50 States Project
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January 17, 2021
In this week’s installment of the 50 States Project, Wasilla, Alaska–based designer Beth McDonough tells us about splitting her time between interior design and staging, the extreme shipping challenges of her state, and why hourly billing works best for her client-first approach.
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January 10, 2021
In the first edition of the 50 States Project in 2021, Mountain Brook, Alabama–based designer Betsy Brown tells us about the challenges of reinventing her style over time, why she hired a designer with an engineer’s brain to run her office and how she goes the extra mile for installations.
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December 30, 2020
Our yearlong series of interviews with interior designers across the country has explored the nuances of building, growing and helming a design firm. As we look back at some of the best stories of 2020, here are some of the stand-out business lessons from the diverse cast of designers featured in our 50 States Project.
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December 25, 2020
In the 51st installment of the 50 States Project—the final chapter of the series in 2020 before we return to the start of the alphabet next week—BOH spoke with Washington, D.C.–based Zoë Feldman about building trust with clients, how sending a weekly email to clients transformed her relationship with billable hours, and why she learned to step back to help her firm grow.
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December 18, 2020
In the 50th installment of the 50 States Project, BOH spoke with Jackson Hole, Wyoming–based Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer, co-founders of WRJ Design, about designing exhibitions like the Mario Buatta collection for Sotheby’s, why the operations of a firm shouldn’t take a backseat to design, and how an eight-hour design test changed the way they grow their firm.
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December 11, 2020
In the 49th installment of the 50 States Project, BOH spoke with Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin–based Jessica Jubelirer about learning the pitfalls of the industry, why an element of fun is a key ingredient in any project she accepts and how design is like sausage-making.
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November 27, 2020
In the 47th installment of the 50 States Project, BOH spoke with Seattle-based designer Brian Paquette about how the way he bills is designed to keep the business side of the firm uncomplicated, why he still uses binders to organize his projects and how COVID helped him reconnect with other designers.
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