Dave Dawson, CEO of Charleston, South Carolina–based lighting manufacturer The Urban Electric Company, tells BOH how serendipitous circumstances helped bring about the company’s $10.7 million expansion plan, which includes 160,000 square feet of facilities and 180 projected new jobs.
Admit it: You’ve got entrepreneur fever. You’ve always had a great idea for a business kicking around in the back of your head, maybe something that could transform the industry, or at least turn a tidy profit—if only you had the money to get it off the ground. Before you start playing chicken with your credit limit, check out this list of ways design world entrepreneurs are getting funded, how they work—and what to watch out for.
Interior design can be a tough business, but there’s plenty of opportunity (and profit) out there if you know where to look—and how to ask for it. Just ask iconic decorator Elsie de Wolfe, who, in one morning, landed what may be the biggest design commission ever. All it took was a little hustle.
Amazon alum Laura Meyer founded Envision Horizons to help companies navigate the e-commerce colossus. She explains why few home brands have achieved breakthrough success on the platform, why the new form of luxury is convenience, and insider intel on Amazon’s algorithms.
A new study polled more than 1,000 designers to find out what they liked (or didn’t like) about design centers. According to the results, a desire for pricing transparency and extended hours are the big takeaways.
A coding mistake during an online sale cost ceramics brand East Fork $66,000. Then a funny thing happened: customers wrote in, volunteering to give the money back. BOH takes a look at how the company’s open-hearted approach to marketing has built trust among its fans.