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Design Curious | Interior Design Podcast, Interior Design Career, Interior Design School, Coaching

English, Arts, 47 seasons, 85 episodes, 1 day, 10 hours, 35 minutes
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A show for the curious creatives who want to learn what it takes to become an interior designer. Welcome to the Design Curious podcast! Each week, you'll learn practical skills every designer needs to develop regardless of whether you want to work for yourself or someone else. You'll learn secrets from professional interior designers to help you avoid costly mistakes & regrets. You'll be encouraged & empowered to overcome your fears of change, failure & money. With my 20 yrs of experience, I'll help you on the RIGHT WAY to get started. Discover if interior design is the career for you!
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84\\ Expert’s Advice on Building a Career in Interior Design With Debbe Daley

Are you interested in becoming an interior designer but don't know where to start? Don't worry, I had a great conversation with Debbe Daley, a seasoned mentor and interior design expert, who shares her inspiring story, starting from her childhood fascination with sewing and DIY projects to her eventual foray into interior design. Despite initial hurdles and societal pressures, she persevered, leveraging her passion and resourcefulness to pave her way into the field. From self-taught window treatments to working multiple jobs and running her boutique, Debbe's story highlights the importance of determination, self-belief, and continuous learning in pursuing your passion. Whether you're considering a career change or exploring your creative side, Debbe's wisdom will inspire you to take the leap and pursue your dreams in interior design. Tune in and take that first step towards a rewarding future in interior design today! Featured Guest: Debbe Daley is an award-winning published interior designer with 30-plus years of experience in the design industry. She is CEO and owner of Debbie Daly Design serving Boston Lowell, Massachusetts, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the New England Seacoast area. She has practiced in the furniture, flooring, and wallpaper industries, space planning, and home renovations all while owning her custom drapery workroom. She is also an educator of interior design, providing new students and change of career-minded individuals with education to begin their career in interior design. Debbe is also the published author of her first book Interior Motives, Designing A Career With Passion. She is a member of IDS, the Interior Design Society, and holds a seat on the IDS National Board of Directors and president of the Interior Design Society, New England Boston chapter. She is also a member of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers, and an educator of interior design at Middlesex Community College. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn the importance of seeking opportunities, building relationships, and embracing continuous learning. Be empowered to turn your passion into a fulfilling career. Get practical tips and advice for navigating the challenges of starting a business in interior design. Check out the show notes >>> Expert’s Advice on Building a Career in Interior Design With Debbe Daley Links Mentioned: Interior Motives, Designing A Career With Passion Interior Design Classes Middlesex Community College Interior Design 101 NEXT STEPS: Curious about your design style? Take the Quiz: Find Your Perfect Interior Design Style Interior Designer!! Take the QUIZ and Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
4/15/202426 minutes, 39 seconds
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83\\ Design Your Dream Home: DIY Courses and Downloads for Design Enthusiasts

Are you a design enthusiast itching to give your home a makeover but need help figuring out where to start? Do you find yourself captivated by Pinterest boards and HGTV shows, dreaming of creating stunning spaces like a professional interior designer? Look no further! In this episode, I introduce you to my DIY furnishing and remodeling courses and downloads to help you bring your design ideas to life. Whether you are looking to furnish your home like a pro, revamp your living space, or explore interior design as a hobby, I've got you covered. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your home decor skills and unleash your creativity. Tune in! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Dive into the world of interior design without committing to a career, perfect for those who love design but are still determining if it's the right path for them. Explore a range of courses and downloads tailored for DIY enthusiasts, offering practical tips and expert guidance to curate your space like a pro. Equip yourself with essential purchasing tips and tricks to stay within your budget while achieving magazine-worthy results. Check out the show notes >>> Design Your Dream Home: DIY Courses and Downloads for Design Enthusiasts Links Mentioned: Create the space of your dreams with the Home Design Coach Course Create your master remodeling plan with the Shifting Spaces Course Need some information on your remodeling journey, check out the Remodel Survival Guide NEXT STEPS: Curious about your design style? Take the Quiz: Find Your Perfect Interior Design Style Interior Designer!! Take the QUIZ and Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
4/8/202420 minutes, 37 seconds
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82\\ Inside High Point by Design: A Year-Round Haven for Creativity and Collaboration With Jane Dagmi

Exciting news for the design industry! High Point by Design is revolutionizing the way interior designers experience High Point. In today's episode, I share my captivating conversation with Jane Dagmi, the managing director of High Point by Design (HPXD). She shares her journey into the design industry, from her early days at Country Living magazine to her role at High Point by Design. She discusses the mission of HPXD and how it supports High Point as a year-round design destination. Jane also highlights the benefits of visiting High Point off-season, the opportunities for students and design enthusiasts, and the exciting events and initiatives planned for the future. Jane also unveils plans for HPXD, including exclusive events like the Vacation Rental Design Summit and initiatives to promote inclusivity in design, such as exploring the correlation between design and autism. With HPXD, designers gain access to a supportive community, tailored experiences, and invaluable resources to fuel their passion for design. If you are a designer looking for inspiration and resources to improve your craft, you won't want to miss this episode. Featured Guest: Jane Dagmi is the managing director for ⁠High Point by Design⁠, a nonprofit organization that champions High Point as a year-round destination for design and creativity by uniting and promoting the city's rich creative and manufacturing ecosystem. A storyteller, educator, and design enthusiast, Jane was a career journalist and magazine editor before taking on this role in 2022. Her most recent editorial role was as Editor-in-Chief of Designers Today magazine. Beginning there in 2018, she revitalized the struggling publication. She gave it a fresh spin and built a design community around it. Her first foray into magazines was at Country Living magazine in the 90s, and it was there that she attended her first High Point market. After making more than 20 subsequent trips as a visitor, she relocated there with her partner in 2019 and enjoys being part of the city's changing landscape. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how High Point by Design, a nonprofit organization, is revolutionizing the design industry  Explore the diverse offerings of High Point by Design, from its curated showrooms to its innovative events like the Vacation Rental Design Summit Get a sneak peek into HPXD's plans, including initiatives to promote inclusivity in design and special events that cater to diverse interests within the design community Check out the show notes >>> Inside High Point by Design: A Year-Round Haven for Creativity and Collaboration With Jane Dagmi NEXT STEPS: Curious about your design style? Take the Quiz: Find Your Perfect Interior Design Style Interior Designer!! Take the QUIZ and Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
4/1/202426 minutes, 14 seconds
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81\\ What's Your Design Style: Exploring 12 Interior Design Styles

Are you struggling to figure out what design style suits you best? Well, I have the solution you have been searching for! In this episode, I introduce my design style quiz, a tool designed to help you uncover your unique design identity. Whether you are a seasoned designer, a design enthusiast, or someone simply curious about interior design, this quiz is your gateway to understanding your personal style preferences. By answering just 14 questions, you will unlock valuable insights into design preferences and gain access to tailored recommendations. I also explore the 12 distinct design styles, from traditional to glam. If you want to get familiar with all the different styles, regardless of where you are in your design story, this episode is for you. What are you waiting for? Take the quiz now, discover your design style, and let your creativity soar! Don't forget to share your results with me on Instagram. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover your unique style and transform your space  Understand the 12 distinct design styles so you can assist your clients in making informed decisions about their design preferences Gain access to exclusive Pinterest boards tailored to each style Check out the show notes >>> What's Your Design Style: Exploring 12 Interior Design Styles NEXT STEPS: Curious about your design style? Take the Quiz: Find Your Perfect Interior Design Style Interior Designer!! Take the QUIZ and Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/25/202417 minutes, 10 seconds
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80\\ How to Craft Unique Designs in Small and Mobile Spaces With Nate Stover

Did you know you can incorporate Airstreams and trailers into your Airbnb vacation rental design area? However, designing for Airstreams and trailers is more than a job. It is an art that requires creativity with a side of engineering. In today's episode, I sit down with Nate Stover, founder and creative force behind Innovative Spaces. He shares insights into the niche world of designing small and mobile spaces, highlighting the challenges of crafting functional Airstreams and trailers where everything from storage to power supply needs to be meticulously planned within a compact area. He emphasizes the importance of keeping builds simple, utilizing materials like ultralight plywood to withstand the rigors of travel, ensuring that the trailers last for decades. We discuss industry challenges, such as the shortage of skilled trades and the need for more respect towards blue-collar work. Nate also shares insider knowledge about the current downturn in van life's popularity. This means it is the perfect time to invest in your own van, RV, or trailer and start your adventure! And that's not all – he has also spotted a new trend emerging: converting vintage trailers into unique Airbnb rentals. Imagine the endless possibilities for creative design and unforgettable experiences. Whether you are an aspiring designer or a seasoned pro looking to expand your expertise, tuning in is a must! Featured Guest: ⁠Nate Stover⁠ is the founder, owner, and head builder & designer of ⁠Innovative Spaces⁠. From an early age, he became involved in the trades, from building furniture to building entire homes. His work has taken him through a myriad of crafts, which have constantly been stretched to new limits in the small spaces and vintage trailer world. The trailers he works on at Innovative Spaces allow him to stretch all that he has learned and acquired through his years of experience to their full potential. He does not just use his previous building skills, he is also able to exercise his creative skills to produce something truly unique and functional. Every project that leaves the Innovative Spaces yard represents their ingenuity and years of craftsmanship. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn the secrets of small and mobile space design Discover a burgeoning vacation rental and consider adding it to your design area Get expert insights and advice on the world of trailer design Check out the show notes >>> How to Craft Unique Designs in Small and Mobile Spaces With Nate Stover Links Mentioned: Vintage Camper Trader NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/18/202435 minutes, 4 seconds
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79\\ Trendspotting at the Las Vegas Market: Your Insider's Guide to the Latest in Interior Design Trends

Is a trip to the Las Vegas market essential for interior designers? I always make it a point to attend the Las Vegas market as an interior designer, and my recent visit in January was no exception. However, this time was special because I recorded a podcast straight from the heart of the Las Vegas winter market. In today's episode, I share my fresh insights and takeaways from the market, uncovering the latest trends in upholstery, artwork, lighting, and more. With a keen eye for detail, I explore the rise of dimensional textures, neutral palettes, and the captivating allure of wall sconces that double as artistic adornments. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your designs and stay ahead of the curve. Tune in now to ensure that your next project dazzles with style and sophistication. The upcoming market event is taking place in High Point this October. I will be recording a podcast during the event. If you are interested in joining the recording and sharing your input, feel free to message me for more details. Your contribution could help shape the content of the next episode! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Uncover why I go down to Las Vegas market and check things out, and why you should too Discover how attending markets like these can revolutionize your projects Get the latest trends and innovations straight from the Las Vegas market to stay ahead of the curve Check out the show notes >>> Trendspotting at the Las Vegas Market: Your Insider's Guide to the Latest in Interior Design Trends NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/11/202411 minutes, 36 seconds
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78\\ The Design Process That Brings Meaningful Experiences for Your Clients With Marosi White

Are you curious about the behind-the-scenes of design projects? How does a design expert approach a new project from concept to completion? How does an interior designer juggle creativity with business savvy? Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Marosi White, founder and principal designer of Accent Design & Interiors based in Sacramento. She takes us on a journey through her inspiring career trajectory, from her origins in Malawi to her transition into interior design after a degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems. But the real gem of this episode is her insight into the design process. She walks us through her fluid yet structured design process, from initial meetings to contract negotiations, design development, and client collaboration. She also addresses project challenges, the value of personal client communication, and maintaining a positive outlook during difficult project phases. If you are as intrigued as I am, tune in so you won't miss out on valuable tips to make your design journey smooth and successful. Featured Guest: Marosi White is the founder and principal designer of ⁠Accent Design & Interiors⁠, a full-service interior design studio based in Sacramento. She is a native of the beautiful country of Malawi and moved to the United States as a teen to attend university. While practicing interior design was always a passion, her career in the field of interior design did not begin till 10 years after graduating from University with a degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems. She returned to school to get her degree in interior design and began to pave wave into the field through teaching at the Art Institute of California. After eight years of teaching, she established her full-service design studio and enjoys working with a diverse clientele. She has experience working on residential, commercial, restaurant and hospitality, Senior Living office, and retail projects. She holds a true appreciation for the value of feeling supported through major changes. Her philosophy for design is rooted in community, rich cultural inspiration, and functional solutions that enhance connection and inspire joy. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn how Rosi's approach balances client involvement with professional guidance, ensuring a successful and engaging design journey Get invaluable tips for navigating your design projects with ease Understand the importance of keeping clients in the loop, especially when the wheels of progress seem to slow Check out the show notes >>> The Design Process That Brings Meaningful Experiences for Your Clients With Marosi White NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/4/202437 minutes, 30 seconds
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77\\ Making the Right Finish Selection With Confidence

Have you ever found yourself lost in a sea of finish selections, unsure of how to choose the right elements for the space you are designing so it won't end up as mismatched puzzle pieces? I get it! Designers often find finish selection daunting, despite it being the fun part where they create the look of the home. Today, I delve into the process of selecting finishes for the spaces you design, whether it's commercial, residential, or otherwise. I guide you through considerations such as surface types, countertop details, flooring choices, and even sustainable options, ensuring that the space you are designing looks stunning and aligns with your client's unique needs and values. Don't let the fear of making mistakes in finish selections haunt you. Tune in and discover the process that transforms overwhelming choices into a cohesive, intentional design. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover a systematic method to streamline your finish selection process Learn how to create a comprehensive finished schedule that benefits both you and your client Recognize that as an interior designer, you play a crucial role in creating a better space for your client Check out the show notes >>> Making the Right Finish Selection With Confidence NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/26/202417 minutes, 44 seconds
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76\\ How to Use Podcasting as a Marketing Tool for Your Interior Design Business With Zandra Zuraw

Podcasting is a good marketing strategy for interior designers. As an interior designer, you are always looking for ways to increase your visibility and reach more potential clients. Have you considered podcasting? Today, I'm chatting with Zandra Zuraw, the brilliant mind behind Slow Home Style. She highlights the transformative potential of podcasts as a tool for interior designers to showcase their personality, values, and expertise. From crafting standout pitches that resonate with both podcast hosts and potential clients to utilizing podcast exposure effectively, she guides you on how to distinguish yourself in a competitive market. If you are a newbie designer navigating the challenging landscape of self-promotion, Zandra's wisdom is your compass. She also shares her inspiring story of venturing into interior design without formal credentials. If you are an aspiring designer looking to make a mark without traditional design school credentials, her story will keep you moving forward. So don't miss out on this chance to boost your visibility. Tune in to unlock the secrets of leveraging podcasts as a potent marketing tool. Featured Guest: Zandra Zuraw is the founder of ⁠Slow Home Style⁠, an interior design coaching platform for passionate homeowners. She's currently writing a book about her Slow Style approach to design to be released in Spring 2025 through Gibbs Smith. Zandra is also the host of the popular podcast ⁠Slow Style Home⁠, which has logged over 300 interviews with the most creative people working in the interior industry. Within the first year, it coveted the iTunes New and Noteworthy list and is now in the top 5% of most downloaded podcasts across all categories globally. The show has reached over 1 million downloads and counting. Her business formerly known as Little Yellow Couch has been featured in many media outlets such as Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, USA Today, and Podcast Magazine. Zandra has been a speaker at several creative business conferences in the US and Canada, talking about the business of podcasting and design. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how podcasting can help you connect with clients and showcase your design philosophy. Understand the importance of a trial-and-error approach, learning from real-life experiences, and building a portfolio through free work Get ready to craft your pitch and use it to refine your business plans and marketing materials Check out the show notes >>> How to Use Podcasting as a Marketing Tool for Your Interior Design Business With Zandra Zuraw NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/19/202437 minutes, 9 seconds
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75\\ Pro Tips on Getting Your Interior Design Projects Published

Imagine the thrill of having your interior design project featured on the cover of a magazine, capturing the attention of potential clients, and elevating your professional standing. But how do you make this dream a reality? In today's episode, I share tips on getting your interior design projects published. I also guide you to overcome potential hurdles, such as the need for reshooting by larger publications and offer you valuable insights from a magazine editor's perspective. If you are an interior designer dreaming of seeing your projects on the pages of a magazine, to boost your brand, increase awareness, and elevate your authority, this episode is for you. Tune in now and transform your designs into captivating stories that captivate editors and readers alike! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn the essential steps and insider tips to transform your interior design projects into magazine-worthy features Uncover the nuances of pitching your projects to different publications, from local and regional to national giants like Architectural Digest Find out why having an editorially-minded photographer can be a game-changer Check out the show notes >>> Pro Tips on Getting Your Interior Design Projects Published Featured Review: Full of Great Information "I am an experienced designer and I am learning lots from Rebecca’s podcast! She has great guests with valuable information for new designers but designers like myself are benefitting too. I highly recommend!" - InteriorJen NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/12/202413 minutes, 8 seconds
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74\\ A Mother-Daughter Tale of Design Business Partnership With Susan Hayward & Jillian Schaible

Is it possible to run a successful business partnership with a family member? On today's episode, you will hear the inspiring story of Susan Hayward and her daughter, Jillian, founders of the award-winning interior design firm, Susan Hayward Interiors, just outside Boston, Massachusetts. Susan, an industry veteran, transitioned from a successful photography business to pursue her true passion in interior design. Her daughter, Gillian, took a unique route from marine biology to becoming a renowned member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Together, they share their journey of building a mother-daughter design powerhouse. Join us as Susan and Jillian open up about the dynamics of working together as a family in the design world. From understanding each other's design styles to fostering honest communication, they reveal the key elements that make their partnership not only successful but also deeply fulfilling. Learn how their different perspectives create a unique blend of tradition and modernity, enhancing the quality of their designs. If you've ever considered venturing into a family business or are curious about the interior design industry, this episode is a goldmine of insights. Susan and Jillian share valuable advice on overcoming challenges in a male-dominated industry, offering practical tips for aspiring designers. Whether you're interested in residential or commercial design, their experiences and wisdom will empower you to turn your passion into a thriving career. Featured Guests: Susan Hayward is an award-winning interior designer member of the American Society of Interior Designers and International Furnishings & Design Association and kept certified by the National Association of Homebuilders. In 2006, she started her design firm - Susan Hayward Interiors. Nearly two decades later, Susan remains motivated and excited by the opportunity to create beautiful spaces for her clients. She thinks of interior design as a giant puzzle where all the pieces need to fit together to form the perfect space. Gillian Hayward Scheibel is a renowned member of the American Society of Interior Designers and partner of Susan Hayward Interiors. In a similar fashion to her mother, Jillian took a very unconventional path to becoming a designer. With her husband working as a helicopter pilot for the US Navy, it took a few moves and career changes before she could finally find a career that not only works for her lifestyle but one that she loves. Now a full-time interior designer, Jillian is passionate about working with clients to help them visualize and achieve the spaces they envision with both beauty and practicality. With her unique perspective as a military spouse, she understands how important it is to truly make a home feel like a home. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Delve into practical advice and wisdom on navigating the challenges of the interior design industry Uncover the secrets to harmonious collaboration, different design styles, and the powerful impact of unique family dynamics on the creative process Discover why Interior Design is a great option for working part-time Check out the show notes >>> A Mother-Daughter Tale of Design Business Partnership With Susan Hayward & Jillian Schaible NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Email me at [email protected] DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/5/202437 minutes, 7 seconds
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73\\ The Best Way to Jumpstart Your Interior Design Career in 2024

Did you know that remodeling your home or personal space can be the ultimate launchpad to jumpstart your career in interior design? In this episode, I share the wisdom gained from the recent renovation of my home, highlighting the significance of treating your home as a training ground to refine your design skills and to understand the project management part of an interior design project. Being your client also prepares you for the challenges your future clients might face. If you are looking for ways to jumpstart your interior design career, don't miss this opportunity to turn your home into a portfolio masterpiece. Tune in now and unlock the potential within your walls! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the hands-on approach to interior design project management and decision-making Explore the practical side of design by turning your home into a personalized laboratory Understand the intricacies of communication with trades, managing deficiencies, and wrapping up finishing details—all on your dime before you embark on professional projects Check out the show notes >>> The Best Way to Jumpstart Your Interior Design Career in 2024 NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 65: Want to Create Mindful Spaces? Learn First the Psychology of Design & Environmental Psychology Episode 71: Exploring Color Theory in Interior Design Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
1/29/202412 minutes, 33 seconds
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72\\ How to Reinvent Your Design Business With eDesign Service with Amanda Foster

Can a seasoned interior designer veteran transition into eDesign? Is eDesign a viable starting point for someone new to the interior design scene? In today's episode, I sit down with Amanda Foster, an interior design consultant and brand identity mentor with a knack for helping struggling businesses flip their fortunes. Having shifted from traditional design to becoming a brand identity consultant, she shares how eDesign became her creative sanctuary, allowing her to break free from the monotony of the nine-to-five grind. She also shares the secrets to success in the design industry, emphasizing the importance of brand identity, niche targeting, authentic storytelling, and client-focused social media strategies. If you feel like you are losing traction in your design career and business or not seeing traffic on your website, this episode will inspire you to reinvent your marketing tactics, embrace eDesign, and wow your clients. Featured Guest: ⁠Amanda Foster⁠ is an interior design consultant helping her veteran peers flip their struggling businesses with a marketing background. She also serves design newbies with courses to get them started online with all things eDesign for business setup, eDesign 101, and even presentation skills to master Photoshop and Canva to wow their clients. With her background in graphic and web design, she also helps her peers create strategic graphics that attract their ideal clients. She audits social media and websites to teach them how to be better online service providers in the digital age for our interior design industry. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the liberating world of eDesign and how it can be the perfect fit for both veterans and newcomers in the design industry Uncover the secrets to standing out in a crowded market and attracting your ideal clients, whether you are a seasoned pro or a budding designer Check your brand identity, ideal client, and messaging to determine if you have the right foundation for your design business Check out the show notes >>> How to Reinvent Your Design Business With eDesign Service with Amanda Foster NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
1/22/202433 minutes, 27 seconds
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71\\ Exploring Color Theory in Interior Design

Color is one of the great foundations of interior design. If you understand color, then you can do great design. However, color is a tricky topic because it is subjective and changes depending on the light source.  In today's episode, I guide you through the basics of color theory and the magic that happens when colors complement or harmonize. I explore how color shapes our emotions, influences perceptions, and adds a dynamic touch to interior design.  For a better understanding of color nuances, I suggest a hands-on approach you can try right away. Also, check out my recommended color expert's website for more resources. And if you need help honing your color skills, which are so important as an interior designer, join My Design Mentor today. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Understand the subjective nature of colors and how they interact in different environments Learn actionable tips on how to develop a keen eye for color Dive into the color wheel at your local paint store - compare, contrast, and understand undertones Check out the show notes >>> Exploring Color Theory in Interior Design Resources and Links: Maria Killam Website NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
1/15/202412 minutes, 44 seconds
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70\\ The Proven Marketing Methodology to Attract Ideal Clients to Your Design Services With Kate the Socialite

The most-asked question of someone new to running a design business is, "How can I attract my ideal client?" or "What is the most effective approach to attract a consistent stream of new clients?" If you don't want to miss the answers to these questions and more, tune in to today's episode. My special guest, Kate the Socialite, a renowned marketing expert in the home industry, shares her marketing methodology that not only transformed her own business but has become a guiding principle for her clients. Her advice on identifying the ideal client and crafting a marketing message is a game-changer too. No matter where you are in your business, this episode will guide you toward creating a strategic marketing plan that resonates with your ideal client. Featured Guest: Kate is the founder of ⁠The Socialite Agency⁠, a marketing firm specializing in helping professionals in the home industry. She is the host of ⁠The Kate Show⁠ podcast, a marketing-focused podcast that is ranked in the top 2% of all podcasts globally.  In 2021, Kate was named 20 under 40 by Window Vision Magazine. And in 2023, Kate was listed as one of the top 500 global entrepreneurs by Brainz magazine. Socialite is a marketing agency that works exclusively with home stagers, interior designers, work rooms, and professional organizers. Clients across the world use the social agency to set up simple effective sales funnels that repeatedly bring them more of the right clients without spending hours on their marketing each month. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the methodology that makes marketing simple, efficient, and easily repeatable Learn practical steps to improve your marketing strategies and enhance your design business Reframe your mindset on the most important thing business owner should focus on to grow a successful design business Check out the show notes >>> The Proven Marketing Methodology to Attract Ideal Clients to Your Design Services With Kate the Socialite Check out my latest interview on The Kate Show: How to Launch Your Interior Design Business without Feeling Clueless NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
1/8/202434 minutes, 25 seconds
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69\\ 12 Powerful Podcasts for Personal & Career Growth That You Can Listen to in 2024

Are you looking for a worthy podcast to binge on during the holidays or add to your playlist in 2024?  In this episode, I am sharing a snapshot of the podcasts I am currently listening. From must-listens like "The Business of Design" with Kimberly Selden to guilt-free pleasures like "The Office Ladies," you will have a playlist that can transform your commute and make the most of your downtime during the holiday season. But this episode isn't just about listing podcasts. It's a roadmap to enhancing your personal and professional life. Not only do I introduce podcasts that have been instrumental in my journey, but I also describe how to categorize podcasts based on how often they should be listened to. Whether you're a design enthusiast, a business owner, or someone seeking personal growth, this episode promises to be a valuable resource for curating your podcast playlist. Don't miss out on the chance to optimize your podcast experience and kickstart 2024 with a curated collection of shows that align with your interests and aspirations. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore a curated selection of podcasts across various genres, from design and business to personal growth and guilty pleasures Gain insights into an effective strategy for organizing and prioritizing podcasts based on frequency Be well-equipped to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the design industry and stay ahead of trends Check out the show notes >>> 12 Powerful Podcasts for Personal & Career Growth That You Can Listen to in 2024 Featured Review: A great listen! "This podcast is a nurturing space for those intrigued by interior design, offering a weekly dose of practical skills and professional insights. Rebecca is like a seasoned guide aiding you to sidestep common industry missteps, while encouraging a bold stride towards a fulfilling design career, whether as a solo venture or within a firm." - Bona and Team Capsho NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 63: My Design Mentor: Career & Business Mentorship for Aspiring Interior Designers Episode 52: Mastering Interior Design Business: Tobi Fairley's Expert Tips for Success Episode 60: The 3 Must-Haves in Running a Profitable Interior Design Business With Laura Thornton Episode 58: Best Ways to Thrive in the Interior Design Business With Cathy Tonks Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
12/18/202316 minutes, 34 seconds
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68\\ The Power of Intention: How to Set and Achieve your Goals for 2024 With Sierra Collins

It is at this time of the year when many of us think about setting goals for 2024. There is much excitement and hope in the air. But for those who struggle with maintaining focus or feel overwhelmed by the prospect of setting and achieving goals, this must be a challenging time. In this episode, I sit down with Sierra Collins, a Full-Focus Planner coach I've worked with for several years. She shares her transformative journey from education to leadership coaching, revealing powerful insights on intentional goal-setting and growth mindset. She introduces the Full-Focus Planner, a tool that not only enhances productivity but fosters personal growth. I also share my experiences using the planner to schedule personal and business tasks, including weekends. It is a game-changing tool that cuts through distractions and conquers my goals with purpose. So if you want to enjoy the process of goal setting, break free from unmet goals, and make 2024 your year of unstoppable achievement, this episode is a must-listen. Don't let another year pass without realizing your full potential. Tune in, embrace intentionality, unlock your potential, and step into a future of purposeful success! Featured Guest: Sierra Collins, a highly regarded leadership development coach, speaker, and trainer, leverages her extensive educational background and leadership expertise to guide individuals and organizations in reaching their highest aspirations. As a founder of Sierra Learnership Collaborative, her unwavering commitment to lifelong learning and passion for enhancing leaders' effectiveness have cemented her as an influential figure in her field. Sierra is a John Maxwell certified leadership coach, a full-focus planner certified pro, and a certified disc consultant. Backed by over a decade of experience in education and a master's degree in the field, she possesses a unique ability to simplify complex concepts, making them accessible to a broad audience. Sierra's collaborative approach empowers her clients to set ambitious goals and transform them into concrete achievements. She is recognized for her dedication to helping individuals, teams, and entire organizations realize their full potential. Though she says her business grows people it is not industry-specific. Over half of her active clients today are luxury interior design firms from all over the world. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Equip yourself with the tools needed to set meaningful goals in 2024 and achieve them with intentionality Learn how to break down big goals into small & manageable steps and maintain focus throughout the year Discover Sierra's secret to overcoming health challenges and transitioning into a fulfilling career Check out the show notes >>> The Power of Intention: How to Set and Achieve your Goals for 2024 With Sierra Collins Resources and Links: Aspire2Achieve Growth: Full Focus Planner Workshop NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 63: My Design Mentor: Career & Business Mentorship for Aspiring Interior Designers Episode 41: Personality Types Test: An Interior Designer’s Tool for Improving Clients' Interaction Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
12/11/202334 minutes, 46 seconds
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67\\ Boost Your Interior Design Career in 2024 with the Power of Focus

Do you struggle to identify your priorities and stay focused on achieving your goals? In this week's episode, I talk about what it means to be fully focused and its significance in achieving your career goals, especially if you are considering a path in interior design. This is a prelude to next week's interview with Sierra Collins, a seasoned full-focus planner coach, and a deep dive into the Full Focus Planner and how it can transform your professional and personal life. I also introduce Greg McCowan's concept of Essentialism and provide practical strategies to prioritize and achieve a fulfilling career in interior design by 2024. What are you waiting for? Tune in and seize the opportunity to reflect on what truly deserves your focus, setting intentions that will shape your path into 2024. Don't just dream of a successful design career—make it a reality by embracing the power of focus! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Reframe your mind on how to prioritize tasks, set intentional goals, and overcome the pitfalls of multitasking Uncover practical tips on goal setting, breaking down tasks, and utilizing a mentorship program to guide you Reflect on your goals, set intentions, and incorporate focused planning into your routine Check out the show notes >>> Boost Your Interior Design Career in 2024 with the Power of Focus Resources & Links: Essentialism by Greg McKeown NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 63: My Design Mentor: Career & Business Mentorship for Aspiring Interior Designers Episode 64: The Secret of Balancing Aesthetics and Functionality in Design With Anna Popov Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
12/4/202314 minutes, 35 seconds
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66\\ From Outdoors to Indoors: The Intersection of Landscape and Interior Design With Steve Griggs

Could landscape design be a game-changer for interior designers? Is there a common ground that brings the principles of both worlds together? In this episode, I share a fun and fascinating conversation with Steve, a seasoned landscape designer with nearly 40 years of experience. He reveals the secrets behind his journey into landscape design, emphasizing how the principles align with interior design. He shares valuable insights into his creative process, from understanding clients' desires to incorporating unique elements that elevate each project. But here's the burning question: Can interior designers seamlessly transition into landscape design? Steve believes so! He encourages aspiring & seasoned designers to explore both realms, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to cater to clients seeking one-stop solutions. And if you are looking for practical advice, touching on the business side of design, you will learn from Steve's hard-earned wisdom on managing finances, charging what you're worth, and treating design not just as a passion but as a business. Tune in so you won't miss a thing!  Featured Guest: ⁠Steve Griggs⁠ is not your average designer. He is a visionary. He transforms ordinary outdoor spaces into extraordinary masterpieces.  With decades of experience and a discerning eye for detail, Steve has become New York's premier landscape designer - elevating homes, luxury communities, and urban spaces to new heights. His acolytes extend beyond his design progress. He is a two-time recipient of the IMC 5000 Award, a testament to the rapid growth and impact of his business. His journey is a testament to his passion and dedication. He started with a wheelbarrow, working tirelessly to build his business from the ground up.  Today, he is the go-to expert for landscape design, swimming pools, and outdoor entertaining spaces. One of these remarkable qualities is his approach to design. He doesn't impose cookie-cutter designs, instead, he collaborates closely with clients to understand their unique vision. His work extends beyond traditional landscapes to reinventing and renovating urban spaces as well as designing luxury homes and communities.  As a best-selling author of Straight Dirt New York City's premier designer tells it like it is, Steve shares insider secrets on working effectively with landscape designers and contractors. His no-nonsense approach ensures clients get results that go beyond their expectations. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how landscape design aligns with interior design principles Learn business wisdom to turn your passion into a thriving design firm Assess your readiness to include landscape design services in your current offerings Check out the show notes >>> From Outdoors to Indoors: The Intersection of Landscape and Interior Design With Steve Griggs Resources & Links: Straight Dirt: New York's Landscape Designer Tells It Like It Is NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
11/27/202337 minutes, 56 seconds
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65\\ Want to Create Mindful Spaces? Learn First the Psychology of Design & Environmental Psychology

"How does the living space impact my client's daily life and mental health?" Interior Designers must ask this question before designing spaces for their clients. In today's episode, I talk about the psychology of design and environmental psychology, and its profound impact on interior design. As I unravel Maslow's hierarchy of needs, I explore how shelter is a fundamental need that transcends into homes that foster safety, love, self-esteem, and self-actualization. I also share a challenging year of living through a home renovation that affected my psyche and mental health. So this episode doesn't just uncover the challenges; it serves as a guide, offering resources, including TED talks and a recommended textbook, to aid in understanding the psychology of design and environmental psychology. Whether you are a seasoned designer or just starting in the creative field, awareness of the psychology of the environment is crucial to creating mindful spaces for your clients. Don't forget to check out the show notes for valuable resources and together let's start transforming spaces with purpose, beauty, and inspiration! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Gain valuable insights into how the spaces you create impact you and your client's mental health, productivity, and overall well-being Learn practical solutions and resources for navigating the complex intersection of design and psychology Be empowered to create purposeful, inspiring spaces that support your client's mental health and well-being Check out the show notes >>> Want to Create Mindful Spaces? Learn First the Psychology of Design & Environmental Psychology Resources & Links: Textbook & Articles Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs Environmental Psychology for Design Environmental Psychology: Building with feeling Psychology of Space: How Interiors Impact our Behavior? Videos The Psychology of Design with Sally Augustin, PhD Psychology in Architectural Design TED Talks Places and Spaces and the Behavior They Create | Damaris Hollingsworth Architecture and the Science of the Senses | Stefan Behling NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
11/20/202318 minutes, 11 seconds
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64\\ The Secret of Balancing Aesthetics and Functionality in Design With Anna Popov

Function plays a critical role in the creative field, where aesthetics should complement comfort and usability. Understanding your client's needs and habits to create spaces that support their purpose and lifestyles will set you apart and earn you acclaim and success. No one knows this better than today's guest, Anna Popov, who is not easily influenced by the crowd or by trends but instead prioritizes creating functional spaces that resonate with the occupants. She is just a wealth of knowledge, someone I greatly admire. Whether you are an aspiring designer or you've been running your design firm for a few years already, you are going to learn from Anna the secret behind designing spaces that not only look beautiful but also serve their purpose flawlessly.  Featured Guest: Anna Popov, the founder and creative force behind Interiors by Popov is a true original. Having resided and worked in some of the most diverse and design-centric global cities, she is guided by quintessential European practices of design and craftsmanship to create spaces that are beautiful, functional, and tailored to the precise needs of her client’s lifestyles. Recognized as one of the leading designers in Seattle by Architectural Digest, Anna brings her extraordinary visual vocabulary, point of view, and technical savoir-faire to her work. She is passionate about sharing her deep knowledge and rarefied aesthetic to craft transformational spatial experiences. Prior to founding Interiors by Popov in 2016, Anna led numerous high-profile high-rise, institutional and commercial projects for a prominent casework manufacturer, and worked as a lead designer for a bespoke artisanal collective in Toronto. Through the experience of being immersed in every element of the process from concept to completion, Anna has gained a holistic understanding of design—a skill that has proven essential to the success of her practice. Anna Popov received a degree in business and marketing from The Academic College of Tel-Aviv, and a subsequent degree in interior architecture and building systems from RCC Institute of Technology in Toronto. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover a unique and organic approach to design that prioritizes functionality Learn the importance of maintaining high standards in design, the value of accountability, and the need to create spaces that support and elevate the well-being of the occupants Recognize the importance of both aesthetics and function when designing spaces for your clients Check out the show notes >>> The Secret of Balancing Aesthetics and Functionality in Design With Anna Popov NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
11/13/202325 minutes, 35 seconds
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63\\ My Design Mentor: Career & Business Mentorship for Aspiring Interior Designers

Looking for mentorship to help you launch your interior design career or start your design business? Look no further! In today's episode, I am giving you an inside look at My Design Mentor program, a 12-module mentorship program that will guide you from being a non-designer to a successful designer. The My Design Mentor program covers topics like employee vs. entrepreneur decisions, managing finances and mindset, honing practical design skills, understanding client psychology, dealing with professional ethics, working with trades, specializing in niches, perfecting kitchen and bath design, specifying custom details, and mastering essential business practices. It offers more than just content; it also provides a supportive community where you can seek guidance and connect with peers. If you are an aspiring designer, fresh to the field, or looking to switch paths, don't miss out on this episode that opens the door to an enriching mentorship program and the potential to kickstart a rewarding career in interior design. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore the My Design Mentor program and gain an understanding of its 12-module mentorship Learn the benefits of joining the My Design Mentor program Assess whether the 12-module mentorship can help you move forward in your design career and business Check out the show notes >>> My Design Mentor: Career & Business Mentorship for Aspiring Interior Designers NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
11/6/202315 minutes, 11 seconds
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62\\ Expert’s Insights to Building a Successful Interior Design Career With Justine Sterling

What does it take to become an award-winning interior designer featured in Boston's top publications? What steps are needed to easily transition from commercial to residential design services? How can you leverage your education and experience to start your design firm? My special guest, Justine Sterling, will tell you. I had a great time talking with Justine, an industry veteran with over three decades of expertise, about her journey from Cape Town, South Africa, to Boston and all of the exciting adventures she had in between. She has a myriad of experiences working with larger firms that played a crucial role in shaping her success. She has a lot of wisdom and insights, emphasizing the immense value of working in larger design firms to broaden your horizons and gain a multifaceted understanding of the design industry. If you want to follow in her footsteps, today's episode will show you how to get started. Featured Guest: ⁠Justine Sterling⁠ is an award-winning full-service Interior Designer who believes that the key to a well-designed (and loved) home starts with taking you on a journey through self-discovery. Whether you’re working with Justine on a full home furnishings and renovation project or a new construction home or meeting with her one-on-one for invaluable design expertise, her Discovering Home process allows her to intimately understand the design elements that will bring surprise and delight to your home. ⁠Justine Sterling Design⁠’s aesthetic is clean, layered, approachable, modern yet cozy, and filled with texture. Justine Sterling's Design projects have been featured in many publications such as New England Home magazine, North Shore Home, Modern Luxury Interiors Boston, The Boston Globe, and Boston Home magazine. Located just north of Boston, Justine is an award-winning interior designer who has built a portfolio of residential construction and furnishings projects since 2008, varying from urban condominiums to renovation and new construction home endeavors. She has a newfound love for tennis and pilates and resides just north of Boston with her husband, son, and daughter. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore the pivotal role of large design firms in shaping your design career Find out how to smoothly transition from commercial to residential design services Overcome self-doubt and find the motivation to start your own design firm Check out the show notes >>> Expert’s Insights to Building a Successful Interior Design Career With Justine Sterling NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 13: Getting the Most Out of Your High Point Market Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
10/30/202345 minutes, 53 seconds
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61\\ How to Create a Premium Client Experience for Your Interior Design Clients

What kind of experience do you give your clients? Building on our last episode's discussion on charging your interior design skills, I explore the crucial flip side—the luxury experience that should accompany a premium or luxury price. Charging a premium or a luxury price requires you to deliver a premium or a luxury product and service. After all, Interior Design is a luxury service. Today, on the podcast, I talk about elevating the experience for your clients as you increase your rates. It's about providing more than just a design. It's about presenting a lifestyle, a worry-free journey for your clients, where every detail is thoughtfully crafted. But how can you master this delicate balance of charging more while offering more? If you are curious to elevate your client experience and secure your place in the top tier of designers, this episode is for you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore proven ways to elevate your client experience from thoughtful gifts to using cutting-edge technology Assess whether your processes are clear and repeatable so your clients receive a polished, premium product Examine how you are raising your delivery and your level of client experience Check out the show notes >>> How to Create a Premium Client Experience for Your Interior Design Clients NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode:  Episode 59: How To Charge Your Interior Design Skills With Confidence Episode 16: How Outsourcing Client Intake Helps Interior Designers Convert and Retain Clients with Porsche Williams Episode 32: Top Secrets and Winning Mindset Behind a Wildly Successful Business Owner with Andrea Liebross Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
10/23/202312 minutes, 28 seconds
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60\\ The 3 Must-Haves in Running a Profitable Interior Design Business With Laura Thornton

Are you struggling with running your interior design business successfully? Imagine having the confidence to handle any project and know exactly what steps to take. Today, I'm chatting with Laura Thornton, a renowned interior designer & podcast host, on the three fundamental pillars (and I say, a must-have!) that propelled her to run and elevate her Interior Design business. Tune in to hear her advice and tips for becoming confident, consistent, and profitable in every project you undertake. She is also giving away a free Welcome Guide template. Be sure to grab it to kickstart your marketing efforts and set yourself apart from your competitors. What are you waiting for? Don't miss out on this treasure trove of insights! Featured Guest: ⁠Laura Thornton⁠ is the Founder and Creative Director of ⁠Thornton Design⁠. Since founding the company in 1999, Laura has been committed to creating a new kind of interior design experience for her clients. Drawing from her expansive experience in creative captivating interiors and managing a thriving design business, she's now opening the floodgates to knowledge for fellow interior designers via her insightful podcast called ⁠The Business of Beautiful Spaces⁠. Driven by Laura's fervent passion to educate and inspire, her podcast is more than just a sharing platform. It's a catalyst for growth and success in the design industry, hoping to embolden her fellow designers aiding them in their quest to increase confidence and accelerate success. Her podcast therefore serves as a treasure trove of insights curated to help burgeoning designers thrive in their respective businesses. It's about making the journey of design less daunting and more rewarding. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the three fundamental pillars (a must-have) to thrive in the interior design industry Learn how to infuse confidence, consistency, and profitability into every project Use the Welcome Guide template to get your marketing efforts off to a great start Check out the show notes >>> The 3 Must-Haves in Running a Profitable Interior Design Business With Laura Thornton Click to get Laura's Free "Welcome Guide" Template  NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
10/16/202328 minutes, 16 seconds
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59\\ How To Charge Your Interior Design Skills With Confidence

How do you get paid for your interior design fees? How do you charge clients for your design projects? Getting paid as an interior designer, whether you are a solopreneur or working for a design firm, is a hot topic at the conventions and markets, as well as within the interior design business coaching classes and courses. The struggles of pricing your creative work and determining your value are real, and they often deter interior designers from fully embracing this fulfilling career. In today's episode, I explore various charging strategies, emphasizing the importance of understanding your worth and how tracking every minute of your creative process can be a game-changer in managing projects efficiently and setting the right fees. If you are looking for actionable strategies and empowering mindsets to help you confidently charge what you are worth and thrive in the world of interior design, this episode is for you. You deserve not just a career, but a prosperous and fulfilling journey as an interior designer. Tune in, embrace your value, and let's elevate the design industry together! Don't settle for less; your creativity is worth more than you think. Take charge of your interior design destiny now! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover different charging strategies used by successful interior designers Understand the significance of recognizing and valuing your expertise and creative time as an interior designer Assess whether you estimate, track, and optimize your fees for your design projects effectively Check out the show notes >>> How To Charge Your Interior Design Skills With Confidence Related Readings:  Forbes Home: How Much Does An Interior Designer Cost? US Bureau of Labor Statistics - National Estimates for Interior Designers NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode:  Episode 30: Choosing Between 2-Year and 4-Year? What to Look For in an Interior Design Degree With Jill Hornbeck Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
10/9/202321 minutes, 20 seconds
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58\\ Best Ways to Thrive in the Interior Design Business With Cathy Tonks

Are you struggling to grow your interior design business? Are you looking for ways to be more profitable while keeping your clients satisfied? If this is you, you will love my conversation with one of my colleagues in the Sacramento area. Cathy Tonks's career path from bridal consultant to thriving interior designer is a testament to resilience, eagerness to learn new things, and creativity. She shares the secrets to a thriving interior design business, from finding your niche to joining a designer buying group and forming essential partnerships. Join us today as we guide you towards embracing collaboration, mentorship, and continuous learning, empowering you to create remarkable spaces and a thriving interior design business. Featured Guest: Cathy’s love for design, color, fabrics, and texture stems from her first career of 16 years in the bridal industry. To her surprise, when she and her husband launched a construction company, a whole new world opened up for her and she decided to return to school to obtain a degree in Interior Design. In 2005, she opened her firm Designs With You in Mind INC, specializing in design-build projects. Kitchens and baths were her passion and she was able to use her experience in the construction industry to her advantage. In 2009, Cathy partnered with a designer buying group that has access to a showroom with premiere materials and extended resources. The group, made up of other interior designers, has given Cathy the opportunity to mentor members and encourage them to grow their businesses and be profitable. Cathy’s superpower is managing her team to help her create spaces that bring out the best in her clients. She has a passion for creating spaces that reflect who they are and the way they live. She is grateful for the gifts that have been given to her that allow her to have that vision. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover ways to pivot and grow your interior design business Learn how to leverage designer buying groups and develop a profitable business model Take the first step towards growth by seeking mentorship or joining a design group, and embracing collaboration Check out the show notes >>> Best Ways to Thrive in the Interior Design Business With Cathy Tonks NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
10/2/202323 minutes, 54 seconds
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57\\ 5 FAQs About the Interior Design Career

Is traditional schooling required to become an interior designer? This is a question I am often asked, and I asked it of my guest as well. Today, I am answering that question with clarity and inspiration, along with the other frequently asked questions I get from my listeners. And if you've ever pondered the difference between an interior designer and a decorator, I also delve into the nuances that differentiate the two roles. Explore the unique strengths of each role and find out which one aligns with your strengths and ambitions. Whether you're fresh out of high school or embarking on a second career and are troubled by questions about the Interior Design Career, this episode is a guide to making informed choices that lead you toward success. Your dream career is within reach, and it's time to take the first step. If you have questions left unanswered, feel free to send them to me, either on Instagram or email me at [email protected]. I'd love to hear from you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how age and life experiences can influence your educational choices in today's digital age Learn the importance of business insurance, even with an LLC, and safeguard your assets as an interior design entrepreneur Gain clarity on the roles of an interior designer and a decorator Check out the show notes >>> 5 FAQs About the Interior Design Career NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode:  Episode 30: Choosing Between 2-Year and 4-Year? What to Look For in an Interior Design Degree With Jill Hornbeck Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
9/25/202315 minutes, 2 seconds
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56\\ From Desk Job to Dream Job: DeAnna Mackensen's Interior Design Journey

Do you have a passion for design but are stuck or feel trapped in your current job? In today's episode, I chat with my dear friend DeAnna Mackensen, a retired interior designer in Northern California. She shares her creative journey that started with her innate love for creativity and making things. She also shares her experience of learning from others and how it has shaped her career as an interior designer. She emphasizes the value of gaining knowledge and skills from different sources, whether it be through formal education or personal interactions. She also raised one common misconception about interior design and the importance of being compensated for the work of an interior designer. Deanna's story is a testament to the fact that it's never too late to follow your passion and embark on a creative career. She didn't start off as an interior designer but found her true calling later in life. If you are looking for career inspiration, tune in and get inspired and motivated to pursue your creative career. Featured Guest: DeAnna Mackensen has been serving satisfied clients in her residential design business since graduating from California State University, Chico, in 2009 with a BA in interior design. She is now retired from interior design. With a love of textiles and artwork, she's pivoted into creating her own things and selling them on her Etsy shop. She began sewing at an early age and this skill helped her with her abstract design and fabrication of many different elements. She has a knack for customizing and personalizing her designs for her clients and think outside of the box.  Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Recognize the value of recognizing interior design as a professional career Learn to embrace your unique path and use your previous experiences to your advantage Identify your strengths and learn how to delegate/outsource tasks that are not within your expertise Check out the show notes >>> DeAnna Mackensen's Interior Designer's Journey NEXT STEPS: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
9/18/202327 minutes, 4 seconds
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55\\ Celebrating a Year of Design Curious: Takeaways and Future Vision

ONE YEAR ON THE PODCAST?! Can you even believe it? A year ago, we launched this podcast - Design Curious - and it is a whole year of incredible adventure. From figuring out how to even do podcasts to writing the episodes and interviewing people, it has all been an enjoyable process for me. I love doing it! In this special episode, I talk about the journey from the first three episodes to now, Episode 55. Join me as I share my key takeaways from the past year, the exciting direction of the podcast, and the amazing people I've had the privilege to interview. As we move forward, we promise to keep delivering episodes that cater to your curiosity, ensuring there's something for everyone. Plus, we're excited to hear from you! Your feedback is essential in shaping the future of Design Curious. So, don't hesitate to reach out, share your thoughts, and stay tuned for a special Q&A episode where we'll address your questions. Thank you for an incredible year of support. Let's continue this amazing journey together as we explore the career of interior design! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the MINDSET that sustained me, and adapt it to your own endeavors Learn how you can shape the future of Design Curious podcast Look back on a year of inspiration & empowerment, and celebrate with us Check out the show notes >>> Celebrating a Year of Design Curious: Takeaways and Future Vision NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 53: Perfectionism: Its Impact on Interior Design Practices & How to Rise Above It Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
9/11/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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54\\ Words That Wow: How to Write Your Interior Designer’s Website Copy With Masha Koyen

In the world of Interior Designer websites, where a single picture can resonate with a thousand words, is copy truly essential? Or is it only a waste of resources? Yes, your photos should speak volumes. They should speak for themselves. So the question is, do you still need words on your website? Can the pictures alone grab people's attention in just a few minutes? Today on the podcast, I chat with Masha, an Interior Design Copywriter. She shares the common mistakes interior designers make when writing copy for their websites, and how she writes website copy that connects and sells. Want to understand why copywriting matters for your interior design business? Listen in as we chat about website messaging (and lead magnets & email too!). We even discuss AI, such as ChatGPT, which proves the importance of a copywriter despite advances in artificial intelligence. Featured Guest: Masha Koyen is the Messaging Strategist and Copywriter behind Content Vertical. With over 20 years of professional writing experience, she is your word ninja, specializing in data-driven strategic copy that instantly engages your audience. She's the copywriter behind some kickass websites in the interior design industry. Her signature REVEAL method, which blends research insights with brand elevation, ensures that your web copy speaks directly to your clients' innermost desires. Drawing from 14 years of marketing expertise with global giants KPMG and Deloitte, Masha launched Content Vertical in 2019, carving a niche in website copywriting. Her journey was driven by a desire for more family time, making Masha not only a master of words but also of work-life balance. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Understand the power of storytelling in interior design copywriting Assess your existing website copy for mistakes and make the necessary adjustments Use the REVEAL Framework in crafting your compelling website copy Check out the show notes >>> How to Write Your Interior Designer’s Website Copy With Masha Koyen NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
9/4/202333 minutes, 37 seconds
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53\\ Perfectionism: Its Impact on Interior Design Practices & How to Rise Above It

Interior Designers are typically perfectionists. For every design project, they spend countless hours tweaking and refining to produce the best design. Although they strive for perfection, they still feel unsatisfied. As a result, they become exhausted and frustrated, questioning whether their work will ever be good enough.  If this is you, then it's time to break free from the cycle of perfectionism and discover a new path to growth and fulfillment in your craft. Join me in this episode as I explore the impact of perfectionism on our interior design practices. Together, let's learn how to cultivate a more flexible mindset, embrace imperfections, and thrive in our creative journey.  Tune in on this empowering episode. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Embrace your imperfections and use client feedback to improve your skill Break the cycle of perfectionism and cultivate a positive mindset toward a healthier, more balanced approach Uncover how your perfectionist tendencies influence your interior design dynamics so you can turn them into a driving force, not a hindrance Check out the show notes >>> Perfectionism: Its Impact on Interior Design Practices & How to Rise Above It NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 41: Personality Types Test: An Interior Designer’s Tool for Improving Clients' Interaction Episode 43: The Design World: Exploring the Intersection of Production Design and Interior Design with James Bartol Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
8/28/202314 minutes, 3 seconds
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52\\ Mastering Interior Design Business: Tobi Fairley's Expert Tips for Success

Are you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the lack of success in your creative endeavors despite your best efforts?  You may be pouring countless hours into perfecting your designs but struggling to attract clients or generate sales. Maybe you're trying to navigate the complexities of running a business, but finding it difficult to make strategic decisions or manage finances effectively. The pain of not seeing your hard work translate into entrepreneurial success can be incredibly disheartening, and I hear you. In today's episode, I sit down with Tobi Fairley and talk about the importance of design skills and business knowledge for success in the interior design industry. We dive deep into how to navigate a career in interior design, the benefits of lifelong learning, and the rewards of taking well-analyzed risks. Don't miss out on this enlightening conversation! Featured Guest: Toby Fairley is an innovation igniter, a thought architect, and one of the leading voices on reimagining what it means to run a successful creative business in an equitable and sustainable way.  As the host of the Design You Podcast, Toby delivers a life-altering inspiration for creative entrepreneurs mixed with tactical business advice, and unfiltered aha moments on topics most business gurus won't dare to cover.  She has been featured in many publications. When Toby is not running her high-end residential interior design firm, leading her online membership community for ambitious creative professionals Design You, or recording an episode for her top-rated podcast, you can find her working on her upcoming book, Thinking Deep Thoughts, about how to change the world painting or curled up with a few good books and spending time with her family and two pups.  Toby lives in Arkansas with her attorney husband and her teenage daughter who has just gone to college. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore the appeal of taking well-calculated risks and setting the pace in your field of expertise See the impact of continuous learning and structured education in attaining professional growth Realize the importance of having a strong foundation in both design skills and business knowledge for lasting success Check out the show notes >>> Mastering Interior Design Business: Tobi Fairley's Expert Tips for Success NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
8/21/202347 minutes, 13 seconds
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51\\ A Designer's Passion: from Wallpaper to Running a Full-Service Interior Design Firm With Selena Lewis

Did you know that wallpaper is still way in? Are you open to using wallpaper in your design projects? In today’s episode, I have a fascinating conversation with Selena Lewis, a professional interior designer known for her eclectic style. We dive into her journey in the design world, how she started her business, her unique design style, and her expertise in incorporating playful wallpapers, rich textures, and bold patterns into her projects. She reveals how she found her niche in wallpaper, a design element often overlooked or underutilized, and discusses the importance of educating clients about the transformative power of wallpaper in creating truly exceptional spaces. We also discuss an important pain point that many designers face: how to get paid for your calling. So, don't miss out on this inspiring episode as Selena Lewis brings her expertise and passion for wallpaper to the forefront, encouraging aspiring and established designers alike to embrace their own unique design paths. Featured Guest: Selena Lewis is a professional Interior Designer based in Atlanta, Georgia, who prides herself on her thriving business that is built on client testimonials. Her outstanding work has recently been recognized in Atlanta’s My Home Improvement Magazine as a Top 10 Rising Star In The Home Improvement Industry. Her design style is eclectic, with a penchant for incorporating playful wallpapers, rich textures, and bold patterns to elevate spaces. She is skilled in blending different styles to create unique and personalized interiors for her clients. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover 5 ways to differentiate yourself as an interior designer in a competitive market The importance of visualization and hands-on interaction with clients Use the 10 tips on getting started in Interior Design without returning to school Check out the show notes >>> A Designer's Passion: from Wallpaper to Running a Full-Service Interior Design Firm With Selena Lewis NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Take the QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
8/14/202340 minutes, 14 seconds
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50\\ Key Elements for Your Interior Design Website That Attract Premium Clients With Robyn White

Does your website leave a strong online impression and attract those premium clients you've been dreaming of? To build a website that continues to bring new & premium clients, you need to take a strategic approach. In today's episode, we delve into the key elements that can make or break your interior design website. Our special guest, Robyn White of RDW Design Studio, shares her expertise and insights on how to optimize your website to attract premium clients. She emphasizes the importance of consistent branding, and the use of a clear call to action (CTA) to guide visitors towards the primary goal of your website. She also highlights common mistakes to avoid when designing a website. So, if you are an interior designer looking to optimize your website, don't miss this treasure trove of invaluable insights and practical tips for creating a strategic and effective website that stands out in the competitive interior design industry. What are you waiting for? Listen now! Featured Guest: Robyn White is the owner and founder of RDW Design Studio, a boutique website design studio located in Cape Cod. She offers a refined website design experience for clients who value quality and want a strategic, sophisticated, and simple website design so they can book more premium clients. Robin specializes in helping interior designers, architects, builders, and stagers elevate their websites so that it reflects the high-quality work they provide and so their business has the online home it deserves. Through her impactful and strategic website design, she positions her clients as the premium choice by making the right first impression online. She helps her busy clients go from overwhelmed to overjoyed with their websites by taking care of all the techie stuff without the techie duck through her supportive streamlined and stress-free design process. Robin designs websites that are not just beautiful, but allow her clients to show up online with confidence and attract their ideal clients. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Answer the 6 questions you should ask yourself before updating your website Assess your existing website for blunders and make the necessary adjustments Design your website with the 5 must-have pages to attract premium clients Check out the show notes >>> Key Elements for Your Interior Design Website That Attract Premium Clients With Robyn White Links Mentioned: Instant Website Upgrade: https://rdwdesignstudio.com/website-upgrade/ Design Curious Podcast Show Notes: rwarddesign.com/podcast NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: QUIZ!! Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I Started my Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Listen to Related Episode: Ep49: Which Interior Designer Path Should You Take? Answer My 6-Question Quiz to Find It Out Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
8/7/202338 minutes, 38 seconds
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49\\ Which Interior Designer Path Should You Take? Answer My 6-Question Quiz to Find It Out

Hey, curious creatives! I've got something exciting to share with you all. I created a fun quiz to help you find out what type of interior designer you should be. It's quick and easy, with just six simple questions, and you'll gain valuable insights into your personal style, design preferences, and the type of environments that fuel your creative fire. The quiz will ultimately lead you to your design niche. I've also discussed the four conclusions or result answers - Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, or Spatial Experience Design, shedding light on the different roles, approaches, and challenges each one presents. Interior Design is so diverse, but there's something for everyone in this creative field! And if you're multi-faceted like me, try the quiz a few times and see how your answers lead to different outcomes. So, whether you've just discovered your passion for interior design or are looking to refine your skills and explore new horizons, tune in, take the quiz, and let me help you on your journey to becoming an interior design pro! Lastly, share your quiz results with me on Instagram at @rwarddesign. I can't wait to see what kind of Interior Design you should be doing! Let's stay creative and enjoy the remaining interviews in our summer series together! Click here to take the quiz! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the 4 conclusions/results I reached for this quiz & analyze each role and type Determine what kind of interior design suits your unique strengths and interests Learn about spatial experience design and its connection to retail, museums, and set/production design Check out the show notes >>> Which Interior Designer Path Should You Take? Answer My 6-Question Quiz to Find It Out NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career Find Out What Type of Interior Designer You Should Be! Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Listen to Related Episode: 34\\ Hospitality Design: 5 Key Considerations for Aspiring Designers with Jessica Marshall 43\\ The Design World: Exploring the Intersection of Production Design and Interior Design with James Bartol 46\\ From Doubt to Success: Overcoming Challenges in Interior Design and Architecture with Robert Ancill Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week..
7/31/202313 minutes, 16 seconds
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48\\ From Chaos to Cash Flow: The Transformative Power of Hiring a Bookkeeper for Your Design Business With LoriAnn Kuntz

Are you an interior designer who is struggling to keep track of your finances? Many interior designers find bookkeeping to be a daunting task. It can be time-consuming, challenging, and even stressful. If you're one of those designers, you're not alone. That's why I invited LoriAnn to discuss the importance of hiring a bookkeeper for your interior design business. As a virtual bookkeeper and fractional CFO who specializes in working with interior designers, she knows firsthand the challenges that designers face when it comes to finances. She talks about the importance of hiring a bookkeeper to keep track of your income and expenses, prepare financial reports, and file taxes; and how this can alleviate stress and bring peace of mind to creative professionals. She shares her expertise on the differences between tax accountants and bookkeepers, highlighting the value of having a bookkeeper throughout the year, not just at tax time. So whether you're ready to hire your first bookkeeper or you prefer doing it yourself, I encourage you to listen to this episode and learn why hiring a bookkeeper is so crucial for interior designers and how to find the right one for your business. Featured Guest: LoriAnn Kuntz is a virtual bookkeeper and fractional CFO for creative entrepreneurs. She is the owner of LoriAnn Kuntz Virtual Bookkeeping, a boutique creative bookkeeping firm that specializes in Done-for-You monthly bookkeeping, fractional CFO services, and helping people get off the ground and how to keep track of their finances. Her goal is to bridge the gap between traditional accountants and business owners. With 35-plus monthly DFY (Done-for-You) bookkeeping clients in the industry, she has the insight and experience to help you uplevel your business while removing the stress and burden of managing your finances. Whether you're just starting out or you've been in business for years, her mission is to help creatives feel peace about their finances, while growing their profit and confidence.  Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Identify the 5 reasons why people are anxious about their finances and understand the importance of tailoring financial advice individually Discover the #1 challenge faced by interior designers in business Compare her top 3 bookkeeping software recommendations and find out why you should DIY your books using spreadsheets first Check out the show notes >>> From Chaos to Cash Flow: The Transformative Power of Hiring a Bookkeeper for Your Design Business With LoriAnn Kuntz Links Mentioned: DIY Bookkeeping Templates: https://www.loriannkuntz.com/shop The software I use for my finances: https://www.studiodesigner.com/ NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
7/24/202335 minutes, 10 seconds
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46\\ From Doubt to Success: Overcoming Challenges in Interior Design and Architecture with Robert Ancill

Have you ever dreamt of a career in design or architecture but been told not to pursue it? Well, you are in for a treat! Join me today as I sit down with my special guest Robert Ansell, CEO of TNI Design. Robert takes us through his incredible path from being told not to pursue architecture to creating restaurant design and concept development to starting an agency & expanding his services to include interior design and architectural projects. Along the way, he encountered doubts and obstacles, but his unwavering persistence and passion for design propelled him forward. Robert also shares the exciting and innovative projects he is currently working on, including an eco-village and a groundbreaking venture to design livable spaces on Mars. He also talks about the upcoming trends in the restaurant industry, from interactive ghost kitchens to the integration of robotic technology, and explores the use of sustainable materials in architecture and interior design. So, tune in for an inspiring conversation filled with valuable insights and advice. Featured Guest: Robert Ancill is the CEO of TNI Design, an architectural design agency that specializes in restaurants, hotels, luxury, and eco homes. With over 25 years of experience, Robert has designed over 89 new brands and 800 restaurants or cafes opening or remodels for clients in 24 countries. Some of his notable projects include designing multiple high-profile restaurants and hotel brands as well as providing interior design services to several businesses in the hospitality industry.  When he is not busy working, Robert enjoys photography as a hobby. His work has been featured in several magazines & websites and on his website, Introspective Lense.  In 2020, Robert authored a book called post-COVID-19 Reboot, a forecasting guide to opening restaurants, bars, and hospitality businesses after the quarantine period was lifted in 2021.  Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how embracing creative opportunities, learning through internships, and thinking outside the box can lead to a fulfilling and successful career in the design industry Understand the importance of client interfaces and adapting to new technologies for the growth of your interior design business Learn some sustainable and eco-friendly materials you can use on your next project Check out the show notes >>> From Doubt to Success: Overcoming Challenges in Interior Design and Architecture with Robert Ancill NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com (https://rwarddesign.com/) to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
7/10/202332 minutes, 22 seconds
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45\\ 4 Smart Ways to Build an Interior Design Portfolio That Stands Out

Do you want a polished and professional interior design portfolio but don’t know where to start? A portfolio is critical to your interior design career since it showcases your skills and experience. A well-crafted portfolio can help you land your dream job or project, but creating one can be daunting. In this episode, I share tips and tricks that will help you create a portfolio that impresses potential clients and employers. I also explain why it is necessary to create one for your interior design career. So, if you are unsure what you should include in your portfolio and how to make it look best and stand out, this episode is for you. Listen to this episode so you can start creating your portfolio today! And, if you need help reviewing & polishing your portfolio, join My Design Mentor. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the 4 ways to build a portfolio that will make your work stand out Use the portfolio-building tip so you can start creating your portfolio right away Learn how the My Design Mentor program can help you polish your portfolio Check out the show notes >>> 4 Smart Ways to Build an Interior Design Portfolio That Stands Out NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com (https://rwarddesign.com/) to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
7/3/202313 minutes, 43 seconds
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44\\ Career & Business Secrets of a Successful High-End Residential Interior Designer With Nina Parvaresh

Every interior designer, whatever stage it may be, faces several problems and challenges - from promoting oneself to selling ideas to finding the right clients and managing their budgets & expectations, and so much more. No doubt, interior design is challenging! Whether you are just starting your career in interior design and lack confidence or are faced with a roadblock as an established designer, you need to hear the story of my special guest today. In this episode, I sit down with Nina Parvaresh, a highly successful interior designer specializing in high-end residential projects. She generously shares insights, practical advice, and insider tips to help both up-and-coming designers and established ones thrive in this field. Nina's fearless approach to learning and experimenting, how she picked herself up after all her struggles and moved past them, and of course, her unique design process are all inspiring. So tune in, learn her secrets, and get ready to conquer your design challenges! Featured Guest: Nina Parvaresh was born and raised in a charming town an hour away from Paris. She studied Architecture at the École d’Architecture de Paris-Malaquais in the distinguished Les Beaux-Arts site in Paris. Her approach to work is holistic. The boundaries between the divisions of the field, from lighting to structural design to FF&E, inspired her to build something that could carry the project through, fully and completely, without jeopardizing or compromising on the thread that ties the whole characteristic narrative of the project together. In her curiosity, she explored so many fields that she was not specialized in, learning how to become an interior designer and a lighting designer. She even learned a lot about things she disliked, including plumbing and automation systems, which still causes her anxiety. She has incredible projects all over the world (think Middle East, Dubai, Europe). Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover the key ingredients that will make you and your projects stand out Gain insights into building and maintaining strong relationships with contractors, artisans, and suppliers Learn effective strategies for managing client expectations and delivering exceptional client experiences Check out the show notes >>> Career & Business Secrets of a Successful High-End Residential Interior Designer With Nina Parvaresh Special Offer exclusive to Design Curious listeners only!!! Get FREE ACCESS to Ericka Saurit's The Brand Storytelling Masterclass - a step-by-step masterclass to get you to craft unforgettable brand narratives in just a few short hours. Get Free Access in 3 easy steps: Step 1: Listen to Episode 38: How Storytelling & Brand Marketing Will Level Up Your Interior Design Career With Ericka Saurit Step 2: Leave Design Curious podcast a Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser (if you're not an Apple user) Step 3: Take a screenshot of your review and email it to [email protected] OR post it to Instagram and tag me  @rwarddesign This offer is good for June only... Connect With Me: Email: [email protected] Instagram: @rwarddesign Website: rwarddesign.com Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
6/26/202343 minutes, 43 seconds
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43\\ The Design World: Exploring the Intersection of Production Design and Interior Design with James Bartol

Are you curious about what production design is? Are you wondering if an interior designer can be a production designer? Well, in this episode, I interview James Bartol, a New York City-based production designer working primarily in the film and television industry. He shares his journey of becoming a production designer and how his craft crossover with the principles of interior design. He also tells about the responsibilities, challenges, and creative decisions that go into shaping the visual identity of a film or TV show. Join us on this episode as we explore the captivating world of production design and delve into its intriguing connection with interior design. Whether you are a film enthusiast, an interior designer, or simply curious about the magic behind the scenes, this episode will provide a unique perspective on the artistry that shapes our visual world. And if you are wondering if production design is worth pursuing, this episode is for you.  Featured Guest: James Bartol is a New York City-based production designer working primarily in the film and television industry. He received his BFA in Film & TV production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  James' production design credits include a variety of Feature and Short films that have screened at festivals worldwide. His client base ranges from film to print and includes Levi’s, Nordstrom, Estée Lauder, TruTV, Investigation Discovery, and MTV.  Most recently, James has been sharing his experience with the next generation of filmmakers as an adjunct professor teaching production design classes at Montclair State University. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Examine the similarities and differences between a production design and an interior design Identify the biggest challenge of a production designer and its solution Assess whether production design is the right career for you Check out the show notes >>> The Design World: Exploring the Intersection of Production Design and Interior Design with James Bartol Special Offer exclusive to Design Curious listeners only!!!  Get FREE ACCESS to Ericka Saurit's The Brand Storytelling Masterclass - a step-by-step masterclass to get you to craft unforgettable brand narratives in just a few short hours. Get Free Access in 3 easy steps: Step 1: Listen to Episode 38: How Storytelling & Brand Marketing Will Level Up Your Interior Design Career With Ericka Saurit Step 2: Leave Design Curious podcast a Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser (if you're not an Apple user) Step 3: Take a screenshot of your review and email it to [email protected] OR post it to Instagram and tag me  @rwarddesign This offer is good for the month of June only... Connect With Me: Email: [email protected] Instagram: @rwarddesign Website: rwarddesign.com Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
6/19/202332 minutes, 22 seconds
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42\\ The Future of Interior Design: Sustainable and Responsible Solutions With Leah Connolly

Did you know it doesn't take much to live an eco-friendly lifestyle? It all starts with consumer awareness. And who better to educate consumers than interior designers? After working for years in various design firms and realizing how much waste the interior design industry generates, Leah Connolly, my special guest in this episode, started her own firm advocating for sustainable interior design. Join us as we discuss how she started and her challenges when sourcing sustainably-focused brands. Leah also shares tips for finding non-toxic products for large surfaces that ensure a healthier living environment. If you are an environmentally conscious interior designer, or if you considering a niche in sustainable interior design, tune in as we explore the exciting possibilities in sustainable interior design. Featured Guest: As an extrovert, Leah Connolly loves talking with clients and learning what they value most. After graduating from UC Davis, she worked for a few Sacramento interior designers. She is an award-winning interior designer, LEED Green Associate, and a California Certified Interior Designer. As the climate changes, she's looked closely at the design industry and the waste and chemicals it creates. Witnessing firsthand waste and harmful chemicals generated, she took a stand. Leah founded Studio Connolly in 2020 with a mission to lessen the environmental impact of design. Her priority is to partner with sustainably-focused brands to reduce waste at home and recycle as much as possible. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore innovative sustainable interior design practices to transform your client's space Discover the value of hands-on experience in business development Find out why sustainable design is the future of interior design Check out the show notes >>> The Future of Interior Design: Sustainable and Responsible Solutions With Leah Connolly Special Offer exclusive to Design Curious listeners only!!! Get FREE ACCESS to Ericka Saurit's The Brand Storytelling Masterclass - a step-by-step masterclass to get you to craft unforgettable brand narratives in just a few short hours. Get Free Access in 3 easy steps: Step 1: Listen to Episode 38: How Storytelling & Brand Marketing Will Level Up Your Interior Design Career With Ericka Saurit Step 2: Leave Design Curious podcast a Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser (if you're not an Apple user) Step 3: Take a screenshot of your review and email it to [email protected] OR post it to Instagram and tag me  @rwarddesign This offer is good for the month of June only... Connect With Me: Email: [email protected] Instagram: @rwarddesign Website: rwarddesign.com Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
6/12/202326 minutes, 46 seconds
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41\\ Personality Types Test: An Interior Designer’s Tool for Improving Clients' Interaction

Do you need help communicating with your interior design clients? Do you want to interact with your potential clients more effectively and close a project? I got you! In today's episode, I discuss the different personality types and their impact on effective communication. Knowing your clients' different personality types will help you better understand how they communicate. Plus, you can customize your approach to each person to get to know them better and build stronger relationships. Join me for today's episode to learn more about personality types and how understanding them impacts your interior design career or business. Why you've got to check out today's episode: Assess how understanding personality types can benefit your interior design projects Find out how to understand yourself and others better by taking 4 personality tests (plus 2 bonus fun tests) Discover 6 ways to make people like you and 5 ways to persuade them through your presentation Check out the show notes >>> Personality Types Test: An Interior Designer’s Tool for Improving Clients' Interaction Get to know ⁠Our Team⁠ based on our personality types. Links Mentioned: The Myers-Briggs Test Enneagram Test The DiSC Assessment Four Temperaments Test Books Mentioned: The Road Back to You How to Win Friends & Influence People BONUS TESTS: Hogwarts House and Which Friends Character Are You? Special Offer exclusive to Design Curious listeners only!!! Get FREE ACCESS to Ericka Saurit's The Brand Storytelling Masterclass - a step-by-step masterclass to get you to craft unforgettable brand narratives in just a few short hours. Get Free Access in 3 easy steps: Step 1: Listen to Episode 38: How Storytelling & Brand Marketing Will Level Up Your Interior Design Career With Ericka Saurit Step 2: Leave Design Curious podcast a Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser (if you're not an Apple user) Step 3: Take a screenshot of your review and email it to [email protected] OR post it to Instagram and tag me  @rwarddesign This offer is good for the month of June only... Connect With Me: Email: [email protected] Instagram: @rwarddesign Website: rwarddesign.com Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
6/5/202326 minutes, 44 seconds
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40\\ How an Actress Turned Interior Designer Built Her Signature Virtual Design Offer with Alexis Peters

Do you get excited about something that gets you out of bed in the morning? That’s the case for my guest this week, Alexis Peters, who had an exciting journey from acting and production design to interior and virtual interior design. What made her get into interior design? That voice in her head has been bugging her since she was a child. After years of putting it under the rug, she finally decided to do something about it. From designing her own apartment to helping her mother redesign her home virtually, she found her magic and turned to make mistakes into a career by providing stylish and affordable interior design for all. So if you’re ready to help others live better through design while making money and feeling fulfilled simultaneously, listen to this episode. Alexis can help you find your voice as a designer and craft your signature offer. Featured Guest: Alexis Peters is a Nashville-based interior designer with an exciting journey from acting and feature film production design to running her successful Virtual Design business. Combining her passion for film and design, Alexis has learned to create stunning spaces on a budget, making her services accessible to many clients. With certifications in interior design, home staging, KonMari organization, and even Pilates, she brings a well-rounded approach to her designs. If you're looking for expert advice on creating your signature offer, building a solid portfolio, and gaining exposure in the design industry, Alexis's unique perspective and experience make her an ideal source of inspiration and guidance. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Examine Alexis’ Virtual Design Process and create your signature offer Build a solid interior design portfolio from scratch without any experience Discover the 3 Advantages of Virtual Design over Interior Design Check out the show notes >>> How an Actress Turned Interior Designer Built Her Signature Virtual Design Offer with Alexis Peters Links Mentioned: Marie Forleo’s B-School: https://www.marieforleo.com/bschool NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Check out the best books every interior designer should have here. Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here.  Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
5/29/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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39\\ 3 Reasons Why You Should Charge for Initial Interior Design Consultations & Highlight Your Expertise

Are you wondering whether you should charge for your initial design consultation or not? Are you tired of giving away your time and knowledge for free during consultations? In this week’s episode, I have the solution to help you monetize your consultations and showcase your professionalism. How? With paid consultation fees! I discuss how to charge for consultations so you can demonstrate your expertise and value as an interior designer. As a result, you will increase your income and attract higher-paying clients who value your skills and abilities. Since charging for initial consultations is controversial in the interior design industry, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it. And if you disagree with me and you have some great points, you'd like to bring up, reach out to me and let me know what you think. So we can talk there because I love hearing all sides of this story. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Examine the controversy surrounding charging for initial consultations in the interior design community Identify the 3 reasons why you should charge for your initial consultation Discover ways to deliver more value to your interior design clients Check out the show notes >>> 3 Reasons Why You Should Charge for Initial Interior Design Consultations & Highlight Your Expertise Links Mentioned: Style Quiz Remodel Survival Guide NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Listen to Related Episode: Episode 16: How Outsourcing Client Intake Helps Interior Designers Convert and Retain Clients with Porsche Williams Check out the best books every interior designer should have here Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
5/22/202313 minutes
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38\\ How Storytelling & Brand Marketing Will Level Up Your Interior Design Career With Ericka Saurit

Interested in interior design but wondering what else you can do? Guess what? There is so much more to interior design! A world of exciting opportunities awaits you. This week's guest, Ericka Saurit, is a former interior designer turned brand marketer. We are fortunate to have her share her motivational story with us. Remember Bethany from Episode 18? It was an inspiring move to get into coaching. Ericka's journey is just as empowering too. Interior Design isn't just about one-on-one projects. There's a whole world of possibilities to explore. Listen to Ericka's episode about branding, messaging, and marketing to level up your interior design career or business. It's incredible how interior design opens doors to new passions and opportunities. So take advantage of this chance to broaden your horizons. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how to find success in marketing during tough economic times through the art of storytelling Map out your brand marketing using Ericka’s E3 Strategy Outline the parts of the marketing funnel and understand the importance of working with a brand strategist Featured Guest: Ericka Saurit has been a designer and marketer in the home industry for 23 years and has worked with GE, P&G, Beijing Olympics 2008, and Shanghai Natural History Museum throughout her career. By using strategy, storytelling, and insight, she helps her clients transform their brands. After completing her marketing and business strategy studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Ericka began working in brand marketing for the design industry in 2011. She has also earned certifications in brand storytelling from IDEO and brand strategy and social media marketing, which she pursued after her career in design education. Her extensive experience as a global brand marketing leader includes developing digital products and brand strategies for Airbnb in San Francisco. In addition, she's involved in designing immersive brand experiences for companies like Tag Heuer and Estée Lauder. Also, she has created award-winning messaging and engagement strategies for prominent home lifestyle brands across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Connect with Ericka Saurit: Website: sauritcreative.com Instagram: @sauritcreativ Check out the show notes >>> How Storytelling & Brand Marketing Will Level Up Your Interior Design Career With Ericka Saurit Links Mentioned: Ericka's Brand Audit: sauritcreative.com/brandaudit NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Listen to Related Episode: Episode 18: The Embrace of Change: How An Interior Designer Pivots to Become a Podcast & Messaging Coach with Bethany Wrede Peterson Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
5/15/202348 minutes, 27 seconds
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37\\ The Pain Points of Interior Design Projects and How to Overcome Them

Do you need help keeping your interior design clients satisfied? I'm here to help you! Today, I'm sharing my 7-step process to help you navigate your client's pain points and ensure they feel informed and invested. This proactive approach ensures a successful outcome every time! You see, when it comes to design, managing expectations is crucial. And one of the best ways to do this is by making sure everyone involved understands what will happen every step of the way. That way, you can avoid disappointments or frustrations later down the line! So listen to this week's episode and gain access to the tools needed for managing your client’s expectations like a pro. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Examine the 7-step interior design process and its highs and lows from start to finish Compare the different perspectives of designers and clients in each phase Define your role as an interior designer and discover the benefits of having happier clients Featured Review: Accessible and generalizable “This show is so easy to understand. The content is clear and empowering. It’s accessible for those curious about design and how it works but also has practical insight for daily life. Solid skills and mindset that can be applied to other arenas as well.” - KayOrca - Check out the show notes >>> The Pain Points of Interior Design Projects and How to Overcome Them NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
5/8/202312 minutes, 30 seconds
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36\\ How Business Coaching Can Help You Transform Your Life and Interior Design Business with Kimberley Seldon

Are you an overwhelmed and struggling interior designer? You’re not alone. If you find yourself stuck and feeling like you’re a failure, this episode is for you as Kimberley Seldon shares how she overcame hurdles as a budding interior designer and managed to balance her work and life. How did she do it? Through her friend’s recommendation, she sought help and found a powerful solution that changed her life and revolutionized the entire interior design industry. Even with resistance at first, she transformed her life and business and is now helping influence designers worldwide to have more successful companies and satisfying lives. So listen to this week’s episode because you’re in for a treat as she shares ways to transform your life and business so you can finally say, “Yes. I have it all.” Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Overcome common hurdles faced by budding interior designers as they kick-start their careers Learn how implementing structured systems and procedures contributes to a balanced work-life dynamic Discover the power of honest and straightforward communication strategies in building a solid client base Featured Guest: Kimberley Seldon is a force to be reckoned with in the design world, with an impressive resume that spans interior design, television, and magazines. She founded the Kimberley Seldon Design Group and contributed to the Toronto and Los Angeles design scenes. Having hosted three shows for HGTV Canada and served as the decorating editor of Style At Home magazine for 18 years, Kimberley's expertise in design is undeniable. With her online educational platform, Business of Design, she empowers designers to establish effective systems and procedures, leading them to a more balanced and fulfilling work-life balance. Check out the show notes >>> How Business Coaching Can Help You Transform Your Life and Interior Design Business NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 31 - Want to Elevate Your Interior Design Business? The Power of Coaching for Success Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
5/1/202331 minutes, 59 seconds
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35\\ The CEO Mindset: How It Drives Success in Your Interior Design Business

What does it take to be the CEO of your own interior design business? In this episode, I explore what the CEO mindset entails, why it matters, and how it can drive your interior design business to new heights. I also share what it is like to be one – and it’s way more than doing design work and establishing processes, procedures, and structure. There are other traits a business owner must possess to grow a business and lead effectively. As a designer, I encourage you to adopt a CEO mindset and be accountable for your business. Because to achieve success, a plan, goals, and processes must be implemented. This week's episode allows you to embrace the CEO mindset and implement strategies to help you build a successful business. These skills will help you be a better leader, delegate tasks effectively, and trust your team to ensure a positive work environment. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Define what a CEO is and discover why you need a CEO Mindset Identify the different ways you can delegate in your business Learn about the 4 CEO Mindset Tips you can use to succeed in your interior design business Check out the show notes >>> The CEO Mindset: How It Drives Success in Your Interior Design Business NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 23: The Roadmap to Becoming an Interior Designer Episode 01: Interior Design: An Introduction & the 3 Paths You Can Take To Get There Episode 32: Top Secrets and Winning Mindset Behind a Wildly Successful Business Owner with Andrea Liebross Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
4/24/202313 minutes, 59 seconds
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34\\ Hospitality Design: 5 Key Considerations for Aspiring Designers with Jessica Marshall

Have you ever wondered how some hospitality designers make it big in the industry? In this episode, we dive into the exciting world of hospitality design and explore how new interior designers can get started in this field. Our guest expert, Jessica Marshall, shares her unique journey to becoming a successful hospitality designer. Jessica gives her perspective on interior design and discusses the different avenues she took to get to where she is today. She shares insights into the unique challenges and opportunities of designing for boutique hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality spaces. Whether you're just starting out in your interior design career or looking to expand your skills in the hospitality sector, this episode will give you the knowledge and inspiration you need to succeed. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn from a successful hospitality designer! Featured Guest: Jessica Marshall is the only Interior Designer focused on the hospitality industry in the Sacramento area. Her experience spans over 20 years in both the UK and the US. In addition, she is the only Interior Designer elected as a member of the California Restaurant Association's Board of Directors. After earning a degree in Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, she decided to focus on hospitality. She interned at HBA before moving to an LA company to work in purchasing and project management for luxury hotels. She worked on projects such as the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. From Intern to Interior Designer to Design Director, she has designed and managed interior projects for Marriott, Hilton, and IHG. Her desire to work internationally led her to live in England for eight years. She worked in restaurants and bars all over the UK for years, developing front-of-house and back-of-house interiors. Jessica lives in California and started Brass Rose to help boutique business owners. Brass Rose creates a customized experience through service and atmosphere. Why you've got to check out today's episode: Understand the 5 key considerations before committing to hospitality design Discover the 2 challenging aspects of hospitality design Consider her 3 recommendations for hospitality designers starting or curious about the industry Check out the show notes >>> Hospitality Design: 5 Key Considerations for Aspiring Designers with Jessica Marshall NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Listen to Related Episode: Episode 05: The Do’s and Don’ts of Interior Design Internships Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
4/17/202333 minutes, 44 seconds
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33\\ 4 Limiting Beliefs Holding You Back From Pursuing Your Interior Design Career or Business

"Oh, how long have you been doing this? It seems like you just graduated high school or something", is a common remark I used to get from people when I first started as an interior designer and in the early years of my design company. It is not that you can't be a great designer right out of the gate. However, this remark could affect what you feel and believe about yourself. "I don't know if I would pay myself this much money to get this because..." Sounds familiar? If you find yourself either in this situation, most likely you have limiting beliefs that could potentially hurt your career or business. In this episode, I'm talking about four limiting beliefs that you might encounter as a newbie in interior design or when starting your own business. You will learn how to identify them and work through them so you can prevent these beliefs from limiting you and can navigate the design industry smoothly and successfully. So, if you are looking for help with managing your limiting beliefs, much more with recognizing them, you'll want to listen closely. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Identify the limiting beliefs that are keeping you from pursuing your passion Develop ways to combat your limiting beliefs and empower yourself Change your mindset around your beliefs and reach your highest potential Check out the show notes >>> 4 Limiting Beliefs Holding You Back From Pursuing Your Interior Design Career or Business Featured Review: Such a natural! “Our office began listening to Rebeca together, and we just love her knowledge and gift as a mentor.” - Lhkint Listen to Related Episode: Episode 17: 23 Best Books Every Interior Designer Should Have for Business & Personal Growth Episode 11: Is Imposter Syndrome Holding Back Your Interior Design Career? The Best Way to Deal With It Episode 28: Designing Your Success: Finding the Right Niche in Your Interior Design Career with Yvonne Harty NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
4/10/202322 minutes, 33 seconds
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32\\ Top Secrets and Winning Mindset Behind a Wildly Successful Business Owner with Andrea Liebross

What does it take to start a business? Don’t worry! We’ll spill the beans. Because this week, you’ll learn from Andrea Liebross - a coach, speaker, podcast host, and soon-to-be published author, who built not just one, not two, but three – yes – three businesses, all while raising two kids. It’s an impressive feat because all three of her businesses are thriving. Want to know how she successfully built her businesses? Through the help of her secret sauce! And that's only two elements. Andrea shares them all in our conversation. So, if you want to level up personally and professionally, and start building your interior design business, this episode is for you. Featured Guest: As a coach, speaker, podcast host, and soon-to-be published author, Andrea Liebross, helps bold, ambitious women make confident, clear decisions to achieve what they want every time and not just add more to their list of things to do. Her clients become the ‘I've Got This’ kind of women by creating their own custom secret sauce for success in both life and business. This sauce has two ingredients; the right mindset and solid systems. She shows them how to shift from believing what they want is impossible, complex, and daunting to possible by simplifying and making things doable and fun, even the systems, and adding a bit of confidence. Her signature process leads them to find success on their terms and, ultimately, joy and freedom in life and business. After graduating from Dartmouth College and marrying the guy that lived down the hall, she and her husband settled in Indianapolis. Over the last few decades, she has started three successful businesses and ultimately became a certified business and life coach, all while raising two kids, now ages 21 and 18, and several giant puppies. Connect with Andrea Liebross: Website: andrealiebross.com Instagram: @andrea.liebross.coaching Podcast & Quizzes: andrealiebross.com/links Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Differentiate between mentors, coaches, and counselors and assess what you need Recognize the three elements that make a successful person Discover how to overcome your first hurdle of starting your own business without falling into mindset traps in 4 steps Check out the show notes >>> Top Secrets and Winning Mindset Behind a Wildly Successful Business Owner with Andrea Liebross NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
4/3/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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31\\ Want to Elevate Your Interior Design Business? The Power of Coaching for Success

Have you ever felt hesitant to ask for help? You’re not alone; I used to hesitate to ask for help too. But I realized that there is power in asking for help. Imagine how wonderful it would be to no longer worry about having all the answers or wondering if asking for advice will be viewed negatively. You can eliminate these doubts and worries with the help of a coach, who can give you tailored advice based on expertise and past success from other clients. As a result, there will be more interesting conversations that can lead to more effective solutions than if done alone. Coaching is an effective way to gain insight and guidance on personal and professional goals. You can unlock your potential by exploring yourself deeper. When you work with a coach, you will be challenged in your thinking, pushed to take actionable steps toward reaching success, and provided with an encouraging support system. Take advantage of today's episode about the power of coaching and access both the programs I am part of, as well as my own programs, to start unlocking your potential today! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Identify the value and power of coaching Learn from my experiences with different coaching programs   Examine the misconceptions about life coaching and discover what they help you with Check out the show notes >>> ⁠Want to Elevate Your Interior Design Business? The Power of Coaching for Success⁠ Links Mentioned: Blogging Your Way Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon DesignYou with Tobi Fairley Find Your Voice with Bethany Wrede Peterson NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/27/202318 minutes, 34 seconds
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30\\ Choosing Between 2-Year and 4-Year? What to Look For in an Interior Design Degree with Jill Hornbeck

Can't decide between a four-year and a two-year interior design degree? It is important to remember that both degree programs have advantages and disadvantages, so consider your personal goals and circumstances before choosing between them. And who better to discuss this than Jill Hornbeck? Her advice will help you decide based on your unique needs and aspirations. Explore your options with Jill as she shares her Interior Design, Marketing, and Teaching expertise to help you determine which degree is best for you. Featured Guest: Jill Hornbeck has always dreamed of becoming an architect but found working with colors and furniture more interesting than designing homes and buildings. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from UC Davis and an MBA in Marketing from Cal State East Bay. In 1992, she founded Everett Interiors in Livermore and has taught at Las Positas College since 2001. After UC Davis, she worked at an interior design firm doing model homes and residential design. She then worked for a homebuilding company as a marketing coordinator in the sales office doing graphics and public relations. Along with teaching at LPC and running her own interior design business, she's also a mom of three. Her advice to potential students is "to get the experience right away. There is a lot of awareness about this industry thanks to HGTV and you need to show that you understand it's more than just putting samples on a board. The products in Interior Design are more complex than people realize. So, having experience with products and clients will help you build confidence in your design skills and your ability to communicate with the many people you will encounter." Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Identify the skills you need to develop while getting experience as an interior designer Discover the 3 steps you can take to prepare for your dream job Examine the number one question: Which degree program should you take and why? Check out the show notes >>> Choosing Between 2-Year and 4-Year? What to Look For in an Interior Design Degree NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Career  Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Enroll in Business of Design with Kimberly Seldon or DesignYou with Tobi Fairley today to scale your interior design business! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics. DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/20/202336 minutes, 2 seconds
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29\\ The 4 Steps to Create an Interior Design Space Plan For Your Project

Do you want to learn about the technical side of design and make an interior design space plan for your client's project? Everyone can enjoy an interior designer's expertise in organizing and utilizing home space. But, if you're unfamiliar with Interior Design Space Planning, you may feel daunted by the task! It is important to assess space and apply design principles that reflect your client's style and lifestyle. So here are some tips to help you create a space plan that makes your client's home look beautiful AND functional! Don’t wait any longer – find out more by listening to this episode. Let me brush the surface and share a few tips so you can get started today. This requires practice and experience, so I recommend that you do it before you take on your first client. Use this opportunity to space plan your home and run different scenarios. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn about what Interior Design Space Planning is, its importance, and the 4 steps you can take to get started Create your first interior design space plan with the 9 tips for designing efficient spaces Analyze the different space planning software options available to you and choose the ones best suited to your needs Check out the show notes >>> 4 Steps to Create an Interior Design Space Plan For Your Project NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career  Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Listen to Related Episode: Episode 28: Designing Your Success: Finding the Right Niche in Your Interior Design Career with Yvonne Harty Episode 17: 23 Best Books Every Interior Designer Should Have for Business & Personal Growth Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at@rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/13/202317 minutes, 44 seconds
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28\\ Designing Your Success: Finding the Right Niche in Your Interior Design Career with Yvonne Harty

On the surface, the world of aircraft & aviation seems light years away from the creativity and aesthetics of interior design, but today's guest, who dared to explore beyond the surface and pursued a long-hidden passion found a connection. It was that connection that made her thrive in her second career as an Interior Designer. Join me in this week’s episode as Yvonne Harty, a NorCal Award-winning Luxury Interior Designer shares her journey of leaving her 20-year career in aviation, enrolling in a design school, overcoming challenges, discovering her niche in kitchen and bath design, and finding a renewed sense of fulfillment in her second career. Featured Guest: Yvonne Harty started Harty Interiors three years ago designing personalized and functional spaces in the greater Sacramento area. Originally from Germany, where she began a beloved 20-year career in aviation, Yvonne’s passion for Interior Design was ignited when she decided to build her own home. After moving to the US about 11 years ago, she had to start looking for a new career. While she continued her aviation career in the Sacramento area, she decided it was time to explore her talents by enrolling in a formal design school. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode:  Find out the main challenge a new interior designer face so you can avoid it Learn the benefits of having a coach in your interior design career or business Discover how staying on your lane attracts the type of clients or projects you want to work with Check out the show notes >>> Designing Your Success: Finding the Right Niche in Your Interior Design Career NEXT STEPS Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career  Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
3/6/202323 minutes, 43 seconds
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27\\ Can’t Decide on Your Specialty? The Different Interior Design Niche Markets You Can Choose From

Is picking an interior design niche challenging for you? Don’t worry; I find it challenging, too. Why? Because there are a lot of options to choose from and a lot of factors to consider. Like this one: Do you have to be passionate about it? Because if you don't have the passion for it, why bother going into it, right? Why spend time, energy, and effort on something that does not satisfy you? To some, it wasn't even necessary. You can start your interior design career without it. Even me! I’ve always thought of myself as a generalist and was surprised to find out that I have a niche, too, now that I think about it. This episode may be challenging but don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Will share with you the pros and cons of having a niche, my niche-related realization, as well as different niches you can try out. Also, thank you, Sophia, for listening in from Hungary. I love hearing all the feedback and seeing people worldwide listen in and discover if Interior Design is the career for them. Keep them coming! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn how to rethink your interior design niche Discover the different niche areas and interior design projects you can do Find out the 3 steps you can take after choosing a niche Check out the show notes >>> Can’t Decide on Your Specialty? The Different Interior Design Niche Markets You Can Choose From NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebie: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/27/202318 minutes, 3 seconds
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26\\ How to Get the Best of Both Worlds of Career and Parenthood Through Interior Design With Lindsay Kjellberg Part 2

What makes a great interior designer? Is it solely based on creativity? Or skills? In part two of my conversation with Lindsay Kjellberg of LHK Interiors, she shares two essential skills a successful interior designer must have and her own experiences, including her mistakes and what she learned from them. Whether you have kids or not, having these skills will help you set your interior design career for success. Go listen to hear all her great advice! About the Guest: In 2004, Lindsay Harker Kjellberg founded LHK Interiors as the Principal Designer. Based in Modesto, California, they specialize in custom residential design with extensive experience in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Their goal is to build long-term relationships with their customers. Whether it is for entertaining friends and family or conducting business, they are dedicated to creating a spectacular space for each client while striving for a “worry-free” design. By walking their clients through New Builds, Remodels, Staging, and Decorating, every project is unique and exciting from conception to execution. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover what Lindsay wishes she had known when she started her interior design career. Learn the 3 benefits of knowing how to run a business. Find out how to vet your A-Team Check out the show notes >>> How to Get the Best of Both Worlds of Career and Parenthood Through Interior Design With Lindsay Kjellberg Part 2 NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebie: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Listen to Related Episode: Episode 24: How to Get the Best of Both Worlds of Career and Parenthood Through Interior Design With Lindsay Kjellberg Part 1 Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/design-curious-interior-design-podcast-interior-design/id1639838828 Visit my website at rwarddesign.com (https://rwarddesign.com/) to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/20/202326 minutes, 48 seconds
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25\\ 5 Courses You Must Take To Kickstart Your Interior Design Career

Are you interested in interior design but don't have the time to attend school full-time? You don't have to worry - there are several masterclasses and courses you can take to jumpstart your interior design career! Best of all, these classes do not require you to be on campus. Learning from home will make this exciting journey more convenient for you. We are also celebrating this week. Why? Along with Galentine's Day and Valentine's Day, it's my birthday on the 15th! So to celebrate my birthday, I'm giving you a list of courses you can take. It's all here, so you no longer have to scour multiple websites to find which course works best for you. Your path toward success begins right here! Listen now to my latest episode and celebrate my birthday with me to get access to the amazing gifts I've prepared just for YOU today! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Know the 5 courses you can take to start an interior design career Find out the 7 Principles of Design Discover the 3 reasons why taking a CAD class is essential to becoming a designer Check out the show notes >>> 5 Courses You Must Take To Kickstart Your Interior Design Career NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career  Listen to Related Episodes: Episode 1: Interior Design: An Introduction & the 3 Paths You Can Take To Get There  Episode 23: The Roadmap to Becoming an Interior Designer  Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/design-curious-interior-design-podcast-interior-design/id1639838828 Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/13/202315 minutes, 30 seconds
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24\\ How to Get the Best of Both Worlds of Career and Parenthood Through Interior Design With Lindsay Kjellberg Part 1

Are you an interior designer juggling your career or business and family life? It's no secret that being a parent and having a career or owning a business can be overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be this way! In today's episode, Lindsay, my special guest, wants to show you how having both is possible with the right strategies in place. She will help you navigate work-life balance with practical tips on how to handle your projects and clients, as well as how to get your kids involved in your business. So listen and learn from Lindsay how to be a master of parenting and running an interior design career or business at the same time! Featured Guest: In 2004, Lindsay Harker Kjellberg founded LHK Interiors as the Principal Designer. Based in Modesto, California, they specialize in custom residential design with extensive experience in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Their goal is to build long-term relationships with their customers. Whether it is for entertaining friends and family or conducting business, they are dedicated to creating a spectacular space for each client while striving for a “worry-free” design. By walking their clients through New Builds, Remodels, Staging, and Decorating, every project is unique and exciting from conception to execution. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how to set boundaries with clients instead of being at their beck and call Find out what is essential to scaling your interior design business Learn why making hard choices is the key to work-life balance and two (2) surprising yet sweet rewards of being a working mom Check out the show notes >>> How to Get the Best of Both Worlds of Career and Parenthood Through Interior Design With Lindsay Kjellberg Part 1 NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies:  NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career  Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Listen to Related Episode: Episode 05: The Do’s and Don’ts of Interior Design Internships Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
2/6/202334 minutes, 59 seconds
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23\\ The Roadmap to Becoming an Interior Designer

When does a career in interior design begin? Is it when you enroll in classes or get hired as an intern? Well, your interior design journey starts way earlier than that. It is when you decide it is the career you want. Then, what are your next steps after deciding you are interested in interior design? In this episode, I share the roadmap I created to help you plan for your dream career in interior design. It’s a free resource to help you take the next steps in your journey to interior design. With this roadmap, you won't need to worry about gaps in knowledge or skills you will need to succeed. Check this episode out to learn about the roadmap to becoming an interior designer so you can begin to move toward a fulfilling future today! Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Find out the steps you need to take to be a successful interior designer Discover why it’s necessary to apply for an internship with an interior designer  Learn more about the 7 junior designer roles and responsibilities Check out the show notes >>> The Roadmap to Becoming an Interior Designer NEXT STEPS: Grab your freebies: NEW!! Your Roadmap to a Career in Interior Design 3 Things I Wish I had known when I started my career  Join the Design Mentor to kickstart a successful career in interior design! Listen to Related Episode: Ep05: The Do’s and Don’ts of Interior Design Internships Email me at [email protected] if you have suggested topics DM me on Instagram at @rwarddesign if you have a burning question Leave me a rating and review! Click here. Visit my website at rwarddesign.com to learn more about my services Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week...
1/30/202310 minutes, 13 seconds
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22\\ The Secret Sauce to Becoming an Award-Winning Full-Service Interior Designer with Ellen Walker

Is it possible to learn and grow as an interior designer, even if you've been in the field for a while? Absolutely! Ellen Walker, today's special guest, is a testament to this. She has been an inspiration to watch as she shares her expertise and journey to becoming an award-winning interior designer. It's helpful to hear how everybody achieves success since everyone's story is different. It's been a long and challenging journey for her. From having her interior design dream dismissed as a legitimate career to starting her own company as a side hustle, she's now a principal interior designer getting awards for her contributions. So here's Ellen's story of struggle and success to inspire you and help you decide if interior design is the right career path for you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Find out her practical advice for up-and-coming interior designers Discover the 6 reasons why she struggled in the confidence area as an interior designer and the one thing that helped her fix it Learn what up-and-coming interior designers need to know about having a career as an interior designer Check out the show notes >>> The Secret Sauce to Becoming an Award-Winning Full-Service Interior Designer with Ellen Walker Featured Guest: Ellen Walker from Red Deer County in Alberta Canada is the Principal Interior Designer of Ellen Walker Design Group. She loves to travel and draws inspiration from nature, art, architecture, beautiful fabrics, and furniture wherever she happens to be. Interior design, however, encompasses more than a visual aesthetic. Great design is characterized by functionality, timeless style, and a positive emotional connection with those who use the space. She is an industry leader in incorporating the psychology of design into her projects and solves people's design problems. She has access to design, psychology, and environment experts, allowing her to deeply understand what people need in their spaces to live better. Throughout the years, she's worked on renovations ranging from one room to a full house. In addition, she's worked on new builds that vary from small to large projects in residential and commercial spaces. She's obsessed with creating and remodeling spaces of all stories. Connect with Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, email me at [email protected]
1/23/202319 minutes, 16 seconds
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21\\ Why I Chose Residential Interior Design Over Commercial: The Pros and Cons

Ever wonder why interior designers pick between residential and commercial design? In today's episode, I give you the inside scoop on what it's like to be a residential interior designer. Based on my experience, I outline the pros and cons of working with clients one-on-one. The concept of home and nurturing connects with me deeply and personally, which helps me be passionate about residential interior design and want to help other people have homes they love. If you need help deciding between residential and commercial interior design, listen to this episode to help you decide which interior design career suits you best. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Understand the pros and cons of residential interior design Learn the 3 reasons why a residential interior design resonates with me so much Discover the essential parts of working with residential design clients Check out the show notes >>>  Why I Chose Residential Interior Design Over Commercial: The Pros and Cons Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign  Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, email me at [email protected]
1/16/202314 minutes, 21 seconds
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20\\ Do You Have a Passion for Interior Design but Scared to Make the Switch? How to Take the Leap with Kricia Palmer

Did you know that your own personal experiences can help you niche down and speak authentically to the interior design market you serve? It’s all about really understanding their needs and who better understands them is one of their own. Today's special guest, Kricia Palmer, is a doctor turned interior designer and life coach who left clinical medicine to pursue her Interior Design degree. Through her business, House Calls for Physicians, she now helps other busy women physicians create inspiring, mindful homes, so they can kick back, relax, and enjoy life's moments in them. She also has a course where she teaches women physicians how to be designers and design their homes for themselves. So if you want to learn how to niche down & serve your tribe, grow, and pivot your interior design business to work for you, check out her episode.Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Find out ways you can turn Facebook community membership into your course launchpad Discover how her internship helped her build her own interior design business Learn three (3) tips on how to switch careers with ease Check out the show notes >>> Do You Have a Passion for Interior Design but Scared to Make the Switch? How to Take the Leap with Kricia Palmer Featured Guest: Kricia Palmer is a physician, interior designer, and certified life coach. By creating intentionally designed spaces, she helps busy women physicians make coming home the most enjoyable part of their day. She left pediatric allergy and immunology after practicing for several years to pursue her creative passion by becoming an interior designer. With all the knowledge and experience she gained as a physician, she is now empowering women doctors to put themselves first. Additionally, she is creating a more mindful work environment for them. She has also discovered how many other physicians crave creative outlets in the past few years. As part of her signature course, Design Academy, she not only offers 1:1 design services, but she teaches interior design as well. Through her business, House Calls for Physicians, Kricia has become known as the interior designer for women physicians and has created magazine-worthy spaces that offer inspiration from busy lives for clients across the country. Besides creating drawings and fabric samples, she enjoys spending time with her family, working at F45, dancing, reading, and experimenting with acrylics. Links Mentioned: Check out Tobi Fairley's membership here Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign  Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, email me at [email protected]
1/9/202324 minutes, 46 seconds
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19\\ Ready to Take on the New Year? How to Turn Your Dreams and Goals into Reality This 2023

Do you want to start 2023 right? I know you do, and I want you to win the new year. That's why, in this episode, I'm sharing my planning process. It's the same process I took to accomplish all six goals I had written down for my interior design business for 2022. But that didn’t happen by accident. If you want to learn what goals are worth setting for your interior design career or business, how to achieve them, and simply to get inspired to start your 2023 right, this is a must-listen. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how to plan for your short and long-term goals Find out why people might shy away from making goals and what to do instead Learn about making S.M.A.R.T. and S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals Check out the show notes >>> Ready to Take on the New Year? How to Turn Your Dreams and Goals into Reality This 2023 Looking for accountability on your goals? Send them here >>> [email protected] Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign  Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, email me at [email protected]
1/2/202312 minutes, 13 seconds
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18\\ The Embrace of Change: How An Interior Designer Pivots to Become a Podcast & Messaging Coach with Bethany Wrede Peterson

Have you been thinking of pivoting but are still unsure? Perhaps, you want to start a podcast? Well, you'll find this episode helpful if you need help like I was. Why? Because my podcast coach is here to share her inspiring interior design journey with us. Instead of getting a degree, Bethany began her interior design career as an intern. What gave her the confidence to do this? Her learning-by-doing approach to her interior design career. It was based on the belief that disciplines are all-encompassing. The result? Since she didn't let what she lacked stop her from becoming an interior designer, she started her own business and podcasts geared toward helping others in the field. The interior design field can also be a stepping stone into another career. So if you need some inspiration on when and how to pivot your interior design, this one is for you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn the advantages of having the same life experiences as your target market Find out how to get into interior design without a degree and the career paths you can take after working as an interior designer Discover the 4 questions you need to ask to craft your brand message Check out the show notes >>> The Embrace of Change: How An Interior Designer Pivots to Become a Podcast & Messaging Coach with Bethany Wrede Peterson Featured Guest: Bethany Wrede Peterson is an interior designer turned podcast and messaging coach. Her goal is to help interior designers and personal brands find their voice to become profitable, lead with confidence, and cultivate a sense of purpose. She began her design and self-development podcast, Arrived, in 2019 to help single men find their voice at home and in their relationships. Following the first pandemic lockdown that temporarily shattered the interior design industry in 2020, Bethany received multiple requests to help other peers launch podcasts. Her podcast and coaching needed a narrative more closely aligned with her own story. Her online course and membership community, Find Your Voice, helps creatives discover their ‘Why’, find their voice, and launch their podcast in eight weeks. Her voice and work have appeared in The Guardian, Wallpaper | Architectural Digest, onlinecoursetalks.com, LuAnn Nigera's Well-Designed Business, I Am CEO, Subkit, and Minnesota AM 950 Radio, with her podcast Arrived and Arrive Daily streamed in 25 countries. Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign  Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, send me an email at [email protected]
12/26/202244 minutes, 22 seconds
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17\\ 23 Best Books Every Interior Designer Should Have for Business & Personal Growth

Need help deciding what to put on your Christmas wish list? Since fourth grade, I have always enjoyed learning and reading. The hope of understanding, growing, transforming, and changing is essential and inspiring. So it's great to see others embrace that growth mindset as well. In today's episode, I share 23 books you should check to know more about interior design as a career and a business. These books are great for your holiday wish list, as they are a must-read if you are starting out in interior design or building a business around it. Is there a book you'd recommend that I should read? Feel free to send them my way. Reading new books is one of my favorite things to do, and I would love to add that to my list. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Find out how audiobooks can help you get into the habit of reading Learn about the 23 books I recommend for interior design, business, money mindset, and personal development. Find out why reading is better than searching online for information Check out the show notes >>> 23 Best Books Every Interior Designer Should Have for Business & Personal Growth Holiday Season Offer: Three ways to get a 30-minute one-on-call with me to ask me questions about starting a career in interior design or launching your own business Sign up for My Design Mentor >>> https://rwarddesign.com/my-design-mentor/ Purchase the Business Starter Kit within My Design Mentor Refer a friend to My Design Mentor and get the bonus when they sign up Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign  Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, email me at [email protected]
12/19/202215 minutes, 41 seconds
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16\\ How Outsourcing Client Intake Helps Interior Designers Convert and Retain Clients with Porsche Williams

Have you ever felt like you're all alone on your interior design journey? It's like there need to be more hours in the day to accomplish everything, yet you feel tempted to take on everybody as a client even though it's not a good fit. If you have difficulties saying no, want to focus on serving the right clients, and want more freedom and control over the little time you have, this is where support people come into play. When you start a business, saying 'no' to things can be challenging. Having someone help you carve out what's ideal is crucial since saying 'no' to some things allows you to say 'yes' to what's right. In today's episode, I bring in Porsche Williams, a natural at being a support person. Her team handles all my client intake calls and does my client gifting, which has been so helpful for my business. If you are looking for ways to outsource as you're getting your business started or enhancing your customer service, this episode is for you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Find out how to know if your client is a good fit Learn the four (4) reasons why you should outsource your client intake Discover why it’s important to include gifting as part of your business model Check out the show notes >>> How Outsourcing Client Intake Helps Interior Designers Convert and Retain Clients with Porsche Williams Holiday Season Offer: Get the chance to win a 30-minute bonus one-on-one call with me! Click here >>> rwarddesign.com/my-design-mentor/ FREE Resource: Check out the book Who Not How by Dan Sullivan. Click here >>> whonothow.com/ Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, send me an email at [email protected]
12/12/202234 minutes, 50 seconds
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15\\ An Experts' Startup Checklist to Effectively Launch Your Interior Design Business

Are you planning to launch your interior design business? Starting a business can be an overwhelming process, but don't worry - I have a list of action items (a part of the business starter checklist from My Design Mentor) that’ll help you get started, as well as some helpful tips on the tasks you'll need to complete to make your business dreams a reality. This is the business starter kit I wish I had when I was starting, and it’s all ready to help you with starting your own. Well, you're one step closer to creating your very own business! So what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode to glimpse how easy it can be to set up your own business. Also, enroll in My Design Mentor and choose the optional upgrade to access The Business Starter Kit for the complete checklist on how to start a business. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn what is in My Design Mentor Business Starter Kit Discover the importance of separating your business from personal Find out the pros and cons of using your name as your business name Check out the show notes >>> An Experts' Startup Checklist to Effectively Launch Your Interior Design Business Get the Interior Designers' business starter checklist to get your business going. Sign up for the Design Mentor >>> rwarddesign.com/my-design-mentor/ Resource: Check out the book Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz >>> mikemichalowicz.com/profit-first/ Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign  Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, email me at [email protected]
12/5/202212 minutes, 14 seconds
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14\\ Considering a Career Change? How to Transition to an Interior Design Career With Martha Lowry

How do interior designers create beautiful and functional rooms? This week's guest, Martha Lowry, approaches interior design using mathematics! For some people like Martha, the design and math parts of her brain are intertwined. But despite successful careers in mathematics, computing, cooking, and teaching, why did she transition into interior design? Why could not she get past the desire to go into interior design? What made her stay in interior design, doing it for 29 years now? If you are considering a change of career to interior design, this episode is a must-listen. What do you need to know before you make the switch? Would it be worth your time and money? All these and more in today's episode. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn about the challenges you'll face as an interior designer Know the four questions you should ask yourself before you leap into interior design Discover who else should be a part of your team other than tradespeople Check show notes >>> Considering a Career Change? How to Transition to an Interior Design Career With Martha Lowry Black Friday and Holiday Season Offer: Sign up for My Design Mentor today and get access to our amazing bonuses! Click here >>> rwarddesign.com/my-design-mentor Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign Thanks for listening. If you love this episode, please leave a rating and a review. This helps me reach other curious creatives like you. If you have a topic request or would like to contact me, email me at [email protected]
11/28/202222 minutes, 3 seconds
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13\\ Getting the Most Out of Your High Point Market Visit

Do you like the smell of new furniture? Does it give you happy feelings whenever you're around them? Wouldn't it be nice to hang out with other designers after exploring showrooms? If you are an Interior Designer, whether you work for a firm, are self-employed, or are a student, it is important to attend furniture markets like High Point Market. This market is the largest in America, occurring twice a year in North Carolina. It took me about 15 years to get to High Point Market, but I see myself going every couple of years. Las Vegas does its markets in winter and summer, High Point does theirs in spring and fall, while the Dallas market is in January, which is known for its lighting shows. While attending all of them is unnecessary because things don't change that much and it can add up too because you're paying for flights, hotels, and food, I find myself going to one of these markets about once a year or whenever I have a specific vendor I'm after. So if you're on the fence about going to these markets, if you are curious about the activities and events that take place there, or if you want to know tips and tricks for making the most of your experience at the market, this episode is for you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn from my own High Point Market experience Discover the 7 reasons why you must go to the High Point Market Know ways you can prepare for High Point Market Check show notes >>> Getting the Most Out of Your High Point Market Visit Black Friday and Holiday Season Offer: Sign up for My Design Mentor today and get access to our amazing bonuses! Click here >>> rwarddesign.com/my-design-mentor Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
11/21/202215 minutes, 23 seconds
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12\\ Why Attitude and Will Are All You Need To Be A Successful Interior Designer with Jodie Carter

Have you ever listened to a podcast and thought, "Hey, I feel the same way, too! I could do that"? That's how Jodie Carter felt when she first heard Kimberley Seldon on the Business of Design podcast. An amazing designer with a ton of knowledge to share, she has partnered with the Business of Design coaching program to help others start their own interior design businesses. If you're like her, who loves learning by doing, think about where you could be in the next 5 or 10 years. What if you could manifest your dreams into reality? It's definitely possible, and Jodie is living proof of that. She has an amazing approach to her business and believes in abundance and getting what she wants. So what are you waiting for? Listen to learn more about Jodie's career journey in interior design and how having a "can-do" attitude gave her an edge over other designers. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how to turn your passion into a successful career in interior design Find out how to start your interior design career backward through learning by doing Learn the 7 ways you can avoid experiencing extreme highs and lows when starting your interior design business Check out the show notes >>> Why Attitude and Will Are All You Need To Be A Successful Interior Designer Black Friday and Holiday Season Offer: Sign up for My Design Mentor today to win a 30-minute bonus one-on-one call with me! This will give you the chance to ask all of your questions about starting out in your career. Lock in your rate now before prices increase in January. My Design Mentor: rwarddesign.com/my-design-mentor/ FREE Resource: Business of Design Podcast Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
11/14/202230 minutes, 7 seconds
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11\\ Is Imposter Syndrome Holding Back Your Interior Design Career? The Best Way to Deal With It

Would you believe me if I tell you I still struggle with imposter syndrome? Despite graduating, getting my license, starting my own interior design business, and getting clients, it still affects my confidence. Honestly, it’s a mindset issue that requires ongoing management. I wish it only happens in the beginning, you know? Like a right of passage, but no. It crops up at different points in my career as an interior designer. Good thing there are ways to help manage it. You have a talent, creative one, and you need to share it with your clients. So be confident about that because I know you can do it. Listen to this week’s episode to learn how to deal with imposter syndrome and increase your confidence. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Know what imposter syndrome is and how it affects your confidence factor Identify the areas of your interior design career where imposter syndrome tends to show up Get effective tips for overcoming imposter syndrome before it breaks your confidence Check out the show notes >>> Is Imposter Syndrome Holding Back Your Interior Design Career? The Best Way to Deal With It FREE Resource: Episode 03: Scared to Start a Career in Interior Design? The Right Mindset That Can Help You Overcome Fear Check out these books and podcasts about dealing with Imposter Syndrome You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Cincero The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown  Steps to Overcome Imposter Syndrome >>> drshannonirvine.com/what-do-you-believe-success-secret-4-with-dr-shannon-irvine/ What do you believe?: Success Secret #4 with Dr. Shannon Irvine >>> chalene.com/podcasts/overcome-imposter-syndrome/ Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
11/7/202213 minutes, 35 seconds
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10\\ The Art of Marrying Your Passion & Talent for Interior Design To Sell to a Niche Market With Confidence with Liz Toombs

Are you a generalist interior designer who takes on anyone and everyone as a client? Do you get distracted by the latest interior design trends you tend to bounce around a lot? Is it always a matter of taking any job opportunity you can get, even if it isn't sustainable? I get it. I fell for those traps too when I started. And the problem with being a generalist is you don’t honor what you’re good at. You often get distracted instead of focusing on what you do best. It’s okay to an extent to serve everybody only if you want to experience certain clients or certain projects to find out if it’s something you really want to get into or not. But after you weed them out, what do you do next? Join me in this week’s episode as I discuss with Liz Toombs how she got into a unique niche based on her college experience, and share how she uses her niche to market and connect with people all over the country. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Find out why being a specialist works way better in any business compared to being a generalist Learn how to start a business during a recession or a pandemic without investors or loans Get valuable tips you can use if you are starting out on your own, with a small business, or just getting into the interior design career Check out the show notes >>> The Art of Marrying Your Passion & Talent for Interior Design To Sell to a Niche Market With Confidence FREE Resource: What Liz requires all her interns to read: Great on the Job Book by Jodi Glickman >>> greatonthejob.com/jodi-glickman The Design Curious Podcast episode Liz requires her interns to listen to >>> rwarddesign.com/episodes/the-dos-and-donts-of-interior-design-internships/ Check out Liz's podcast about all things Greek housing, decorating, and beyond Sorority Chat >>> podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sorority-chat/id1623657154 Learn the art of interior decorating for sororities: Interior Decorating 101: Sorority Edition >>> id101-sororityedition.teachable.com/ Curious about how Liz and I met? Check this out >>> tobifairley.com/ Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
10/31/202230 minutes, 37 seconds
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09\\ Anatomy of an Interior Design Firm: Team Structure and Roles To Keep In Mind

When I started my interior design career, I was clueless about some things. It was a bit overwhelming. To give you at least an overview of what you are getting yourself into, I share some information with you. Whether you are applying or interning for a job in an interior design firm, want to start your own design business, or grow your firm into a larger company, this episode is for you. Listen to understand the different teams and roles needed to operate an interior design business. I also share the many hats an interior designer solopreneur needs to wear. And if you are growing your firm into a larger company, these are the areas you can expand to and hire. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover what you're signing up for as an interior design solopreneur Find out what you need to hire first when starting an interior design business Understand the team structures and roles critical to building a design firm Check out the show notes >>> Anatomy of an Interior Design Firm: Team Structure and Roles To Keep In Mind Want to jumpstart your interior design career? Enroll in My Design Mentor >>> https://rwarddesign.com/my-design-mentor/ FREE Resource: Get direction and confidence boost to start your interior design career with these top three things I wish I had known when I started Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
10/24/202213 minutes, 22 seconds
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08\\ From Side Hustle to Full-Time Career: How to Start a Second Career as an Interior Designer with Andrea Reordan

Do you have a full-time career and want to launch your interior design business? Is it possible to make it happen even though you work 40 hours weekly? Perhaps you always wanted to be an interior designer but took a different career path for some reason. Don't worry. My guest Andrea and I got you! Because in today's episode, she'll share how she juggled a full-time trading career with a side hustle in interior design. Not only that, but she also successfully transitioned into interior design as her second career during the pandemic. How did she do it? Listen and learn from Andrea so you can finally pursue a career you love and are good at. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover how to start a side hustle while working a 40-hour workweek Learn how to use a blank sheet of paper to map out your day/week Find out the 3 easy steps to cope with being overwhelmed and having information overload Check out the show notes >>> From Side Hustle to Full-Time Career: How to Start a Second Career as an Interior Designer with Andrea Reordan Free Resource: Get the book - Don't Keep Your Day Job by Cathey Heller >>> www.dontkeepyourdayjob.com/book Listen to the podcast - Don't Keep Your Day Job by Cathey Heller Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
10/17/202217 minutes, 39 seconds
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7\\ Getting Into Interior Design? 13 Careers Available for You

Do you have a design degree? How about an experience in graphic design, design studies, or interior architecture? Are you trying to pursue a career in interior design but not sure which expertise to pick? Apart from one-to-one full-service design, there are a lot of other design careers out there, whether you're working for someone else or running your own business. It is not cut and dry because some options are obvious, while others may come as a surprise. That is why in this episode, I share options you can check out to help you discover which design career is right for you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore the different niches and specialties associated with residential design Find out the three reasons why interior designers branch out into creating their own products and furniture Discover five ways you can share your design expertise with the world Check out the show notes >>> Getting Into Interior Design? 13 Careers Available for You FREE Resource: Get direction and confidence boost to start your interior design career with these top three things I wish I had known when I started. Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
10/10/202215 minutes, 52 seconds
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06\\ How to Prepare: Turning Creative Passion to Sustainable Interior Design Career & Business With Tracy Dyck

Have you ever sketched a plan for your dream home? Do you give home styling advice to your friends? Perhaps you simply enjoy designing beautiful spaces. Whatever your creative passion is, you can turn it into a sustainable career and business in interior design. The journey of our special guest, Tracy Dyck of S3 Interior Design, proves this. Her first kick at interior design started at about seven years old - from designing her first bedroom to creating spaces for her Barbies. Years later, she made her home sustainable using straw bales for the exterior walls. Though her journey is full of twists and turns, it eventually led her back to interior design and building her business. It shows how we all developed and changed over time. It shows how it is possible to start thinking and going in one direction, but as you grow and learn, you can pivot and go in another that is still authentic. If you are considering or have decided to follow your passion into a career as an interior designer, listen to this episode and learn Tracy's best practices and processes. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Discover Tracy’s 3-step process to prepare for a career in interior design Find out what made her decide against interior design right out of high school and what made her change her mind Learn the two prerequisites you should learn as an interior designer Check out the show notes >>> How to Prepare: Turning Creative Passion to Sustainable Interior Design Career & Business With Tracy Dyck FREE Resource: Get direction and confidence boost to start your interior design career with these top three things I wish I had known when I started. Connect With Me Website: rwarddesign.com  Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
10/3/202239 minutes, 49 seconds
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05\\ The Do’s and Don’ts of Interior Design Internships

In the interior design industry, internships are common. In fact, my design firm receives many requests for them. But why is an interior designing internship necessary? How does an intern approach it? What to expect from it? What should an intern do and not do to have a successful internship? Today, I share the do’s and don’ts of an interior design internship and provide alternatives you can try to help jumpstart your interior design career. If you are looking for an internship, about to begin one, or currently working as an intern and want to maximize your experience, this episode is a must-listen. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode Learn how to succeed in your interior designing internship Watch out for the things you shouldn’t do as an intern Discover alternatives to interior designing internships Check out the show notes >>> The Do’s and Don’ts of Interior Design Internships Want to jumpstart your interior design career? Enroll in My Design Mentor Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
9/26/202213 minutes, 8 seconds
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04\\ How to Be a Successful Interior Designer Without the Degree and Experience With Suzanne Manlove

Is it possible to have a family and be a professional simultaneously? How do you succeed in interior design if you lack both the degree and experience? What is the ideal approach when couples run the same company? Fueled by the desire to be more available for her kids, my guest Suzanne tried different careers, including real estate and staging, but realized she prefers working with people who want to stay in their homes instead of preparing them for the market. Her company may have started slow and it may have taken her a long route to find success in her interior design career but 15 years and 5 employees later, they now have a business with a great team that’s transforming people's homes. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode Find out the 4 things you should know as an interior designer when you are just starting out Learn the 2 most challenging parts of her career and how she overcomes them Discover the alternative paths she took to launch her interior design career Check out the show notes >>> How to Be a Successful Interior Designer Without the Degree and Experience With Suzanne Manlove FREE Resource: Get direction and confidence boost to start your interior design career with these top three things I wish I had known when I started. Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
9/19/202233 minutes, 29 seconds
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03\\ Scared to Start a Career in Interior Design? The Right Mindset That Can Help You Overcome Fear

What is fear? It's the single-most crippling feeling and thought that will leave you stuck at your unsatisfying job for far too long, keeping you from starting your passion today. The thing is, fear when facing a career change is often brought up because you, like most people, are resistant to change. I get it. Change is hard, but it's usually good. So, if you're thinking about or already decided on changing your career or goals to be an interior designer, and are now facing an overwhelming and paralyzing fear you are making the wrong choice, this episode is for you. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn how to differentiate between circumstances you can control and those you cannot Find ways to start being intentional with your thoughts Discover the secret to never having to work a day in your life Read the full show notes here  Join the Design Curious Podcast Launch Giveaway in 3 easy steps: Step 1: Subscribe to Design Curious on Apple Podcasts or Follow on your favorite podcast platform Step 2: Leave a Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser (if you're not an Apple user) Step 3: Fill up this form to make your entry count >>> https://bit.ly/designcuriouslaunchgiveaway Note: To validate your entry, post the screenshot of the action you did in Items #1 and #2 as a comment on the giveaway post. Entries are accepted until Friday, 9/16/22 at 9 PM PST. The winners will be drawn at random on Saturday, 9/17/22 at 7 PM PST. Winners will be notified through email. Free Resources: Learn more about the Thought Model Framework here Learn how to create thoughts that will serve your future here Get direction and confidence boost to start your interior design career with these top three things I wish I had known when I started. Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign
9/12/202212 minutes, 12 seconds
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02\\ 5 Steps to Becoming a Successful Interior Designer with Kelly Tivey

How does one start a career in interior design? Is it really required to have drawing skills to make it in this space? Do you really need to go to interior design school for it? If these questions have been bugging you, don't worry. Because our guest for this episode shares her interior design journey that began only when she was already two years into college. Would you believe it if I told you she couldn't draw, yet she enrolled in interior design? It's all because of one class that made her realize you can create wonders using a straight line. So let’s explore Kelly Tivey's path into interior design as she talks about the five steps she took to be a successful interior designer. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn the different ways to keep learning outside of corporate training even after you have achieved success in interior design Discover two paths you can take if you don’t want to start your own interior design business Find out the four groups of people you should surround yourself with to get support in your career Read the full show notes here  Join the Design Curious Podcast Launch Giveaway in 3 easy steps: Step 1: Subscribe to Design Curious on Apple Podcasts or Follow on your favorite podcast platform Step 2: Leave a Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser (if you're not an Apple user) Step 3: Fill up this form to make your entry count >>> https://bit.ly/designcuriouslaunchgiveaway Note: To validate your entry, post the screenshot of the action you did in Items #1 and #2 as a comment on the giveaway post. Entries are accepted until Friday, 9/16/22 at 9 PM PST. The winners will be drawn at random on Saturday, 9/17/22 at 7 PM PST. Winners will be notified through email. Free Resources: Get direction and confidence boost to start your interior design career with these top three things I wish I had known when I started. Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign
9/12/202223 minutes, 40 seconds
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01\\ Interior Design: An Introduction & the 3 Paths You Can Take To Get There

Did you know that Interior Designers are not the same as Interior Decorators, even though they’re being used interchangeably? Did you know that by making your home the best it can be for your needs and tastes, you can go out into the world and be the best version of yourself? This is how you can improve people's lives through interior design. In the first episode of Design Curious Podcast, discover why your surroundings matter and how beauty, intention, significance, and symmetry all work together to create an inviting, purposeful, and inspiring space. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn what interior design is and what interior designers do Find out the difference between an interior designer and a decorator Discover three different paths you can take to get into interior design Read the full show notes here  Join the Design Curious Podcast Launch Giveaway in 3 easy steps: Step 1: Subscribe to Design Curious on Apple Podcasts or Follow on your favorite podcast platform Step 2: Leave a Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser (if you're not an Apple user) Step 3: Fill up this form to make your entry count >>> https://bit.ly/designcuriouslaunchgiveaway Note: To validate your entry, post the screenshot of the action you did in Items #1 and #2 as a comment on the giveaway post. Entries are accepted until Friday, 9/16/22 at 9 PM PST. The winners will be drawn at random on Saturday, 9/17/22 at 7 PM PST. Winners will be notified through email. Free Resources: Get direction and confidence boost to start your interior design career with these top three things I wish I had known when I started. Need some motivation? Read Start With Why by Simon Sinek https://simonsinek.com/books/start-with-why/ Connect With Me: Website: rwarddesign.com Email Add: [email protected] IG: @rwarddesign 
9/11/202221 minutes, 21 seconds
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Welcome to the Design Curious Podcast

Hi! I am Rebecca Ward, your Interior Design Mentor & welcome to Design Curious Podcast. This show is for the curious creatives who want to learn what it takes to become an interior designer. Whether you are curious about a career in interior design (maybe you are trying to decide your college major!) or you are stuck in a job and desire to make a career change (the one you love), this show is an excellent resource for weighing your options. Each week, you will learn about schooling & internships and understand whether a four-year degree is necessary to become an interior designer or at what point you call yourself an interior designer. You will learn the practical skills every designer needs to develop regardless of whether you want to work for yourself or someone else. You will be encouraged and empowered to overcome your fears of change, failure, and money. With my 20 years in the interior design industry (CEO and principal designer of Rebecca Ward designs), I will help you on the RIGHT WAY to get started once you decide to become an interior designer. Everyone loves a good origin story. With my interview episodes with incredibly talented designers, you will get an inside scoop on how they launched their careers. Listening to them, you will discover more than one path to being a successful designer. Subscribe now and discover if interior design is the career for you! P.S. I would be SO thankful if you took a quick minute to share this podcast with another design curious creative and leave me a written review for the show over on Apple Podcast! It’s the number one way you can thank me, and hearing from you fills my heart with so much joy! Connect with Me! Website: rwarddesign.com Email: [email protected] Instagram: @rwarddesign Pinterest: @rwarddesign
8/13/20223 minutes, 55 seconds