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3 TIPS TO CREATE A MORE SUSTAINABLE HOME

love a home that is naturally lit by the sun, but while natural light has so many benefits, intense direct sunlight will be fighting against your air conditioning. When purchasing window treatments, opt for a high quality material that will block some of those intense rays both protecting your energy bill and your quickly fading upholstery. ... Read More...

Five Furniture Pieces That Never go Out of Style

Don’t you hate it when you buy something new and it feels so perfect then you look back at it in a year of so and all of a sudden it just feels dated and tired? Well that is even worse with furniture pieces that can be expensive and hard to replace. So I thought I would put together a list of pieces that have stood the test of time to become classics that never go out of style.... Read More...

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ONLINE SOURCING

So we all know that sourcing online is our new reality, whether it is driven by stay at home orders, looking to become more efficient or distance from a brick and mortar showroom. The reasons are as diverse as the designers who do it, but just as there are techniques and strategies to shopping at a furniture market like High Point, there are strategies and pitfalls to be aware of when selecting and specifying online. Here are 5 tips to making online specification and shopping a success.... Read More...

David versus Goliath

As a designer or even a showroom, it often looks like a David versus Goliath battle we are waging against the leaders in the industry. They are well funded, well placed and seemingly everyday are taking more and more market share, especially in the sought after luxury market. So what do we do? Give up? No, at times like this it's important to remember that although it's a David and Goliath battle, David won. I think there are several lessons we can learn from this ancient story that can really help designers reframe the match up.... Read More...

A Look Back at 2020

As we say goodbye to the year that was 2020, we are reflecting on the changes that we made to our home and business lives. We are reminiscing about travel. We are filling our inspiration boards with dreams and positivity for 2021. And we are looking back at some of the design goodness that we loved, during a challenging year full of adaptation. ... Read More...

Trends for 2021

There are a lot of things I love about this time of year, but one of my favorites is checking out all the round ups and predictions for 2021. So I thought I would ask some of the designers from DesignerInc for some of their insights for the coming year. I asked a simple question, “What do you think is in, and out for the coming year?”. Do you agree? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.... Read More...

5 Things to do NOW for your business

In the last few days Kylie Ponton and I have hosted some Happy Hour get togethers on Zoom for Designers all over the country (plus one from Jamaica). Our goal was to provide a sounding board for ideas and concerns that people may have facing the next few months. What resulted was not just a gripe/worry fest but an optimistic tip-filled vibrant discussion where people shared with honesty not just coping strategies but also great advice and tips on facing adversity and ways we may actually thrive after this.... Read More...

A designer’s perspective on the New Normal.

I have been reading with great interest posts on various sites for the Design Community, that the world is coming to an end and that those of us who still believe in the old showroom model, and ways of serving a client are all dinosaurs. Well I am here to remind you that Sharks, Alligators and even chickens are all essentially dinosaurs albeit ones that were able to pivot and adjust to the new ways of the world.... Read More...