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The Humble Pillow

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12 steps to creating one little pillow Interior design looks easy? HA! Ever waited in vain for a repairman to arrive or had difficulty reaching a live customer service rep when something’s broken? A design professional deals with such stresses daily so the client doesn’t have to.   The work design and decorating professionals do is not only complex it’s fraught …

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Curse of the Silver Lining

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Being able to find the silver lining is a good thing, right? I thought so. But then I realized…. There have been times in my life (and in my work life) when I should have run for cover rather than stand still to look for the silver lining. Most of us creative types have powerful intuition. But we are also people pleasers. …

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Business of Design is a network community of industry peers; an innovative professional development website specifically created for interior design professionals. Our members include: interior designers, decorators, architects, home stagers, stylists, professional organizers, landscape designers, remodelers, contractors and other industry professionals. Business of Design is not theory. Most design professionals are keen to continue their education, improve their skills and upgrade the service they provide to clients. But where to turn for help? Through intensive online courses, live webinars, an interactive forum and other essential business resources Business of Design provides its members with concrete, actionable guidance. No subject is off-limits. Money, contracts, trade management, markups and even hiring and firing practices are uncovered and explored. Courses and webinars are presented by working professionals—experts in their respective fields. Specific course content is available for the beginner, intermediate or long-term expert—there are even courses for those considering a career in design. Members Gain: - Exclusive access to practical and actionable business advice from industry experts and related professionals such as accountants, lawyers, marketing and social media experts. - Immediate, specific answers to pressing business questions. - Continuing education with new courses added every month. - A library of information, available 24/7, allows you to learn at your convenience. - Information is available in a wide variety of formats: videos, worksheets, seminars, forums and more.
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Business of DesignThursday, August 27th, 2015 at 3:35pm
We are working with user experience, engagement and outreach experts who want to speak with you?

Are you a super BOD supporter? If so, we'd love to connect you with our team for a brief phone interview.

The chosen candidate will receive a gift from BOD, based on your needs. OK? (We hate to ask for anything for free since we know your time is valuable).

Give a shout out here if you think you are the ideal person to talk about the BOD experience.

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Business of Design shared Mona Lea's Interior Design Source's post.Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 3:45pm
Dry crocking. What you're not familiar with the term? We weren't either. But we know plenty of you have had issues with this in the past! Info to share with clients.
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Business of DesignTuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 12:58pm
Dilemma of the day:

Talked to an awesome member (design pro) whose "clients" are using her name to get discounts at various shops. The clients are currently not using her to do any of their purchasing.

What to do?

This is another scenario where strict policies and systems can be helpful. For instance, if your suppliers know that every purchase is accompanied by a proper purchase order then they won't be fooled by the customer who says you are the designer.

If a supplier does give your discount to someone else and you find out about it, you are well within your right to ask for the discount amount to be given to you. In other words, if the supplier gives a customer (not the designer) 20% off on the sofa, then ask the supplier to give you your 20% as well. If they refuse, consider using other suppliers who behave with more integrity.

Any other ideas or strategies you've used before?
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Business of DesignTuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 4:58pm
The work we do saves lives.....this shouldn't happen to anyone. #designers #lifesavers #hireonetoday
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Happy 4th of July. It's been a great year so far.

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Now, let’s hand over the mic to the suppliers and hear their side. Lots more to learn, eeee! #BOD15 #xlr8 http://t.co/oQxWVuz3xy
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The Humble Pillow

12 steps to creating one little pillow

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Interior design looks easy? HA!

Ever waited in vain for a repairman to arrive or had difficulty reaching a live customer service rep when something's broken? A design professional deals with such stresses daily so the client doesn't have to.  
The work design and decorating professionals do is not only complex it's fraught with challenges.  Don't believe me? Check out the steps for producing a pillow. One little pillow.

  1. Select fabric(s) – chenille, velvet, cotton, patterned, plain, red, blue?
  2. Select trim(s) – self-pipe, rope, braid, bullion, tassel, rosette?
  3. Determine size – 18 inches square, 24 x 18-inch rectangle, 16-inch bolster?
  4. Choose filling – 100% down, polyester, polycotton blend, density?
  5. Choose edge detail – knife, box, Turkish, tasselled, beribboned?
  6. Create purchase orders for fabrics, trims, forms and pillow maker.
  7. Order CFAs (cutting for approval) to ensure ordered fabric looks like the sample. Ninety per cent of the time, it’s accurate; however, in approximately 10 per cent of cases, it’s the wrong fabric colour. Why? Because the fabric company had the wrong number written on the sample, or the firm discontinued the fabric, or dye didn't turn out exactly as planned.
  8. Receive fabrics, trims and forms– check all are accurate.
  9. Send all items and detailed instructions to pillow maker.
  10. Review finished pillows to ensure they’re made to specification.
  11. Ship pillows to client’s home.
  12. Receive pillows on location and present to client for approval.

These are the steps for producing one little pillow. Now, imagine building a new kitchen or decorating the whole house. Are you sure you want to do this as a hobby?

It's time to own your value. The work you do matters and it deserves appropriate compensation.

When you're ready, we are here to help rocket you to a new dimension in profitability and client satisfaction. Membership has its privileges and rates are rising shortly! Join Today. We can do this together!

Thanks for your support. KS

Curse of the Silver Lining

Being able to find the silver lining is a good thing, right? I thought so. But then I realized....

There have been times in my life (and in my work life) when I should have run for cover rather than stand still to look for the silver lining.

Most of us creative types have powerful intuition. But we are also people pleasers. (Can I get an amen?) When we get that feeling (a wee whisper) that perhaps a particular project isn't right for us, do we honour that wisdom? Or, do we look for a potential silver lining; explaining away any difficulties or challenges we see ahead?

This year I am looking to honour the wisdom within. I want the courage to say no to projects that don't inspire me or aren't a fit for my team.

Sure, I value my optimism, but I don't want my rose coloured vision to come at the expense of my serenity and wellbeing.

If it looks like a thunderstorm, get out of the rain.