separate the emotion from it. As it turns out, Jill thought that the GC was leading her client into mistakes, some much worse than others. Additionally, Jill would be the one responsible at the end of the day. When Jill presented her reasoning, her reasoning was poo-poo’d and the client sided with the GC. The next question that LuAnn asked Jill: Does the client’s mother know the GC and does she have an opinion of him, and is this something that she needs to know about? Jill confirmed that the mother does know the GC and does not care for him.  Here’s the third question that LuAnn asked Jill: Yes or no, honestly: with everything set up as it is now with the same dynamics in place, do you see this project as being successful if you take the job? Jill did NOT see this project going well. LuAnn’s final question for Jill: Pretend everything is exactly the same and the project is $2,600 instead of $26,000: would you give a second thought to just walking away? Jill’s response was no, with the exception of the relationship with the client’s mother. The most important thing to consider, given all the details, is the relationship with the original client.  The second most important thing is Jill will only proceed with the job if this particular GC is not involved. Know what you will do, and what you will not do. What would Lu do, based on this information? Listen in to find out the surprising outcome! Links / Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action    A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business?  www.luannnigara.com/cob   Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article. Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. Previous Episodes: #222  #526

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Last year at LuAnn Live, LuAnn gifted each of the VIP Attendees with the headset which she requires when you do an interview with her, then challenged her attendees to take action in their business and come onto the show and share about it. Today’s guest is Laurel Smith, the principal of Farrington Avenue and she is doing just that! Laurel will be sharing the ups and downs and the stops and starts of her entrepreneurial journey that will seem so familiar to many of us. She discusses some of the assumptions she made about owning a business, some of the mistakes she made in starting up, and how she finally came to exactly what she knows she was meant to do with her professional life. Listen in as Laurel describes the key to how her growth really began, the things that catapulted once she got real, and see if some of her story sparks something that just might be inside of you, too! Show Highlights: Laurel shares her work and educational background and how listening to the podcast helped in to her decision to go in another direction to pursue her dream. Laurel has built her brand around everything she learned in occupational therapy and about how humans interact with their environment. When you can’t perform tasks, that impacts your sense of self, quality of life, and well-being. Her mission and vision for her company is built around the idea of creating wellness through design and making the home a happy and healthy place. LuAnn shares her “business mid-life crisis”, how she worked through it, and the wisdom that came out of it. Don’t map out your story of success using someone else’s narrative. Laurel details all of the work that she has been doing to transform her business. There’s power in the words we speak! LuAnn addresses confidence and how it comes out of understanding and growth. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara: COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Laurel! Laurel’s Instagram A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! Check Out Their Client Portal and Time Tracking Features! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Take Advantage of Kravet Inc.’s Extensive Digital Tools & 24/7 Customer Service! Set Up a Virtual Appointment with Your Local Sales Representative: Kravet Other shows mentioned: Shauna Lynn Simon #76, 84,102, 499 Taylor Spellman 106, 390 Amber Lewis 169, 184 Sara Lynn Brennan 463, 524, 514 Michele Williams 137, 180, 395, 424 Wendy Woloshchuk 316, 527  

Welcome to, A Well-Designed Business, it’s Power Talk Friday! LuAnn’s guest today is Natalie Norcross, who has a specific road map for how she teaches you how to do your own PR. Public relations is so valuable, and more now than ever, due to the current coronavirus event. If you’re looking to not only survive but thrive during this economic crisis, you’ll want to keep marketing your firm and learn how to do your own PR.  Natalie offers so many good tips, you’re not going to want to miss this! Natalie is the CEO and Founder of A Design Partnership. Natalie Norcross has over 19 years experience working for Interior Designers, Architects, Builders, Developers, Hotel, and Home Brands and her firm has a demonstrated track record of driving exposure and placements through the PR they produce. Natalie has appeared on the show in episodes #162 and #506. In episode #506, LuAnn and Natalie talked about the four areas to pay attention to when you are going after press for your design firm. Please go back and listen to both episodes where you will not only pick up some outstanding business advice, but you will also learn a bit more about Natalie and her career. Show Highlights: Natalie details each of the five things you need to do to get published: Be specific! Know your niche. Be the face of your brand and be the expert. Partner with big names. Build a good relationship with the journalists. Timing is everything. Natalie explains her personality questionnaire that helps you to determine your niche. You don’t need an expensive publicist to get published, you just need the tools, the know-how, and who to contact. Natalie recommends to her PR members blocking out on their calendars 2-3 hours twice a month on Fridays. This is all the time they will need to spend putting together their pitches, sending them off to editors, and following up. LuAnn cautions knowing who you’re pitching to and making sure that your pitch matches their themes. Media NEEDS your content. Natalie shares some of the tools that members of her DIY PR Membership Program receive to assist them in getting more exposure. Tips and strategies on project organization, partnering, building relationships, and more! Media NEEDS your content. Natalie is a great resource of information and offers both DIY and a full-service PR firm. Links : LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Natalie! Promo Code for Interior Design PR: Luann DIY PR Membership Program For 20% off your 1st month of membership use Promo Code: luann For Your Personality Questionnaire That Natalie Mentioned, Please Email: Hello@interiordesignpr.com Natalie’s Full-Service PR Company: A Design Partnership Download Your FREE e-Books HERE Blog Post: 5 Things You Can Do To Get Yourself Published Today A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business When your client wants the finest in luxury appliances for their kitchen: Choose Monogram! Are You Set Up with Monogram's Design Partner Trade Program?  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Krystle Pickens joins LuAnn in today’s conversation about not just growing a business, but growing a business fast, smart, and intentionally.  Listen in for real strategies that can help you set up your own business for success and profit!  Krystle Pickens is passionate about working with clients to create spaces that are beautiful and evoke that special feeling of home, while also meeting the individual client’s needs. We apply our four core values: Sustainability, Feeling, Functionality, and Community to every project, big or small. Krystle has a degree in Interior Design and has worked in the design industry since 2012, getting her start in Kitchen and Bath Design.  She is based in Jersey City and really feels rooted there, however being raised in Seattle, Krystle feels a responsibility and bond to the environment and incorporates sustainability in all of her projects-she even studied Environmental Science briefly. Show Highlights: Krystle describes how she is in her fourth year of business, and has come a long way since her first year, when she pulled in $13,001.  She set a goal for her second year of $26,002, and ended the year with $27,100. It was at this time that Krystle started listening to “A Well-Designed Business” podcasts. She realized that she was serious about what she loved to do and decided to think of it as a business instead of a hobby. For her third year, which was 2019, Krystle set 19 goals and wrote them down. About halfway through her third year, Krystle decided to hire a business coach who pushed her to shoot for more than her $81,300 goal. She ended up exceeding her goal. Krystle learned at LuAnn Live how important it was to run a business autopsy. This is critical, because you must know where you are before you can plan where you are going. For 2020, Krystle assigned a specific goal to each month and is finding this very powerful. One of her goals this year is to get each and every policy and procedure locked down in a handbook before she takes maternity leave. The Process Leads to Profits class is packed with every tool, idea, and process you could imagine, specifically so that you have a road map to get your back-end organized. There will probably be another class late summer or fall, so if you want help with this, get on the email list to be notified. It’s worth every dime! Being coached on the concept of scaling and the concept of hiring were two of Krystle’s biggest lessons. Hiring a business coach is essential for accountability, advice, and helping you to see the bigger picture. Krystle shares some strategies on how she continues to grow her business and some client communication tips. Links: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action  A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business?  LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Krystle! Krystle’s Website    Krystle’s Instagram Krystle’s Facebook Krystle’s Pinterest A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article. Previous Shows Mentioned: Alinda Morris #429 Do Not Let Us Design For You #346 Nancy Ganzekaufer #15, #159, #256, #389 Amber De La Garza #385 Sandra Funk #02, #145, #520 Madeleine MacRae #283, #315 Amanda Berlin #420 Jenny Madden #332 Jamie Lieberman #454 Dane Austin #457    

Welcome to a Well-Designed Business! Are you in for a treat today! Jenny Slingerland of Black Ink Interiors contacted LuAnn to let her know about her experiences working with Brad Leavitt, President and Founder of AFT Construction in Arizona. Brad has the AFT Construction Podcast, and he and LuAnn have been guests on each other’s podcasts before, so it’s easy to see why Jenny gives him such high praise for being a great builder to work with. You’re sure to be impressed by Brad’s message and outlook on business, as well his obvious love and respect for interior designers. Listen in as he explains from the builder perspective all the reasons he knows that you make his projects more beautiful, more efficient, and more profitable. AFT Construction is an award-winning construction firm and has been nationally published in magazines such as: Fine Home Building, Luxe Interiors and Design, and Professional Builder. Brad Leavitt is an energetic public speaker and ambassador for many national brands including Kohler, Pella, Cambria, Elkay and Post-it Notes. Brad completed a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from BYU in 2005 and worked on notable projects around Phoenix, including the Omni Montelucia in Paradise Valley. His Podcast, “The AFT Construction Podcast”, is focused on bringing value to its listeners, no matter their industry. The topics are focused on marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, organization, building science and construction. AFT has continued to exceed industry standards and create strong client relationships based on integrity, reliability, and quality. Brad and his wife Ashley have 6 children, 5 girls, and 1 boy. Brad is active with all 6 of his children, serves in his local community, and loves all sports. Show Highlights: Brad’s company will not build a home for a client that does not have an interior designer on the project. Many companies have disregard for architects and interior designers, but the architects and designers actually bring expertise and a lot of benefits to the table. Brad shares the reasons why he does not have any in-house architects or designers. It’s important to get the client onboard with understanding the importance and value of a designer. Selling points to take note of when pitching to a potential builder: Having a designer involved helps a builder be more efficient, often saving as much as 2-3 months on a project. This can represent thousands of dollars in the builder’s pocket. Having a designer involved improves a builder’s relationship with his clients. A builder can get information from the designer without having to interrupt the client’s day and this avoids the frustration of arranging meetings while a job is stopped. A huge benefit for the builder is getting published. Having a room or outdoor area styled makes a huge difference! The referral relationship is a valuable component. Businesses are built on reciprocity. Brad offers some great suggestions on how to meet builders: builder organizations, supply showrooms, networking events, and on social media. Building relationships and trust are necessary before beginning to work together. Brad has already been invited back for additional guest appearances on A Well-Designed Business! Future episodes will include a list of the Things Your Builder Wants You to Know and a list of his pet peeves. You don’t want to miss these! Stay tuned for something else you don’t want to miss: more information will be forthcoming in the next couple of months regarding a new course being taught by Jenny Slingerland of Black Ink Interiors called “Design Build for Profit”. To be notified of open registration, put your name on the list at Design Build For Profit. Links : LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara: COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Brad! Brad’s Email Brad’s Website  The AFT Construction Podcast Brad’s Instagram (AFT_Construction) Brad’s Pinterest(AFT_Construction) Brad’s Facebook Brad’s LinkedIn A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: When Your Client Wants the Finest in Luxury Appliances for Their Kitchen: Choose Monogram! Set Up Your Design Trade Account Today! FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Other shows mentioned to include in show notes: Brittany Simon #490 Circle Design Studio #380 Denise Wenacur #513    

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s time for another episode of “What Would Lu Do?” where you ask the questions and LuAnn helps out with the answers. Today’s question comes from listener Amanda, who has lost a couple of jobs due to the costs of freight and taxes outside of a client’s budget.

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn’s guest is Robin Baron, who first joined LuAnn in episode #32. Robin is a #smartlady with an incredible body of work which includes being a celebrity interior designer, lifestyle expert, and a luxury home-furnishings designer. Based in NYC, Robin always brings a striking sense of fashion and style to everything she does as a successful interior designer. Robin knows that flexibility is important, so customization is available in almost every piece in her collections. Celebrating 30 years in business Robin could have spoken on several topics but chose her strategy for designing and bringing a product to market. If you have ever dreamt about designing your own product, please, get a pen and paper for this show. Robin truly shares every aspect that you must consider before you set out on this path. Her advice is well earned and it is easy to hear the depth and breadth of her experience as a thoughtful business woman! Robin thrives on creating homes that are unique and fabulous while maintaining a warm and inviting atmosphere. Reflecting her motto that “Confidence Begins at Home™”, she prides herself on her ability to capture her clients’ individual personalities and bring positivity into their homes. Robin has significant experience on TV, video, and radio including appearing on HGTV, Bravo, and NBC and has been featured in many print and online publications. Robin is the Brand Ambassador for the NY NOW show, and also tours the country as a spokesperson, speaking to audiences at events both within the industry as well as to the public. She enjoys providing lifestyle and design tips through her award-winning blog “Simplifying Fabulous!™” and her multi-platform social media presence. Show Highlights: There are five categories of products that Robin has brought to market: Hardware Case Goods Upholstery Rugs Lighting You have to set your macro goal, and then from there, set your micro goals, which are the goals that will get you to the bigger goal. Robin addresses licensing and how it needs to be a part of your overall marketing plan because it doesn’t really make you money, initially. Robin shares some tangible advice regarding bringing a product to a market: First, analyze the need in the market for your product idea. Have you looked around to see if anyone else is providing it? Next, are you the one to fill this need? Do you have the solution? Do you have the pockets deep enough to fund your idea and take it across the finish line? Does it fit into your overall goals for yourself and your business? A ‘Robin-ism’: If you don’t take a chance, you don’t get one! You don’t have to be an extrovert to be successful, you just have to know who you are. You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with. You have to have support. Links : LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! LuAnn’s Window Works - Facebook - Please Follow! LuAnn’s Window Works - Instagram - Please Follow! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Robin! Robin’s Website Robin’s Instagram Robin’s Facebook Robin’s Twitter A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Take Advantage of Kravet Inc.’s Extensive Digital Tools & 24/7 Customer Service! Set Up a Virtual Appointment with Your Local Sales Representative: Kravet Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. Previous Episodes: Robin Baron #32  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn’s co-host of WTF, Vita (Vitalia) Vygovska, joins her today to chat about some of the things that interior designers can be thinking about in relation to window treatments during this time of quarantine. Whether you’re settling nicely into virtual consultations or you can’t wait for the brick-and-mortars to open back up, you’ll want to listen in to this conversation to learn how important window treatments are to your business! Vitalia Vygovska (Vita for short), CWFP, MBA, is an award-winning window treatment specialist, author, speaker, mom, wife, and a ballroom dance enthusiast.  Her company, Vitalia, Inc, provides all-encompassing concierge-level, tech-driven fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management services exclusively for interior designers.  Show Highlights: Vita gives shout-outs to the #maskAmerica initiative and to local designer, Michele Plachter, who gave a wonderful gift to her industry partners. Remember that your window treatment specialist is your partner in this. LuAnn covers the different reasons why window treatments are important ANY time. Window treatments are: money-makers! an essential part of an interior design project! beautiful! Vita suggests that it’s time to lean into your workrooms and window treatment specialists and she shares the ways that a specialist can support an interior designer: They can provide product knowledge. They can do renderings on your pictures. They can give you a ballpark budget. Window treatment specialists: Consider offering up your services and asking your designers how you can be of value to them. Here are some great ways thats you can still incorporate window treatments into your 2020 projects: virtual consultations when presenting mood boards, remember the windows clients can take their own rough measurements #WTF Live!! Vita and Kim will be discussing drapery pleats!! Friday, May 8th at 12 PM, EST on LuAnn’s Window Works - Facebook. If you are not happy with your resources, now is the time to expand your reach and look for additional or alternative resources, in window treatments, or otherwise. This podcast and past episodes are excellent sources of information and resources. Vita has some encouraging words from the heart regarding our low points. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! LuAnn’s Window Works - Facebook - Please Follow! LuAnn’s Window Works - Instagram - Please Follow! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! #WTF Live!! Vita and Kim will be discussing drapery pleats!! Friday, May 8th at 12 PM, EST on Window Works - Facebook. To learn more about working with Window Works To receive a free subscription to Window Fashion Vision Magazine To attend the virtual IWCE where LuAnn To learn about the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America)  To learn about Exciting Windows To learn about working with Vita: Vitalia Inc A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Kirsch’s motorized Briza collection is the perfect answer to high end drapery treatments. Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now! Kirsch Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. Previous Episodes Mentioned: #448  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s time for another episode of “What Would Lu Do?” where you ask the questions and LuAnn helps out with the answers. Today’s questions come from listener Christina, who struggles with expanding her prospects beyond client referrals. Christina is asking for tips on finding a space where she won’t be competing with architecture firms with in-house designers, and would like LuAnn’s opinion on the best social media platform. Listen in as LuAnn digs into the details, susses out the situation, and lays out her reasoning on the resolutions. If you are not working with a coach or perhaps you don’t have a business mentor or business bestie to provide guidance, this is the perfect opportunity to email LuAnn the burning issues that you need insight on and she’ll answer them on air. Please send your questions to LuAnn Nigara WWLD! Show Highlights: LuAnn shares listener Christina’s detailed email. Lean into the referral business because these are the best clients you can have. Look for ways to keep you referral clients engaged with you. Even when you do a fantastic job it may not be enough to make them remember you. Proudly build your referral pipeline! For more tips on how to build referrals, check out Episodes #93 and #426 with Stacey Brown Randall. Stacey is also one of the co-authors of LuAnn’s second book, A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts. Stacy’s chapter is about leveraging those A-list clients and maximizing the great work you have already delivered to them, so check it out! You may need to work smarter to grow a design firm in a rural location. Unfortunately, many architecture firms, builders, and kitchen showrooms may be laying off their in-staff designers during this economic downturn due to the coronavirus event. However, this may open the door for some freelance work and give you the chance to make an impression. Look for the local people there that can refer you to boutique commercial work. Check into organizations that have architects, property developers, builders, and commercial realtors, call each one and introduce yourself. You may need to join an organization in a larger nearby city. LuAnn suggests some additional episodes that will help Christina learn how to work with architects and builders and how to build a hospitality commercial firm. These shows are linked below. LuAnn provides a detailed overview of a potential social media strategy. For additional tips and social media strategies involving LinkedIn, please see the episodes referenced below. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article. Monogram - Work with Us! Monogram Other Shows Mentioned: Stacey Brown Randall #426 & #93 Susan Yeley #208 Anita Dawson #281   Judi Kieffer #276  Angela Harris #245 AJ Wilcox #219 Sara #438 Welcome, Monogram #536  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Just wait until you meet today’s guest, Nicole McGuire. Every word of her bio is expressed in every word of her conversation, and in LuAnn’s eyes, that makes Nicole one #smartlady. If you don’t epitomize your written bio, this conversation will make you rethink yours! Listen in, as Nicole has some great tips and lessons for us all. You’ll notice right away that she is clearly a business woman running a design firm. Passion and drive define Nicole.  These traits have been foundational to her success in the highly intense and competitive building market.  She is a visionary leader and disrupter of the status quo. Nicole is a gifted conceptual thinker with strengths in strategic planning, team leadership, mentoring, and community outreach.  She has actively worked to create space for women to be empowered and given leadership opportunities within the design and construction industry. Nicole was raised in a home building family, but she has never been one to rest on legacy.  After graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Nicole partnered with her father, the late Jeff McGuire, to begin a new venture, building spec homes, and eventually creating unmatched custom homes and personally curated design pieces, all available within the McGuire Homes Collection.  Nicole has continued to dive deeper into best practices for the industry, even studying Sustainable Business Strategy at Harvard University- expanding her business through social and environmental sustainability standards. Show Highlights: A custom home-building company, McGuire Homes, is the foundation of all of their businesses. Nicole’s passions are in design and bringing women into construction leadership roles. She started Nicole McGuire Design Studio as another revenue stream, giving her the opportunity to sell all of the products, the finished materials, that go into a new construction home or a remodel, back to themselves. This includes cabinetry, flooring, lighting, and furniture. McGuire Development Group is a company that holds homes that are hire-in leases to professionals. The homes come furnished, unfurnished, or a full executive rental, as well. Nicole shares a mistake they made in 2019 and how they have been correcting it. Stay focused on your core business, she suggests. Nicole details her marketing philosophy. All about Around the House with Nicole McGuire. Nicole provides advice about how to get your own show! Communication between her clients, her design team, her build team and herself is extremely important, and Nicole does it all within project management software. Nicole describes the three different mood boards that clients get, and why. Getting clients on board with “important” vs. “urgent”. One of the biggest challenges is managing client expectations. If you have a question that you’d like LuAnn to answer- go to wwld and she’ll answer yours on air in the coming weeks. There’s a new episode of WTF this week with Vita! Also on Friday at 12:00 noon, EST Vita and Kim will be going live on LuAnn’s Window Works FB, talking tips, and design for custom window treatments. Please follow Window Works too, both on FB and IG, and be sure to join WTF Live every Friday on FB. Links : LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Luann Live LuAnn Nigara WWLD Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Nicole! Nicole’s Website   Nicole’s Instagram  #mymcguire Nicole’s Facebook Nicole’s Pinterest See Nicole’s tips here! Around the House with Nicole McGuire Nicole has also given talks at University of Illinois and women’s groups on the subjects of construction, design, and business. A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! Check Out Their Client Portal and Time Tracking Features! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Open Your Trade Account & Get 10% Off Any One Purchase of Kravet Fabric, Wallpaper, or Trim! Use Code at Checkout: awdb10 Kravet  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn’s guests today are Robert Koller and Alexandra Skobel with Monogram, a new sponsor of the podcast. Monogram was also a valued sponsor of the recent 19hours virtual event sponsored by Mydoma Studio. You’re going to love the energy that comes out of Monogram and its team members, so listen in meet Rob and Alex and learn more about what Monogram has to offer you! Rob is the Senior Brand Manager for Monogram and Alex is the Senior Manager of the Monogram Design Center. Show Highlights: Alex shares the company mission. Monogram is the luxury line of appliances for GE and has been in the business for more than 33 years. Monogram launched two new collections earlier this year: Their Minimalist collection and their Statement The appliances offered include built-ins, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, and 48-inch ranges. A “built-in” means that an appliance is built into the cabinetry around it. A built-in often has custom exterior panels, which gives an integrated, seamless look to your kitchen. In 1987, Monogram was the first luxury brand to create a full built-in package for their clients. Rob shares his background in Food and Beverage, and what excites him about the time he’s spent at Monogram. Monogram performed extensive research before putting pen to paper on their latest designs. After careful consideration, they developed three main pillars to support their new look and feel: Materials, Performance, and Ownership. Each of these upholds their commitment to high quality, innovation, and their ongoing relationships with designers and consumers. Through these pillars and their new collections, they've created a luxury brand experience that you can see and feel for yourself.   “Social Currency” - Something to talk about with your friends! Monogram has a couple of programs specifically set up for the designer community to educate them on the Monogram products. Resellers (and there are over 1,100!) have updated displays and presentations. You can see, touch, and feel! The flagship showroom in Chicago is open to the public Monday through Saturday. The showroom does not sell the products, but directs the inquiries to the local Monogram sales manager if it’s outside of Chicago. If a designer is registered for Monogram’s Rewards Program, they get to extend preferred-builder pricing to the client, which is a great discount. If a designer is NOT registered for Monogram’s Rewards Program, then the client would be using the rebate. There are 3 tiers where the clients qualify for free items with certain purchases. Engineering details make all the difference in the design and ease-of-use of the appliances for the consumer. “Monogram Talks” - a webinar series that will be launching the first week of May! Different technologies are incorporated into the Monogram appliances. Designers, when you introduce luxury items into your projects it benefits your profitability! Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB LuAnn Live Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Connect with Monogram! Monogram’s Website    Monogram’s Instagram  Monogram’s YouTube A Big THANK YOU to The Podcast Sponsor: Monogram - Work with Us!    

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s time for another episode of “What Would Lu Do?” where you ask the questions and LuAnn helps out with the answers. Today’s questions come from listener Samantha, who would like some suggestions on how to find income when your projects have been put on hold during this COVID-19 event, the top ten recommended processes and systems to be putting in place, and the best practices for social media presence when you have no active projects. Listen in as LuAnn digs into the details, susses out the situation, and lays out her reasoning on the resolutions. If you are not working with a coach or perhaps you don’t have a business mentor or business bestie to provide guidance, this is the perfect opportunity to email LuAnn the burning issues that you need insight on and she’ll answer them on air. Please send your questions to LuAnn Nigara: WWLD! Show Highlights: LuAnn shares listener Sam’s detailed email. Sam’s professional focus is mostly on hospitality design (9) but also residential (1). All ten projects are on hold, and she’s looking for suggestions on how to pull in income. LuAnn’s advice is to weather the storm for the time being and offers lots of great ideas that Sam can work on right now to successfully position herself for when things open up. Sam would like to know the top ten processes and systems that she needs to put in place. LuAnn offers 3 prerequisites and promises the other 7 when the first 3 are firmly in place. The first 3 are: bookkeeping, reviewing or creating a solid contract, and designing a thorough work flow. What level of social media presence is appropriate during Sam’s work lull? Recycle old pics with a new spin or a new caption, but avoid stating that it’s from an old project or that you’re not currently working on a project. Definitely post on SM to drum up business while not busy. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Are you a #babydesigner, #risingdesigner, or a #seasoneddesigner? Take the “What Level is Your Design Firm” Quiz and Find Out! Get a list of things to do that day, by the end of the week and by the end of the month, in addition to the best podcast episodes to listen to appropriate to where you are in your business journey! Suggested Podcast: Darla Powell’s podcast, Wingnut Social A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Kirsch’s motorized Briza collection is the perfect answer to high-end drapery treatments. Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now! Kirsch Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article. Other Shows Mentioned: #292 Summer Tannhauser #331 Kate Ahl #487 Vanessa Shepherd #20 Arianne Bellizaire #201 Dorien Morin van Dam, #237 Claire Jefford #516 Jude Charles #514 Sara Brennan #470 Christine Lin  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Are you in for a treat today! LuAnn welcomes Stephanie Castillo, the principal of Rumble Interiors, back to the show. Stephanie was a guest on Episode #391, as well, and is joined by Renee Fyall of D. Marie Interiors and Sam Mikel of Nest Design Studio. These ladies are all interior designers, doing business in the city of Ellensburg, Washington. Ellensburg is a rather small city of just 20,000 people and sort of between Portland and Seattle. Wait until you learn what these 3 #smartladies have created! Listen in to hear how these three interior designers chose to be open-minded, innovative entrepreneurs rather than wary competitors. Together, they form what’s known as Collective Interiors. You’re going to find their story fascinating! Stephanie Castillo: Rumble Interiors Communicator, observer, entrepreneur and creative...... Stephanie has been in a creative field her whole working career. Stephanie started Rumble Interiors as an extension of her success as a hair designer. Design, balance and harmony are built into everything Rumble Interiors embodies. Stephanie's ability to design a space comes naturally and her passion lives in her strength to envision a space for the people who live in it. Rumble Interiors specializes in taking your home or room from uninspired to a unique, inviting warm space that speaks to the people who live in it. Whether it's a Re-Style which is taking what you already have and Re-thinking, Re-imagining and Re-vamping your space; or a complete home decoration with results that reflect your world refined. Stephanie's special talent comes in the form of helping people define their design style, the consultation technique is one of her favorite parts of the process. Renee Fyall: D. Marie Interiors When it comes to Interior Design Renee joins function with aesthetics seamlessly on projects both big and small. With over 10 years’ experience, much of her career has been focused on project management. With an eye for quality, superior sense of style, Renee assures the space functionality is forefront, including the project running smoothly and on budget while still creating a beautiful and inviting space. Kitchen design and kitchen remodeling have become a large part of Renee’s focus and priority throughout her time as a Designer. She possesses an innate desire to create and design Interiors that exceed clients’ expectations. As many of us spend a large amount of our time in the kitchen, it’s important to Renee? that she delivers? a return on the investment as the kitchen is the best place in the house to add value, both in design and function. Sam Mikel: Nest Design Studio Design is a bastion of individuality and creativity.  However, as with other creative endeavors, the gap between one’s inner vision and its ultimate expression can be vast.  The function of the professional designer is to help you bridge that chasm.  By asking questions and listening attentively, a good designer can help you explore your needs and wishes and define and create the possibilities in your heart and mind.  As a wise man once noted, “limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."  Sam’s goal as a designer is simply to help you make the best use of your imagination. Open communication throughout the design process helps develop trust and a comfortable, working relationship.  Building on your input, Sam’s job is to guide your consideration of such elements as your home’s existing features, the sources of light, and the function required of each space to best define and create your individual style.  Working collaboratively with her clients, she strives to create warm and inspired rooms—unique spaces that tell your own personal story in a timeless way.  Managing every detail from conception to completion, Sam’s aim is always to create an ambiance that reflects your taste and unique lifestyle. In every project she undertakes, she strives to be budget-conscious.  Also, whenever possible, she tries to incorporate eco-friendly green products and materials. Show Highlights: Stephanie shares how she met Renee and Sam, how the three of them worked over the idea of sharing a collective space, and their result. “Glorified space sharing” is their business model: Collective Interiors is a building, and inside of this are their three businesses. Stephanie and Renee share an office, and Sam has her own office. Sam is also the main leaseholder and she has retail space there. Collective Interiors is a interior design / decor / full-scale store. Renee relates the reaction she had to Stephanie’s request for coffee and mentorship, and how she appreciates directness. Sam describes her passion for her retail store and her love for people. Ways they make their collaboration successful. Mutual trust helps to make this business model work. Re-evaluation, as they grow and learn, is necessary. How their lives have been enriched since the inception of Collective Interiors. Guidance for others that might be interested in the same kind of business model. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Connect with Stephanie Castillo! Rumble Interiors Website Connect with Renee Fyall! Marie Interiors Website Connect with Sam! Nest Design Studio Website A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Take Advantage of Kravet Inc.’s Extensive Digital Tools & 24/7 Customer Service! Set Up a Virtual Appointment with Your Local Sales Representative: Kravet Jaipur Living - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. Other Shows Mentioned: Stephanie Castillo / Rumble Interiors #391 Lori Paranjape # 344  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! It’s Power Talk Friday! LuAnn’s guest today is Katie Krimitsos, Creator of the Women’s Meditation Network. The last time that Katie was featured on A Well-Designed Business on episode 253, she was the fearless leader of the Biz Women Rock community. Listen in to catch up with all that’s been going on with Katie since her newest endeavor. She truly has a passion to help you become your best you, and if this current Corona Virus event has left you a bit more fearful than usual, you’ll want to hear about guided meditations that can help you feel more centered in this anxiety-ridden environment. Katie Krimitsos is Creator of the Women’s Meditation Network. She is also a mom, wife, adventurer, podcaster, seeker, and change maker.  She's committed to brightening the light of women around the world through the Women’s Meditation Network, which provides guided meditations and related resources specifically created with the special journey of women in mind. She’s passionate about giving women the tools, strategies, and inspiration to live lives they truly love. She loves the water, the sound of her two girls laughing with each other, and is constantly evolving to make her life and the lives of others as magical as possible.  Show Highlights: Katie shares her compelling story of how the Women’s Meditation Network came about. Women naturally have a beautiful light but they are often dimmed by self-doubt or comparison. Katie is not a meditation teacher, but she does give women the TOOL of meditation to help them learn more about themselves and learn how to deal with life’s troubling moments. Meditation doesn’t mean having a blank mind. It’s about managing your thoughts, which is crucial to master in both your personal and business lives. Meditation helps you to distinguish between, “What’s the noise?” versus “What’s the voice?”. Stop and set aside the fear of what is and what could be. Then reflect on what you can do or how you can help. How are you uniquely qualified to help your clients right now? What you choose to do and how you choose to show up right now might not pay “right now”, but if you lead with love and do the right thing, it will pay a thousand-fold in the future. Katie describes the ease of using her 5-20 minute, guided meditations and she also has a sleep bundle. LuAnn points out that research backs up the physiological benefits of meditation. It’s so important to tap in and understand what’s really best for us at this moment and how we can best serve others. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Connect with Katie! Katie’s Website Subscribe HERE to get FREE weekly meditations! Start the 7 Day Meditation ChallengeHERE! A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Open Your Trade Account: Kravet FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Mentioned Episodes: Katie's other appearance on the show #253  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Did you miss the amazing “19 Hours” free virtual business summit that ran the week of April 6th through April 9th, 2020? If so, LuAnn will be filling you in on the industry’s answer to the COVID-19 crisis that contains all of the incredible presentations and panel discussions that was originally planned for High Point Market Spring 2020. Today’s show is a replay of the solo presentation that LuAnn did on Thursday, April 9th, on “How to Lead Your Business Through the COVID-19 Crisis”. She has some perspective here that is sure to interest you, whether you run a virtual team or a brick-and-mortar one because LuAnn has weathered several significant economic downturns during her career and came out stronger on the other side of it. 19 Hours was hosted by Mydoma Studio and sponsored by Kravet, Article, Jaipur Living, Monogram, Summer Classics,Gabby Home, Interior Design Society, and Revel Woods. There were an average of 800 designers and business owners watching each and every live session! If you missed it, you can still get the video recordings. For the next couple of weeks, Mydoma Studio will graciously email you the entire video conference if you contact them here: My Doma Studio: 19Hours. Just wait until you hear the presentations by some of the industry’s top business leaders. There were 14 presentations and each one was stellar! Show Highlights: In LuAnn’s first book, The Making of a Well-Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action, she emphasizes the importance of knowing your mission and your core values, and it’s never been more important than now so you can be laser-focused in crisis. LuAnn details the three areas that you should focus on: Mitigate the losses. Focus on sales and marketing. Gratitude There’s wisdom in the saying, “The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.” Don’t overreact but don’t not act. LuAnn describes the #1 mistake she made in the early ‘90s. Think very carefully about the problems you are experiencing with the way you are living through the COVID-19 crisis, and how might you solve this for people in your circle who are experiencing the same things? Be creative, be empathetic. This is a good time to look inward. It is also a good opportunity to make sure you have your systems locked down. If you could wave a magic wand, what would your business look like? Look inward and be listening for what your lesson is in this. It could be personal or business, big or small. Everyday there is something to be grateful for. Share and show grace with each other. If you need to unplug, then unplug and own that. It will take some ingenuity and intention to get through this, but you can do if! Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday To Receive the Entire 19Hours Video Conference, Please Visit: My Doma Studio: 19Hours Book Mentioned: The Making of a Well-Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action by LuAnn Nigara Mentioned Episodes: LuAnn’s Solo #519 Kim Merlitti #442  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! On today’s show, LuAnn is joined by industry-icon, Kendall Wilkinson. They’ll be chatting about Kendall’s perspective on her experience in growing an esteemed and successful firm. They discuss budgets to clients to discovery-call practices to Kendall’s experience in the 2008 recession where she had to use guerilla-style marketing strategies to build a pipeline. Whether you are already a Kendall Wilkinson fan or this is the first time learning about her, you are going to love this conversation. Kendall is a #smartlady who runs a major enterprise which includes her famous San Francisco design firm, her textile collections for Fabricut, as well as being a sought-after speaker for industry events all over the nation. Kendall’s work has been on the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Along with participating in numerous showcases over the years including the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, Elle Decor Showhouse, and LUXE Magazine’s Maison de Luxe Showhouse, Kendall has also she served on the prestigious Board of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Show Highlights: Kendall has been in business for 27 years and employs a staff of 30. Kendall believes that a combination of creative excellence and business acumen are responsible for her success. It’s important to mentor once you have the experience in. Kendall explains her business structure: She has four teams of principals who have their own firms. Within each team is a senior designer, a design associate, a design assistant, and a project manager. They each run 3-5 projects. Kendall also has a back office, which includes the expediters, controllers, accountants, and administrators. This structure has allowed her to be more creative because of the confidence she in her principals and their abilities. LuAnn and Kendall discuss clients, budgets, variables, and the non-negotiables. Kendall shares how she came through the 2008 recession without having to lay off any employees. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday LIVE CLASS with Sara Lynn Brennan, Starting Wednesday, April 22! If you need help with your processes, in getting your business systemized so you can scale, you can hire, you can finally be confident in your projects, Process Leads to Profits is back! To find out all about this live class, taught over 6 consecutive weeks starting April 22, go to Process Leads To Profits. Connect with Kendall! Kendall’s Website Kendall’s LinkedIn Kendall’s Twitter  - @KWilkinsonSF Kendall Wilkinson Design’sInstagram - @KendallWilkinsonDesign Kendall Wilkinson Design’sFacebook Kendall Wilkinson Design’s LinkedIn Kendall Wilkinson Design’sPinterest DesignClass: Interior Design With Kendall Wilkinson Be sure to check out Kendall’s textile line atFabricut! A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article.  

Welcome to a Well-Designed Business, it’s Power Talk Friday! Nancy Lane, CEO of Nancy Lane Interiors in Houston, Texas, joins LuAnn today and you’ll be learning all about the Process Leads to Profits course that Nancy took last winter and the tangible benefits she has received from it. You’ll also hear how Nancy utilized Mydoma Studio to define her services for her prospective clients and how she now invoices and receives payments for her services through Mydoma Studio. Join LuAnn and Nancy in this engaging and informational conversation, and to learn more about signing up for the next Process Leads to Profits with Sara Lynn Brennan’s LIVE course, which starts NEXT WEEK! Nancy Lane’s idea of home has been informed by all the places she's lived, and perhaps most of all by the one she lost. As a child, her home burned to the ground, displacing her family in the process. Nancy and her family found themselves building their new home together and establishing the true meaning of that word at the same time.  Her love for interior design grew through the years, both through her own personal projects and as she shared her passion by helping friends and neighbors with their design projects for more than a decade. In 2016, she opened her residential interior design consulting business, Nancy Lane Interiors and turned that passion into a livelihood. Nancy helps clients solve their design dilemmas and turn houses into homes in and around Houston, Texas, where she resides with her husband and three sons.   Show Highlights: Nancy’s first career was as a chemist! She is a perpetual learner and was already running a successful business when she signed up for classes because she loves to learn new and better processes. Clearly defined processes are everything. You can define your process to make it concrete and repeatable BUT just know it's still really fluid. It will always be a work in process. Nancy details the steps she’s implemented since completing the Process Leads to Profits course. Automate, automate, automate! Automation is important in delivering consistent service. Mindset is key. Most of the issues we have all start right between our ears! In light of COVID-19, Nancy discusses the ways that she’s been taking advantage of being at home. Is the Process Leads to Profits class right for you? If 6 weeks from now you would like to know you are well on your way and well-armed with the information and strategies to once and for all organize your “you” into a repeatable, duplicatable process (AKA, a “business”!), then YES! Sign up HERE! Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! LuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday LIVE CLASS with Sara Lynn Brennan, Starting April 22! If you need help with your processes, in getting your business systemized so you can scale, you can hire, you can finally be confident in your projects, Process Leads to Profits is back! To find out all about this live class, taught over 6 consecutive weeks starting April 22, go to Process Leads To Profits. Connect with Nancy! Nancy’s Websites: Nancy Lane Interiors &The Decor Detective Nancy’sInstagram Nancy’sFacebook A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Previous shows mentioned: Nicole Cole #509 Sara Lynn Brennan:#463, #514, #524  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s time for an episode of “What Would Lu Do?” where you ask the questions and LuAnn helps out with the answers. Today’s question comes from listener Jane, who would like to know how to handle a client who is refusing to pay a bill. Listen in as LuAnn digs into the details, susses out the situation, and lays out her reasoning on the resolution. If you have a burning issue that you need some insight on, please send your question to LuAnn Nigara! Show Highlights: LuAnn shares Jane’s detailed email. The red-flag phrase in the listener’s email that got LuAnn’s attention: “Even when I could see the project going south.” Why LuAnn thinks that the client somehow feels wronged. LuAnn’s take-action steps: The listener should think back to when she first felt things going south. She needs to identify the event and ask herself these questions: What one thing could you have done at the time to have avoided the project going south? Can you fix the problem even though it is late? Even if it costs you money, you have to fix it. Get ready for the hard conversation. Call her, acknowledge the problem, give a genuine apology for the past offense and offer the solution you are going to take. Once you’ve agreed on a solution, THEN you can ask for the payment, but there’s a particular way you need to frame the request! The client needs that moment of contrition and the solution to get past the problem. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Sara’s Blog post onLuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday LuAnn Live LuAnn Nigara- Email LuAnn Your Questions! LIVE CLASS with Sara Lynn Brennan, Starting April 22! If you need help with your processes, in getting your business systemized so you can scale, you can hire, you can finally be confident in your projects, Process Leads to Profits is back! To find out all about this live class, taught over 6 consecutive weeks starting April 22, go to Process Leads To Profits. A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Open Your Trade Account & Get 10% Off Any One Purchase of Kravet Fabric, Wallpaper, or Trim! Use Code at Checkout: AWDB10 Kravet Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now! Kirsch  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn gets to chat with Krista Watterworth Alterman, CEO of Krista Home in Palm Beach, Florida, about company mission and vision, how important it is to lift others up, and very timely advice on how to face fear. Krista leads her company with purpose and clarity. She is the kind of CEO that has taken the time to figure these things out for herself and as you listen, you will hear how it guides every decision she makes, from client interaction to creating, training and leading her team. You don’t want to miss this engaging conversation! Krista is the CEO of Krista Home located in Palm Beach Florida. Originally from Connecticut and trained in NY at Parsons School of Interior Design with a masters of Fine Arts from the New School, NYC, Krista is known for her highly acclaimed HGTV shows Save My Bath and Splurge & Save. She's also been featured on The Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible and DIY's The Vanilla Ice Project for seven seasons. Selected as one of the designers for the prestigious Kips Bay Show House in 2019 Krista has also won two 2018 American Society of Interior Designers Crystal Awards, a 2018 LUXE Residential Excellence Award and three 2017 American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Awards. Krista was one of the selected designers for the prestigious Kips Bay Show House in 2019. She won two 2018 American Society of Interior Designers Crystal Awards, a 2018 LUXE Residential Excellence Award and three 2017 American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Awards. Her work is regularly featured in many publications including Architectural Digest, Decor, Luxe Interiors & Design, Florida Design, Good Housekeeping, HGTV Magazine, Southern Style At Home and Cottages & Bungalows. Show Highlights: When an employee hasn’t risen to exceptional status, it can sometimes be because we haven’t empowered them to properly do their job when they don’t have a clear understanding of their job description. Streamlining her business helped Krista and her team figure out who was responsible for providing different services, and how they could do it in a way that was fun and empowering for everybody so they loved coming to work. In doing this, she wanted to discover people’s natural talents and expertise. Krista wants her company to be able to function without her presence. Employees need clarity on their roles but they also need clarity on your company’s mission and vision. Service is Krista’s mission and she shares the relevance of saying, “Yes, And”. LuAnn emphasizes the importance of words. “A Design Lab” rather than a “Design Presentation”: Krista describes her plan to make everything fun for her clients when they come in to finalize the work product. When you feel fearful or anxious about something, it’s time for action. You need to do something to propel yourself forward. What you’re naturally good at is what you grow your passion around. Krista describes her employees’ job descriptions and how each of their strengths complement their positions. Having a philosophy in life that brings you great happiness and carrying that over to your work life is a win/win situation. Links : LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Sara’s Blog post onLuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday LuAnn Live LIVE CLASS with Sara Lynn Brennan, Starting April 22! If you need help with your processes, in getting your business systemized so you can scale, you can hire, you can finally be confident in your projects, Process Leads to Profits is back! To find out all about this live class, taught over 6 consecutive weeks starting April 22, go to Process Leads To Profits. Connect with Krista! Krista’s Website Krista’s Facebook Krista’s Instagram Books Mentioned: A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts by LuAnn Nigara & Friends 3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And!by Travis L. Thomas A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: *Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. *Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article. Previous Show Mentioned: #526 featuring Asha Chaudhary  

Welcome to a Well-Designed Business, it’s Power Talk Friday! And today LuAnn will be doing a ‘Where Are They Now’ episode with Wendy Woloshchuk, who last made her appearance on A Well-Designed Business about two years ago.    What a difference those two years have made! Wendy is here to share the invaluable information she has learned from LuAnn Live and The Power Talk Friday Tour, the implementations to her business that resulted from that, and the profound impact it has had on her life.   You don’t want to miss this conversation! Get ready for some takeaways from this!   Wendy Woloshchuk believes that great interior design can change your everyday life. It’s about more than just beauty and function. It’s about creating a home that feels like a warm hug when you walk in after a long day. The details of your home create that feeling of comfort. She believes that interior design should be approachable, not intimidating! Her goal is not to make your house a showpiece, but to create a beautiful, comforting space and to see you enjoying it with friends and family. Wendy has been an interior designer and decorating enthusiast for as long as she can remember, and has been getting paid to do it since 2007, when she received her Interior Design Certification from Bay Path University. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at design events. She’s spoken for Facebook, been on multiple panels at High Point Market, was an invited guest at The Designer Experience, and was on the designhounds Influencer tour of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).   Wendy is a Houzz influencer, has won multiple Houzz Service Awards, and is a Maria Killam Certified True Colour Expert. She was also a Las Vegas Market Red Carpet Tour attendee. She has done multiple projects with the Make a Wish Foundation, and she’s a certified member of The Interior Design Society (IDS).   Wendy loves sharing interior design advice and ideas. She coaches interior designers from around the world and teaches both local and online workshops to interior designers, decorators and home stagers on the business of interior design, and offer free tips on design on her Facebook live show, The Daily Details! She’s been quoted and/or seen in: Designers Today Magazine The Sunday Republican The Palmer Journal Mydoma.com Window Fashion Vision magazine …and heard on: A Well-Designed Business podcast with LuAnn Nigara Home Stagers and Designers on Fire podcast with Marianne Cherico     When she’s not working on other people’s houses – or on the beach in Aruba – she’s in her own home in the woods, listening to podcasts or country music; cheering for the New England Patriots; or spending time with her husband, Mike (Wally), and their schnug, Ozzy.   Show Highlights:   As Wendy explains, she had a process, but it was inconsistent. Once she hired an assistant, she knew she had to have a better process in place. Wendy took the time to document her processes in a “Standards of Excellence Manual”, an idea she got from Ashley Uhl.  Wendy asked her assistant to write down her own documented processes as she experienced them after a month of being hired, then they compared notes. This allowed them to fine-tune the manual. Another idea she got from Ashley Uhl was sending a simple hand-written thank you note after a consult.  LuAnn loved the idea Wendy shared of sending “Happy Birthday to Your Room” cards to her clients after their first anniversary of doing business together. After year 5 and year 10, Wendy sends a card offering to refresh their room design. Wendy hired Nancy Ganzekaufer as a coach and worked with her for most of last year. One of the big areas in which Nancy helped was with Wendy’s numbers, so she increased both her hourly rates and her consults rates, and started charging her clients retail for product, which substantially increased her profits. All clients get a weekly update email very Friday updating them on their project and exactly what was accomplished over the past week. Nicole Heymer’s branding course helped Wendy to websites, social media. what she wanted from her website, so last year, Wendy worked with a copywriter to redesign her website, making it more relaxed and fun. Based on conversations over lunch with Debbe Daley and Marianne Cherico last year, Wendy, Debbe, and Marianne started the Design for Today Collaborative. They do in-person workshops at the Boston Design Center and other venues around New England. It’s a way to keep designers up to date on technology, websites, and social media but has grown to include staging coaching. LuAnn points out that Wendy’s success story is a great example of never being afraid of seeking help and knowledge from others, and taking that information you learn and putting it into practice.     Links / Resources:   LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Sara’s Blog post on LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday  Luannlive.com   LIVE CLASS with Sara Lynn Brennan, Starting April 22! If you need help with your processes, in getting your business systemized so you can scale, you can hire, you can finally be confident in your projects, Process Leads to Profits is back! To find out all about this live class, taught over 6 consecutive weeks starting April 22, go to www.processleadstoprofits.com.   Connect with Wendy! Wendy’s YouTube Wendy’s Pinterest Wendy’s Facebook Wendy’s Instagram Wendy’s LinkedIn Wendy’s Website Design For Today Collaborative Facebook Page   Thank You to These Podcast Sponsors:   FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! Mydomastudio.com/awelldesignedbusiness   Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! https://www.article.com   Previous Show Mentioned: Ashley Uhl #412 Nancy Ganzekaufer: #15, #159, #256, #389 Eileen Hahn #363 Kae Whitaker #26, #66, #114, #259, #274 Sarah Daniele #91, #177 Nicole Heymer #125, #317, #466 Debbe Daley #431 Marianne Cherico #123 Kimberly Merlitti #361, #442 Sally Williams #496 Claire Jefford #237, #325,

Welcome to a Well-Designed Business! LuAnn is so excited to finally be able to introduce this new sponsor to the show by chatting with none other than the CEO of Jaipur Living, Asha Chaudhary! In this episode, you’ll be learning about Jaipur’s beauty, value, and social responsibility, as well as their customer-centric trade partner program and their easier-than-ever to browse website with stunning images. Listen in to the conversation and please welcome Jaipur Living to the family! As president and CEO of Jaipur Living, Inc., Asha Chaudhary brings a personal perspective to the rug industry: “I grew up around rugs all my life; it’s a part of me.” From a childhood spent observing weavers and designers, Chaudhary has grown into a powerful design force within the industry. As the rare female CEO, Chaudhary has built a thriving business across rug constructions and textile accessories. Chaudhary’s father NK founded Jaipur Rugs, India’s largest manufacturer of hand-knotted rugs. She watched as he took the company from nine weavers in the family home to a global presence that employs more than 40,000 artisans.  Chaudhary came to the U.S. in 1997 to attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 2001 as a Dean’s List scholar with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a concentration in Finance. Chaudhary just graduated with a certificate from the Owner/ President Management program at Harvard Business School. She is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, Young Presidents Organization, Nest and ASID.  After taking over leadership of the company’s U.S. operations in 2005, Chaudhary set out to expand on her father’s original vision to create beautiful lives through great design and respect for artisans. Today, she has broadened the company’s range of products and its customer base.  Chaudhary has overseen new product launches of pillows, poufs, and throws, and a major restructuring and re-branding of the company to Jaipur Living, Inc. Jaipur Living’s customer base has expanded to include a broad mix of retailers, e-commerce dealers, and a sizable, loyal interior design following.  Looking towards the future, Chaudhary wants to help bridge the world of handmade artistry with the end consumer. “I’d like them to understand and appreciate the harmony of the design process and their part in it - with the first spark of an idea, through the hands of an artisan, and ultimately into their home. And always with the intent to create beautiful lives.”. Show Highlights: Asha shares the compelling story of her childhood and her incredibly visionary parents. Jaipur Living is a family enterprise and Asha’s Father is known as “the Ghandi of the rug business”. Jaipur Living has a handmade, custom line of rugs and has award-winning designs and team: they were the winner of the last 2 Dallas ARTS Awards and 3 design awards in 2020 at Domotex in Germany. 95% of interior designers rate Jaipur Living as better than other rug companies when it comes to products and customer service. Asha praises the 40,000 artisans in more than 600 villages in India for the beautiful work that they do. These artisans earn a sustainable wage that far surpasses the industry average, and also receive access to healthcare, education, and social development opportunities, in partnership with the Jaipur Rugs Foundation. Asha’s personal favorite features on their newly-designed WEBSITE includes real-time inventory, Pantone color matching, instant quotes, and the ability to customize the size and shape of more than 600 rugs. Jaipur Living has a comprehensive swatch program: free swatches are available on every single product that they offer. Touch and feel, and share with your customers! They have THOUSANDS of products in stock and ready to ship, and orders ship within 4-6 hours of receipt of order. Jaipur Living works hard to design beautiful things across all price points, and they are proud of their dedicated customer service! Creating beautiful lives is the mission of Jaipur Living, and they strive to keep the art of weaving alive. The art of weaving is passed down from generation to generation. Asha shares how each and every rug has a story behind it. LuAnn addresses the designers listening to the show regarding the value and practical reasons that it makes sense to work with Jaipur Living. In future episodes, LuAnn will be sharing more about the value, features, and benefits of working with Jaipur Living, so stay tuned! Thank you, Asha and Jaipur Living, for sponsoring this podcast! Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Sara’s Blog post onLuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday Luann Live LIVE CLASS with Sara Lynn Brennan, Starting April 22! If you need help with your processes, in getting your business systemized so you can scale, you can hire, you can finally be confident in your projects, Process Leads to Profits is back! To find out all about this live class, taught over 6 consecutive weeks starting April 22, go to Process Leads To Profits. Please Extend A Warm Welcome to Our New Sponsor By Visiting Their Links! Jaipur’s Purpose Is To Create Beautiful Lives! Get Started Creating Yours, Now! Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Jaipur Living’s Instagram: #jaipurliving Jaipur Living’s Facebook Jaipur Living’s Pinterest Book Mentioned: The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World  by Raj Sisodia and Michael J. Gelb  

Welcome to a Well-Designed Business! Today is a special episode because it features a #smartlady that LuAnn has come to know over the last several months and has been impressed by how thoughtfully and purposefully she runs her interior design firm. Traci Connell joins LuAnn and weaves in info not only about how she designs, but how she delivers the design process to her clients. You’re going to learn how Traci reflected, analyzed, and documented what she did, how she did it, and what worked and what didn’t, all in the face of tremendous anguish and hardship. Traci is the combination of a sweet, southern lady with the grit and fortitude it takes to not only survive but to thrive and to provide for herself, her family and her staff. Traci Connell is an award-winning creative entrepreneur whose business sense and design skills are combined with a passion for delivering interiors that are at the heart of livable style. Her well-edited spaces feature functionality for a distinctive aesthetic she calls Ease of Glamour. She gives you luxury you can live in along with an innovative customer service experience that saves you time and money. High-end design, business savvy and a simplicity-driven approach — that’s what makes Traci one of leading interior designers in Dallas and the surrounding areas. Traci’s projects have been featured on the cover of Luxe Interiors and Design as well as projects showcased in Traditional Home, among numerous other publications. She has been named D Home Best Designer of 2018, 2019, and 2020 and was included in the 2018 Gold List by Luxe Interiors and Design. Her latest endeavor is her consulting business to teach other designers how to get unstuck and scale their business just like she did using her proven system that she tested and developed over the past 8 years. She is really excited to share this system with others. Check out her website Traci Connell for more details. Show Highlights: Traci shares her story and describes how she was trying to up-level her business during a trying time but couldn’t get any straight answers to the questions she had. This experience gave her the desire to help other designers who are experiencing setbacks to get unstuck. Remember that you have a choice! Get vulnerable and accept help from coaches, mentors, or whoever it takes. There’s no reason to go it alone. Put your business under a magnifying glass and take a hard look at your finances, margins, and revenue streams. Evaluate your pipeline and run your projections for the year. Create processes and systems for your business. As Traci explains, this is KEY in being able to confidently deliver an excellent client experience, to be able to scale, and to be able to take time off from your business when you need it to take care of yourself, especially if you may be in crisis like she was as she built her business. It is critical to build the right team. You must surround yourself with a team that can execute and help grow and run your firm profitably. Traci shares her concept of “Ease of Glamour”, which is livable luxury, and tips on how she streamlined her own personal life. The confidence behind finding your niche is super-important. Always deliver more than what is expected. This communicates value to the client. Traci is coaching and teaching other designers like you to go from setbacks to success using her proven system that she has tested and developed over the past 8 years. For more info go to Traci Connell. Links : LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Sara’s Blog post onLuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday LIVE CLASS with Sara Lynn Brennan, Starting April 22! If you need help with your processes, in getting your business systemized so you can scale, you can hire, you can finally be confident in your projects, Process Leads to Profits is back! To find out all about this live class, taught over 6 consecutive weeks starting April 22, go to Process Leads To Profits. Is Chairman of the Board Right for Your Business? LuAnn Nigara Connect with Traci! Traci’sEmail  Traci’s Coaching Website Traci’s Interiors Website Traci’s Instagram Traci’s Facebook Traci’s Pinterest SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are listening in real-time, we are on the 2nd day of our epic online summit hosted by Mydoma Studio. It is called 19Hours. A huge thanks to Mydoma Studio as well as our other sponsors: Kravet, Article, Kirsch, Jaipur Living, Monogram, IDS, Revelwoods, Summer Classics, and Gaby Home. Traci will be on LuAnn’s panel Thursday, April 9th, along with Sandra Funk, Monica Wilcox, and Tobi Fairley. Don’t miss it!! Event: 19hours Hosted by: Mydoma Studio Monday, April 6th - Thursday, April 9th This is a FREE VIRTUAL EVENT! Presentations Each Day at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm EST. It will be recorded for later viewing. This Is The Industry’s Answer to Covid-19 and Contains Much of the Content That Was Planned for HP Market. DON’T MISS the Solo Presentations by Some of the Industry’s Top Business Leaders and Panel Discussions with Some of the Industry’s Top Designers! To Sign Up, Go to 19hours Thank You to This Podcast Sponsor: Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now! Kirsch Other Shows Mentioned: LuAnn #491 Chairman of the Board Opportunity Nancy Ganzekaufer #15, #159, #256, #389 Nicole Cole #509 Kim Merlitti #361, #442 Michele Williams #137, #180, #395, #424 Denise Wenacur #513 For conversation about the importance of reciprocal mentoring and paid coaching, go to Rasheeda Gray #267,

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s Power Talk Friday! Sara Lynn Brennan joins  LuAnn to chat about faith or fear. Earlier this year, Sara wrote a blogpost titled, “Are You Operating Your Design Business Out of Faith or Fear?” and in the midst of the current pandemic, it seems like a great time to re-visit her reflections. Although her original intent had nothing to do with the Corona Virus, there are lessons in the article that are certainly timely and applicable to our current situation. Sara is an entrepreneur, CEO, and Principal Interior Designer at Sara Lynn Brennan Interiors. Sara has become the first and only full-service interior design firm in Waxhaw, North Carolina, who specializes in Transitional Designs, where she and her design-build team take spaces from Bare Bones to Beautiful by utilizing her exclusive, approachable, and stress-free design process, transforming and renovating homes from start to finish. Sara’s design work has been nationally published six times in the last year including publications such as Romantic Homes, Traditional Home, Window Fashion Vision, and Cottages and Bungalows, who recently offered her a role as a monthly columnist. She’s also been noticed as a rising star among colleagues in the design industry being invited as a guest on podcasts, as a panelist at High Point Market and as a host and speaker at local design events and shows. Show Highlights: LuAnn’s interview with Candy Scott in Episode 279 was the inspiration behind Sara’s blogpost, “Are You Operating Your Design Business Out of Faith or Fear?”. A lot of drama stems from fear, and this was Sara’s epiphany that even the design experts have the same doubts as everybody. Be prepared for problems, but having the right processes in place will give you confidence that you’ve covered all of your bases. Problems that might occur will not be because you weren’t following through. Drama in projects can stem from lack of communication, expectations, mistakes, personalities, etc. How you handle it is what makes all of the difference. Look for common ground where your clients feel heard and happy. If you’re working from home during this outbreak, explain upfront to your client that your kids are home and there may be some interruptions during a phone call. Conversely, if you’re talking with a client and their kids are home and interrupting, don’t roll your eyes or express frustration. Let them know it’s ok because you’re both in the situation together. Offer to reschedule if that is better for them. This quarantine is slowing us all down and giving us common ground, and opening up opportunities to have hard conversations. LuAnn addresses fear and the ways it can impact our business relationships. Sara offers ideas to make things happen during this downtime. Know your worth! Doing your best isn’t just what you showed up that day, doing. Doing your best is being prepared to do your best and doing extra. Gather your best resources, and spend your time sourcing so that you have the opportunity to provide your finest services. Showing up with a plan, some knowledge, and a background will separate you from the others who are just showing up. This is what Sara means when she says, “Showing up is not enough.” Are you going to be the person who deflects and doesn’t want to look bad? Or are you going to be the person that owns it because you can see where it went wrong and you’re going to make it better? Take this time to re-organize and streamline your business. The more informed the client is, the further along you can get with them, faster. Clarity is key and comes from preparation. Links:  LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Sara’s Blog post onLuAnn’sBlog Power Talk Friday SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Event: 19hours Hosted by: Mydoma Studio Monday, April 6th - Thursday, April 9th This is a FREE VIRTUAL EVENT! Presentations Each Day at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm EST. It will be recorded for later viewing. This Is The Industry’s Answer to Covid-19 and Contains Much of the Content That Was Planned for HP Market. DON’T MISS the Solo Presentations by Some of the Industry’s Top Business Leaders and Panel Discussions with Some of the Industry’s Top Designers! To Sign Up, Go to 19hours Interior Design Standard IWCE 2020 Connect with Sara! Sara’s Website Sara’sInstagram Process Leads to Profits- Starts April 22nd! Get Your Early Bird Pricing Now! Sara’s Blog post onLuAnn’sBlog Thank You to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Monogram - Work with Us Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.comHere! Article Previous Shows Mentioned: Nancy Ganzekaufer: 15, 159, 256, 389 Nicole Heymer: 125, 317, 466 Candy Scott: 227 Sandra Funk: 02, 145 Sara Lynn Brennan: 463, 514  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn brings you a very special conversation today, one that may hit very close to home for many of us; mental illness. Bearing that in mind, I must also say that this show was recorded months ago before the word COVID 19 was even legitimately on our radar. Even though the topic of mental illness can be sensitive, it’s important to talk about it.  Whether mental illness affects us personally or affects one of our loved ones, you’re not going to want to miss this intimate talk. LuAnn’s guest is Leah M. Meyer Perez, and Leah will be sharing how she overcame her own internal struggles while trying to run a business. She wants to share her story and bring it out in the open so that we as a community don’t have to feel embarrassed about asking for help. She encourages an environment of support and care for each other. Leah M. Meyer Perez is the CEO/Principal Designer of Leah May Interior Design. Like so many of you, from an early age Leah was creative and had a natural talent for interiors. From her artistic flair in art class to tinkering in the garage with her Father, Leah’s path was destined for design. Leah has earned an extensive knowledge of fabrics and furniture by working for several boutique interior firms including a custom furniture workshop and drapery workroom. In 2014, taking a leap of faith, Leah opened her residential interior design firm and as you will learn today, Leah has had to overcome more than simply understanding marketing, bookkeeping, and pipeline building in order to be successful. If you are listening and you are struggling with serious thoughts of anxiety, depression, hopelessness, or isolation, there is no podcast for that. Please reach out, and have a friend help you find qualified help. You deserve to be happy and fulfilled and like Leah, with true professional therapy, it IS possible. Show Highlights: First: It’s Ok to have fears and insecurities. You just have to find the courage to talk to somebody about them and work through them. Leah shares how her symptoms of mental illness manifested in her personal and business lives. Understand self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors by learning to be self-aware. Therapy can help you discover the heart of the issues. Learning that she was a negative person and realizing that she had to start being grateful was a turning point in Leah’s life. Appreciate all of the things you’re good at doing. Leah strives to push past the fear of talking about mental illness. What other people think of you does NOT define you. You must be open to help. You cannot change another person, but you can learn to change how you respond to a person. You never know what another person is going through. Share a high-five with someone who you think could use it, and if you’re inclined, tell someone you talk with today something nice so that they have a positive thought in their head when you part. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! The Power Talk Friday Tour LuAnn Live WCAA Exciting Windows IWCE-Vision My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Connect with Leah! Leah’s Website Leah’s Facebook Leah’s Instagram Thank You to This Podcast Sponsor: Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Other shows mentioned to link to and tag in Social Media Alex Gourlay # 447 Wendy Glaister # 386 Desi Creswell # 475    

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s Power Talk Friday! Peter Lang joins LuAnn on today’s show to discuss accounting that is specific to design firms. Peter is a CPA that works exclusively with interior designers, and he will be covering the nuances of the industry. He is also a co-author of LuAnn’s latest book, A Well-Designed Business: The Power Talk Friday Experts. If you’re a business owner and concerned about how this current COVID-19 pandemic will impact your taxes, you will not want to miss this episode! Peter Lang is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  He is the founder of The Designer CPA, a CPA firm that works exclusively with business owners in the design industry.  He has worked in public accounting since graduating from Providence College in 2002.  After working for several larger size firms in Boston and Rhode Island, Peter realized his true passion was to start a firm that specifically focused on designers.   Peter currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife Carmen and their identical twin boys, William and Matthew.  He enjoys running and golfing outside of work. Show Highlights: The IRS expects you to file your 2019 income tax return by April 15th, or apply for an extension. If you have a Federal or state tax payment that is due, they expect that by the April 15th deadline. Technically you are responsible for Q1 2020 estimated payments by April 15th, as well. HOWEVER, due to the pandemic, the IRS has reset all of the April 15th deadlines to July 15th for the 2019 filing year. This gives everyone an additional 90 days to get all of your information to them. The IRS has NOT changed the Q2 2020 estimated payments deadline of June 15th, so this WILL still be due. Peter addresses which deadline might be better to consider, and why; HSA’s, and sales tax. Peter and LuAnn discuss the stimulus package, how much we might expect to receive, and when it will be sent. What you need to know if you’re receiving unemployment compensation and receive a stimulus payment. Your business may be eligible for relief in the form of a relaxed-rules small business loan. Listen for details! Payroll tax credits, deferments, and managing your cash flow. Things you can do now to be ready in the event another disaster strikes: Get your books in order. Make sure you understand your numbers. Set aside cash for quarterly tax payments. Don’t mingle sales tax collected from customers with your operating cash. Build a reserve of three months fixed operating expenses in a savings account. LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Event: 19hours Hosted by: Mydoma Studio Monday, April 6th - Thursday, April 9th This is a FREE VIRTUAL EVENT! Presentations Each Day at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm EST. It will be recorded for later viewing. This Is The Industry’s Answer to Covid-19 and Contains Much of the Content That Was Planned for HP Market. DON’T MISS the Solo Presentations by Some of the Industry’s Top Business Leaders and Panel Discussions with Some of the Industry’s Top Designers! To Sign Up, Go to 19hours Connect with Peter! Peter’s Website Book Mentioned: A Well-Designed Business: The Power Talk Friday Experts by LuAnn Nigara & Friends Thank You to These Podcast Sponsors: Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.comHere! Article FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! My Doma studio: A Well Designed Business Kravet Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now! Kirsch Sponsors You’ll Be Learning More About in the Future: Jaipur Monogram Shows Mentioned: Michele Williams - Certified Profit First Coach #180 Peter Lang previous episodes: #349, #464 #519 finances at Window Works  

Welcome to this episode of A Well-Designed Business! Gabriela Gargano joins LuAnn in this episode to caution us as entrepreneurs about being careful not to apply reasons and rationale to decisions that we are facing because we are reluctant to take the risk. Gaby also shares some very specific strategies that she is employing as the CEO of her design firm in light of the Corona Virus, which you will likely find very smart and useful! You are going to love these ideas! After graduating from college with degrees in Art History, Hispanic Studies, and Business Economics, Gaby spent more than a decade at Goldman Sachs, as a sales trader and relationship manager. She simultaneously grew her passion for interior design through real estate investing, renovation, and staging of her properties in Manhattan. In 2016, she decided to leave finance and establish Grisoro Designs, a full-service interior design firm located in New York City. Gaby’s style blends clean lines with rich textures and eclectic pieces, referencing art, and vintage design. The team's process is anchored in a deep understanding of each client's design goals, functional needs, and lifestyle. By implementing a transparent process, clear communication, and active project and budget management, they can provide a seamless experience, resulting in a beautiful and functional space that truly feels like home.  Grisoro Designs has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Domino, and several other publications. Services offered include interior design, full-scale renovations, project management, budget management, art curation, and real estate advisory.  SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Event: 19hours Hosted by: Mydoma Studio Monday, April 6th - Thursday, April 9th This is a FREE VIRTUAL EVENT! Presentations Each Day at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm EST. It will be recorded for later viewing. This Is The Industry’s Answer to Covid-19 and Contains Much of the Content That Was Planned for HP Market. DON’T MISS the Solo Presentations by Some of the Industry’s Top Business Leaders and Panel Discussions with Some of the Industry’s Top Designers! To Sign Up, Go to 19 Hours Show Highlights: Gaby was at Goldman Sachs during the 2008 recession. Decide what you want your business to look like. The indicators that Gaby used to evaluate when it was time to grow: Assessing her past, current, and projected pipeline. She made sure that she was attracting the type of clients that will take her into the future. She recognized that she was so fatigued that she was jeopardizing her ability to deliver her creative best to her clients. She realized that she and the employees she had on board were consistently being pushed to their limits, and this was leaving a lot of room for errors. Working from home is fine, but getting space brings an elevated sense in having your own studio. You’re able to have your full-time employees there, bring on an intern, and have your vendors and clients meet you there. Remember that this Covid-19 crisis isn’t forever. Take this time to learn to work better remotely. Find more ways to be collaborative and keep the lines of communication open. As entrepreneurs, we have to figure out a way to work through this. Focus on business planning in greater detail, such as business expenses, hurdles, goals, targets, etc. Most importantly, do not delay in responding and looking at what changes you need to make in order to protect your cash flow. Make rational, unemotional decisions when you are calm. Make decisions based on thoughtful evaluation with your CFO or whoever helps you with your finances in your business. Commit to taking the actions that you make a decision on. This planning and effort will help to provide you with a peace of mind, which is very important subconsciously for your team. When you’re calm and positive, your team will feel that. Don’t overreact. But don’t NOT act! LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Connect with Gaby! Design Firm: Grisoro Designs Principal: Gabriela Gargano Gaby’s Instagram Gaby’s Website Do YOU Need Help with Your Past, Current, or Projected Pipeline? Michele Williams: Scarlet Thread Consulting Kim Merlitti:  KMM Consulting Thank You to These Podcast Sponsors: Kravet For 10% off any Kravet Wallpaper, Fabric, or Trim Enter at Checkout This Promo Code: awdb10 Kirsch Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now! Mentioned Episodes #519  

Welcome to this episode of A Well-Designed Business, it’s Power Talk Friday! LuAnn chats with Sandra Funk about Sandra’s amazing new program for the interior design community. Her program is called “The Interior Design Standard”. Just wait until you hear about it, you’re going to LOVE this! Sandra Funk is the CEO and Principal Designer of House of Funk, a greater New York area design firm working wherever great clients need us. This is interior design with a soul and a sense of place; reflecting your desires, personality, and style. House of Funk creates thoughtful homes with an emphasis on clean lines and soulful touches, all rooted in tradition. Sandra is an Accredited Professional for the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Sandra’s award-winning design work has been featured in publications such as Elle Decor, House Beautiful, The Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Aspire Design & Home, and Luxe Interiors + Design. With almost two decades in the interior design industry, Sandra is launching the Interior Design Standard in the spring of 2020 – a template for designers to utilize her streamlined processes and business structure to bring joy and profit to their own design business. Show Highlights: Sandra’s program is targeted towards interior designers to guide them on the path of business success. The Interior Design Standard is a program comprised of Sandra’s templates, systems, and processes, delivered in a digital format to help designers run a more efficient, joy-filled, and profitable business. The program includes: Sandra’s design fee calculator - confidently calculate flat design fees in moments. House of Funk’s design agreement, that both clients and designers love. The exact process that each interior design project follows, from the first potential client contact to pitching the photos to press. Four designers beta-tested the program for three months and gave the program rave reviews. LuAnn and Sandra discuss the lessons learned from beta-testing. There’s a lack of standards in the industry. Depending on your situation, the time of implementation will vary but is expected to take approximately 3 months. Sandra asks: Do you want to spend another year wondering if you should edit your terms, update your fees, pass along your trade discount or make a profit on furnishings, or manage client expectations better? The Interior Design Standard purchase is a lifetime membership and 100% guaranteed, but you have to fully implement from start to finish. Sandra’s program costs $3,989, plus any applicable tax. This program streamlines your methods of business management and execution! Sandra wants to see the industry become more professional and profitable. The more profitable the designer the better work you can all do as an industry, and the better high-quality customer service you can offer to your clients. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Connect with Sandra! House Of Funk Sandra Funk is a game changer for our industry. In April, she’s launching the Interior Design Standard - a digital program that covers everything you need for running an efficient and joyful business. Click here to take her FREE Demo Module to get a taste of what’s to come: Interior Design Standard April 8th: Registration opens Note: If designers register before April 22nd, they receive VIP access which grants them 3 group Zoom calls with Sandra. April 22nd: VIP Access closes and general enrollment begins May 5th: Enrollment closes at 11:59 PM May 6th: Module 1 is released and the program begins FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Podcast Sponsor: Article Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here!  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn has been considering adding a Wednesday show answering straight-up questions that you ask her via email and SM, and with everything happening in the world right now, she thought this was the perfect time to debut “What Would Lu Do?” On today’s episode, she will be discussing doing business through a crisis. In the 40 years, she’s been in business, she has had to weather all kinds of crises, such as recessions, acts of terrorism, and viral pandemic scares. Listen in to learn how you can be smart, strategic, and patient to help you get your business to the other side of this! Be sure to join her next Wednesday as she shares some additional tips to help you through this difficult time. Show Highlights: This is critical: 1) Don’t overreact. 2) Don’t NOT act. Cash flow is KING. Everything in your business will depend on your cash flow. The first-level action plan: Focus on sales. Monitor cash flow and keep your vendors paid. Review all money owed to you and collect any outstanding balances. Go through your expenses with a fine-toothed comb. Owner’s pay cuts as loans to the company. Other ideas for consideration: Consider working remotely. Work on projects that you have been ignoring, especially if they generate revenue. Keep a routine. Find your mentors, your peers, set up phone calls, zoom meetings, brainstorm ideas on how to stay productive, how to maintain your clients and how to build your pipeline for when this is a bad nightmare for all of us down the road. LuAnn’s favorite tip from an emergency virtual meeting with her colleagues at Exciting Windows is from Steve Wishnow, who said, “Get Smart - Get Market Share.” He urged the allocation of money to marketing during this time and to not make the mistake of curbing this expense. Don’t go into debt, do everything with common sense. But now is the time to let people know you are here, you will be here and you can be depended on. Find a way to stay positive through this! Links: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! The Power Talk Friday Tour LuAnn Live WCAA Exciting Windows IWCE Vision Carla Aston Tips for Building Future Success When Your Interior Design Business is Slow Episode Mentioned: episode #242 Carla Aston  

Welcome to A Well Designed Business! It’s WTF, Window Treatment Friday! In today’s episode, LuAnn and her friend and co-host of WTF, Vita (Vitalia) Vygovska, cover effective communication between the interior designer and the workroom to ensure a successful project. One of the private Facebook groups that Vita belongs to is the “Soft Furnishings & Upholstery” group. Prior to this show, she posted a query asking for their stories on the topic of communication, both good and bad, that members’ workrooms have had with their designers. She received some really good feedback on what worked and what didn’t work, and she and LuAnn will be sharing their collective wisdom with you today. Listen in to take advantage of what others have learned from their experiences, and remember the most important thing of all: communication is key with everything! Vitalia Vygovska (Vita for short!), CWFP, MBA, is an award-winning window treatment specialist, author, speaker, mom, wife, and a ballroom dance enthusiast.  Her company, Vitalia, Inc, provides all-encompassing concierge-level, tech-driven fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management services exclusively for interior designers. Show Highlights: Vita explains the difference between the detailed estimate and the top-line budget estimate and discusses the proper information that is required from the designer. The right questions contribute to a successful site visit to take measurements and discuss project specifics. It is important for the designer to be present at this visit. If you’re a designer or a workroom new to window treatments, make sure meetings happen when all of the important parties are there. Considerations when choosing types of fabric. You must take ownership and read the detailed estimate, question it, and correct if needed. Some workrooms require the designer to sign it. Vita shares her recommendations for managing outstanding issues on the detailed proposal. LuAnn offers further suggestions on ironing out all the details. Additional communication tips: Be clear on who is responsible for what. Be clear on terms. Use only one way of communicating, preferably email. Be sure to follow up a verbal conversation with a summary email. Thank your workroom! And keep them in the loop. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! The Power Talk Friday Tour LuAnn Live WCAA Exciting Windows IWCE Vision My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Vitalia Inc. Grand Opening! All are invited to join us for Vita's grand opening! June 16th, 4-7pm LuAnn is excited to be there and all are invited to join! RSVP at Vitalia Inc Events To learn more about working with Vita and Vitalia Inc: Vitalia Inc To learn more & register for Vita's course: Profit With Window Treatments Thank You to This Podcast Sponsor: Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Mentioned Shows: Links to previous WTF episodes #462, #471 Sandra Funk #02, 145  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn’s guest today is Melissa Lindsay, Co-Owner of Pimlico Interiors, located in Westport, CT. She will be sharing some of the methods and tactics that she and her partner, Jill Kakaletris, use when dealing with difficult conversations and difficult clients. As #seasoned designers, Melissa and Jill have had their share of difficult conversations with clients and together they have developed a personal philosophy for handling these as well as some actual tips to help you navigate them, too. Whether you are crafting an email or having a hard person-to-person discussion, there are some strategies here that you can most certainly find useful! Melissa brings 20 years of luxury residential design experience and award-winning interiors to the firm. Named at home Magazine’s A-list award winner multiple years over, she has been lauded by industry professionals from Celerie Kemble to Bunny Williams. Show Highlights: Be truthful with kindness and grace! Listen more than talk. This is the only way to truly know what the obstacle is for the client. And if you are reading an email from a client--- read it closely and consider only what it says; don’t make up stuff in your head. Keep to your talking points and be clear and focused. Keep the conversation respectful and unemotional. Know your value and be confident in it. Have a value statement prepared that you are ready to say when you are in a situation that is getting tricky. Keep re-stating your points, rephrasing if necessary, and don’t get dragged into details that are irrelevant. This distracts from the solution. Keep a cache of pre-written emails that you can go to in the tough moments. You can tweak as needed for the present client. This helps in both diffusing your emotion of the current situation as well as saving not having to start from scratch over and over. Stop talking once you have made your points. By continuing to talk it opens the conversation to points that are not core to the current conflict. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! The Power Talk Friday Tour LuAnn Live Connect with Melissa! Pimlico Interiors Interior Design Standard East End Interiors Trade Mydoma Studio: Well Designed Business Kirsch Stamford Waterside Design District March 19this the 4th birthday party for this podcast! Thanks to Kravet Inc for hosting this. Please join us 5:30- 7:30 pm at the Kravet Work Space Showroom at 200 Lexington Ave NYC. You can find the RSVP on EventBrite as well as on the website under the Events Tab. March 21stto 24th Exciting Windows and IWCE  / March 25th to the 27th Teaching the Professional Window Coverings 7 Step Process, which is open to the public. Go to Exciting Windows. At the IWCE, Luann will be doing Closing the Sale Begins with Hello, as well as moderating some panels on Profitability with the Vin Man and Michele Williams. Next, LuAnn has a panel with Sara Brennan on Packaging your Process and Working with Window Treatment Professionals with Sara Brennan and Vita. Please visit IWCE-Vision. April 2nd, Thursday, East End Interiors is celebrating 30 years in business this year and they have invited LuAnn to speak at their showroom in Long Island NY. If you were at LuAnn Live last year, then you know Sal and Enza and you already know what a fantastic family business they run. If you are in the NY Metro area, especially LI, you must make the time to join us so you can see everything they have to help you complete all of your design projects. They are a strictly to the trade showroom featuring furniture, lighting, accessory and more. LuAnn is also delighted to share that they are the Exclusive VIP Experience Sponsor for LuAnn Nigara Live 2020. High Point Market in April. It all starts with LuAnn’s PTF Tour on Friday, April 24th, 8am to 11:00 pm. Yup, all day, this event is jam-packed, loaded-to-the-gills, with eye-opening A-ha’s and advice specific to your business. LuAnn brings you 3 of her PTF Experts and one of them is Sandra Funk, the CEO of HOF. Sandra will be on an upcoming PTF where you will learn how she truly runs the back end of her business. And then, get to spend the whole day picking her brain? Uhmmm, the price of admission is worth it right there, no question. During the next few days at HP, LuAnn will have several presentations and panels. Saturday, April 25th, she’ll moderate a panel at the showroom of the newest sponsor to join the show, Jaipur, which will be co-hosted by Revelwoods and the Interior Design Society. They will be talking about the Design-Build Process and how to navigate the big-ticket projects. On Sunday, April 26th, LuAnn will be in the HP Theater at 12:00 noon for a very special one-on-one conversation with a very special friend, designer, and all around outstanding human being…not sure if ASID wants the proverbial beans spilled yet…so just put LuAnn on your dance card! Here’s a hint: If you were at LuAnn Live, you could probably make a good guess as to his name… Sunday at 4:00 pm you can always find LuAnn at the Kravet showroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to see and meet the incredible leadership team atKravet Inc. Later at 6:00 pm Sunday, there will be a special VIP party with Mydoma Studio. YOU are the special VIP :) This is a kickoff event to celebrate this new collaboration, so please join us. I THINK THIS IS THE PART IN QUESTION Monday morning, LuAnn will moderate a panel all about Process Leads to Profits. LuAnn’s friend and Process Leads to Profits course teacher, Sara Lynn Brennan will be there along with a few others yet to be announced. This is also hosted by Mydoma Studio. Check LuAnn’s Website later this month for all of the locations and details.  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. It’s Power Talk Friday! On today’s show, Jude Charles joins LuAnn for a chat about videos, and how important they are to our websites. He is here to explain that compelling video is achieved through storytelling, and how we can’t have video just for video’s sake. It must be compelling and it must do the heavy lifting of attracting our ideal client to us. Jude is talented and clearly passionate about helping business

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! In this episode, LuAnn chats with Jaclyn Lankiewicz, the woman behind the Instagram handle, Jaclynmari_. She is the principle of Jaclyn Marie Interiors based in Long Island, NY. Her journey into interior design, like many, has not been a direct line. Basically, Jaclyn created an Instagram page that was getting so much attention that it prompted person after person to ask her if she would design their space. As you will hear today, her response was, “I finally said to myself, ok, let me do this”. Jaclyn created an Instagram that has created a design business, and since you already have a design business and want to create more clients through Instagram, perhaps you’ll find her tips to be very helpful. Listen in to see what we can learn about how to attract clients through Instagram! Show Highlights: Keep your feed neutral, bright, and uncluttered. Edit your pictures properly, paying close attention to wood tones. Be strategic about what and where you’re posting. Keep an eye on your nine squares. A picture of herself, a zoomed-in picture of styling, and a larger picture, such as a whole living room or whole kitchen is another tactic that Jaclyn likes to use. Sharing a little of her personal life through Instagram helps people feel connected to her. Another tip that Jaclyn offers is tagging retail vendors because they re-post a lot. Jaclyn likes to share designers on her story (but not on her feed), and details the reasoning behind this. Answering every message and comment from followers is a great way of engaging with them and inspiring trust. How to identify someone whose work you’d like to share, and how to reach out. Understanding your “why” and saying no to those you don’t wish to collaborate with. Posting new content every day shows your followers that you’re reliable. Jaclyn mentions apps that she finds helpful: Videoshop, Unfold, rewardStyle, VSCO, Snapseed, Retouch, and Planoly. Resources:  LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! The Power Talk Friday Tour LuAnn Live Connect with Jaclyn! Jaclyn’s Website Jaclyn’shouzz Jaclyn’s Instagram Wingnut Social East End Interiors Trade Thank You to These Podcast Sponsors: Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now! Kirsch Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Article Other guests mentioned from previous episodes: Sara Lynn Brennan #’s: 463, 514 Darla Powell #’s: 203, 330 Kim Merlitti #’s: 361, 442 Sandra Funk #’s: 2, 145  

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! In this episode, LuAnn recounts the way that Sara Lynn Brennan, from Sara Lynn Brennan Interiors, went from being a stranger to her, to someone she treasures as a friend, all in less than two years. As an entrepreneur, Sara stands out as one of the most unusual LuAnn has met during her entire business career and her podcast journey. You may have noticed lots of collaboration with Sara over the last few months, and wondered why. There’s a lesson to be learned here, and LuAnn is eager to share it with you! It has to do with investing in your success. One of the ways that LuAnn noticed Sara investing in her success was that she steps outside the box by working on things that may have been intimidating or scary. Another way is that Sara has put in the blood, sweat, and tears. A third way that Sara has brought her business to a place of success so quickly is that she invested her dollar bills. When she made money, she evaluated it, and invested money back into her business. Listen in today to find out what Sara has to share concerning success! Sara is an entrepreneur, CEO, and Principal Interior Designer at Sara Lynn Brennan Interiors. Sara has become the first and only full-service interior design firm in Waxhaw, North Carolina, who specializes in Transitional Designs, where she and her design-build team take spaces from Bare Bones to Beautiful by utilizing her exclusive, approachable, and stress-free design process, transforming and renovating homes from start to finish. Sara’s design work has been nationally published six times in the last year including publications such as Romantic Homes, Traditional Home, Window Fashion Vision, and Cottages and Bungalows, who recently offered her a role as a monthly columnist. She’s also been noticed as a rising star among colleagues in the design industry being invited as a guest on podcasts, as a panelist at High Point Market and as a host and speaker at local design events and shows. Show Highlights: Sara shares how listening to LuAnn’s podcast helped her learn to run her business. Aligning yourself with the people you love and respect and want to be like is pivotal in becoming successful, because you are like the five people you spend the most time with. Understanding the value that you bring to the table inspires confidence. It all comes down to what you planned and what you didn’t plan for, and the expectations that you set. You can look back to see where things went wrong. Sara relates her favorite saying and what it means: “The package is the promise of the process.” Sara takes her own discovery calls because she wants to be the first person a client talks to about her process. Whoever is in this with you - a business partner, a coach - can’t stroke your ego; they have to give you the insights and pushback you need. Hard times in life can teach us the greatest lessons. Understanding yourself as a person will help you to find your passion. This sometimes takes therapy or soul-searching. Learn to “edit” your space and business to create a balance that is sustainable. FYI, LuAnn and Sara will be in Charlotte at the IWCE in March! LuAnn details all the other shows that she and Sara will be showing up at in the coming months. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Power Talk Friday LuAnn Live The Power Talk Friday Tour Interior Design Standard IWCE Vision Connect with Sara! Sara’s Website Sara’s Instagram Process Leads to Profit! Big Thanks to ThisPodcast Sponsor: My Doma Studio Book Mentioned: Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman Other shows mentioned: Michele Williams: 137, 180, 395, 424 Nancy Ganzekaufer: 15, 159, 256, 389 Nicole Heymer: 466, 317, 125  Wendy Woloshchuk: 316 Sandra Funk: 02, 145 Sara Lynn Brennan: 463    

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! On this episode, LuAnn sits down for a chat with Denise Wenacur, the principle of DW Design & Décor in Croton on the Hudson, which is a beautiful community just outside of NYC. Design-build is the hot topic of the day, and you’ll learn the importance of having an interior designer as the point person for the client between the architect, the builder and themselves. She discusses the ways having an interior designer on their team from the outset truly benefits the process and the result of the project. If that wasn’t enough, Denise will share tips for connecting with people who can introduce you to the type of projects you are looking for. Tune in to this engaging and informative conversation! Show Highlights: Denise recounts why and how she changed her business model to include the construction part. She is always the first point of contact as the interior designer. She rounds out each team with an architect, contractor, and whichever trades need to be added, as well. Each team member has their unique perspective and experience that they bring to the job, all working together for the good of the client and a perfect outcome. Making a 3D version of the architect’s plans can assist in both the design and the build in amazing ways. Denise has a video on her website explaining the pros and cons and importance of having a designer involved at the beginning of construction. One big successful project will generate referrals. Sharing on social media tips and ways that your services have made a positive impact will further help you to get noticed. Denise also holds a Construction Manager certificate from Pace University. This helps build confidence when she’s working with the rest of the team. Communication is everything, and it’s all about the client. Denise feels like she’s doing a good job when she gets new clients from her referral partners. Denise shares some ideas on how to meet architects and builders in the area. It’s important to create the relationship first. A CFO surprise! When you know your numbers, it instills confidence and that comes across to your clients. Potential clients will know if you know what you’re doing. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Power Talk Friday LuAnn Live Connect with Denise! Denise’s Website Denise’s Facebook Denise’s Instagram Denise SINGS!The 1-4-5's YouTube Channel Podcast Sponsor: Article Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Other episodes mentioned: #380 Circle Design, John and Theresa Dorlini #361, #442, Kimberly Merlitti #441 4Pt Design Build, Laura and Cliff Muller #181 H2 Design Build, Angela Rasmussen #202 Enoch Sears #292 Jana Phipps  

Welcome to A Well Designed Business! It’s WTF, Window Treatment Friday! It’s been a while since LuAnn has had a window treatment episode, so she’s super-excited to have her co-host of WTF, Vita (Vitalia) Vygovska back on the show. Hardware is the subject of today’s show, and if talking about ripple folds, pinch pleats, stationary rods, rod pockets, and rods with c-rings make your heart beat a little faster, then you’ve found your people! Drapery rods can be a super-complicated thing, but LuAnn and Vita have a way of making this a fun conversation. Join them in this educational and insightful journey into the world of window treatment hardware. Vitalia Vygovska (Vita for short), CWFP, MBA, is an award-winning window treatment specialist, author, speaker, mom, wife, and a ballroom dance enthusiast.  Her company, Vitalia, Inc, provides all-encompassing concierge-level, tech-driven fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management services exclusively for interior designers.  Show Highlights: The more knowledge you have on hardware enables you to sell more window treatments. There are four main components to drapery hardware: the rod, the finials, the brackets, and the rings. The types of rod (or pole) is a basic traverse rod, a decorative traverse rod, and a pole that doesn’t move. Vita explains more about each rod and how it functions with drapery. LuAnn and Vita sing the praises of Kirsch and its Architrac Ripplefold track. Motorized draperies? Yes, it’s a thing! Provide your client with ALL of the options, and let them decide what they want. LuAnn and Vita address drapery issues that designers run into. How to counter a client who asks for a lower price. Drapery hardware can add a lot of profit to a job, but it is its own beast in the world of window treatment professionals. Distributors are there to help you. Familiarize yourself with Kirsch’s website and other drapery hardware websites. Window treatments are a great way to make your company more profitable. Check out LuAnn’s Live Events! She would love to meet you!  Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Kravet To learn more & register for Vita's course: Profit With Window Treatments To learn more about working with Vita and Vitalia Inc To learn more about working with Window Works To receive a free subscription to Window Fashion Vision Magazine To attend the IWCE where both LuAnn and Vita will be presenting: IWCE To learn about the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America) To learn about Exciting Windows Podcast Sponsor: Kirsch Connect with Your Local Kirsch Distributor Now!    

Welcome to this episode of Power Talk Friday! Join LuAnn and her guest, Victoria Sanchez, in this thought-provoking conversation about changing things up in the way we educate interior designers. Her concern is if we don’t start to make changes in the design curriculum, then we, as an industry, are at risk. At one time, Victoria served as in interior design professor at Marymount University and this is where the conversation begins today. As LuAnn will tell you, this is a totally new idea to her and many of us, and sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know! Just wait until you hear what Victoria proposes! Victoria Sanchez, one of America’s premier design professionals, has been creating one-of-a-kind interiors for hundreds of prominent clients over the past three decades. Dubbed a home décor “style maker” by Luxe magazine, Victoria is an award-winning designer who offers services ranging from project management and space planning to kitchen and bath design and furniture selection. She and her team are backed by the region’s leading contractors, painters, architects, kitchen and bath pros, flooring specialists, audio-visual experts, and other professionals. Victoria, whose work has appeared in publications nationwide, is known for her extraordinary customer service, fee integrity and ability to help clients get the highest return on their design investment. She has designed multiple homes for the same clients and has worked with companies to design the interiors of apartment buildings, boutique hotels, and law offices. Victoria spent the majority of her career in Alexandria, Virginia, providing design services to Fortune 500 executives, lobbyists, military generals, doctors, lawyers, investment specialists and other professionals throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and along the east coast. While there, she also ran her ‘Victoria at Home’ shop, the area’s leading source of elegant home furnishings and accessories. Her collection of the finest upholstery, furniture, art, lighting, and pillows was carefully and proudly curated from an international network of vendors and suppliers. Now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Victoria is keeping busy in ways she had never imagined. From charitable design work to the restoration of heritage buildings, the depth and breadth of her work have expanded while her style becomes more and more influenced by the new colors and nature that surround her. She continues to travel back to the East Coast on a regular basis, taking on projects across the country. Victoria also speaks at design industry events across the United States. She is currently active in the American Society of Interior Designers and holds Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees in Interior Design from Marymount University. She also previously served as an interior design professor and was a board member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association. Show Highlights: The internet and all the design centers being opened to retail now both present concern to interior designers, because consumers now have the same access as designers. A bigger cause for concern is that we are not producing business-minded interior designers when they graduate from their programs. The top ten schools in the country have the same curriculum due to certification requirements. Victoria explains that colleges are trying to pack far too much information into a 4-year program. Students must learn residential design, commercial design, sustainability, and technical presentation skills, in addition to the general education classes. The solution offered by Victoria is to take the programs, pull them apart, and offer three separate interior design programs: residential, commercial, and technical presentation. This would allow schools to offer more courses, such as business law, accounting, marketing, and professional practices. We are moving forward in our profession when we can offer a student the opportunity to be a designer with a business brain. Interior design is very tactile; therefore, a designer misses the basics when rushing through courses and doing work digitally. It’s not that industry leaders are apathetic to change, but they are tasked with the traditional models of teaching the student all of the aspects of interior design. Changing the curriculum to product business-minded interior designers represents a challenge to CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation). LuAnn and Victoria discuss ideas for implementation. LuAnn points out that those running the most successful interior design firms come with experience or training in running a business. It’s a business first, and a design firm second. The younger generation of designers understand that they need business skills, and are currently turning to podcasts to learn what schools aren’t teaching them. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Connect with Victoria! Victoria’s Website Victoria’s Pinterest Victoria’s Facebook Victoria’s Instagram Podcast Sponsor: Article Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Mentioned Episodes: Dr. Ellen Fisher Ep #71 Ashlina Kaposta Ep #109  

Welcome to this episode of Power Talk Friday! Today, LuAnn shares her findings on coaching a diverse group of entrepreneurs. As it turns out, they have several tangible things in common that she was so impressed by that she decided to dedicate a podcast to complimenting these special people and laying out for you what she has discovered in their time together. As she relates, this has been an ‘A-ha!’ moment for her, and she hopes it will be for her listeners, as well. If you don’t already see yourself in these descriptions, perhaps it’s time that you do something to work toward them. Additionally, LuAnn brings you exciting news of her upcoming LIVE events that she will be attending spring and summer, and invites you to join her because she LOVES meeting you in person! Show Highlights: The 3 Traits of Smart Business Owners: They come to every session with a truly open mind. They listen, ask great questions, and take action on ideas that are new to them and that sometimes even make them a bit nervous. They understand the importance of having a coach because it is an investment in their business. A coach can help you grow beyond what you imagine for yourself and shorten the learning curves. They have hope. Hope for themselves, hope for their business, and hope for the industry. They seek out new ideas and new ways to make a profit, to succeed and service a client where the client needs it the most. Companion questions to ask yourself: Are you open to taking advice? Even advice that you think might not work for you? If you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time what, how does that make you look? What does your crew look like? Do you create opportunities through mentoring, coaching, and eduction that increase your value and your business acumen? Do you believe in yourself? Do you know your value and how you enrich other peoples’ lives? Do you take your talent and your abilities serious enough to invest in them? March 19this the 4th birthday party for this podcast! Thanks to Kravet Inc. and 200 Lex for hosting this. Please join us 5:30- 7:30 pm at the Kravet Work Space Showroom at 200 Lexington Ave NYC. You can find the RSVP on EventBrite as well as on the website under the events tab. March 21stto 24th Exciting Windows and IWCE / March 25th to the 27th Teaching the Professional Window Coverings 7 Step Process, which is open to the public. Go to Exciting Windows. At the IWCE, Luann will be doing Closing the Sale Begins with Hello, as well as moderating some panels on Profitability with the Vin Man and Michele Williams. Next, LuAnn has a panel with Sara Brennan on Packaging your Process and Working with Window Treatment Professionals with Sara Brennan and Vita. Please visit IWCE-Vision. April 2nd, Thursday, East End Interiors is celebrating 30 years in business this year and they have invited LuAnn to speak at their showroom in Long Island NY. If you were at LuAnn Live last year, then you know Sal and Enza and you already know what a fantastic family business they run. If you are in the NY Metro area, especially LI, you must make the time to join us so you can see everything they have to help you complete all of your design projects. They are a strictly to the trade showroom featuring furniture, lighting, accessory and more. LuAnn is also delighted to share that they are the Exclusive VIP Experience Sponsor for LuAnn Nigara Live 2020. High Point Market in April. It all starts with LuAnn’s PTF Tour on Friday, April 24th, 8 am to 11:00 pm. Yup, all day, this event is jam-packed, loaded-to-the-gills, with eye-opening A-ha’s and advice specific to your business. LuAnn brings you 3 of her PTF Experts and one of them is Sandra Funk, the CEO of HOF. Sandra will be on an upcoming PTF where you will learn how she truly runs the back end of her business. And then, get to spend the whole day picking her brain? Uhmmm, the price of admission is worth it right there, no question. During the next few days at HP, LuAnn will have several presentations and panels. Saturday April 25th,she’ll moderate a panel at the showroom of the newest sponsor to join the show, Jaipur, which will be co-hosted by Revelwoods and the Interior Design Society. They will be talking about the Design Build Process and how to navigate the big-ticket projects. On Sunday, LuAnn will be in the HP Theater at 12:00 noon for a very special one-on-one conversation with a very special friend, designer, and all around outstanding human being…not sure if ASID wants the proverbial beans spilled yet…so just put LuAnn on your dance card! Here’s a hint: If you were at LuAnn Live, you could probably make a good guess as to his name… Sunday at 4:00 pm you can always find LuAnn at the Kravet showroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to see and meet the incredible leadership team at Kravet. Later at 6:00 pm Sunday, there will be a special VIP party with Mydoma Studio. YOU are the special VIP :) This is a kickoff event to celebrate this new collaboration, so please join us. Monday morning, LuAnn will moderate a panel all about Process Leads to Profits. LuAnn’s friend and Process Leads to Profits course teacher, Sara Lynn Brennan will be there along with a few others yet to be announced. This is also hosted by Mydoma Studio. Check LuAnn’s Website later this month for all of the locations and details. Wednesday April 29th LuAnn will be back in NYC and NYSID has invited her to do a solo presentation and book signing. This is open to the public and is an evening event. On May 20th, the Philadelphia Chapter of IFDA has asked LuAnn to speak and her friends at the Kravet showroom are hosting. Please join us. June 4,5,6, ASID California is having their annual conference in Santa Barbara this year and they have invited LuAnn to do a solo presentation and moderate a panel. Currently, they are finalizing the designer speakers and panelists and so far, it’s looking like A-List all the way! A minute later on Jun 9th LuAnn may be confirming an event with the NKBA NJ Chapter, so stay tuned on that. June 16th, LuAnn’s friend, Vita, her co-host from their WTF episodes is having a grand opening party at her brand-new work room and she will be there for this celebration. Hope you will come too! We will get as many of these as we can on my website but if one in particular is right for you and it is not on my site, reach out to the hosting event for the details. LuAnn’s website is LuAnn Nigara. And of course, in the fall there will be LuAnn Nigara Live, It’s About the Conversation again, here in NJ. Please be on the email list for when she announces ticket sales are open—go to LuAnn Live. For now, keep early November open and plan your budget for tickets, flights, and hotels. The announcement will be later this month for sure! Want to make LuAnn’s day? She really does love to take her friendships from virtual to real, so please plan to attend at least one of these events. Resources: LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Special Thanks to Podcast Sponsor: Kirsch  

Welcome to this episode of Power Talk Friday! Nicole Cole joins LuAnn today for a chat about a-ha moments and the ensuing mindset shifts. Nicole will be sharing five takeaways she’s learned from both Power Talk Friday and her time with business coach, Nancy Ganzekaufer. You’ll want to listen in to hear her tips on how she accomplished her mindset shift to being a CEO so that you can implement these ideas for your business, too! Nicole Cole is the CEO and Principal Designer at vestige HOME, a Philadelphia based residential interior designer firm focused on creating spaces that are interesting, engaging, and that encourage people to live well. As a young adult, Nicole served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer before leaving to pursue work in the corporate world. With her new-found freedom outside the military, she realized that she missed the curiosity and creativity she enjoyed as a child, and decided it was time to build a creative business. Thus, vestige HOME was born! Nicole and her team provide turnkey design services, which include trade resource coordination, sourcing expertise, creation of detailed plans, and open communication with her clients. With her many years of project management experience, she consistently delivers her projects in the most streamlined fashion with clear goals and expectations and a plan that provides the least amount of disruption possible to her client’s lives.   Nicole studied interior design at Monterey Peninsula College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Information Systems from the University of Kansas. She believes in creating beauty and exercising a little creativity wherever possible, whether designing a room in a client’s house, picking the perfect pairing of plants for the garden, or just setting the table for breakfast on a Wednesday morning.  Nicole’s greatest joy is helping clients to create homes that reflect their lives and personalities while honoring the buildings that contain them. Show Highlights: Systems and processes are fundamental to the way you run a business. Confidence is the reward when systems and processes are used consistently. This confidence spills over to the client and they become confident in you. When you know what you will and will not do, and the why, you will be more selective about who you work with. When you refer a job because you know someone else can do it better than you can, it makes saying ‘no’ so much easier. Nicole’s Five Takeaways: She realized she was no longer “just” a designer, but the CEO. As CEO, she had responsibilities to herself, her team, and her clients. It’s important to build a team. Create the systems and processes, and teach them to your staff. Focus on the details of the client experience. Focus on profit, and don’t feel guilty! Lu Ann covers some additional obstacles that she has observed in speaking with designers. How there’s power in using the phrase, “In my experience”. LuAnn provides a designer perspective on how much work gets packed into each billing hour. When you truly explain what details go into what you do, that’s when the client can buy in to your charges. When you understand your own value for the work you do, you can then feel confident in either what you charge or raising what you charge. Resources: Join us for The Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point Market Friday, April 24th, 2020 from 8am - 11am! Sign Up For Updates HERE! Sponsors: Start Your Trial Now! Mydoma Studio- Your On-Stop Client & Project Management Tool! Jaipur A Well Designed Business Podcast® 4th Birthday Party New York City, New York Thursday, March 19th 5:30 – 7:30pm  Kravet Workspace, 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 210 RSVP HERE! LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Connect with Nicole! Nicole’sWebsite  Nicole’s Instagram Nicole’s Facebook Podcast Sponsor: Article Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Links to other shows mentioned: Nancy Ganzekaufer #389 Michele Williams #180 Ashley Uhl #412 Bethany Mabee #450 Sarah Durnez #418 Brittanie Elms #149 Taylor Dieterich & Yashlie Negron #346 Kimberly Merlitti #442 Sara Lynn Brennan #463 Wendy Wolshchuk #316 Mikel Welch #297    

Welcome to today’s episode of Power Talk Friday, where LuAnn chats with Nikki Rausch, a fellow seasoned sales guru with a passion for the art of selling. Nikki has the unique ability to transform the misunderstood process of selling into techniques, tools, and tips that can successfully be incorporated into a duplicatable process. Nikki Rausch is the Founder and CEO of Sales Maven, where she leverages her 25 years of sales experience to help entrepreneurs learn to sell in an authentic way. As a sales coach, trainer, author, and speaker, Nikki teaches her clients how to authentically move people through the selling process in a way that builds relationships, creates true connection, and results in more closed deals and long-term clients. Her latest book, Selling Staircase, is sure to leave you feeling confidently equipped to develop a genuine sales process that gets those deals closed. Listen in to this jam-packed conversation to find out more about how showing up from a place of credibility and being more strategic will help you to reach your sales goals. Show Highlights: Sales is really about creating strong relationships with people. LuAnn likens closing a sale with being on a first date. Interior Designers often classify themselves as an introvert and therefore don’t develop sales skills. Using your own personality is the best way to grow your business. Nikki helps clients learn how to use language to attract ideal clients. It’s important to be the expert and provide recommendations. You need to be able to explain the “why” so that communication is clear. You can talk people out of buying from you if you don’t recognize a buying signal. LuAnn and Nikki share personal pet-peeves they have when they’re on the receiving end of a sales pitch. Nikki’s 5 Steps of the Selling Staircase: Introduction: Establish yourself as a credible source and make a powerful first impression. Creating Curiosity: Is this a potential client or colleague? Tip: Are you answering questions in a way that spurs people to want to know more about you? Nikki explains the difference between using a ‘cat-calling’ and ‘dog-calling’ technique to create curiosity. The Discovery Phase: Find out what their want/need/problem is, and ask questions that lead to people hiring you. The Proposal: As the expert, recommend the services that you think your client needs, and not what you think they can afford. The Close: Use closing language and then zip it! Let your prospect respond first. If they raise an objection, be ready to uncover and overcome the “real” objection. You, as the salesperson, are not allowed to skip any of these steps. Your client, however, can! Resources: Join us for The Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point Market Coming Spring 2020! Sign Up For Updates HERE! A Well Designed Business Podcast® 4th Birthday Party New York City, New York Thursday, March 19th 5:30 – 7:30pm  Kravet Workspace, 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 210 RSVP HERE! LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Book! Connect with Nikki! Nikki’s Website - Free E-Book ‘Closing the Sale’! Learn why you might be fumbling sales calls and what to do instead, how you can establish yourself as the expert and language to use when asking for the sale. Nikki’s Sales Maven SocietyFor 10% Off Membership, Use COUPON CODE: luann Nikki’s Selling Strength Assessment Nikki’s Facebook Nikki’s Instagram Nikki’s Linkedin Nikki’s YouTube Nikki’s Books

Welcome! On today’s show, the creative force behind the Barclay Butera Design Firm, joins us on the show for the second time on the podcast. We pick up with Barclay today, where we left off with him in our previous conversation in episode # 122. He talks to us about his corporation, how it has changed, how he vets potential licensing partners, and what his responsibilities are, in terms of his relationships with his licensing partners. Be sure to listen in today, to find out what Barclay has to share. Barclay has been the creative force behind his prestigious design firm since 1994, and he is well-known for his approachable elegance and glamorous coastal-chic interiors. He has showrooms in New Port Beach, California, Corona Del Mar, California, and Park City, Utah. Apart from his thriving interior design business, Barclay is also a stand-out leader in our industry for developing and earning licensing agreements. His licensing partners include Kravet, Jaipur, Bradburn Home Lighting, Castell Outdoor Furniture, Eastern Accents, Leftbank Art, Lexington Home Brands, Mirror Image, Napa Home and Garden, and many others. Barclay also has a long list of esteemed press and media publication credentials. Tune in today, to find out more. Show Highlights: Barclay talks about his new, sophisticated fabric collection at Kravet. Every license relationship wants Barclay to push to the next level. Barclay discusses what he has coming in 2020with Jaipur. Barclay has recently celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of his business. His next book could be out within the next year. Barclay discusses the real estate revenue stream that he has recently added to his corporation. How his whole licensing empire has grown organically to where it is today. Some tips for capitalizing on licensing opportunities. A lot of hard work goes into Barclay's licensing partnerships. Barclay discusses the kinds of people he has to sell to. Barclay informs everything he does with the very same thought processes he uses to manage his very large design firm. Barclay's company has been built on good personal relationships and he promotes from within. Learning to run a business well. Barclay was raised in a sales environment. His parents were both salespeople. Managing with kindness, not fear. Some things to consider when thinking of growing your business. Barclay shares his thoughts about sharing, caring, and supporting charities, and his mechanisms for doing it. Barclay explains why e-commerce is the most difficult revenue stream. Previous Episode Mentioned: Nate Berkus #433 Links: Barclay Butera info@luannnigara.com My Doma Studio: A Well designed Business  

Welcome! We have Natalie Norcross, the CEO and Founder of A Design Partnership, back on the show today. (She was previously in episode #162.) Natalie started her career as an interior designer. She then built a highly successful residential and hospitality design firm, and after she sold it in 2008, she was repeatedly approached by interior design and architectural firms to assist them with their marketing and business development. And this was how A Design Partnership was born. In today's episode, Natalie talks about the four areas you need to focus on when going after press for your design firm. She also discusses how to make PR more accessible to designers, and she shares her strategies for goal setting, running her firm, and achieving success. Be sure to listen in today, to find out what this #smartlady has to share! A Design Partnership has grown to become a dynamic group of experts who are passionate about helping clients transform their brands and evolve their businesses. From content curators to data-obsessed experts, Natalie leads a dynamic team of design-savvy people who know the industry, love their craft, and are fanatical about helping brands grow. Natalie has more than nineteen years of experience, working for interior designers, architects, builders, developers, and hotel and home brands. Her firm has a proven track record of driving exposure and placements through their PR. Natalie is an Official Member of Forbes Agency Council as well as a regular speaker and panelist in both the communications and design industries. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: Having systems in place will allow you to sell your business. How Natalie's agency was born. Systems lead to success. Locking things down and getting things organized in your business. Focus on your goals to achieve your dreams. Ninety days of intention. Focus on becoming the best version of yourself. Success is all about service. Natalie talks about her superpower. Natalie describes her wonderful team. Working with success metric for each client. Accountability is a great mirror. Developing a growth mindset and surrounding yourself with positive people. Everything in your life is figure-outable. Some advice about PR. Great tips for getting press! Getting published with Interior Design PR in 2020. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Natalie Norcross 1st show #162 Ren Miller #12 Ashley Hotham *** #321 Amy Flurry #108, #323 Alex Gourlay # 447 Links: Website: A Design Partnership Instagram: A Design Partnership Pinterest: A Design Partnership Facebook: A Design Partnership New Launch: Interior Design PR  

Welcome to our special bonus show! Today, as promised, we will be sharing our conversation with Eric Ross about his business philosophy, his process for selling accessories, and the way he manages his reveal install day. Eric's process is unique and very unusual. Be sure to listen in, to hear what he has to share. Eric has been a professional decorator for more than twenty years. Although his preferred design style is traditional, he listens to his clients, to help them discover what they love, and what they respond to because he believes that everyone's home should represent who they are on their best day. Tune in today, to get some great advice from Eric! Show Highlights: Eric doesn't deliver a project piecemeal. He only reveals it when it's ready. Eric takes risks when making purchases for his clients but they seldom ask to return items. It is important to look at what you're trying to achieve, and the value you're bringing to people, and stick to that. Know that your job is to make things beautiful and if something gets returned you have still done your job. Eric loves to wow people at the install. People who appreciate Eric's value and want a beautiful home will be willing to pay the price he's asking. It's Eric's job to design a room to completion. It's the client's job to decide on the budget. The designer needs to learn what makes the client tick. Links: Website: Eric Ross Interiors Facebook: Eric Ross Interiors Instagram: Eric Ross Interiors Pinterest: Eric Ross Interiors Mydoma Studio: A Well Designed Business A Well-Designed Business® 4th Birthday Party    

Welcome! Today, Eric Ross joins us on the show. Eric is a charming southern gentleman and a well-experienced design professional. He is also a seasoned businessman who has figured out how to run his firm in a unique way that really works for him. In today's episode, he describes how he runs his private interior design studio like a retail store. He explains that he no longer feels the need to change, apologize or adjust the way he works to conform to a client’s expectations. Eric knows himself well, he understands his passions, and he is very clear about what he will and will not do. Be sure to listen in today, to find about his very interesting business model. Eric is from Nashville. He has been in love with the traditional living design style since he was a child. He has more than twenty years of design experience and his work has been published in Traditional Home, Southern Style, Southern Lady, The Cottage Journal, as well as in many other publications. Eric's passion is to fan the flame of traditional decorating with a deeply Southern esthetic. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: Eric explains what he means when he says that he is running his design firm like a store without a storefront. What the decorating track of Eric's business is all about. Eric's margins are hefty, just like those in a storefront, and all of his design services are included in that pricing. The way that Eric educates his clients about his philosophy and the way he works. Talking about transparency. People will happily pay Eric for his product rather than his time. Trust is a key issue. Eric's business model allows him to have total control over the whole process. Eric's advice is to start small with clients. It makes your business more manageable. The biggest motivator for Eric is seeing the result of what he has created. Eric's qualifying process for his new clients. Eric explains why he does not do discounts. The opportunities you're losing by being overworked. Eric's goal is to monetize his passion. Our industry is too high-touch to make it high volume. It's okay to mark up because of the value you add to the project. You don't have to explain your "no". Eric has a new book out, called Enduring Southern Homes. Links: Website: Eric Ross Interiors Facebook: Eric Ross Interiors Instagram: Eric Ross Interiors Pinterest: Eric Ross Interiors Mydoma Studio: A Well Designed Business A Well-Designed Business® 4th Birthday Party    

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Traci Reuter, the founder, and CEO of Divine Social joins us today. Traci loves to uplift and inspire business owners, entrepreneurs, or anyone with an amazing idea! She has a knack for uncovering just the right strategy for everyone and then helping them map things out to make the execution simple and easy. In today's episode, Traci shares tons of ideas, strategies, and tips for paid marketing on social media. Be sure to listen in to find out more about the paid advertising aspect of Instagram and Facebook.  Traci has twenty-five years of experience in sales and marketing. She is passionate about supporting businesses and growing their brands through real and meaningful social media advertising. She has a special gift for mapping out the perfect strategy to get a brand in front of the right people at the right time. Traci truly knows her stuff when it comes to high-level marketing strategy. She also co-hosts the Social Media Happy Hour podcast with Dawn Marks. Tune in today, to learn what she has to share. Show Highlights: The power of paid advertising on social media. Traci explains how she started with her business. Traci gives her team incredible training. Sometimes, it takes just a tiny thing to make all the difference in your profitability. Begin with the end in mind. The customer journey. Never spend money on ads. Rather invest in your business. Consideration is not the same as pre-purchase. Why Traci is against boosting Facebook posts. It takes time to build up enough trust to invest in advertising. Thinking about what to put your ads, to get your prospects to want to know more. Branding is about telling your story so that business comes out of it. Creating engagement with your prospects. Building audiences of people who have watched your Facebook video. Traci shares the EDIE formula for creating a great video. All your ads must be congruent with your end-goal. Video out-performs everything else on social media. What to do if you only have the budget to run one thing. The Three Pillars to Successful Social Ads. Should you focus on Facebook or Instagram? Bio: Traci Reuter is the founder/CEO of Divine Social. She’s passionate about supporting businesses in growing their brands through authentic, meaningful social advertising. Traci has an uncanny gift for looking at any business’s mission, vision, and message, and mapping out the right strategy to get their brand in front of the right people at the right time. With 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, Traci knows her stuff when it comes to high-level marketing strategy. Combined with her tactical knowledge of social advertising, Traci can write the recipe for any brand’s success, and she would love to share some of her greatest secrets behind mapping out your own powerful social advertising strategy. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Nicole Heymer #125, #317, and #466 Links: Website: Divine Social Instagram: Traci Reuter Facebook: Traci Reuter Social Youtube: Traci Reuter Please take advantage of Traci’s gifts: For the 15-minute audit, if you are spending more than $3000 a month on social media marketing, email Traci at info@divinesocial.com. For Traci's free mini-course, 3 Pillars To Successful Social Ads, go to A Well Designed Business Big announcement - The 4th Birthday Party for the podcast will be at Kravet’s new workspace center at 200 Lexington NY NY on March 19, 2020, at 5:30 pm Book mentioned: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey  

Welcome! Today, we have Lisa Haude, of Paradigm Design Group, joining us! Lisa built her firm from ground zero to a firm with gross revenues exceeding fifty-million dollars. And she showed her relentless commitment by doing that the old-fashioned way, by calling on her contacts week after week. In today's episode, Lisa talks to us about how she runs her business, and she explains how all her success can be attributed to her commitment to delivering an exceptional project, regardless of the situation. Tune in today, to find out how planning to exceed your clients' expectations in every aspect of a project will always bring about a successful result.   As the lead designer and founder of Paradigm Design Group for the last fifteen years, Lisa Haude is an expert in livable luxury. She has built Paradigm Design Group into a hospitality design powerhouse. With projects ranging from The Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria in New Orleans to the award-winning Portland Marriott Downtown, to boutique hotels and numerous Hilton hotels across the United States, Lisa prides herself on her design versatility. Be sure to listen in today, to find out more about Lisa, and her work ethic, and her successful design firm. Show Highlights: Lisa spent time working at high-end hospitality firms, for architectural design firms, and in the hotel and hospitality industry, on the inside, on their design teams, before opening her firm. She talks to us about how this great learning experience informs the way she runs her firm. Lisa gives us some insight into the way her firm looks. Taking care of the details and all the moving pieces on multiple-million dollar projects. The way that Lisa's whole team collaborates to bring about an awesome project. Dealing with the documentation. Talking about accountability. The whole team is detail-oriented. Open discussions are vital for growing and improving. Taking responsibility, as a leader, for whatever happens with a project. Sometimes it's hard to find your humor when you're in the trenches. Some advice for landing and keep long-term hospitality accounts. Owning up if you mess up is very important. People like to do business with people who have similar ideals and values. Lisa has an amazing village of co-workers. How Lisa created her opportunities and made things happen when she started her firm. Lisa offers some awesome advice. Thinking outside the box to make things happen. The background and skills that Lisa looks for when hiring a junior designer. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Meryl Santopietro #40 Mikel Welch #297 Corey Damen Jenkins #127 Claire Jefford #237 Vanessa DeLeon #18 Links: Website: Paradigm Design Facebook: Paradigm Design Group Instagram: Paradigm Design Group The 4th Birthday Party for the podcast will be at Kravet's new workshop center at 200 Lexington New York on March 19, 2020, at 5.30 pm. Use this link to RSVP -  Event Brite  

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, we have one of our early guests back on the show. Diane Gardener, known as The Tax Coach (Episode #54) is back with us to talk about the specific niche of seven-figure interior design firms. Although LuAnn has done a lot of shows about getting a design business off the ground, she realized that she's done way fewer shows about what to do when you are in the seven-figure bracket. And there are very specific challenges that come with this area. When moving into the seven-figure bracket, business owners frequently experience higher expenses, cash flow problems, and higher taxes. So be sure to listen in today even if you're still a #babydesigner because LuAnn fully intends for you to become a seven-figure interior designer someday. Diane Gardner is a Certified Tax Coach, a Quilly award recipient, and a best-selling author whose expert planning approach has saved her clients over three-million dollars in taxes. Her expertise lies in the area of tax planning. And her goal is to make sure that successful entrepreneurs across the United States are paying the least amount of income tax that they can legally pay. She aims to save taxes, one business at a time, through the use of pro-active tax planning. Diane has been featured on popular podcasts such as CEO Warrior, For the Love of Money, Listen Money Matters, Investing in The U.S, Cashflow Ninja, SharkPrenuer, Wealth Formula and Profit Boss. Tune in today, to learn about what you need in your seven-figure business to mitigate risk, increase your profits, and legally decrease your taxes. Show Highlights: Diane is a certified Profit First coach. Planning ahead to pay less tax when moving into the seven-figure tax bracket. Increased income often means increased expenses. Becoming an active partner with your CPA or Business Coach. The tax planning strategies that seven-figure businesses need to implement to keep more money A great way to incentivize your people and lessen your tax load. It takes a different set of skills to run a bigger business. How to increase your cash flow to leverage growth from multi-six-figures to seven-figures. Diane explains how a tax coach can be your ultimate advocate and partner in growth. Doing an entity analysis for your business. An amazing strategy for saving money by investing in your own insurance company. Other guests mentioned in this show: Michele Williams #180, #395  Peter Lang # 349, #464  Diane Gardner was on the show before in episode #54 Links: Diane's website: Tax Coach 4 You Diane's offer: Planning guide for the new tax law vs old tax law. Diane’s Facebook handles:       @taxcoach4you @AdeptBusinessServices        

Welcome to the epic 500th episode of A Well-Designed Business! So far, it's been a wild ride, and we've fully enjoyed every minute of it! Even LuAnn, the consummate positive thinker, ever-optimistic dreamer, and earnest believer in the truth, could not foresee all the joy she has experienced, and the delightful connections she has made, because of this podcast! Join us today, for this truly memorable episode! Recently, LuAnn has been spending time reflecting on all the pleasure that this podcast has brought her. She's been thinking about all the people she's met, the invaluable relationships she's formed, the opportunities she's been given, and the ones she has helped to create through this podcast. She has also taken the time to break down the various business strategies she's used in running this platform. In today's episode, she shares the five things that she learned behind the scenes, from doing this show. Be sure to tune in today, to hear about the 5 Keys that LuAnn believes were essential for her to have in place, to allow for her calling to happen. Show Highlights: LuAnn talks about the 5 essential keys to success. Talking about passion. How LuAnn realized that she needed to do a podcast. Looking for something to light her up, back in 2013. Lessons learned from golf lessons, surfing lessons, and 46-mile bike rides. Never looking back, only ahead for what was to come. LuAnn shares her true passion. Even the hard days have been an absolute joy for LuAnn. Creating a business plan with cold, hard facts. Making clear decisions, based on facts and up-front agreements. Clarity creates calm and purpose because when you have a plan, you are more likely to get to where you want to be. Having an unrelenting, single-minded, and focused commitment to getting things done. Every business is always a work in progress. What you need, to be successful. Commitment is showing up on schedule, being prepared to do what you said you would do, and doing the work. What it takes, to run a village. LuAnn has been blessed by the most amazing village of the brands who believe in this show. It has been through the village of guests, sponsors, co-authors, and listeners that LuAnn has grown, and learned so much, in the last four years. Some valuable lessons were learned from doing LuAnn Live. Paying other people to deal with the details and fill in the gaps. Having the support of our amazingly gifted podcast village. The sad loss of a dear friend, Liza Jones. Treasuring the support of all her co-authors. Make someone's day, and decide to be excellent! Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Nicole Heymer #125, #317, and #466 Taylor Spellman #106, #390, and #467 Michele Williams #137, #180, #395, and #424 Sarah Daniele #91, #119, and #177 Jenny and Greg Madden #332 Corey Damon Jenkins #388 Eileen Hahn #363 Wendy Glaister #386 Links: LuAnn Nigara My Doma Studio Kravet Article Kirsch Revel Woods  

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We have Shauna Lynn Simon with us today. She is an award-winning home staging industry expert and business strategist, and she's also one of the co-authors of LuAnn's second book, A Well-Designed Business, The Power Talk Friday Experts. Shauna Lynn is seriously committed to helping aspiring entrepreneurs achieve success in their businesses. In today's episode, she explains how to become unforgettable to your clients. She shares several ways to make yourself memorable so that you're always the first person that your clients think of when they need an interior design or a window treatment service. Be sure to listen in, to find out what this exceptional businesswoman has to share with you today. You're really going to love her! Shauna Lynn Simon is dedicated to creating educational content that builds successful relationships between like-minded professionals. She partners with CEOs, executives, and solo-preneurs to grow their brands. Shauna Lynn has built a thriving home staging and design business. She has designed a comprehensive and systematic program for teaching the technical and the business side of the home staging world. She also offers core and continuing education for home staging professionals through Styled, Listed, and Sold (SLS) Academy. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: Making yourself stand out uniquely. It's all about understanding who you are and owning it. Shauna Lynn's company has been branded with the color pink. You need to know who you are and what you represent. People often forget the names of people they have worked with before. You need to find something to make yourself memorable. Owning every part of your image. You have to be one in a million. Figuring out what makes you the best. What fires up your passion? Finding your purpose by looking at what makes you happy. Positioning yourself well in the marketplace. Give people a reason to remember you. Figure out your "thing" is and steer yourself in that direction. Everything you do should reflect your business in some way. Creating an effective About You page. Bio: Shauna Lynn Simon is an award-winning home staging industry expert and business strategist, committed to guiding aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve success in their business. After building a thriving home staging and design business, she founded Styled, Listed, and Sold (SLS) Academy, a comprehensive and systematic program providing core and continuing education training for home staging professionals. Analyst turned home stager, Shauna Lynn combines creativity with logic and problem solving to achieve incredible results. Dedicated to creating educational content that builds successful relationships, Shauna Lynn partners with CEOs, executives and solo-preneurs in the creative field to grow their personal and professional brands, providing real-world insights and actionable tips for conquering their business dreams. Links: Website: Beyond The Stage Homes Facebook: Beyond The Stage Homes YouTube Channel Pinterest: BTSHomes Exciting Windows IWCE PowerHouse Smart Luxury Conference - phs20.com Goodies Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Shauna Lynn Simon # 76, #84, and #102 Moniomi Design #193 Dane Austin #457 Nicole Heymer #125, #317, and #466    

Welcome! Today, we have Claire Staszak back on the show with us. Claire, who was previously in episode #166, is the principal of the Chicago-based firm, Centered by Design. Claire is a kind and genuine lady, and LuAnn has always had a very soft spot for her. In today's episode, she explains how to create excellent, top-quality content for social media. She and LuAnn also talk about how they met at the Design Influencer's Conference in 2017, and they discuss how Claire's blog, Centered by Design, was honored with an award for Best Design Writing. Be sure to listen in, to hear what Claire has to share about creating quality content for social media. Centered By Design, is known for its holistic design process, which combines Claire's passion for wellness with her well-trained eye for interiors. Claire studied interior design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she holds a Certificate of Kitchen and Bath Design from Harper College.   She is also a certified yoga instructor with more than 500 hours of training. Claire's work has been featured by The Chicago Tribune, Modern Luxury, HGTV, Domino, Architectural Digest online and more. Tune in now, to find out more. Show Highlights: Claire will be speaking at The Powerhouse Smart Luxury Conference that LuAnn will be headlining, in February, in Chicago. Why The Powerhouse Smart Luxury Conference is unique and well worth attending. Claire talks about winning the Best Design Writing Award at the Design Influencer's Conference, in 2017. The Design Influencer's Conference was a turning point for Claire. It boosted her and gave her a lot of confidence. Claire has a degree in journalism so writing comes very naturally to her. Helping as many people as possible, as effectively as possible. Claire came to the Design Influencer's Conference, in 2017, asking whether or not she should continue writing her blog. Claire shares her biggest takeaway from her experience of winning the Best Design Writing Award. Claire has created a workbook, called Authentically You, for interior designers and creatives looking to create content for their websites and social media. Claire has a social media following of 18 000 people, and she gets more than a million views a month on Pinterest. She shares some tips and strategies. Creating opportunities for brand ambassadorship. Claire's best apps for pre-planning and creating content. Growing your #following on Instagram. You attract the right kind of clients when you're authentic on social media. Claire has an awesome giveaway for you today! Links: Claire's online shop pages: Centered By Design Centered By Design Claire's Instagram and Pinterest: Instagram: Claire Staszak Pinterest: Claire Staszak Claire's blog Claire's giveaway - Social Media Prompts for Seasonal & Evergreen Content Goodies Process Leads To Profits Profit With Window Treatments What Would Lu Do LuAnn and Claire will be speaking at the Power House Smart Luxury Conference this February 5, 2020 For tickets Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Claire’s 1st episode #166 Kelsey Grose- The Farmer’s Daughter #167 - Winner of Best New Design Blog 2017 by Design Influencers Conference Shea McGee - episode #’s: 236, 270 - Keynote Speaker 2017 at Design Influencers Conference Amber Lewis – episode #’s: 168, 184 - Keynote Speaker 2017 at Design Influencers Conference Wendy Cohen: #483 - Organizer of the 2020 Power House Smart Luxury Conference      

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, we have a business strategist, Kim Dawson, joining us. Kim enjoys working with business owners, helping them earn more and grow their businesses into successful enterprises. Her superpower is helping the owners of service-based businesses work out their ideal pricing formula. In other words, she guides them through a process of figuring out how much they should be charging, either per hour or for an entire project, to be profitable. Kim's advice is to always start with the numbers so that you can plan and strategize to accomplish your goals, rather than wishing for them to happen. Be sure to listen in today, to find out what she has to share. Kim is a lifelong entrepreneur. She has started many businesses of her own, including a local health and fitness studio, and she has also co-founded a software setup. Kim's experience lies both in locally-focused, service-oriented businesses, and in online product-based businesses. Tune in now, to find out how to set and track your yearly financial goals, and make more profit from your business. Show Highlights: Kim works with many different industries. Running a business is not for everybody. Owning a business does not mean that you know how to run one. Making a plan to earn your money. Getting your priorities in order. Looking at your numbers. Kim shares a formula for working out how much money you need to bring in each year. You need to know your market. Evaluating the whole situation before deciding to take something on helps you stay on target. Kim advises charging a flat fee, rather than an hourly fee. Working out your hourly rate. Finding the right market for the rate you're charging. Using a strategic plan to get where you want to go. Tracking your time makes your billing easier. Kim used to have The Sassy Strategist Podcast. The shows to go with this show: Krista Coupar #60 Kim Merlitti #361 and #442 Alinda Morris #429 Cheryl Clendenon #482 Michele Williams #395 Kae Whitaker #114 Links: Kim Dawson LuAnn Nigara Profit With Window Treatments Kirsch My Doma Studio Kravet Well Designed Article IWCE Vision    

Welcome to the last podcast for 2019! Today, we have Sally Williams, the owner of Colorful Concepts Interior Design, based in Raleigh, New York, with us on the show. Sally knows who she is, what she is capable of doing, and what sets her apart from other designers. And this comes across very distinctly in her carefully thought-out and exceptionally well-written bio. Listen in today, to hear what Sally has to share about the way she markets and grows her design firm. Sally is very clear about what she will do and what she won't do in her business. And she knows precisely what to say when she has to have difficult conversations with her clients. This is Sally's secret sauce because certain conversations can be very hard to have if you're not prepared. In today's show, Sally explains how she's equipped herself for having these hard conversations with clients, and she talks to us about two changes that she made in her firm, which have resulted in a 40% increase in her gross sales in just one year. Be sure to tune in today, to find out more! We wish you the happiest and most successful of years in 2020! Show Highlights: Sally explains how she achieved a 40% growth in her business this year, by making two changes. Changing to charging an hourly rate, rather than a flat fee. Sally explains how she estimates the cost of a design project. Sally's mechanism for billing her clients for additional work. Sally explains how she and her team track their hours. Sally walks us through her strategy wall for new projects. Setting things up for a new project. Sally explains how she persuades new clients to hang in there, and bear with her until she's ready to start with their project. How Sally and her team coped with a 40% growth this year. Creating touchpoints for keeping the communication with the client open throughout a project. The wrapping-up process. Susan Brunstrum (#36) has developed a great process for wrapping up a design project. Charging the same mark-up percentage on products across the board. Sally explains how she builds her pipeline and markets her business. Bio: Sally Williams, the Owner and Principal Designer of Colorful Concepts Interior Design has a design aesthetic that is timeless and free of stylistic premises working in contemporary and traditional spaces alike. Sally is a CQRID-certified Interior Designer who has also earned an Accounting degree from the College of William and Mary.  She worked in Corporate Accounting Management prior to following her life-long passion for Fine Art and Craft by opening a Gallery in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.  During her seven years of Gallery ownership, Sally’s eyes were opened to the world of Interior Design.  With the encouragement of Gallery clients, friends, and family, she pursued vigorous self-study of the field. In 2002, Sally closed the Gallery and Colorful Concepts was born.  The gallery and artists Sally worked with continue to inspire her design approach today.  She begins her designs with the color palette, which sets the tone for the entire project.  Sally transforms a space artistically, providing balanced composition and soulful color schemes set in crisp optimistic environments.  She has a strong philosophy that environments impact peoples’ daily lives, and she works with the client to deeply understand what they want and need in their space. ​As the daughter of a United States Foreign Service Officer, Sally spent much of her childhood overseas.  A multi-cultural heritage of French-Canadian on her Father’s side, and Peruvian on her Mother’s, has also inspired Sally’s creativity, which is delivered beyond her client’s expectations. Sally is a Past President of the Triangle Chapter of the Interior Design Society; a member of numerous Professional Associations including the Home Builders Association and the Remodeler’s Council; and is a volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild.  Sally has lived in Raleigh for thirty years, where she and her husband, Richard, raised their two daughters - Angela and Nancy.   Colorful Concepts Interior Design is a full-service Interior Design studio providing professional services in residential renovation design, space planning, new home materials selections, custom window treatments, and furnishings, fine art and craft consulting, and more.  At Colorful Concepts Interior Design, long-term client relationships are valued, and we look forward to working with you on future projects as well. We are fortunate to serve clients in a way that truly enhances their lives. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Cheryl Clendenon # 482 Susan Brunstrum # 36 Nicole Heymer # 125, #317, and #466 Fred Berns #22, #48, #96, #174, #226, #289, #337, #393, and #460 Links: Colorful Concepts Interior Design Instagram Facebook Dering Hall Luann Nigara Well Designed Article My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business    

Welcome to another Power Talk Friday! Today, we're very excited to be talking money with our guest, Gerri Detweiler! Gerri understands just how to talk to creatives like us about money in a way that we truly get it. As designers, we need to understand that working intentionally with our business finances will ultimately allow us to bring our design talent to the world. However, many creatives struggle to understand the nuances of money and finance, so, in today's episode, Gerri talks to us about business finance and she explains how to get access to a line of credit. Be sure to listen in, to get a clear understanding of credit and financing for your business. Gerri has been guiding individuals through the confusing world of credit for more than twenty years. Her articles have been widely syndicated, and she is either the author or co-author of five books, including her most recent, Finance Your Own Business: Get on the Financing Fast Track. Gerri is also the Education Director for Nav, which matches small business owners to their best financing options and gives them free access to their personal and business credit scores. Tune in today, to find out more! Show Highlights: Gerri admits that she's not a numbers person. She does what she does because she loves helping people. Gerri hates seeing people making bad choices. Why you need to have a good financial buffer available for your business. Setting your business up smartly, for success. Protecting your personal finances from your business's ups and downs. There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about which cards to use in your business. Some clever strategies for saving on bank charges. Avoiding fraud with credit cards. Using business credit to benefit your cash-flow. Establishing a line of credit. There are many different loans available for small businesses via the SBA. Checking on business credit. Why you need to keep your personal credit scores separate from business credit scores. Business credit- use it or you'll lose it. How Nav helps business owners. You can set up your business credit for free with Nav. Links: Nav: The coupon code for opening a premium Nav account is PODCAST. Nav Blog Find out which small business credit cards don't report to your personal credit: Nav Small business credit cards that DO help you build business credit Get Nav's free Build Business Credit Checklist at Nav Podcast Facebook: Nav Twitter: NavSMB Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Peter Lang #349 and #464 Kimberley Merlitti #361 and #442 Michele Williams #137, #180, #395, and #424 Taylor Spellman #467 Ashley Micchice #468  

Welcome! We have Mimi Goldsmith, a loyal podcast listener, and the principal owner of her referral-based business, Style by Mimi G, with us on the show today. Mimi's bio is a perfect example of the lessons that Fred Berns, and Nicole Heymer, of Curio Electro, have been teaching us. Although Mimi has only been in business for a few short years, she has created a bio that draws the reader's attention to the uniqueness of her work. In today's episode, she talks to us about her business, how she started it, and all the shows that influenced her and helped her get her business off the ground. Be sure to listen in today, to hear what Mimi has to share about her journey! Mimi Goldsmith, an interior decorator, and stylist is the principal owner of Style by Mimi G, which she opened in 2016. Mimi provides full-service interior decorating, e-design service, interior consultations, space planning, paint color consulting and home styling packages. She specializes in creating one-of-a-kind residential and commercial interiors for her local full-service clients. She also specializes in creating tranquil therapy offices for therapists across the world through her online services. Tune in now, to find out how Mimi got her business up and running! Show Highlights: Mimi describes her spontaneous decision to start her interior design business. The kind of research Mimi did when she started her business. Mimi didn't know how much to charge when she started. The magic of attending a LuAnn Live event. Mimi explains how she found this podcast. The groups that can be found via the podcast. How Mimi has been growing her business. Where Mimi found the necessary information to grow her business. Some lessons that Mimi learned from getting her clients' feedback. To work after business hours, or not? Mimi takes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons off. Some very valuable lessons that Mimi has learned. Making use of My Doma's services. It's a great idea to create various design packages. Learning about vendor relationships. Buying from local vendors and learning from their expertise. It's essential to run your business with integrity. When you charge more, you can deliver more, and you create loyalty. Links: Mimi Goldsmith's website: Style by Mimi G Instagram: Style by Mimi G Facebook: Style by Mimi G What Would Lu Do? LuAnn Live Get the Goodies LuAnn Nigara and Friends Facebook Group Claire’s Facebook group: Interior Design Business Strategies Veronica’s Facebook group: What They Don’t Teach You in Design School Darla’s Facebook group: The Wingnut Social Media Lab Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Fred Berns #22, #48, #96, #174, #226, #289, #337, #393, and #460 Nicole Heymer (Curio Electro) #125, #317, and #466 Summer Tannhauser #292 Stefan Spencer   Sandra Funk  # 02 and #145 Groups to be found in the podcast: Claire Jefford (# 237, #325, #485) - Interior Design Business Strategies Veronica Solomon (#50) - What They Don't Teach You In Design School Darla Powel (#203, #330)l - Wingnut Social Leslie Carothers (#458) - The Design Wealth Group Cheryl Clendenon (#482) - Small Business, Think Big Email LuAnn at info@luannnigara.com if you think she could be your partner in making 2020 your amazing year!    

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, we have Vita (Vitalia) Vygovska joining us on the show. As most of you know, Vita is LuAnn's Window Treatment Friday co-host. Ever since they launched the series last summer, they have been getting awesome feedback from designers and the window treatment community. Vita is an award-winning window treatment specialist with an impressive career path. In today's episode, you will learn all about her life, her career, her business, and her superpowers, so be sure to listen in, to get to know Vita a little better! Vita has an MBA. She is a CWFP (Certified Window Treatment Professional), an award-winning window treatment specialist, and an author. Her company, Vitalia Inc. Her company, Vitalia, Inc., provides all-encompassing concierge-level, tech-driven fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management services, exclusively for interior designers. Tune in today to find out more! Show Highlights: Vita talks about what her career path looked like before she started doing window treatments. How Vita came to open Vitalia Inc. Vita has a flair for finance. The corporate world can be brutal. Vita truly appreciates the skills she developed and the lessons she learned in the corporate world. Why Vita decided to leave her corporate career. Productivity is very important for Vita. The kind of confidence that corporate gave Vita. Learning the skill and finesse to stand her ground in the face of bullies. Looking back to learn from your past mistakes. Vita is like an extension of the team of the designers she works with. Entering the window treatment world with her eyes wide open. It took Vita two years to decide to leave the corporate world. Being very clear about your mission and vision. It's not necessary to go it alone because there's so much help and support available out there. What you will learn in Vita's eight-week Profit With Window Treatments Remember- your success starts with a decision. Bio: Vitalia Vygovska (Vita for short), CWFP, MBA, is an award-winning window treatment specialist, author, speaker, mom, wife, and a ballroom dance enthusiast.  Her company, Vitalia, Inc, provides all-encompassing concierge-level, tech-driven fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management services exclusively for interior designers.  In business for over a decade, Vita and her team are experts in their narrow field, providing designers with superb quality product and excellent communication.  Most importantly, they take off the stress, save time, and give peace of mind in the job is well-done. A big thank you to Kirsch for sponsoring Window Treatment Fridays! Links: To learn more & register for Vita's course: Profit With Window Treatments To learn more about working with Vita and Vitalia Inc To learn more about working with Window Works To receive a free subscription to Window Fashion Vision Magazine To attend the IWCE where both LuAnn and Vita will be presenting To learn about the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America) To learn about Exciting Windows To learn about Mydoma Studio  

Welcome! Today, Laura Umansky, the principal of Laura U, (episode # 64) joins us once again on the show. Laura very clear about her vision for her firm and she is currently guiding her company to work towards growing from a five-million-dollar firm to a ten-million-dollar firm. In today's episode, Laura explains that, for her, this kind of growth requires a team of outside expert consultants, including an outside CFO, an EOS (Entrepreneur's Operating System) consultant, and her business advisor, in addition to her internal team. Laura is a true #smartlady, so be sure to listen in today, to hear this outstanding conversation. Laura is the Founder and Creative Director of Laura U Interior Design, which is based in Houston, Texas. Her work has been featured by esteemed media outlets, which include Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Modern Luxury Houston, Veranda, and Luxe Interiors. Laura is also in Carl Dellator's brand new book, On Style: Inspiration and Advice from the New Generation of Interior Design, which was released in the fall of 2019. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: Laura is ultra-focused and she is a major planner. Nothing happens by accident so you have to be prepared to be lucky. Laura talks about the intentional way that she and her plan for her business to be run. Work begets work. You need to put yourself out there, plan, and get involved with your community, for things to come back to you. Laura is ready to take her firm to the next level. She explains what this means for her. Structuring a business to scale it. Laura describes the kinds of decisions she has to make in her firm. For her first seven years in business, Laura worked without the assistance of any advisors. Laura started working with a business coach four or five years ago. Working with a virtual CFO. Laura has chosen to run her business on the EOS (Entrepreneur's Operating System) system. The EOS system can even be used for a family! Always doing what's best for the business is vital. How Laura manages to be both the visionary and the integrator for her firm. Laura talks about the processes that are involved in growing her firm from a five-million-dollar company to a ten-million-dollar company. Being a life-long-learners with a growth mindset is important for scaling a business. Laura talks about Carl Dellator's book, On Style, which has just come out. Bio: Laura Umansky is the Founder and Creative Director of Laura U Interior Design, a firm based in Houston, TX. Design has always been a part of her life. From a young age, Laura was deeply influenced by her environment, constantly finding ways to arrange her possessions with meaning and purpose. Seeing her father build her childhood home in Seguin, TX was the starting point of her career. “To see that he could do that, create our home with his own two hands…that lit something inside of me,” says Laura, who went on to study art at the University of Texas and subsequently obtain her Masters in Architecture from the University of Houston. In 2006, she founded Laura U Interior Design, bringing her unique vision for Classically Current interiors to life. “Interior design, the way we practice it, is a true luxury,” Laura says. “Every part is crafted by human hands. We take great care to find out what matters to our clients most, and then to articulate that through great design.” Every interior is an authentic reflection of our clients’ passions and values so that just like Laura, they are never without something they enjoy. Laura’s work has been featured by esteemed media outlets, including Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Modern Luxury Houston, Veranda, and Luxe Interiors. Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Laura Umansky #64 Kimberly Merlitti #361, #432 LuAnn PTF #491 Books mentioned: Traction by Gino Wickman Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters Links: Website: Laura U Interior Design Instagram: Laura U Interior Design Pinterest: Laura U Interior Design Facebook: Laura U Interior Design Article Trade Program Mydoma Studio Process Leads to Profits with Sara Lynn Brennan Profit with Window Treatments with Vita Vygovska What Would Lu Do Design Build for Profit with Jenny Slingerland  

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, LuAnn will be talking to us about the kinds of problems and obstacles that stand in the way of designers with the running of their design firms. Although everyone is unique, there are still certain themes that play out, and problems that we all tend to share, as entrepreneurs. Listen in today, to learn what you can do to overcome the challenges that we, as designers, all face in our businesses. LuAnn has put a lot of thought into the best way to address these things in a precise way that would benefit each of you the most, as individuals. This has not been an easy task because designers are such a diverse group, with varying levels of experience. In today's episode, LuAnn will teach you how to grow your client base, increase your net profits, improve your business acumen and sharpen your sales skills. She will also talk about goal setting and great ways to expand your network. Be sure to tune in today, to find out how to grow your business in 2020. Show Highlights: You can turn your business around by listening to the podcast. It's your number one free resource! Systemizing every aspect of your business. About Sara Brennan's eight-week course, Process Leads to Profits. How to talk confidently with your clients about window treatments, with Vita's eight-week course. You need to know what you don't know. LuAnn's superpower is sales, which is all about listening. Creating client loyalty and lasting relationships. If you'd like to get inside of LuAnn's brain, whatwouldludo.com will be meeting once a month, live, via Zoom. Go to whatwouldludo.com to sign up. Jenny Slingerland's DesignBuildForProfit course will be starting in February 2020. A great opportunity for #seasoneddesigners. LuAnn Live is coming in November of 2020. Are you going to settle for normal in 2020 or will you strive to be exceptional? Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Darci Hether #220 Darla Powell #203 and #330 Kelsey Gross #167 Kimberley Kay #234 Christine Lin #470 Sara Brennan #463 Links: LuAnn Nigara Process Leads to Profits Profit With Window Treatments Design-Build For Profit Whatwouldludo LuAnn Nigara LuAnn Nigara  

Welcome to the show! Today, Britany Simons joins us. Britany founded her full-service design firm, Britany Simon Design House, in 2010. Her work caught the attention of national media and this helped to launch Britany into the world of television and media. In today's episode, she talks to us about her experience of being in the seventh season of the hit HGTV design challenge series, Design Star. She shares the lessons she's learned from doing the show, and how she applies them today, to her design firm. Be sure to listen in today, to hear about Britany's extensive experience of doing television shows. For the last fifteen years, Britany's design career has covered everything from large-scale commercial renovations to budget-friendly builds, including entire home makeovers. With a degree in Business and Interior Design, Britany's professional career started with working for some of the top design firms in Arizona, where she specialized in kitchen and bath design, as well as the whole construction process, from conception to completion. In addition to being a regular design contributor to television, digital, and print media outlets, Britany has also been the host for the Holiday House series on HGTC.com, a designer on Travel Channel'***** series, Hotel Impossible, co-host of We're Moving In, on the FYI Network, and a featured designer on Bravo Network's new design show, Best Room Wins. Tune in now, to find out more! Show Highlights: Britany enjoys supporting and having the support of other designers. Britany discusses how she stumbled into doing TV design shows. Being on TV isn't as glamorous as it looks. Why you don't make good money on TV unless you get into the fifth season of a show. Some of the lessons Britany learned from being on a TV show. TV challenges are very stressful and you have to be self-sufficient and savvy with your resources because you're left to your own devices. You have to be highly organized to pull off a TV challenge. It's a very testing experience. It's very rewarding to complete a TV challenge. Being on TV is not what you would imagine because it's more exciting for the producers if the designer breaks down and falls apart. What Britany learned about herself, as a designer, from being on TV. Being on TV taught Britany to be more efficient and trust her gut. Learning to understand the process of how things are made, and what's involved with the different aspects of a renovation process. Britany gained a lot of confidence from being on TV. Being on TV certainly opened doors for Britany. You need to know what you want from being on TV before you start because it's a huge time commitment. You need to be mindful of where you're putting your energy. Television has been the marketing that Britany has used in her business. Bio: To Britany Simon, the foundation of good design is about the experience that it gives you. She believes in spaces that blend fashion with function and luxury with livability.  With a focus on creating a space that is a reflection of who you are, and an emphasis on how it makes you feel.  Her artistic nature, a penchant for the details, and eye for the unexpected have helped her create incredibly distinguished living spaces and striking commercial projects for her clients. Over the last fifteen years, Britany’s experience has spanned across a vast array of projects – from large-scale commercial renovations to whole home makeovers to budget-friendly builds. Although she has had a lifelong love affair with interior design and architecture, Britany received formal training through her bachelor’s degree in Business & Interior Design. She began her professional career working for some of the top design firms in Arizona where she worked on new residential homes, specializing in both kitchen and bath design, from conception to completion throughout the entire construction process. In 2010, she founded Britany Simon Design House – a full-service design firm. The signature style and unmatched execution of BSDH have garnered a notable client roster with projects all over the country. Additionally, her work has caught the attention of national media and helped launch Britany’s foray into the television and media world. Upon being selected on the seventh season of the hit HGTV design challenge series, Design Star, Britany discovered a new passion for television and video production. Her natural talent for design and on-camera presence earned her the accolade of “Fan Favorite” from her season. In addition to being a regular design contributor to television, digital and print media outlets, she has also been the host for the Holiday House series on HGTV.com, a designer on Travel Channel’***** series, Hotel Impossible, co-host of We’re Moving In on the FYI Network, and a featured designer on Bravo Network's new design show, Best Room Wins airing May 2019. Previous episodes mentioned in this show: #420 Amanda Berlin #478 Amber Roy #297 Mikel Welch #338 Orlando Soria #127 Corey Damen Jenkins #255 Anne Rue #220 Darci Hether #258 Lisa Escobar #182 Christie Leu #296 Ruthie Staalsen #291, #397 Cheryl Luckett #267 Rasheeda Gray #486 Christina Bruce #376 Cat French #463 Sara Brennan Links: Website: Britany Simon Pinterest: Britany Simon Instagram: BRITANY SIMON Facebook: Britany Simon Design  

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Brad Clinard, a certified financial planner from High Point, NC, joins us on the show today. Brad, like Peter Lang, the Designer CPA, (episodes #349 and #464) specializes in working with interior designers. He has a very real desire to help the people in our industry, and his approach to finances is different from any other financial planner. He knows that every designer needs to plan for life’s financial challenges, and for their retirement, so he helps them maximize their earnings over their lifetime. He refers to this as intentional planning for abundant living. Be sure to listen in today to find out what Brad does to help designers plan for a life and future that they deserve to have.  Brad graduated from UNC Charlotte, Magna *** Laude, majoring in Economics with a concentration in Psychology. He was the senior team captain of the tennis team and worked closely with the NCAA advocating for student-athletes. Brad has earned the designation CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Brad is married to Hope, a pastry chef. They attend Wesley Memorial Church in High Point, and they have a passion for missions and service, most recently supporting Youth with a Mission, Casey Cares Foundation and the Old North State Boy Scouts Board. In his “spare” time, Brad enjoys reading, movies, travel, time outdoors and eating great food. His adventures have included hiking the northern half of the Appalachian Trail and the Laugavegur in Iceland. Tune in now, for more. Show Highlights: Brad helps designers with their personal financial planning. We need to learn to understand how to use our money to empower us to live an abundant life. Brad’s parents were in the traditional wealth management industry and they focused on investing. Brad’s experience of growing up in High Point. Brad explains what financial design is all about. Starting with people’s values, rather than with their financial goals. The Designer’s Dozen are twelve challenges that designers face when working with traditional financial planners. Goals are future-focused and temporary, and values are present-focused and permanent. Understanding your values is the first point in getting to know yourself. Brad spends a lot of his time trying to understand how our psychology affects us. From a professional perspective, there are four types of money scripts that everybody falls into- money avoidance, money worship, money status or money vigilance. It can be very challenging for creative-minded designers to find professionals to give them advice and guidance. There are generally four different communication styles. Bridging the gap between the different styles of communication. Why Brad decided to focus on interior designers. How to know when you need the services of a financial planner. Brad gives you the Ten Keys to Financial Foundation. The plans that Brad will create for you. Follow your bliss and plan for an abundant life. A formula for having a less stressful experience of life. Brad has a three-stage process to help clients going through transitions in their lives. Other shows related to finances to go with this show: Peter Lang #349, #464  Kimberly Merlitti #361, #442  Ashley Micciche #468  Diane Gardner #54  Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Michele Williams # 137, #180, #395, and # 424 Taylor Spellman #106, #390, and #467 Links: Website:  High Point Financial Design  Quiz to learn your money script: High Point Financial Design  

Welcome! We have Monica Wilcox, the principal of M Wilcox Design, joining us today. Monica is a #seasoneddesigner. She's dynamic, entertaining, and she's on the show to share some of her killer inspiration. She talks to us about coming to grips with her "business midlife crisis", her decision to be on TV, diversifying revenue streams, and setting the rules for yourself first, and then for your clients, to ensure your success as an interior design business owner. Monica is often called on for her advice. She is full of energy and her approach to business and life is truly authentic. You're really going to love her, so be sure to listen in, to hear what she has to share! M Wilcox Design is an award-winning design firm with an emphasis on collaboration. Monica's impeccable eye for design and her in-depth knowledge about project management really sets her apart from other design companies. She has very well-established systems, from the initial design phase all the way through to the final install, and every project is executed with precision and exceptional quality. Tune in today, to find out more about Monica and the efficient way that she runs her design firm. Show Highlights: Monica did not start out in business with a foundation for success. She had to teach herself the business side of her business. Some of the core things that designers should be paying attention to when they start a business. Monica started out with a career in the military. There, she learned about determination and discipline. Monica is a believer in staying in her own lane and always hiring people who are good at what they do, to help her get to the top of her game. It's important to hire the top people. Monica explains what she looks for when hiring people. What caused Monica's business mid-life crisis, ten years ago. Finding a new sense of purpose. Transformation is powerful. Figuring out a deeper meaning to what you do. Monica shares her strategies for diversifying revenue streams. Getting on TV happened very easily for Monica. Preparation plus opportunity leads to success. Running with a structured system. There's so much to be learned from events and other designers. Monica explains her fee structure. All about Monica's Design Mecca classes and education. Bio: Interior Designer Monica Wilcox is an expert in delivering unique designs with functionality in mind. Her award-winning design firm creates gorgeous interiors that also offer livable-style with a California twist. With an emphasis on Collaboration, Monica is able to realize the vision of her clients and bring them to life. She has the unique ability to connect with her clients and radiates a tremendous passion for what she does which is contagious to everyone around her. Her impeccable eye for design combined with her in-depth knowledge of project management sets her apart from other interior designers. From initial designs to the final install, each project is executed with precision and exceptional quality. Monica is frequently called upon for advice for everything from interior design to business growth to lifestyle tips. She enjoys the art of living fully and completely and is happy to share that with others. With boundless energy, an honest and direct approach, and an infectious spirit, it’s possible that this creative visionary may someday be in every household in America. Monica Wilcox is the founder of Design Mecca, an online learning center that teaches interior designers how to start a successful business. Along with her colleague Nikki Chu, Monica teaches at the accredited online university which features a course broken up into 36 videos and 12 modules that students can work through at their own pace. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Tobi Fairley #419, #440 Nancy Ganzekaufer #389  Ann Rue #255  Sara Brennan #463  Janelle Photopoulos #363  Stacey Brown Randall #93   Links: Website: M Wilcox Design Design Mecca Nikki Chut LuAnn Live Sara Lynn Brennan Course LuAnn's Favorite Resources  

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We have Vanessa Shepherd, the owner of She's Got Vision, on the show with us today. Vanessa is all about efficiency. She has won awards, she has been recognized in her community and she knows just how busy most creative business owners are. In today's episode, she talks to us about how hard it is for creative entrepreneurs to find the time to get everything done in their businesses, especially if they have a family to manage as well. She shares strategies for growing your design business through Pinterest and some really helpful tips for managing your time so that you can live a little too. She also explains what you need to do to really stand out from the crowd, so be sure to tune in, to find out more. Vanessa graduated from NAIT with honors for her degree in Business Administration. She is a content marketing professional and she helps business owners to be seen, increase the traffic to their websites, and build lasting relationships. Her specialty is social media marketing, and she loves to use Pinterest as a platform for visibility. Listen in today, to benefit from Vanessa's wisdom and experience. Show Highlights: Vanessa loves to be as efficient as possible. There's a big update coming for Pinterest. Vanessa explains what a pin title is, on Pinterest. Pinterest wants to make titles more purposeful. Later is a great scheduling tool. Pinterest is an important search engine. Some strategies for using Pinterest to drive potential clients to your website. Allowing someone else to help you have the time to do what you do best. Video is big everywhere on social media right now. Pinterest can be used as a good cross-promotion tactic. Some tips to capture people's attention in the first three to fifteen seconds of a video. Good quality photos are a must on social media. The process of pinning. Find content that can educate, inspire, or entertain your audience. Showcasing your work in multiple ways to drive more traffic to your website. Being consistent with your pins is very important. Vanessa has a Pinterest audit that you can download for free on her website. Go to She's Got Vision How Vanessa helps people improve their strategies for social media. Bio: Vanessa Shepherd is a content marketing professional at She's Got Vision, helping business owners to get visible, drive traffic to their websites, and build lasting relationships with their audiences. Vanessa specializes in social media marketing, and her favorite platform for visibility is Pinterest! She graduated with honors from NAIT with a degree in Business Administration and from the University of Alberta with a master's in Communications and Technology. When she's not creating strategies, running ads or pinning her heart out, you can find Vanessa traveling and gardening with her husband and their two Airedale Terriers. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Amber De La Garza #385 Summer Tannhauser #292 Allison Fannin #223 Kate Ahl # 331 Links: Website: primary: She's Got Vision Blog  course microsite: learn.shesgotvision.com  Blog: She's Got Vision Blog LuAnn Live Article: welldesigned.article.com Kirsch: kirsch.com Instagram: She's Got Vision Facebook: She's Got Vision Pinterest: She's Got Vision Free Pinterest audit checklist: She's Got Vision  

Welcome! Today, we have Christina Bruce, the principal of Christina Bruce Interiors in Vero Beach, Florida, with us on the show. Christina was one of the VIP attendees at the LuAnn Live, It's About the Conversation event, earlier this year. LuAnn asked each VIP to let her know, in the months following the event, what they have done and achieved based on what they learned, and the people they met there. So, Christina messaged LuAnn recently, with a long list of the positive things she identified in herself and her business, from the event. In today's episode, she shares the serious questions she had been asking herself about her business, before attending LuAnn Live. She then goes on to describe the things she put into action and the remarkable 180 degrees turn around that she created in her business, as a result of attending the event. Listen in, to hear about the incredible way that Christine transformed her business. Christina started her company in Savannah, in 2009. She then completed several residential and commercial projects in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Christina received an award for excellence for the work she did on a medical center from the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce during this time, and she was also invited to be a guest designer on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The love of her hometown, Vero Beach, drew her back there in 2012. Christina has had the opportunity to further her experience and influence by working with some of the most established communities in Vero Beach, and by helping to complete residential and commercial projects in Texas, New York, and internationally. Tune in today, to learn about the lessons that Christina has learned and the actions she's taken to transform her business. Show highlights: Christina explains why she decided to go to the LuAnn Live event. Attending LuAnn live pulled Christina out of the negative head-space that she had been in before attending the event. LuAnn Live was like a designer's support group for Christine. Christina talks about the significant conversation she had with Taylor Spellman. Learning to look at her motivation, rather than her goals. Parenting always takes priority. Cat and Christine keep on learning together. Some of the actions that Christine has taken. Christine's experience is in high-end residential design. Becoming successful within the demographics of where you live. What Christine learned from Dala al Fuwaires. There will always be times when the things we do don't work. You have to risk failure to succeed. There are some things you should never fake. Christina describes the Christina Bruce Collection, for David Francis Furniture. Talking about partnerships. Podcast green is a wonderful color! Bio: Christina Bruce graduated Magna *** Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The Interior Design program at SCAD has been consistently ranked as the number one program in the nation. It is here that Christina not only formed a strong foundation of design principles, but also a true passion for interior design.  She formed her own company in Savannah in 2009 and completed several residential and commercial projects in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. During this time, she received an award for excellence for her work on a medical center from the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. She was also invited to be a guest designer on ABC’s Extreme Make-Over: Home Edition where she helped complete the design of the dining room and master bedroom of the home being featured. Savannah’s charm enriched her experience, but the love of her hometown of Vero Beach drew her family home in 2012. In her time in Vero Beach, she has worked with some of the finest architects and builders which has helped to shape her corporate philosophy and relationship with clients. She has had the opportunity to further her experience and influence by not only working with some of the most established communities in Vero Beach but also helping to complete residential and commercial projects in Texas and New York, as well as internationally. She looks forward to many years of successful relationships and projects with the clients and communities with which she is fortunate to work. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Vanessa DeLeon # 18 Dala al Fuwaires # 392 Taylor Spellman #467, 106 Shauna Lynn Simon #76, 84, 102 Cat French #376 Nancy Ganzekaufer- Niche is Rich #15 Nicole Heymer #125, 317, 466 Kae Whitaker #114, 259, 274 Michele Williams #180, 395    Carolyn Flannery #453 Links: LuAnn Live LuAnn Nigara Book Power Talk Friday Link to IG post announcing color collection PodGreen named for me David Francis Furniture Clem Schaub Architect Vero Beach Florida Christina Bruce Interiors    

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Claire Jefford joins us on the show once again today! Claire is an interior decorator, business coach, leader of the designer Facebook group Interior Design Business Strategies, a vlogger, and author of a chapter called Managing Client Expectations in LuAnn's second book, A Well-Designed Business, The Power talk Friday Experts, Volume 1. In today's episode, Claire takes us through her initial process.

Welcome! Today, we have Laurence Carr, the CEO of Laurence Carr Design, with us on the show. Although Laurence opened her design firm just a short eighteen months ago, she is already running it with the clarity of a seasoned CEO. She has a very well-structured business plan and her goals are right in front of her. In today's episode, she explains how she managed to get her business up and running so quickly and she also shares with us her well-thought-out business plan. Laurence is truly an impressive businesswoman so be sure to listen in today, to learn about the clear and intentional way she runs her business. Laurence is helping to shape our cultural dialogue through her work, her speaking engagements, and her blog, "Beyond Aesthetics". Her focus is on combining sustainability with quality, and she is a GREEN Leaders Accredited Professional, and a Member of the Sustainable Furnishing Council. She is is a leading voice in the field of Holistic Interior Design and she's been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Business of Home, Domino, Apartment Therapy, Sotheby’s Home, House Tipster and Style Matters. Laurence won the BUILD awards from Homes and Gardens UK in 2019, and she was nominated for the ASID National Awards 2019 for “Design for Humanity”. In March of this year, she was invited to be one of the 30 speakers of the Circular City Week in New York. And this summer, Laurence Carr Design successfully unveiled "The Restorative Room", in Southampton New York, for the Hampton Designers Showhouse 2019. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: Laurence talks about the advisory board that she recruited to help with business strategy. It helps to get advice from people outside of your industry. Everything that Laurence does is done with clear intention. Laurence wanted to build a business with multiple revenue streams. Thinking about the impact of stress on people's lives. Considering not only how things look, but also how they feel, when making choices. Working with Leslie and Sam, of Savour Partnership. About the immense value that Laurence found in creating her e-boutique. How Laurence grew her email list. Working with freelance designers. Laurence talks about her interview process. The systems and processes she uses in making selections for her e-boutique. Earning money on the side, from affiliate marketing. It all comes down to the systems you use. It's very important to keep your goals in front of you. Bio: Born in France and now living in NYC, Laurence Carr has an inherent appreciation for art and design—she is a natural aesthete. Before launching her interior design practice, Laurence was a professional ballet dancer, singer,  stage director, and fashion event manager. Today, she is recognized for her application of wellbeing principles and ancient techniques in high-end residential interior design. Laurence believes luxury interiors don’t have to be sterile and soulless. Instead, her projects encourage mindful living and create harmony, whilst attaining a level of sophistication that develops from layering modern art, furniture, antiques, and accents. Having lived, worked and traveled in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US, Laurence’s design aesthetic is influenced by her love of different cultures and deep appreciation of art. She brings an international approach to each project—whether its sifting through antique galleries in Paris or sourcing hand-woven rugs from the villages in Nepal, Laurence’s knowledge and network allows her to find and assemble unique items for you. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Nicole Heymer #466, #317, #125 Andrew Joseph #39 Dennis Scully #459 Savour Partnership #209 and #458 Links: Website: Laurence Carr Facebook: Laurence Carr Design Instagram: Laurence Carr Design YouTube: Laurence Carr  

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We are delighted to introduce you to Wendy Cohen today. Wendy is the founder and CEO of a suite of Powerhouse Companies comprising of PowerHouse Advisors, a consulting firm, PowerHouse SMART, a luxury industry education and networking leadership community, and PowerHouse Recruiting, which is a division of the consultancy, PowerHouse Advisors. This expert group of companies is committed to serving the best people in the luxury industry by teaching and speaking to them about luxury, and educating them about new luxury technologies. Wendy herself is a powerhouse lady, and in today's episode, she talks to us about building a company culture, creating a complete customer experience, and what it takes to get ahead in business. She also discusses the Luxury Home Conference that is coming up in Chicago, in February, where she has invited LuAnn to be the keynote speaker. Listen in today, to find out what this dynamic and special lady has to share! The family of PowerHouse Companies was formed in 2006. It is recognized most for successfully guiding hundreds of luxury industry brands and firms in the fields of design, build, and development, across the US and in Canada. PowerHouse SMART was also formed in 2006. It was intended to power-up the very best leaders in the luxury market by creating a platform for elite relationship building, to lead to business collaborations, new business development, referrals, knowledge sharing, and cutting-edge education. Then, in 2015, PowerHouse Recruiting was created as a division of PowerHouse Advisors, to continue with the exceptional recruiting and placement guidance that was established under the consultancy umbrella. Tune in today, to learn what it takes to win in the arena of luxury design, build. Show Highlights: Wendy started her career as a realtor. Wendy was part of a four-person team in a building company that grew the company from having ten employees to eventually having 120 people working there. Creating a culture in her company. Great success for builders doesn't come overnight but it is possible. Growing the design, build concept. Teaching her sales team about the complete experience was the thing differentiated from any other builder that a consumer might be going to, in 1989. You don't brand yourself. Your audience brands you. Treating sub-contractors, tradespeople, and suppliers with respect, as if they are part of your company. In 1995-1996, Professional Builder Magazine named Wendy's company one of the best eight companies to work for in the nation. Being selected by Custom Builder Magazine as Custom Builder of the Year. The satisfying way that Wendy's vision for the company became contagious. Consulting with other companies to teach and advise them about systems, processes, and how to replicate Wendy's success. For ten or eleven years, Wendy's main focus was on business development. Consulting about recruiting, and helping everybody grow, is where Wendy finds herself today. Wendy views the placements that she makes within other companies as a reflection of her reputation. Wendy talks about PowerHouse Smart. This is how she gives back to her community. Wendy is all about sharing and giving. Every month, PowerHouse Smarts had one big event, called the Builder Architect Hard-Hat Tour. PowerHouse Smart is always looking to grow like-minded individuals. This is why they host a Luxury Conference every year. The next PowerHouse Smart Luxury Home Conference is being held on February 5th, 2020, in Chicago. LuAnn has been invited to be the keynote speaker. Wendy explains what will be happening at the upcoming Luxury Home conference. Bio: Wendy Cohen CEO PowerHouse Companies PowerHouse Advisors, LLC PowerHouse SMART® PowerHouse Recruiting, LLC Wendy Cohen is the CEO and Founder of the PowerHouse Group of Companies comprised of PowerHouse Advisors™, a consulting firm, PowerHouse SMART®, a luxury industry education & networking leadership community and PowerHouse Recruiting, a division of the consultancy PowerHouse Advisors™ LLC. The family of PowerHouse Companies was formed in 2006 where it is most notably recognized for successfully guiding hundreds of luxury industry brands and firms in the design, build and development arena across the nation and in Canada. PowerHouse Advisors’ profound impact is working with owners and senior managers in refining business development efforts, implementing process improvement platforms, developing operating systems and procedures, properly managing and executing manpower and creating strategic growth plans. PowerHouse SMART® also formed in 2006 was intended to power-up the best of the best leaders in the luxury market by creating a platform for elite relationship building leading to business collaborations, new business development, referrals (give and get), knowledge sharing and cutting-edge education. From the onset, the goal was to bring all the talents needed to create an ultimate luxury project and educate on the value of collaboration at the highest level. Today PowerHouse SMART® supports leaders in the industry in growing their businesses with over 30 events a year, an Annual Luxury Conference and a robust online connection website. While PHS operates in the United States Midwest Market, there has been discussion for future plans for expansion via franchise opportunities tying other local luxury market chapters to the headquarters in Chicago. PowerHouse Recruiting™ was created as a division of PowerHouse Advisors in 2015, to continue the exceptional recruiting and placement guidance established under the consultancy umbrella. PHR as a dedicated division can help more employers and career-minded candidates find the perfect fit for continued success and growth. PowerHouse Recruiting is unique in that recruiting services are performed as if the employer owner was personally conducting the screening and recruitment process. PowerHouse Recruiting has proven results in supporting trusted colleagues in the luxury design, build, develop and real estate industry in hiring top talent from CFO to Design Assistant. Wendy Cohen has over 30 years of luxury industry experience and is often referred to as the ultimate power connector, with an exceptional network among top-tier professionals. PHR connects the right people (top talent candidates) to the right career opportunities (employer client’s job openings). PHR believes there is such a thing as a perfect fit. The PowerHouse Group of Companies is dedicated to being experts in the luxury industry by teaching luxury, speaking about luxury, educating on new luxury technologies, building new relationships every day, and proudly serving the best people in the industry. Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Claire Staszak #166 Nicole Heymer #125, #317, and #466 Links: Conference Registration: Power House Smart Instagram: Power House Smart Facebook: Power House Smart LinkedIn: Power House Smart PowerHouse Smart  

Welcome! Today we have Cheryl Clendenon, the CEO of the Florida-based design firm, In Detail Interiors, with us on the show. Cheryl is one of our industry’s boldest, smartest, and funniest ladies, and she’s always willing to generously share her business expertise and advice with those who would like to learn from her. In today’s episode, she offers some very valuable advice about crafting conversations and steering them to where you want them to go. Be sure to listen in today, to find out what she has to share.   Cheryl is a master of sales. She's a truly outstanding professional who has been in business for more than 19 years. She operates a full-service design firm, a retail location, and a business Facebook group and she understands she has to make her money intentionally, rather than with luck or by accident. Tune in today, to get some priceless tips from Cheryl. Show Highlights: The copy on Cheryl’s website is awesome! You need to know your audience. Carefully considering what your website says about you. Learning to guide your clients down your path. There are many people are too timid to reveal their personalities on their website. This is very limiting. Cheryl has an incredible Facebook group, called Small Business Think Big. How to best position your design firm. It all starts with the way you present yourself on your website. Learning to not be afraid to talk about money. Projecting your income. People tend to be a little resistant to the idea of minimum expenditure at first. The nuances of how to get what you want. Sales is a win-win game. Positioning yourself in the very best way possible. Giving added value is a formula for success. Cheryl explains what her training focuses on. Cheryl looks at how much money she’s going to make on every job she does. For Cheryl, the words have to be right. Cheryl helps you think big about your small business. Cheryl’s fees are based on a combination of design fees + a contracted minimum expenditure on products Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Chris Ramey #345 Links: LuAnn Nigara Resources Vita’s course link: Profit With Window Treatments Sara’s course link: Process Leads to Profits My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Well Designed Article In Detail Interiors Cheryl’s FB Group: Small Business Think Big Cheryl's Instagram: In Detail Interiors Cheryl's Pinterest: In Detail Interiors LuAnn’s FB Group

Welcome to Window Treatment Friday! Today’s show is brought to you by Kirsch.com, our newest sponsor. Last week, we learned from Matt Johnson, the National Sales Manager, and  Sarah Frost, the Brand Manager, for Kirsch Drapery Hardware, how the Kirsch team is on a mission to breathe new life into their company, which is more than a hundred years old. And today, we have some big news! If you would like to learn more about window treatments so that you can incorporate them into your business as an added revenue stream, Vita and LuAnn have the answer for you! Vita will be teaching an eight-week course, called Window Treatments and Profits for Designers, starting in January. Listen in, to find out more. Vita and LuAnn know just how profitable window treatments are. They want to share their knowledge and experience with you so that you can also develop the skills and confidence you need to make a profit from window treatments. The Window Treatments and Profits for Designers course will meet via Zoom so this means that you can be anywhere in the world to do it. You either can join Vita live, in real-time, or you can watch the replay at your convenience, and still get all the magic. The course will be run in conjunction with a private Facebook group, for support and extra time to answer questions. We will be opening the course in the next week or two, so go to Luann Nigara Profit With Window Treatments or Profit With Window Treatments, and leave us your email address so that you can be first in line when the registration opens. In today’s episode, we will be talking about the different types and categories of window treatments. There’s a myriad of different custom window treatments available out there, so Vita’s way of simplifying things is to break everything down into two main categories- hard and soft window treatments. Vita and LuAnn will then give us an overview of the different types of window treatments in each category, listing and explaining the various types of treatments and the pros and cons of each one. Be sure to tune in today, to hear what they have to share.      Show Highlights: Vita gives her personal take on hard window treatments overall, as a category. Generally, hard treatments consist of blinds, shades, and shutters. The main purpose of hard treatments is functionality, which is usually light control, privacy, or glare control. Vita explains what soft treatments are. Although soft treatments are generally there to add to the aesthetic value of a room, they can still be functional. The pros and cons of blinds. The rebirth of roller shades. Comfortex will supply cellular shades in any color. Talking about shutters. Woven wood shades are very popular with designers. The different types of soft treatments in the category. LuAnn explains what she likes about drapery panels. Roman shades are very versatile. Some useful resources for you. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Kirsch #479 Links: LuAnn Nigara Vitalia Inc Kirsch Kravet Inc My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Exciting Windows WCAA Window Fashion IWCE Vision Window Works To sign up for the Window Treatments and Profits for Designers course, go to Profit With Window Treatments or Profit With Window Treatments For a free PDF download of this episode, go to LuAnn Nigara.

Welcome! Today, Julia Marcum, half of the dynamic duo of Chris Loves Julia, joins us on the show. Julia started blogging more ten years ago, and her readership has grown to include millions of people. In 2016, Chris left his day job to join Julia as a blogger on a full-time basis. With their blog, this remarkable couple shares their original, authentic, and sincere perspective on the daily coups and challenges of their DIY home renovations. People follow them to learn how to improve their space and to get inspiration, tips on trends, and motivation to get things done. In today’s episode, Julia explains that they know exactly why they’re doing what they do, and they know who they do it for. This particular component is vital to your success as a business owner, so be sure to listen in today, to hear what Julia has to share. Chris and Julia are a fresh, honest, and creative DIY duo, blogging about the daily feats and failures of renovation. They offer their loyal readers a mix of large-scale renovations, quick DIY projects, budget-friendly ways to revamp their spaces, and items to splurge on, as well as a few personal stories to remind their readers that they’re real people, too. They were named as one of Better Homes & Gardens’ Top 10 DIY bloggers. Tune in today, for more. Show Highlights: Julia explains how she and Chris came to realize that they should combine their talents and work on the blog together, on a full-time basis. Creating the right kind of content to post on Instagram. Knowing what you want to be known for. What you’ll find on their blog, and what you’ll find in their Instagram stories. There are zero downsides to growing your Instagram presence. Creating consistent, quality content based around your niche. Consistency and quality content is key to getting lots of Instagram followers. Julia doesn’t have a photography background and yet she took all her own photos until three months ago. Figuring out photography. Educating your photographer about what you want. Being intentional about the look that you’re creating in your photos. Julia explains why people are following her. The difference between just posting a picture, and creating content. Choosing where to best utilize your energy. The best way to connect with your Instagram Stories audience. Julia talks about the two courses she teaches, Working With Brands and Growing Your Influence. Links: Website: Chris Loves Julia Instagram: Chris Loves Julia Propertee: Chris Loves Julia Facebook: Chris Loves Julia Pinterest: Chris Loves Julia Youtube: Chris Loves Julia Good Influencer Good Influencer on Instagram Link Previous Shows Mentioned: Shea McGee #236, #270 Amber Lewis #169, #184 Nicole Heymer #125, #466 Jamie Lieberman #454 Fred Berns #22, #174 People who inspire Julia: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Instagram: Josh young Design House Don’t forget when you place your next order on any Kravet fabric, wallpaper, or trim, to use the code AWDB10 at checkout, to get 10% off any one purchase.  Go to Kravet to place your order.

Welcome to another episode of Window Treatment Friday! Today, we're introducing you to Kirsch, our newest sponsor for A Well-Designed Business. Kirsch has been an industry leader in drapery hardware for more than one hundred years, and they also have a custom window coverings program. For today's episode, we have Matt Johnson and Sarah Frost with us to talk to us about the latest innovations that Kirsch is bringing to the design and window treatment community, so tune in, to find out more! Kirsch was started in 1907 when Charles Kirsch invented the first curtain rod and telescoping rod. His goal was to connect with people around his fantastic products. Soon after inventing his innovative curtain rods, Charles published his first style book,  to guide purchasers of drapery hanging specialties.  The first Kirsch patented lace curtain rod was created in 1923, and then Charles designed the deluxe cut-to-measure drapery, which was one of the most important developments in drapery hardware history. For the next fifty years, the Kirsch brand continued to incorporate many more innovative advancements that would change our industry forever. Matt Johnson is the National Sales Manager of Kirsch Drapery Hardware. He leads a team of experienced sales professionals representing over 100 years of the Kirsch brand. Over his 22 years in the window coverings industry, Matt has sales experience in multiple channels of business including National Retailers, Independent Retailers, Builders, Contract and Commercial Accounts and Distributors.  His rich background and understanding of the window coverings industry have allowed him to apply his passion for working with business owners and designers to develop sales and marketing strategies to improve sales and service. Sarah Frost is the Brand Manager for Kirsch Drapery Hardware. She oversees a talented team that creates conceptual designs and implementation of the marketing initiatives for the drapery hardware launches and projects. Sarah has experience in hard window coverings as well as drapery hardware from her previous positions as a product manager and in sales. Listen in today to find out what Matt and Sarah have to share about our newest sponsor, the Kirsch brand. Show Highlights: Matt gives us a synopsis of Kirsch, and it's long and rich history in the window coverings industry Sarah has lots of fresh, new ideas for the Kirsch brand. Breathing new life into the brand through engaging with the trade. There are currently so many new and improved drapery hardware options available. Kirsch provides great resources to educate the design community about their complicated product. Sarah discusses how she and her team are revising and revamping the way their products are produced and presented. It all starts with the numbers. Keeping abreast of the latest trends. Creating a digital price list has made all the difference. The new styles and colors that Kirsch is coming out with are very different from what people are used to seeing in their Buckingham collection. The texture of natural wood products is really beautiful. The craftsmanship of their new finishes is really impressive. Matt explains the features of their new and improved motorized drapery tracks. Sarah discusses all the aspects of the business that have been redone. Their brochures have been redone for the designer to the client. What the resource library is all about. You will be able to see Kirsch's new products at the IWCE Expo in Charlotte in March 2020. Links: Website: Kirsch Instagram: Kirsch Twitter: Kirsch Facebook: Kirsch

Welcome to the show! Today, Amber Roy, the principal of the recently launched design firm, Amber Dawn Interiors joins us. Amber's approach to design is to find a balance between old and new, and between trends and timelessness. Her goal is to get to know her clients and understand what makes their hearts sing so that she can turn their homes into a reflection of who they truly are. In today's episode, Amber shares an 'aha' moment she experienced while listening to LuAnn being interviewed on Amber de la Garza's podcast, The Productivity Specialist. She talks to us about her first design project and the ingenious way she launched herself as an interior designer at the end of it. She also shares the intentional things she did just before, and in the weeks immediately after opening her business, to make herself known to potential clients, build relationships both within and outside of the design industry, and get her new business off the ground. Listen in today, to find out about Amber and how she got her successful new business up and running. Amber, who is also a realtor, has been passionate about interior design since she was a very young girl. As she grew, her interest in interior design also continued to grow and she eventually realized that she needed to put her passion to work. And so Amber Dawn Interiors was born. Amber has always been drawn to all things old, including houses and architecture. She feels that bringing in old pieces gives a place soul, and that warmth and balance are created by mixing old with new, so she loves to use heirloom pieces and incorporate antique and salvaged building materials. It is very important to Amber to create carefully and thoughtfully curated spaces, and she will go the extra mile to find the finishes and pieces that will give her clients the unique look that they really want. Be sure to tune in today, to find out more! Show Highlights: Amber explains what it was that moved her to email LuAnn. Amber talks about her first project, to showcase her abilities as a designer. Reaching out to potential collaborators, including Ethan Allen and Coastal Furniture. Staging an open house in collaboration with a realtor. The great benefits of collaboration. Realtor's are good to partner with because they are an influential group of people. Networking is Amber's current strategy for building relationships. What it takes to create a successful relationship-building event. Discovering her mission and values. An awesome opportunity that has come Amber's way. You need to put yourself out there to become known. Bio: My passion for interior design began when I was a very young girl. I remember drawing floorplans for my "dream house" on the lined pages of my spiral-bound notebook. I remember staring out the window of the school bus, scoping out the houses that were down and out, imagining how beautiful they'd be if I could just fix them up. My interest grew as I did, and through the years I began to realize that I needed to put my passion to work. So, it is with immense pleasure and gratitude that I present Amber Dawn Interiors. My approach to design is to find a balance between old and new, between trends and timelessness. It is so important to me to create a space that is carefully and thoughtfully curated- going the extra mile to find the finishes and pieces that will give you the look you want, but that won't be the same as your neighbor. My goal is to really get to know my clients: their lifestyle, their likes, and dislikes, the way they use their space, the things that make them happy, what makes their souls sing! I want your home to be a reflection of you. I want you to turn every corner and see something that makes you smile. I love to use heirloom pieces and incorporate antique and salvaged building materials. Having always been drawn to all things old, including houses and architecture, I feel that bringing in old pieces gives a space soul, and mixing old with new creates balance and warmth. When I'm not designing spaces, you will find me with my two boys, Turner and Pierson, their Dad, my husband Tim, and my other family and friends. I may be singing some karaoke. I may be gardening. I may be traveling. I may be enjoying the sunshine or a glass of wine. Probably both. I may very well be admiring an old truck or a historic building. If you see me, say hello :) Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Amber De La Garza #385 and #436 Stephen Karlisch #369 Dala Al-Fuwaires #392 Nancy Ganzekaupher #15, #159, #256, #377, and #389 Carolyn Flannery #453 Jana Platina Phipps (The Trim Queen) #293 Darla Powell (Wingnut Social Media) #203  Rebecca Richardson #330 Links: Website: Amber Dawn Interior Instagram: @amber.dawn.interiors Facebook: Amber Dawn Interiors

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We have Laurel Palmer with us today. Laurel is the New England Sales Territory Manager for Comfortex, one of the premier sponsors for the LuAnn Live event last March. Laurel is a pro when it comes to the art of selling. She has many years of experience, having worked for furniture manufacturers, commercial office furniture dealerships, building materials suppliers, and ultimately, a window treatment company, where she first sold window treatments to retail consumers before landing on the wholesale side of the trade. Laurel grew up in Northern California and now resides happily in the Greater Boston area. She is committed to helping her window treatment dealers make more money, so tune in today, to hear what she has to say. Comfortex was founded in 1986 and soon became known as a provider of innovative cellular shades. The company grew, and their product offering expanded to include roller shades, sheer shades, wood, and faux wood blinds, as well as cellular shades in every shape and configuration. Then, in 2000, Comfortex was acquired by Hunter Douglas. Comfortex is known for constantly innovating and improving. An example of their innovation is Color Lux, which marries an unlimited color choice with green production processes and game-changing materials. Comfortex blinds and shades have won more than 100 Window Covering Manufacturing Association awards and they are distributed currently in more than 50 countries. Most of their products are manufactured in upstate New York. Listen in today, to find out more. Show Highlights: Laurel talks about the incredible amount of color choices that are available with Comfortex's Color Lux. How Color Lux came about. You can now get solar screens in any of Color Lux's 800 colors! As a designer, using Color Lux will give you the freedom to confidently offer your clients the exact color of their choice or to match any color that they already have. Beautiful relationships are formed between interior designers and many of the window treatment dealers that Laurel works with. The benefits of working with a window treatment pro. Window treatments are a viable way for designers to add a terrific layer of profitability to their revenue stream. The importance of creating partnerships. Laurel has a unique approach to being a representative of Comfortex. Laurel shares her sales philosophy and her sales process. If you ask the right questions and listen carefully people will tell you exactly what they need. People don't always buy what you think they're going to buy, so you owe it to your customers to show them all of the available options. LuAnn shares some pointers from the seven-step sales-course that she teaches. Confidence is a key component to your success. Why it's important to sell value, not price. LuAnn explains what makes a good salesperson. An expert is someone who has made every mistake in their field. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: WTF episode numbers #462 and #471 Links: Comfortex Window Fashions IWCE Vision To get in touch with Comfortex, send an email to customercare@comfortex.com and put LuAnn Nigara in the subject line. Link to RSVP for November 5th at Exclusive Flooring Concepts  Or Luann Nigara: Live Event

Welcome to the show! Today, we're featuring #risingdesigner Amanda Hamilton. Amanda's bold and unorthodox approach to design and business has made her one of the most sought-after designers in Western Canada. She is driven, focused, and has truly achieved a lot during her fifteen years of experience in the design industry. LuAnn is certain that the secret sauce to Amanda's success is that she is a first businesswoman and then an interior designer. In today's episode, Amanda talks to us about what goes into running a medium-sized business and creating extra revenue streams. Be sure to listen in to find out what she has to share. Amanda has her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Interior Design from Mount Royal University, she's earned her status as a Licensed Interior Designer through the National Council for Design Qualifications, and she is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Amanda is dedicated to the career development of young women, so she mentors through the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program. She has also mentored for the Women in Leadership and the National Council of Interior Design Education, and she is the current chair for the World of Choices committee for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, which focuses on career mentoring for young women. Amanda was the recipient of the 2012 Mount Royal University Horizon Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni early in their careers. In 2016, Amanda launched a Travel Scholarship through her alma mater to promote design exploration. She was named as one of the 20 Most Compelling Calgarians by the Calgary Herald for 2018, n 2017, she was awarded the Top 40 under 40 by the Calgary Edition of Avenue Magazine and she received the Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of Canada. And to top it all, her design studio was awarded Best in Calgary in the Interior Design category and received the Ones to Watch award by Western Living Magazine. Tune in, to find out more! Show Highlights: Amanda talks to us about the time when she decided to build her firm up and take on employees. Amanda started her business in the middle of the recession. She has doubled her numbers since that year. Some of the lessons Amanda has learned about hiring. Developing awareness around the energetic effect you're having on others. Stress doesn't go away. You learn to deal with it. The challenge of creating an ideal team. Finding the right person for the right position. What Palette Archives is all about. The logistics behind Palette Archives. The goal of Palette Archives is to be like Amazon Prime. Tapping into a growing market. Pricing Palette Archives to make it accessible to even more people. Amanda explains how much went into the development of Palette Archives. Links: Amanda’s website Instagram Facebook Twitter Email Palette Archives Article Trade Program

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We are delighted to introduce you to Desi Creswell today. Desi and LuAnn speak a lot of the same language! They both know that it takes more than just talent for you to be in a position to share your gift with the world because, as a designer, you need your business to be profitable. This could mean having to improve your systems, processes, or even your education to inspire you and enhance your natural aptitude. Also, the way we think often prevents us from sharing our superpowers because of our mindset problems and limiting beliefs get in the way. So we are very happy to be talking to Desi today because she is skilled and able to deal with many of these issues with the coaching she does. In today's episode, she talks about how to create more time in your day by learning to identify the emotions you are trying to avoid. She explains how to eliminate feelings of being overwhelmed, clarifies how to take action, and she discusses emotions and how they hold us back. Desi also shares a fantastic exercise to help you create more time. Be sure to tune in to learn how to use this valuable tool. Desi is a certified life and business coach who specializes in interior designers. She teaches her clients to become more profitable, productive, and confident while reducing the stress and overwhelming feelings that often comes with running your own business. Before turning thirty, Desi has already built two successful companies. She offers a unique blend of entrepreneurial expertise and effective mindset teachings. Desi is also an award-winning interior designer and her work has been featured both in print and online publications. She has been a guest presenter and panelist at events such as Midwest Home Design Week. Listen in today, to find out more. Show Highlights: You can start creating more time by using a coaching tool called 'The Model' to become aware of your thinking and your feelings. Desi explains why it is important to understand what neutral facts are. Indulgent emotions; although they can sometimes feel justified or even productive, tend to keep people stuck because they don't produce any results. You can create efficiency by simply changing the way you think. Setting a schedule that creates results and saves time. Desi describes how to create thoughts and feelings that will serve you. How a coach can help you to create new thoughts and beliefs. Desi discusses the way she works with her clients. Buffering is one of the ways that we tend to waste a lot of time. Desi explains what it is, how we use it to distract ourselves, and how we can overcome the urge to use it. Creating intentional models that serve you. Take a moment to think about the emotions that you usually try to avoid during the day. Learning to move out of the emotion and to see and accept the neutral facts. Desi shares an exercise to help you to marry your mindset with a strategy. (Start, Stop, Keep.) Start, stop, keep will give you some perspective for looking at what you want to start doing, in terms of planning for future projects. Desi has a free guide on her website that will be helpful for you to take this work a little further and implement it in your life. You can schedule a free mini-session with Desi. Go to her website to take advantage of this offer. Links: Instagram: Desi Creswell Website: Desi Creswell Link to download the free guide:  Time And Profit Previous show mentioned in this episode: Amber De La Garza: #385 -Buffering: The activities you do when avoid doing what you know you should be doing. (hand up) I learned that my constant checking of emails is my buffering technique.

Welcome! Today we have Bria Hammel, the Principal Designer and CEO of Bria Hammel Interiors, the CEO of Brooke & Lou, and the Co-Creator of Hammel House & Co., with us on the show. Bria leads a team of sixteen highly-skilled women who run thirty to forty significant projects each year. The company has two design teams working on the details and execution of all their projects. In today's episode, Bria explains the particulars of the way she runs her firm, she talks to us about how she learned to operate a well-managed company, and she shares the keys to scaling your interior design firm. Listen in, to find out more about Bria and the way she runs her highly-organized and very successful business. Bria's work has been featured in national publications like Traditional Home, Magnolia Journal, Good Housekeeping, HGTV Magazine, My Domain, Style Me Pretty, and also in many other local shelter regional magazines. She was awarded the 'Fresh Faces of Design' award from HGTV in 2015 and 2018, and she's been nominated for an international design award. Bria was also selected as a 2018 Style Spotter by High Point Market Authority. Tune in now, find out what to do to make your design firm a whole lot better. Show Highlights: Bria has almost 100 000 followers on Instagram. Bria talks about the specific roles played within her team of sixteen talented women. Pricing things accurately is very important for interior designers. It's very important to keep your clients regularly updated about their projects. Bria explains why she loves listening to podcasts. Businesses go stale when they stop growing because they think they know how to do everything perfectly. You can gain a lot from working for somebody else before starting your own design firm. Bria cut her teeth at Ethan Allen and she even became their Design Manager because they believed in her. Bria explains the phases of her design process. How Bria's teams are run. The way that Bria's trust in her team engenders her clients' trust in her firm. Bria talks about the Friday reports that she gets from her team each week. Asana helps Bria and her team to coordinate their projects and Slack helps them to communicate in a very organized way. Organization is key to scaling your business. Bria has added a retail component to her business with Brooke & Lou and their exclusively designed, Life Friendly products. Bria explains what the EOS system is about and how it works. Bio: Bria Hammel PRINCIPAL DESIGNER & CEO Bria is the Principal Designer and CEO of Bria Hammel Interiors, the CEO of Brooke & Lou and Co-Creator of Hammel House & Co. She leads a fresh, talented team of women who are dedicated to designing beautiful, inviting homes for clients. For Bria, every project is about creating a home filled with surprising, thoughtful spaces that lead to unexpected moments. She has an incredible eye for detail and has a passion for designing spaces that tell her clients’ stories. Bria’s work has been featured in national publications such as Traditional Home, HGTV Magazine, Lonny Magazine, Style Me Pretty, as well as many other local shelter magazines. She received the “Fresh Faces of Design” award in 2015 and 2018 from HGTV, has been nominated for an International Design Award and was selected as a 2018 Style Spotter for High Point Market Authority. Bria was intrigued by design at a young age and grew up visiting wallpaper stores and furniture showrooms, as her mother was an “in-the-closet” designer. Bria has been fortunate enough to travel the world, which has given her a unique perspective on how people live, as well as a deep understanding of how different spaces can come together in incredible ways. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Shea McGee #236, #270 Tools that Bria's team uses: Asana Slack Links: Bria Hammel Interiors Facebook: Bria Hammel Interiors Instagram: Bria Hammel Interiors If you are interested in using Bria's Life Friendly products, be sure to set up your trade account today. Go to Brooke And Lou Link for LuAnn's book LuAnn Nigara Books recommended for learning about the EOS System: Traction by Gino Wickman Get A Grip by Mike Paton and Gino Wickman

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today's episode is sponsored by The FabricShield, a company that cleans, protects, and performs emergency spot-cleaning for the times when accidents happen. The FabricShield is owned and operated by Rene and Scott Schleicher. Rene and Scott are passionate about their business and they know how much money your clients are spending on investing in furniture, carpets, area rugs, window treatments, and wall coverings. They truly understand the advantage you have, as a designer, when you're able to offer your clients a service to help them protect their investment for many years to come. Listen in today, to find out what Rene and Scott have to share about their unique product and the way that it adds value to any design business. Rene and Scott are a remarkably well-matched couple, both in life and in business. Rene has a background in retail furniture sales and Scott's background is in growing national business networks. This places them in a unique position to excel at both sides of their business. Their first-hand understanding of the value and pride that designers place in their clients and their homes, coupled with the astute way they run their business, makes everything happen very smoothly. This means that you can rely on them completely, and refer or hire them without any reservation. Tune in today to learn all about The FabricShield and what it does for fabrics. Show Highlights: The FabricShield makes regular fabrics perform like performance fabrics. Dealing with accidents and offering protection for any soft surface. About their complimentary spot cleaning service. You can first test a sample of your fabric, just to put your mind at ease. The water test will immediately show how well this product performs. This product never changes the feel of a fabric. The FabricShield is completely non-toxic and it dries extremely quickly, leaving no smell at all. Applying the product is a straightforward process and the technicians are very conscientious about cleaning up before they leave. Anything natural almost always comes out. Protecting your fabrics for your peace of mind. They schedule their day to leave themselves windows of opportunity to react to your stains. How interior designers can work with The FabricShield. The way that designers are rewarded for their referrals. Talking about pricing. They provide complimentary spot cleaning for 18 months. The business is now a franchise. Scott explains what makes their franchise unique. The quality of the product is the key to their business. Why Rene and Scott are uniquely positioned to lead their company. Starting a start-up business within a Fortune 500 company. About The FabricShield: The FabricShield is an in-home application to be applied to upholstery, area rugs, carpets, to any other soft surface you'd like to protect. It dries within an hour and there is no aerosol mist or haze. The FabricShield won't alter the texture or the look, feel, or color of the furnishings and its protection will keep your furnishings looking like new for longer. The FabricShield company provides complimentary spot cleaning care for 18 months once a client's furnishings have been protected with The FabricShield. Bios: Scott Schleicher Co-Founder Scott Schleicher is a co-owner of The FabricShield. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD with a B.S. degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation, he served for 5 years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He has spent the majority of his professional career in the industrial gas industry working for Air Products, Inc. in Allentown, PA. While at Air Products, he had the opportunity to start-up their MicroBulk business serving as the National Business Manager. The MicroBulk business served over 30 locations in the United States and grew rapidly under Scott’s leadership with revenues of $200K in Year 1 and growing to revenues of over $20MM in Year 10 when Scott departed the company.   He then joined Airgas, Inc. and served as the President of Airgas National Carbonation (ANC). Under Scott’s leadership, ANC grew from $48MM in revenue and a 17% profit margin to $75MM in revenue and a 24% profit margin in 3 years. Scott departed Airgas in 2018 to join Rene Schleicher in establishing FabricSeal, LLC. the predecessor to The FabricShield. Rene Schleicher Co-Founder Rene Schleicher is a co-owner of FabricSeal, LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, MD with a B.A. degree in Government and Politics. She received her Paralegal degree from the University of San Diego, CA. Rene has been an entrepreneur since graduating from college and has spent the last 20 years serving the legal and design trade industries. Rene has worked as a paralegal in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Rene formed her first start-up company as an interior decorator while living in Allentown PA. Her business grew and she eventually opened a boutique furniture store serving the design trade called Haven Home Furnishings, LLC. Haven Home Furnishings was eventually sold and continues to flourish in the Lehigh Valley under a new name, Beautiful Home by Quentin Eshleman. In 2012, Rene joined an upholstery protection company as a sales professional. She departed in 2017 to begin developing the business model for FabricSeal, LLC the predecessor to The FabricShield with her husband and now business partner Scott Schleicher. Links: Website: The Fabric Shield Facebook: The Fabric Shield Twitter: The Fabric Shield Instagram: The Fabric Shield

Welcome to the show! We have John McClain joining us today. John is the owner and Principal Designer for John McClain Design, and he is also an ASID Associate. For John, a successful design project involves combining the client’s needs and wishes with his own natural instinct. John McClean Design has offices in Florida and Los Angeles, and in today's episode, John talks to us about his superpower, which is organizing the systems and tools that he and his team utilize to manage their projects from two locations in two different time zones. Tune in now, to learn how to set your firm up with a strong foundation. John McClain is an accomplished interior designer who has turned his lifetime passion for interior design into an opportunity to do the same for others. Shortly after launching his career, John appeared on HGTV, which allowed his personality and design perspective to become visible to a larger audience. He then joined a prestigious interior design firm/furniture design company in Los Angeles, CA, which eventually led to him starting his own home furnishings company, John McClain Home. John McClain Design is a well-crafted blend of John's past design experience, education, and innovative-forward thinking. His projects have received numerous awards and have appeared in many publications including Traditional Home and Elle Décor. John now also shares his passion for interior design through speaking engagements, television appearances, articles, and events. Listen in today, to find out what he has to share. Show Highlights: John has a degree in business management. He has always been an entrepreneur with a keen interest in learning systems and ways to make businesses run more efficiently. Systems are always evolving and changing, so you have to keep learning and growing. John talks about the structure of his business and the roles that his employees play. Synergy is really important to John, so he is always aware of what's going on with all of his firm's projects. John explains how he works and how he organizes his projects within his company. Transparency is very important, for both employees and clients. John has started using MyDoma Studio to coordinate his projects and it's made things so much easier! John explains what he likes about MyDoma Studio. Some of the tools that John and his team use to communicate and to coordinate their projects. The way that John manages his business finances. Learning the ins and outs of QuickBooks. Keeping a keen eye on your finances is key to running a successful business. John explains how he keeps his finger on the pulse of his business. Using a questionnaire to get information about potential new clients. John talks about his involvement in the consultation process. Coping with a three-hour time difference. Knowing when you have to step in as the leader. Keeping his team inclusive. Links: John McClain Home John McClain Design Instagram: @johnmcclainhome Facebook: John McClain Home Go to A Well Designed Business to sign up for your trial with MyDoma Studio. On November 1st, 2019, LuAnn will be speaking at the Portland Interior Design Society Chapter's event, the Elevate Conference. Then, the following week, on November 9th, 2019, she will be speaking at the thirtieth-anniversary celebration of the NKBA Portland Chapter. Both the IDS of Portland, Oregon, and the NKBA of Portland, Maine, are inviting you, the design professional, to join us! You don't have to be a member of IDS or NKBA to attend. Go to LuAnn's website, Luann Nigara, and click on the 'Attend A Live Event' tab to find the RSVP and registration info for these events. (And for any other event that LuAnn will be attending over the next few months.)

Welcome to another episode of our Window Treatment Friday series with LuAnn and Vita. In this series, we're talking about window treatment services and we're sharing some viable business models with you. We explain how you can incorporate a window treatment business into your interior design business and we help you find the business model that's the best fit for you. Today, we're continuing our conversation from the last episode in this series (# 462) where we outlined the framework for the 'Do It Yourself' model. In today's episode, we will be covering the 'Done For You' model, where the interior designer partners with a window treatment specialist. In this model, the interior designer is the primary creator of the vision and the plan, and takes care of the more fun aspects of the service, while all the 'behind the scenes' aspects are taken care of by the window treatment specialist.  Listen in, to find out more. Vita is the CEO and founder of Vitalia Inc., a nationally recognized authority on quality window treatments and soft furnishings, located in the Metro Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Vitalia Inc. is your workroom and your partner for custom window treatments. Their mission is to provide value to their clients and improve their lives. Vita and LuAnn have been getting some outstanding feedback about this series, so tune in today, to learn from them how to make window treatments a profitable center of revenue for your interior design firm. Show Highlights: Vita gives a recap of what she and LuAnn covered in the previous episode of this series, #462. With the 'Done For You' model, the window treatment expert expects you to call them in right at the beginning of a new project. Devising the strategy for window treatments is the first step. The designer remains the leader and the window treatment expert helps the designer understand how to find the best solutions. The importance of honing your communication skills. The way that the window treatment experts can help you, the designer. Coming up with the design is usually the most fun step for designers. An expert is someone who has made every possible mistake in their field. The role of the designer and the role of the window treatment expert. Window treatment experts use systems to keep the designers in the loop. Dealing with delays. Creating efficiency with systems. Vitalia Inc. uses Air Table, a very robust web-based project-management system that outlines every step of the project. What it means to take responsibility. The value you get from partnering with a window treatment expert. This model is a win-win for the designer and the client. Vita shares the questions that you need to ask, to find the best window treatment model that's the best fit. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Peter Lang #349 and #464 Links: To learn more about working with Vita and Vitalia Inc Vita would love to talk to you. Share your feedback, questions, problems, and challenges with her, and also your wins. You can email her at vita@vitaliainc.com To learn more about working with Window Works To receive a free subscription to Window Fashion Vision Magazine To attend the IWCE where both LuAnn and Vita will be presenting To learn about the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America) To learn about Exciting Windows To get the PDF with the Goodies from today's episode: Luann Nigara If you join LuAnn's mailing list, you can access any information that we have uploaded relating to all the previous episodes of the podcast via this link.

Welcome! Today, Christine Lin, the founder of San Francisco-based Form + Field, joins us on the show. Christine sent LuAnn an email a while back, explaining how well her brand new interior design firm is doing due to all the strategies and tactics she's learned from listening to the podcast. Christine really has a lot going on for herself. She's a multi-disciplinary creative with degrees in architecture, engineering, and business, from MIT and UC Berkeley. After spending a successful decade in the tech industry, she has now returned to her true passion of interior design. Christine's rigorous training in corporate and startup environments gave her expert communication, management, and execution skills. She brings these skills, together with her well-honed eye for seeking out new art, design, and architecture, to her firm and all her design projects. Listen in today, to find out what Christine has learned, and how she successfully applies these lessons to her business. Form + Field creates original interiors that honor the identity, history, and surroundings of their clients. With an emphasis on art, architecture, and eclectic modernism, they cultivate every project as a partnership. Form + Field has been widely recognized by publications such as Domino, Rue, California Homes, and Hospitality Design. Tune in now, to hear Christine's story. Show Highlights: Christine shares her takeaways from her experience of working part-time for another designer, and from listening to the podcast. Running your business as if it's already a big business. Christine didn't want to be putting out fires in her business. The salary that Christine paid herself last year. When she first started out, Christine paid herself a salary of $5000 per month. Establishing your company's revenue goals. Doing whatever it takes to reach your goal. Some of the key things that Christine did to get clients, when she started out on her own in business. Setting professional boundaries and treating friends as formal clients. A contract protects both the designer and the client. Boundaries create freedom. Christine shares some of the growing pains from her first year in business. Systemizing your hiring process will save you money in the long run. Cleaning up your accounting system is very important for your business. A hard lesson that Christine learned. Talking about estimates and fees. Learning to keep every aspect of your business within your control. Links: Website: Form And Field Instagram: Form And Field Pinterest: Form And Field Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Judith Taylor #340 Eileen Hahn #363 At 10 am on October 10th, 2019, LuAnn will be at the Stanford Waterside Design District, in Connecticut for her free, full-day event. This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Waterside Design District and Aspire Design and Home. Please join us there! You can find the RSVP on the EVENTS page of LuAnn's website. LuAnn Nigara

Welcome! We're bringing you this extra little episode of A Well-Designed Business today because, over the past months, many of you have told LuAnn that you don't know what the Power Talk Friday Tour is. And a number of you have expressed just how much you need it, after finding out what it's all about. In light of this, LuAnn decided to take some time to explain exactly what the Power Talk Friday Tour is. Tune in now, to find out! Over the nearly forty years that LuAnn has been in business, she's learned a lot about creating a successful business from the deeper conversations she's had with other business owners. Almost every other owner of a thriving business that she's spoken to has had some or other sort of business coaching throughout their career. This is why LuAnn believes in business coaches and business coaching. And why she believes in business mentors and mentees, and business besties. In today's episode, she defines each of these roles, and she explains how all of this ties into the Power Talk Friday Tour. Listen in today, to find out what the Power Talk Friday Tour is, and how it happened. Show highlights: How the Power Talk Friday Tour happened. One-on-one business coaching is at the top of the food chain but not everyone can afford it. Sometimes you need someone to help you implement the new things you've learned about. Perhaps you just need someone to talk to about a new idea you've had for your business.  LuAnn has selected the coaches that she respects and admires for the Tours, and she rotates them for each Tour. Why the PTF Tour is enough of an investment to make you think. Most of the experts typically charge between $400 and $700 per hour for one-on-one coaching. The conversations will be geared to hit the points that are relevant to everyone in the room. There will be small, round-table discussions with the experts after lunch. If the group is really small, you might even get a one-on-one. This event is small for a very good reason. Every single tour is different. The day always ends with a celebration dinner!   Links: To find the information about the next tour that's coming up, go to www.powertalkfriday.com. If you'd like to find out if the Power Talk Friday Tour is right for you at this time, email LuAnn at info@luannnigara.com, put Power Talk Friday Tour in the subject line, leave your phone number, and LuAnn will call you within 24 hours.  Thank you to MyDoma Studio and Revel Woods for committing to sponsor every Power Talk Friday Tour!

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We have Ashley Micciche, the CEO of True North Retirement Advisors, on the show with us today, and we're talking exit strategies. This is a very important topic because you will need an exit strategy when you get to the point in your business career where you begin thinking about whether your business is viable to sell, why you should sell it, how to sell it, and what it's worth. Everything you do in your business is about building it and setting yourself up for success. So, even if you've only been in business for a short while, you have no intention of selling in the foreseeable future, and you feel that your retirement is still a long way away, you will still benefit from this podcast. Listen in to find out more. Ashley started her career as a financial advisor in 2007, after graduating, magna *** laude, with a bachelor of science degree in business finance, from Portland State University. True North Retirement Advisors is an independent financial advisory firm,  located just outside of Portland Oregon, that manages two-hundred-and-thirty-million dollars in client assets. In today's episode, Ashley explains to us how she specializes in designing, building, and implementing business exit plans to help business owners secure their final and most important business decision- their exit strategy. Ashley's mission is to transition 300 small business owners successfully into retirement in ten years, so tune in today, to find out what she has to share about planning smartly for your future. Show Highlights: Most businesses revolve around their owners, and that impacts negatively on the value of the business. Creating a thriving, systemized, well-oiled machine. Thinking about how your business could go on after you, or be sold when you are ready. Preparing for your exit as if you are going to do it. Where to start with thinking about exiting. What drives the value of your business? Ashley dispells a myth about valuing a business. Some things you should be aware of that decrease the value of a business. Ashley has a valuation tool and checklist on her website that you can use to value your business in just a few minutes. Some things to safeguard against. Getting unstuck and exiting your business with three universal steps. It's very important to get an expert to guide you through the process of selling or buying a business. Go to Value My Business to value your business.                               Previous episodes mentioned in the show: Meadowbank Team: #302 Do Not Let Us Design For You: #346 Eileen Hahn: #363 Links: True North RA Well Designed Article Free Checklist & Unlimited Access To Our Business Valuation Tool Alex: One Minute Retirement Tip: Subscribe on iTunes Blog: True North Retirement Advisors Website: rue North Retirement Advisors Facebook: rue North Retirement Advisors LinkedIn: Ashley Micciche LuAnn will be at the IDS Elevate Conference in Portland Oregon on Friday 1st November. RSVP link: ID Sport Land

Welcome to the show! We have another one of those rare shows today, where our guest bravely pulls back the curtain and talks to us openly about what it's like to be an entrepreneur, and to go through very tough times where everything is on the line. Taylor Spellman, the CEO and Creative Director of Taylor Spellman New York, previously appeared on the podcast in episode #106. She's back with us today to talk about an eye-opening lesson she recently learned about running a business. Taylor wanted to share this lesson with you so that you might not have to make the same mistake in your business. Tune in now, to learn something very important from Taylor. Taylor is a #smart lady, and she's really funny too! Her firm specializes in a concierge level of project management. At any one time in her business, Taylor has upwards of fifty million dollars of real estate interior architecture and design under her direction, as well as all the press and the Bravo TV shows that she has. Tune in today, to hear about the grave challenge that she recently faced and overcame. Show Highlights: Taylor explains what happened when LuAnn called to ask her to do LuAnn Live. Taylor talks about the things that caused the very difficult time that her business went through. Why you have to be very clear about what you want to do with your money. The importance of being prepared. Learning to trust the right people. Why you need to have a finger on all your accounting systems. There's a fine line between negligence and malicious intent, but the results are often the same. How Taylor's ability to value the privilege of having a home has shaped her work. Taylor learned the value of money the hard way. Taylor tells a cautionary tale about the hazards of hiring friends. Learning to run her business from her brain, rather than her heart. Getting rid of all her staff and hiring new people. The importance of tracking and checking everything in your business. Protecting your business, and your staff, with accountability. Keeping up with your goals as they unfold. Realizing who you are and moving forward. Bio: As CEO and Creative Director of Taylor Spellman New York, Taylor’s client-centric focus is bold and eclectic, showcasing the personality of the inhabitants of the spaces she creates. At any given moment, Taylor has upwards of fifty million dollars of real estate interior architecture and design under her direction. The firm specializes in a concierge level of project management with TSNY’s team of designers, contractors, and architects directing each phase of production from conception to completion at the top commercial, residential and new development properties throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Taylor has been featured in The Real Deal, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, E! News, Elle Décor and People Magazine in addition to hosting her own design show on BRAVO. You can meet Taylor, in person, at High Point, with LuAnn, Sandra Funk, and Lori Paranjape, on Sunday, October 20th, 2019, at Suria, at 2 pm. This panel, titled Confidence Sells, is co-sponsored by MyDoma Studio and Suria. Links: Website: Taylor Spellman Facebook: Taylor Spellman Instagram: Taylor Spellman Would you like to meet Luann in Connecticut on the 10th of October, 2019? This outstanding full-day event is co-sponsored by The Stanford Waterside Design District and Aspire Design and Home. The first 100 RSVPs that also show up will receive a free copy of LuAnn's second book. To RSVP, go to Luann Nigara, and look for the event in the Events and Coaching tab. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Elissa Grayer #451 Wendy Glaister #386

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We have Nicole Heymer, the owner and founder of Curio Electro, back with us today. Nicole is our website designer and developer, she's our branding guru, and she's also a co-author and the book-cover designer for LuAnn's new book, A Well-Designed Business, The Power Talk Friday Experts, Volume One. Nicole's chapter in the book is about the questions you need to be asking yourself and your clients, to discover, establish, and make very clear what your brand is. In today's episode, she will be taking the concept of defining your brand a step further by explaining how to express the uniqueness of your brand in every aspect of your business and giving you an exercise to help you to get this done. Tune in now, to find out what Nicole has to teach you about visual branding, brand voice, and messaging. Curio Electro was founded in 2011. It is the go-to for businesses seeking smart and practical digital branding that gets results. They are experts in curating your brand voice and finding the aspects of your business that will draw in new clients by creating compelling websites and thinking through what happens after everything goes live. The collaboration with Nicole and her team is outstanding, so even after the website has been built, she and her team continue to provide marketing materials and social media graphics. We truly respect Nicole for her expertise and her business acumen. Listen in today, to learn how to express the uniqueness of your brand in every aspect of your business. Show Highlights: What you need to know about what shapes people's beliefs about your brand. Knowing what it takes to make people believe something about a brand. Creating moments for people, and telling stories. The little things that are very important to deliver to your clients. Using every aspect of your business to tell people exactly what they can expect from you. Your message has to align with what you're doing. People subconsciously judge you on your visual branding. Demonstrating to the consumer how you stand out from the rest. How you make more money when you have your brand clearly defined. Nicole shares some ways to tell your brand story, to make it real for people. Some ways to delight and surprise people with the technology you use in your business. Talk about your charitable contributions. They say a lot about your brand. Video is a really powerful way to tell your story. How to organize and prioritize your systems and your marketing. The different courses that Nicole offers to assist designers. Bio: Nicole Heymer is the founder of Curio Electro, a boutique creative agency specializing in intuitive branding, compelling design, and actionable plans. Since 2011, Curio Electro has worked within a multitude of industries and with a wide variety of clients at every stage in their development, from nationally known interior design firms to local craft breweries. Nicole's clear, practical take on creating a memorable brand has been featured in print, on podcasts, and as the framework for branding workshops. She is an active ASID Industry Partner and has served as the Editor of NJ ASID's Blueprint Magazine. Links: Website: Curio Electro Instagram: Curio Electro LinkedIn: Nicole Heymer Facebook: Curio Electro Nicole's Course for Interior Designers: Branding Discovery Get the Goodies from Today's Episode For Claire Jefford's courses Nicole will be at the Power Talk Friday Tour High Point Nicole's Previous Episodes: #125 & #317 Previous Episodes Mentioned in the Show: Pulp Design Studio #176 Savour Partnership  #209 and #458 Claire Jefford #237 and #325 Kae Whitaker #26, #66, #114, #259, #274

Welcome to today's show, sponsored by Kravet Inc. We have the privilege today of having the Dallas-based interior designer, Jan Showers, join us on the show. As a successful entrepreneur, Jan understands the value of collaboration, which is a very important element of her business. In today's episode, she discusses her multi-faceted career, and she talks to us about the full lifestyle collection that she's created for Kravet, what it includes, and how her collaboration with Kravet came to be. Tune in now, to find out more! Jan's career spans three decades, and during this time, she has received many of the highest honors awarded to design professionals. Her magazine credits include Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, House Beautiful, InStyle, Traditional Home, British Home and Garden, Harper’s Bazaar, and Luxe. For the last five years, Architectural Digest has added Jan Showers and Associates to the AD100, their preeminent directory to the world of design. Jan has also written two books, Glamorous Rooms and the follow-up to that, called Glamorous Retreats. She's currently working on her third book, which is due to be released in the fall of 2020. Jan is truly one amazing lady! Listen in today, to hear about her insights and her reflections on her career. Show Highlights: Working hard, getting published, and having great photographs are all key to being noticed for the Architectural Digest's AD100. Where the inspiration for her book came from. The most challenging part of her business. Twenty years ago, Jan couldn't find what she wanted in the trade showrooms so she began creating a collection of her own, the Jan Showers Collection. Being prepared to get lucky! To do what Jan has done, you'd need to have strong systems in place, and an amazing team behind you. Jan talks about her collaboration with Kravet. Jan's impressive portfolio supplied most of the photographs for her book. Jan's third book, Glamorous Living, is coming out in September of next year. How Jan's mother influenced her life and career. High-level clients expect and deserve perfection. Jan discusses her history with Kravet. It's a good idea to start out working for someone else or to have a mentor. Jan shares her key to success. Bio: Jan Showers is a Dallas based interior designer and has been designing for clients for over 25 years. Her magazine credits alone place her in the highest echelon of designers. Aside from Jan’s interior design business, her career spans three different businesses. Jan has a to-the-trade custom furniture line, Jan Showers Collection, which is sold in eight showrooms across the U.S. Showers also has an antique showroom in the Dallas Design District, where she sells vintage items, as well as her new collection, 1308 Collection. Showers’ partnerships include a full lifestyle collection with Kravet Couture, a furniture collection with Kravet Furniture, which debuted at High Point 2019, a hand-knotted rug series for Moattar, Inc., a lighting series with L.A. based designer Joe Cariati and a cowhide rug collection for Kyle Bunting. Jan has written two books: Glamorous Rooms and her follow-up, Glamorous Retreats, both published by Abrams. She is working on writing a third book with Abrams to be released in fall 2020. Links: Website: Jan Showers Jan Showers & Kravet Inc Instagram: Jan Showers Facebook: Jan Showers Associates Twitter: Jan Showers Glamorous Rooms Glamorous Retreats Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Joe Cariati #197 Nate Berkus #433 Candice Olson #74 LuAnn and Jan will be at the Kravet showroom in the Boston Design Center on Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 2019. Please join them there!

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We are very happy to have Peter Lang, the Designer CPA, on the show with us today. Peter is one of the co-authors of LuAnn's book, A Well-Designed Business, The Power Talk Friday Experts. He wrote chapter two of the book, called 'Find The Best Accountant For Your Firm' because, as a creative, it can be really hard to lock down the financial side of your business. Today, Peter, who previously appeared in episode #349 of the podcast, talks to us about how he teaches designers to understand everything they really need to know about their finances. Listen in, to find out more. Peter is The Designer CPA and he genuinely loves working exclusively with design professionals just like you. He has a really strong desire to help creatives, and his goal is to help you to become a confident partner with him around the financial side of your business. Peter is based in Rhode Island but he works remotely with designers all over the USA. Tune in now, to find out what he has to share.  Show Highlights: Peter and LuAnn are going to be doing Power Talk Friday together, at High Point, in October of this year. What Peter learned from the LuAnn Live event, last March. Having a great team does not mean that you should stop paying attention to your business. How Peter started teaching people about the right way to be looking at their finances. Why Peter won't work with certain people. Peter chooses to work with people who care. Peter talks about the different classes he teaches. The design industry is not straightforward when it comes down to finances. Peter understands this and he teaches you how to run your books accordingly. You want everyone on your team to be on the same page. Peter explains what his second course is all about, and how it was created specifically for the design industry. How these courses will prevent you from becoming marginalized by your CPA. Peter teaches you what you need to know about taxes. About the next course that Peter will be doing. About LuAnn's Power Talk Friday Tours. Bio: Peter Lang is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  He is the founder of The Designer CPA, a CPA firm that works exclusively with business owners in the design industry.  He has worked in public accounting since graduating from Providence College in 2002.  After working for several larger size firms in Boston and Rhode Island, Peter realized his true passion was to start a firm that specifically focused on designers.   Peter currently resides in Rhode Island with his wife Carmen and their identical twin boys, William and Matthew.   He enjoys running and golfing outside of work. Links: Website: The Designer CPA Power Talk Friday Tour Peter's Courses: Classes For Designers A Well-Designed Business®️: The Power Talk Friday Experts Mydoma Studio: A Well Designed Business Instagram: The Designer CPA Facebook: The Designer CPA Twitter: The Designer CPA Previous Shows Mentioned: Peter Lang #349

Welcome! Today, Sara Lynn Brennan joins us on the show. Sara is an entrepreneur, CEO, and Principal Interior Designer at Sara Lynn Brennan Interiors. Eighteen months ago, Sara contacted LuAnn, telling her that she wanted to go to High Point Market, but she wasn't sure what to do or where to go. So LuAnn arranged to meet her there, and Sara spent two days with LuAnn and Sara Daniele, the CEO of Mydoma Studio, going from event to event, hanging out, talking, and allowing Sara to get to know some significant and influential people in the design industry. Since then, Sara has become the first and only full-service interior design firm in Waxhaw, North Carolina, who specializes in Transitional Designs, where she and her design-build team take spaces from Bare Bones to Beautiful by utilizing her exclusive, approachable, and stress-free design process, transforming and renovating homes from start to finish. Listen in today, to find out what Sara has to share. Sara’s design work has been nationally published six times in the last year including publications such as Romantic Homes, Traditional Home, Window Fashion Vision, and Cottages and Bungalows, who recently offered her a role as a monthly columnist. She’s also been noticed as a rising star among colleagues in the design industry being invited as a guest on podcasts, as a panelist at High Point Market and as a host and speaker at local design events and shows.  In today's episode, Sara talks to us about the extra layer that she's added to her design business, and she explains how she's put the lessons that she's learned from the guests on the podcast into action. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: How MyDoma Studio inspired Sara to create packages. Sara shares a mind-blowing story about selling packages. Why you really need to go and look at Sara's website. Sara describes her really smooth process. Getting clear about the steps that are involved in any process. Coming up with a flat-rate fee. The great reward of instant gratification. Sara describes her consultation process. The way that Sara personalizes her packages. The discovery call is a very important part of the process. Creating an approachable package to reach more people. Coming up with a detailed DIY package. A package called 'DIY with an option to buy'. Sara talks about how she presents her e-design package. Creating these packages been a labor of love for Sara. Bio: Sara Lynn Brennan is an award-winning Entrepreneur, CEO, and Principal Interior Designer at Sara Lynn Brennan Interiors, the first and only full-service interior design firm in Waxhaw, North Carolina who specializes in Transitional Design. She and her design-build team take spaces from Bare Bones to Beautiful by utilizing her exclusive, approachable and stress-free design process, transforming and renovating homes from start to finish. Sara’s design work has been nationally published six times in the last year including publications such as Romantic Homes, Traditional Home, Window Fashion Vision, and Cottages and Bungalows, who recently offered her a role as a monthly columnist. She’s also been noticed as a rising star among colleagues in the design industry being invited as a guest on podcasts, as a panelist at High Point Market and as a host and speaker at local design events and shows. Sara’s confident, unique and fearless approach to business and design make her an inspiration to those who work with and around her. Sara is known for her recognizable “Romantic Transitional” design aesthetic, but her award-winning design team is not just about creating pretty spaces. It is Sara’s mission to educate and expose clients to the beauty and functionality of transitional design. She and her team pride themselves on creating practical, beautiful, and timeless homes that families can really LIVE in for years to come. Links: Website: Sara Lynn Brennan Design Packages and Free E-Book: Sara Brennan Blog Post: Luann Nigara Baby Designer IG: @saralynnbrennan FB: Sara Brennan Soft Design Lab HPMKT Experience Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Wendy Woloshchuk #316 Mr. Inkredible #417 Kimberly Kay #234 Kelsey Grose #167 Megan Molten #455 Darla Powell #203 and #330 Deb Barrett #53 Tobi Fairley (1st one) Lori Paranjape #34 Tori Alexander #445

Welcome to another episode of Window Treatment Friday, with LuAnn and her friend and co-host, Vita. Since starting the WTF series, they have been getting lots of emails from designers, asking questions related to their businesses. Finding the best business model for window treatment services was at the top of the list, so in today's episode, we will be outlining the framework for the 'Do It Yourself Model'. In this model, the designer takes all the risk and the responsibility- but gets all the money. In the following episodes, we will share different business models, so that you can choose the one that's the best fit for you. Today's show is an important one, so tune in now, to find out more! Vita is a class-act lady! She's the CEO and founder of Vitalia Inc., which is your workroom and your partner for custom window treatments in the Philadelphia Metro area. Vita has been taking the lead in responding to all the emails and having the conversations with you, the listeners, about the things that really matter the most to you. After getting all your feedback to the first two episodes in this series, it made a lot of sense to address some of the more pressing topics that are on your minds. Listen in today, to find out what Vita and LuAnn have to say about finding the best business model for your window treatment services. Show Highlights: On September 23rd, the Lunch and Learn events will be kicking off once again for the season. LuAnn explains what the exciting first event, called Showroom Showdown, will be all about. Helping you to find the best business model to pursue. What the 'Do It Yourself' Model' looks like, and how it works. You will need to learn how to measure. LuAnn suggests finding information from the WCAA about certification courses in window treatments. Coming up with what the window treatment is, and learning to fill out the work and the production orders, with all the specifics. As a designer, you need to have a vision and an understanding of the practical, functional needs. Your lingo has to be very specific when communicating with the workroom. You will have to keep track of the work in progress, and you will have to follow it up. Different workrooms have different cultures. Selecting the appropriate fabrics for the treatment you've selected. Developing good relationships with the workroom. Next week we will be discussing the business model where you work with a window treatment specialist, or a project management company. Announcements: On September 23rd, the Window Works showroom, in Livingstone, New Jersey is re-igniting and kicking off the Lunch and Learn events for the season. The first Lunch and Learn event for the season is called Showroom Showdown. Reminder: LuAnn and Vita will be presenting Demystifying Window Treatments For Interior Designers, at The Design Trade Resources Showroom, in Devon, Pennsylvania, on September 24th at 12 pm. This event is free and it is sponsored by Stout Fabrics. RSVP at events@designtraderesources.com. Links: To learn more about working with Vita and Vitalia Inc: Vitalia Inc  To learn more about working with Window Works: windowworks-nj.com  To RSVP for the Window Works Showroom Showdown To learn more about WTF on A Well-Designed Business®️: Luann Nigara To receive a free subscription to Window Fashion Vision Magazine To attend the IWCE where both LuAnn and Vita will be presenting To learn about the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America) To learn about Exciting Windows To attend our upcoming event in PA, De-Mystifying Window Treatments go to events@designertraderesources.com To learn more about the Interior Design Society To learn more about Stout: Stout.com

Welcome to another episode of our Design Biz Live series with Corey Klassen and Judith Neary! Today, Corey and Judith will be discussing five fatal errors that people tend to make in their businesses. Judith and Corey run their own design firms and they have both had years of experience in the design industry, so they know what it takes to create a successful business, and they understand what you need to do to avoid the pitfalls. Listen in today, to get their expert advice. Corey is the owner of Corey Klassen Interior design, based in Vancouver. He provides professional interior design services for residential and commercial interior design projects while specializing in high-end kitchen and bath projects. Judith owns Roadside Attraction Design Studio, based in Vashon Island, Washington. She provides professional design services for kitchens, baths, and other fun living spaces. Tune in now, to find out how to avoid making these five fatal errors in your interior design business. Show Highlights: Judith talks about making the first fatal error- basing business models on demographics. Your profit margin comes from how you do your business. It's all about product, people, and place. The peril of making a value call, or a judgment about someone, without first engaging with them. Lead from selling in alignment with your business goals. Being clear with your clients about what you will do and what you will not do. Finding the right clients based on a psychographic rather than on a demographic. Sometimes it's okay to do things for the greater good even though you're not being paid for it. Being clear in your communication will be your biggest asset. The difference between a customer and a client. It's not about what you like. It's about what your client likes. A true design professional will recommend rather than offer their advice or opinion. You need to know your capacity and your capability. Internalizing your external values with a code of ethics for yourself, for your contractors, and your clients. Links: Goodies Link: Luann Nigara Corey's Website: Corey Klassen Judith's Website: Road Side Attraction Studio

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Fred Berns is back on the show with us, and if you're a regular listener, you will know that he's one of our most repeated guests. Fred is a really powerful copywriter and he is also one of the co-authors of LuAnn's most recent book, A Well-Designed Business, The Power Talk Friday Experts. The topic for today's episode is Get Ready To Go Steady, so today, Fred will be explaining how to turn single sales into long-term sales. He really has a passion for helping designers to avoid leaving money on the table, so listen in, to find out what he has to share! Fred Berns is a coach and a copywriter, and he brings more than twenty-five years of experience to the table, helping designers from Dallas to Dubai create their online profiles, their websites, and social media copy for their blogs, their marketing forms, and whatever else they may require. Fred offers a wide selection of coaching services, ranging from his High-Performance Coaching Program to his Bio-Briefing, and his Website Onceover. Tune in now, to find out more! Show Highlights: Fred talks about his passion for helping designers to avoid leaving money on the table. It costs five times more to attract a new customer than it does to retain an existing one. It's your fault if your client does not know all that you can do. It's so much nicer to work with people you've worked with before. Learning to develop partnerships with your clients. Fred shares a great marketing strategy. Expanding your marketing network. Sending out a "Guess what" email to your clients. Planting the seeds of long-term relationships with your clients. Dealing with conflict in the best possible way. It's not about the quantity of your client relationships. It's about the quality of your relationships. Fred's Bio: Fred Berns is the only interior design industry business coach and speaker who creates personal bios and other promotional materials for design professionals worldwide. Fred has more than 25 years experience training design professionals from Dallas to Dubai and creating their online profiles, website, and social media copy, blogs, and marketing forms. In addition, he offers a wide range of business coaching services, ranging from his High-Performance Coaching Program to his Bio Briefing and Website Onceover. As one of the biggest names in the business of interior design, he speaks at design conferences and other events throughout the U.S. and around the world. He also develops sales and marketing programs for international franchise organizations and companies within the interior design industry, and trains manufacturers, retailers, and others on how to increase sales to design professionals. Fred focuses on his keynote speeches and seminars on how designers, kitchen and bath specialists, window fashion experts and other professionals can dramatically increase sales, and market themselves more effectively. He has appeared at the International Window Coverings Expo; Neocon events; the High Point Market; Surfaces; design symposiums; home and design expos; furniture, gift and accessory shows; and national conferences of such groups as ASID, NKBA, IDS, and IFDA. Fred’s blog is read by design professionals the world over, and he regularly writes guest blog posts and articles for online and print media.  He also is a frequent guest on design industry podcasts. His Interior Design Business Library includes a vast collection of books, audio and video programs and other business-building resources that he has developed for the design industry. His learning tools cover topics ranging from setting and getting higher fees and overcoming price objections to branding and million-dollar marketing on a shoestring budget. Fred’s clients today benefit from the communication and copywriting skills that he acquired during his highly-successful earlier career as a broadcast and print journalist. In that career, he founded one of Washington, D.C.’s largest and longest-established independent news bureaus. Links: Fred's Website: Interior Design Business If you'd like help with your personal promotion profile, go to Bio Briefing A Well-Designed Business®️: The Power Talk Friday Experts Sales for Creatives Article Trade Program: Well Designed Article Previous episodes mentioned in the show: Fred's Previous Episodes on A Well-Designed Business ®: #22, #48, #96, #174, #226, #289, #337, #393 Lee Cockerell #222  

Welcome! Today, we're delighted to introduce you to Dennis Scully, the host of the Business of Home Podcast where each week, he interviews interior design industry thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives, to explore the changes and the challenges faced by the design community. In today's episode, Dennis and LuAnn talk tech. They discuss the way that technology is changing how business is done, and the adaptions that we have to consider making in our businesses. We all need to grow, innovate, and figure out new ways to make money and be profitable, so listen in today, to find out what Dennis has to share about the shifts that are happening within our industry. The Business of Home Podcast is a production of Business of Home which, for the past ten years, has been the leading publication covering the home industry, delivering essential business news, analysis and insights to a dedicated readership of interior design professionals, including residential, contract and hospitality designers, retailers, makers and manufacturers, executives and entrepreneurs. With a career in marketing, advertising, and business development in the home furnishings space that spans more than 20 years, Dennis has helped some of the finest companies in the industry to manage their teams and grow their brands. Tune in now, to find out how to lean into the changes that are coming. Show Highlights: Technology is changing everything! The design industry is adjusting to what today's customer is looking for. Dennis shares one of his core beliefs. People are more excited about design right now than ever before. You need to think about what you're bringing to your clients that they cannot get online. Designers today have to work even harder at educating their would-be clients about their talents and value. The undeniable issue around technology is the impact that it's going to have on all our lives and all of our businesses. So we need to figure out how we are going to deal with it. The incredible new workspace that Kravet has created to support the way that designers are now doing their business. Learning to run with the way that technology is going. It's worth experimenting with new and improved ways of doing things. It's challenging today to know where and how to put your message forward. Material Bank is a great example of a company that has taken the initiative to change with the times. Designers have not yet made the complete shift into the world of e-commerce. Designers need to understand that although there are pros and cons to technology, it is here, and it's going to keep coming our way with more innovations, at an ever-increasing pace. You, as a designer, need to know who you are, and you need to be confident with your skills and keep on honing them. Learning to lean into the changes that are coming. Things are shifting so quickly that if you don't keep up with the change you will end up going backward. Bio: Dennis Scully is the host of the weekly BOH podcast, where he explores the changes and challenges facing the interior design community through interviews with industry thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives. He is also the vice president of sales and marketing at luxury textiles company Castel. With a marketing, advertising, and business development career in the home furnishings space that spans more than 20 years, Scully has helped some of the finest companies in the industry to manage their teams and grow their brands. After wrapping up his tenure as the President of the luxury custom upholstery company Avery Boardman, Dennis returned to Business of Home, where he had previously served as the V.P. of Business Development.  This time it was to launch a new column for the site, Market Report, based on Scully’s financial insights, as well as a business-focused podcast, Business of Home. Dennis began his career in the homeworld running a small retail advertising agency that created branding and marketing campaigns for many of New York’s great furniture retailers of the day.  As the grandson of the founders of Scully & Scully on Park Avenue, New York retail was a world he knew well. He later joined the luxury kitchen and bath company Waterworks, ultimately serving as the New York Director of Sales and Marketing.  From there he landed a job at Condé Nast, joining the launch team of Domino Magazine as its Home Furnishing Director. Dennis worked with the luxury textile brand Twill as Sales and Marketing Director, and he later worked with the Chicago-based interior designer who founded Twill, Suzanne Lovell. He joined Castel in May of 2018 to help them launch their first-ever flagship showroom in New York City’s famed D&D Building. Business of Home: For 10 years, Business of Home has been the leading publication covering the home industry, delivering essential business news, analysis and insights to a dedicated readership of interior design professionals—residential, contract and hospitality designers, retailers, makers and manufacturers, executives and entrepreneurs. BOH has built a loyal national and international subscriber base of more than 100,000 professionals, for whom it is the go-to source for top-notch industry reporting, trade show guides, job openings, event listings, expert sourcing, educational seminars. Our tagline “Home is Everywhere” emphasizes that home, the fastest-growing category in the economy, encompasses all of the spaces—private and public—that surround us.-- Links: Event: Future Of Home Website: Business Of Home Instagram: @dennisscully Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Jesse Lazarus #446 Jean Brownhill # 422 Anna Brockway #79, #186 Nicole Gibbons # 411

Welcome to today's episode! We have a very special show for you, sponsored by Savour Partnership, which is owned by principals Leslie Carothers and Sam Henderson. Leslie and Sam both appeared previously in episode #209 when they first launched their company and they spoke to us about the importance of email marketing. Today, Leslie joins us. She is a visionary who has had a significant impact on our industry and she really knows how to help designers pivot and then come out of the change far stronger than ever before. Currently, Leslie and Sam have a new mission- to create awareness around the changes that are happening within the design industry and to help designers thrive in this new environment. Whether you are an interior designer, a retailer, or a brand, Leslie and Sam have the answers to successfully navigating the changes that are coming. Tune in today, to find out what Leslie has to share. Leslie's strengths are in strategic planning, online copyrighting, social media campaign execution, content marketing, and advertising.  Sam's strengths lie in graphic design, video production, and e-commerce photography. Listen in today, to find out about this dynamic partnership, which is fully committed to helping you understand that you need to build and design wealth right into your interior design business. Show Highlights: Taking e-commerce matters into your own hands by designing wealth into your website. There are ways to continue making money selling products one-on-one to clients. Leslie invites you to join her Design Wealth Facebook group. Design Wealth Leslie explains how to design wealth into your website. Leslie talks about how you can thrive with the changes. Building your business from the foundation. Why you need to have digital products available on your website. Creating your own online magazine is a great way to make money. Leslie talks about her business partner, Sam, who is a master graphic designer. The products that Leslie and Sam provide for their clients. To see the fabulous mini-magazine that Leslie and Sam created for Window Works, go to Window Works. Leslie explains how her Email Opt-in Mini Magazine will help you make money. Making a little extra with affiliate marketing. About Leslie's special offer for her very comprehensive online course called Design Wealth- How To Design And Market Your Own Online Courses For 24/7 Passive Income. Info on Savour: Leslie Carothers and Sam Henderson, Savour Partnership's principals, came together to form their business collaboration based on their complementary strengths: Sam's in graphic design, video production and e-commerce photography and Leslie's in strategic planning, online copywriting, and social media campaign execution, content marketing, and advertising. They are convinced that beautiful design in online visual communications is a key competitive advantage and helps businesses build a valuable business asset with long term financial value. Savour Partnership produces magazine quality, custom-designed, downloadable e-publications, each of which can include ( but doesn't have to include) affiliate marketing links to help businesses generate revenue 24/7. Our publications help our clients: 1. Elevate the visual experience of their brand, online, to help them gain a competitive advantage. 2. Build their email lists. 3. Build a sellable business asset. As income is generated 24/7  via our beautifully presented affiliate product links, a recurring revenue stream is created. As this revenue stream increases over time, it leads to a financially valuable, sellable business asset.  Our service packages include options for: Affiliate marketing set up and training. Uniquely branded 3-5 page magazines, (scroll to Package 2 and click to see our brochure) to use as free email opt-ins to help build your company's email list. Completely custom branded downloadable catalogs, e-books, online magazines, look books, portfolios, of any size. These can include video, custom animations, etc. ( see an example of a custom magazine Sam designed,  here. )  Custom e-newsletters.  Custom media kits. Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Megan Molten #455 Brea Hammil Carla Aston #242 Leslie Price #413 Links: Website: Savour Partnership Instagram: Savour Partnership Facebook: Savour Partnership Groups: Design Wealth Price Style and Design Leslie's email - leslie@savourpartnership.com Leslie's very comprehensive online course, called Design Wealth- How To Design And Market Your Own Online Courses For 24/7 Passive Income, is available to you for only $297 if you go to Design Wealth and use the code LUANN. (The normal price is $497)

Welcome! Today, Dane Austin, of Dane Austin Design, joins us on the show. Dane founded his award-winning, full-service interior design firm, which specializes in luxury residential interiors throughout New England and North America, in 2009. Dane has a signature design process, which he calls the Dane Austin Design. He created this highly-organized process because he truly understands the value in building profit centers around creating packages. This customer-driven plan delivers custom solutions for full-service, turnkey projects and Dane uses the packages feature from Mydoma Studio to explain, quantify, and smoothly sell his services to his clients. Listen in, to hear what Dane has to share on the show today. Dane is the artist, interior design his medium, and the client his muse. Today, we have a conversation with him about finding yourself, both as an individual and as a business person. He talks to us about how he found his Fred Berns 'only', about the significance of the ladybugs on his website, and about finding your voice within your career journey. Dane is a delightful, warm, and generous person, so tune in today, and enjoy this opportunity to get to know him! Show Highlights: It takes time to figure out who you really are. It's important to dress the part. Your attitude is the most crucial thing. A lot goes into making your way to the top in the design industry. The human connection matters the most in the end. Helping each other be better and grow. Dane discusses his approach to his work. Bold and daring use of color really works for Dane. Identifying a thread through all his projects. Marketing yourself in a way that will attract the people you'd really like to be working with. Investing in really good images is very important. Finding the right element to create the wow factor. Delivering beyond the level of the client's imagination. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Nicole Heymer - Curio Electro #125 and #317 Nate Berkus - #433  Links: Dane Austin Design Email: Dane Austin Design Facebook: Dane Austin Design Instagram: A Colorfull Life Twitter: Dane Austin Design Ask me anything” coaching Strategy Session

Welcome to the second episode of Window Treatment Friday! Starting this new series has rekindled a lot of excitement for LuAnn around window treatments! And she and Vita are both very excited to share with you that on the 24th of September, at the Design Trade Resources in Devon, Pennsylvania, they will be presenting a Continuing Education Unit, sponsored by Stout, on demystifying window treatments for interior designers. In today's episode, this dynamic duo will be discussing the pros and cons of using custom, versus ready-made window treatments. This show will set the scene for all the following episodes of WTF, so tune in now, to find out more! Vitalia (Vita for short) Vygovska is the award-winning window treatment specialist.  Her company, Vitalia, Inc, is an all-encompassing fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management service exclusively for interior designers.  In business for over a decade, Vita and her team are experts in their narrow field, providing designers with superb quality product and excellent communication.  Most importantly, they take off the stress, save time, and give peace of mind in the job is well-done. Listen in today, to hear what LuAnn and Vita have to share with you. Show Highlights: Vita explains the main differences are between custom and ready-made window treatments. Custom is not necessarily the only way to go because different situations call for different things. When you would use ready-made, rather than custom window treatments. The way that Vita supports the designers she works with. When you would need to use custom window treatments. When the budget allows for it, custom will always be the better choice. Leading the conversation with your client to where you want it to go. Why most interior designers would prefer to do only custom window treatments. Some important things designers need to be aware of when they're faced with a situation where they have to use ready-made window treatments. Ready-made drapes often take a lot of work to make them look like the picture on the package. Some ways to improve ready-made drapery. Links: To learn more about working with Vita and Vitalia Inc: Vitalia Inc   To learn more about working with Window Works: Window Works   To receive a free subscription to Window Fashion Vision Magazine To attend the IWCE where both LuAnn and Vita will be presenting: IWCE To learn about the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America) WCAA To learn about Exciting Windows To attend our upcoming event in PA, De-Mystifying Window Treatments go to: events@designertraderesources.com Facebook: Vitalia Inc Instagram: Vitalia_inc LuAnn's website: Luann Nigara LuAnn's email: info@luannnigara.com The information about the upcoming CEU on the 24th of September, at the Design Trade Resources in Devon, Pennsylvania, will be on Luann's website, under 'Events and Coaching'.

Welcome! Today we are really excited to have Megan Molten on the show with us. Megan reached out to LuAnn in an email a while ago, telling her that she learned everything she knows about the business of interior design from this show, and it's changed her life. She went on to explain that after twelve years of being in health-care sales and having listened to the podcast every day for the last year, she finally quit her day job to become an interior designer. Listen in today, to hear Megan's story. Before quitting her job, Megan managed to have an incredible 29 interior design clients on the side, over six months, while still working full-time, for fifty hours a week! Now, a year later, she has a full-time business manager, a full-time designer, she has leased warehouse space, she has a studio space, she has an e-commerce business, and she has 19 000 followers on Instagram! In her first year, Megan brought in $600 000 in revenue, and she also planned her wedding and got married last May! She has been featured on eighteen different sites, from Serena and Lily to Apartment Therapy and Bungalow. Megan has achieved all of this because she truly understands that to make her dreams a reality, she has to actually do the things that she learned from the different guests on this show. In today's episode, she talks to us about the things she learned and how she's applied them. Tune in now, to find out more! Show Highlights: Megan talks to us about the moment that she finally decided to quit her day job. It all began with social media, with Instagram in particular, for Megan. One of the first things that Megan did was to hire a photographer. Starting afresh, both professionally and personally. Having the support of her entrepreneurial parents really helped Megan a lot. Do what you do best, and outsource the rest. Making her first hire was one of the best decisions Megan has ever made. E-commerce makes so much sense but it really takes a lot of work. Using the services of a purchasing agent. Having conversations and making connections. The importance of finding the blind spots in your processes. Bio: Megan's love for all things interiors has been around for as long as she can remember and soon became a reality after she purchased her first home in Charleston, South Carolina and started the design process herself. She began sharing with the world all of her favorite finds and amazing transformations on social media and the world responded! It was this incredible response to Megan's designs that encouraged her to start helping friends, then friends of friends and eventually clients transform their spaces too. This exciting new "hobby" she devoted every hour to while not working her very full-time job in medical sales quickly turned into a business. She quit her 12-year career in corporate America to chase a dream-a dream that was her true passion in life-helping others achieve beautiful spaces they love.  Her passion for light and airy design, go-getter attitude and attention to detail has quickly created a strong following and brand for #designsbymeganmolten and she can't wait to continue to watch her big dream grow! Links: Megan's email: megan@meganmolten.com Website: Megan Molten Shop: Megan Molten Shop Instagram: Megan Molten Facebook: Megan Molten Pinterest: Megan Molten Houzz:  Designs By Megan Molten Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Shea McGee #236 Cheryl Luckett - Dwell by Cheryl #291 and #397

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Jamie Lieberman is with us today. Jamie is an attorney, a podcaster, and an entrepreneur. She is also the owner and founder of Hashtag Legal, and she's dedicated to making the legal field accessible to creative professionals just like you. Jamie is down-to-earth, easy to get along with, and she is passionate about sharing the message that legal doesn't have to be scary. Listen in today, to find out how and why she does this. Jamie draws on her experience working with influencer marketing professionals, creatives, business owners, and interior designers, to help and protect them as they grow their businesses. She leads an all-female virtual team with a focus on providing clients with advice on all kinds of subjects, like intellectual property, contracts, privacy, FTC, and general business law, as well as negotiation strategies. Jamie is the co-host of the Fear Less Business Podcast and she's an outstanding speaker with tons of energy! There are so many insights to be gained from today's conversation. Tune in now, to find out how to gracefully dismantle a business partnership, keep your eyes wide open, and make sure that your contracts and agreements are all clear. Show Highlights: Daniele Liss (#171) used to be Jamie's partner in Hashtag Legal. Jamie really gets the intricacies of running a creative business. Jamie makes it very easy for people to access her talents. Managing the challenging nuances of running an interior design business. Everything changes when money comes into play. Negotiating towards a common goal, which is building a successful business. Partnership agreements can be changed. Covering vendor liability could put designers at risk. A contract is actually a gift, it's not a bad thing. It's perfectly acceptable to negotiate a contract before signing it. You have to learn from the things that come up. It's all about clear communication. Jamie is learning from her clients all the time. She likes it when her clients challenge her. Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Daniele Liss #171 Amanda Berlin #420 Jenny Maddon #332 Peter Lang- The Designer CPA #349 Tori Alexander #445 Links: Jamie's website: Hashtag Legal Jamie's email: jamie@hashtag-legal.com Jamie on Instagram: Hashtag-legal Jamie on Facebook Jamie on Linked-In

Welcome to the show! Today, Carolyn Flannery, the principal of Carolyn Rebuffel Designs joins us on the show. Apart from designing interiors, Carolyn also heads up Workroom C, a textile company which offers pillows, drapery, bespoke soft goods, and fabric by the yard. Carolyn built her design business in a rather unusual way and she has a really organized approach to running it. In today's episode, she shares with us how she intentionally focuses on families with children, who understand the value of having family-friendly spaces with durable, multi-functional furnishings which are also beautiful. Listen in today, to hear about Carolyn, her business, and how she markets specifically to her ideal clients, using one strategy that has been keeping her pipeline full for more than 10 years. With over a decade of hospitality experience under her belt, Principal Designer Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery brings a thoughtful approach to each project she completes. At her namesake design firm, established in 2006, Carolyn believes that your home should be a retreat that provides you with a sense of ease and calm. After building a career as an antique store owner, buyer, and merchandiser, Carolyn transitioned to interior design, crafting practical yet beautiful interiors that reflect her clients' unique lifestyles. As a mother of four, Carolyn understands the value of creating family-friendly spaces with durable, multi-functional furnishings. Her work highlights unconventional lighting, savvy design solutions, and a healthy mix of high and low pieces. In addition to designing artful interiors, Carolyn helms WorkRoom C, a textile company that offers fabric by the yard, pillows, drapery, and bespoke soft goods. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a MPS in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. Tune in now to find out more. Show Highlights: How Carolyn started with her unusual business strategy. Carolyn explains her free, and her paid consultation processes. Carolyn has grown her business so that she's in a position to direct it in any way that she chooses. It's not always the swankiest private schools that make the best clients for Carolyn. Some clients tend to experience some fear when using the services of an interior designer for the first time. Being really clear when explaining your processes and pricing to new clients. Staying on track with the amount of time that's been allocated for a consultation. You don't have to have children to be able to tap into the schools' PTA donation market. It may take some time to tap into Carolyn's kind of market. Carolyn talks about how she started with the fabrics that she's designing. The complicated reality of providing exactly what clients want. What Carolyn learned from Amy Flurry about PR. You have to have an intention behind everything that you do in your business. Other episodes mentioned in this show: Amy Flurry #108 and #323 Andrew Joseph # 39  Krista Coupar #24 #45 #60 #81 #150 Links: Carolyn Rebuffel Designs: Workroom C WorkRoom C

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today's show is a special episode, sponsored by American OEM,  one of our nation's leading hardwood flooring manufacturers. We're really fortunate to have Allie Finkell, the executive vice president of American OEM, with us on the show. This past spring, Allie and American OEM asked Revel Woods to invite several designers for a tour of their factory in Nashville. LuAnn and Vin were lucky enough to be included. This remarkable Tennessee-based factory is called the Prison Industry Enterprise because it operates within a penitentiary. In today's episode, Allie talks about their unique prison-based business model, she gives us a breakdown of the difference between hardwood floors made in the US and those made in China, and she discusses the relationship that American OEM has with Revel Woods, and why and how that had brought Allie and LuAnn together. Listen in today, to find out what Allie has to share about this unusual enterprise. Allie is known as royalty in the wood flooring industry because she is the great-granddaughter of L. W. Anderson, who was the founder of Anderson Hardwood Floors, and she has spent her life immersed in the hardwood flooring industry. Following early career sales and marketing experience in New York City, Allie eventually joined the family business, taking on a sales position covering the Northeastern US. During that time, Anderson was acquired by Shaw Industries, and Allie helped lead the introduction of hardwood, laminate, ceramic and vinyl into Shaw’s commercial product offering. In 2013, Allie took on the role of Director of Marketing for Mohawk Industries, building another commercial hard surface program from the ground up. Allie followed her family roots back to hardwood in 2014 when she joined American OEM as executive vice president, helping grow the Anderson-Finkell legacy of beautiful, enduring American-made flooring for the next generation. A graduate of Furman University, Allie holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: Allie talks about the remarkable prison industry enterprise. How hardwood floors are made within a prison environment. The benefits of this unique business model to all concerned. How the landscape of the hardwood flooring industry has changed over the last ten to fifteen years. The way that the Chinese have begun to erode the hardwood flooring industry. The difference between the quality of the Chinese and the American product. Allie discusses the quality of the product that her company produces. The difference between hardwood and LVT flooring. Some things that designers could ask builders about hardwood flooring. Character does not have to mean rustic. Designers can purchase American OEM flooring via Revel Woods. Allie explains what makes Revel Woods so special. Hearth Wood is Allie's family flagship brand. It's her family's way to leverage their history and continue their legacy in the industry. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: John Dupra of Revel Woods #329 Links: Revel Woods American OEM Hearth Wood Floors Instagram - Revel Woods

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Today, we have Elissa Grayer joining us on the show. Elissa is here today, just like so many of our guests over the years, to share her lessons in business. Today's show is a little different, however. Because, often, our colleagues have shared with us the lessons they've learned in hindsight or the past difficulties that they experienced in their careers, that they weren't sure they would ever manage to overcome. Yet today, Elissa, who is going through an unusual season in her business, bravely shares something with us that she is knee-deep in, right now. In today's episode, she talks to LuAnn about what she's been going through over the last six months, some of the lessons she's learned, and the action steps she is taking to remedy the situation. Listen in, to hear her story. After graduating from Amherst College with a B.A. in Psychology, Elissa spent 10 years in the fields of education and business, earning three masters degrees along the way. It took the joining of two individual apartments into one family-friendly space to convince her to turn her passion for interior design into a business. She was then asked to oversee another major renovation project on the Upper West Side, and thus her career began. To further her education, Elissa also studied at both the New York School of Interior Design and Parsons School of Interior Design. Launched in 2001, Elissa Grayer created her namesake design firm and quickly become the go-to talent for young families transitioning from New York City to the idyllic suburbs of Westchester County. Since then, the firm has also become known for its mastery in the planning, design, and project management of grand estates, luxury apartments, and vacation retreats across New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida. Tune in now, to find out more. Show Highlights: Elissa's business has changed significantly because, since January, her turnover has taken a drastic downturn. Elissa describes what she's been going through over the last six months. Elissa recommends outsourcing your business management to Studio Webware. The value of working with an excellent business coach and having the support of like-minded business owners. It's really important to keep checking your numbers consistently. And to act timeously, if necessary. It's all about setting goals and being accountable. Elissa has never worked for anyone else, so she hasn't had the opportunity to learn business fundamentals from a seasoned business owner. Today, you have to actively market your business. The great incentive gifts that Elissa has been giving to realtors. Waiting for the right time to approach realtors to introduce your services to them. Building the skill of rainmaking. Elissa has been building time-blocking into her schedule. If you ever have downtime in your business, you can make good use of it to get started with some new processes. Learning to trust and use your intuition. Looking for the lessons in the hard times. Bio: After graduating from Amherst College with a B.A. in Psychology, Elissa spent 10 years in the fields of education and business, earning three masters degrees along the way. It took the joining of two individual apartments into one family-friendly space to convince her to turn her passion for interior design into a business. She was then asked to oversee another major renovation project on the Upper West Side, and thus her career began. To further her education she has also studied at the prestigious New York School of Interior Design and Parsons School of Interior Design. Launched in 2001, Elissa Grayer created her namesake design firm and quickly become the go-to talent for young families transitioning from New York City to the idyllic suburbs of Westchester County. Since then, the firm has also become known for its mastery in the planning, design, and project management of grand estates, luxury apartments, and vacation retreats across New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida. She strives to create beautiful and functional spaces that reflect each client’s personality in an elegant and comfortable way; Classic luxury design for modern living. Elissa subscribes to the belief that creating a home should be a partnership between the designer and homeowner. Educating her clients and exposing them to the exclusive access that only an expert can bring, Elissa Grayer Interior Design creates smart solutions that fit within the homeowners’ budget and lifestyle. Links: Website: Elissa Grayer Design Instagram: Elissa Grayer Interior Design Facebook: Elissa Grayer Interior Design Pinterest: Elissa Grayer Exciting Windows

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Have you ever wished that you could outsource your procurement process to a proven professional? If so, you will gain a lot from today's show because we have Bethany Mabee with us, and Bethany is your lady if you ever want to outsource the procurement process of any interior design project! She makes it possible for you to work with her whether you're a small interior design firm looking for some help with the procurement process of a one-off project, or you're a larger firm with several projects going on at the same time, consistently. In today's episode, Bethany explains the way that she assists designers, and she discusses the kind of accountability that she has built into her process. Listen in today, to find out how Bethany could mean real magic for you and your design business. Before opening her firm, Interior Procurement Group, Bethany worked behind the scenes in the Interior Design industry for nearly 20 years. Her career began in 2001, at Eastern Accents, a Chicago-based textile manufacturer where she oversaw custom trade orders by communicating their specifications through to production. This was a perfect learning experience and stepping stone for transitioning to Gary Lee Partners, where she worked as the Architecture Firm’s Procurement Director from 2005 - 2009. Since opening her Procurement Group, Bethany has worked with dozens of designers, on a project-by-project basis, acting as an agent on their behalf. Her goal is to eliminate all non-design-related items for the designer during the furniture purchasing process so that they are free to focus on the other areas of the project that demand their attention. Tune in now, to find out more. Show Highlights: Bethany loves swimming in details and finding organization in chaos. Bethany works with different size firms and projects. Bethany works with designers only during the procurement phase of their projects. It's great for designers not to have to train someone up in the area of procurement. The vast range of procurement services that Bethany supplies. The kind of admin that Bethany covers. Why Peter Lang, the Designer CPA, specializes in the design industry. About Kimberly Merlitty's specialty. Bethany discusses the monthly check-in that she does with designers. Bethany supports interior designers at an expert level. Sending regular status reports to her clients. Confidentiality is really important to Bethany. Bethany's files are available to the designers at all times. Keeping the designers up to date with the status of their purchases. Working on the finer details. Bethany offers her support, on-site, on installation day. Bethany really respects designers. She sees them, she hears them, and she understands their value. Bio: Bethany has been working behind-the-scenes within the Interior Design industry for nearly 20 years.   In 2001, her career began at Eastern Accents, a Chicago-based textile manufacturer where she oversaw custom trade orders by communicating their specifications through production. This was a perfect learning experience and stepping stone for transitioning to Gary Lee Partners, where she worked as the Architecture Firm’s Procurement Director from 2005 - 2009. In 2009 after having her first child, Bethany wanted a chance to continue doing the work she loves, while also being more available to her son.   Noticing that many designers in the industry were juggling the purchasing process on their own and that most dreaded this time-consuming, archaic process.   Bethany decided to branch out on her own as a consultant and provide residential furniture procurement solutions to design clients.  Bethany has been able to work with a variety of clients across the country, from small boutique firms to independent designers.  Bethany works with designers on a project-by-project basis and acts as an agent on their behalf.   Her goal is to eliminate all non-design related items for the designer during the furniture purchasing process so that they are freed up to focus on other areas of the project that demand their attention. Bethany remotely manages all aspects of the procurement process including purchasing, billing, and warehousing.   Once a designer’s specifications are finalized, Bethany takes over by generating client proposals, processing purchase orders, and communicating custom specifications and sample approvals to manufacturers/vendors as needed.  Throughout the purchasing process, Bethany tracks all costs and markups for designer profitability and maintains communication and records with the designer’s accountant.  Bethany also manages the installation process for her clients by facilitating vendor correspondence throughout production, communicating material timeframes to workrooms, maintaining project production status sheets, submitting regular updates to the design team, coordinating local and long-distance shipments with carriers, recording warehouse receiving reports, tracking freight and warehousing costs, coordinating damage claims, repairs and replacements, coordinating building installation arrangements and insurance requirements, attending and supervising project installations and handling any post-installation follow up and coordination. Bethany has a unique understanding of the creative process.   Her office doubles as an art studio for her other work as an abstract artist.  As a painter, she understands that projects are the designers’ own works of art and that they deserve to be handled with the utmost attention to detail.    For years, Bethany would not even share with her procurement clients that she was also a painter.  She worried that it would discredit her abilities to manage the logistical tasks of their projects.  Over the years, Bethany has learned that these two roles ebb and flow together perfectly and some procurement clients have even become painting commission clients. She is grateful to interior designers for allowing her to fulfill her own calling to express both her logistical and creative sides. Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Peter Lang, The Designer CPA #349 Kimberly Merlitti # 361 and #442 Links: LuAnn's email: info@luannnigara.com Interior PG Bethany Mabee Art For your MyDoma Studios trial, go to A Well Designed Business LuAnn is running her Power Talk Friday One-Day Coaching Event on July 27th, 2019 in Las Vegas. If you'd like to get in, email LuAnn. LuAnn will be at the Las Vegas Market on Monday, at 3 pm, at Uttermost. Nancy Ganzekaufer will be in the seminar space at 11 am, with IDS, doing a presentation about body language. The event is sponsored by MyDoma Studio and Interior Design Society (IDS).

Welcome another episode of Power Talk Friday and Design Biz Live, with Judith Neary and Corey Klassen. It's been several months since the last episode of the Design Biz Live series and today's show is really going to be fun, especially if you were one of the 200 people attending LuAnn Nigara Live, It's About The Conversation, last March, where Corey and Judith were both guest designer panelists. Tune in to today's episode of Design Biz Live, to find out why everyone really needs a Vin man! Judith and Corey are usually the ones to come up with the topics for the Design Biz Live episodes, and their topics are mostly about the things they're facing in their businesses or the things that their colleagues are struggling with, in theirs. For today's episode, however, they have decided to talk about the things that they learned from LuAnn Live. Corey and Judith both have tons of experience in the design industry, so listen in today, to hear what they learned. Show Highlights: Corey really enjoyed connecting with other like-minded individuals and sharing stories and experiences with them. Judith, as a tenured professional in the industry, really loved the amount of information that was available at LuAnn Nigara Live, It's About The Conversation. Everyone needs a Vin man! Corey talks about a moment of clarity that he experienced. LuAnn explains where the magic happens. Judith lists five of her take-aways. Corey uses spreadsheets to track everything, so he really loved Michele William's Profit First method. What Judith loved so much about Fred Berns. Your existing client base is the fastest, shortest way to putting money in your pocket. The incredible value of referrals. The power of adversity. Judith gives a shout-out to MyDoma Studios. The benefits of using MyDoma Studio's packages. Corey explains what horizontal revenue is. LuAnn shares what she learned at LuAnn Nigara Live. LuAnn Live 2 will be coming out in 2020. To get onto the email list, so that you can know what's happening and when text the word 'designbiz' to 444999.

Welcome to the first episode of Window Treatment Friday! For some time now, designers have been reaching out to LuAnn and asking her to share some of her window treatment expertise, because the window treatment business is a pretty complicated area of business for many designers. So about once a month, LuAnn and Vita Vygovska will be producing an episode of Window Treatment Friday, where they will explain how designers can increase their bottom line by incorporating custom window treatments into their projects. In each episode, they will break down and unravel the intricacies of an aspect of the window treatment business, as it relates to interior designers. They will be giving you content-driven education which is unbiased, truthful, and open, to educate baby designers and inspire the more seasoned and experienced designers to have more confidence, talk to their clients with more authority, and, ultimately, make more profit. Tune in now, to find out more. Vitalia (Vita for short) Vygovska is the award-winning window treatment specialist.  Her company, Vitalia, Inc, is an all-encompassing fabrication, measurement, installation, and project management service exclusively for interior designers.  In business for over a decade, Vita and her team are experts in their narrow field, providing designers with superb quality product and excellent communication.  Most importantly, they take off the stress, save time, and give peace of mind in the job is well-done. Listen in today, to hear what LuAnn and Vita have to share about the value of incorporating custom window treatments into your design projects. Show Highlights: There are some valuable resources out there for window treatments. There's the WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America), Exciting Windows, ASID, the IWCE Expo, and Window Fashion Vision Magazine. The goal of Window Treatment Friday is to provide designers with just enough of the right kind of information to help them feel more confident in the world of window treatments. LuAnn explains which designers this show is talking to. Window treatments make up a large portion of interior design projects. Mistakes are part of learning, but they are costly when it comes to window treatments. LuAnn and Vita are here to share their lessons learned, and the mistakes they have made. There are pros and cons to adding window treatments to your ladder of services, as an interior designer. Window treatments make a huge difference to any interior design project. They are like jewelry for the room. There's profit to be made from including window treatments in a design project. Your number one way to make a profit is to sell more things to the same people. Some of the more nuanced points about the value of offering your clients window treatments. In the episodes coming up, LuAnn and Vita will be talking about everything, from custom versus ready-made, to specifying the differences between ready-made rods and custom-made rods, and why and when it matters. Please share with us any questions that you may have about window treatments or the challenges that you face with window treatments, in the comments on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Vita has already come up with 25 different window treatment topics to cover in this show. Links: Vita’s Website: Vitalia Inc Facebook: Vitalia Inc Instagram: Vitalia Inc Exciting Windows WCAA ASID IWCE The Window Fashion Vision Magazine Mentioned in the show: Sew Much More Podcast

Welcome! Today, Alex Gourlay joins us on the show. Eighteen months ago, Alex took LuAnn and Nancy Ganzekaupher's Money Mindset and Sales Course. Then recently, she contacted LuAnn to say that she wanted to share what she's learned since taking the course, and the things she's done since then to build her business, with all of you, her designer colleagues out there. For Alex, this has all been around mindset and about breaking through some of the patterns that she noticed in herself. Listen in today, to hear what Alex has to share. Alex Gourlay is the owner of Vellum Interiors, a high-end residential interior design studio in Sydney. Founded in 2016, Vellum Interiors has quickly gained a reputation for creating beautiful, feel-good homes. Alex’s work has been featured in multiple publications, and she was recognized as a Finalist in the 2019 Dulux Colour Awards. Tune in now for more! Show Highlights: Alex always knew that she had potential, but she also knew that there was something holding her back. Alex explains what she discovered about mindset issues and her business. Some examples of the mindset issues that Alex has managed to overcome. Two sentences that are really powerful informing how you think. Being confident without acting like a jerk. Growth mindset and fixed mindset. The fear of failure often prevents people from attempting something new. The key that has unlocked so many things for Alex. It feels uncomfortable to look in the mirror, go deep, and get to the next level. It helps to have a really supportive partner in life. The people that you surround yourself with will inevitably influence you. And some of them will try to hold you back because they're scared. The positive impact that Alex's new awareness has had on her business. You have to know what you want in order to create it. Once you know what you want, your brain looks for ways to make it happen. So many people really underestimate the power of their thoughts. Getting comfortable with your own beliefs. It's actually easier than you think to get published in magazines, as long as you do it the right way. It's all about standing in your space, staying in your lane, and being who you are. Giving yourself permission to be your best self. Bio: Alex Gourlay is the owner of Vellum Interiors, a high-end residential interior design studio in Sydney. Founded in 2016, Vellum Interiors has quickly gained a reputation for creating beautiful, feel-good homes. Alex’s work has been featured in multiple publications, and she was recognized as a Finalist in the 2019 Dulux Colour Awards. Tune in now for more! Alex’s design ethos focuses on the character of the houses and clients she works with, with an emphasis on simplicity and laid-back sophistication. She specializes in creating beautiful homes by the harbor or ocean, that her clients can love for many years. Alex’s previous experience in events and client services in global advertising firms has shaped how design projects are run at Vellum, and she is passionate about delivering a highly-organized and smooth experience for her clients. She loves to ‘surprise and delight’ her clients to keep things interesting too! A key value of Alex’s business is creating incredible relationships with clients, her suppliers, and trades, and she has garnered a reputation for being a force to be reckoned with. Alex works with people who are down-to-earth, high-net-worth Sydney-siders who have a desire to create a long-term home or holiday home. Vellum Interiors has been published in Australia House & Garden, InsideOut, Home Beautiful, and has been featured online in The Local Project, Homes to Love and Interiors Addict. Mentioned on the show: Steve Berson: The leader of Exciting Windows Book: Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Amy Flurry #108 and #323 Ren Miller (Design New Jersey) #12 Ashley Hotham-*** #321 Shea McGee #236 and #270 Amber Lewis #169 and #184 Power Talk Friday

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, Jesse Lazarus, the Chief Process and Innovation Officer for Kravet Inc. joins us on the show. Jesse is a deep thinker, with a BA in philosophy, and in his role, at Kravet he plays an integral part in the discussion around the technology and innovations that the company chooses to partner with and embrace. Jesse spearheads Kravet's strategic plans and he implements their new digital initiatives, which include e-commerce projects, in-store experience concepts, and groundbreaking virtual design tools. Listen in today, to find out what Jesse has to share about the ongoing evolution of Kravet. Kravet is a smart company and they are guided by their mission to support you, the interior designer, in your efforts to run a really profitable business. Kravet has been a show sponsor since the beginning and, in today's episode, Jesse talks to LuAnn about how this happened. He discusses the way that technology has advanced during his time working in the interior design industry, and how the industry is changing, as a result. He also talks to us about Kravet's new showroom which opening up at the New York Design Center, the way that Kravet is evolving,  and where they are heading, in terms of innovation and technology. Tune in now for more! Show Highlights: How LuAnn's collaboration with Kravet began. For Jesse, Kravet is a really great and innovative place to work. The criteria that Jesse uses to decide whether or not to partner with tech companies. One of Kravet's core mission values is to always be in support of interior designers. Although many of the new tech companies are not yet geared for the interior design industry, designers are now involved in helping those companies evolve to meet the needs of the industry. Kravet has been partnering with MyDoma Studio since the spring of 2019. Jesse discusses the reason for this partnership. Jesse discusses his perception of the two flavors of the marketplace. Being transparent and as accessible as possible is another one of Kravet's core mission values. There's so much research and product discovery happening online, currently. This has started feeding through into the design industry. The way that Jesse sees the evolution of interior design showrooms, going forward. The way that Jesse has built the digital experience into the concept for Kravet's new pilot showroom, as a subtle, supportive tool for designers. Kravet's pilot showroom is meant to be a relaxed workspace for collaboration, where designers can feel comfortable enough to come in and use their sample library as if it was their own. Kravet's pilot showroom is a way to honor their relationships with interior designers. Some new technological innovations that are destined to become a part of the design industry. Recently, designers have been collaborating to form buying groups. Jesse sees this as a natural evolutionary step. The evolution of technology has made it possible for designers to now work in any way that fits their individual business. Bio: Jesse Lazarus is Chief Process and Innovation Officer for Kravet Inc., a high-end home furnishings supplier to the interior design trade. In this role, Jesse plays an integral part in spearheading strategic plans and implementing new digital initiatives, including e-commerce projects, in-store experience concepts, and innovative virtual design tools. He received his BA in Philosophy from the State University of Stony Brook and resides in West Sayville, NY with his wife and two daughters. Links: Website: Kravet Instagram: Kravet Facebook: Kravet Pinterest: Kravet Twitter: Kravet Mydoma Code for 10% of Kravet fabric, wallpaper or trim: AWDB10

Welcome to the show! We have Tori Alexander with us today. Tori is a Nashville native and she's a Harpeth Hall alumna with a B.S. in Furnishings and Interiors from the University of Georgia. After graduating, Tori set herself apart as a designer with her uniquely broad understanding of architecture, while honing her skills at a boutique architecture firm in Nashville. In 2012, Tori launched her own company, Alexander Interiors, in Sacramento California, when her husband's career took their family there. Then they returned to Nashville in 2016 and Tori started her business all over again. In today's episode, she talks to us about the systems she uses to keep her projects extremely well organized. And she mentions how moving and starting over twice, and experiencing a different culture and aesthetic, really broadened her design skills and helped her become a better businesswoman. Listen in today, to find out more! Spaces you can live in. That’s Tori Alexander’s design philosophy – a vision that is top of mind as she dreams up new creations for her clients. “I design every space with the assumption that adults will spill red wine and children will spill their juice,” Tori explains. “That being said, it can still be beautiful! It is about knowing when and where to use each material.” When it comes to understanding those critical details, Tori’s credentials are truly impressive. Alexander Interiors has been featured by Southern Living, Today, Style Blueprint and more. Tune in today, to hear what Tori has to share about how to run a design-build project. Show Highlights: Tori explains where to start with a design-build project. Implementing the production list was a turning point in Tori's business. It has led to more opportunities, such as management and construction management of larger projects. Running a business in California was a constant uphill battle for Tori and this really helped her to develop an edge. Tori talks about the production list and what it entails. The management tool that has really improved the profitability of Tori's business. Tori has four categories of projects: Renovation, full design, e-design, and consulting. Projects have to make sense for Tori, first financially and then creatively. If they don't fit any of these categories, she turns them down. Tori explains the kind of project that is not a good fit for her. The way that Tori packages her consultation times. Laying the seeds in the right places. A production list documents every single task that needs to be done, no matter how large or small. How trackable goals tie into the production list. Implementing separate cross-checks for completion and accuracy. Coming up with systems to prevent unforeseen installation problems from arising. Tori shares some of the checklists that she uses. Using checklists helps to bring calmness to a potentially chaotic industry. Rewarding the team at the end of a project for a job well done.   Tori Alexander- Bio Spaces you can live in. That’s Tori Alexander’s design philosophy – a vision that is top of mind as she dreams up new creations for her clients. “I design every space with the assumption that adults will spill red wine and children will spill their juice,” Alexander explains. “That being said, it can still be beautiful! It is about knowing when and where to use each material.” When it comes to understanding those critical details, Alexander’s credentials are impressive. The Nashville native and Harpeth Hall alumna earned her B.S. in Furnishings and Interiors from The University of Georgia’s esteemed program in 2008. Upon graduating, she continued to hone her skills at a boutique architecture firm in Nashville, setting herself apart as a designer with a uniquely extensive understanding of architecture. In 2012, her husband’s career took Alexander to Sacramento, Ca., where she launched her own design company, Alexander Interiors. “I think being in a new and unfamiliar city encouraged me to finally take the leap and begin working for myself,” Alexander shares. Since the launch, clients have eagerly sought out Alexander’s impeccable expertise for their own homes. Describing her style as fresh and classic all at once, Alexander creates timeless interiors with layers of color, texture, and pattern. “I love a good pattern,” Alexander says. “That’s what I feel truly sets me apart — my ability to pair pattern on pattern within the same space.” In 2016, Alexander brought her thriving business back home to Nashville – a trending city with an ever-growing design scene. But with years of experience in California and clients across the country, Alexander offers a unique perspective for clients. “I’ve been able to draw inspiration from the quirks and trends in various regions and cities,” Alexander explains. Or sometimes, the inspiration is close to home – like an antique bracelet from her grandmother serving as the muse for a hand-painted ceiling in a charming nursery. Alexander’s creativity and heart help give clients unforgettable, one-of-a-kind spaces they can live in. Alexander Interiors has been featured by Southern Living, Today, Style Blueprint and more. To learn more, visit Alexander Interiors.  Links: Alexander Interiors Instagram: Alexander Interiors Nashville Will you be joining LuAnn in Las Vegas for her one-day Power Talk Friday Tour? LuAnn is repeating her Power Talk Friday Tour this year in Las Vegas. It is a one-day coaching event and it will be held on Saturday, July 27th, and it will run from 8.00am to 11.00pm. It will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, discussions with LuAnn's PTF experts, and four hours of round table discussions, in groups of three or less, with each expert individually. Go to Power Talk Friday to reserve your seat. if you are not sure if it’s right or you—email LuAnn at info@luannnigara.com, put powertalkfriday LV in the subject line, and give LuAnn your phone number. She will call you and together you'll see if this one-day event will benefit you and your business.  This event is sponsored by Revel Woods and MyDoma Studio. To get onto LuAnn's email list to get the info, text the word DESIGNBIZ to the number 444999.

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We have Sarah Winchester with us today! Sarah is a Boston based photographer specializing in interiors and fine art photography. Social media has really raised the bar for photographers over the last few years, and as a result, the world of interiors photography has been getting a lot of recognition. So investing in an excellent professional photographer has become a valuable way for new interior designers to become known. In today's episode, Sarah talks to us about styling, copyright, what it takes to be a great interiors photographer, and she also explains what you, as an interior designer, need to look for when hiring a photographer. Listen in today, to get Sarah's practical tips and advice for showing yourself in the way that you want to be seen. Raised in Atlanta, GA Sarah brings her southern sensibility and style to her work.  After years in the corporate world as a creative director, brand manager, and in-house photographer, Sarah opened her own studio in 2009. Sarah’s strengths lie in blending the needs of the client with her own unique and artistic approach, to create beautiful and effective images. Sarah graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s in Art and Art History and received her Masters in Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was also able to spend time studying art in Florence, Italy. Tune in now for more! Show Highlights: Sarah believes that you have to have a script, or a shot list to know where you're going, where to start and to keep things organized. Amazing photographs are essential for interior designers. Social media has raised the bar for photographers. Finding the right photographer. Photographic shoots are creative and fun, and also exhausting! What to look out for when choosing a photographer who will be the right fit. Getting as much out of a photo shoot as you possibly can. Copyright versus usage right... it can all be very confusing. Paying for usage rights for the images you've shared. Having the conversation about who owns the rights to the images on social media. There's safety in integrity so it's important to be clear right from the beginning. Partnering with local brands in order to style a project. Developing relationships with local businesses and highlighting their products in your photo shoots. Using images to sell a feeling. Bio: Sarah is a Boston based photographer specializing in interiors and fine art photography.  Raised in Atlanta, GA she brings her southern sensibility and style to her work.  After years in the corporate world as a creative director, brand manager, and in-house photographer, Sarah opened her own studio in 2009. Sarah’s strengths lie in blending the needs of the client with her own unique and artistic approach, to create beautiful and effective images. Sarah graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s in Art and Art History and received her Masters in Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was also able to spend time studying art in Florence, Italy–one of her favorite cities in the world. Sarah has worked with clients, which span the creative and professional world, from magazines and fashion houses to advertising campaigns and construction companies. Sarah feels photography is about creating, not just capturing and brings that emotion to her work. Links: Website: Sarah Winchester Studios Instagram: Sarah_W_Studios Austin Mill PR Previous episodes mentioned in the show: Stephen Karlisch # 369 David Livingstone # 51 Raquel Langworthy # 343 Sarah Winchester Studios - Pitch for LuAnne Nigara Podcast About Sarah Winchester Sarah is a Boston based photographer who shoots all over the country, specializing in interiors and fine art photography. Raised in Atlanta, GA she brings her southern sensibility and style to her work. After years in the corporate world as a creative director, brand manager, and in-house photographer, Sarah opened her own studio in 2009. Sarah’s strengths lie in blending the needs of the client with her own unique and artistic approach, to create beautiful and effective images. Sarah graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s in Art and Art History and received her Masters in Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was also able to spend time studying art in Florence, Italy–one of her favorite cities in the world. Sarah has worked with clients, which span the creative and professional world, from magazines and fashion houses to advertising campaigns and construction companies. She also creates a series of fine art photography stemming from a passion for art and travel; creating beautiful images to live with and love. Sarah feels photography is about creating, not just capturing and brings that emotion to her work. OVERVIEW: PHOTOGRAPHERS - How to choose one? What sets me apart? In an increasingly growing field, how should a designer choose? In turn, how can a photographer set him or herself apart? (I know lots of interiors photographers who listen to the podcast) SOCIAL MEDIA - Still photography, moving images, videos Social Media v. Website/Portfolio Instagram shooting tips. IPhone v. Professional Engagement, Stories, connecting with followers. CONTENT - Still photography, moving images, videos Should you be doing “more?” What does that “more” look like? Online and social media are perfect for playing with this. Places where traditional print media can’t go COPYRIGHT - Who “owns” the images Copy Right v. Usage Rights 2 - 3 party usage - reduced rate “Other Parties” wishing to use the photos. Publications, vendors, etc. STYLING - The discussion continued… Such an important aspect of interiors photography. Could parent more discussion. Photographer as stylist…is this the new norm? Perhaps, but only if it fits the project and photographer. Partnering with a local business. Helps the shoot, the homeowner often buys the pieces and helps the designer finish out the project. I often buy or borrow, books, accessories, home goods, etc. for a shoot and let the homeowner buy the products from a shoot…unless they are from my personal collection. - The homeowner gets free shopping and styling ART + ART SOURCING Not all spaces and projects have amazing art budgets, but art is a crucial part of a finished project and creating beautiful, finished photographs. Relationship with art consultants. Finding new a artist who will lend work. A personal passion: I love finding new artists and helping them. GETTING PUBLISHED Writers - In addition to getting to know editors (which can be very challenging because they are such busy people) Develop a relationship with writers. They get paid by the story to so we all want to find amazing projects. Local/Regional press and print is still amazing. Online features - .com arm of publications, blogs. Great in that things can go viral. Also, the reason why it is important to credit everyone when you post things. SARAH WINCHESTER STUDIOS. | SARAH@SARAHWINCHESTERSTUDIOS.COM | 404.542.2833 IN DEPTH BREAK DOWN Photographers - How to choose one? - I come from a fine art/art history background that is where I start, but I also have some commercial experience so that always creeps in, but first and foremost I LOVE creating a great editorial type shot. One that will draw the viewer into the space. I love the challenge of creating beautiful images but also the effectiveness of conveying the “information” the designer needs/wants to parlay. - Photographers - Just like designers, there is the right fit for you. What is their photographic style, their personality, do they assist in styling, and do they fit your budget and meet or talk to them in person. Crowded field of photographers - photography is becoming more and more accessible which makes the field larger. I say great. A rising tide lifts all boats. - Look closely at the photographer's portfolio. The feel, the lighting, the angles. How do you want your work to look? Just like when people choose a designer that best suits their needs and style. - Photo shoots are long hard days…sometimes overnight trips. You better like who you are working with and shouldn’t it be fun? They should be creatively fulfilling days that give you the final images that perfectly show your work and you. - Trust the photographer but also speak up. If the leather straps on a chair really speak to your work and your design choices, make sure the photographer gets those leather straps! Or tile or built-in design. - This is the time to get the project the way you want it because when you walk out the door and close it behind you that is it. What do you have left of the SARAH WINCHESTER STUDIOS. | SARAH@SARAHWINCHESTERSTUDIOS.COM | 404.542.2833 project? A photo shoot is a chance to get the proje

Welcome to the show! Today, we have the charming Jared Hughes, an interior designer from Atlanta, joining us. Jared's Instagram and his website are well worth paying attention to because they are unusual, warm, and beautiful, and the authentic way that he has remained true to himself and his own, personal style really shines through both. In today's episode, Jared talks to us about his solid interior design business and he explains how he has built a reputation and gained recognition as a talented designer within the interior design industry, even though his firm is still under three years old. Tune in now, to find out more! Jared opened his firm after ten years of experience working for others in residential design and event and floral design. The experience that he gained from doing this has allowed him to hit the ground running and as a result, he's been producing projects that are timeless, classic, and with an unexpected twist. Listen in to find out what Jared has to share today. You're really going to enjoy this episode! Show Highlights: Jared talks about his confidence in presenting his work in his own, unique way in his Instagram and on his website. There are some key elements that are evident in all of Jared's designs. Jared explains why hints of his personal life appear regularly in his Instagram feed. Jared's biggest client is from Switzerland. What people are looking for in Atlanta, in terms of interior design. Jared talks about his incredible number of accomplishments over the last two years. Networking has really been key to Jared's success. As a new designer, it's really important to present yourself in a humble and respectful manner when getting to know more experienced designers. Jared advises you, as baby designers, to take the advice of more seasoned designers and let them help you. We never stop learning, so Jared likes to test out processes that have worked for other people. Jared is extroverted and better around other people, however, he has no problem with being alone. Jared gives some unique and useful advice to help introverted designers with networking. Jared explains where he gained the grounding for his specific design aesthetic. Bio: Jared Hughes is a globally inspired Atlanta designer with deep roots in the South. His penchant for antiques and architecture are at the heart of his work, and his fascination with fabrics is the starting point for nearly all of his design projects. He gleans inspiration from his obsession with color to rethink the past and create livable,  layered spaces. With 10 years of experience in residential, event and floral design, Hughes’ breadth of experience allows him to produce projects that feel timeless and classic with an unexpected twist. Links and Resources: Website: Jared Hughes Design Instagram: Jared Hughes Design Will you be joining LuAnn in Las Vegas for her one-day Power Talk Friday Tour? LuAnn is repeating her Power Talk Friday Tour this year in Las Vegas. It is a one-day coaching event and it will be held on Saturday, July 27th, and it will run from 8.00am to 11.00pm. It will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, discussions with LuAnn's PTF experts, and four hours of round table discussions, in groups of three or less, with each expert individually. Go to Power Talk Friday to reserve your seat. This event is sponsored by Revel Woods and MyDoma Studio. To get onto LuAnn's email list to get the info, text the word DESIGNBIZ to the number 444999.

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! We are very happy to have Kimberly Merlitti, one of our favorite Power Talk Experts, back on the show today. Many people are really in the dark about how much money is actually going in and out of their businesses. Kimberly, who first appeared in episode #361, loves teaching people to understand accounting in a way that makes them an active partner in their finances. Talking in really simple language, she helps people figure out the really important financial side of their businesses. In today's episode, you will learn about the billable hours, rates between the principal designer and junior designers, how to know your cash on hand, how to know your 'cost to be open' number, how to budget to hire a junior designer, and how to prepare for a recession. Listen in, to find out how to get to know your numbers. Kimberly Merlitti owns KMM Consulting based out of Washington, D.C. She has 20 years of experience working in accounting for companies such as Swinerton Builders, WRNS Studio, and Martin Group. She has her Masters in Accounting from Golden Gate University. Located in Washington D.C. Kimberly's clientele includes a diverse group of service-based companies, with the main focus on small interior design, construction, and architectural firms. The goal of her firm is to make the businesses she works for as profitable as they can be by educating them on accounting, cash flow management, tax deductions, project reporting, and business management. Tune in now, for more! Show Highlights: Kimberly shares a really simple calculation for you to get to know how much of the money in your business account is actually yours. Using the best software to calculate your vendor liability. Keeping an eye on your cash flow. How to know your cash on hand. It only takes five minutes a month to know your cash on hand. Budgeting to hire a junior designer. Working out your time-billing rates and budgets. Being upfront and straightforward with your clients. Telling your clients what to expect with every stage of the design process. Things to consider when working out your 'cost to be open' number. How to prepare for a recession. Building cash reserves for difficult times. Other episodes mentioned in today's show: Alinda Morris: #429 Michele Williams #180 and #395 Peter Lang #349 Links: A Well Designed Business Kimberly's website: KMM Consulting Kimberly's email: kimberly@kmmsf.com Need to schedule time with KMM? KMM Consulting

Welcome to today's show! We're excited to be interviewing Laura and Cliff Muller today. Laura and Cliff are the husband and wife team behind Four Point Design Build, an award-winning full-service multi-disciplinary residential and commercial high-level interior and architectural design, project management, and construction firm, based in Los Angeles. The landscape of interior design is changing, so design-build has become an incredible opportunity for interior designers to have control over their projects and to enjoy the fruits of a multi-dimensional process. In today's episode, Cliff and Laura share some of their winning design-build processes, and Laura gives some great advice about mentorship and collaborating with build professionals. Tune in now, to find out more. Four Point Design Build is owned and led by interior designer and general contractor, Laura and Cliff Muller, and with over sixty years of combined experience, FOUR POINT’s boutique hands-on style of design and project management from concept to turnkey, specializes in highly customized client-centered projects with an experienced and immaculate focus on whole home remodels, kitchens, baths, and office spaces. Cliff and Laura’s work has been seen Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Metropolis, Hospitality Design, and CA Home & Design to name a few. Listen in today, to find out about what it takes to run a successful design-build business. Show Highlights: There's a fine line between professionalism and personal expression in the world of business today. Why Laura and Cliff make such an excellent husband and wife team. Celebrating all the different people involved in a project at the end. How they developed the name of their business. Cliff and Laura's four-step business-process. Understanding what goes into a design-build project. The best way for a new designer to start out in the design-build world. Laura suggests that new designers find a design-build mentor to oversee their first small design-build project. The best way for a young designer to approach someone they would like to become their mentor. Laura explains how to make the right kind of connections. What has to happen at the beginning of a successful design-build project. The investigation and analysis that is necessary before the start of a design-build project. Knowing your self-worth and value, and the essence of the truth of your business is really empowering. Some websites that provide good information for designers and consumers to understand what to expect from a design-build project. Laura discusses the really well-received presentation that they did at the Las Vegas market, around the changing landscape of interior design. Short Company Bio: FOUR POINT DESIGN BUILD INC LAURA MULLER – CEO, OWNER + PRINCIPAL CLIFF MULLER – SENIOR CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANT June 20, 2019 For Immediate Release FOUR POINT DESIGN BUILD INC is an award-winning full service multi-disciplinary residential and commercial high-level interior and architectural design, project management, and construction firm based in Los Angeles, serving clients nationwide. Owned and led by Interior Designer and General Contractor, Laura and Cliff Muller, and with over sixty years of combined experience, FOUR POINT’s boutique hands-on style of design and project management from concept to turnkey specializes in highly customized client-centered projects with an experienced and immaculate focus on whole home remodels, kitchens, baths, and office spaces. From high-rise and mixed-use design-build to executive offices and luxury custom homes, Cliff and Laura guide and oversee every detail and project process with systems and teams in place that allow their Clients to relax and enjoy the blessings of designing and building a custom luxury #CleanFreshModernTM space. [137] Cliff and Laura’s work has been seen Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Metropolis, Hospitality Design, and CA Home & Design to name a few. Laura is the former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID/2016) and has the distinct honor of being selected to the prestigious 2018 DXV Design Panel and the elite 2019 Designer Council for Monogram Appliances. Cliff has collaborated on award-winning and highly celebrated projects with such renown architects as Patrick Tighe and Morphosis. [90] Link to HIGH RES IMAGES: A WELL DESIGNED BUSINESS_PODCAST ASSETS SERVICES INCLUDE > Full Service Interior Design > Architecture and Detailing > Custom Furniture Design and Fabrication > Construction Documents and Permit Acquisition > Full Service Project and Construction Management and Administration PROJECT TYPES > Residential > Commercial > Tenant Improvement > Retail > Restaurant > Multi-Family and Mixed Use TO LEARN MORE about us, our team, and our work, visit Four Point Design Build and SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter #The4ptReport for tips and trends, means and methods, things we love, inspiration, resources and tools, and more. FOLLOW US @4ptDesignBuild on Instagram Facebook Pinterest and Twitter. C O N T A C T U S Project Inquiries - Info@4ptdb.com Media and Speaking Inquiries - Andrew@andrewjosephpr S T U D I O 22048 Sherman Way, Suite 205 Canoga Park, CA 91303 | T 818.914.8826 LIC. B #982460   Links: Website: 4 Point Design Build Inc Instagram: 4 Point Design Build Inc Twitter: 4 Point Design Build Inc Facebook: 4 Point Design Build Inc Pinterest: 4 Point Design Build Inc The Design-Build Institute of America: DBIA LuAnn is repeating her Power Talk Friday Tour this year in Las Vegas. It is a one-day coaching event and it will be held on Saturday, July 27th, and it will run from 8.00am to 11.00pm. It will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, discussions with LuAnn's PTF experts, and four hours of round table discussions, in groups of three or less, with each expert individually. To get onto LuAnn's email list to get the info, text the word DESIGNBIZ to the number 444999.

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today's show is sponsored by our guest, Tobi Fairley, who previously appeared in episode #419. Tobi has been one of our industry leaders for many years, mentoring interior designers and helping them become better business persons. She is an accomplished luxury interior designer with her business based in Arkansas. She's a fabric designer, a business coach, a life coach, and she has her own podcast called Design You. Tobi has also created a unique and really effective coaching course called Tobi Fairley's DesignYou Coaching Program and in today's episode, she explains how her coaching program differs from all the rest. Tobi loves nothing more than helping people really thrive and love their business so listen in today, to learn from Tobi how to cast a wider net and start making money while you sleep. Tobi Fairley is known for her bold use of color in interior design, but she’s also one of the nation’s most progressive-thinking entrepreneurs. She is passionate about her full-service interior design company and her consulting firm which are focused on helping clients design their homes, their businesses, and their lives, with a special interest in promoting wellness and balance for entrepreneurs, CEOs, and creatives. Tune in now, to find out more! Show Highlights: Tobi explains what's different about her coaching. Getting out of your own head and out of your own way. Unlocking your old mindsets. Why the course is a yearly program. Tobi explains what the coaching course covers. Finances can be scary for creatives. The kind of real-time support that you will get from Tobi. The benefits of abundant thinking. The three different courses that Tobi will be re-doing, live, that are also included in her yearly course. Tobi is very straightforward with her coaching clients. Tobi explains why it's in her best interest to pour all her support into you. Why you need to be doing business differently now to how you did it in the past. Digital marketing for interior designers. Understanding the value ladder in a digital marketing system. Opening your mind to working differently. Creating a system from your design process. Becoming niche-specific. Meeting your clients right where they are. How coaching, content, and community can help you reach your goals. Bio: Traditional Home predicts “Tobi will be like Cher or Oprah, one of those women for whom one name says it all.” Tobi Fairley is known for her bold use of color in interior design, but she’s also one of the nation’s most progressive-thinking entrepreneurs. Tobi is passionate about her full-service interior design company and her consulting firm which are focused on helping clients design their homes, their businesses, and their lives, with a special interest in promoting wellness and balance for entrepreneurs, CEOs, and creatives. Tobi established her firm more than 19 years ago and her projects have spanned the nation and beyond. Her award-winning interior design, product design and ideas have been featured on television and in publications worldwide including House Beautiful, Veranda, Traditional Home, Huffington Post, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Coastal Living, Southern Cottages, Creative Live, the Chicago Tribune, and MSNBC. In 2017, Tobi was a columnist for Traditional Home magazine with a feature in each issue chronicling her own home renovation and reveal. Tobi’s design goal is to create interiors that will assist her clients in reaching their big, personal, and entrepreneurial dreams, while supporting their health and wellness. She designs functional homes and beautiful environments that will foster personal growth, balance, and connection for all who use them. Tobi was at the forefront of the design blog movement when she launched her blog over 10 years ago, and it’s currently read in more than 125 countries worldwide. She has been a trusted coach for over 10 years for interior designers and creatives through her live events, design and business courses, and online programs. Among Tobi’s latest ventures is Design You, a monthly coaching program, where interior designers and creatives can get all of Tobi’s best course content, along with live coaching from Tobi in the areas of business, health and wellness, and mindset for a monthly or yearly subscription. In April 2018 Tobi launched her new podcast, The Design You Podcast, where she helps Interior Designers and Creatives say no to busy and say yes to more health, wealth and joy. In her podcast episodes, Tobi shares best business practices, her personal journey as a working mom and her beliefs about personal development for creating your best life, business, and home. For the last 3 years, Tobi has had great success in product design with her licensed collections from Soicher Marin (art), Duralee (fabrics), CR Laine (upholstered furniture), Woodbridge Furniture (case goods and outdoor furniture), New River Artisans (rugs), and recently signed a license with C2 Paint which will debut late 2018. Previous episodes mentioned in the show: Tobi's first appearance on the show was in episode #419 Links and resources: Tobi's details: Tobi Fairley, ASID 17200 Chenal Parkway Suite 300 #330 Little Rock, AR 72223 tobifairley.com info@tobifairley.com 501-868-9882 Tobi's website: Tobi Fairley Tobi's podcast, Design You Mighty Networks   Tobi’s Freebie for LuAnn’s Audience: The Digital Marketing Primer e-Course--this 12-part email course teaches you the basics of what a digital marketing strategy is and why you MUST have one in your business.  Get it at Digital Primer Tobi Fairley’s DesignYou Coaching Program: DesignYou is a monthly coaching program for Interior Designers and Creative Entrepreneurs that costs $279 per month or $2799 per year. Features: 2 live monthly coaching calls with Tobi (2 hours each) Tobi’s Book Club bi-monthly book selections and group calls for discussion Access to Tobi’s 3 signature courses included in your membership. These courses (listed below) have transformed thousands of creatives and the way they run their businesses. Designer MBA Course Digital Marketing For Creatives Course Financials for Creatives Course (Tobi is teaching this live July 16-17) You also get a very active peer community in DesignYou built on the Mighty Networks platform. Thanks to the features of Mighty Networks, DesignYou is organized by topics and is easily searchable. There are groups on specific topics in DesignYou including: Interior Design Group Tobi’s Book Club 3 Accountability Groups for the Digital Marketing for Creatives Course depending on your level of implementation. Digital Marketing Assets Group where you can post your digital marketing deliverables for review by Tobi and Team Tobi. If you buy at the Insiders Level of DesignYou (pay for a full year when joining), you also get: A live call with one of Tobi’s top team members or experts with a Q and A--these are on topics like marketing, podcasting, writing email campaigns, creating a course or program, website design and more. A monthly flash mastermind where you and your peers do a live collaborative mastermind session on a specific topic lead by Team Tobi. A behind the scenes look at what Tobi is working on in her business and what programs courses she is currently creating. Benefits: In DesignYou we teach Designers and Creatives how to: Transform your mindset to bring about real change in your business and personal life and understand what’s holding you back/keeping you stuck so you can find a solution. Transform your business model to be profitable, scalable and future ready. Implement consulting-only offerings like Strategy Sessions into your service offerings to start making more money for your time and intellectual property TODAY! Transform your schedule from flying by the seat of your pants to organized structure. This means finally accomplishing goals but on the timeline you create. End the feast or famine nature of business by teaching members how to create a digital marketing strategy. Have more health, wealth, and joy while running your creative business. Identify burnout and all of the action steps to overcome it or prevent it. Build systems and processes to get your business running smoothly and consistently with less stress - and then we dive into how to automate these systems to create more time in your day.   Target your Ideal Client and Niche so that you are working with the

Welcome! Today, Beth Smith, the owner and principal designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, based in New Jersey, joins me on the show. For Beth, the interior design came years after pursuing her degrees in business and accounting to fulfill her love of processes and business strategy. In today's episode, Beth talks to us about budgets, managing situations, and expectations, and also about sexual harassment and she explains to us why she now has a clause in her contract to cover it. They also discuss the power and benefits, to both your business and your self-development, of attending industry events. Tune in now, for more! After completing her M.B.A., Beth spent more than ten years in corporate finance, with companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Viacom, honing her skills in understanding clients, analytics, and budgeting, and sharpening her attention to detail. Beth's work and her design advice have been featured on television and also in various print and online publications including NBC, HGTV, Vogue, EBONY, Design*Sponge, and the New York Times. Listen in today, to hear Beth's story. Show Highlights: Leaning into your skills and expressing them to your potential clients. The skills that Beth moved over from her corporate life to her design business. Working strategically around budget issues with clients. Keeping the client's expectations realistic. What 'don't save your client's money' really means. Dealing with clients who have unreasonably low budgets. Listening to your gut and having your client trust that you know what is best for them. Coping with situations where a client does not go along with your advice. Beth takes her contracts very seriously. After signing, she sends the client a letter highlighting the important points. What Beth outlines in her welcome letter. Being responsive while still sticking to business hours. Beth explains why she does not feel the need to present her contract to her clients in person. How Beth protects herself and the team she works with. Dealing with sexual harassment. Beth talks about the great press that she has had in her design career. Beth shares some suggestions for running a design firm in a way to prepare yourself to get lucky and be noticed by Open House NYC. Most of Beth's press has come from relationships and networking. Networking from a place of giving. About Kavet's past Blogfests and how they have really helped Beth to grow her business. Bio: Beth Diana Smith is the Owner and Principal Designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, a New Jersey-based interior design company. Beth, her work, and her design advice have been featured on television and in various print and online publications including NBC, HGTV, Vogue.com, EBONY, Design*Sponge, and The New York Times. But know that interior design came years after pursuing degrees in business and accounting to satiate her love of processes and business strategy. After completing her M.B.A., she spent more than a decade in corporate finance in companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Viacom honing her skills in understanding clients, analytics, budgeting, and keen attention to detail.  Links and resources: Beth's Website: Beth Diana Smith Beth's Instagram: Beth Diana Smith Beth's Facebook: Beth Diana Smith Beth's Pinterest: Beth Diana Smith Beth's LinkedIn: Beth Diana Smith Luann Nigara Luann Nigara Book2 Well Designed Article Window Fashion Vision Previous episodes mentioned in the show: Nate Berkus #433 Erika Ward #6 and #278 LuAnn is repeating her Power Talk Friday Tour this year in Las Vegas. It is a one-day coaching event and it will be held on Saturday, July 27th, and it will run from 8.00am to 11.00pm. It will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, discussions with LuAnn's PTF experts, and four hours of round table discussions, in groups of three or less, with each expert individually. To get onto LuAnn's email list to get the info, text the word DESIGNBIZ to the number 444999.

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, Sarah Santacroce, an internationally recognized LinkedIn Specialist & Online Presence Mentor, joins us on the show. Sarah helps convert your presence online into paying customers, and she is also the creative brain behind the LinkedIn Challenge, an event that has already helped more than 1900 people to improve their knowledge about using LinkedIn for business. Tune in now, to find out more. Sarah, who lives in Switzerland, is known for her simple, no-nonsense Swiss efficiency mixed with a dose of Californian 'yes we can' attitude. She uses her ability to focus to help you to come up with a strategy to achieve your goals. And with her experience, her skill, her empathy, and her passion, she encourages you and helps you grow your business. She has assisted hundreds of clients from all over the world by generating leads for them via LinkedIn and social serving strategies. In today's episode, Sarah will open your eyes to the untapped potential of Linkedin. Listen in, to learn from Sarah how to breathe life into your LinkedIn profile. Show highlights: Why LinkedIn is actually a great platform for introverts. How LinkedIn has changed since the millennials started showing up and changing things about two years ago. Sarah suggests some strategies for successfully using LinkedIn as a platform. How a great LinkedIn profile can really benefit introverts. Where the power of LinkedIn really lies. On LinkedIn, everything is organized by job titles so you need to figure out who you're going to be working with. Adding more experiences to your LinkedIn profile. Creating a special landing page and linking it to your LinkedIn profile. The biggest mistake Sarah's seen people make. Sarah explains where to start. Your past experience counts for a lot. Building relationships and networking effectively through social serving. LinkedIn is about creating a human connection. Posting visual content to demonstrate that you're an expert in your field. LinkedIn's mission is to be the number one platform for professional content. The amount of time it takes to create a meaningful presence on LinkedIn. Sarah talks about her podcast, Introvert Biz Growth Podcast. Extract from Sarah's website: My clients like to work with me because I’m structured, focused, result oriented, ‘the real thing’.  I’m known for my simple, no-nonsense Swiss efficiency, mixed with a good dose of Californian ‘yes we can’ attitude! (we lived in California from 2006 - 2010) And she goes on to say: There are a few things I’m good at: My ability to focus on the essentials & come up with the strategy for you to achieve your goals My experience(based on many failures) of getting clients online & what it takes to grow your business My skill to quickly put myself into your client’s shoes & create an offer that he/she can’t resist My empathy, passion& encouragement to use your uniqueness to grow your business Oh, and I'm an Introvert. Links and resources: Sarah's website: Sarah Santacroce Sarah's podcast Sarah's LinkedIn: Sarah Santacroce Sarah's facebook: Sarah Santacroce Sarah's lead magnet: Sarah's Templates LuAnn's Webinar: Join me on Tuesday, June 25th at 1:00 pm est for an exclusive Mydoma Studio webinar on Sales Strategies for Interior Designers! The roles will be reversed and I will be in the hot seat talking about the strategies I have learned. Come prepared with your questions!  You can ask me questions about your business, about tricky conversations with clients, about how to sell more to the same people, about anything you want really. You know me, I just love hanging out with you! Webinar: My Doma Studio

Welcome to today's episode! It's time to start thinking about the High Point Market again. If you're wondering why you need to be thinking about it now, you may be surprised to find out that the hotels are already filling up. Also, now is the right time to start mapping out your trip and go to the website at High Point Market to see who the brands are, make your appointments, and get onto the email list so you can be notified of the new product launches, the panels, and the keynote series in the theater, because you really won't want to miss a thing! Listen in today, to find out more. On the show today, we have Ashley Grigg, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the High Point Market Authority, Lisa Mende, the founder and principal of Lisa Mende Design, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jeanne Chung, a luxury interior designer and retailer based in Southern California. These three ladies will explain why you need to attend the High Point Market and they will give some great tips for making the most of the experience. They will also discuss the logistics of going to High Point, explain how to make your trip really productive, and share some really useful information about the various tours that are available. You really have to know what to do before you get to High Point, so tune in now, to get all the details. Show Highlights: Why it's really important for interior designers to invest the time and money in going to High Point Market. How half the business is conducted after the market is over. The brand cocktail parties are awesome opportunities to meet and connect with important people. The way that High Point has really impacted on Jeanne's business. Making great connections at High Point Market. How High Point Market stands out from all the rest. Having the opportunity to talk to the showroom owners. Ways for new designers to establish themselves with the various showrooms. Some things to think about when pre-planning your trip to High Point Market. Why it's a good idea to do a tour for your first trip to High Point. High Point Market covers 11 500 000 square feet! Jeanne talks about her Insider's Tour, which is geared towards designers seeking to offer customization and one-of-a-kind. Ashley talks about all the other tours that are also available for buyers at High Point. The relevant information about all the tours is available on the High Point Market authority website. High Point Market Some tips for making sure that you are able to connect with the right people at High Point. There is an incredible Market Advisor Team available for you to call to answer any questions you may have prior to arriving at HP. They will also be available during the market. Lisa's great tips and suggestions for getting ready for market. Bios: Ashley Grigg is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the High Point Market Authority. High Point Market is the largest home furnishings trade show in the world and Ashley manages many of their projects, including media relations, educational programming, social media, and digital promotions. Ashley has over 13 years of experience in marketing and event management Lisa Mende is the founder and principal of Lisa Mende Design based in Charlotte, NC which opened in 1998. She has built a reputation as one of the South’s Leading Luxury Designers and her work has been featured in many well-known national shelter and lifestyle magazines. As a designer and tastemaker, Lisa works with Brands and has served as a #Authlux Design Guild Member for House of Rohl for 2018, The Thermador Design Council and the Design Council for DSV Luxury in 2016. Lisa is an Allied Member of ASID and NKBA. She also pens the popular blog “The Design Connector” where she is currently kicking off a new series which will chronicle the renovation of her own home sharing all her favorite kitchen and bath products and as well as the renovation process with her readers. Jeanne Chung is a luxury interior designer and retailer based in Southern California. In addition to heading up her own interior design firm, Jeanne owns a retail and to the trade showroom in Pasadena, CA which has become a favorite go-to destination for both designers and design enthusiasts who seek a unique and artfully edited selection of new and vintage home furnishings and accessories.  Through her design blog Cozy Stylish Chic, Jeanne has become recognized as an influencer in the industry and frequently collaborates with brands and manufacturers. She is a regular speaker on trade show designer panels and has served as a High Point Market Style Spotter. Jeanne participated in the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in 2017 and in 2018, served on the Board of the ASID Pasadena Chapter. About the High Point Market: In October and April each year, the High Point Market attracts more than 75 000 retailers, interior designers, and service providers from more than 100 countries. There are nearly 2000 exhibitor showrooms across 180 buildings, covering twelve million square feet of space. High Point Market was founded in 1909, in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It is the world's longest running home furnishings event and it is the driving force in the home furnishings industry. It is unrivaled in both its size and scope. High Point Market features more Made in the USA furnishings than any other trade show, as well as a wide variety of imported goods, spanning every style, category, and price point. Links and resources:  High Point Market Digital Press Kit Website: High Point Market Ashley's email: ashley@highpointmarket.org To download the app CamCard: CamCard Registration opens mid-July, 2019 for the fall market Fall Market: October 19th-23rd, 2019 When you do go to High Point, please be sure to stop by Kravet’s showroom, located at Market Square, #217 on the 2nd floor. This show was previously aired as #406.

Welcome to today's show! We're turning things around a bit and sharing a replay of LuAnn being interviewed by Amber De La Garza, aka the Productivity Specialist, a while back, when LuAnn was a guest on Amber's show, Productivity Straight Talk. Listen in today, to hear their conversation. In today's episode, LuAnn talks to Amber about the way that she's blended structure, systems, and processes into her business, Window Works, to help it grow to become a two-million dollar company. She talks about her success and her challenges, she shares ways to create structure in your business, and she also gives some questions to ask yourself before making any big decisions. Tune in now to find out what LuAnn has to say about her business which has been thriving in the interior design space since 1982. Show highlights: LuAnn describes what her business and her support structure look like. Luann discusses the roles that she, her husband, and their partner each play in their business, and the synergistic way they work together. How the Window Works team came together. LuAnn describes her life before structure. How structure equals freedom and success. How LuAnn woke up to the value of structure. Why you must embrace systems in order to scale. LuAnn and Amber discuss the perils of disorganization. How organization ties into productivity. How time-blocking has really worked for LuAnn. The administrative system that has had the biggest impact on LuAnn's business. Links: A Well-Designed Business Podcast Window Works Original Episode Amber’s Website: Amber Delagarza Amber's Facebook Amber's Instagram Email: Amber@TheProductivitySpecialist.com Book mentioned: The E-Myth by Michael Gerber

Welcome! Today, we have Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Artigas on the show with us. Juan Carlos is an accomplished architect and interior designer with extensive experience in high-end hospitality, restaurant, commercial, and residential design. He is currently the design director of the London Studio of the global interior architecture firm, Wilson Associates. Juan Carlos's position is multi-faceted, and in today's episode, he discusses his role and responsibilities, as the firm's design director, where he oversees the day-to-day operations and projects of the London studio. In addition to creating beautiful projects, he has been in charge of the hiring and building of a cohesive and talented team, which he has then had to lead and guide. Also, a large part of his job involves finding, meeting, and creating opportunities for new business for the firm, and he explains that this all starts with relationships and with connecting to people. Tune in now to find out more.  Wilson Associates is a collection of 10 design firms around the world whose work encompasses interior architectural design, architecture, art consultancy, concept development, branding, and food and beverage design. Their portfolio includes some of the most prestigious hospitality projects in the world. Listen in today, to hear what Juan Carlos has to share. Show Highlights: Juan Carlos shares some of his experiences from the past year while building the London studio. The pros and cons of first working for a small firm, and then jumping to a big firm. Juan Carlos shares what he was looking for when hiring his team members. Starting out with a small team and growing organically. When building his team, he was looking for flexibility and team players. That's his secret to creating a small, winning team. Running a small office has involved wearing a number of different hats. Juan describes the difference between his last position and his current one, with Wilson Associates. Creating a strong foundation with the team he built. The kind of skill set that Juan Carlos required his team members to have. Why Juan Carlos prefers working in hospitality, rather than in residential. Having to take into account what the operations team is telling you when designing for hospitality. Juan Carlos describes his superpower and the superpower of Wilson Associates. The way that all the offices of Wilson Associates collaborate and support each other. Even though Wilson Associates is a global team, each studio has its own identity. How Juan Carlos, personally, cultivates a pipeline of hospitality projects. The event that Juan Carlos would recommend for everyone to go to. The biggest challenge that Juan Carlos has faced, that has also been a great lesson for him. Some advice for keeping a pressured team happy and moving. Bio: Role & Responsibility: Juan is an architect and interior designer with an extensive and holistic international experience in high-end hospitality, restaurant, commercial and residential design. Combining strengths in architecture and interior design, Juan worked eight years as an independent designer and creative consultant on different high end commercial and residential projects in Spain and abroad. He was Designer Director at Rockwell Group Europe, managing a variety of projects in Asia and the Middle East for some of the most prestigious hospitality brands. He currently leads the recently open Wilson associates London office. In charge of this edition sleep & eat theater. Juan Carlos says: “People ignore design that ignores people” Education: College Degree in Architecture at Universidad Anahuac Mexico City, Mexico Interior design degree/ Instituto Europeo di Design Madrid, Spain Master degree in project management & design Universidad San Pablo Ceu Madrid, Spain Links and resources: Wilson Associates website:  Wilson Associates’ Designer Questionnaire Basics Title: Design Director London Office Languages spoken: English / Spanish and a bit of Italian Education: College Degree in Architecture/ Universidad Anahuac Mexico City Professional accreditations and/or memberships:- Interior design degree/ Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid, Spain –Master degree in project management & design Universidad San Pablo Ceu Madrid, Spain. Tenure at Wilson: March 2018 Quote you live by or your design mantra: “People ignore design that ignores people” Beyond the Basics: What attracted you to Wilson Associates? What do you enjoy most about working here? I’ve always loved a challenge; opening an office for such as important and reputable firm like Wilson Associates in a city like London has been one of the most exciting and rewarding challenges in my career to date. When did you know you wanted to be a designer? I don’t think we ever really know what we want to be, but we do begin doing things we love, and by finding our passion you realize it is something you want to do and be forever. Where do you find your design inspiration? Everything is inspiring if you look and pay attention. Do you have any advice for young designers? Is there any piece of advice you were given early in your career that sticks with you? Don’t be afraid to fail; defend your ideas, but never fall in love with them and always listen to different points-of-views. What are some of your career accomplishments? What projects are you most proud of? Some of my career accomplishments within design come from participating in projects like the recently opened W Suzhou and Hotel Ingles in Madrid, which opened Spring 2018. I have a special affection for high-end residential design, especially a recent penthouse project in Madrid before I entered the hospitality field. What is the most rewarding part of the job? The most challenging? Any project that ends with a shake of hands and smile from a client is an accomplishment. In hospitality, I find the most challenging part of the job is not only working as a designer but as a mediator between a hotel operator and ownership when they have very opposite visions for a project. It is our job to find that common ground and present an end result that pleases all parties. What are your hobbies outside of your work? Any guilty pleasures? I think the best thing you can spend your money on is travel; experiences stay with you forever. I like yoga, meditation and to hit the gym as much as I can. My guilty pleasures include tacos with tons of salsa verde. You can also put poison into strawberries with chocolate and I would never notice! What is your favorite restaurant, hotel and overall destination to visit? My favorite restaurant is a classic Spanish restaurant in Madrid called El Paraguas. From a designer perspective, The Jane in Antwerp, Belgium is always worth visiting and I most recently visited a small boutique hotel in Paris called Maison Breguet that was just lovely.  My favorite hotel and destination are a hidden place off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico called Zipolite, but please don’t spread the word! Mallorca in Spain is also always a good idea. Which designers and/or artists inspire you? Luis Barragan, Piet Boon, Carlo Scarpa, Lázaro Rosa Violán If you weren’t an interior designer, what would you be? Definitely an interior designer. Topics or aspects of design you’re comfortable discussing with the media or on a panel? F&B, Changing trends in the hospitality area, hotel room experiences. What are some panels, events/conferences, colleges/professional groups and events, blogs/media you would like to participate in? Anything related to interior and hospitality design. List three lessons, systems or business techniques you learned at previous positions in and out of the industry. You need to get the right players on your team. Great ideas come from various minds, so it’s important to recruit the best team members and invest in the growth and empowerment of your team. Don’t fall in love with your ideas and always be ready to alter them, especially in hospitality design where revenue plays an important role. Remain optimistic while maintaining realistic expectations as to what you are capable of delivering by a specific deadline with the resources you have. Sometimes it’s better to have quality results than quantity. Finally, I would also make sure that what you are able to deliver what is written in the contract. Name 2-3 challenges in running a design firm? One of the main challenges of running a design firm today with all the constant stream of communication and information from the media is creating a space that not only makes a difference but offers so

Welcome to another solo Power Talk Friday! We hope you're ready for a really out-of-the-box episode today! This morning, as on most weekday mornings, LuAnn was reading the Dear Abby column. She's often thought about it and wondered why she reads it because it's such a crazy, mindless column. People write in with very real and heartbreaking problems and yet they are willing to wait for months to get an answer. That really boggles LuAnn's mind! So, this morning, she was talking out loud and ranting about it, in the very same way she did at the LuAnn Nigara Live event last month when she got really upset about designers not charging their worth. Then she had an idea! Tune in now, to find out what she came up with. Sometimes, in our businesses, when we know that things aren't quite right, we pretend that it's just not that big of a deal. So we avoid having the hard conversation or doing the hard thing. Today, LuAnn has come up with some of the top things she has found that we, as business owners, tend to convince ourselves are okay when they really are not. She has listed all the shows that go with these difficulties, so listen in today, to find out which action to take to correct each these problems. Show Highlights: LuAnn reads this morning's Dear Abby column. People tend to forget that they have a choice. LuAnn has no idea what it costs to run her business and she has no idea of the minimum billable hours that she must log each week. Should she be worried? Listen to Alinda Morris’ episode #429. Month after month I let my bookkeeper do everything, with no accountability, with no oversight on my part. Should I be worried? Listen to Andrea Schumacher’s lesson in episode #86. I don’t know how to talk to my CPA. Should I be worried? Listen to Peter Lang in episode #349. I really want to be an interior designer but I can’t get out of my day job. Should I be worried? If you want a plan to get out and do what you’re meant to do, listen to Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl in episodes #291 and #397. I’m not really making any money in my design firm, but it’s only been a few years in business. Should I be worried? Listen to Kimberley Kay in episode #234, Cat French in episode #376, and Alyce Lopez, in episode #382. I don’t know anything about home staging but I’m a designer so should I be worried? Listen to Shauna Lynn Simon in episode # 84. Also, Taylor will be back at the end of the summer. They don't talk much about home staging but if you missed her first show, listen to episode #106. Everybody says I should be doing video for my business but I hate it. Should I be worried? Listen to Arianne Bellizaire, in episode #20, talk about how she uses video in her firm and then listen to Claire Jefford teach you how to do it in episode #237. I don’t know my gross sales for 2018? I don’t know how to figure it out. Should I be worried? Listen to the shows with Michele Williams #180 #395. And her own podcast: Profit is a Choice. I run a business but I don’t take a salary, should I be worried? Listen to Kimberley Merlitti’s episode on what you really are earning with your hourly fee, in episode #361. I don’t have an email list. Should I be worried? Listen to Kae Whitakers show, episodes #’s 259 and #274. I know in my gut I need to re-brand and I want to but I’m afraid? Should I be worried? Listen to Kristen Thomas, episode #314 and Sandra Funk #145. I have a big dream for my business but I’m not sure it’ll work, so I do nothing. Should I be worried? Listen to Lori Weitzner’s episode #308 and Caitlyn Waite’s episode #284. I have an employee that I know is not a good fit but I’m afraid to have the hard conversation? Should I be worried? Listen to episode #101 with Joni Vanderslice, episode #364 with Janelle Photopoulos, and Eileen Hahn, episode #363. I’m a horrible salesperson. Should I be worried? Listen to Madeleine MacRae #315 and last Friday solo’s show #432 Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Alinda Morris #429 Andrea Schumacher #86 Peter Lang #349 Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl # 291 and #397 Kimberley Kay #234 Cat French #376 Alyce Lopez #382 Shauna Lynn Simon #84 Taylor #106

Welcome to a very special episode of A Well-Designed Business! Today Nate Berkus joins us on the show! We really have lots to talk to him about, and at the top of the list is his first collection with Kravet Inc. This collection, called Well-Traveled, launching in June 2019 is a luxurious mix of chenille’s, statement cotton and linen prints as well as intricate embroideries, and velvet. In today's show, Nate describes how his love of organic, rich, earth-tones is incorporated in the color palette he designed for this collection. Nate's travels have been the inspiration for this collection. Each of his exclusive fabrics possesses a global point of view and the fabric collection, as a whole, represents his distinctly individual perspective, which blends history, architecture, and artwork from all around the world. Listen in to find out about Nate's approach to his business, his perspective on color and design, and how he came to work with Oprah. Show Highlights: Nate talks about his new venture, in collaboration with Kravet Inc, which launches in June 2019. Nate has really enjoyed working with the passionate, creative team at Kravet Inc! LuAnn is looking forward to featuring some of Nate's collection in her newly-renovated showroom at Window Works. Nate explains what inspired him to start his own interior design firm at the age of twenty-four. Nate talks about what he set out to do when he first started out on his own. The impact that social media has had on the interior design industry. Running his business like a Fortune 500 company with systems, procedures and cross checks. Nate explains why creating an exceptional client experience has always been as important to him as the creativity their team produces. Why you can't separate who you are professionally from who you are personally. The importance of being honest and transparent- and owning your mistakes. Always remember that you can't change your reputation. It follows you wherever you go. Nate talks about his creative director, Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, the team she leads, the way that they support one another and their process for managing interior design projects. Nate explains why he decided not to close his design firm in 2006. The magical way that Nate got to meet and work with Oprah. Even when faced with a one of a kind opportunity, Nate made decisions based on sound business principles, exemplifying true professional leadership as an interior design firm owner. The moment when Oprah told America to remember Nate's name. Nate personal work ethic is to work as hard or harder than anyone he collaborates with. He feels it shows respect and creates an environment for more collaboration. His dear friend, former Co-President of Oprah Winfrey Network and President of Harp Productions, Sheri Salata, married Nick and Jeremiah Brent. Nancy Hala, Sheri’s business partner, and co-host on their podcast, Sheri and Nancy, is a previous guest on A Well-Designed Business, episode #377 Sheri Salata, Nancy Hala, Nate and Jeremiah partner in a media company called Story. Nate discusses how he and Jeremiah work together on interior design projects and how important it is when you are in business with your spouse to respect each other's opinions. Nate gives his best advice for growing a profitable design firm. Bio: Since designer Nate Berkus established his award-winning interior design firm at the age of 24, his approachable and elevated philosophy has transformed countless homes around the world through his design work, home collections, books, television shows, and media appearances. Ever since Berkus’ first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002, he has become one of the world’s most recognizable interior designers. His work has been featured in publications including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, VOGUE, InStyle, O Magazine and People. He is included on the ELLE DÉCOR “A-List” of the world’s top designers and was named to the AD100 list in 2018.  Links: Website: Nate Berkus Instagram: Nate Berkus Facebook: Nate Berkus Pinterest: Nate Berkus Nate And Jeremiah By Design is on TLC on Saturday nights. Nate’s fabric collection with Kravet Inc. is called Well-Traveled. In spring 2019 Nate and Jeremiah launched a new line of furniture, with over 300 pieces, for Living Spaces, a retailer on the west coast of the US. Recommended book: The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, we're talking about what to do when you know the client is wrong. For the health and success of your business, it's really critical that you know how to handle conflicts successfully. In episode #430, we talked about what to do when you are wrong. In today's episode, you will learn what to do when you do everything right but the client doesn't like it. Listen in, to get LuAnn's expert advice. Do you want to be right or do you want to get what you want? Over the years, this little phrase has really helped LuAnn navigate conflicts with clients, vendors, employees, and even with the people closest to her. And Window Works is also very clear about their core values and their commitment to 110% customer service. The team doesn't always know how each of them will handle a given situation, but they all know that they will do whatever it takes to make the client happy. Tune in now, to find out what to do when the client just isn't happy with what you've done. Show highlights: LuAnn gives an example of something that happened at Window Works this past winter. In a conflict situation with a client, be calm, non-confrontational, and let them know that you will do whatever it takes to make them happy. It's important to know what you're striving for and what your goals are. LuAnn explains why she, as the owner of the company, decided not to make the first phone call in the situation that happened with Window Works. There are subtle nuances to successfully handling difficult situations. Why Luann called the client only on the second day. LuAnn explains how she read the situation. It's very important to remain real, and not play any games. It's another thing if the client decides not to play by the rules. Setting up reminders and putting all the previous agreements in front of the client in a conversational way. Sometimes, it's best to honestly agree with the client. LuAnn shares the solution she proposed to the client. Carefully placing the message of excellent customer service in between the lines. Applying pressure in a very nice and subtle way. LuAnn explains her clear reason for creating an opportunity for a phone call the next day. Why it was so important for LuAnn to have the first order paid for right away. Selling is about listening, being on your feet, and being willing to get to the bottom of whatever is upsetting the client. Using your rationale to get the client to buy into the solution that you want to happen. Why you need to be very clear about how the payments for each section of the project must happen after agreeing to a solution. Remember that you are the leader of the transaction, so be the leader! The ultimate goal is not to win. It is to leave the client 100% satisfied. You need to know what the net cost of the project is. Paying close attention to what your client is saying is really very important. Links: To find out about LuAnn's group sales coaching course, Sales For Creatives, head over to Sales For Creatives To get onto LuAnn's email list, text the word designbiz to 444999.

Welcome to today's show! We have Debbe Daley, an interior designer in the New England area, on the show with us. Debbe is also an installed designer in the Boston Design Center’s Designer On Call program, now called Design Services program. In today's episode, Debbe talks to us about the way she handles her initial consult, about the items that she puts in a folder for her clients, and how she provides suggestions for her clients. She also talks about the book she is writing, Monetizing Your Passion- Turning Your Hobby into A Business, which is due to be launched in the fall of 2019 and she discusses the two-day seminar that she will be running in Portsmouth, in June, for interior designers. Listen in, to find out what Debbe has to share on the show today. After obtaining a business degree, Debbe took a slight detour and taught herself how to sew custom window treatments. She also spent some time doing hands-on work in the paint, wallpaper, and furniture industry. In doing this, she gained valuable knowledge and she also expanded her industry network of friends and colleagues. Now, some thirty years later, Debbe is well-respected in the industry and she is often invited to speak at industry conferences. She also writes a weekly lifestyle column for the Lowell Sun, where she covers topics about design, travel, DIY, and cooking, for the Merrimack Valley audience. Tune in now for more. Show Highlights: The five-day course in decoration and interior design that Debbe teaches to the non-design professional who is hoping to become a design professional. Debbe gives an overview of the two-day course she teaches, called Design For Today, that is geared towards professionals in the design industry. The next course will be in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on June the 27th and 28th. Debbe's two-day workshop was developed at the request of some of Debbe's seasoned colleagues from the Association of Design Education. Debbe's clients are looking for software platforms that they can use to enhance their businesses, to make their lives a bit easier. Debbe uses Design Files, a platform that is designed to do e-design. The thing that really got Debbe going in the right direction and gave her the motivation for the book she's writing. Why sharing her knowledge is so important to Debbe right now. Some of the lessons that Debbe learned from Fred Berns. Debbe's take on whether or not to put your packages on your website. How Debbe handles her initial client consultation. The mechanism that Debbe uses to stay on time. What the folder that Debbe gives her clients initially contains. Why Debbe always has her clients sign a photo release form. Debbe talks about her initial consultation rate and her hourly rate. About Debbe's Pick Your Brain segment. How Fred Berns helped Debbe to increase her rates. Debbe has set things up so that there's a package for everyone. Attracting the client that is right for you. The importance of putting yourself out there, introducing yourself to your local reps, and setting up your vendor accounts. Debbe talks about her new book, Monetizing Your Passion- Turning Your Hobby into A Business, and she explains who it is geared towards. It takes a lot of hard work to be an interior designer. As a new designer, any kind of store experience is valuable. People notice it if you're driven and you really know what you're doing, as a designer. Bio: Debbe Daley, an award-winning interior designer with more than 30 years’ experience, is known for the extraordinary service she provides prominent homeowners in New England and around the country. She supplies a complete range of design services for new and existing homes nationwide, but she focuses on working with clients in the Boston Back Bay, the North Shore of Massachusetts, Cape Cod, coastal Maine, and the New Hampshire seacoast as well as the Merrimack Valley. In addition, she is a gifted professional speaker who delivers programs to both interior design and general audiences nationwide. She presents keynotes, seminars, and workshops on topics ranging from design business success practices to the Power of Positive Energy. Debbe is the winner of numerous Houzz customer service awards and gets 80% of her business from referrals. She designs multiple homes for the same clients and works with different generations of the same family. Clients use words like “fantastic,” fabulous,” “exceptional,” “impeccable,” “outstanding,” and “a pleasure to work with” to describe her. Debbe has designed new homes and remodeled existing residences for more than 700 clients, including Fortune 500 executives, CEOs, high tech leaders, medical specialists, business owners, and other successful professionals. Her commercial design projects include funeral homes and professional offices. Debbe Daley Designs is based in an elegant design studio in the historic Abraham Shaw House in Portsmouth, NH. The firm is backed by a team of some of the region’s premier contractors, carpenters, painters, flooring specialists, cabinet experts, electricians, and other professionals, as well as a nationwide network of vendors and suppliers. Debbe, who earned interior design degrees at three leading institutions, shares her extensive design expertise in her weekly lifestyle column in the Lowell Sun, the Huffington Post and her own blog. She keeps current on the design industry through her involvement with the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Furnishings and Design Assn. and the National Speakers Association. Her clients today benefit from the customer service, problem-solving and administrative skills, and the product knowledge she gained during her highly successful earlier career working in the industry through retail establishments, an interior design firm and four leading New England companies. Debbe has an office in the Boston Design Center, where she is involved in the Design Services, Designer on Call program as well as the new office location in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, serving regions of the Merrimack Valley, Boston, and the Portsmouth seacoast. Previous episodes mentioned in this show: Fred Berns: #289, #226, #174, #96, #48, #22 Darla Powell #330, #203 Wendy Glaister #386 Kristan McLaughlin #319 Barbara Sallick owner of Waterworks #131 Wendy Woloshchuk #316 Links and resources: Debbe Daley Designs LLC 379 State Street - #1 Portsmouth NH 03801 Daley Designs Instagram: Debbe Daley Facebook: Debbe Daley Designs

Welcome to Power Talk Friday! Today, we're talking about when things go wrong and how to fix them. If you'd like your business to be really successful, with loyal, long-term clients who keep coming back year after year, you have to differentiate yourself from the rest. There are two kinds of situations where you can make this happen if you're willing to conduct yourself in the way that LuAnn advises and if you're willing to spend the time perfecting the necessary skills to do so. Listen in today, to learn what LuAnn has to teach you about what to do when you've made a mistake. Sometimes, your client isn't happy with an outcome. You see their point and you agree, however, you can also see that the solution is going to be expensive for you, either in terms of time or money. So you might feel that you can't afford to fix it. The truth is, however, that you cannot afford not to fix it. Because good news travels fast and bad news travels even faster- and further. Tune in now to find out what LuAnn has to share about what to do when something goes wrong.  Show Highlights: LuAnn describes a typical scenario of something going wrong. Often, we worry that if we tell a client that we've made a mistake we will be at a disadvantage with them because it could cost us money or our expertise could be questioned. Why you're not fooling anybody by pretending. When you price your projects properly you will have the money to clean things up if you need to. If it really is your mistake, just say so. It's important to acknowledge what your client is feeling. Mistakes are going to happen. So at the start of a project, explain to your client how you take care of mistakes. The first thing is to acknowledge your mistake, and the second thing is to own it. Then you tell your client what the solution is. When it's okay, and when it's not, to charge your client for the mistake. Listen to your inner voice. Listen carefully and be real with your client. Don't ignore a problem. Don't be afraid to ask your client what will make them happy. You will know when your client isn't happy, so ask them about it. It will be okay. Next week, we will talk about what to do when there's a problem, but there isn't really a problem. But you still have a problem because you have to fix it. LuAnn talks about the group sales coaching course that she has decided to run. LuAnn gives some details about the group sales coaching course and she talks about the topics that she will be covering. Links: To find out about LuAnn's group sales coaching course, head over to Sales for Creatives - (If the link is not working Friday when this airs, it will be working by Tuesday, 5/21.) To get onto LuAnn's email list, text the word designbiz to 444999.

Welcome! Today we have Alinda Morris, of Alinda Morris Interior Design, located in Gig Harbor, Washington, with us. Although her firm is small, with Alinda and just one other employee, she's running it like a bigger firm. She has her systems down, she has her practices binder, and she's tracking her hours. In today's episode, Alinda explains how she has become very clear and focused, in the last couple of years. This has really made a big difference for her in terms of peace of mind, profitability, project management, and the experience her clients have when working with her firm. Listen in today, to find out what Alinda has to share about the way that she's set herself up for success with builders and other trades, and how she ensures the success of anyone that works for her. Alinda Morris is a nationally published, award-winning interior design professional, habitual remodeler, adventurous creative, specializing in full service, luxury residential interior design. These include custom furnishings, unique kitchens & artfully designed bathrooms, attention to details, and clean, updated spaces are her specialties. She is committed to her clients having a wonderful experience. She is widely admired for her ability to create, invent, explore, and innovate. In addition to Alinda's impressive versatility, ranging from minimalist restraint to traditional chic, client’s find Alinda's passion for design infectious so that collaborating with her is a thrilling process as she works her creative magic in both visual appeal and functionality. Tune in now, for more. Show highlights: Alinda has her systems down pat, and her portfolio is really amazing! Some of the habits that Alinda has instituted in her firm. The challenges that Alinda faces. Great communication has always been very important for Alinda. The trail and error process that Alinda went through, for a few years, to find the best systems for her business. How Alinda helps her clients get a grasp on their design budget. Starting the design process with Alinda, through her questionnaire. Alinda's firm is very client-based. The way that Alinda communicates with the builders she works with. Alinda talks about her detailed special best practices binder, for her interns, with examples of how she likes things to be done. Choosing the right font for your brand. About the check-lists Alinda uses. The things she brings in for photo shoots. Alinda shares her thoughts on the way she tracks her billable hours. Alinda knows exactly how many hours she needs to bill in order to cover her costs each month. Alinda describes her magnificent small boutique studio on the waterfront at Gig Harbour, Washington. Reinvesting profits back into her business. How Alinda creates the very best experiences for her employees. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Charlotte Safavi #138 Raquel Langworthy #343 Stephen Karlisch #369 Links: Alinda Morris Interior Design   Houzz Instagram Facebook

Welcome to another episode of Power Talk Friday.  Today, we're having a solo show because LuAnn has some things to share about her event, LuAnn Nigara Live, which was held in New Jersey a month ago. She would also like to talk about some of the things you can do to take action in your business, in order to do better and become more profitable. Luann's event was a really special experience and an outstanding success! Almost 200 designers, speakers, panelists, sponsors, as well as LuAnn's team, attended the event and for two-and-a-half days, the room was filled with an electric atmosphere and they all really rocked it! Listen in today, to find out more. LuAnn had a vision for the event, and she really knew what she had to do. And she did it! The conversations after the panel discussions were so interactive that it felt as if there were only twenty people in the room, even though there were almost 200 people there! It was really intense in the very best way possible so we're working on doing it again, probably in eight months to a year's time. In the meantime, there's a lot of stuff coming up, like the smaller one-day events and the Power Talk Friday tours. Tune in now, to find out how to turn your inspiration into action. Show highlights: LuAnn thanks everyone and gives a quick recap of her event, LuAnn Nigara Live, It's About The Conversation. You can go to the blog post on LuAnn's website LuAnn Nigara to see the pictures and get an overview of everything that happened at the event. LuAnn talks about her new book, A Well-Designed Business- The Power Talk Friday Experts. It can really help you to up your game in business. LuAnn shares some of the keys to upping your business game. Watch your mindset, and be careful not to be closed to new ideas for success. Look at the stories you tell yourself about money. Examine your own mindset about numbers. Michele Williams, in LuAnn's new book, says not to play the song in your head: I’m creative so I’m not good at numbers. Examine your mindset about your fees and don't pretend your rates are about the area you live in. Your rates are related only to your confidence as a designer and business person. What it means to not save your client's money. It is your job to make your clients aware of the best solution for their challenge or problem. They don’t have to do as you suggest but, as the expert, you must make them aware of it. Not saving your client's money also means that when they can’t afford something, they don’t get it. You don’t lower the price to meet their budget. Customer service is critical in creating a successful business. Satisfied clients return. Dissatisfied don’t always tell you, they just don’t return. Own your mistakes. Clients know when you are lying and lying is worse than making a mistake. Take action! With so much information from the live event and the podcast, overwhelm becomes a real possibility, so you have to break things down and work on your business, to get better and to become more profitable. Previous shows mentioned in this episode: Fred Berns #289 Vincere #356 Chris Ramey #345 Sandra Espinet #287 Links and resources: Kravet is having a sale at their outlet. And on any regular Kravet fabric, wallpaper or trim order get 10% off with the code AWDB10 at checkout. Mydoma Studio for project management, time tracking, invoices, communication and saving time: A Well Designed Business A Well-Designed Business, The Power Talk Friday Experts

Welcome to the show! We have Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto, the founders of Park and Oak Interior Design Studio, located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with us today. These ladies work on new construction, renovation, and furnishing projects across the US, and you may even know them from their Instagram, with 130 000 followers. The way that they handle themselves and speak about their firm really conveys the confidence that they have in what they're doing. And the success they've had in their first three years in business is not at all typical. In today's episode, Renee and Christina pull back the curtain and boldly share with us their experiences and the lessons they have learned over the last three years. Listen in today, to find out what they have to share. Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto founded the Park & Oak interior design studio in 2015. They are known for creating homes that are visually stunning, yet functional and comfortable. Their work, rooted in the art of timeless style, is driven by the belief that design can be used to create feelings of comfort and happiness. It combines the best of their individual aesthetics for a unique look. Christina and Renee have a creative energy that is engaging to work with. Using beautiful and unexpected sources of inspiration, they work collaboratively with clients to create spaces that thoughtfully honor the spirit and traditions of their owner. Tune in now for more! Show Highlights: Renee and Christina talk about what each of them brought to the table when they started out, and about what attracted them to each other, as business partners. Some of the one-year and five-year goals that they established when first starting out. Renee and Christina's approach to the individual roles that they have in the business. Renee describes the really special way that she and Christina work together. From a park bench to a studio. The first person that they hired was a bookkeeper. What kept them powering through in the beginning, when they were sacrificing a lot and there were many challenges to face. Struggling with balancing family life and business. It took some time to bring their really awesome team together. In year two, they experienced a turning point in the business. They use a finite system to prevent problems and execute their projects efficiently. Learning from their mistakes and gaining the courage to stand up for themselves. Creating the right systems, in order to protect themselves. There's really a lot going on behind the scenes too. How they find the time to keep their systems in order and their projects running smoothly. Renee is behind their really impressive Instagram following. Links: Park And Oak Facebook: Park And Oak Design Twitter: Park And Oak Instagram: Park And Oak Design Pinterest: Park And Oak

Welcome! Stacey Brown Randall joins us on the show today. Stacey, a three-times repeat guest on the podcast, is one of the co-authors of LuAnn's new book, A Well-Designed Business, the Power Talk Friday Experts. Stacey really has a lot to share, to teach, and to give that is of genuine value, and she does some wonderful work with entrepreneurs. In her first and second episodes, she talked to us about Employee Management (#69), and the Client Experience (#93). In today's episode, she will explain How To Get Referrals Without Asking. Tune in now, to find out more. Stacey, who has a Master’s in Organizational Communication, provides a roadmap for small business owners and solopreneurs to generate referrals without asking through her Growth By Referrals program. She is the author of the book, Generating Business Referral- Without Asking, and she also hosts her own podcast, Roadmap to Grow your Business. Stacey lives in Charlotte NC with her husband and three kids. Listen in today, to find out what Stacey has to share about building relationships and planting the seeds of referral. Show highlights: Janelle Photopoulos changed certain things in her business, to up the client experience, based on her working with Stacey. Stacey talks about her work with Janelle. Stacey explains how she got to understand interior designers so well. Why Stacey hated asking for referrals. Stacey is debunking the advice that we've all been given, that we have to ask everyone for referrals at the end of a project. Asking for referrals generally makes people feel really uncomfortable. Changing the way we think about referrals. Looking for ways to fill a funnel after failing in her business. Stacey started unpacking the psychology and the human dynamic behind why referrals happen. Referrals actually happen because they are triggered. Why manufactured triggers are not successful. Making yourself look like a hero by offering a solution to a problem is the best way to get referrals. Stacey shares the trigger for making a referral happen. How to trigger always being top of mind in a referral source. What constitutes a great referral. Taking great care of the relationships with your referral sub-set. Identifying your referral sources. These are gold! How baby designers can start building relationships with referral sources. Using the right language. Taking care of your referral sources year after year. It all comes down to authentic relationships. Stacey's bio: Stacey Brown Randall is a member of the business failure club, a contrarian on how to generate referrals and a supporter of the entrepreneurial dream. Through her programs, she provides a roadmap to take control of your business. Stacey’s quest to crack the code on how to generate referrals without asking began after her first business failed. When she started her second business – a business and productivity coaching practice – she knew keeping her pipeline full of new clients would be one of the biggest differentiators from her business failure. She honed-in on referrals as the main source of prospects for her second business but wasn’t satisfied with the conventional advice which is to receive referrals you must ask. Stacey has taught her “no asking” referral generation strategy to hundreds of companies including Bank of America, Carroll Financial, International Minute Press, Dogtopia, O’Connor Insurance Associates, ACC Associates (Mortgage Advisor), Slater Interiors, Real Living Real Estate, Milazzo Webb Law Firm, Wells Fargo Advisors, Success Institute, HM Properties, Ameriprise, Farris Cooke CPA, Keller Williams, LearningRX and more small businesses and solopreneurs. She is a three-time entrepreneur, author of Generating Business Referrals...Without Asking, and host of the Roadmap to Grow your Business podcast. Stacey received her Master’s in Organizational Communication and is married with three kids, a 10-year- old son, 8-year-old daughter and she and her husband are raising their 11-year-old nephew.   Links: Stacey Brown Randall Facebook LinkedIn Youtube Twitter Instagram Previous episodes Stacey has been on: #69 Employee Management #93 The Client Experience Other episode mentioned in today's show: Janelle Photopoulos, Blakely Interior Design #364 Stacey is a co-author in LuAnn's new book: LuAnn Nigara

Welcome to today's episode! We have Misty Maxey, the Bachelor Pad Designer, on the show with us today. Misty has decided to fully niche her business into designing strictly for bachelors. After spending some time doing hobby designing, she finally made the decision to get serious and look for the help she needed to learn the difference between a hobby and a business. On the show today, she explains how she knew that she had to reach out to coaches and other accomplished designers, in order to be successful. Misty really understands that by pushing through fear and doing things that scare you, you level up and make things happen. She really has her eyes wide open, and her website, (Misty Maxey) with its clear and authentic copy, describes very distinctly what she does, how she does it, and who she does it for. Listen in today, to hear what Misty has to share about the really intentional way she set up her business. Misty Maxey has always loved interior design. With two artistic parents, her creative path was written in the stars. Always seeking to grow in her knowledge and understanding of the interior design field, she regularly sought out the experience from successful designers. With knowledge and life experiences forming her understanding of the importance of interior design, she opened her business with the goal of inspiring bachelors to live their best life ever by co-creating their home that reflects who they are and to become. As a survivor of domestic violence, Misty regularly gives back by providing complimentary design services to survivors and their families. This restores dignity and gives back to her community. Tune in now, for more! Show highlights: Misty's website is really clear and specific about what she does. Tapping into the metrosexual market in Portland. Misty explains why she likes to work with bachelors. The underlying message in Misty's approach to interior design. Guys like to have their outdoor hobbies reflected in their home. Misty honors the way the guys she designs for like to live. Letting her clients know in a really fun way that they will be making an investment. How Misty learned that guys are comfortable talking about money and business. Transparency and communication are the two main things for Misty. What transparency means for Misty. Where Misty sources her products. The retail markup that Misty adds to her products. Misty explains where her money is coming from. The different packages that Misty offers. Misty's way of dealing with damaged deliveries. Misty hired the services of a market research company in Portland. Misty talks about the business coaches she has worked with. The book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, really helped Misty push past her fear. Links: Website: Misty Maxey Instagram: Misty Maxey Designs Pinterest: Misty Maxey Twitter: Misty Maxey Books mentioned: Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way by Steven Pressfield The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Today on the show I have yet another fabulous business coach who specializes in our industry! Michele Williams is with me! Michele is the founder of Scarlet Thread and Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia. Today we will learn about Michele’s background which includes the financial software industry as well as a business in soft window treatment fabricator. She also has a BS in business administration, a diploma in Christian life coaching and she is one of the few certified profit first coaches in the United States. Michele was also the communication director and editor in chief of the Drapery and Designs Professional Magazine from 2009 to 2012. She is a member of The Design Collective in Atlanta, the Designers Work Club Council and the Window Covering Association of America. After talking to Michele I realized that there are so many things I could talk with her about but after we talk about her background a little bit we are going to pull apart work scheduling and chunking our day to have more productivity. Show Notes: What is her background in the financial software industry? When did she decide to start her window treatment business? Did she start with a business plan? How did she start to make her business bigger? What is the Design Collective in Atlanta? What is a round table discussion and how is it helpful? How is the Window Coverings Association helpful to Michele and her business? What are some of things that you can expect Michele to talk about the expo IWCE in Charlotte? Why is it important to listen to different people say the same things? Why is important to be able to chunk your time for productivity? Is it better to be proactive or reactive? How should you plan your calendar? Resources: Website: Scarlet Thread Consulting Facebook: Scarlet Thread Consulting Instagram: Scarlet Thread LinkedIn: Michele Williams Twitter: Michele Williams  Financial Health Checklist PDF: Scarlet Thread Consulting Previous shows mentioned: #104 Kate the Socialite #94 Debi Pinelli (A& J Interiors) #69, #93 Stacey Brown Randall #128 Grace McNamara #125, #317 Nicole Heymer #141 Jim Riviello Links: WCAA IWCE Vision Window Fashion Vision Luann Nigara Book 2

Welcome to today's show! We're talking to Tiffannie White today, the creator of The Nappy Bohemian, located in Oakland, California. Tiffannie is a blogger, an interior stylist, and an e-designer and she also has a full-time position as a design consultant at  Fireclay Tile. After spending many years as a career sales professional, The Nappy Bohemian was born in 2017 because Tiffannie wanted to merge her architecture education, her love for tile and ceramics, and her desire to showcase the real black experience in the world of interior design. Tune in today, to hear about Tiffannie's business, what she's doing, and the lessons she's learned from running her business. Tiffannie's job with Fireclay Tile has allowed her an inside look on the world of artisan makers, and it has also connected her with terrific designers in her East Coast territory. In today's episode, she describes how much she loves her job, she talks openly about the lessons and challenges she experienced in her first year in business, and she shares her goals for the year to come. Listen in now, to find out more. Show highlights: Tiffannie talks about her traumatic experience of taking her daughter to the hospital and how her daughter really loved the decor there. This showed Tiffannie just how important interior design really is in people's lives. Creating a holistic space is really important for Tiffannie. About Tiffannie's personal and unique 'only'. Tiffannie is proud of the lessons she's learned. Tiffannie talks about her first eighteen months in business. Being focused and clear in her vision. All about Tiffannie's e-design packages. Tiffannie's e-design is driven mainly through her Instagram and word-of-mouth. Settling on a name. Going with the flow and trusting. Some of the challenges she's faced. You have to value what you do to have a thriving business. Being careful not to compromise in too many areas when starting out in a business. Work for free only if it's worth your while. Some tips about blogging. Tiffannie's business goals for the next year. Links: Instagram: The Nappy Bohemian The Nappy Bohemian The Nappy Bohemian   Previous shows mentioned: Albie Buabeng #348 Chaney Widmer #260, #327 Cheryl Janice #41 Sue Firestone #404