Trade Tales

Ghosted by a vendor—now what?

trade tales | April 19, 2019
We asked three designers—Jennifer Glickman, Shaun Smith, and Mindy Day—how they’ve handled being ghosted by vendors and what tactics they use to avoid ending up in the situation again. By Haley Chouinard

Trade organizations: Take them or leave them?

trade tales | April 12, 2019
Thanks to social media, it’s never been easier to create a sense of community and relationships with other designers in the industry. So, with all that at your fingertips, where does membership to a trade organization fit in? We asked four designers—Jean Liu, Heather Hilliard, Michael Adams, and Goli Karimi—to share why they have or haven’t opted to join a trade organization, and what advice they have for younger designers searching for community. By Haley Chouinard

How do you make the most of your High Point Market?

trade tales | April 5, 2019
Heading into High Point Spring Market, Business of Home asked for tips from 2019 Style Spotters Laura Thurman, Cynthia Ferguson, Benjamin Johnston, Shayla Copas, Eric Haydel, Kara Cox and Erinn Valencich. By Robyn Smith

Designers’ best-kept-secret sources in paint, woodwork and more

trade tales | March 15, 2019
There’s no better-kept secret than a designer’s favorite source. We asked nicely, and interior designers Brooke McGuyer, Ron Marvin, Kristen Thomas, Anthony Dunning, Kate Abt and Douglas Graneto divulged a few. By Mel Studach

How to streamline new-hire onboarding: 4 designers’ best tips

trade tales | February 15, 2019
How you convey the mission, process and culture of your design firm can be the difference between problems and productivity for a new hire. Interior designers Michael Abrams, Todd Davis, Laurie Demetrio and Eric Ross explain how they set new team members up for success. By Mel Studach

Launching your own firm? How to get it right

trade tales | February 8, 2019
Interior designers Marie-Christine McNally, Nicholas Moriarty, Meghan Hackett-Cassidy, Josh Hildreth, Erin Shakoor and Bradley Bayou weigh in on how—if given the chance—they would have launched their design firms differently. By Mel Studach
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