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Interior Design with Kandrac and Kole
28 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
How To Survive A Home Renovation with Kandrac and Kole Client Cindy Murphy
On today’s episode of Inside Design, longtime Kandrac and Kole Interior Design client, Cindy Murphy, joins Joann to discuss her recent home renovation. What started as a small kitchen renovation, grew into a much bigger project. Cindy knows what it’s like to work through all the excitement and challenges that come with a major renovation, so she is sharing her experience with us today. Tune in to our conversation to learn why Cindy and her husband chose to stay in their home of fifteen years and undergo major construction, the pros and cons of renovating, and much more. IN THIS EPISODE: [05:25] Why Cindy and her husband chose not to move and renovate their home of fifteen years. [07:40] Cindy shares the pros and cons of her house before and after the renovation. [11:00] Why working with an architect can make home renovations so much easier and unique. [14:35] Cindy’s favorite parts of her new kitchen and other must-haves. [18:32] Why you don’t have to replace your furniture during a home renovation. [19:13] Cindy reveals some unexpected challenges that came with the renovation. [21:00] Designers are advocates for their clients. [23:35] Make sure your builders are experienced with the elements you want in your renovation. [26:30] Cindy’s advice for homeowners about to start a home renovation. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Before you decide to move or begin a home renovation, ask yourself “what makes you happy?” Just because you are renovating, doesn’t mean you have to replace all of your furniture. Instead, you can replace some throw pillows, your lighting, or your coffee table to give your furniture new life. Renovating your longtime home can bring out a lot of emotions. Communication between clients, designers, contractors, and architects is key for home renovations. Finding the right people to execute unique designs can be tricky. Finding builders that are experienced with those elements is important. RESOURCE LINKS: Rothman and Rothman Associates Atlanta Bed Swings Stray Dog Designs Smith’s Ironworks Cosentino Madera Arts Jay Scott Studios Wolf Subzero Big Ass Fans BIO: Cindy Murphy is a long time client of Kandrac and Kole, who met Cindy about 12 years ago when she contacted them to help her design a screened porch and outdoor pool area. Cindy lives in Canton, Georgia, a beautiful suburb 40 miles north of Atlanta. Fast forward to 2021 when Cindy and her husband decided to do a huge renovation of their first floor. We were thrilled to be working with her again and enlisted the help of architect, Eric Rothman of Rothman and Rothman Associates and Atlanta Home Remodeling. Kandrac & Kole was voted one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Residential Interior Designs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and has been featured on HGTV as well as in The New York Times, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Home Magazine and many others as well as participants of the One Room Challenge Spring 2020. Kandrac & Kole has established a well known reputation for their approachable, dynamic personalities, their signature use of color and pattern and their one of a kind, custom designs. As industry experts for residential and commercial design, Joann Kandrac & Kelly Kole share upbeat and entertaining narratives regarding their design projects, travels and personal stories on their popular blog, their podcast and via national speaking engagements. Joann and Kelly’s love and commitment to the power of interior design also extends towards their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala. Kandrac & Kole Website Kandrac & Kole on Instagram
40 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole With Entrepreneur, Educator, and Public Speaker David Thurston
We are thrilled to be speaking to David Thurston on today’s episode of Inside Design. David is the CEO and Founder of Pulp Riot, an international professional hair color line that was acquired by L’Oreal in a multi-million dollar deal. We had the privilege of hearing David speak at Cosentino’s Global Design Summit and knew we had to bring him onto the show. Tune in to this episode to hear David share his business philosophies and what he has learned about success, stepping outside your comfort zone, and using social media to build an influential brand. IN THIS EPISODE: [03:00] What comes first: The brand or product [05:00] The spiral staircase philosophy and David’s wishlist for success [09:20] Choosing to be uncomfortable and David’s early steps to leave the corporate world and pursue success [18:28] How can creative entrepreneurs use social media and collaborate with your competitors [23:09] The power of design and Pulp Riot’s unconventional product packaging [29:40] Travel, David’s new book, and thoughts on reaching success at a young age KEY TAKEAWAYS: If you want to become successful you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable is a muscle you exercise by leaving your comfort zone and taking a step towards your goals and dreams. The photos you post on social media are like merchandise you’re hanging outside your storefront. It’s a way to entice people to engage with your brand. And your follower account is critical. No one wants to “go” into a store that’s empty. Success isn’t reaching the top step and suddenly becoming satisfied. The fulfilling part is the climb up the staircase, not reaching the top. There’s always another step to take. RESOURCE LINKS: David Thurston Official Website BIO: David Thurston is a beauty industry entrepreneur, educator, and disrupter. He is best known for being the Founder and CEO of Pulp Riot, an innovative, professional hair color company. In May 2018, L'Oreal acquired Pulp Riot. David continued to serve as the CEO until June 2021. David strives to collaborate with interesting people on cool projects, traveling the world, and trying new things that get him outside his comfort zone. David is often invited to give keynote presentations at events. His lectures typically aim to teach and inspire leaders using broadly applicable lessons he’s learned on his journey to success, including lessons related to branding, social media, disruption, risk taking, entrepreneurship, and the digital revolution. David’s presentations can be tailor made to any industry. Kandrac & Kole was voted one of Atlanta’s Top 20 Residential Interior Designs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and has been featured on HGTV as well as in The New York Times, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Home Magazine and many others as well as participants of the One Room Challenge Spring 2020. Kandrac & Kole has established a well known reputation for their approachable, dynamic personalities, their signature use of color and pattern and their one of a kind, custom designs. As industry experts for residential and commercial design, Joann Kandrac & Kelly Kole share upbeat and entertaining narratives regarding their design projects, travels and personal stories on their popular blog, their podcast and via national speaking engagements. Joann and Kelly’s love and commitment to the power of interior design also extends towards their charity work throughout the U.S. and Guatemala. Kandrac & Kole Website Kandrac & Kole on Instagram SPONSOR: We want to thank Cosentino for being the sponsor of this episode. If you are a designer or a homeowner, you need to have Cosentino on your radar as your first choice for quartz products. Cosentino is the maker of Silestone – a hybrid surface of premium minerals, quartz, and recycled materials. Dekton is Cosentino’s innovative ultracompact surface, a technological material composed of a blend of raw materials, porcelain, and glass. It is perfect in both home, hospitality and outdoor projects because of its high strength and versatility. You will find Silestone in millions of homes in over 100 countries and in most of Kandrac & Kole projects. We always turn to Cosentino for their innovation and commitment to sustainability. Visit Cosentino's Website to learn more about their product and their new City Centers – an exclusive meeting place for professionals who seek to share ideas, stay ahead of market trends and to take part in innovative experiences and activities.
29 minutes | May 20, 2022
Author Kelli Lamb – Home With Rue
We are so excited to have Kelli Lamb join us today. Kelli is the Editorial Director and Co-Principal of RUE, a print and multimedia interior design resource. Kelli regularly moderates panels and is a guest speaker at top design events around the country, like Design Camp in Los Angeles, High Point Market in North Carolina, and Design Week in Las Vegas. Kelli is here to talk about her unconventional start in design and her first book, Home with Rue, that comes out in May 2022. Join us as we dive into the evolution of RUE, Kelli’s personal design inspiration, and her writing experience and thoughts about being a published author. IN THIS EPISODE: [02:50] Kelli’s unconventional start in the interior design world. [05:50] Rue Daily and where to find it. [10:18] Home with Rue: Where did the idea for the book start and the goal of it. [17:13] Kelli’s favorite part of the book and the writing journey. [22:30] Home is a feeling: inspiration from Kelli’s grandmother. [26:00] Closing thoughts and quotes. KEY TAKEAWAYS: It doesn’t matter where you start in a career – even if you start at the very bottom, just keep putting yourself out there and you’ll inevitably grow and move forward. So many design books push the narrative that people have to change their homes or constantly follow new trends. Home With Rue highlights design choices from all different styles and affirms that design is about telling your story and the story of the people that live in your home. Home is a feeling and the interiors of a home are meant to soothe and give peace and happiness. QUOTES: “How to parallel park: 1) park somewhere else.” – Anonymous “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules ... you can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things ... they push the human race forward RESOURCE LINKS: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Rue-Everyone-Interior-Design/dp/1984860682 SPONSOR: This episode is sponsored by our go to acrylic framers – Wexel Art. The beauty of the Wexel Art Frames concept lies in the floating acrylic panel that makes art easy to install with magnets or metal standouts. Wexel allows you to frame your art or memorabilia using single or double paneled acrylic for a look that is just as pretty if not more so than acrylic framing. Wexel frames are a unique way to display photography, especially for those parents that take thousands of photos of their kids. The changeable acrylic frames let them change out and show off their latest shots. Wexel’s custom design page lets you create your own size and assists with designing your wall. We rely on Wexel for a lot of projects. Check them out at wexelart.com.
26 minutes | May 6, 2022
Our Top 6 Favorite Episodes
It’s hard to believe that Inside Design has been around for four years! Throughout the podcast, we have interviewed some amazing guests that have shared quality insight into interior design. This episode is dedicated to our top 6 favorite episodes. Can you guess which ones made the list? In case you haven’t listened to all 130 episodes, tune in as we break down our favorite episodes. IN THIS EPISODE: [02:22] Episode 78: Photography Tips & Tricks with guest Linda Holt. [04:10] Episode 85: Business Advice with guest Luann Nigara. [07:49] Episode 1: Who are we and why are we podcasting? [10:26] Episode 33: Why buy original art? [14:06] Episode 59: The 6 Secrets to a Successful Business Partnership. [18:03] Episode 100: Guest Marlo Thomas. [22:16] Wrap up and outro. KEY TAKEAWAYS: The simplest trick for taking better iPhone photos is to clean the lens on your phone. You don't realize how dirty your camera lens can be after being in your pocket or handbag If you have never bought an original piece of art, a great place to start is by going to a local arts festival and wandering through the different booths and searching Instagram. Another tip is to purchase “small”pieces that are more affordable and build a gallery. From Episode 100 with Marlo Thomas: She shared how the prettiest tables when hosting don’t have everything matching. When people visit your home, they get to see your imagination, creativity, the stories and the history of display on tabletop. RESOURCE LINKS: Episode 78: Photography Tips & Tricks with guest Linda Holt Episode 85: Business Advice with guest Luann Nigara Episode 1: Who Are We And Why Are We Podcasting? Episode 33: Why buy original art Episode 59: The 6 Secrets to a Successful Business Partnership Episode 100: Guest Marlo Thomas QUOTES: “I love being in bed. I don’t understand how people don’t get into bed and immediately feel happier. Sometimes I get into bed and that is my activity, just being in bed, because that’s how happy it makes me. I just lay there and think about how I’m in my bed and I’m happy about it.” “When it feels complicated, descend into the miraculous creative wisdom that lies beneath the chaos in the quiet dark knowing of your centre.” - Sheree Bliss Tilsley SPONSOR: This episode is sponsored by our go to acrylic framers – Wexel Art. The beauty of the Wexel Art Frames concept lies in the floating acrylic panel that makes art easy to install with magnets or metal standouts. Wexel allows you to frame your art or memorabilia using single or double paneled acrylic for a look that is just as pretty if not more so than acrylic framing. We reached out to Wexel to create a custom frame for a 4’x6’ Apple Think Different poster that is a collector’s item. Especially great for kids’ art, we rely on Wexel for a lot of projects. Check them out at wexelart.com.
29 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
High Point Market Trends Spring 2022 From Designers Across The U.S.
Recently, Kelly and Joann made the difficult decision not to attend the Spring High Point Market in April 2022. Things are busier than they’ve ever been in their 17 years in business and since Kelly and Joann had been to the last three markets, they decided to stay put and work, work, work! Instead, they reached out to several friends and colleagues who did attend the market who could give listeners the scoop on what they saw and what we can expect to see in the way of color, fabrics, furnishings, supply chain issues and lead times in the industry. Listen in to hear from designers across the U.S. on the hottest trends to be on the lookout for! IN THIS EPISODE: [00:30] Introduction and sponsor information [02:45] Debbie Bassnet and Jessica Duce talk colors, texture and lead times [06:52] Linda Holt and Laura Miya share Southwestern color trends and new textures [13:06] Elizabeth Scruggs and Christine Phillips mention warmer finishes and favorite brand collections [18:15] Grant Ford and Jennifer Stone agree on the casualization of home furnishings and the move towards soft, curved shapes [23:12] Kerry Howard and Dennis Scully talk about industry challenges and vintage, casual and cozy styles emerging KEY TAKEAWAYS: Gray is on its way out and beige is coming in, as well as Southwestern colors being introduced. Lead times are sadly not improving and more price increases are expected. However, companies are looking into quick ship programs and domestic based manufacturing to help decrease lead times. Boucle is the trending textile for upholstered furniture and wood pieces in darker shades with textures such as caning and rattan are becoming more popular. RESOURCE LINKS: Norwalk Furniture Website Episode 78 - Photography Tips and Tricks to Take Your Cell Phone Photos To the Next Level with Linda Holt Guest Designers and Colleagues: Debbie Basnett Website Jessica Duce Website Linda Holt Website Lori Miya Website Elizabeth Scruggs Website Christine Phillips of Viola PR and Design Grant Ford, Account Manager with Lexington Home Brands Jennifer Stoner Website Kerry Howard on Instagram Dennis Scull of Business of Home Podcast QUOTES: “I don’t usually brag about going to expensive places, but I just left the gas station.” “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” - Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx SPONSOR: This episode of Inside Design is sponsored by Norwalk Furniture. Norwalk has been handcrafting custom upholstery for over 100 years and serves the design community throughout the country. They presented a new collection of fabrics and upholstery frames at this past Spring High Point Market. They have a virtual walk through of the showroom on their website that brings to life the recent show so you can see what is new, and for those like us that couldn’t attend, we can now see it on the site. Visit their gorgeous products at one of their three year round showrooms (Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas) or online at NorwalkFurniture.com. Also, don’t miss the remarkable 360 Design Tool app that makes selecting custom upholstery fast, fun and foolproof. Available for Apple, Android and on their website. Make sure to check it out!
27 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
A Few Of Our Favorite Things
There is a lot going on in our world right now and a lot of it is not so great. So for today’s episode, we are going to dive into some retail therapy and have a little fun. As designers and influencers, we get to shop for a living. That means we have a lot of enviable sources for some extraordinary shopping. Today we are sharing those sources with you, from clothing brands, home decor, accessories, apps, and customized gifts that we personally recommend. Get ready to shop as we share a few of our favorite things! IN THIS EPISODE: [03:11] Gifts for all occasions [09:37] Favorite clothing & jewelry brands [14:42] Best decor and home accessories [18:00] Favorite luggage and work bags [21:40] Exercise apps we love [24:14] Funny and serious quotes KEY TAKEAWAYS: Coffee table books are a piece of art in themselves. If you’re at a loss for what to do with a coffee table, layering these are a great option for styling. When styling a large bookcase, you cannot do it without books. You don’t want everything sitting flat on a shelf and when you need to raise and lower certain pieces, books are the way to do it. Another tip is using wallpaper to cover books! Taking the time to personalize a gift can make such an impact on friends and family. Two of Joann and Kelly’s favorite things are also featured on Oprah’s list - Cozy Earth pajamas and the Paravel Large Cabana Tote! RESOURCE LINKS: Norwalk Furniture Website GIFTS: A perfectly unique and meaningful gift - Tribute.Co The most unique and fun art for your walls - Grey Malin ArtBeautiful coffee table books of travel and other topics - Assouline Books Celebrate successes and send get well wishes - Blooms of Hawaii Cozy up - Barefoot Dreams Start a gallery - Museum Bees CLOTHING & JEWELRY: Mark Edge Jewelry Shannon Koszyk Jewelry Diane Bailey Designs The Zina Sneakers - Dolce Vita Cozy Earth Pajamas Lake Pajamas HOME: Rugs - Annie Selke Kit Kemp Collection Books for styling - Books by the Foot Kitchen countertop heaven - Etú Home Dish soap extraordinaire - Hudson Grace TRAVEL: Our suitcases - Away Luggage Carry on - The Large Cabana Tote (Don’t forget to monogram. Also on Oprah’s list.) A great work bag - Consuela Style FITNESS: FitOn App Down Dog App QUOTES: “My toxic trait is that when the sun starts shining, I want to quit my job and get drunk.” - @MyTherapistSays on Instagram “Why am I seeing hiring bonuses everywhere? Where are the retention bonuses for loyal staff who have worked this whole time.” - @TeacherGoals on Instagram SPONSOR: This episode of Inside Design is sponsored by Norwalk Furniture. Norwalk has been handcrafting custom upholstery for over 100 years and serves the design community throughout the country. Comfortable, trend forward designs and fabrics with exceptional quality are a hallmark of this employee owned company. In September after 120 years, Norwalk became a wholly employee owned company. Please visit their gorgeous products at one of their three year round showrooms (Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas) or online at NorwalkFurniture.com. Also, don’t miss the remarkable 360 Design Tool app that makes selecting custom upholstery fast, fun and foolproof. Available for Apple, Android and on their website. Make sure to check it out!
31 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Renovations 101 with Stacy Wray of Prosource
On today’s episode, we are excited to welcome back Stacy Wray of Prosource Wholesale as we talk about the ins and outs of renovations! She has a wealth of knowledge in regard to home improvement. While we know the steps like the back of our hand, we realize the average homeowner may not know everything involved. Tune in as we, with the help of Stacy’s expert experience, break down the process and share what to expect! In this episode: [02:42] Stacy shares how long she has been working in the industry and how she got started [03:54] The first stage of the planning phase: Know your budget [07:38] Discuss the timing and impact during renovations [10:30] How to keep project inspiration to a minimum [14:30] Help the customer know the “why” behind their project [20:12] How to hire the right designer, contractor, or architect and handle errors during the renovation [27:04] What to expect with the payment structure Key Takeaways: Knowing your budget is the first and most important step during the planning process. Don’t start a renovation without having an idea of what your budget is. More isn't always better when it comes to finding and discussing inspiration for your project. Narrow your inspiration down to 3 photos - otherwise you risk getting overwhelmed with the endless amount of design choices. Communication and flexibility are key to the success of a renovation. Homeowners have to let go of the pursuit of perfection. You can still have high standards without the feudal pursuit of perfection during a remodel. Links Mentioned: Norwalk Furniture Website Inside Design Ep 104 - How to Choose Finishes For Your Home with Stacy Wray Sponsor: This episode of Inside Design is sponsored by Norwalk Furniture. Norwalk has been handcrafting custom upholstery for over 100 years and serves the design community throughout the country. Comfortable, trend forward designs and fabrics with exceptional quality are a hallmark of this employee owned company. In September after 120 years, Norwalk became a wholly employee owned company. Please visit their gorgeous products at one of their three year round showrooms (Dallas, Atlanta and Las Vegas) or online at NorwalkFurniture.com. Also, don’t miss the remarkable 360 Design Tool app that makes selecting custom upholstery fast, fun and foolproof. Available for Apple, Android and on their website. Make sure to check it out!
31 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Kitchen and Bath Trends from KBIS 2022
We recently traveled to Orlando, FL to attend the National Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. We’re so excited to talk about KBIS which is North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design. Trends are established here, products are launched, and there are endless amounts of inspiration within the design community. Joann is on vacation this week, so I am thrilled to have our very first co-host, Jessica Duce. Jessica is the founder of J. Duce Designs and Vacation Rental Designers (jducedesign.com) in Spring, TX. Tune in to hear more insights from Jessica and myself on this episode of Inside Design. In this episode: [03:30] Global trends and technology as a major player in design [09:00] Nature inspired materials [14:00] Covid and its influence on functional designs [20:30] The American Home Tour Experience Key Takeaways: The latest trends in kitchen and bath design for KBIS 2022 include dark wood finishes, natural materials, and mixed metals Many contemporary kitchen and bath designs are focused on sustainability, with features such as water-conserving appliances Technology is a hot topic in kitchen and bath remodeling, with touchless and voice-activated controls being one of the most popular More experimental designs are being used in home designs, with unique shapes, integrated lighting, and color combinations Links Mentioned: Prosource Wholesale Sponsor: This episode of Inside Design is sponsored by Prosource Wholesale in Marietta, GA. We know the team there is listening so we want to give a big shout-out to one of the most responsive teams we work with! We love Prosource Marietta because it is our one-stop-shop for tile, countertops, custom rugs, and all types of flooring, plumbing, and more. The team at Prosource is innovative and creative with all the know-how to help us bring our projects to fruition. We’ve got one Account Manager who works with all of our contractors and makes our lives SO much easier. If you don’t live in Atlanta, check out the Prosource Wholesale website (www.prosourcewholesale.com) for a location near you.
31 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Cosentino’s C.Next Global Design Summit
We are freshly back from two weeks of travel, and have so much to share! We want to tell you all about the C.Next Global Design Summit that Cosentino hosted at the beautiful Nizuc Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. These trips, while time-consuming and tiring, are nonetheless lots of fun and provide so much information to keep us up to date with all the new design knowledge for you and our clients. The good news is that we're here to tell you everything there is to know about it this week, so let's get started! In this episode: [03:00] Kelly and Joann breakdown the Inaugural event hosted by Cosentino [06:00] Sustainability and timeless, quality products [11:00] A keynote speaker’s message about “The Spiral Staircase” and stepping outside your comfort zone [19:00] Joann and Kelly talk more about the event and the different vendors and products at the summit Key Takeaways: Now more than ever is the time to step outside your comfort zone. Especially during this COVID-era, we are learning more and more that if you want to try something, you should go for it. Attending these types of events helps us keep our Interior Design knowledge up to date on trends so we can accomplish exactly what our clients want! Quotes: “Just reached the level of winter pale where it looks like I’ve been trudging through the snow with my family and my oxen and there’s a good chance I'll die if I don't make it to the next trading post.” - @paigekellerman Instagram “Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well being.” – Albert Hadley Links Mentioned: www.prosourcewholesale.com https://www.studiomlighting.com https://www.perlick.com https://www.us.kohler.com/us/ https://jamesmartinfurniture.com https://www.veranda.com https://www.cosentino.com Sponsor: Before we dive in, we are happy to announce that this episode of Inside Design is sponsored by Prosource Wholesale in Marietta, GA. We know the team there is listening so we want to give a big shout-out to one of the most responsive teams we work with! We love Prosource Marietta because it is our one-stop-shop for tile, countertops, custom rugs, and all types of flooring, plumbing, and more. The team at Prosource is innovative and creative with all the know-how to help us bring our projects to fruition. We’ve got one Account Manager who works with all of our contractors and makes our lives SO much easier. If you don’t live in Atlanta, check out the Prosource Wholesale website (www.prosourcewholesale.com) for a location near you.
29 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Guest Photographer - Lannie Hall of Eikones Studio
We love finding new products when we attend High Point Market so we were thrilled when we met our guest there, photographer Lannie Hall. His company name is Eikones Studio, which is the Latin word for “images”. In this episode, we ask Lannie about his photography background, artistic style, and much more. Tune in as we get all the details on the future of his business! In this episode: [02:30] Lannie’s start in photography, his classical training, and starting Eikones Studio [06:00] Using his 35-year business and marketing experience in his photography [10:00] Researching locations and subjects for his shoots [15:00] Using museum paper and glass to display photographs and framing styles [21:00] How Lannie pivoted his business during Covid and successfully ignited sales offers for loose prints Key Takeaways: Being flexible as a business owner is always important- you can see this in dealing with the aftermath of Covid complications. Being able to pivot and transition can help sustain and even elevate your business You don’t always have to start out in the business you end up in- sometimes other careers and life experiences can help you be able to build a business you love. Quotes: "Kids Today: Finds out school is canceled via text. Me: Had to wake up at 6am and watch the bottom of the TV screen like an NBA draft." - Anonymous “A good photographer is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective” - Irving Penn Links Mentioned: sherwin-williams.com https://eikonesstudio.com/ Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our go to paint brand Sherwin Williams. If you are thinking about getting your interior painted like so many of our clients, we want to bring your attention to the Emerald Designer Edition paint by Sherwin Williams. The Emerald Designer Edition paint has a luxurious, smooth, and uniform finish that comes in 200 colors and is a paint and a primer in one. This line of paints boasts a collection of brighter, cleaner, whites that we refer to all the time. As quoted by Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing, “Achieve a showstopping, transformation with these brighter whites, just-right blues and greens, complex grays and beiges, and more muted tones of classic hues.” Check out all the new colors at www.sherwin-williams.com or visit your neighborhood store.
35 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Ask Us Anything!
Today we are asking our listeners to ask us anything! Since Covid is still in full swing which is forcing people to stay home and stare at their walls, our phone hasn't stopped ringing! We answer a range of questions from wallpaper trends to table lamp proportions to what we think you should focus on during major renovations. We know that you still have lots of design-related questions out there, so tune in to see if we can answer a question you might have too! In this episode: [03:12] Current design trends Kelly and Joann feel are worth investing in [06:06] Wallpaper - is it in or out? [11:00] Oak island and cabinet color combinations and accent walls [15:49] Refreshing red oak flooring [20:35] Choosing the right proportions for table lamps [24:31] Trends to follow for major renovations Key Takeaways: During a major renovation, If you can afford it - hire an interior designer. This will prevent expensive mistakes and create an aesthetic design that will last. Major things to focus on during renovations is to focus on the things you feel are worth investing in. Don’t put a lot of money on things that are only trendy for a small amount of time - you want style and decisions that are classic and will last in the home. Quotes: “Your perspective will either become your prison or your passport.” –The English Room Instagram page “Having not gotten COVID yet feels like I’ve been hiding in the back of a 2 year-long middle school dodgeball game and the front lines have been THINNED.” Links Mentioned: https://www.sherwinwilliams.com Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by our go-to paint brand Sherwin Williams. If you are thinking about getting your interior or exterior painted like so many of our clients, we want to bring your attention to the Emerald Designer Edition paint by Sherwin Williams. The Emerald Designer Edition paint Has a luxurious, smooth, and uniform finish that comes in 200 colors and is actually paint and a primer in one. This line of paint has an entirely new collection of brighter, cleaner, whites that we refer to all the time. Check out all the new colors on www.sherwin-williams.com or visit your neighborhood store.
30 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Guest Bew White
On today’s episode, we are excited to welcome Bew White, an entrepreneur, author and Chairman of the Board of some of our favorite manufacturers - Summer Classics, Gabby and Wendy Jane. In 2013, Bew was named Entrepreneur of The Year by the Society of International Business Fellows. And in 2021, he received a lifetime achievement award from the international Casual Furnishings Association. Bew is also the subject of the biography A Summer Classic: The Bew White Story by Christopher Taunton. Tune in for this fun conversation we have with Bew on this episode of Inside Design with Kandrac and Kole! In this episode: [01:00] Bew’s background and career path & connecting with biographer, Christopher Taunton [08:00] The story behind branding and trademarking Summer Classics [12:45] How Bew’s near death experience inspired him to write his book in hope to tell his heritage and story to his family about building his businesses [14:30] How Gabby Home came to life [20:00] Bew’s take on living a successful life and what that means to him Key Takeaways: Being an entrepreneur takes passion, determination, and grit. Building a business doesn’t happen overnight and can have many twists and turns along the way. Making mistakes should be celebrated. It means you tried something new and it didn’t work. This gives you something to learn from and improve upon. Being successful means being a risk taker. Quotes: “I'm opening a gym called ‘resolutions.’ For the first two weeks it will have exercise equipment, then convert to a bar with yoga pants as the dress code.” “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. the greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”…. - Henry Ford Links Mentioned: https://www.sherwinwilliams.com Sponsor: Looking for an exceptional finish? Interior Designers prefer Interior Emerald® Designer Edition paint by Sherwin-Williams. Emerald Designer Edition paint combines the luxury of a smooth, uniform finish with our best hide yet. Emerald® Designer Edition™ comes in 200 colors, including brighter, cleaner whites, exclusive to select paint lines. Their finest interior paint and primer in one is the perfect choice for giving walls a virtually flawless appearance. For more information visit www.sherwin-williams.com or visit your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store.
34 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
2021 - A Year in Review
On this episode of Inside Design, we’re excited to review our year - big projects, Design for a Day projects, speaking engagements, travel and of course our favorite moments on the podcast.. It’s no secret that 2021 was a challenge in the interior design industry. Our business was busier than ever this past year and thankfully, we were still able to pull off some amazing work even with lack of product, supply chain issues, and multiple installs. Tune in to hear more from us as we break down the best of 2021! In this episode: [03:00] A review of January and February- our concierge service, client consultations, & most famous guest to date - Marlo Thomas [07:00] March and April projects and events- design conferences and client work [11:00] May & June- favorite catalog and online items, High Point Market, and podcasts episodes [16:00] July - Kelly and Joann’s experience speaking on a panel, and renovation projects [19:00] September- Kelly and Joann have to “divide and conquer” [22:00] October & November- color palette predictions and guests Phil Pallen and Libby Langdon [28:00] December- wrapping up the year with big projects, new clients, and looking forward to the new year Key Takeaways: Despite the challenging year with supply-chain issues and delays- Kelly and Joann had a busy and successful year and kept open communication with their clients as they worked on projects. Interviewing different people on the podcast gave them great perspective on different aspects of products and designs and keeps ideas fresh and new. Even when things are challenging, waking up and thinking “I get to do this” and it’s a deliberate choice I’m making is helpful in staying positive and productive in your line of work. Quotes: “In a world where you can be anything, be the person who ends the meeting early.” “Being humble means recognizing that we are not on this earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.” - Gordon B. Hinckley Links Mentioned: https://www.outdoorrooms.com Sponsor: This episode of Inside Design is sponsored by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company are the experts in outdoor fire and making your backyard an experience. As the first company to enter the gas fire pit category, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company manufactures unique and luxury gas fire pit tables, gas fire burners, outdoor kitchen island, outdoor gas fireplaces, patio furniture and other custom products to fit your lifestyle. With a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and price points, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company has the perfect fire pit to fit your backyard space. If you are looking for a holiday gift, check out many styles that are currently in stock and ready to ship. Exclusively for Inside Design listeners, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company is offering 10% off your purchase with code ID10 and free shipping on any purchase over $200. Financing is also available. Visit outdoorrooms.com/insidedesign to view all of their in- stock products.
40 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Guest Cortney Novogratz
In this episode, we’re so excited to talk with Cortney Novogratz, an interior designer well known for her eclectic style and boutique inspired furniture and home accents. Cortney and her husband Robert have designed and developed many unique properties around the country, from New York City to Napa Valley. The Novogratz believe that every home should have pieces that represent the occupant’s personality. Their new line “Cortney’s Collection” features chic furniture pieces at affordable prices. Cortney has been featured on Bravo and HGTV. In this episode: [04:39] Cortney shares her new “Cortney’s Collection” and the inspiration behind the pieces. [11:34] Why Cortney believes in creating stylish high quality pieces for any budget. [15:35] How Cortney designs her own life on a budget. [16:34] Kelly reads an excerpt from Cortney’s book Design Fix that resonated with her. [22:56] Cortney and her husband Robert are currently renovating a townhouse from 1826. [27:00] There are so many ways to bring art into your home, pieces that tell a story. Key Takeaways: No matter what your budget is, it is possible to find beautiful high quality pieces that will bring your home to life. Whether it be a kitchen table, an heirloom piece, or art you found at the flea market, the pieces in your home should reflect who you are. Take design risks in your home. Start hanging things that are important to you on your wall, add some fun wallpaper to your coat closet, or rearrange your furniture to give your space a refresh. Links Mentioned: https://shopthenovogratz.com www.outdoorrooms.com/insidedesign www.kandrac-kole.com @thenovogratz @cortneynovagratz @kandrackole Meet Cortney Novogratz: Cortney is an interior designer, developer, and one half of the Novogratz design duo along with her husband, Robert Novogratz. They are beloved designers, well known for their eclectic style and boutique inspired furniture and home accents. In March of 2020 they published a book titled “Design Fix: Chic and Stylish Tips For Every Decorating Scenario” that tackles a long list of dilemmas and smart tips on how to solve them. They have starred in TV shows on Bravo and HGTV, created a line of furniture and home products which feature “boutique designs at affordable prices”. Their products (furniture, lighting, bedding and more) are sold at major retailers including CB2, Amazon, Wayfair, Walmart as well as their e-commerce business https://www.shopthenovogratz.com. They have designed and developed many unique properties around the country, from New York City to Napa Valley. In 2014 they moved with their 7 children and renovated a 1920’s house in the Hollywood Hills known as the Castle and have now moved back to New York to renovate a townhouse built in 1826. Quotes: “If someone from Ziplock could contact literally anyone in the cereal business, that would be great.” “Anyone that has success worked to get there. I don’t care what job they’ve done, they worked to get there. It’s not going to fall into your lap…” - Cortney Novogratz Sponsor: This episode of Inside Design is sponsored by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company are the experts in outdoor fire and making your backyard an experience. As the first company to enter the gas fire pit category, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company manufactures unique and luxury gas fire pit tables, gas fire burners, outdoor kitchen island, outdoor gas fireplaces, patio furniture and other custom products to fit your lifestyle. With a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and price points, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company has the perfect fire pit to fit your backyard space. If you are looking for a holiday gift, check out many styles that are currently in stock and ready to ship. Exclusively for Inside Design listeners, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company is offering 10% off your purchase with code ID10 and free shipping on any purchase over $200. Financing is also available. Visit outdoorrooms.com/insidedesign to view all of their in- stock products.
35 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Small Business Success with Guest Tyler Tice
In today’s episode, we’re talking to Tyler Tice, of Atlanta Bed Swings. Atlanta Bed Swings is a high-end company that southern locals look to for quality outdoor products and has been creating unique wood and metal bed swings partnered with Sunbrella fabrics since 2015. Founded 20 years ago by Mike Tice, Tyler opens up about the obstacles and resiliency his family shared together as they pivoted and worked together to create their successful business. Tune in as Tyler shares this beautiful family story with us. IN THIS EPISODE: [02:46] Tyler shares how Atlanta Bed Swings came to be [06:00] Bringing the families new and improved bed swings to the Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta [10:34] The brainchild of their kiosk portal showroom that gives consumers the experience of the products virtually [16:51] Atlanta Bed Swings partnership with Sunbrella [18:54] Tyler’s experience at FSU and the entrepreneurship program [23:00] Dealing with supply-chain delays and backorders with clients KEY TAKEAWAYS: Taking a product that already exists and thinking of ways to improve upon it can appeal to certain consumers who need a specific piece. Innovation with technology can really help a business with physical products standout by allowing people to be able to experience the products from anywhere! LINKS MENTIONED: outdoorrooms.com/insidedesign QUOTES: Serious quote: “The higher you wish to build, the longer you must spend time in the dirt digging the foundation.” Funny quote: “Me yelling at squirrels in the street to move so they don’t die is probably the same feeling God has watching me live my life most days.” SPONSOR: This episode of Inside Design is sponsored by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company are the experts in outdoor fire and making your backyard an experience. As the first company to enter the gas fire pit category, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company manufactures unique and luxury gas fire pit tables, gas fire burners, outdoor kitchen island, outdoor gas fireplaces, patio furniture and other custom products to fit your lifestyle. With a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors and price points, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company has the perfect fire pit to fit your backyard space. If you are looking for a holiday gift, check out many styles that are currently in stock and ready to ship. Exclusively for Inside Design listeners, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company is offering 10% off your purchase with code ID10 and free shipping on any purchase over $200. Financing is also available. Visit outdoorrooms.com/insidedesign to view all of their in- stock products.
30 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Guest Libby Langdon
We are so excited to welcome our guest, Libby Langdon. Libby is an interior designer, an author, a product designer, and a makeover television personality. Libby has her own NYC-based design firm, Libby Interiors, Inc., and is known for easy elegant styles and home furnishing collections. Her designs have been featured on NBC’s Today Show, HGTV, and numerous leading shelter magazines. Tune in to this episode to hear more from Libby, Joann, and Kelly! In this episode: [04:11] Libby’s experience with product design and licensing [11:36] Using show house designs for photos and marketing [16:25] Libby’s love for being on camera, YouTube, make-over television, and using these video as a way to grow her business [23:30] Libby talks about her goals for the future, where she sees her business going, and what kind of work she looks forward to doing KEY TAKEAWAYS: Although it’s not always a way to get jobs, Libby has used show houses as a way to showcase all of her pieces and designs at once. It is also a way to get professional photography done for her marketing materials and social media posts. Video is a key part of marketing for Libby and it doesn’t have to be professional- people want to see authentic raw footage and details. You can keep videos super simple by just walking through and explaining your design choices. Taking on fewer jobs gives you the time to work on bigger projects to really showcase your work. Links Mentioned: https://www.jillseale.com https://www.fairfieldchair.com https://www.crystorama.com https://www.kazrugs.xom https://www.paragonpg.com https://www.abhomeinc.com Quotes: Funny quote: “I just hate it when Walmart doesn’t have what I need and I have to go home, change out of my pajamas and take a shower so I can go to Target” Serious quote: “Our homes, communities and surrounding environment directly affect our daily behaviors and lifestyles, and together, these determine up to 80% to 90% of our health outcomes. ‘Our spaces matter. They have a huge impact on our health and mental wellbeing.” .....The Global Wellness Institute Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Jill Seale. Jill Seale Design Studio has won numerous awards and accolades in the gift and home industry and has crafted a far-reaching lifestyle brand. Jill translates her distinctive creativity into home fashions that are inspired by everything from travel and nature to fascinating color stories in everyday life. Whether partnering with manufacturers for lively gifts, tabletop, dinnerware, greeting cards and more or creating artisanal-inspired fabrics, wallcovering, home accents, furniture and rugs, Seale channels the goal of creating work that uplifts and adds a dash of sparkle. Her products are sold worldwide and through fine boutiques and leading retailers including Target, Hallmark, World Market and Pier 1, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Seale’s creations also represent a national memorial in the nation’s capital as well as gracing the Paris runway.
28 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Our Takeaways from High Point Market 2021
On this episode of Kandrac and Kole, Joann and Kelly tell you all about their experience at the High Point Market for Fall 2021. Joann and Kelly are committed to maintaining their strength as interior designers so visiting this market is essential in staying up-to-date on trends and products. Tune in to this episode to learn more on the newest in home design and products and what surprised and caught their attention most this time at the market. IN THIS EPISODE: [02:20] Kelly and Joann’s “Insider’s Tour” of the market as leaders [07:33] A breakdown of the top trends seen at the market - neutrals and texture designs [12:43] The pandemic’s influence on design and trends including indoor/outdoor furniture inspiration [16:40] Global influences on new products from business owners like mud cloths, juju hats and framed textiles KEY TAKEAWAYS: Neutrals are everywhere - cream, black and natural woods, and browns Texture is big this season, including boucle, faux shearling, bone, and rattan Trends this year are highly driven by the pandemic and what manufacturers can get in stock and have inventory on- think work-from-home desks and other office type furniture Indoor/Outdoor furniture pieces are very popular, as the pandemic helped us enjoy the outdoors Links Mentioned: Emilymorrowhome.com QUOTES: Funny quote: The work of local artists is not sitting on a cargo ship.” - Artist Mary Ellizabeth Peterson Serious quote: “Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time.” – Herman Hesse Sponsor: Emily Morrow Home began with a love story—a life-long love for design that grew into a profession. After more than 30 years of practicing interior design, Emily has embarked on a new journey in life. Welcome to her new enterprise, Emily Morrow Home, a collection of flooring and home décor products inspired by Emily’s life, loves and worldly adventures. From her treks across the African continent, snorkeling with sea turtles to colorful reefs, endless interiors markets and shows from Asia to Europe, or speaking to designers and architects about the latest trends, her exclusive brand of hardwood flooring is head and shoulders above the others in their lasting quality and timeless designs and colors.
39 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Guest Phil Pallen
In this episode, we are so excited to be joined again by Phil Pallen, a social media expert and brand strategist. Today he joins us to talk about the seven types of rest, diversifying one’s income, and setting boundaries with our clients. No matter our job or background- we can all use these tips and skills in our lives to be the best version of ourselves. Tune in to learn more on these topics as Phil shares his experiences with us. In this episode: [07:06] Phil describes the 7 types of rest: physical, mental, sensory, creative, emotional, social, and lastly, spiritual rest. [19:06] How using these types of rest can help your brain regroup and reset for new thoughts and ideas [20:32] Diversifying your income and being able to give yourself a small safety net from passive income [26:00] Creative outlets that can create income opportunity [28:12] Setting boundaries with your clients and why that’s important [30:00] Scripts and pricing strategies for working with clients based projects and/or on time spent KEY TAKEAWAYS: Rest for our body and brain is necessary to create fresh new thoughts and ideas. Plant seeds with your ideas and stay consistent. Things don’t always happen overnight- but can become a success over time. Diversifying your income and creating new revenue streams isn't something that will happen overnight but can be something that will come to fruition in the future for you- it’s important to keep working on it. Creating boundaries with clients is important to keeping that work/life balance and not opening your door to be contacted at any hour. Creating a contract and pricing system will help with those client relationships. Meet Phil Pallen Phil Pallen is a Los Angeles-based brand strategist. He works with personalities on major TV networks in the U.S. Phil’s digital campaigns have been featured by hundreds of media outlets. When he’s not on Twitter or Instagram, Phil is speaking at conferences around the world about social media and branding. Resources: www.Emilymorrowhome.com www.philpallen.co/blog Quotes: Some angry guy with road rage just yelled out his window “I’m gonna make your life a living hell!” I yelled back “Thanks, but I’m not looking for a relationship right now.” Go to the gym enough and the weights don’t get lighter; you get stronger. Take action enough and things don’t get easier; you get consistent. Stresses in life don’t get less stressful; you learn how to handle them better. Keep getting 1% better. Every day. Sponsor: Emily Morrow Home began with a love story—a life-long love for design that grew into a profession. After more than 30 years of practicing interior design, Emily has embarked on a new journey in life. Welcome to her new enterprise, Emily Morrow Home, a collection of flooring and home décor products inspired by Emily’s life, loves and worldly adventures. From her treks across the African continent, snorkeling with sea turtles to colorful reefs, endless interiors markets and shows from Asia to Europe, or speaking to designers and architects about the latest trends, her exclusive brand of hardwood flooring is head and shoulders above the others in their lasting quality and timeless designs and colors.
32 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Guest Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams
As the Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams, Sue reflects on her early beginnings choosing bridge colors, to now creating some of her favorite colors included in the 2022 color palette, titled MODE. We also discuss the 2022 Color of the Year! MODE is a collection of 40 trend colors, with each color hand-selected to welcome a truly wondrous transition. Described as the ‘queen’ of Sherwin-Williams, Sue Wadden delves into the difficulties during COVID and how color schemes are cyclic throughout the decades. In This Episode: [00:55] Introduction Sue Wadden. [03:21] What does Sue Wadden do at Sherwin-Williams? [05:30] How did COVID-19 affect the 2022 palette? [09:30] Moving towards nature inspired colors. [13:10] Why you should view the MODE color palette on the Sherwin-Williams website. [14:00] Opus color palette urban vibe re-emerging. [16:00] The new season of 2022 and the digital space. [20:00] Why you shouldn’t freak out if you have last season's colors. [22:15] Nostalgic design and familiarity. [23:40] Annual Atlanta paint color event. [27:00] Sue Wadden’s favorite colors Key Takeaways: Covid19 has affected the direction of new color trends. Urban and nostalgia design are and will be trending. Colors and color schemes evolve over time. We’re also moving towards warmer, nature inspired colors. Meet Sue Wadden Sue Wadden has been the interior designer and resident expert for color at Sherwin-Williams for the last 17 years. She lends insight and expertise to choosing new colors and invites you to share in her inspiration. Some of her favorite colors approaching 2022 include Evergreen Fog (the 2022 color of the year), dark charcoals, and Anonymous (SW 7046) an earthy, warm gray. One of her big goals is to “help designers and specifiers by developing the right color resources to help make their businesses grow.” She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998 before starting at Sherwin-Williams as a designer in the Design Studio. Once she moved to the Diversified Brands Division she was able to focus her attention on consumer color programs and is the inspirational voice of color for Sherwin-Williams. Resources: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-wadden-b110687 Quotes: I just want to know why my clothes only get stuck on the door handle when I'm in a bad mood. It's not what you broadcast to everyone else that determines the trajectory of your life; it's what you whisper to yourself behind closed doors that has the greatest power and influence. - Watson Kennedy Sponsor: We are thrilled to tell you that this episode of Inside Design is sponsored by Jaipur Living. If you haven’t listened to Episode 107 with Yash Ranga from Jaipur, it is a must. Jaipur Is one of our favorite rug partners. Interior Designers agree since 95% of customers rate Jaipur Living as better than other rug companies. Jaipur has won the last 2 Dallas ARTS Awards and 3 design awards last year at Domotox in Germany. When we talked to Yash on Episode 107, we learned all about the unparalleled depth and breadth of support that Jaipur has for their artisan rug-makers and their communities with a unique doorstep entrepreneurship model. The more we learn about Jaipur, the more we love them, so we encourage you to visit jaipurliving.com.
31 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Answering Your Design Questions
In today’s episode of Inside Design with Kandrac & Kole, we are answering your design questions! Listeners have sent in their design dilemmas and we are going to help them with how to handle their tricky spaces, paint questions, and much more. Tune in to learn more on this episode of Inside Design! IN THIS EPISODE: [02:07] Suggestions on window treatments to cut down glare and temperature in a living space [04:33] How to update a space without purchasing new furniture, rugs, or decor [06:00] The best ways to cut costs when you’re renovating a kitchen [11:03] Style ideas for large living places [14:45] Art or Mirrors...what’s the best choice for a lot of wall space? [20:16] New neutral paint color choices [25:20] Most popular smart home features KEY TAKEAWAYS: There are countless options for updating spaces- that don’t always require a big expense - consider improvements like lighting updates, new paint, or different throw pillows and rugs. You don’t always have to keep up with design trends fully- you can make small changes as you update your space over time. https://www.kandrac-kole.com/our-podcast
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