Luann Nigara is a co-owner of Window Works and host of the top-rated interior design Podcast.
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! LuAnn’s guest today is Vicky Serany from Southern Studio, and you’re going to hear how Vicky’s mission, vision, and goals for her company changed over the years. Sometimes you just have to make your business fit the life you have. You’ll be inspired to learn that you can revise, recalibrate, and reinvent your business at any time ever, over your entire life - and you’re going to receive lots of insights on leadership, too, so listen in! Vicky Serany uses fresh combinations of texture, pattern, and color to create luxury interiors that meet the needs of each client. By paying attention to every detail of a project, she is able to meticulously transform the design vision into reality. Her inspiration comes from the beauty in everyday life and travel to fascinating places. Vicky’s extensive work in residential design and new home construction has earned her awards both locally and nationally. Vicky is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and lives in Cary with her husband, Dan. This empty nest mom jumps at the opportunity to spend time with her two grown children. When she’s not creating inspired interiors, Vicky enjoys spending time at the beach, sharing a bottle of wine with close friends, and exploring new adventures on her bucket list! Southern Studio Interior Design was founded in 2001 and has earned a reputation as an award-winning interior design firm specializing in luxury interior spaces with casual sophistication. We believe that a well-designed home is timeless and reflects the unique personalities of its owners. The mission of Southern Studio is to provide a high level of creativity, integrity, and personalized attention to every project. Show Highlights: Vicky shares the dilemma she faced during the 2008 recession and the solution she found that actually went against everybody’s advice. Vicky and her team took advantage during coronavirus to work on “Covid-19” projects from home, learning new skills. “The one thing I’ve learned is that if we really focus on best business practices, we can survive and we plan for the down times.” Vicky LuAnn addresses the need to have a support group within the industry - mentors, business coaches, and experts in the area. Vicky provides an overview of the tools, processes, and systems that help her and her team to manage projects. Every team member is empowered to use their “Make It Right” policy. Learn from mistakes. Think about where you want to be and where you want to go so that you’re better equipped to lead your teams into the future. No matter where you are as a designer, you get there with a plan, taking action, and your support group. When things are tough, it doesn’t always mean that something is wrong. Don’t be paralyzed by fear! Connect with Vicky! Vicky’s Email Vicky’s Website Vicky’s Instagram Vicky’s Blog Links : 19hours The Blueprint - Mydoma Studio July 15th, 2020 Price: $129 EARLY BIRD PRICING OF $99 THROUGH JULY 14TH!! Closing the Sale Begins at Hello July 29 & 30, 2020 Go to IWCE Vision to register. Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action    A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn Live - Coming February 2021 Join the E-Mail List to Get Updates! Buy Wholesale For Profit with Traci Connell Stop Buying Retail and Start Making Maximum Profit KICKING OFF July 22, 2020 Price: $2195 Register HERE! Design-Build For Profit - Coming Late Summer / Early Fall! With Jenny Slingerland of Black Ink Interiors Get on the Email List HERE! Are You Interested in a 2 Million Plus Mastermind with LuAnn? Email her at info@luannnigara.com and put “mastermind” in the subject line. She’ll set up a call and see if it’s a good fit for you! The first of 6 monthly meetings start in August, and there are 3 spots open! LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! Check Out Their Client Portal and Time Tracking Features! My Doma Studio: A Well Designed Business Other shows mentioned Eileen Hahn #363 LuAnn Solo show: Let's Be Profitable #491 Laura Umansky #492  
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business, it’s Power Talk Friday! Photographer Mike Van Tassell joins LuAnn in conversation today, and if you know anything about last year’s LuAnn Live, then you already know Mike. If you don’t, you will by the end of this show! As you listen, there will be no mistaking Mike’s commitment and passion to his profession and how he works with designers and architects. You’re in for a treat! Born and raised in New York City, Mike always found himself surrounded by cutting edge art and stunning architecture. His passion for art was one that developed early in life and always stuck with him. While studying Graphic Arts & Architecture at the City University of New York, he discovered photography through his coursework and began diving into the medium as a hobby. That hobby soon flourished into a professional career as he discovered a way to combine his excitement for photography and architecture. Mike spent the first 15 years of his professional career as a Photographer, Art Director and Creative Director for marketing organizations across New Jersey and New York City. Today, as an independent photographer, he is able to combine 15 years of client-facing services, along with his vision as an artist to bring a best in class customer experience to his clients. Mike is equally devoted to delivering high-end photography, as well as an unmatched customer experience to each of his clients. Specializing in partnerships with architects, interior designers, and what sets him apart is his ability to truly partner and collaborate with his clients as fellow artists with a vision for their work. Mike takes time in his process to hear each of their unique needs and apply a trained eye to his photography, ultimately delivering stand-out images that capture his client’s artistic vision and help their business to thrive. His partnerships span across multiple verticals including residential, commercial, academic, civic & cultural, healthcare, hospitality, and retail. His photography is used across advertising and marketing campaigns, professional portfolios, and design competitions globally.  Show Highlights: In LuAnn’s observation and experience, there is a vast difference between average photography and excellent photography. Mike’s goal is to help designers take their photos to the next level, as well as elevate their online presence. Mike shares how interior designers can successfully work in partnership with photographers. Avoid trend photography, and photograph your spaces the way you want them to appear in your portfolio. Once you’ve established your style and your brand, photography can complement that by getting your photos where they need to be. Mike explains how a good photographer will be able to adapt to a designer’s style by using supplemental lighting, natural sunlight, subtracting light, or by replicating sunlight with strobe lights, for example. Capture photos that take prospective clients back into that space that you designed. Quality photographs of your design work is a key component in marketing your business and cultivating new clients. Here’s what Mike wished designers knew that could make their projects better! LuAnn and Mike reminisce over his photography session at last year’s LuAnn Live. “Photographers are like pizza. Everyone thinks they have the best pizza until they have the best pizza.” - Mike If you’re looking at your photography and you’re not getting a visceral reaction, then it might be time to consider a different photographer. Photography should be factored in when rebranding your website, as the photographs will be the first thing that a prospective client will notice. Remember: Photography is a partnership, a collaboration between creatives. Connect with Mike! Mike’s Email Mike’s Website Mike’s Instagram Mike’s LinkedIn  Mike’s Blog Post: How to Bring Your Interior Design Style to Life Through Photography Links : LuAnn Live - Coming February 2021 Join the E-Mail List to Get Updates! Buy Wholesale For Profit with Traci Connell Stop Buying Retail and Start Making Maximum Profit KICKING OFF July 22, 2020 Price: $2195 Register HERE! Design-Build For Profit - Coming Late Summer / Early Fall! With Jenny Slingerland of Black Ink Interiors Get on the Email List HERE! 19hours The Blueprint - Mydoma Studio July 15th, 2020 Price: $129 Are You Interested in a 2 Million Plus Mastermind with LuAnn? Email her at info@luannnigara.com and put “mastermind” in the subject line. She’ll set up a call and see if it’s a good fit for you! The first of 6 monthly meetings start in August, and there are 3 spots open! Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action    A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: Jaipur Living’s Website - Easy to Browse, Custom Calculator, Products Ready to Ship! Open Your Trade Account to Begin Your Relationship with This Admirable Company. Other shows mentioned to link to and to tag in SM Sarah Winchester #444 Laurel Smith #545 Nicole Heymer #466 Nancy Ganzekaufer #256 Kae Whitaker #26 Raquel Langworthy #343 Stephen Karlisch #369 David Livingston #51 Sara Brennan #524, #514, #463  
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Rasheeda Gray joins LuAnn in today’s #blacklivesmatter episode. Rasheeda shares her personal experiences in that we all may learn, benefit, and grow.  Rasheeda Gray is the owner and principal designer of Gray Space Interiors, a full-service design firm in the Philadelphia area. Launched in 2016, Gray Space is devoted to curating a client-focused, transformative, and seamless design experience.  With over 75 residential and commercial projects completed, the Gray Space approach to design can be found at the intersection of creativity, functionality, and process.  Rasheeda's path into design begins at the tail end of a fifteen year career in Marketing and Communications with the nation's top insurance companies. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and International Business as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing.  Additionally, she holds a professional certificate in Interior Design from Temple University. Features include HGTV, Good Day Philadelphia, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest Pro, Designers Today, and more. Rasheeda is also the co-founder of Gray Real Estate Group, a real estate development company, along-side her husband, Jake and together they have two children, Jacob Jr., and Kennedy. Show Highlights: Rasheeda shares from the heart - her experiences as a black woman, mom, wife, corporate leader, and designer. Here are Rasheeda’s ideas for action: Follow, support, and share the #sharethemic initiative, both the original movement founded by Bozoma St John and her colleagues and ingeniously brought to our industry by Albie Buabeng. Albie is on Instagram at Albie Knows so follow her for information and updates. To learn more about Albie, please go back to episode #348 when she was on this podcast. Vote, show up, make sure the people in government enact laws that result in real changes. Representation within our industry. Shelter magazines, live events, show houses, product licensing, product development, everything. Look around and speak up to the ones in charge when you do not see our black colleagues at the table. Donate to organizations who make it possible to make change. In the industry, Rasheeda mentioned Black Artists Design Guild and The Black Interior Design organization. Outside the industry consider the NAACP. And finally, do not let this be only a moment, a hashtag. Keep talking, keep learning, stay accountable, teach your friends and children so real change becomes a reality. Please consider where and how you will show up to support her and all of our black colleagues and friends. Connect with Rasheeda! Rasheeda’s Email  Rasheeda’s Website Rasheeda’s Instagram Rasheeda’s Facebook  Rasheeda’s Pinterest Links : Share the Mic Now albieknows Design-Build For Profit - Coming Late Summer / Early Fall! With Jenny Slingerland of Black Ink Interiors Get on the Email List HERE! 19hours The Blueprint - Mydoma Studio July 15th, 2020 Price: $129 Buy Wholesale For Profit with Traci Connell Stop Buying Retail and Start Making Maximum Profit KICKING OFF July 22, 2020 Price: $2195 Register HERE! Are You Interested in a 2 Million Plus Mastermind with LuAnn? Email her at info@luannnigara.com and put “mastermind” in the subject line. She’ll set up a call and see if it’s a good fit for you! The first of 6 monthly meetings start in August, and there are 3 spots open! Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action    A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday A Big THANK YOU to This Podcast Sponsor: Take Advantage of Kravet Inc.’s Extensive Digital Tools & 24/7 Customer Service. Their popular visualization tool is now available on Lee Jofa Workroom furniture! Kravet Other shows mentioned for shownotes, to link to and to tag in SM Rasheeda Gray #267 Kim Kuhteubl #73 Albie Buabeng #348 Cat French #376 Britany Simon #490 Kae Whitaker #26, #114, #259, #274, #556 Amy Flurry #323, #108 Nicole McGuire #537 Fred Berns #174  
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business! Today, LuAnn’s guest, Sara Hillery, shares her top tips for client retention and sound advice that you’ll be able to apply to your own business. Take notes or listen to it a second time, too, because you’re sure to hear some tidbits you missed the first time! Sara’s approach involves incorporating the fine and rare with the utilitarian and available, creating beautiful and functional spaces. With a focus on honoring each client’s personal history, the firm excels at updating and transforming client’s interior spaces both architecturally and decoratively making previously acquired and antique pieces more relevant and practical. While Sara draws inspiration from her travels to Europe, India, and Japan, her style invariably reflects her Southern heritage and familial roots in Virginia, Texas, and New Orleans. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia in 2004, Sara turned her focus to architecture and interiors and received her MFA in Interior Environments and ASID certification at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. After beginning her career in interior design working for a design group in Richmond, Virginia, Sara relocated to Houston where she became a Project Designer at Lucas Eilers Design Associates. While at Lucas Eilers, Sara’s projects received numerous local awards and accolades including Best in Show, Best Vacation Home, and Best Residential Green Design, and were featured in numerous publications. In 2011 Sara opened Sara Hillery Interior Design. As a proud working mother of 3, Sara excels at making design family friendly while still remaining creative, elegant, and timeless.  RHome, New Orleans Home and Lifestyles, and Boomer Magazine have featured her work. Sara Hillery Interior Design has completed projects in Louisiana, New York, Texas, and Virginia. Show Highlights: “Clients aren’t just clients, they’re a part of my life.” - Sara Sara has genuine interest in each client. The more she knows and understands about them, the better she can serve them. Sara’s detailed client questionnaire serves as a reference throughout the relationship and is updated as she gets to know the client. Setting up the client’s expectations at the very beginning of a project is very important, and Sara offers her strategies. LuAnn shares how we sometimes function out of fear, but we can learn how to operate from a place of faith that doesn’t rock us when we encounter a surprise. More tips from Sara regarding client retention throughout the project. Remember that there is a big emotional tie between the client and the work you are doing for their home. Don’t forget a unique, personal gift to present to your client when the project ends. Sara has a fantastic idea for you to consider! Bottom line in client retention: Pay attention to people, learn the things about them that matter, and act on ways you can show that you appreciate them. Connect with Sara! Sara’s Houzz  Sara’s Website Sara’s Instagram  Sara’s Facebook  Sara’s Email Links : LuAnn’s Blogpost on Faith or Fear Design-Build For Profit - Coming Late Summer / Early Fall! With Jenny Slingerland of Black Ink Interiors Get on the Email List HERE! 19hours The Blueprint - Mydoma Studio July 15th, 2020 Price: $129 Buy Wholesale For Profit with Traci Connell Stop Buying Retail and Start Making Maximum Profit KICKING OFF July 22, 2020 Price: $2195 Register HERE! Are You Interested in a 2 Million Plus Mastermind with LuAnn? Email her at info@luannnigara.com and put “mastermind” in the subject line. She’ll set up a call and see if it’s a good fit for you! The first of 6 monthly meetings start in August, and there are 3 spots open! Is Chairman of the Board Right for YOUR Business? LuAnn Nigara COB LuAnn’s Website LuAnn’s Podcast - Please SUBSCRIBE, Rate & Review! Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here: The Making of A Well - Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action    A Well-Designed Business - The Power Talk Friday Experts LuAnn’s Blog Power Talk Friday A Big THANK YOU to These Podcast Sponsors: FREE Trial! A One-Stop Shop to Keep Everything Organized! Check Out Their Client Portal and Time Tracking Features! My Doma Studio A Well Designed Business Open Your Trade Account with ARTICLE.com Here! Be the hero for your clients, and be the solution they need right now with Article. Other shows mentioned to link. Candy Scott #279 Wendy Woloshchuk #316, #527 Ellie Mroz #374  
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