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In today's world being a talented interior designer isn't enough to ensure that you have a profitable and successful business. Design school curricula doesn't always equip you with the business skills to have your interior design business be everything you imagined it would be! A Well-Designed Business® is here to fill in the gaps and give you real live business skills from some of the top interior designers. Your host, LuAnn Nigara shares her 35 years of success in the interior design industry, and she finds the most successful guests to share their interior design business best practices. This podcast is sponsored by Kravet Inc. featuring CuratedKravet.com. You can find them at http://curatedkravet.com.

A Well-Designed Business® | Interior Design Business Podcast LuAnn Nigara

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In today's world being a talented interior designer isn't enough to ensure that you have a profitable and successful business. Design school curricula doesn't always equip you with the business skills to have your interior design business be everything you imagined it would be! A Well-Designed Business® is here to fill in the gaps and give you real live business skills from some of the top interior designers. Your host, LuAnn Nigara shares her 35 years of success in the interior design industry, and she finds the most successful guests to share their interior design business best practices. This podcast is sponsored by Kravet Inc. featuring CuratedKravet.com. You can find them at http://curatedkravet.com.

    775: Window Treatment Friday: Vita Vygovska: How Much Profit Can Designers Make on Window Treatments?

    775: Window Treatment Friday: Vita Vygovska: How Much Profit Can Designers Make on Window Treatments?

    Today with Vita Vygovska
    Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Today is Window Treatment Friday, and we are debuting part 3 of our Pricing Window Treatment Series. Vita is back with some great tools that she has learned to use when pricing a window treatment to a consumer. 
    Today, we are covering profit, and what designers can expect when selling window treatments.
    More About Vita Vygovska
    Vita is the CEO and founder of Vitalia Inc., a nationally recognized authority on quality window treatments and soft furnishings, located in the Metro Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. Vitalia Inc. is your workroom and your partner for custom window treatments. Their mission is to provide value to their clients and improve their lives.
    Vita would love to talk to you. Share your feedback, questions, problems, and challenges with her, and also your wins. You can email her at vita@vitaliainc.com
    Connect with Vita Vygovska:
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    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    The Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point
    LuAnn Nigara and Friends Meet and Greet at High Point 
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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
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    LuAnn’s Website
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    A BIG Thank You to Today's Sponsor:
    Kravet. Have you heard? The majority of Kravet Inc. product is in stock and ready to ship within days. Order your favorite patterns from Kravet’s exclusive in stock collections like Barbara Barry’s Midsummer to CuratedKravet's exclusive decorative accessories. Keep your design projects on track with Kravet Inc. and order memos today at www.kravet.com.
     

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    Rick Campos: Design Biz Survival Guide Celebrates 4 Years!

    Rick Campos: Design Biz Survival Guide Celebrates 4 Years!

    Today with Rick Campos:
    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Today I am joined by Interior Designer and fellow podcaster Rick Campos of Design Biz Survival Guide. I had the absolute honor of turning the tables on Rick and putting him in the hot seat for his 4 year anniversary episode. I am delighted to share this with you today and thank you again Rick for the tremendous honor of making me apart of this milestone.
    More about Rick Campos:
    Rick Campos is a self proclaimed “recovering interior designer” with fifteen years of experience in the design industry. Formerly Director of Business Development for a notable Orange County design firm, his daily interactions with architects, builders, vendors and clients contributes to a broad perspective of the design industry. In 2018 Rick traded in his tape measure for a microphone and launched Design Biz Survival Guide - a podcast about life and business for interior design professionals - with the intention of informing and inspiring the design community. In 2019 Rick integrated freelance consulting into the platform with an emphasis on “the business of design” exclusively for the interior design community. He has since helped numerous design entrepreneurs grow their business to new levels. The platform has since evolved to include annual business development retreats, learning opportunities, networking events, and an online community. “My mission is to be the source of information and inspiration to interior design entrepreneurs that I needed when I launched my own design business back in 2007. To promote and further develop a design community that supports and empowers fellow design professionals on their journey in life and business.”
    Connect with Lesley Myrick
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    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
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    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
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    • 54 min
    Power Talk Friday: The Company Store: Quality, Sustainability, and Innovation

    Power Talk Friday: The Company Store: Quality, Sustainability, and Innovation

    Today with Corinne Bentzen and Melanie Kaplan: 
    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. On today’s sponsored show, I’m sitting down with Corinne Bentzen and Melanie Kaplan from The Company Store. We’re talking about the importance of staying on color trends, seasonal rotations of products, how the brand stays dedicated to premium quality, and their commitment to sustainability.
    Pick it apart:
    [18:34] Melanie shares her background in design and textiles, including experience in cotton mills that laid the foundation of her expertise. 
    [23:27] Melanie discusses how her team plays into the success of the brand. 
    [26:30] Melanie talks about the company’s design process and valuable partnerships. 
    [31:30] Corinne and Melanie share how seasonal rotation and constant innovation keep the brand’s designs fresh and relevant. 
    [44:23] Corinne and Melanie talk about how they maintain their commitment to artisanal quality.
    Ah-Ha Moments:
    “We have global design partners all over the world. It’s been my experience that partnership is so much a part of the success of the brand. We have great suppliers that understand our mission. We have design people that are so talented and understand the direction and vision of The Company Store. It’s an ongoing process. We think about the lifestyle, we think about the quality it needs to represent. We never shortcut anything in this brand.” -Melanie Kaplan
     
    “We are the color authority. We have never, ever been afraid of color. In fact, we love it, and that’s a distinction of The Company Store.” -Melanie Kaplan
     
    “That is the type of support that an interior designer needs, when you’re going to recommend bedding—people are going to sleep on this. Comfort is key and critical, and it can be judged way more harshly than walking on an area rug, for example. When I think about everything that goes into your products, I know I would not want to learn all of the things, so it’s nice that designers can just go to the website and order swatches.” -LuAnn Nigara
    Connect with The Company Store
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    More About Corinne Bentzen:
    Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Corinne Bentzen began her career at Procter & Gamble, where she built brand identity for premium brands before taking the leap across the pond to join Tiffany & Co. in New York. There she put her strategic thinking, strong decision making, and leadership skills to work, ultimately leading her to The Company Store where she breathed new life into the 110-year-old home goods retailer acquired by The Home Depot in 2018. Not one to shy from a challenge, Corinne most recently took over the leadership of Home Depot’s HD Home, in addition to her leadership role at The Company Store. An avid skier and cyclist, Corinne lives in Connecticut where she enjoys an active family life with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog Rosie.
    More about Melanie Kaplan:
    Following a graduate program in Textile Design and Science at Fashion Institute of Technology, Melanie  Kaplan launched a career in design and development of home furnishings products that spans a range  from decorative fabrics to finished consumer products, from bed ensembles to lifestyle furniture, from  children’s garments to kitchen textiles. 
    From Design Director for a decorative fabrics company, Melanie transitioned to Vice President of Product Design and Development at a bedding producer, where she first worked directly with major  retailers to develop their programs. 
    As Senior VP of Design for home furnishings at Dan River, a storied American textile company, Melanie’s  ability to translate art and concept to commercially successful design led Dan River to a spot as an  innovative leading supplier to the retail home furnishings market.  
    In 2007, Melanie moved to the retail world as the Chief Creative Officer for Hanover Direct Inc., where  she headed all design, product developm

    • 56 min
    722: What Would Lu Do?: Feeling Undervalued and Taken Advantage Of

    722: What Would Lu Do?: Feeling Undervalued and Taken Advantage Of

    Today on A Well-Designed Business:
    Today is a What Would Lu Do episode! Have you ever had a project where you felt undervalued and taken advantage of? A situation where someone else was taking credit for your work? What about mixing work and family? 
    These factors create a spiderweb of entanglements and equal a ticking time bomb of emotions and feelings. Today's episode comes from a listener who, while highly skilled, talented, and experienced, has found herself in a situation where she has mixed family and business in a high dollar project in which she is not getting the compensation or recognition for her contributions.
    Listen in as I break down the situation, the challenges, and what Lu would do.
    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration
    luannuniversity.com
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Inside Voice, Outside Voice
    Windowworksnj.com
    Shop38east.com
    Comfortex.com
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    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
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    • 28 min
    Power Talk Friday: Michelle Feeney, Founder of Floral Street. To Succeed, Identify a Gap in the Marketplace

    Power Talk Friday: Michelle Feeney, Founder of Floral Street. To Succeed, Identify a Gap in the Marketplace

    Today with Michelle Feeney:
    Welcome to A Well Designed Business.  On this Power Talk Friday I am talking to Michelle Feeney, founder of Floral Street. Floral Street is a modern British fragrance that is both sustainable and eco-friendly.
    You’re probably wondering why I had Michelle on. Well despite her not being in interior design ,Michelle has provided me with a couple of aha moments that I want to bring to my listeners. She is an intelligent and accomplished business person and I can’t wait for you to hear about her experience to the top, how her fragrances make her customers feel, and how taking a break to stay at home gave her the information she needed to jump back in! 
     
    Pick it apart:
    [1:00] Michelle and LuAnn talk about the correlation between how a floral scent should make you feel on your body, but also when you walk into a room. 
    [13:18] Michelle talks about starting Floral Street at 53-years old. 
    [27:18] Michelle tells us how Floral Street breaks the mold in the sustainability of the fragrances ingredients and packaging. 
    [32:37] Tiffany talks about how to make your brand a cult brand through partnerships.
    LuAnn and Michelle Feeney's Ah-Ha Moments
    “Interior designers focus on how clients want to feel in a space. They should extend that into, not only how the products in the room contribute to the “feel,” but also how the room is scented.” -LuAnn Nigara
     
    “Many people fear how to get investments from the “big boys”with the money, but what they lack are the ideas and passion that you have.” - Michelle Feeney
     
    “It’s important to take yourself out of that everyday and look in, to see how your idea could fit into the modern world.” - Michelle Feeney 
     
    “If you are an individual and you are trying to build your brand, who you associate with becomes really important. There’s strength in numbers because they can help you tell your story.” - Michelle Feeney
    Connect with Floral Street
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    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    Power Talk Friday Tour at High Point
    Exciting Windows! Build a Better Business Registration
    luannuniversity.com
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Get The Goodies!
    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
    Connect with LuAnn Nigara
    LuAnn’s Website
    LuAnn’s Blog
    Power Talk Friday
    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast
    Other Shows Mentioned
    #32- Robin Baron- The President of ASID NY Metro Chapter Talks With Us About PR and Brand Development 
    #540- Robin Baron- Strategic Thinking on Brand Development

    • 48 min
    Tiffany Cassidy: Niching into Vacation Home Design

    Tiffany Cassidy: Niching into Vacation Home Design

    Today with Tiffany Cassidy:
    Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Today I am joined by Tiffany Cassidy, co-founder and principal designer of Lagnappe Custom Interiors. Tiffany and I discuss the fear some have about niching down your business and how Tiffany powered through her own fear. Every guest that has been on the show that has chosen a niche has said that it was the best decision they made for their business. Tiffany couldn't agree more and she has done such a wonderful job at combining her past experiences with what she’s learned from coach Tobi Fairley to niche into her luxury vacation rental design business. Please join us to learn about Tiffany’s niching journey and the versatile services that Lagnappe Custom Interiors has to offer.   
    Pick it apart:
    [6:13] Tiffany starts to tell us about when she decided to niche her design firm down and how she went about it.
    [16:30] Tiffany explains her initial resistance in niching down. 
    [20:15] Additional services that Lagnappe Interiors offers, also for those who want to DIY. 
    [32:45] Tiffany tells us more about her Designer for a Day Program and Master Plan program.
    LuAnn and Tiffany Cassidy’s Ah-Ha moments:
    “Part of my resistance to niche down was wanting to keep my options open. It felt scary to  limit, but learned it wasn’t limiting at all because people would come to me for help.” - Tiffany Cassidy
     
    “I encourage other designers to niche down because it frees up your mind in so many ways and helps you grow your business in a specific manner.” - Tiffany Cassidy 
     
    As designers when we are doing full service projects working with project managers and contractors, when we make our project book we should ask ourselves what are all of the potential questions they could ask us.” - Tiffany Cassidy 
    More about Tiffany Cassidy:
    A native of California with both a degree in chemistry and a highly creative side, Tiffany has been designing beautiful homes and commercial spaces in the U.S. Virgin Islands for her long list of clients since 2002. She marries her artistic and scientific sides together by transforming the intangible into breathtaking, cohesive and highly functional designs delivered in systematic and organized bliss. Tiffany considers it a privilege to be invited into other people’s homes to help them transform their personal spaces and her goal is to not only make your home prettier but in doing so, make your life better.
    Connect with Lesley Myrick
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    ebook on Vacation rental
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    What’s new with LuAnn Nigara
    luannuniversity.com
    Inside Voice, Outside Voice Monthly Virtual Events
    http://www.luannnigara.com/cob
    Get The Goodies!
    For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
    To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!
    Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:
    Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
    Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts
    Pre-Order Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2
    Connect with LuAnn Nigara
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    LuAnn’s Blog
    Power Talk Friday
    Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast
    Other Shows Mentioned:
    #15- Nancy Ganzekaufer: Niche is Rich
    #174- Power Talk Friday: Fred Berns: Own Your “Only” Word & Tips to Discover Yours
    #368- Jessica Duce: VRBO Interior Design 
    #440- Power Talk Friday: Tobi Fairley: Her Design You Coaching Program
     
    #753 Sandra Funk: How to Grow a Thriving Luxury Interior Design Business
     
    #372 Laura Michaels: How to Talk Budget with your Interior Design Clients
     
    #584 Lesley Myrick: Building a Business From the Ground Up, Again
     
    #37 Lesley Myrick – Strategies I Used to Build My Business

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
645 Ratings

645 Ratings

Antoinette A. ,

Best business podcast for designers!

Luanne Nigara and her guests give brilliant business advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Luanne is so fun and witty and she creates episodes with incredibly valuable content for designers. . I’m so fortunate to have found this podcast!

SueMo3 ,

A must listen!

This podcast is full of so much good information. I am listening to episode 748 for the second time this week! If you are in the window treatment business, you really need to listen to this. Vita and LuAnn explain markup and margin and why it is so important to understand these numbers and the impact on your bottom line. Thank You LuAnn and Vita for reminding us how important it is for us to charge appropriately in order to run a sustainable business.

citygirl78 ,

Inspiring, Informative, Fun…”ALL THE THINGS!”

Love this podcast. Thank you so much, Luann! And please keep them coming…
Grateful for your guidance.

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