The Hamster Wheel

Some designers are so busy keeping up with their business that they don’t have time to focus on the direction it’s growing. In fact, many don’t want new projects to come in because they can barely keep up with the ones on their plate now. They don’t know how to say no. Some are on…

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Join Me in London for Decorex

In 1905, Elsie de Wolfe printed a smart business card and began charging her famous friends to dispense her decorative savoir-faire, thus inventing the profession of interior design. From Syrie Maugham to David Hicks, uncommon vision and the right connections have launched more than one design career in the past 100 years but in 2016,…

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Every Drop in the Bucket

Over the last few weeks, the stories of the conflicts have flooded our living rooms. You’ve heard about the 49 people gunned down in a club in Orlando because they were gay. That Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two black men were gunned down by police officers; Castile while his 4-year-old stepdaughter bore witness in…

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The Fastest Way to Level Up

The thing that can be hard to explain, even when I get the language right is that branding—especially the personal kind—is a process and that process happens from the inside, out. Closely related are the words self-employment and self-made, meaning that mastery of self, is an important part of the equation in achieving success. Or as my…

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Does Your Interior Design Firm Need Snapchat?

During Legends of La Cienega here in LA a couple of weeks ago, Sophie Donelson, Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful invited a panel discussion audience to ease themselves into using Snapchat by following the magazine’s account. If you have kids, you probably know about Snapchat, a mobile app that allows—100 million—users to send photos and video…

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I Heard You Were on TV…?

“Hey Kim! How’s it going? I heard you were on tv? Price is right and you won a car?? Is that true? Lol?” This is the note I woke up to in my Facebook messenger this morning. It’s from someone in Canada who I haven’t seen face to face in three years and who for…

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The News I Can Finally Share

It’s official. As some of you already know, my first book Branding + Interior Design will be published by Schiffer Publishing this Fall. It’s been a long road and I’m excited that I will FINALLY get to share this book with you. It all started with an e-book—at least I thought it was an e-book—I…

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It’s Just Business

We’ve had some big news in the design industry over the last few weeks, starting with High Point and North Carolina’s HB2 bill, which revokes the protection of many in the design community. Leaders like Mitchell Gold of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, one of the most prominent furniture makers in the country and leadership…

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Risk Boldly, Charge Appropriately

Shortly after her 42nd birthday, another broken marriage and scandal, fate was finally kind to Syrie Maugham. She credits her daughter as the creative impetus for her decorating career. “I began it all in Liza’s nursery when she was a baby girl. I had plenty of time on my hands and I just began to…

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How to Gain Loyalty with Email Marketing

Remember when design bloggers were obsessed with their RSS feeds to drive traffic to their blogs. No? Maybe you developed your digital chops with social media like Twitter, Facebook or finally got interested when Pinterest started picking up speed? Now you’re probably obsessed with Instagram? You may be up to date on the latest social…

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