The Chairish Podcast

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Hosted by beloved design-insider Michael Boodro, The Chairish Podcast looks behind the glamour of the interior design industry at a time when all aspects of the business, from sourcing to marketing to client communication to underlying business models are undergoing rapid disruption. Drawing on experience and insights from today’s top practitioners, including leading designers, architects and manufacturers, this podcast is an essential tool for interior design professionals.

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Bunny Williams on Design Past and Present
45:22
Few decorators have had the longevity or the impact of Bunny Williams. Ever since her first job at the legendary firm of Parish Hadley, she has been creating rooms that meld beauty with comfort and a sense of welcome. Renowned as a gardener as well as a designer, she was in the vanguard of shaping today’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. An author and a furniture designer, she has also promoted the careers of many other designers through her work with the Kips Bay Showhouse. In her first podcast appearance, Bunny discusses the importance of understanding the business side of our creative industry, whether instinct or training is more important, the value and danger of Instagram and Pinterest, why antiques still matter, and how despite changes in styles and trends, the role of the designer remains constant—to bring homes to life and help their clients to live a beautiful life.

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Jun 09, 2021
Why Is The Design Industry Turning to Print Magazines?
42:38
In this age of digital everything, is print becoming the new go-to media? Why are so many design companies, from brick-and-mortar retailers to online behemoths, using print to engage and entice their customers and clients? Three industry leaders who have had major success online—Dara Caponigro of Schumacher, Julia Noran Johnston of Business of Home, and Anna Brockway of Chairish—share why they have launched print publications, how print’s impact came to be undervalued, why publishing on paper has become important to their businesses, and the impact that can come from filling people’s mailboxes with beauty and inspiration.

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May 26, 2021
Lauren Santo Domingo on Bringing Luxury Online with Moda Operandi
36:53
The woman who brought high-end fashion online, Lauren Santo Domingo talks about the success of her acclaimed site, Moda Operandi, and explains how she creates a sense of exclusivity and service through her careful curation of designers and brands, how social media changed fashion, why the wives of tech investors are so important, her new role as a Chairish Design Insider, and how caviar became a major inspiration behind her stunning home collection, Moda Domus, a chic blend of contemporary style with old-world craftsmanship.

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May 12, 2021
How Do Staging and Design Intersect?
38:01
Staging has become vital to real estate, but what is its relation to design? Is staging a stepchild, a way to break into the design industry, or a lucrative sideline? Three who know the ins-and-outs of the discipline, Lauren White of Ellen W. Interior Concepts, Alessandra Santopietro of Santopietro Interiors, and stager and broker Jason Saft of Compass, discuss what differentiates staging, the importance of speed and seasonality, how bad layouts often create great opportunities, and why understanding demographics can be just as important as knowing the latest design trends.

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Apr 28, 2021
What Does a Set Decorator Do?
37:29
Movies and television have long inspired interiors—from Art Deco fantasies to futuristic, sci-fi visions. Three top Hollywood set decorators, Elizabeth Keenan, Jessica Petrucelli, and Ellen J. Brill, whose work on the screen has ranged from gritty realism to fanciful visions of luxury—and who have garnered multiple Emmy and Academy Award nominations—talk about how they got into showbiz, why character-driven design is such a challenge, their secret sources, how obsessed collectors help to bring their visions to life, and why multiple sets of sheets are often crucial.

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Apr 14, 2021
At Home With Fashion
38:38
Fashion and home have had a long and complex relationship. Fashion designers are known for creating stunning homes—and have often lent their talents to designs for the home. And decorators have frequently looked to the runways for inspiration. But fashion moves fast, and interior design changes more slowly, so how valid is the connection today? Milan stylesetter and designer JJ Martin and luxury fashion designer Adam Lippes talk about their passion for home design, their entry into the home market, how fashion is faring, and why Art Nouveau may just be the next big thing.

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Mar 31, 2021
Wedded to Design
37:52
It is often said that a successful marriage takes work. So what happens when your work life and home life are totally entwined? Married principals of three high-powered design firms—Katie and Jason Maine of Maine Design, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier & Co., and Christine and John Gachot of Gachot Studios—talk about the joys and challenges of balancing creativity with domesticity, how they cope with difficult collaborations and artistic disputes, and what it’s like to be married when design is your language of love.

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Mar 17, 2021
Secrets of The Workroom
36:31
Small changes can have a big impact, but it isn’t always easy to get small jobs done. In this episode, Elizabeth Calderone, who owns a retail design shop, and designer Michael Tavano and his partner Lloyd Marks, who maintain a to-the- trade workroom, share insights about everything from reupholstery to window treatments to home automation, the difficulty in finding and training skilled craftsmen, the importance of building trust with clients, and how seemingly minor projects can often lead to major business.

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Mar 03, 2021
What Does a Market Editor Do?
35:57

Long before there were social media influencers, the market editors at top magazines served as major arbiters of taste. Their job was to discover the latest and greatest new products, talents, and trends, and bring them to the world’s attention. It’s never been an easy job,

and with the rise of social media, the role is more consuming and more crucial than ever.


In this episode, three editors who cover the design market—Kathryn Given of Luxe, Benjamin Reynaert of Domino, and Dayle Wood of Veranda, share how they keep on top of all that is happening, what they look for, how Covid has transformed the way they work, and the best ways to get products seen and publicized.



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Feb 17, 2021
Million Dollar Decorators: 10 Years Later
39:33
No design show on television has been as influential—or as controversial—as Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators. It changed the way high design was perceived and roiled the industry. A decade after its launch, four of its stars, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Mary McDonald, Jeffrey Alan Marks, and Nathan Turner, reunite to reveal how and why they became involved, how their clients felt about being on TV, the ways in which the show affected their careers, and incidents that were so crazy they had to be edited out

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Feb 03, 2021
Do Trends Still Matter in 2021?
34:14
Who needs trends? And if nobody follows them, why does everyone pay attention to them? In this episode, three top designers and major influencers, Brigette Romanek, Michel Smith Boyd, and Jessica Schuster weigh in on what they see for the year ahead, why clients care about the newest and the latest, and what they love and hate at the moment—everything from accent walls to playful pastels. They also reveal why editing may be the top trend of 2021, and how they have learned never to say never.

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Jan 20, 2021
Strategies for Coping with Shortages, Delays, and Disasters
37:50
The design business has proved surprisingly resilient and buoyant over the past year, but once again, the Coronavirus is surging. How can designers contend with continued supply-chain shutdowns and delays, shortages of materials, manufacturing disruptions, and the pandemic’s effects on colleagues, artisans, craftsmen, and installers? As the pandemic grinds on, designers Barrie Benson, Peti Lau, and Benjamin Dhong weigh in on the strategies they have used to keep their clients happy, their staffs motivated, and business booming.

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Jan 06, 2021
Ken Fulk on Designing for the Good Life
38:43
San Francisco designer Ken Fulk is a force in design. His theatrical sensibility, his passion for history, and his ability to conjure magic atmospheres have resulted in numerous stunning homes across the country, and his designs for hotels and restaurants have set new standards for conviviality and hospitality. His credo that everyone should live with pleasure and beauty has made him both sought after by clients and influential with a generation of younger designers. In this episode, Ken explains why creating a narrative for each of his projects is crucial, how he thinks like a movie maker, and why pink is always a good idea.

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Dec 23, 2020
How Do You Make Time for Creativity?
47:55
No one said running a business was easy, but how do designers make sure that amid all the invoices, purchase orders, and shipping logistics, they still find time to be creative? In this episode, New York designers Ellen Hamilton and Sandra Funk and Nashville-based Lori Paranjape discuss the systems and secrets so they never lose focus on the part of the job they love—designing beautiful rooms. They share the computer programs they use to handle everything from office management to email lists, the outside services and professionals they rely on, how they approach contracts and apportion their staff’s time, and reveal why trust and communication are the bedrock of any successful firm.

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Dec 09, 2020
Does Online Marketing Really Work?
44:06
In the crowded field of interior design, how do you get your work seen, and how do potential new clients discover you? Social media can certainly be effective. But that doesn’t mean that other tools—websites, blogs, and especially email marketing—don’t still have power. Marie Burgos, Kati Curtis, and Kevin Isbell, three designers with rising profiles, reveal the marketing efforts that work for them, how they balance creativity with salesmanship, and how their firms handle the increased workload required to stay in the forefront.

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Nov 18, 2020
What's Ahead for Design in DC?
35:13
In Washington, D.C., politics rules, and the political scene is more partisan than ever. Can design cross the aisle? What is it like to be a designer in DC, and how ready for change is this city with such a historically traditional aesthetic? Two DC-based designers, Kiyonda Powell and Marika Meyer, weigh in on what it is like to bring high style to a city where politics is ubiquitous, how a new generation is reshaping the town, and why the Washington design scene is busier than ever before.

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Nov 04, 2020
Rita Konig on Updating Tradition
41:11
London-based designer Rita Konig is one of today’s most popular and influential tastemakers. Her fresh take on English style, relaxed, colorful, and family friendly, is both pretty and practical, and has made her a star on both sides of the Atlantic. In this episode, Rita talks about her work, growing up with her famous mother, Nina Campbell, how she hopes to demystify and democratize design, and why it all comes down to “tables, lamps, and chairs.”

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Oct 21, 2020
The Burgeoning Business of E-Design
39:58
Thanks to the pandemic, we have all become used to working, socializing, and learning at a distance. But can beautiful design be created remotely? In this episode, two guests with very different styles, Los Angeles designer Martha Mulholland and Palm Beach- based Danielle Rollins, tell how they got started with e-design, how their virtual business has grown, what they find rewarding—and frustrating—about this new approach to creating beautiful homes, and how they handle clients and spaces they have never seen in person.

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Oct 07, 2020
How Do Interior Designers Become National Brands?
42:29
How do certain designers make the transition to becoming viable brands? Who decides which designers get to put their stamp on everything from rugs to fabrics to apartment towers? Kate Verner, whose firm has been instrumental in the success of numerous designers and brands, and her client, acclaimed designer Alexandra Champalimaud, share their insights on how to expand a designer’s portfolio and visibility, strategize for success, and cope with the increased workflow. As the two make clear, the process is neither easy nor quick, but it can be creatively and financially rewarding.

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Sep 23, 2020
Do You Really Need Design School?
46:38

Is attending design school still worth the time, effort, and money it takes? And are the schools teaching the right things? Should the focus be on principles or practicalities? In this episode, the president of the New York School of Interior Design, David Sprouls, is joined by two of the school’s distinguished alumni, Penny Drue Baird and Drew McGukin, to talk about whether techniques or technology should prevail, why they only hire design school graduates, how schools can help diversify and expand the student body, and why nobody seems to know design history these days.


In this episode, our guests discuss:


  • Why design schools are worth the time and money 
  • Are students actually learning what they need to know for the real world?
  • How the curricula at NYSID has kept up with changing lifestyles and the increasing use of technology
  • How to keep up with new technology while balancing traditional design tactics like sketching and hand drawing
  • The most important skills Penny and Drew learned while at design school 
  • Why firms prefer hiring people who went to design school
  • How the NYSID decides its curriculum and coursework


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Sep 09, 2020
What Does A Stylist Do?
46:48
Powerful and beautiful photographs of your work are more important than ever, now that social media has become such a crucial tool. But how do you turn your three-dimensional spaces into compelling images that will attract attention in the image-saturated world of design? In this episode, two top stylists who have worked with major magazines and top interior photographers around the world, Mieke ten Have and Robert Rufino, share their tips, explain the difference between documenting a space and capturing its spirit, how they bring “soul, magic, and pizzazz” to every shoot, and why you might want to leave the stilettos at home.

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Aug 19, 2020
Remote Possibilities: Home Offices that Work
38:39

Now that working from home has become the new normal and home schooling has become mandatory, the home office is more central to domestic happiness than ever before. And with the appeal of working remotely likely to continue long after the pandemic has retreated, the demand for chic and functional home offices is likely only to increase. In this episode, two top designers skilled at meeting the needs of modern families with great style, Chloe Warner and Mikel Welch, weigh in on what’s next and reveal how they are solving their clients’ evolving needs, why we are likely to see a resurgence in walls and doors, the difficulty in finding the perfect desk chair, and why the home office is likely to evolve into the home lobby.


In this episode, our guests tackle:

  • Solving for problems of a regular office space including storage, charging stations, and organization
  • Is there a comfortable desk chair that is chic enough to work in a home setting? 
  • Innovative requests from clients including “work pods” in addition to traditional home offices 
  • How can families live and work together now that they’re in the same space 24/7? 
  •  The reality of “Zoom background envy” and growing interest in well-designed backgrounds


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Aug 05, 2020
Traditional Design for a New Era
48:44
Grand, exuberant, and exquisitely layered rooms have always had an exalted place in the design world. But are they still relevant in a post-Covid-19 world? Two top interior designers, Michelle Nussbaumer and Timothy Corrigan, argue that their styles—traditional, colorful, and eclectic—are even more valid than before, and share their insights into creating comfort, the importance of fine detailing, the coming revival of antiques, and the need for a touch of visual dissonance in every room.

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Jul 22, 2020
Rise of the Regionals
49:03

Even in the age of social media, print retains its power. But with fewer national shelter magazines, how can designers get their work published and attract new clients? Fortunately, regional publications have come to the rescue. Regional shelter magazines are better than ever, reach a wider range of readers, and have more impact than they ever did. Three top editors, Pamela Jaccarino of Luxe Interiors+Design, Kendell Cronstrom of New York and Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, and Clinton Smith of New England Home, share their insights on the state of regional media today and their advice on how designers can access its potential to promote their work.


In this episode, our guests discuss:

  • How regional magazines find their projects and which types of interior design work they are seeking
  • What’s coming next for regional publishing 
  • The immediate response of being published in smaller local publications
  • Which types of projects will and won’t get selected for publication 
  • Why they enjoy working with up-and-coming designers 
  • How editors determine which products they choose to include and what readers will respond to


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Jul 08, 2020
What's Next For The American Home?
40:51
After being confined to our homes for months, we’ve all become intimately acquainted with what works in our homes—and what doesn’t. The new demands imposed by the Coronavirus-crisis are prompting changes, and we’ve all become aware of shortcomings in the way our homes function. So what does this mean for design in the future? In this episode Sarah Ramsey, a partner at the firm Cullman and Kravis, and Tom Kligerman, a founder of the architectural firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, explore how even the most traditional of American homes are likely to adapt, with innovations from layouts that allow greater flexibility to more home office space to "Cotsco closets" and more.

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Jun 24, 2020
The Greater Outdoors
49:10
One result of the coronavirus quarantine is an increased appreciation for the great outdoors. Parks, beaches, and hiking trails are packed, and sales at plant nurseries are booming. What does this mean long term for America’s homes and backyards? In this episode, renowned interior designer Suzanne Kasler and landscape architect Janice Parker talk about all things garden—from elaborate outdoor kitchens for entertaining, the new popularity of loggias, chicken coops and firepits, why the sudden the rage for raising vegetables and the best ways to make the connection between indoors and out closer and more seamless than ever.

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Jun 10, 2020
The Sisterhood of Fashion and Home
46:00
No two people exemplify the connection between fashion and interior design better than Tonne and Wendy Goodman. From their positions at Vogue and New York Magazine, respectively, they have chronicled and shaped the course of American style. In this episode, the sisters discuss the evolution of American design in fashion and the home, the growth of celebrity culture from Madonna to today, the importance of visual storytelling, and what’s next for fashion, interiors, and the media after the corona crisis.

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May 27, 2020
What's Ahead for Small Makers
36:22

More often than not, it is the work of a craftsman or artisan that brings the ultimate touch of style and distinction to a room. But during times of crisis or financial uncertainty, they are the ones likely to suffer the most drastic setbacks. On this episode, interior designer Brad Ford, who founded the high style crafts fair Field + Supply, and Analisse Taft-Gersten, whose ALT for Living showrooms feature works by numerous talented makers, weigh in on how we can sustain artisans and small makers through the pandemic and ensure that we don’t lose their skills or their unique sensibilities and style.


In this episode, our guests tackle:

  • How Brad and Analisse source for new, talented makers and artisans as partners 
  • The direction of the future of design in terms of crafts and handmade things
  •  The impact of COVID-19 on projects, workrooms and studios 
  •  The parallels between 9/11 and the coronavirus pandemic’s repercussions on the design industry
  • Ways to sustain artisans and makers during a crisis 
  • Suggestions on how to deliver information to clients so they feel supported and come up with a plan for the future


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May 13, 2020
Is there a Future for Custom Design?
51:43

At a time when it was already becoming difficult to get clients to wait 12 to 16 weeks for custom pieces, how do you convince them to be patient in light of artisan slowdowns, shipping disruptions, and the shut-down of entire countries due to the Coronavirus crisis? Is the best worth the time and effort? How do you keep your artisans and workrooms busy and engaged? And what are the alternatives? Host Michael Boodro is joined by interior designers Madeline Stuart, Robert Stilin and Thad Hayes. 


 In this episode, our guests tackle:


  • The importance and value of custom made and one-of-a-kind pieces to create a truly unique space 
  • How to educate and encourage clients to wait for well made and high quality pieces
  • Their concerns for the design industry, artisans, makers and vendors in the time of COVID-19
  • Suggestions on how to manage client’s expectations as COVID-19 causes delays and cancellations that directly impact projects 
  • The takeaways and silver linings of a pandemic 


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Apr 29, 2020
Design from a Distance: Working Remotely
58:16

How can design proceed now that every detail—from presentations to orders to installations—needs to be done from a distance? How do you motivate your staff, reassure clients, and stay on top of your workrooms and artisans to make sure your workflow is flowing? Three top talents weigh in on what has worked for them in the past, the tools and processes they use, and how they have adapted to the new “remote” world: Atlanta designer Tish Mills, Courtney Coleman of Brockschmidt and Colman, with offices in New York and New Orleans, and New York-based fabric and interior designer Katie Leede.


In this episode, our guests tackle:

  • How technology has changed the way we work, both at the office and at home
  • Operating remotely, exploring different technologies and how to best connect with your team while working from home 
  • Ways to stay on top of your workrooms and artisans to make sure your workflow is flowing smoothly
  • Suggestions about how to lead your team remotely through a crisis and adjust to stress of the unknown 
  • The impact of COVID-19 on projects both in-progress and coming down the pipeline 
  • The importance of home, now that we’re spending so much more time in them

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Apr 15, 2020
Creativity During the Crisis
51:36

On this episode of the Chairish Podcast, Anna Brockway, co-founder of Chairish; entrepreneur Peter Sallick, founder of the Design Leadership Network; and acclaimed designer Celerie Kemble join host Michael Boodro in discussing ways for design firms to navigate the coronavirus crisis, and how, by joining forces, the design world can survive the pandemic—and thrive in its aftermath.

In this episode, our guests tackle:

  • How the design industry can evolve as we face this crisis together
  • Thinking about what this means for teams, including those within firms and also the artisans, tradesmen and partners that work closely together on projects
  • How to elevate your design business and advance into the future 
  • Operating remotely, exploring different technologies and how to best connect with your team while working from home 
  • Communicating with vendors and clients so you can continue to develop projects, even though times are uncertain 
  • The impact of postponement and cancellation of design and industry events 
  • How Chairish is supporting the design community, brands and partners through the launch of the first-ever online Virtual Preview and featuring The Dealers of High Point 
  • Breaking down short term, medium term and long term strategies when thinking about your business 

 

Additional resources:

The WFH Edit via Chairish 

10 Ways Remote Workers Can Improve Communication Skills via US News and Report


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Apr 01, 2020
The Designer's Guide to Social Media
1:05:11

Get to know our social media savvy guests:


Experienced designer Alyssa Kapito launched her design firm using Instagram. Kapito is known for restrained but sumptuous apartments, lofts, and beach houses, where she mixes classic vintage pieces, subdued palettes, and luxurious textures, and her work has been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Vogue. She also has more than 150K followers on Instagram. 


For the past 23 years, Cara Woodhouse has been creating interiors with bold contemporary furnishings, texture-rich rugs, and colorful accents, bringing a sense of fun and energy to family living. Along with designing, she is also a brand ambassador for various companies and a social media influencer. She has more than 200K followers on Instagram.


Skylar Frederick is the social media manager at Chairish, which has about 300K followers on Instagram.


In this episode, our guests tackle:


  • How Instagram benefits designers through product lines, clients, and more
  • The importance of high-quality visuals on Instagram
  • Creating social media goals
  • Quality over quantity in posting
  • The value of cohesive and compelling branding
  • Using Pinterest to communicate with clients about style
  • Crafting authenticity on social media
  • Incorporating video into social media practice
  • Agreed-upon rates for collaborations / partnerships on Instagram
  • Advice for young designers launching their firms on Instagram


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Mar 18, 2020
Does PR Still Have an Impact?
42:51

In today’s changing-by-the-minute media landscape, how do you get your firm’s projects published, viewed, and talked about? Does public relations still have an impact in this age of social media? Three veterans Elizabeth Blitzer, Sarah Boyd and Lauren Urband discuss the ins and out of PR, what they can do for a designer’s career—and when it might not be worth the investment.


In this episode, we dive into:

  • How to expand PR opportunities beyond print magazines
  • The limitations of Instagram
  • Working with influencers
  • The value of regional publications
  • Exclusivity agreements
  • How to leverage projects on various fronts
  • The career point at which to hire a designer
  • Advice for young / newer designers
  • Choosing goals with clients

Check out these resources for more information:

  • An intro to what publicists do via Elle Decor
  • Lauren Urband’s webinar on how to generate buzz about your design business via Chairish
  • An interview with Elizabeth Blitzer via the Lifestyle Edit

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Mar 04, 2020
Coping with Clients
43:13

Today’s clients are ever more savvy and informed, but are they also more demanding, and difficult? What do clients want from designers, and how do you navigate their needs and desires? Host Michael Boodro is joined by renowned designers Sheila Bridges, Richard Mishaan and Josh Greene.


In this episode, we find out how to deal with difficult clients and more:

  • Challenges of working with clients
  • What ignited a shift in client behavior
  • Establishing boundaries and understanding expectations
  • Paying due diligence
  • Red flags to watch out for
  • Photography agreements
  • Client relation best practices

Get to know our high-profile guests:

Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine, Sheila Bridges founded her own interior design firm, Sheila Bridges Design, in 1994. She recently launched her own product line originally based in French toile wallcoverings — called Toile de Jouy — that has expanded to include a variety of good home goods. Toile de Jouy motifs challenge some of the stereotypes about the African-American experience. Her work is embellished with thoughtful pieces and colors, and has landed her on the Architectural Digest 100 and Elle Decor’s A-List from 2011 to 2019.

Owner of Richard Mishaan DesignRichard Mishaan holds more than three decades of experience in design, combining his knowledge of fashion, architecture, and interior design. He has crafted style ranging from urban to beachside in his distinctly layered and luxe, colorful style.

One year ago, Josh Greene founded his own firm, Josh Greene Design, that focuses on creating stylish environments balancing functionality, warmth, and comfort. He has over 15 years of design experience and has been featured on publications such as the New York TimesArchitectural Digest, and House Beautiful.

Discover the work of our marvelous guests, and find more tips:

  • Tour Sheila’s colorful home in Reykjavík via The Cut
  • Inside Richard’s chic space in New York via Architectural Digest
  • Check out this beach house from Josh and his former partner via Architectural Digest
  • More tips for handling challenging clients via Kathy Kuo

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Feb 19, 2020
Hitting The Wall: How Can Designers Confront A Blank Wall?
42:31

If it’s not vast expanses of glass then it’s large expanses of white wall designers have to contend with. From multi-million dollar artworks to hand-painted wall coverings to hand-rubbed Venetian plaster, how can designers best confront a blank wall? Host Michael Boodro chats with designers Bella Mancini and Elena Frampton, as well as Phillip Jeffries CEO Jeffrey Bershad.


What you can expect from this episode:

  • The contemporary wallpaper trend
  • Client hesitation about wallpaper
  • Tips for selecting artworks for walls
  • Detailing, balance, and additional finishes
  • The trends and future of wall design

Get to know our chic guests:

Bella Mancini is known for her charming and astute way of working with patterns and wallcoverings within her designs. She founded her firm, Bella Mancini Design, just two years after making her career shift from fashion PR and marketing to interior design.

Elena Frampton is a talented designer and owner of interior design studio Frampton Co, which includes an art advisory service and locations in the Hamptons and New York City. Her studio uses dynamic, otherworldly palettes while also elevating artists and expanding access to their art.

Jeffrey Bershad is the CEO of Phillip Jeffries, a wallcovering company that was started with just 10 grasscloths over 40 years ago by his father, and is now a preeminent global company. With an elevated focus on design, quality, and efficiency, Phillip Jeffries prides itself on ready-to-ship and custom solutions and has been featured in magazines including LuxeCalifornia Home+Design, and Interior Design.

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Feb 05, 2020
Showhouses: How Much Will They Cost You and Will They Pay Off?
51:19

This episode on The Chairish Podcast we will look at the growing phenomenon of Showhouses. Why are there so many, who do they benefit, and do they really make a difference to a designer’s career? Guests include interior designers Neal Beckstedt and Young Huh, whose rooms at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse became hugely popular on social media, and publicist Christina Juarez, who has helped shape the careers of numerous designers and worked with many national brands.


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Jan 21, 2020
Success by the Yard
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Host Michael Boodro questions the conventional idea that fabric lines make designers rich: “Is it possible to have success by the yard?” Four fabric professionals with a range of perspectives — including Stephen Elrod and Brian Dicker from Kravet and Holland and Sherry respectively, and designers Lori Weitzner and James Huniford — gather to talk about how they made it in the fabric industry, and how they continue to look forward to the future of fabric. 



This episode we dive into:

  • How brands select designers for collaborations
  • The method and process of collaborating on a fabric line
  • What makes licensing and collaborations successful
  • How to become successful through a fabric line
  • The future and technology of textiles
  • Buyer trends and the value of the experience

Get to know our fabulous guests:

Stephen Elrod is the executive vice president and creative director for Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils. With close to three decades of experience, Stephen has led partnerships with various designers including another podcast guest, James Huniford, and most recently, Kelly Wearstler.

President of Holland and SherryBrian Dicker drove the tailor-focused fabric company’s expansion into interior design. Holland and Sherry is now a prominent player in the interior design realm and has partnered with designers like Elizabeth Eakins, Muriel Brandolini, and Christopher Maya.

Lori Weitzner is an independent fabric designer and the founder of Weitzner. Lori built her own textile company from the ground-up and later, successfully merged with Pollack. After 12 years as a business owner, Lory grown as a fabric designer and expanded into other areas of design.

James (Ford) Huniford, is a renowned interior designer and founder of Huniford Design Studio. He has a fabric line with Kravet / Lee Jofa and has been featured in magazines such as Architectural DigestMagazine, and Vogue.

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Chairish: @chairishco

Michael Boodro: @michaelboodro

Kravet: @kravetinc@leejofa, and @brunschwigfils

Holland & Sherry: @hollandandsherryinteriors

Lori Weitzner: @loriweitzner

James Huniford: @fordhuniford



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Jan 21, 2020
Color(s) of the Year
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Each year major paint companies, Pantone, etc, announce their color of the year—and they are all different. What is the meaning of color trends, and do they have any importance? And how do certain colors become anointed—and is that a good thing? Should designers embrace or ignore color hype? Guests include designers Nick Olsen and Nicole Fuller, who are known for their innovative use of color and Martin Kesselman, a paint retailer and color consultant who recently created the “perfect” modern white for Farrow and Ball.


You’ll love this episode if you’re interested in:

  • Color trends and colors of the year
  • What meaning trends have and their impact
  • How our guests implement color and best practices
  • Light, contrast, and perception
  • White, a color that can’t be overlooked
  • The inspiration and process of color development and selection
  • The influence and mood color ignites

Get to know our guests:

Nicole Fuller is an interior designer and owner of Nicole Fuller Interiors with offices in New York and Los Angeles. She is known for contrasting neutrals with bold color and pattern and has created a line of tile with Ann Sacks, wallpaper for Fromental, and various rug designs for The Rug Company. Currently she’s in the process of collaborating on a paint collection with fashion photographer Steven Klein for Farrow & Ball.

After completing an architecture degree at Columbia, Nick Olsen shifted into interior design after working with Miles Redd. Nick launched his own firm, Nick Olsen Style, in 2010, and as Michael describes, is distinguished by the added charm, humor, and playfulness he adds to his designs. His work has been featured on the covers of Domino Magazine and World of Interiors.

Martin Kesselman is an entrepreneur, interior designer, and color consultant. Martin owns his own paint shop in New York City, In Colour, which represents brands including Farrow & Ball, Benjamin Moore, Fine Paints of Europe, and Donald Kaufman Color. He has previously worked with many of these paint companies, and most recently developed a contemporary white with Farrow & Ball called Martin Kesselman White.

Michael notes these 2020 Colors of the Year from paint brands:

Check out these go-to whites and off-whites:

Shades of gray our guests couldn’t get enough of:

Additional colors mentioned: 

Caliente by Benjamin Moore – a surprising choice of merlot for Color of the Year in 2018.

Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball – Nicole mentions this blue when speaking about monochrome.

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Jan 21, 2020
The Chairish Podcast: Coming Soon!
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Join host Michael Boodro for interviews and insights from the design world's top talent as they discuss the challenges of creativity today.

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Jan 03, 2020