195 episodes

We start with design; then move on to discuss the latest hot topics. It's a podcast where we like to share our POV as well as listen to others. This is a platform that is designed to inform & educate.

Design Perspectives Gail M Davis

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 70 Ratings

We start with design; then move on to discuss the latest hot topics. It's a podcast where we like to share our POV as well as listen to others. This is a platform that is designed to inform & educate.

    EPISODE 174 - JAY JEFFERS

    EPISODE 174 - JAY JEFFERS

    Jay Jeffers is the founder of JayJeffers Inc., coowner and designer of The Madrona, a boutique hotel and restaurant in Healdsburg, CA, and a celebrated interior designer known for creating luxurious, livable spaces with soul. At his renowned design firm, JayJeffers Inc. – which has
    offices in San Francisco and New York City – Jay
    offers a full range of concept-to-installation services including interior architecture, custom furniture design, art and antiques acquisitions and decoration, expertly curating homes all over California, New York, Texas, Florida and beyond. Jay has authored two books, Collected Cool and Be Bold, received numerous honors including being named to Elle Décor’s A-list, and is
    regularly featured in notable shelter magazines,
    national newspapers, and show houses. Jay has
    also designed a fine line of architectural hardware for Accurate Lock & Hardware and three collections with Arteriors.


    After dedicating his career to designing bespoke homes for dynamic clients within the luxury
    market, Jay was thrilled to bring his talents to his debut hotel, The Madrona, which opened in spring 2022. With a deep love for hotels throughout most of his life, Jay discovered and acquired the property for The Madrona in 2020, along with his brother Kyle Jeffers and a group of
    investors. He has since personally designed every element of the hotel, restaurant, and guest experience, reimagining the historic showpiece to reflect a modern-day interpretation of late 19th century aestheticism, a movement dedicated to pure beauty, combining intellect with art and the exotic.


    Jay lives in San Francisco, New York City, and wine country with his two Cavalier King Charles
    Spaniels, Olive and Royal.






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    EPISODE 173 - ANDREW LIEBERMAN - AVROKO

    EPISODE 173 - ANDREW LIEBERMAN - AVROKO

    Andrew Lieberman is an associate principal and design director at award-winning hospitality design firm AvroKO’s San Francisco studio. As a strategic leader, Andrew oversees the design teams responsible for creating and implementing the interior experience and architectural design of projects, while coordinating closely with the larger project team to meet all client needs and goals.

    He’s worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. Stints in hotels and restaurants served as an initial interest in food and beverage and slowly grew into a solid basis for hospitality design. As a result, Andrew brings a keen sense of operational knowledge to all his projects and a thorough understanding of how guests relate to and use their environments.

    Andrew started his design career in metal fabrication, installation, lighting design and development, and interiors work. He holds extensive knowledge of the building and fabrication trades—perfectly complementing his hands-on hospitality experience.

    Andrew previously co-founded District Eight Design in Vietnam, a boutique furniture production company and design studio, and has spent many years overseas experiencing the diversity of hospitality across the globe. Having started his educational career with a historical perspective, he designs all projects with a solid narrative and research-driven foundation, resulting in unique, award-winning work.

    He holds a Master's High Honors in interior design from the California College of the Arts and a B.A. in History from UC Santa Cruz.








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    EPISODE 172 - ALEXANDRA AZAT

    EPISODE 172 - ALEXANDRA AZAT

    The daughter of immigrants and entrepreneurs, Alex grew up traveling often throughout Europe and the Middle East, giving her exposure to unique aesthetics and experiences.  Born and raised in New York, her work is rooted in a traditional East Coast aesthetic.  

    After graduating from USC with a degree in finance and working at Merrill Lynch, she quickly learned the corporate life wasn't for her and started an event design company in early 2009, which grew to be one of the most highly regarded and sought after firms in Southern California, Blush Event Designers.


    Known for her attention to detail and sophisticated aesthetic, Alex possesses a keen ability to deeply understand her clients style along with their hopes and dreams and cares to always surpass them.  Her designs, although creative and unique, are always rooted in an old-world  and timeless overall feel.  Alex currently resides in Pasadena with her husband, two boys and their great dane. 








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    EPISODE 171 - LUCY O'BRIEN

    EPISODE 171 - LUCY O'BRIEN

    Lucy is known for her fearlessly bold & timeless interiors. Her work has been featured in House Beautiful, The Washington Post, The Hunt, and more including several national cover stories on her business process and design beliefs. She brings a diverse set of skills sets with her background in both medicine and fine arts. She brings both her right and left brain strengths to create a one of a kind project and process for clients. She currently leads her team outside of Philadelphia but manages projects across the nation. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with her two children and husband. When she isn't busy running Tartan & Toile, you can find her at Hobbs, swimming, gardening or with her family.



    https://www.tartantoile.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/tartanntoile/


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    EPISODE 170 - LAURA HODGES

    EPISODE 170 - LAURA HODGES

    A boutique design firm located in the Baltimore / Washington DC area, Laura Hodges Studio focuses on creating beautiful, tailored spaces while fully expressing every client’s individual style and taste. 

    Principal Laura Hodges is known for an international aesthetic along with a love for unique and dynamic environments. Laura’s childhood home was located in a small, picturesque town in northern England and her love of design began in early childhood. Influenced by a Norwegian grandmother, British mother and Jamaican father, Laura developed an early appreciation for travel and diverse cultures, having traveled extensively to over thirty countries -- from Greece and Morocco to Thailand, Cuba and Peru. 

    With degrees in both Business and Interior Design, from the New York School of Interior Design, as well as LEED accreditation for sustainable design, Laura was also mentored by and worked with distinguished New York based interior designers Jamie Drake and Thomas Jayne before launching her own design studio in 2016. 

    Laura Hodges Studio’s signature aesthetic is modern, tailored, and eclectic, incorporating unique vintage and antique finds, curated art and natural elements.



    https://www.laurahodgesstudio.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/laurahodgesstudio

    https://domainbylaurahodgesstudio.com/


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    • 26 min
    EPISODE 169 - GAIL DAVIS

    EPISODE 169 - GAIL DAVIS

    This episode is me sharing my frustration with titles conflating. For ME, it is important to educate potential clients on what they are getting when they hire a designer as oppose to an influencer as oppose to a friend with a good eye. This is not a knock on anyone but it is to give clarity on the things that you should look at when thinking you may need to hire a designer. I hope this helps!


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

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Enjoy Gail’s Authenticity

I like listening to this podcast not only to hear from designers but also Gail is very authentic in the way she shows up. If there is something going in the States, she’s not going to pretend like we are in a bubble. She’s not judgy or preachy but I appreciate her willingness to show her humanity and that of others. It lets me know what kind of business woman she is too! Appreciate the time you put into bringing us interesting guests weekly.

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Empowering

I find this empowering because it makes the process realistic. Reminds me to be respectful with the people one works with, to freely admire and to be 100% clear. If this happen well we are humans and as long as the parties respect each other it can be worked out. If not then separate… it’s okay. Also learning to not be afraid of trusting the experts.

Beans Always Beans ,

Great resource and an inspiration.

Ms. Davis reminds me of my favorite (dance) teachers - no nonsense, and filled with the generosity and the seriousness of how she approaches her profession.
As someone starting an antique/vintage business, I feel ever so fortunate to be able to get these insights from fabulous teachers/coaches/sharers like Ms. Davis.

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