42 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 130 Ratings

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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    Why Is British Style Back?

    Why Is British Style Back?

    Americans have had a long love affair with British style, but the relaxed, layered, and richly detailed rooms the British seem to create so effortlessly often don’t jibe with the hectic American lifestyle—or the pared-down architecture of so many American houses and apartments. It isn’t easy to live the Downton Abbey life on this side of the Atlantic. Yet a new generation of young US designers and clients are increasingly attracted to the comfort and worn elegance of English rooms. Two exemplars of classic British style, designer Penny Morrison and Sue Jones, a founder of OKA, tell how the British look is evolving, why comfort and confidence remain all-important, how American energy can reinvigorate tradition, and why dogs are so crucial to the look.
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    • 32 min
    What Clients Say—And What They Really Mean

    What Clients Say—And What They Really Mean

    The relationship between designer and client is crucial to the success of any project. But how do you know if the chemistry is right? Is there any way to tell if the client/designer matchup will work—or if this is the wrong client for you? Designers Susan Zises Green and Joy Moyler draw on their decades of success to share tips about how to size up clients during initial interviews, what to look and listen for, when to bring up the delicate subject of budgets, how to insure respect, and why you might want to be careful about turning clients into friends.
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    • 43 min
    Is Social Media Your Most Important Business Tool?

    Is Social Media Your Most Important Business Tool?

    Social media has affected design in myriad ways—how designers market their work, gain
    new clients, discover new vendors, and share ideas and proposals with clients. But social
    media is constantly evolving and it’s not easy keeping up. Designers Carmeon Hamilton and
    Caitlin Flemming share how they have navigated social media from the early days of their
    blogs to their current large Instagram followings, where they focus their efforts now, and
    discuss why Pinterest has become a crucial creative tool, how Instagram hooks them up
    with artisans and small vendors, and why web sites, after all these years, remain relevant.

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    • 45 min
    Bunny Williams on Design Past and Present

    Bunny Williams on Design Past and Present

    Few decorators have had the longevity or the impact of Bunny Williams. Ever since her first job at the legendary firm of Parish Hadley, she has been creating rooms that meld beauty with comfort and a sense of welcome. Renowned as a gardener as well as a designer, she was in the vanguard of shaping today’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. An author and a furniture designer, she has also promoted the careers of many other designers through her work with the Kips Bay Showhouse. In her first podcast appearance, Bunny discusses the importance of understanding the business side of our creative industry, whether instinct or training is more important, the value and danger of Instagram and Pinterest, why antiques still matter, and how despite changes in styles and trends, the role of the designer remains constant—to bring homes to life and help their clients to live a beautiful life.
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    • 45 min
    Why Is The Design Industry Turning to Print Magazines?

    Why Is The Design Industry Turning to Print Magazines?

    In this age of digital everything, is print becoming the new go-to media? Why are so many design companies, from brick-and-mortar retailers to online behemoths, using print to engage and entice their customers and clients? Three industry leaders who have had major success online—Dara Caponigro of Schumacher, Julia Noran Johnston of Business of Home, and Anna Brockway of Chairish—share why they have launched print publications, how print’s impact came to be undervalued, why publishing on paper has become important to their businesses, and the impact that can come from filling people’s mailboxes with beauty and inspiration.
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    • 42 min
    Lauren Santo Domingo on Bringing Luxury Online with Moda Operandi

    Lauren Santo Domingo on Bringing Luxury Online with Moda Operandi

    The woman who brought high-end fashion online, Lauren Santo Domingo talks about the success of her acclaimed site, Moda Operandi, and explains how she creates a sense of exclusivity and service through her careful curation of designers and brands, how social media changed fashion, why the wives of tech investors are so important, her new role as a Chairish Design Insider, and how caviar became a major inspiration behind her stunning home collection, Moda Domus, a chic blend of contemporary style with old-world craftsmanship.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

CBS321 ,

Charming, sophisticated and practical

I don’t know how a podcast can do all three in one, but leave it to Michael Boodro! I’m not a designer but rather someone who loves interiors and design and is trying to sidestep my way into this world. The business/industry topics are current and easy to understand. Michael talks to the most fascinating people - from the punk rocker to the symphony orchestra member - ends of the design spectrum. He is such a great interviewer. Funny & intimate, Michael is able to bring up challenging topics (such as diversity in recruiting and hiding) in such an open but kind manner (“this is not an accusation- listen - we can ALL do better”). It feels like having coffee with your most interesting friends. Bravo Chairish and Michael! 👏

BarnabyMom ,

Love this podcast

Wonderful, informative and entertaining. Anyone interested in interior design, home and interiors should listen.

bitterswtmocha ,

Self-involved and out of touch

Some of the episodes were OK to have on in the background (read: inoffensive enough as background noise) but today the most recent episode just became too much when the designer guests began lamenting that they didn’t get free reign by clients to do whatever they pleased, and that this must be due to the “sad” fact that designers are not “respected like doctors and attorneys.”

This is a classist, out of touch, self-involved waste of time.

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