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Nick May is not an interior designer but he knows a thing or two about business. Talent and passion can only get you so far, so what differentiates those that are successful from those who want to be successful? Join Nick as he talks to top designers from across the world to find out who they are, what their design background entails, and how they run their firm today. Sit back, relax, grab a glass of Chardonnay, and let's talk the business of interior design.

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Nick May is not an interior designer but he knows a thing or two about business. Talent and passion can only get you so far, so what differentiates those that are successful from those who want to be successful? Join Nick as he talks to top designers from across the world to find out who they are, what their design background entails, and how they run their firm today. Sit back, relax, grab a glass of Chardonnay, and let's talk the business of interior design.

    Architect & Interior Designer Mark Lavender + Creative Genius Gail Doby | S28E12

    Architect & Interior Designer Mark Lavender + Creative Genius Gail Doby | S28E12

    Welcome back to The Chaise Lounge! On our season finale, Nick sits down with two guests! First he interviews Mark Lavender from M. Lavender Interiors in Chicago, an interior design firm that focuses exclusively in residential projects.



    Fascinated with blueprints, Mark studied architecture in the University of Kentucky. He worked for two prestigious architecture firms, working mostly in healthcare projects. M. Lavender Interiors came about when Mark realized he enjoyed working with other designers in residential development.



    Mark found building hospitals an incredibly noble pursuit; he puts the utmost care and attention in every house his company works in, so that anyone's dream house can become a reality.



    Next up, we have Gail Doby, co-founder and CEO of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting. Friend of the show, and always a pleasure to talk to, Gail's excited to announce the release of her new book - and of course she and Nick hang out for a little while.







    Be sure to visit Mark Lavender's interior design website, www.mlavenderinteriors.com, and follow M. Lavender Interiors on Instagram @mlavenderinteriors!



    Also, don't forget to visit Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting at www.gaildoby.com, and follow Gail on Instagram @gail.doby

















    I felt noble about doing healthcare... it's great! It was complicated... making sure materials and people and your experience and everything worked through... and I took that piece and started to apply that to residential.





    Mark Lavender



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    If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We'd love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

    • 53 min
    Margarita Bravo: Industrial Engineer Turned Home Designer | S28E11

    Margarita Bravo: Industrial Engineer Turned Home Designer | S28E11

    Greetings! In this week’s The Chaise Lounge, Nick May interviews Margarita Bravo, industrial engineer turned interior designer, with experience in finance.Born in Venezuela, Margarita has been fascinated with construction since she was a child. Watching her grandfather build things from nothing inspired her to enter the field. She worked for an oil and gas company until she moved to Denver, CO. Since she could not find a house she liked, she and her husband built their own house and found she enjoyed interior design.Today, Margarita has her own business where she can do makeovers, or make new houses for people moving to Denver. She is also starting a home décor rental business and a furniture business.Visit Margarita Bravo's website, www.margaritabravo.com, and check out her home décor rental business at www.louisandrocco.com. Also make sure to follow her on Instagram @margaritabravo__





    I just love what I do. I'm very passionate about it. Every single project, I'll take like it's my own house.



    Margarita Bravo



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    If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We'd love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

    • 56 min
    Starting His Foundation with Principal Architect Eddie Maestri | S28E10

    Starting His Foundation with Principal Architect Eddie Maestri | S28E10

    Welcome! In this week’s Chaise Lounge, Nick May chats with Eddie Maestri, owner of Maestri Studio in Dallas, Texas. His business offers architecture services, interior design, finishing and landscape design.



    Architecture has been an important part of Eddie's life since childhood. After graduating from Texas A&M with Master's Degree in Architecture, he worked on an architecture firm and would do architecture work on the side for his friends. During the market crash of 2008, Eddie decided to take his side gig full-time, and today he runs his own architecture and interior design firm, as well as his own art gallery.



    Visit Eddie Maestri's website, www.maestristudio.com, and check out his business Instagram @Maestristudio, or his gallery Instagram @Maestrigallery.



    I think it just takes education, to help them understand how it works and I've been trying to get better and better at explaining that and to adjust their expectations.





    Eddie Maestri



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    High Point Market – June 5 - 9, 2021





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    Wrap Up

    If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We'd love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

    • 43 min
    Flipping the Switch w/ Christian Daw | S28E9

    Flipping the Switch w/ Christian Daw | S28E9

    Welcome!  On this week's Chaise Lounge, Nick May sits down with Christian Daw, from Christian Daw Design.  Christian started as a lawyer before making a career switch.  However, while going through school, Christian would flip houses on the side. 



    Nick and Christian discuss his transition to the design world, the origins of Christian's company, and how he built his company in three short years.



    Follow Christian Daw on Instagram @Christiandawdesign!



    I just kicked myself in the ass and was like don't let this ever happen again. So that just meant it's not about the money, just hire.





    Christian Daw



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    High Point Market – June 5 - 9, 2021





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    Wrap Up

    If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We'd love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

    • 43 min
    Talking High Point Market w/ Keita Turner, Thom Filicia & Ashley Grigg | S28E8

    Talking High Point Market w/ Keita Turner, Thom Filicia & Ashley Grigg | S28E8

    High Point Market is only 2 months away!  On this week's episode of The Chaise Lounge, Nick May sits down with Keita Turner from Keita Turner Design, Thom Filicia from Thom Filicia Incorporated, and Ashley Grigg, Director of Marketing Communications at High Point Market Authority.  With High Point Market quickly approaching, they discuss Fall High Point Market 2020, and what precautions they took then to be a safe environment and what they are doing to remain safe in June.  They also talk about some of the silver linings for having to work around COVID, and what benefits were created from that.High Point Market is June 5 - 9, 2021.  To register head over to highpointmarket.org/register.Check out everyone's website or follow them on Instagram:Keita Turner - www.keitaturnerdesign.com, www.livvyandneva.com, @KeitaTurnerDesignThom Filicia - www.thomfilicia.com, www.sedgwickandbrattle.com, @ThomFiliciaAshley Grigg - www.highpointmarket.org, @HighPointMarket





    There were some editors that would see me posting and they're like "Oh my God, I'm having F.O.M.O (Fear of missing out)"



    Keita Turner



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    Chaise Lounge Updates

     Coast to Coast Design is back baby! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business. 



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    Upcoming Markets

    High Point Market – June 5 - 9, 2021



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    Wrap Up

    If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We'd love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

    • 48 min
    Reflecting on a 40 Year Career with John Robert Wiltgen | S28E7

    Reflecting on a 40 Year Career with John Robert Wiltgen | S28E7

    Welcome! In this week's Chaise Lounge, Nick May sits down with John Robert Wiltgen from John Robert Wiltgen Design, Inc. based in Chicago, IL.  John Robert Wiltgen is currently retired after being an interior designer for 40 years.



    John shares his experience with Nick, from how he got started in the design world to starting his first company with a former classmate to even working with the Nigerian government.  With 40 years of experience, John also reflects on what made him so successful along with giving his opinion on what up-and-coming designers should do to succeed in the design world.



    Check out John Robert Wiltgen's blog, www.thecandyinmypocket.com, also on www.jrwdesign.com and follow John Robert Wiltgen Design, Inc. on Instagram @johnrobertwiltgendesigninc!



    The reality of it is, you really just don't know until you try and you shouldn't limit yourself because someone tells you something.





    John Robert Wiltgen



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    Chaise Lounge Updates

     Coast to Coast Design is back baby! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.



    Our Events Page



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    Upcoming Markets

    High Point Market – June 5 - 9, 2021





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    Wrap Up

    If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We'd love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

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