The Interior Design Business

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November 18, 2021 00:44:02
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Growing Your Business

Most interior designers begin in a whirl of creativity, energy and optimism. In an average working week, they will act as designer, specifier, accountant, project manager, client liaison, IT support, office dogsbody and tea-lady. There is no time to spare for marketing the business or finding new clients. Workflows are impossible to manage, and famine follows feast in a never-ending cycle that can be difficult to break. This is the curse of the small business. Yet some design businesses seem to quickly grow and effortlessly thrive acquiring prestige and financial success along the way. Their founders serene, glamorous and much admired.   So, what is their secret? At what point did they make the jump to hyperspace? And how did they orchestrate it? In this episode, we are joined by two very special guests, successful designer Lindsey Rendall, British Institute of Interior Design President and founding partner of Rendall and Wright, and Rose Murray, founder and creative force behind These White Walls, to find out they did it.   This episode was recorded at the Parkside Studio in Clerkenwell - thanks to Parkside for their support.  We are a Wildwood production.    ...

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October 21, 2021 00:49:17
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Showroom

The worst experiences often make the best stories. Never has this been truer than in the world of interior design! In this episode, we are going to explore some of the best-worst moments in the careers of Joanna Wood from Joanna Wood Ltd, Irene Gunter from Gunter & Co and co-host, Susie Rumbold from Tessuto Interiors. We'll find out how this acclaimed panel of designers solved the insoluble and still came up smiling and smelling of roses. This discussion was originally part of the Talks Programme in the Seminar Theatre at the international design fair, Decorex. It was recorded on 12th October 2021 - we apologise for any temporary audio interference with the recording.  Our thanks to series supporters, John Lewis & Partners Business and Parkside Architectural Tiles.  We are a Wildwood production.    ...

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September 30, 2021 00:28:29
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Previewing Decorex 2021

This year, Decorex, Europe’s leading event for interior design professionals, returns as an in-person event.  The show welcomes back the design community at Olympia London from Sunday 10th until Wednesday 13th October. What can we expect from Decorex 2021? In this special episode, we talk to designers Sara Cosgrove, Laura Hammett, Charu Ghandi, Olivia Outred and Dee Gibson as well as Ben Rigby from Decorex exhibitor, Haberdashery, to find out what's in store.  ...

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September 16, 2021 00:46:56
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The Home Staging Opportunity

Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale but how far is it an area of opportunity for interior designers today?     We're joined by Paloma Harrington-Griffin, Founding Director of the Home Staging Association and Lauren Colquhoun, Senior Interior Designer at the Accouter Group of Companies to assess the state of home staging in the UK and find out how designers can tap into this potentially lucrative stream of work. This episode was recorded in the John Lewis store in White City. Thanks to our supporters John Lewis & Partners Business and Parkside Architectural Tiles.  We are a Wildwood production. ...

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August 13, 2021 00:55:03
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Interior Design And The Circular Economy

In this episode, we explore interior design and the circular economy with Jules Haines from The Haines Collection and Chaline Church from 540 World. In 2018, a major study concluded that the world was only 9% circular with more than 90% of raw materials not being cycled back into the economy. Clearly, for the health of the planet and the survival of the human race, we must become more sustainable and resource-resilient. But how will this new thinking impact the sourcing and use of materials in the construction industry? How can interior designers embed circularity into their approach to design? And, how can we best encourage our clients to embrace this new way of consuming? This episode was recorded at the Sustainability Studio of series supporter, Parkside Architectural Tiles in Clerkenwell. Thanks also John Lewis & Partners Business for their support.     ...

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July 15, 2021 00:54:02
Winning New Business

Winning New Business

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there for interior designers. The competition is fierce and new designers are entering the market every day. We work our socks off, our designs are beautifully considered, and we have happy clients, but for many designers the reality is one of alternating feast and famine, and sometimes it can feel as though we are being left behind.  Not only do designers have to find new business, they have to convince new clients that they are the right person for the job and then close the deal at a level that makes it financially worth doing. So, what tools do interior designers need to secure new business and how can they be sure they are getting their fair share of the action?   We're joined by Lloyd Princeton from the Design Management Company and Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss, the co-founders of the internationally renowned, Hill House Interiors to find out more.  Thanks to our series supporters, John Lewis & Partners Business and Parkside Architectural Tiles.  We are a Wildwood production.    ...

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