Posts in Systems & Strategies
061: Help and Encouragement for Designers

On the podcast today is Amy Ferrer of Miko and Boone Home. Amy and I have been friends for quite a few years. Probably since 2013 when I met her through another colleague. Amy is just one of a kind and I'm so excited to bring this podcast to you today. What we're going to talk about is her journey in business and how she uses it to encourage other designers.

Amy started off as a drapery workroom and she definitely has a heart for designers. I don't think I've ever met anybody who expresses their passion the way Amy does.

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059: Embellishment for Self-Expression

With us on the podcast today is the Trim Queen – Jana Platina Phipps. Jana is an expert in all things trimmings and as the title of this episode of the podcast, she believes embellishment is a creative form of self-expression. Jana will share with us her start with embellishments and where it has taken her. Topics we cover include unexpectedly finding a passion that you were not actively seeking, stepping out in faith and not fear, and pivoting when needed. This was such a fun conversation and I know you are going to enjoy it.

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058: Create a Board of Directors that Supports You

With me today is Jennifer Smith of JLS Designs in middle Tennessee (just outside of Nashville).  Jennifer began her business almost 20 years ago focused on window coverings. She now offers design services to her clients as well. 

Jennifer has a vast portfolio of clients. She has completed design projects for Fortune 500 executives, some of the country’s most talented music and athletic industry professionals and hundreds of families to meet their home design and decor needs.  Her expertise and attention to detail has helped clients renting one-bedroom apartments and owners of multimillion-dollar estates. Her work has transformed area homes, schools, and office suites across the region. 

Jennifer is an active member of the Window Coverings Association of America where she serves on their board of directors. She is also an active member of the Williamson County Business Chamber (Williamson Inc), Professional Drapery Workrooms in Middle Tennessee, Drapery and Design Network, and America’s Window Covering Buying Network. She also has a monthly design column featured on the online daily news resource for all things stylish in your life, Style Home Page. 

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056: Year One of Profit is a Choice

Wow, I cannot believe that we are a year into this podcast journey of Profit is a choice. I am not sure if you all heard my beginnings in podcasting – but I started investigating a podcast in 2016. At that time, I determined the amount of time it would take was time I did not have available – so I shelved it. Then in 2018, I was able to create sustainable time in my calendar to create and produce the podcast. And now – here we are. On this episode we are going to do a year of review and highlights – so much goodness has happened this year and I was reminded of the value this podcast has brought into the world as I looked back. 

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054: Community and Connection Even as an Introvert

Cat French, founder of Catherine French Design, LLC., runs a full-service interior design studio located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and a Specialization in Historic Preservation. After teaching the Environmental Design Studio at UNCG and giving presentations on interior design and historic preservation at several State and National conventions, Cat decided to open her own business and launched Catherine French Design, LLC – just a few short years ago. Her clients include executive-level professionals, Physicians, Authors, and Professors, and are located all across the East Coast, ranging from luxury new construction homes to relaxing condos by the sea. Cat is known in the professional community as a trusted, reliable designer that will get the job done on time and within budget. 

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048: Summer Stress Removed

This is going to be a solo podcast and we're going to be talking about a topic that I keep seeing online and discussing with my one to one clients in private. We will talk about the summer slow down. So we're going to dig into some options on how to handle the summer chaos with maybe kids at home. Also, how not to give up on your business during that time. As well as not missing out on an entire summer of fun with the kiddos. It doesn't really have to be an either or if we can get creative.

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043: Managing Expectations from the Start

On the podcast today is Claire Jefford.  Claire began her award winning Interior Decorating firm in 2011 & quickly grew her business, boasting the highest reviewed design professional in the Greater Toronto area with 100 Houzz reviews. In 2017, Claire started a second business as a Business Coach.

With a background in Human Resources, Claire is passionate about having organized processes, marketing & she also loves creating videos. Audiences love Claire for her authentic personality, her helpful, straight up advice & cheeky sense of humor.

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042: Staging and Interior Design Can Coexist

Shauna is an award-winning home staging industry expert and business strategist, fiercely committed to guiding aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve success in all facets of their business. She is A veteran of educating and inspiring entrepreneurs from all industries, and has built a thriving home staging and design business, been voted number one in her local region, and oversees a remarkable team of home staging and design professionals. In 2015, she founded Styled, Listed, and Sold (SLS) Academy to provide core and continuing education for home staging professionals, and has created a comprehensive and systematic program for teaching the technical and the business side of the home staging world. Prior to founding her home staging and design company, Shauna Lynn worked as an analyst. She continues to apply her technical training in Mathematics to her every day work, combining creativity with logic to achieve incredible results. 

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040: A Strong Core for Body and Business

On our podcast today is Kolleen Losch, owner of Core Physique and Core 57. Kolleen is a certified personal trainer, as well as Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Master Trainer for Trigger Point Therapy. Being a mom, wife, and business owner, she understands the demands our lives make that can interfere with our health and fitness. Her passion is making fitness realistic and accessible for anyone – no matter what challenges they might face.

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036: Press Brings Engagement

Amy Flurry operates an independent communication studio that assists companies in developing and implementing focused communication strategies that position them for the next stage of growth. She draws on her experience in the fashion and home furnishings industry. Also, she applies trend direction to product development and an expanding market strategies to connect businesses to the interior design trade. Amy is the author of Recipe for Press, which has two editions.

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035: Play to Your Strengths

Darren Virassammy is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of 34 Strong - a new breed of consultancy that believes everyone deserves a great place to work and that any workplace can be great. A leading expert in the global Employee Engagement Community, the 34 Strong team leverages the Gallup Strengths Finder Assessment and the Q12 Employee Engagement Survey to create massive shifts within organizations - both culturally and on the bottom line.

Darren is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker and facilitator on the topic of strength leadership and employee engagement.

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034: Building Heroism in Business

Scott Beebe is the founder and head coach of My Business on Purpose and he's the host of the My Business on Purpose podcast. He loves to liberate small business owners from the chaos of working in their business and helps to get their lives back by assisting them in articulating and implementing intentional vision mission values, systems and processes.

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023: Success with Systems to Alleviate Stress

Matt Malouf is a passionate business coach, entrepreneur, speaker, author, and podcast host on a mission to help entrepreneurs around the world break the shackles of mediocrity and reach new levels of personal and business success. On the podcast today we focus on the mindsets that keep us stuck and unable to delegate and work in our zone of genius. Matt has lots to share on this topic and it is so important for us to consider as we are business building.

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019: Sourcing and Procuring with Efficiency

Heather Gillette is the Founder and CEO of Designer Inc. and has over 25+ years in online start ups. Heather previously worked at YouTube as the Founder and Head of Content Review, Copyright Enforcement, Abuse & User Support Teams as well as localized YouTube operations in 13 countries. A fun fact about Heather is if you Google ‘Heather Gillette YouTube’ you can find interesting case studies and articles about the work she did at YouTube. Her expertise is in building teams, automation and scale, localization and leveraging user community. She loves solving the impossible challenges and we learn in this episode what happened when she turned her attention to the interior design industry.

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