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Hosted by beloved design-insider Michael Boodro, The Chairish Podcast looks behind the glamour of the interior design industry at a time when all aspects of the business, from sourcing to marketing to client communication to underlying business models are undergoing rapid disruption. Drawing on experience and insights from today’s top practitioners, including leading designers, architects and manufacturers, this podcast is an essential tool for interior design professionals.
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Hosted by beloved design-insider Michael Boodro, The Chairish Podcast looks behind the glamour of the interior design industry at a time when all aspects of the business, from sourcing to marketing to client communication to underlying business models are undergoing rapid disruption. Drawing on experience and insights from today’s top practitioners, including leading designers, architects and manufacturers, this podcast is an essential tool for interior design professionals.
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    The Designer's Guide to Social Media

    The Designer's Guide to Social Media

    Get to know our social media savvy guests:
    Experienced designer Alyssa Kapito launched her design firm using Instagram. Kapito is known for restrained but sumptuous apartments, lofts, and beach houses, where she mixes classic vintage pieces, subdued palettes, and luxurious textures, and her work has been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Vogue. She also has more than 150K followers on Instagram. 
    For the past 23 years, Cara Woodhouse has been creating interiors with bold contemporary furnishings, texture-rich rugs, and colorful accents, bringing a sense of fun and energy to family living. Along with designing, she is also a brand ambassador for various companies and a social media influencer. She has more than 200K followers on Instagram.
    Skylar Frederick is the social media manager at Chairish, which has about 300K followers on Instagram.
    In this episode, our guests tackle:

    How Instagram benefits designers through product lines, clients, and moreThe importance of high-quality visuals on InstagramCreating social media goalsQuality over quantity in postingThe value of cohesive and compelling brandingUsing Pinterest to communicate with clients about styleCrafting authenticity on social mediaIncorporating video into social media practiceAgreed-upon rates for collaborations / partnerships on InstagramAdvice for young designers launching their firms on Instagram
    Additional resources:

    Social Media Tools You Should Be Using via ChairishHow to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy in 8 Easy Steps via HootsuiteHow to Build Your Social Media Marketing Strategy for 2020 via Sprout Social
    Connect with Chairish and our guests on Instagram:

    Chairish: @chairishcoMichael Boodro: @michaelboodroAlyssa Kapito: @alyssakapitointeriorsCara Woodhouse: @carawoodhouseinteriorsSkylar Frederick: @skylar_allen
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    Does PR Still Have an Impact?

    Does PR Still Have an Impact?

    In today’s changing-by-the-minute media landscape, how do you get your firm’s projects published, viewed, and talked about? Does public relations still have an impact in this age of social media? Three veterans Elizabeth Blitzer, Sarah Boyd and Lauren Urband discuss the ins and out of PR, what they can do for a designer’s career—and when it might not be worth the investment.
    In this episode, we dive into:
    How to expand PR opportunities beyond print magazinesThe limitations of InstagramWorking with influencersThe value of regional publicationsExclusivity agreementsHow to leverage projects on various frontsThe career point at which to hire a designerAdvice for young / newer designersChoosing goals with clientsCheck out these resources for more information:
    An intro to what publicists do via Elle DecorLauren Urband’s webinar on how to generate buzz about your design business via ChairishAn interview with Elizabeth Blitzer via the Lifestyle EditConnect with Chairish and our guests on Instagram:
    Chairish: @chairishcoMichael Boodro: @michaelboodroLauren Urband: @lurband22Sarah Boyd: @sarahmcboydBlitzer & Company: @blitzer_co
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    • 42 min
    Coping with Clients

    Coping with Clients

    Today’s clients are ever more savvy and informed, but are they also more demanding, and difficult? What do clients want from designers, and how do you navigate their needs and desires? Host Michael Boodro is joined by renowned designers Sheila Bridges, Richard Mishaan and Josh Greene.
    In this episode, we find out how to deal with difficult clients and more:
    Challenges of working with clientsWhat ignited a shift in client behaviorEstablishing boundaries and understanding expectationsPaying due diligenceRed flags to watch out forPhotography agreementsClient relation best practicesGet to know our high-profile guests:
    Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine, Sheila Bridges founded her own interior design firm, Sheila Bridges Design, in 1994. She recently launched her own product line originally based in French toile wallcoverings — called Toile de Jouy — that has expanded to include a variety of good home goods. Toile de Jouy motifs challenge some of the stereotypes about the African-American experience. Her work is embellished with thoughtful pieces and colors, and has landed her on the Architectural Digest 100 and Elle Decor’s A-List from 2011 to 2019.
    Owner of Richard Mishaan Design, Richard Mishaan holds more than three decades of experience in design, combining his knowledge of fashion, architecture, and interior design. He has crafted style ranging from urban to beachside in his distinctly layered and luxe, colorful style.
    One year ago, Josh Greene founded his own firm, Josh Greene Design, that focuses on creating stylish environments balancing functionality, warmth, and comfort. He has over 15 years of design experience and has been featured on publications such as the New York Times, Architectural Digest, and House Beautiful.
    Discover the work of our marvelous guests, and find more tips:
    Tour Sheila’s colorful home in Reykjavík via The CutInside Richard’s chic space in New York via Architectural DigestCheck out this beach house from Josh and his former partner via Architectural DigestMore tips for handling challenging clients via Kathy KuoConnect with us on Instagram:
    Chairish: @chairishcoMichael Boodro: @michaelboodroSheila Bridges: @harlemtoilegirlRichard Mishaan: @richardmishaanJosh Greene: @joshgreenedesign

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    • 43 min
    Hitting The Wall: How Can Designers Confront A Blank Wall?

    Hitting The Wall: How Can Designers Confront A Blank Wall?

    If it’s not vast expanses of glass then it’s large expanses of white wall designers have to contend with. From multi-million dollar artworks to hand-painted wall coverings to hand-rubbed Venetian plaster, how can designers best confront a blank wall? Host Michael Boodro chats with designers Bella Mancini and Elena Frampton, as well as Phillip Jeffries CEO Jeffrey Bershad.
    What you can expect from this episode:
    The contemporary wallpaper trendClient hesitation about wallpaperTips for selecting artworks for wallsDetailing, balance, and additional finishesThe trends and future of wall designGet to know our chic guests:
    Bella Mancini is known for her charming and astute way of working with patterns and wallcoverings within her designs. She founded her firm, Bella Mancini Design, just two years after making her career shift from fashion PR and marketing to interior design.
    Elena Frampton is a talented designer and owner of interior design studio Frampton Co, which includes an art advisory service and locations in the Hamptons and New York City. Her studio uses dynamic, otherworldly palettes while also elevating artists and expanding access to their art.
    Jeffrey Bershad is the CEO of Phillip Jeffries, a wallcovering company that was started with just 10 grasscloths over 40 years ago by his father, and is now a preeminent global company. With an elevated focus on design, quality, and efficiency, Phillip Jeffries prides itself on ready-to-ship and custom solutions and has been featured in magazines including Luxe, California Home+Design, and Interior Design.
    During the episode, we mention these high-end wallpaper brands:
    Phillip Jeffries – a range of high-quality wallcoveringsFromental – hand-embroidered wallpaperDe Gournay – bold and custom wallpaperPierre Frey – commissions artists for wallpapersThink beyond conventional wallpaper ideas with these sources of inspiration:
    Sisters and interior designers Charlotte Harris Lucas and Liz Harris Carroll offer their tips on wallpapers via ChairishTour this Dumbo loft from Bella Mancini via BrownstonerArt advisory via Frampton Co.The latest, art-inspired wallpaper collection from Phillip JeffriesShimmering wallpaper ideas via Dering HallConnect with Chairish and our guests on Instagram:
    Chairish: @chairishcoMichael Boodro: @michaelboodroBella Mancini: @bellamancinidesignFrampton Co: @frampton_coPhillip Jeffries: @phillipjeffriesltd
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    • 42 min
    Showhouses: How Much Will They Cost You and Will They Pay Off?

    Showhouses: How Much Will They Cost You and Will They Pay Off?

    This episode on The Chairish Podcast we will look at the growing phenomenon of Showhouses. Why are there so many, who do they benefit, and do they really make a difference to a designer’s career? Guests include interior designers Neal Beckstedt and Young Huh, whose rooms at the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse became hugely popular on social media, and publicist Christina Juarez, who has helped shape the careers of numerous designers and worked with many national brands.
    We mention these showhouses in the episode:
    Kips Bay Decorator Show House, New York City and Palm BeachThe Hampton’s Showhouse, Hamptons, New YorkHoliday House, New York CityBrooklyn Designer Showhouse, Brooklyn, New YorkThe Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles: Home for the Holidays, AtlantaRonald McDonald 2019 Designer Showhouse, MiamiDuring the episode, we discuss these showhouse designs:
    Young Huh – Corridor and Bath, 2014, and Artist Loft, 2019 / Both from the Kips Bay Decorator Show HouseNeal Beckstedt: Sitting Room, 2017 / Kips Bay Decorator Show HouseSasha Bikoff’s – Color Me Happy Stairway, 2018 / Kips Bay Decorator Show HouseRobert Passal Living Area, 2019 / Kips Bay Decorator Show HouseCheck out these urther resources:
    Design tips from Young Huh via ChairishExplore Derek Lam’s Manhattan home that was designed by Neal Beckstedt via Architectural DigestTour Christina Juarez’s colorful apartment via Elle DecorConnect with us on Instagram:
    Chairish: @chairishcoMichael Boodro: @michaelboodroNeal Beckstedt: @nealbeckstedtYoung Huh: @younghuhChristina Juarez: @christinajuarezandco

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    • 51 min
    Success by the Yard

    Success by the Yard

    Host Michael Boodro questions the conventional idea that fabric lines make designers rich: “Is it possible to have success by the yard?” Four fabric professionals with a range of perspectives — including Stephen Elrod and Brian Dicker from Kravet and Holland and Sherry respectively, and designers Lori Weitzner and James Huniford — gather to talk about how they made it in the fabric industry, and how they continue to look forward to the future of fabric. 

    This episode we dive into:
    How brands select designers for collaborationsThe method and process of collaborating on a fabric lineWhat makes licensing and collaborations successfulHow to become successful through a fabric lineThe future and technology of textilesBuyer trends and the value of the experienceGet to know our fabulous guests:
    Stephen Elrod is the executive vice president and creative director for Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils. With close to three decades of experience, Stephen has led partnerships with various designers including another podcast guest, James Huniford, and most recently, Kelly Wearstler.
    President of Holland and Sherry, Brian Dicker drove the tailor-focused fabric company’s expansion into interior design. Holland and Sherry is now a prominent player in the interior design realm and has partnered with designers like Elizabeth Eakins, Muriel Brandolini, and Christopher Maya.
    Lori Weitzner is an independent fabric designer and the founder of Weitzner. Lori built her own textile company from the ground-up and later, successfully merged with Pollack. After 12 years as a business owner, Lory grown as a fabric designer and expanded into other areas of design.
    James (Ford) Huniford, is a renowned interior designer and founder of Huniford Design Studio. He has a fabric line with Kravet / Lee Jofa and has been featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest, W Magazine, and Vogue.
    Check out these further resources:
    Get to know the history of KravetThe story behind Holland and Sherry:Lori Weitzner’s new collection for Artistic Tile:Video: Tour Lori Weitzner’s studioLearn more about Huniford Design StudioDiscover some of James Huniford’s top design tips.Connect with Chairish and our guests on Instagram:
    Chairish: @chairishco
    Michael Boodro: @michaelboodro
    Kravet: @kravetinc, @leejofa, and @brunschwigfils
    Holland & Sherry: @hollandandsherryinteriors
    Lori Weitzner: @loriweitzner
    James Huniford: @fordhuniford

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

Cdb10601 ,

Love!!!

The first episode was SO timely and validating!!!

DS4141 ,

Love the topics

Always great hearing Michael Boodro’s take on things. Excellent guests and helpful for folks in the design industry in particular.

Sansebastian17 ,

Show Notes

I loved the first show I listened to but if they don’t start adding show notes I might go crazy and then won’t be able to listen anyhow. Please, can you add notes? All the paint colors... . (Okay, not every single one, but some of those whites, the color the female designer has in her room, etc.) Thanks! Great show!

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