Design stars from TV and the Web share their plans for the New Year.
Archive for '2012'
Design stars from TV and the Web share their plans for the New Year.
Paint can be a low-cost, high-impact way to add character and depth to your designs.
It's not easy – but it's definitely worth it. Fasten your designer seat belt for a joyous, stressful, tiring, and rewarding ride.
How he broke into celebrity designing, the secret to monochromatic rooms that pop, and what he's working on next.
Traditionally known for its historically accurate, American-made hard-wired lighting, Rejuvenation recently introduced two collections of table and floor lamps based on iconic designs.
An expert's guide to stylish floors.
Time to start saying thank you to your favorite people this holiday season.
There are ways to finesse your clients to purchase works of art. Here are a few helpful Do's and Don'ts.
San Francisco designer Candace Cavanaugh has a particular affinity for modern art. Both in her design work and volunteer endeavors for SFMOMA she finds inspiration in the lives and work of modern artists.
Winning strategies for getting to great results – even when your clients aren't so good at telling you what they mean.
Pinterest is a great way to share and find ideas for everything from decorating to party planning to recipes and more.
Take note with some valuable advice from a master painter.
This Old House, Design Divine, Design on a Dime...if your clients' only experience with remodels and design is TV, they're going to have some misperceptions about how it works – and how much it really costs.
"Think before you speak" is good advice for anyone in business—especially if a "dirty word" is on the tip of your tongue!
A checklist can help you prepare for the holiday rush - and ensure everyone's happy with the final results.
Nothing beats the crisp contrast of black and white. Pottery Barn embraces this classic combo in fall offerings that anticipate the stark patterns of leafless trees against a wintry sky or snow falling on a moonless night.
Join Alma Squyres for our next installment of DM on Location at west elm Santa Monica. Alma highlights a few of her favorite new products from the Fall west elm collections. Be sure to join our YouTube channel for more exciting videos!
Simple dos and don'ts for pitching your designs and business to media outlets.
Pottery Barn with Mario Buatta, Milly de Cabrol, Chiara de Rege, and Celerie Kemble invite you to meet with celebrity designer Nathan Turner at our Pottery Barn store in Chicago, IL!
A visit to the author of Eat, Pray, Love and her partner's picturesque Asian antiques and accessories business.
Pottery Barn with Mario Buatta, Milly de Cabrol, Chiara de Rege, and Celerie Kemble invite you to meet with celebrity designer Nathan Turner at our Pottery Barn store in Los Angeles, CA!
Rejuvenation is America's largest manufacturer and leading direct marketer of authentic reproduction lighting and house parts. It's also a terrific source for salvaged antique lighting. Nigel Barnes, Manager of the Salvage and Antique Lighting Division, casts some light on what's new in antique lighting.
Pottery Barn with Mario Buatta, Milly de Cabrol, Chiara de Rege, and Celerie Kemble invite you to meet with celebrity designer Nathan Turner at our Pottery Barn store in Walnut Creek, CA!
Some do's and don'ts when using movie or television decor as inspiration.
Several new finishes enhance west elm’s iconic Parsons collection. Read more to find out about west elm's modern interpretation of this classic piece.
Pottery Barn with Mario Buatta, Milly de Cabrol, Chiara de Rege, and Celerie Kemble invite you to meet with celebrity designer Nathan Turner at our Pottery Barn store in New York City!
We've been working diligently behind the scenes here at Designer Marketplace to ensure that our readers and members find value in our trade portal as a resource to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, best practices, new products, and exclusive content. We have made a few small changes to our website so readers can have a better, more robust web experience.
Raising prices in a recession might seem counterintuitive, but it can make sense. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself when evaluating what you charge for your design services.
New York-based designer Jamie Drake is responsible for some of this country's most glamorous spaces. Renowned for his exuberant knack for color, his rooms range from subtle and textured to spaces saturated entirely in a single hue. He believes decor expresses one's personality and place, and for him, the kitchen is no exception.
Custom Designing for Your Clients in the "New Economy": 5 places to get the look for less, and 5 places you should never compromise.
It wasn't a person, it was a firm; and it changed my whole outlook on design.
Inspiration can comes from unexpected places and used in unexpected ways.
Join Alma Squyres for our first installment of DM on Location at Pottery Barn Santa Monica. Alma highlights a few of her favorite new products from the Fall Pottery Barn collections. Be sure to join our YouTube channel for more exciting videos!
An icon of American style, designer Bunny Williams chatted with our Cultivate team about her kitchen design process, where she likes to make a big statement and what her own kitchen says about her life.
Read more for details on how to be entered for a chance to win one of her latest purchases from Williams-Sonoma!
Some rules for finding great design online – and some favorite picks.
These days, we're all concerned with making project budgets go further. Here's a formula for knowing where to save—and when to spend.
Whatever your budget for a project, it's vital to give it a level of customization that reflects your client's style perfectly. You can do it by cleverly combining custom-made and off-the-shelf items.
Jon Call knows a thing or two about luxurious interiors. After training as an architect in Seattle, he moved to New York and worked for Diamond Barrata—"my finishing school," he says—on a number of top-drawer projects. Eventually, he struck out on his own, founding the design firm Mr Call Designs, where he adds elements of luxury to every design, no matter the budget.
Antiques are now plentiful and easy to find – and resell. Some thoughts on how they can fit into your clients' design strategy.
Go behind the scenes at the west elm Sutter Street workshop to see how America's finest craftspeople construct and build furniture much like how it was done 100 years ago - by hand, with care.
It seems the world leans forward every time whispers of new home fashion trends are revealed.
New iPad and Android apps take your whole design business up a notch.
From ceilings to floors and all the details in between, there's almost nothing in a room that can't easily be made more exciting with a glorious hue.
Is there really a marketing formula that works better for designers? In a way, yes!
Five important steps to take for any new house or remodel.
In the fast-growing area of e-design, Olioboard is one of the most appealing—and addictive—tools available to the design community. Hear how Olioboard's CEO, Sheilah MacSporran developed this exciting tool to create and share design inspiration.
Irwin and I want to share a few lessons we've learned from this "Design for the Masses" movement, lessons that will help us all improve our interior design practices.
What an experienced designer wants you to know before and after they hire you.
A look into west elm's recent collaboration with 16 different South African designers and artisans and their newest collection of products.
A custom furniture maker reveals the tell-tale signs of quality furniture.
How should you reply when someone at a party asks for your design ideas? With style and grace, always. Here are five surefire ways to do that.
Make some smart choices before lending your name or work to an event.
A behind-the-scenes interview with the HGTV star.
The talents and skills of other specialists can be exactly what you need to make it happen.
We are excited to announce that members of Designer Marketplace are now able to receive a 10% discount at Rejuvenation!
Help clients transition their interiors when the temperature climbs—and create a seasonal-makeover design service that will add to your firm’s bottom line all year round.
HGTV really knocked it out of the park when they selected David Bromstad as their first Design Star. Six years later, he's juggling multiple shows on the network, doing appearances all over the country, and branching out into product lines.
As designers, it's our job to bring something unique and space-appropriate to client's homes.
Recently, I read an article that suggested gray was only the hot colour-of-the-moment for 2012. Not true, trends last a minimum of 10 years. Brown arrived on the scene in the West Coast in 2002 and gray its cooler sister came to stay in 2009/2010.
The ancient Chinese art of placement can be a nice complement to interior design's pursuit of beauty, function, comfort, and style.
A showcase home or event can be a great way to get creative and market your business.
Highlights from this year's High Point Market – and what it says about design trends in the year ahead.
If I knew then, what I know now...Hard-won lessons from my first design project.
An interview with Chuck DeLaney of the New York Institute of Photography.
Designer Tobi Fairley is known for her bold, colorful interiors that mix large-scale prints with classic furnishings. But she's also a gifted teacher who views educating clients and colleagues as a mission.
Find your own mentors—the ones who appeal to you, even if they don't know you.
From major meltdowns to small mishaps - how you deal with oops! moments in the design process can make all the difference.
Earlier in April, we joined Kim Bernard, Walker Zanger's Executive Director of Facilities and Showroom Design for a private tour of their DCOTA Showroom in Dania Beach, Florida and discovered the secrets to their trendsetting products.
The West Coast’s premier showcase is a feast for the eyes. Designer Marketplace has a sneak peek to what's in store for 2012.
If you're not checking out these design resources, you should be.
The talented and down-to-earth designer dishes on DIY, decor – and what it's like to be recognized by Queen Latifah.
A few simple questions can make every room in the house as efficient - and comfortable - as possible.
There's nothing like the experience of a major industry exhibition. Here are some of the design industry's finest shows.
Some gems of wisdom from an American design icon.
Rules of thumb for when to go with stock items, custom designs – or a happy marriage of both.
Some tried and true ways to get your designs some exposure - without having to be a writer or a social media expert.
He's the kind of designer who can take mundane elements like kitchen soffits and turn them into something worth coveting.
When the design project is done, take the next steps to ensure you have a happy customer for life.
Throughout the lifecycle of a designer/client relationship there are many touch-points. Doing it the right way will propel the relationship forward. Missed opportunities or over-saturation can and will drag things to a halt. The trick is understanding the difference.
Smart places you can save on costs for projects without compromising on quality.
My partner Irwin and I always talk about a client's "endurance" when it comes to the lengths they'll go to see their design project reach completion. Will the architectural phase – the often lengthy and expensive process of getting the bones right for each room – be too exhausting? Will they properly decorate a room, or will they only have enough energy and funds to cover the bare necessities?
A quick and easy tool for creating sketches of your design plans for clients.
Free advice from an image consultant about what interior designers should know about the way they dress.
Morocco has always been a place of mysterious delights, but it seems especially appealing to today's modern explorer. Even if your clients prefer to watch Casablanca from the comfort of their own homes, infuse their interiors with intriguing treasures found in the famous souks of Marrakech by west elm’s intrepid buyers and designers.
You'd be amazed that today's design shows can give you new ideas for your own business.
Don't let a great project be torpedoed by a bad experience with a third party provider. Here are some questions for selecting and maintaining a quality team.
Some tried and true ways to pick up new business.
Just because you know design doesn't mean you should design your own Web site. Know the tradeoffs and benefits of each approach.
Great sources for design inspiration that all designers should have on their bookshelves.
For many projects, you'll need to rely on third-party service providers. Here's how to keep the quality high - and give your clients a level of service they'll remember – when you bring outside vendors into the mix.
Even designers in the same highly competitive market can benefit from trading advice, support, and hard-won experiences.
Take the guesswork out of understanding what your clients really want and expect from a project – ask these questions first.
Many new interior designers struggle to explain (or defend) what they do in front of potential clients. Here's how to respond with guts and courage!
Is your business safe if something happens to you? Beyond the typical life insurance policy, here are some things you can do to protect the best interests of your family and your business.