Interior designer and retailer Laura Hodges of Catonsville, Maryland–based store Domain discusses how the store’s tiny footprint impacts business decisions, the advice she rebuffed, and her brand’s values.
Designer Tim Pfeiffer launched the Seattle design shop Housewright Gallery with architect Steve Hoedemaker in 2013. Here, Pfeiffer and brand director Jodi Davis discuss discovering local makers, the item they can’t keep in stock, and where the Seattle scene is headed.
Nur Kaoukji, the co-founder of the Kuwait- and India-based home decor shop Ecru, discusses launching online to an eager Kuwaiti community, then expanding into brick and mortar in her adopted home of Jaipur.
Keith Smythe Meacham, co-founder of Nashville decor store Reed Smythe & Company, discusses how the project became a tribute to her late best friend, and why the physical shopping experience is still emotionally resonant for so many.
Michael Carey, the president and CEO of Stock & Trade Design Co., discusses how he built a massive furniture business as a second career after retiring as a policeman—and why his passion will always lie with furniture design.
In 2010, Heidi Woodman found that her showroom’s soulful, slightly edgy aesthetic and abundance of original art pieces were a tough sell in Indianapolis, where she had set up shop. She explains how she fought to find her audience, how her fine-arts background shaped her vibe, and why she’s resisting e-comm—possibly forever.