Fred Nicolaus

Your digital design guide: How 7 major services work

digital disruptors | June 19, 2019
Ten years ago, “online design” meant sending a client an email with a few inspiration photos attached. Now, it’s a booming business, with a thriving ecosystem of competing platforms. We’ve asked seven of the leading companies to peel back the curtain and tell us how they work. We'll let designers make up their own minds. By Fred Nicolaus & Haley Chouinard

East Fork is quietly challenging the direct-to-consumer playbook

podcast | June 17, 2019
Over the past decade, East Fork has grown into a thriving contemporary ceramics brand. On the latest BOH podcast, two of the Asheville, North Carolina–based brand’s co-founders, Alex and Connie Matisse, discuss plans for scaling sustainably. By Fred Nicolaus

Why are kitchens getting more expensive?

industry insider | June 13, 2019
Home service behemoth Houzz just released its annual report on the state of the renovation industry. The breakout number? A 27 percent increase in the average spend on kitchen remodels. What’s going on? By Fred Nicolaus

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has a new CEO

comings & goings | June 12, 2019
Last year, Mitchell Gold told Business of Home that he and his partner Bob Williams were searching for a new CEO to lead their eponymous furniture brand into its next chapter. Today, the hunt is over: The pair have hired omnichannel executive Allison O’Connor as the new president and chief executive of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. By Fred Nicolaus

The class of 2019 speaks

industry insider | June 6, 2019
Tasseled caps are airborne and cheap dorm-room furniture is cluttering up the sidewalks—it’s graduation season. We spoke to interior design students across the country to get a sense of how the class of 2019 is seeing things. By Fred Nicolaus

How do you grow an antiques business when no one is buying antiques?

industry insider | June 6, 2019
Jake Baer, the millennial CEO of Newel, has hit upon a lucrative sweet spot in the antiques market that’s helping the 80-year-old company grow during a dry spell in sales: renting one-of-a-kind pieces as film set props. By Fred Nicolaus
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