28 episodes

The 'Two Gins In' podcast is A 'Designer's Perspective' on the design and construction industry hosted by The dynamic design duo, Karyn McRae and Helen Lynch the Directors of M + L Design, a boutique architectural and interiors studio based in Sydney Australia.

Karyn + Helen are two experienced interior and building designers with over 30 years of combined experience in the design and construction industry. These "Gin loving" women are on a mission to educate home renovators and new home builders on the ins and outs of the design and construction world and its processes. Through this podcast series, they aim to share their wealth of knowledge and expertise, helping listeners avoid common mistakes and make informed decisions when it comes to their investments.

Two Gins In - A Designer's Perspective Karyn McRae & Helen Lynch

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The 'Two Gins In' podcast is A 'Designer's Perspective' on the design and construction industry hosted by The dynamic design duo, Karyn McRae and Helen Lynch the Directors of M + L Design, a boutique architectural and interiors studio based in Sydney Australia.

Karyn + Helen are two experienced interior and building designers with over 30 years of combined experience in the design and construction industry. These "Gin loving" women are on a mission to educate home renovators and new home builders on the ins and outs of the design and construction world and its processes. Through this podcast series, they aim to share their wealth of knowledge and expertise, helping listeners avoid common mistakes and make informed decisions when it comes to their investments.

    Property Investment Tips from Sydney Buyer's Agent, Jo Vadillo

    Property Investment Tips from Sydney Buyer's Agent, Jo Vadillo

    In this episode, Helen and Karyn chat with Jo Vadillo, a renowned buyer’s agent and property expert, about her journey in the real estate industry, the role of buyer’s agents, and insights into the evolving Sydney real estate market. Jo offers actionable advice for would-be property buyers, shares success stories, and discusses the critical importance of future-proofing properties.

     

    Key Topics Covered:

     

    1. Introduction to Jo Vadillo:

       - Owner of Advocate Property Services

       - Background in property investment and transition into a buyer’s agent

       

    2. Evolution and Role of Buyers Agents:

       - Jo’s transition from a property investor to a buyer’s agent

       - Importance of having professional help in property purchase

       - How a Buyer’s agent can save money and navigate complexities

       

    3. Sydney Real Estate Market Trends:

       - Changes and challenges in the recent market

       - Shift in buyer attitudes towards renovation and property investment

       

    4. Navigating the Property Market with a Buyer’s Agent:

       - Jo’s client-centric approach and how she assists different types of buyers

       - Importance of thorough due diligence and negotiation skills

       

    5. Success Stories:

       - Sharing real-life examples of helping clients find their dream properties and making savvy investments

       

    6. Future Proofing Properties:

       - Multi-generational living and adapting homes to changing needs

       - Considerations for school catchments, land use, and potential for property value growth

       

    7. Work-Life Balance for Real Estate Professionals:

       - Jo’s strategies for balancing a demanding career and personal life

       - The importance of boundaries and support systems

       

    8. New Projects and Services:

       - Introduction of ‘The Buyer’s Advantage’ mentorship platform to assist first-time buyers and those on tight budgets

     

     

    Resources Mentioned:

    - Advocate Property Services https://advocateservices.com.au/

    - The Buyer’s Advantage Website https://www.propertywomen.com.au/

     

    Quotes:

    - “[A Buyers agent is] a voice of reason, not emotionally attached and able to provide an objective perspective.” - Helen

    - “The deal of a lifetime can come around at least once a month if you look hard enough.” - Jo Vadillo

    Connect with Us:

    - Follow us on @mcraeandlynchdesigns

    - Visit our www.mcraeandlynch.com.au

     

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    - Share: Know someone looking to buy property or interested in design? Share this episode with them!

     

    Thank you for tuning in!

    We’ll see you next time with more insights from the world of design and construction.

     

     

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    • 29 min
    (#27) The hotel & Club Industry - Why thoughtful design matters with Michelle Pascoe

    (#27) The hotel & Club Industry - Why thoughtful design matters with Michelle Pascoe

    In this episode of Two Gins In, hosts Helen and Karyn sit down with Michelle Pascoe, an esteemed international speaker and expert in customer service and hospitality. Michelle, founder of Optimum Operating Procedures and Services (OOPS), brings nearly 30 years of experience to the conversation, delving into the nuances of creating exceptional customer experiences. She shares insights on the importance of emotional connections in service delivery and how businesses can transform ordinary interactions into memorable experiences.

    Michelle discusses the post-COVID challenges facing the hospitality industry, particularly the loss of middle management and frontline staff. She emphasizes the need for businesses to adapt to a new demographic of customers and employees, particularly Generation Z, who demand seamless and engaging experiences. Michelle highlights the significance of design in service delivery, from architectural plans to the smallest details like music and scent, which collectively enhance the customer experience. She also shares practical tips for maintaining safety and compliance in design, ensuring that spaces are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

    The conversation further explores the dynamic nature of the hospitality industry and how businesses can stay ahead of trends. Michelle suggests creative ways to refresh spaces without major overhauls, such as rearranging furniture, incorporating Instagram-worthy elements, and utilizing underused spaces for various activities throughout the day. The episode wraps up with Michelle sharing her upcoming initiatives, including a live LinkedIn session focused on preparing for the summer season and creating lasting first impressions. This engaging discussion provides valuable insights for anyone looking to elevate their customer service and hospitality practices.

    • 44 min
    #26 New Home Builders Michelle & James Gallanos

    #26 New Home Builders Michelle & James Gallanos

    In our latest podcast episode, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Michelle and Jamie Galanos to delve into their exhilarating journey of building their dream home in Sydney's Connells Point. From the initial spark of inspiration to the final nail hammered, they shared candid insights into every facet of the process. What struck me most was their candidness about the highs and lows, particularly in navigating the myriad decisions and unexpected hurdles that cropped up along the way.

    One of the most poignant moments of our conversation was when Michelle and Jamie spoke about the pivotal role of collaboration in their project. They emphasized the symbiotic relationship between clients, designers, architects, and builders in weaving together a tapestry of functionality and aesthetic appeal. It was clear that their gratitude for the expertise and guidance provided by the design team ran deep, underscoring the immense value added to their project.

    As our conversation drew to a close, it was evident that Michelle and Jamie's journey was more than just constructing a house—it was about crafting a home filled with warmth, functionality, and beauty. Their story serves as a testament to the transformative power of collaboration, communication, and unwavering dedication to bringing a vision to life. To catch a glimpse of the stunning Coastal Contemporary project, head over to our Instagram and join us in celebrating the joy of creating spaces that inspire and uplift.

    • 24 min
    (#25) Interview with Adam McDonald from Impressions Landscape Designs

    (#25) Interview with Adam McDonald from Impressions Landscape Designs

    Join us as we welcome Adam McDonald, whose journey into landscape design was sparked by a love for creativity and nature. From humble beginnings to national recognition, Adam shares his insights on overcoming challenges and exceeding client expectations. His commitment to unique, personalized designs resonates with our own approach, making him a perfect fit for today's conversation.

    Adam delves into the unique challenges he's faced, from transforming steep, rocky terrains to navigating limited access sites. His innovative solutions, such as custom-cut stone steps and efficient terracing, showcase the intersection of creativity and practicality in landscape design. Through collaboration and forward-thinking, Adam demonstrates how thoughtful planning enhances the cohesion and success of any project.

    In the world of landscape design, every challenge presents an opportunity for innovation and creativity. Join us as we uncover Adam's insights, strategies, and the timeless appeal of his approach to crafting captivating outdoor spaces. Whether you're a seasoned designer or a budding enthusiast, this episode promises to inspire and enlighten, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for the artistry behind every garden masterpiece.

    • 32 min
    (#24) Roadtrip with M & L

    (#24) Roadtrip with M & L

    In the latest episode of "Two Gins In Design," hosts Karyn and Helen embark on a road trip to Mudgee, New South Wales, where they're set to lead a Mood Boarding Masterclass. As they journey, they discuss essential factors for home renovations, stressing the need for clarity, budget management, and active involvement in the planning stages. They emphasize the importance of articulating renovation goals clearly and being aware of financial constraints to minimize stress. Collaboration with professionals and effective communication of lifestyle preferences are highlighted to ensure the design aligns with individual needs. 

     

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    • 16 min
    (#23) Interview with Carla Condoluci

    (#23) Interview with Carla Condoluci

    In this engaging episode of Two Gins In: A Designer's Perspective, hosts Karyn and Helen delve into the world of interior design and construction with Carla, the passionate owner of a joinery business in Sydney. Carla shares her journey from working behind the scenes to pursuing her dream of kitchen and bathroom design, highlighting the transformative experience of completing a comprehensive design course. She emphasizes the intricate details involved in designing functional spaces, underlining the crucial balance between aesthetics and functionality.

    The conversation extends to the unique dynamics of running a business alongside her husband, Joe, where communication and respect form the cornerstone of their success. Carla's commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience shines through as she discusses the collaborative process with clients, ensuring their needs and preferences are met at every stage. Throughout the episode, Carla and her husband's dedication to quality craftsmanship and attention to detail emerge as defining qualities of their joinery business, setting them apart in a competitive industry.

    As the episode draws to a close, Karyn and Helen express their appreciation for Carla's insights and encourage listeners to connect with her for their kitchen and bathroom design needs in Sydney. The discussion serves as a reminder of the complexities involved in design projects and the importance of informed decision-making for achieving outstanding results in interior design and construction.

     

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    • 37 min

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