161 episodes

A lively conversation about the latest interior design trends, travels to industry events, current design projects (the good, the bad and the ugly), do’s and don’ts, product recommendations and more. Just a warning - this is going to be fun and not too serious! After all, they do still have an interior design business running at full speed. Hosted by Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole, two nationally published Atlanta Interior Designers with a wealth of information to share and stories to tell about their business, Kandrac and Kole and the interior design world.

Interior Design with Kandrac and Kole Kandrac & Kole Interior Design

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 131 Ratings

A lively conversation about the latest interior design trends, travels to industry events, current design projects (the good, the bad and the ugly), do’s and don’ts, product recommendations and more. Just a warning - this is going to be fun and not too serious! After all, they do still have an interior design business running at full speed. Hosted by Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole, two nationally published Atlanta Interior Designers with a wealth of information to share and stories to tell about their business, Kandrac and Kole and the interior design world.

    The Inside Scoop – Entertaining Beautifully with ETU Home

    The Inside Scoop – Entertaining Beautifully with ETU Home

    Welcome to the Inside Scoop where we will delve into the story behind ETU home, an innovative kitchen lifestyle brand inspired by European designs. They recreate authentic products from reclaimed wood and recycled glass, making their product line totally green and sustainable. They ethically source quality materials such as salvaged beams. Each piece is finished by hand with eco-friendly beeswax and plant-based mineral oil elements.
    For our loyal listeners, ETU Home is offering 20% off all products. Go to etuhome.com and use code KANDK20 at checkout. Instagram: @etu.home
    Listen to today’s episode here: https://spoti.fi/3I46Lve
    Watch today’s episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/InsideDesignYouTube
    KANDRAC & KOLE BIO
    Voted one of “Atlanta's Top 20 Residential Interior Designers” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs is an acclaimed design firm with two decades of experience serving residential and commercial clients. Their work has been featured in leading publications across the US.
    Since 2005, Joann and Kelly have built a respected partnership. They are renowned for their dynamic personalities, distinctive use of color, and unique custom designs. Frequently invited to share their insights at industry events and on design panels, they are recognized as diligent business operators who remain approachable and genuine, radiating constant positive energy.
    In 2018, they used their infectious energy to launch their podcast, “Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole.” This lively, weekly conversation, where Joann and Kelly share design and industry insights, became so popular that they introduced a series of bonus episodes, “The Inside Scoop with Joann and Kelly,” in 2024.
    Their dedication to the power of interior design also extends to their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala.
    Social Media Handles
    https://www.facebook.com/kandracandkole/ 
    https://www.instagram.com/kandrackole/
    https://twitter.com/KandracKole/
    https://www.pinterest.com/kandrackole/

    • 8 min
    Trends From High Point Spring Market 2024

    Trends From High Point Spring Market 2024

    In this episode we’ve reached out to design colleagues from around the country to share with us trends they saw this year at the Spring High Point Market. They will be filling us in on the latest trends such as color, furniture, lighting, and what they saw that was new and exciting. We’re excited to hear their insights and get a feel for where things are heading in the design world.
    Listen to today’s episode here: https://spoti.fi/3I46Lve
    Watch today’s episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/InsideDesignYouTube
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    1.  Trends are shifting toward more organic and tactile elements with an emphasis on comfort, texture and warmth.
    2. The color palette throughout High Point Market was earthy tones like terracotta, sage green and blues.
    3. A focus on pleated and fabric shades on lighting. 
    SPONSOR
    This episode is sponsored by Thibaut Design.
    Established in 1886, they are the oldest continuously operating wallpaper company in the United States. Did you know Thibaut offers rugs now? Thibaut introduces Areas, a debut collection of custom cut-to-order area rugs featuring exclusive, in-house designs. This new category expansion showcases nine distinct styles, shipped to doorsteps in 10 days. You can even opt for hand serging as an upgrade! Thibaut Areas will be available through showroom locations and representatives by the end of May. To learn more, visit www.thibautdesign.com/areas/podcast.
    KANDRAC & KOLE BIO
    Voted one of “Atlanta's Top 20 Residential Interior Designers” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs is an acclaimed design firm with two decades of experience serving residential and commercial clients. Their work has been featured in leading publications across the US.
    Since 2005, Joann and Kelly have built a respected partnership. They are renowned for their dynamic personalities, distinctive use of color, and unique custom designs. Frequently invited to share their insights at industry events and on design panels, they are recognized as diligent business operators who remain approachable and genuine, radiating constant positive energy.
    In 2018, they used their infectious energy to launch their podcast, “Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole.” This lively, weekly conversation, where Joann and Kelly share design and industry insights, became so popular that they introduced a series of bonus episodes, “The Inside Scoop with Joann and Kelly,” in 2024.
    Their dedication to the power of interior design also extends to their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala.
    WEBSITE: https://www.kandrac-kole.com/
    FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
    https://www.facebook.com/kandracandkole/
    https://www.instagram.com/kandrackole/
    https://twitter.com/KandracKole/
    https://www.pinterest.com/kandrackole/

    • 31 min
    Artists We Love – Part 1 – The Inside Scoop

    Artists We Love – Part 1 – The Inside Scoop

    We are huge fans of original art. It was a passion we both acquired later in life, partly due to a gallery owner, Donna Krueger of DK Gallery in Marietta, who helped us not be intimidated by art. We have become collectors of art – big and small in our own homes and advocate for original art in every project we design.
    As we’ve discussed on other shows, art is for everybody. You’ll always remember where and why you bought that special piece that spoke to you in some meaningful way. Hanging original art is one of the single most important design tips we can give you for making a house a home.
    In this episode, we discuss some of our favorite artists and why we love their work so much!
    Listen to today’s episode here: https://spoti.fi/3I46Lve
    Watch today’s episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/InsideDesignYouTube
     
    KANDRAC & KOLE BIO
    Voted one of “Atlanta's Top 20 Residential Interior Designers” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs is an acclaimed design firm with two decades of experience serving residential and commercial clients. Their work has been featured in leading publications across the US.
    Since 2005, Joann and Kelly have built a respected partnership. They are renowned for their dynamic personalities, distinctive use of color, and unique custom designs. Frequently invited to share their insights at industry events and on design panels, they are recognized as diligent business operators who remain approachable and genuine, radiating constant positive energy.
    In 2018, they used their infectious energy to launch their podcast, “Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole.” This lively, weekly conversation, where Joann and Kelly share design and industry insights, became so popular that they introduced a series of bonus episodes, “The Inside Scoop with Joann and Kelly,” in 2024.
    Their dedication to the power of interior design also extends to their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala.
     Social Media Handles
     https://www.facebook.com/kandracandkole/
    https://www.instagram.com/kandrackole/ 
    https://twitter.com/KandracKole 
    https://www.pinterest.com/kandrackole/

    • 10 min
    What They Don’t Teach In Design School With Guest Kate Lester

    What They Don’t Teach In Design School With Guest Kate Lester

    Design schools tend to focus on the creative process in interior design, but fall short when it comes to teaching the business side of the industry. In this episode of Inside Design, our incredibly talented friend and colleague, Kate Lester, shares valuable insights to help you run a more successful design business.
    Listen to today’s episode here: https://spoti.fi/3I46Lve??
    Watch today’s episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/InsideDesignYouTube
    Key Takeaways:
    1. Get at least 5 years of real world experience before you even THINK of going out on your own. Make mistakes on someone else’s dime first. 
    2. If your scope of work is very fluid and your efficiency is at the mercy of others (i.e. contractors), billing hourly vs flat fee is the smarter way to go. 
    3. Above all, stay in your lane and remain true to yourself no matter what your creative peers are doing! 
    SPONSOR: Norwalk Furniture
    Norwalk builds heirloom quality furniture rather than landfill quality furniture. You know what that is also called? Sustainable! Doing their part to create healthy homes and environments is a core principle at Norwalk and we want to be a part of that. 
    Unlike many other manufacturers, Norwalk has a particularly fabulous array of patterns and bright, fun fabrics to partner with performance fabrics, leathers, and textures like boucle and velvet. 
    If you are in the Trade, you really must be sourcing Norwalk Furniture. Check out their website – norwalkfurniture.com and especially their 360-Design tool to help visualize pieces. They are shipping in under 8 weeks! 
    KANDRAC & KOLE BIO
    Voted one of “Atlanta's Top 20 Residential Interior Designers” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs is an acclaimed design firm with two decades of experience serving residential and commercial clients. Their work has been featured in leading publications across the US. 
    Since 2005, Joann and Kelly have built a respected partnership. They are renowned for their dynamic personalities, distinctive use of color, and unique custom designs. Frequently invited to share their insights at industry events and on design panels, they are recognized as diligent business operators who remain approachable and genuine, radiating constant positive energy. 
    In 2018, they used their infectious energy to launch their podcast, “Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole.” This lively, weekly conversation, where Joann and Kelly share design and industry insights, became so popular that they introduced a series of bonus episodes, “The Inside Scoop with Joann and Kelly,” in 2024.
    Their dedication to the power of interior design also extends to their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala.
    KATE LESTER BIO
    Kate Lester is the creative director and CEO of Kate Lester Interiors & Kate Lester HOME. With a diversely talented design team in her studio, and two retail stores in Southern California, Kate is thrilled to be spreading her unique design vision with the masses. Her style ethos is all about creating spaces that weave classic lines, vintage finds, modern moments, and an infusion of at least “one weird thing.”
    Kate attended USC’s prestigious Marshall School of Business and went on to study Design and Architecture at Otis College in Los Angeles. Her industry experience includes working for some of Hollywood’s most famous designers before launching her own firm in 2010.
    Thriving at the intersection of livable luxury, humor, and realism, Kate believes that the homes she designs should always be carefully crafted, thoughtfully curated, and a direct reflection of the people who inhabit them.
    When not designing, Kate can be found in Southern California dragging her family to flea markets, running on the beach, or hesitantly participating in a plethora of extreme sports with her extremely persuasive (and brave) husband and daughter.
    FUNNY QUOTE:
    “I am not that friend who will tell you to stop travelling to save m

    • 50 min
    Let's Take A Trip To Charleston!

    Let's Take A Trip To Charleston!

    Welcome to the Inside Scoop where we will uncover the charm and beauty of one of America’s jewels and the most beloved cities, Charleston, South Carolina. In this short episode we will guide you through the city. Consider it “A Day in Charleston with Joann & Kelly.”

    Watch today’s episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/InsideDesignYouTube
    Listen to today’s episode here: https://spoti.fi/3I46Lve
     
    KANDRAC & KOLE BIO
    Voted one of “Atlanta's Top 20 Residential Interior Designers” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs is an acclaimed design firm with two decades of experience serving residential and commercial clients. Their work has been featured in leading publications across the US.
    Since 2005, Joann and Kelly have built a respected partnership. They are renowned for their dynamic personalities, distinctive use of color, and unique custom designs. Frequently invited to share their insights at industry events and on design panels, they are recognized as diligent business operators who remain approachable and genuine, radiating constant positive energy.
    In 2018, they used their infectious energy to launch their podcast, “Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole.” This lively, weekly conversation, where Joann and Kelly share design and industry insights, became so popular that they introduced a series of bonus episodes, “The Inside Scoop with Joann and Kelly,” in 2024.
    Their dedication to the power of interior design also extends to their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala.
    https://www.facebook.com/kandracandkole/
    https://www.instagram.com/kandrackole/ 

    https://twitter.com/KandracKole 

    https://www.pinterest.com/kandrackole/

    • 13 min
    Why Outdoor Design Is Just As Important As Indoor Design With Guest Wambui Ippolito

    Why Outdoor Design Is Just As Important As Indoor Design With Guest Wambui Ippolito

    In this episode, award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist Wambui Ippolito highlights essential links between outdoor and indoor design. “It’s the garden, the person, and the way that person lives.”
    Listen to today’s episode here: https://spoti.fi/3I46Lve?

    Watch today’s episode on YouTube: https://bit.ly/InsideDesignYouTube
    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    1. Design is about the “totality” of a project. Bridging the inside and the outside creates the experience.
    2.  If you don’t know where to begin gardening, planting herbs such as sage, lavender and rosemary is a good place to start.
    3. Nature is a great healer and having a beautiful garden creates a feeling of peace and calm.
    SPONSOR – This episode is sponsored by Thibaut Design. Established in 1886, they are the oldest continuously operating wallpaper company in the United States. Need wallcovering, fabric, or trim in a pinch? Thibaut maintains industry-leading inventory levels in their state-of-the-art Charlotte, North Carolina distribution center. With 95% of products in stock at all times, Thibaut account holders enjoy speedy shipments, with in-stock items shipping in two days. Make sure to go to their website and click the inspiration link and check out their amazing room styles!! To open a Thibaut trade account, visit www.thibautdesign.com/trade/podcast.
    KANDRAC & KOLE BIO
    Voted one of “Atlanta's Top 20 Residential Interior Designers” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs is an acclaimed design firm with two decades of experience serving residential and commercial clients. Their work has been featured in leading publications across the US.
    Since 2005, Joann and Kelly have built a respected partnership. They are renowned for their dynamic personalities, distinctive use of color, and unique custom designs. Frequently invited to share their insights at industry events and on design panels, they are recognized as diligent business operators who remain approachable and genuine, radiating constant positive energy.
    In 2018, they used their infectious energy to launch their podcast, “Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole.” This lively, weekly conversation, where Joann and Kelly share design and industry insights, became so popular that they introduced a series of bonus episodes, “The Inside Scoop with Joann and Kelly,” in 2024.
    Their dedication to the power of interior design also extends to their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala. 
    WAMBUI IPPOLITO BIO
    Wambui Ippolito is an award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist who in 2021 was named one of “11 Revolutionary Female Landscape Designers and Architects Everyone Should Know" by Veranda Magazine.
    Heavily influenced by her early years in Kenya and a life filled with worldwide travel, Wambui has become one of the most sought-after garden designers in the country. In addition to her landscape design work, she lectures widely both in the United States and internationally.
    Wambui specializes in fine estate gardening, with an emphasis on designing for humans and their pets. She views Nature as the greatest healer and seeks to make her gardens elegant and curative. Wambui is also a trained horticulturist, having graduated from the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture.
    SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
    https://www.facebook.com/kandracandkole/
    https://www.instagram.com/kandrackole/ 

    https://twitter.com/KandracKole 
https://www.pinterest.com/kandrackole/ 
    QUOTES
    1. Funny quote: “Once you’ve seen a woman take her bra off without removing her shirt, it makes sense why they should be in charge of things.” – @thisislibertyroad on Insta
    2. Serious quote: “I am woman – hear me roar!... Nature gives to us all in equal measure.” – Wambui Ippolito

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

mbs6934 ,

Love these ladies!

I listen to your podcast during my morning walk and you make the time so enjoyable! I’ve never had time to focus on design/decorating but your common sense advice and suggestions have helped me gain the confidence to tackle our home renovation. Love that you cover everything from more complex design concepts to simple tips and tricks!! Also I am deaf and wear a cochlear implant so listening to podcasts can be challenging. But your sound quality is fantastic! Crystal clear and easy to hear. Thank you!

Tiny Godzilla ,

Loved the information here

Thank you for all the information you share for Designers. I love your podcast. And it’s a perfect length and so timely.

DFR1980 ,

Love these gals

They are so much fun to listen to and and I learned so much from them!!

Top Podcasts In Arts

Fresh Air
NPR
The Moth
The Moth
99% Invisible
Roman Mars
The Magnus Archives
Rusty Quill
Fantasy Fangirls
Fantasy Fangirls
Articles of Interest
Avery Trufelman

You Might Also Like

Dear Alice | Interior Design
Alice Lane
How to Decorate
Ballard Designs
The Chairish Podcast
Chairish Inc.
Decorating Tips and Tricks
Bespoke FM
The Interior Collective
IDCO Studio
A Well-Designed Business® | Interior Design  Business Podcast
LuAnn Nigara