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Million Dollar Decorating

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With the launch of Million Dollar Decorating, James Swan adds media-host to his career accomplishments. This interview-based show becomes the first daily podcast devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living and features interviews with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans. Life-style leaders like Robert Couturier, Sandra Nunnerly, Vicente Wolf and Timothy Corrigan populate the podcast where unguarded conversations reveal behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration, resources and stories that inspire and motivate. James Swan has built a career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States. Swan has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and wrote for the “Trends & Shopping” column in House & Garden magazine. His book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won a 2011 American Bookseller’s Award. Television appearances on HGTV’s “Homes Across America,” speaking engagements with the professional design industry association NEOCON, regular guest spots on national radio programs have consistently placed Swan in the media spotlight.

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With the launch of Million Dollar Decorating, James Swan adds media-host to his career accomplishments. This interview-based show becomes the first daily podcast devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living and features interviews with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans. Life-style leaders like Robert Couturier, Sandra Nunnerly, Vicente Wolf and Timothy Corrigan populate the podcast where unguarded conversations reveal behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration, resources and stories that inspire and motivate. James Swan has built a career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States. Swan has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and wrote for the “Trends & Shopping” column in House & Garden magazine. His book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won a 2011 American Bookseller’s Award. Television appearances on HGTV’s “Homes Across America,” speaking engagements with the professional design industry association NEOCON, regular guest spots on national radio programs have consistently placed Swan in the media spotlight.

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Fine design speak by some of the masters of our time!

By Kenn Gray Home - Mar 03 2016
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Fantastic podcast! Love this and want more!

Inspirational

By Jeff k Boston - Mar 01 2016
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I thoroughly enjoyed these interviews and can't wait to listen to what's next...

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216 Ratings
Average Ratings
211
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4

Fine design speak by some of the masters of our time!

By Kenn Gray Home - Mar 03 2016
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Fantastic podcast! Love this and want more!

Inspirational

By Jeff k Boston - Mar 01 2016
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I thoroughly enjoyed these interviews and can't wait to listen to what's next...

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Million Dollar Decorating

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With the launch of Million Dollar Decorating, James Swan adds media-host to his career accomplishments. This interview-based show becomes the first daily podcast devoted to the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living and features interviews with the world’s leading designers, decorators, architects and artisans. Life-style leaders like Robert Couturier, Sandra Nunnerly, Vicente Wolf and Timothy Corrigan populate the podcast where unguarded conversations reveal behind-the-scenes sources of inspiration, resources and stories that inspire and motivate. James Swan has built a career crafting classically influenced interiors across the United States. Swan has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and wrote for the “Trends & Shopping” column in House & Garden magazine. His book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won a 2011 American Bookseller’s Award. Television appearances on HGTV’s “Homes Across America,” speaking engagements with the professional design industry association NEOCON, regular guest spots on national radio programs have consistently placed Swan in the media spotlight.

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Episode 624: Jennifer Klos

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Based in Dallas, Texas, art advisor Jennifer Klos assists private collectors in the acquisition of fine and decorative arts, specializing in modern and contemporary art. As President of Collector House Inc., Jennifer enjoys sharing her curatorial eye, knowledge and expertise of the art world with clients in a fun and accessible manner.   During her eight-year tenure as Curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, she organized national and international exhibitions, expanding the presentation of decorative arts and design, and contemporary art installations. Jennifer earned her master’s degree in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York and her bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from Vanderbilt University. She is a graduate of the Inchbald School of Design, London and Christie’s Education, London.   As an independent curator and art historian, she regularly lectures on the topics of art collecting, design history, and English country houses. Jennifer is a board member of the American Friends of Attingham, a scholarly organization devoted to the study of English country houses and collections, and a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and the Costume Society of America. Explore Jennifer's Website here

Dec 01 2017

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Episode 623: Replay Gideon Mendelson

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For the week around the Thanksgiving Holiday we're revisiting some of our listener's favorite episodes. Enjoy all that Gideon Mendelson has to say about the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living. Explore Gideon's Website here

Nov 24 2017

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Episode 622: Replay Susan Ferrier

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For the week around the Thanksgiving Holiday we're revisiting some of our listener's favorite episodes. Enjoy all that Susan Ferrier has to say about the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living. Explore Susan's Website here

Nov 22 2017

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Episode 621: Replay Cliff Fong

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For the week around the Thanksgiving Holiday we're revisiting some of our listener's favorite episodes. Enjoy all that Cliff Fong has to say about the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living. Explore Cliff's Website here

Nov 21 2017

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Episode 620: Replay Alex Papachristidis

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For the week around the Thanksgiving Holiday we're revisiting some of our listener's favorite episodes. Enjoy all that Alex Papachristidis has to say about the worlds of design, decorating and beautiful living. Explore Alex's Website here

Nov 20 2017

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Episode 619: Joe Human

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Officially launched in 2015, Joe Human founded DBH and brought his fun, playful use of pattern and neutrals to the design world. With the goal to give our clients a home they will love and admire, we are personally involved in all the decisions that go into every project and work closely with our clients to develop a space that reflects their personal taste and lifestyle.  Joe Human (yes my real name) is from rural Idaho carrying a unique attitude for Manhattan based designers, which our clients respond very well to.  With a background in architecture, Joe is able to provide a unique perspective on both full service projects and decorative projects, down to the last detail. He even adopted the slogan #detailsmatter and drives it to be the core of what we do at DBH. Our projects have been featured in House Beautiful, Elle Decor and This Old House Magazine among others and recently was a part of the “What’s New, What’s Next” design event panel in NYC on Tech in business.  At DBH, we are passionate about our clients, their personal journey, and how their style came into fruition. We strive to cater to each individual and find no two spaces or clients are alike, making each day an exciting new challenge. Explore Joe's Website here

Nov 17 2017

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Episode 618: Donna Benedetto

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A self proclaimed, eclectic, out-of -the box thinker, owner Donna Benedetto is known for her "mix not match" approach to design.  Years of selling one-of-a-kind antique items have given her a special appreciation for designs and products that are elegant and timeless.  Her passion is to breathe new life into vintage furniture and accessories, and then A self proclaimed, eclectic, out-of -the box thinker, owner Donna Benedetto is known for her "mix not match" approach to design.  Years of selling one-of-a-kind antique items have given her a special appreciation for designs and products that are elegant and timeless.  pair them with newer elements in unexpected ways.  In short she prefers to create trends, rather then chase them. Custom designed pieces are signature in our designs.  More than anything, however, we believe in the value of client collaboration.  Our goal is to create a luxurious feel in your home or office that meets your needs and reflects your personal style.  We believe good design is about more than merely how a space looks; it is also about how that space makes you feel. Explore Donna's Website here

Nov 16 2017

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Episode 617: Jiun Ho

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Jiun Ho is an interior and furnishings designer based in San Francisco. He is the Founder and President of the innovative, multidisciplinary Jiun Ho Inc., which includes Jiun Ho Furniture, Jiun Ho Light, Jiun Ho Textile, Jiun Ho Interiors, and Jiun Ho De Jia—a gallery and atelier showcasing hand-selected art and antiques. His inventive, balanced, harmonious designs utilize contrasting textures, clean lines, rich woods, and sumptuous fabrics. An ardent traveler, Jiun has visited more than one hundred countries, and this globetrotting has informed and enriched his prodigious output. His work is celebrated not only for its refined aesthetics, but also for its global worldview. Jiun’s interior projects range from the three-Michelin-star restaurant Saison to luxury hotels, resorts, and private residences. His furniture and lighting designs are featured in some of the world’s most exclusive homes, and are available in premier showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, and selected international locations. Born in Malaysia, Jiun moved to the United States in the early 1990s to study interior design and architecture at Chicago’s International Academy of Merchandising and Design. Following graduation, a prestigious international architecture and design firm recruited him. He launched his own design company at the age of twenty-six. Jiun has received numerous awards, and his products and interiors have been published in such leading publications as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, the New York Times, Robb Report, Interior Design, and LUXE. He is frequently invited to participate in prestigious show houses and on design panels. Follow Jiun on Facebook here Follow Jiun on Instagram here

Nov 15 2017

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Episode 616: Lauren Deloach

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An Atlanta native, Lauren DeLoach embraces timeless Southern design with a fresh approach. Finding inspiration in architecture, antiques, and art, Lauren combines comfortable with classic to bring her updated traditional style to residences across the South. A sense of history in a home is a key element in Lauren’s philosophy. She works with clients to blend their family heirlooms with updated designs and fabrics to make each project truly one-of-a-kind. She began refining her design aesthetic while studying at the College of Charleston and then later in art school at the University of Georgia.  Founded in 2002, Lauren DeLoach Interiors has evolved into a full-service design firm with projects that have been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Atlanta Magazine Home, Southern Living, and Traditional Home. Lauren is a recent winner of the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Kitchen of the Year and was involved in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens 2016 and 2017. Explore Lauren's Website here  

Nov 14 2017

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Episode 615: Deborah Dawson

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Deborah Dawson has been living her childhood dream of working as a designer for the past 13 years and is celebrated for her ode to the “Miami Look.” A native of the city and belonging to a family with three generations dedicated to the boating business, Deborah never shies away from using her Miami roots as inspiration. She is a graduate of The Atlanta College of Art and the University of Miami, and loves to use soft leathers, natural fibers, luxurious fabrics and contemporary accents that scream South Beach! When working with Deborah, you can rest assured your voice will be heard and you’ll walk away with a design you adore. Deborah is inspired by long bike rides through Coconut Grove and gazing at the growing Miami skyline from the bridge on Key Biscayne. Explore Deborah's Website here

Nov 13 2017

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Episode 614: Charlotte Dunagan

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Charlotte Dunagan moved from Paris to Miami some 20 years ago bringing her sophisticated mark on large scale, high end residences and boutique commercial projects throughout South Florida. Known for her ability to create spaces that are the epitome of elegance, Charlotte’s mantra is “at the end of the day it’s only a success if the client feels at home.”   Born into the world of design with her interior designer mother and her father an antiques dealer, Charlotte Dunagan grew up in Paris and travelled throughout Europe, cultivating an eye for collectible art and furnishings under her parents’ tutelage. Her formal arts education began at the MGM School of Design in Nice, France and was completed at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where she graduated with honors before launching her own interior design business.   As founder of Dunagan Diverio Design Group, she is applauded for her authentic, timeless interiors and she is known for her ability to create spaces that emanate genuine sophistication, understated elegance and warmth. Charlotte combines her eye for color with an eclectic mix of furniture and textures. She combines sheer creativity, traditional flair and attention to detail. Her solutions combine form and function, synergistically blending substance and style to not only perfectly answer the brief but to go beyond it, to create unforgettable spaces that truly reflect the client’s personality. “When I first meet my clients I pick up on all the small details that make them who they are…I’m a strong believer in building structures that are timeless and creating a sophisticated background that we will love forever”. Explore Charlotte's Website here

Nov 10 2017

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Episode 613: Alex Kaehler

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Alex Kaehler grew up in Chicago, where she lives now with her husband, daughter and baby #2 on the way. After she began what she believed to be her dream career in advertising, she quickly realized design was her calling after starting a lifestyle blog in 2009. She attended a post-graduate program, at Harrington College of Design and went on to open her firm, Alexandra Kaehler Design in 2011. Alex is known for balance in her design. Old with new, masculine with feminine, splurge and save, all while creating unique spaces that reflect how her clients truly live in their homes. In the past 6 years AKD has been honored to be featured in House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Home and Garden, Domino and more. Explore Alex's Website here Pick-up a copy of Alex's book recommendation, The Hare with the Amber Eyes, by clicking here  

Nov 09 2017

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Episode 612: Marcus Mohon

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Marcus Mohon Interiors specializes in interiors that share graceful elegance and distinct geometry. But most importantly, the work is warmly approachable, inviting people in to live their lives, fully express who they are, and celebrate the love they s hare. With projects coast to coast, Marcus Mohon Interiors’ Austin location watches the South tumble into the Southwest. The Texas perspective helps combine the urban and the rural, the elegant and the humble, the refined and the rough-hewned, affording the opportunity to impose beautiful comfort on genuine haciendas, urban high-rise apartments, and coastal cabins. Most of all, Marcus Mohon Interiors tries to impart joy — and sometimes that happens with a beautiful pillow or an elegant drape.   Marcus Mohon was drawing and scribbling from a young age, and his creative side eventually won out. Putting together spaces where people can live, laugh and love with their families and those closest to them is more of a mission for Marcus than a career. His first priority is the “who” behind the project rather than the house or the furnishings. Serving the client matters — a value that Marcus has inherited from his family, friends and faith. A native of Southeast Texas, Marcus likes to say that he grew up “water-skiing with the alligators.” He has an economics degree from Baylor University and studied interior design at the University of Texas at Austin. Because of his love for the Texas Hill Country, Marcus stayed there to begin his career and has been in the Austin area since. He and Autumn have four children. Explore Marcus' Website here    

Nov 08 2017

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Episode 611: Replay David Kensington

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Enjoy today's repeat broadcast of our interview with David Kensington 

Nov 07 2017

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Episode 610: Elizabeth Krueger

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Elizabeth Krueger began her career as a member of the Holly Hunt team, and later worked with Hall of Fame Interior Designer, Tracy Hickman. Her invaluable experience with Chicago’s top designers has culminated in her ability to build trusted relationships with her clients, while creating spaces that are revolutionary, imaginative, and styled. Named as one of HGTV's "Faces of Design" and Chicago’s “Ones To Watch”, she continues to push the boundaries of design; blending color and neutrals, textures and patterns in harmony to achieve an aesthetic that is inimitable and reflective of each client she works with.  As a member of the prestigious Leaders of Design Council, and grounded in the belief that the design process should be inventive, transparent, and guided, Elizabeth Krueger seeks to provide the highest level of expertise, collaboration, and support to seamlessly deliver exceptional results.  Explore Elizabeth's Website here    

Nov 06 2017

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Episode 609: Sharon Cleland

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Sharon Cleland and her business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit and design talent has allowed her to build a portfolio of international projects that span the globe.  During the past 15 years, Sharon owned and operated a successful interior design firm in Ireland.  Her experience within the European design market brings forth innovative concepts and unique visionary direction to each project.  A master at scale and proportion, Sharon incorporates unique collections of art, antiques and furnishings to create a one-of-a-kind style tailored to each client.  The relationships she has built with vendors across the globe allow her to source unique furnishings that are not readily available to other interior designers within the United States.  Her designs are built around her client’s passion for living and her aim is to inject “soul” into each interior space by incorporating elements that are personal and appropriate for each individual project. Explore Sharon's Website here Add Sharon's book recommendation, Designers at Home, to your design library by clicking here

Nov 03 2017

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Episode 608: Brad Krefman

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Brad Krefman has been a professional in the interior design field for over a decade.  After graduating from NYU and receiving a MS in Interior Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brad joined the acclaimed office of Thierry Despont.  There he was fortunate enough to work on everything from five-star international hotels to high-end residential homes. It was a formal training steeped classical proportions, fine detailing, and luxurious finishes.   After a decade in New York, Brad moved to San Francisco to head the interior design department at Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects. While at Backen Gillam and Kroeger, Brad completed numerous high-end residential projects, as well as Sonoma and Napa Valley wine-tasting rooms. Working on more rustic, relaxed environments has built on Brad’s conviction that a home must function in its environment. In 2015 Brad founded BK Interior Design with a mission to deliver the best quality and service possible.  Brad believes an interior must be an expression of his clients and his focus remains in helping clients best express their interests and personal style.  Brad’s interiors always reference context, purpose, and place. Brad holds a BFA in Art History and French from NYU, and an MS in Interior Architecture from Pratt Institute. He lives in Mill Valley with his husband, Eric and their French bulldog, Hugo. Explore Brad's Website here Add Brad's book, The Business of Design, to your library by clicking here  

Nov 02 2017

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Episode 607: Corine Maggio

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Corine Maggio founded CM Natural Designs with the desire to create a firm that designs based on the individuality of every client. She has assembled an exceptional team of highly qualified people who love their work and understand the role of design on a client’s well-being. Though her firm specializes in high end design, Corine's background uniquely positions her as one of the more approachable and down-to-earth style-makers. Growing up in a middle class Midwestern neighborhood, Corine eventually quit college and followed her dreams in early adulthood to live on the beach and moved to North Carolina. She also fed her need for discovery by traveling around the world as often as possible. During this time of self exploration, Corine lived with little-to-nothing in the way of possessions and focused her energy on an earth-friendly and adventurous lifestyle. She eventually gave in to her internal calling and moved to San Diego, California, site unseen, to pursue a degree in interior design. Corine graduated from Design Institute of San Diego with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design in 2010. While in school she worked as a consultant and designer for Aja Rugs in La Jolla, CA and after graduation became the Director of Communications for Design Institute of San Diego before founding her firm, full time, in 2013. Since then, the firm has grown to five employees. Her work has been featured in many print and online publications as well as HGTV. The firm has worked on projects throughout the US, Australia, Turkey, Mexico and the Maldives. Their studio space in La Jolla includes an ocean view, noisy seals as neighbors and gift shop open to the public three days week. Come say hi! Explore Corine's Website here Extra! Extra! After two years of development, Corine recently launched Interior Atlas, which is a resource directory of thousands of vendors for interior design finishes, fixtures and furnishings. It allows users to search for vendors by product type, quality, trade type, style and more. Designers/home owners can organize the unique vendors they find into client folders with just one click to streamline the design process and save hours of time when searching for products for their clients/homes. Interior Atlas is sure to revolutionize the design industry by saving designers countless hours and making it easy to source more personalized items. It's a win for both designers, clients and home owners! Be sure to explore Corine's new site for Interior Atlas by clicking here Check out Corine's book recommendation, Ellen Degeneres: Home and it to your design library.

Nov 01 2017

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Episode 606: Barbara Gilbert

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Barbara Gilbert is the owner and lead designer at Barbara Gilbert Interiors, an award-winning, luxury interior design firm in Dallas, Texas. Barbara translates her expertise in color theory, principles of design, and environmentally friendly renovation into beautiful, functional interiors.   One of Barbara’s primary goals is streamlining the design and collaboration journey for busy professionals. From concept to completion, Barbara and her team endeavor to make the experience enjoyable and stress-free. After an initial meeting to discuss wants, needs, and lifestyle, Barbara’s unique back office processes allows clients to approve design elements, see budget reports, and approve spending online.   Barbara is known for her dedication to excellence, even to the smallest details. Her passion, talent, and professionalism are evidenced in her many design awards, including 13 ASID awards, four Interior Design Society Designer of the Year awards, six consecutive years as Best of Houzz for Interior Design and Customer Service, and HGTV Pro Network Designer.   Before launching her interior designer business, Barbara owned her own insurance agency. That experience greatly informs her business choices as a designer. Many creative professionals have trouble with the side of the business that calls for both long- and short-term strategic planning. Not Barbara – she brings level-headed, bottom-line-oriented thinking to her work as an interior designer.   A life-long passionate learner, Barbara is a Certified Dewey Color Specialist, and a Re-green Certified interior designer. She serves on the National Board of the Interior Design Society, is the former President of the Interior Design Society, Dallas chapter, served as a presenter for the 2011 Dallas Home and Garden Show, and as a judge for 2011 Habitat for Humanity Design Duels. Explore Barbara's Website here Add  Barbara's book recommendation, The E-Myth Revisited, to your library by clicking here

Oct 31 2017

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Episode 605: Traci Connell

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Traci Connell is an award winning entrepreneur whose business sense and design skills are combined with a passion for delivering interiors that are at the heart of livable style. Her work is characterized by her motto ‘ Ease of Glamour.’ This definition drives her specialty in sourcing materials and furnishings that stand up to everyday life, giving her clients a ‘ bullet proof ‘ home for kids, pets, entertaining and more. With timeless, sophisticated taste, Traci offers design with transitional flair and clean lines. Her ability to transform residential interiors by layering color, shape and texture has earned her the respect of luxury clientele. Known for her sense of humor and gracious manner, Traci guides her clients thorough each step in the design process. It is this personal attention that allows Traci to create customized design solutions tailored to reflect her client’s needs, tastes and lifestyle. A recipient of numerous honors, Traci is recognized as a leader in the Dallas community. She is a multiple first place recipient of awards from ASID Ovation, ASID Legacy, IDS and Houzz. Explore Traci's Website here Add Traci's book recommendation, The 4-Hour Work Week, to your library by clicking here

Oct 30 2017

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