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Design Perspectives with Gail M Davis
Gail M Davis
We discuss all things interior design! From the POV of both the designer and the consumer.
5 days ago
Episode 26 - Hadley Keller
She's back! Hadley and I continue our discussion on Race in America and next steps. Here are a few topics we discussed: https://www.centralparknyc.org/blog/seneca-village https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/bruce-s-beach-manhattan-beach-california-1920/ https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/19/498536077/interactive-redlining-map-zooms-in-on-americas-history-of-discrimination
Jul 24, 2020
Episode 25 - Courtney McLeod
Courtey McLeod is a financial guru, showhouse queen & a super smart woman! Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning, full-service design studio located in the heart of the Flatiron District in Manhattan. Her work has been featured in print both in the US and abroad - including Luxe Interiors + Design, Modern Luxury, House Beautiful, and the cover of Aspire Design + Home. She is a High Point Market Authority Style Spotter and included on the 2019 list of emerging designers by Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. The name Right Meets Left perfectly reflects our approach to the design process - rooted in an ideal balance of innovative design (right brain) and analytical rigor (left brain). We utilize a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create a singular and cohesive expression of each client’s unique personality and lifestyle. We understand a professional process and flawless execution are a top priority for our clients. http://www.rightmeetsleftdesign.com/ https://www.instagram.com/rightmeetsleftinteriordesign/
Jul 17, 2020
Episode 24 - Hadley Keller
Hadley Keller is a writer and editor based in New York, covering design, interiors, and culture. She served as Associate Market Editor, Design Reporter, and News Editor for Architectural Digest and AD PRO before joining House Beautiful, where she continues to cover the work of talented interior designers. Hadley is a staunch maximalist who has been known to “rescue” unwanted furniture from the streets of New York. She loves travel, cooking, entertaining, and visiting museums as often as she can. IG: https://www.instagram.com/hadleykeller/?hl=en
Jul 10, 2020
Episode 23 - Joanna Buchanan
Accessory designer Joanna Buchanan developed an unmistakable vision for luxury, color, texture and pattern not only from her 20 years in the fashion retail business working at Saks Fifth Avenue and Banana Republic, but also through her Hong Kong childhood, adult years in Europe and extensive travel throughout India. For the woman who always believed that “life should be decorated and joyful,” the holiday season presented the perfect opportunity for Joanna to take her passion for home décor and accessories design to the next level via her own brand. Her first holiday collection launched exclusively on One Kings Lane in 2014 and she has continued to add an impressive collective of retailers to that list including: Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Geary’s Beverly Hills in the US and Harrods, John Lewis, and Amara in the UK.
Jul 3, 2020
Episode 22 - Antonio Thompson
I first met Antonio when he shot me for Ebony Magazine. We immediately hit it off and have kept in touch. His an AMAZING self taught photographer that has traveled the world (and is still traveling). Please enjoy our interview, I know I did.
Jun 26, 2020
Episode 21 - Elaine Santos
ELAINE SANTOS DESIGN CREATES INTERIORS KNOWN FOR THEIR WARMTH, EXPRESSIVENESS, AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL. ELAINE HAS A REVERENCE FOR THE INHERENT BEAUTY OF NATURAL MATERIALS, LANDSCAPES, AND THOUGHTFULLY INCORPORATES ELEMENTS OF EACH INTO EVERY PROJECT. THE ESD AESTHETIC EMBRACES BOTH ART AND DESIGN, WHERE EACH PERSONALIZED SPACE IS ELEVATED WITH DYNAMIC MIXES OF VINTAGE AND CONTEMPORARY PIECES AND SITE-SPECIFIC ARTISANAL WORKS. STARTING HER CAREER IN NYC, SANTOS WAS A LEAD DESIGNER AT TWO PRESTIGIOUS MANHATTAN INTERIOR DESIGN FIRMS, AND FOR NINE AND A HALF YEARS SHE LEAD THE INTERIOR DESIGN DEPARTMENT AT BARLISWEDLICK ARCHITECTS LLC, AN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST TOP 100 FIRM, SPECIALIZING IN MODERN RESIDENTIAL DESIGN, BASED IN NYC AND HUDSON, NY. DURING HER TIME THERE, HER DESIGNS WERE NOMINATED FOR INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE'S BEST OF YEAR AWARD, AND HER WORK LANDED ON THE COVER OF THE HOME SECTION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES AND DWELL MAGAZINE. ELAINE'S APPRECIATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN HAS BROUGHT HER TO BE AN INVITED PANELIST AT CONFERENCES AND FORUMS HOSTED BY INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE AND LUXE MAGAZINE. SHE HOLDS A DEGREE IN INTERIOR DESIGN FROM PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN. https://www.elainesantos.com/ https://www.instagram.com/elainensantos/
Jun 19, 2020
Episode 20 - Jeremy Taylor of TaylornTaylor Inc.
In 2016, Jeremy Taylor joined forces with his parents architectural design firm to serve as Studio Director and Architectural Designer, bringing years of experience in the fields of architectural design and illustration in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles, as well as proficiency in a wide range of cutting-edge design tools. More recently the firm has launched a development wing, T3 Homes. T3 Homes designs, builds and sells turnkey homes that embody the same high-quality design on which Taylor & Taylor stakes its reputation.The product lineup unites our trademark gracious tropical lifestyle with cutting edge technology and vernacular methods. Hurricane ready, flood ready, efficient homes, optimized for South Florida living. http://www.taylorntaylor.com/ https://www.instagram.com/taylorntaylorinc/ https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ihle1snkl6wfhj/morn_web2.jpg?dl=0
Jun 12, 2020
Episode 19 - The Vale London - Melinda Marquardt
The Vale London was founded in 2017 by Melinda Marquardt. After working in sales for an American textile company for seven years, she decided to start up her own business. Partnering her education in fine art with her many years of sales experience, Melinda created the Vale London to provide exquisite textiles and wallpapers to the luxury interiors market. Each pattern starts out as an original piece of art work; illustrated by hand and produced by the finest mills. Each metre of fabric or roll of wallpaper is a piece of art for the home. Texture, colour and design work symbiotically to create each unique piece. Melinda creates timeless designs that will adorn windows and walls for many years. www.thevalelondon.co.uk https://www.instagram.com/thevalelondon/
Jun 11, 2020
Episode 18 - Now that you know better. DO BETTER!
Welcome to my final installment of Race in America. I am hopeful that America is FINALLY moving in the right direction. We must keep our foot on the gas! We must re-write laws that benefit ALL, not just a few. Please know that this is not a check the box situation. THIS is a lifestyle commitment. This is a change in behavior. This is using your privileged platform for POC. I am optimistic. Please don’t let me down. Do the work. Do it as if your life depends upon it...because it does! Now that you know better. DO BETTER.
Jun 5, 2020
Episode 17 - Nuances of Racism
Welcome to part 2 of a 3 part series on Racism in America. Normally, I discuss design but in light of what has transpired in the last few weeks, you are going to hear what life is like in America for people of color. I want to thank you for joining me on this journey. I also want to tell you to keep an open mind and heart, as that is how we will HEAL! This is about moving forward. This is about having an open honest dialogue and forcing America to look at the under belly of racism and all of its ugliness. Together we can conquer hate and those who this way. When you know better, you do better!
Jun 3, 2020
Episode 16- A Different Podcast Topic
Today's podcast guest is ME! I am discussing what we are ALL experiencing after witnessing the privilege of Amy Cooper and the murder of George Floyd. For the next three episodes, I want to talk about the Design Perspective of Racism in America. Buckle up!
May 15, 2020
Episode 15 - Peter Sandel
Texas native, Peter Sandel is principal & founder of Peter Sandel Design, LLC a boutique design firm based in Downtown Manhattan. Peter’s portfolio is not tied to any one signature style but highlights a range of approaches unified in thoughtful floor plans, unique furnishings and dedication to exceptional craftsmanship. Although interior design has been a natural and lifelong passion, it wasn't the obvious career choice. After a decade working as a Washington lobbyist; it was a timely transition to New York, coupled with the tragic loss of his Mother to breast cancer that compelled him to seek change. Sandel subsequently started his career in design working for world-renowned architect Peter Marino. He later worked alongside Dallas' most sought after interior designers while simultaneously starting his own firm. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Baylor University and later attended the New York School of Interior Design. www.petersandel.com instagram.com/petersandeld…
May 8, 2020
Episode 14 - Sarah Von Dreele
Sarah Von Dreele has been the creative director of Onethread Design, Inc., a New York-based design consultancy, which she founded in 2003. Launching her eponymous brand of wallcoverings in 2019, Sarah’s hand-painted aesthetic quickly gained traction in the interior design field, garnering attention from designers and publications internationally. What began as a simple creative exercise at the end of the day quickly evolved into a collection of surface designs, painted exclusively in gouache. Her latest works explore the integration of imperfection and repetition to create rich patterns. The abstracted floral and geometric forms are ethereal and calm, lending themselves to a variety of applications for the curated home. www.sarahvondreele.com https://www.instagram.com/sarahvondreele/
May 1, 2020
Episode 13 - Kammi Reiss
Kammi Reiss is the founder and president of Kammi Reiss Design, L.L.C., an interior design firm specializing in residential and commercial commissions, as well as custom products and furnishings. Kammi’s approach to interiors is client focused. She develops each project based on the specific needs, interests, and style of the client, making the finished product their ideal environment. Kammi’s career in design began when she was a member of the founding editorial staff of the US edition of Elle Décor. Kammi served as the Photo Editor where, in addition to coordinating all of the photography for the magazine, she also supervised and styled many of the photos featured on the cover and inside the magazine. In 1999, Kammi pivoted her design career to launch an eponymous handbag line with The Pegasus Apparel Group. After 10 years building Kammi Reiss Handbags to a successful brand of custom bags, Kammi was drawn back into the world of interiors by a hotel commission. She felt she had…
Apr 24, 2020
Episode 12- Toledo Geller
Virginia founded Toledo Geller in 2006 after recognizing a need in the luxury residential market for a firm with specialized knowledge in both the design and construction process. Formally trained in interior design, she also gained invaluable experience working along side her father, a general contractor, on construction sites. A native of Brooklyn, Virginia is a mother who loves historical fiction and entertaining in her 1920’s Craftsman style New Jersey home, which she is constantly updating. The experience of renovating a children’s hospital playroom sparked Jessica’s decision to switch careers from social work to interior design. Her intuitive design sensibility is both innate and learned from experience in the field, and she gravitates towards the perfectly imperfect—such as introducing a color that seems “off” but magically completes the design. A mother of three, Jessica moved to Essex Fells within a year of renovating her 1850s Hoboken townhouse to embark on trans…
Apr 17, 2020
Episode 11 - Phyllis Taylor of Taylor and Taylor Inc.
Taylor & Taylor is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm based in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami, Florida. Phyllis runs her architecture and design firm with her architect husband William. They have been in business over 30 years. www.taylorntaylor.com IG: https://www.instagram.com/taylorntaylorinc/
Apr 10, 2020
Episode 10 - Laura Hodges
Laura runs a boutique design firm located in the Baltimore / Washington DC area, Laura Hodges Studio focuses on creating the ultimate in beautiful, tailored spaces while fully expressing every client’s individual style and taste. Laura is a LEED AP and a GREEN AP which means she has completed rigorous sustainability training and demonstrated extensive knowledge of and dedication to sustainable design practices. This includes everything from sourcing fair trade and renewable resources and donating unwanted furnishings to optimizing energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and recycling cabinetry and building materials. We make design decisions and selections that encourage the sustainability of our planet's resources so responsible and high quality vendors, manufacturers, products and services are always given priority. These practices lead us to designing a home or public space that is both enjoyable and healthy for you while being considerate of our environment. www.laurahodges…
Apr 3, 2020
Episode 9 - Anelle Gandelman
Anelle comes from a strong background in both art and design. She is an alumna of DwellStudio, a New York-based home furnishings company, where she served as Head of Design before leaving to start her own design firm and contemporary Art Gallery in 2007. Anelle studied Interior Design at the New York School of Interior Design and holds a Certificate in American Art and antiques from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design. Originally from South Africa, Anelle currently lives in Westchester with her husband and two boys. @alistinteriors www.alistinteriors.com
Mar 27, 2020
Episode 8 - Tina Ramchandani Creative
Today's guest, Tina Ramchandani is a super talented interior designer that has graced so many shelter magazines. She started her eponymous firm in 2014 and has successfully built it with quality team members and vendors. It is more than passion for her, it is a way of life. www.tinaramchandani.com @tinaramchandani
Mar 20, 2020
Peti Lau - AristoFreak
I am so fortunate to know so many amazingly talented designers. Peti Lau is one jetsetting boss chick! I met Peti at NYSID & was always in awe of how talented & gracious she is. Her story has so many interesting twist and turns! She describes her brand as AristoFreak and you will understand why! www.petilau.com https://www.instagram.com/petilau_aristofreak/
Mar 13, 2020
Season II - Episode 6 - Eneia White
Eneia White is a force of nature! She is a super talented interior designer with a vision for where she is driving her business. She has a YouTube channel and is a master of instagram stories. Most recently Eneia designed doll house for Doll House Beautiful House Beautiful and she won Designer Takeover for Made Goods. You are going to enjoy listening to her journey. www.eneiawhite.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiGD5-1EWqI&t=179s https://www.instagram.com/eneiawhiteinteriors/
Mar 6, 2020
Episode 5 - Elizabeth M Lawrence - Partner at Bunny Williams Inc.
Today's guest is the epitome of kindness and perseverance. Elizabeth M. Lawrence is a partner at Bunny Williams Inc. , and she is NYSID's 2020 Rising Star. As you listen to her share her story on her road to partnership and how service is key when it comes to BWI clientele. Be sure to follow her on instagram @elizabeth_m_lawrence.
Feb 28, 2020
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Who should you hire first? A Business Coach or a Branding Coach?
This seems to always be a topic with my designer besties. Who would you hire first? A business coach to grow your business or a branding coach to grow your brand? Listen in as I share who I would hire first & why. Check out my business coach Kimberley Seldon, Business of Design. https://businessofdesign.com/
Feb 21, 2020
Paint Scam 101
I am here to tell you that paint is NOT the first thing you do. Folks move into a new house & are gifted with a paint consultation for their home. They have individuals come in and advise them on paint, but they do not have any furniture!
Feb 14, 2020
Am I double dipping?
Recently I sat down with a few designer's and we discussed all things business. One topic in particular had my complete attention and it is what is commonly known as trade discount. If you speak to clients, a few will consider it "double dipping", but is it really? Aren't we running a business? Why are designer's asked to share?
Feb 7, 2020
Season 2 - Episode 1
Today I share about the showhouse that I am currently involved with. It is exciting and scary at the same time. If you get an opportunity to do a showhouse, do it!
Jan 10, 2020
Repeat - Dina Holland
Happy New Year, good people! Flashback Friday with Dina Holland of Dina Holland Interiors. I enjoyed this interview so much that I wanted to play it again for you!
Dec 27, 2019
Episode 17 - Thank YOU!
I just want to thank everyone who has sent me a DM, text message or picked up the phone to spread love. Y'all have been AMAZING!! I am taking some time off and will be back in FULL force in February for Season 2. Please take a moment to rate me on iTunes.
Dec 13, 2019
Episode 16 - Ann Feldstein Moxie Marketing Communications
As always, I am excited to share this amazing girl boss with you! Ann Feldstein is the epitome of stepping out and getting it done. After years of being a VP of Marketing at Kravet, Inc. Ann decided it was time for her to step out on her own & start her own business. She didn't just start 1 business, she started 2. Listen as she shares her story and tells you the best way to prepare your business to be ready for all things marketing.
Dec 6, 2019
Episode 15 - RPS Consulting
Today's guest is powerhouse publicist Raymond P Schneider. Before he was a publicist, he was an interior designer for some of the top people in this industry. Listen on how he explains that his past has helped forge the way to his current success. You will want to pay close attention to what he has planned next for RPS consulting.
Nov 22, 2019
Episode 14 - Michael Adams
Today my guest is interior designer Michael Adams & he is wonderful! He is a New York based interior designer who has projects all over from Jackson Hole, Wyoming to England. His clients love him so much that his business comes from client referrals. Listen how he shares his story and how optimistic he is. www.michaeladams.com
Nov 15, 2019
Episode 13 - Ariella Duker
Today's guest is the epitome of not letting anything slow her down. If she thinks it, it is happening! Ariella Duker is a NYC based interior designer, whom recently had to start again but this time on her own. She shares her story about building her dream home, nesting & starting over on her own. Please follow her on instagram @arielladuker & check out her website: www.arielladukerinteriors.com.
Nov 8, 2019
Episode 12 - Stay the Course
So many times our clients buy in and then get cold feet and want to water down the concept. Learn to stay the course and remind them of the beauty that they will live with once the project is complete. Remember that you are the expert and that you must believe in the vision. Explain the concept to your client with passion and they will buy in. Learn how to navigate cold feet.
Nov 1, 2019
Episode 11 - Showhouse talk
I know...I missed last Friday, but I was super busy working on a few projects. In this episode it is a casual talk discussing High Point & the upcoming showhouse that I am currently working on.
Oct 18, 2019
Episode 10 - Dina Holland
Dina Holland is the most AMAZING person that I know! She is by far the funniest and the most savvy business woman that I have ever met. I am so excited to share her story with YOU! She is based outside of Boston and has a super bustling interior design firm. You can see her fabulous work www.dinahollandinteriors. You can follow her on instagram @honeyandfitz. She also has an online business @honeyandfitzcollection that was born out of folks incessantly asking her where to purchase her finds, and she is the content creator for the FUNNIEST instagram entitlted @pleasehatethesethings. Make sure that you sign up for her newsletter and follow her on all of her instagram handles.
Oct 11, 2019
Episode 9 - Kim Radovich
Kim Radovich is the grand dame of interior design located on Long Island's Gold Coast. She is a force of nature with the kindest heart. I met Kim at her Design Retreat that she hosted in her lovely home. At this retreat she had the BEST speakers to assist designers in taking their business to the next level. Listen as you hear Kim's passion and the way she runs her business. Check out her website www.kimradovichinteriors.com and instagram @kimradovichinteriors.
Oct 4, 2019
Episode 8 - 3 Things That You Must Do
What are the 3 things that you must do to get ahead? Be Consistent. Master your time & FOCUS. Trust me when I tell you that it is a daily challenge. And when I don't do what I am suppose to do, progress suffers. Listen in on to get better at this.
Sep 28, 2019
Episode 7 - Downtown Decorators
You will find out in this episode that Gut Reno Girl, Jaclyn Isaac is fierce! She started her business after working on her own home with her handsome hunky husband. She quickly learned that not having the right trades people can turn an on time renovation into a disaster. Listen in as we talk about lessons she learned & how it has shaped the way she does business with her clients who absolutely adore her. You can find her on IG @downtowndecorators.
Sep 20, 2019
Episode 6 - Lisa Russman Photography
Lisa Russman is a professional interior and architectural photographer based in northern New Jersey, shooting residential and commercial spaces in the greater New York area since 2010. While getting a B.A. in Art History at Tufts University, Lisa studied black & white and color photography with renowned photographer Jim Dow at both the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Tufts. His panoramic study of hundreds of America’s baseball stadiums and parks had a profound impact on how she views the built environment today. Lisa is a phenomenal photographer who partners with her client to ensure they are capturing crisp details. www.lisarussmanphotography.com IG: @lisa.russman
Sep 13, 2019
Episode 5 - Comparison Vulture
When comparison kicks in, it will eat away at your self esteem & make you second guess yourself. DO NOT allow this to happen to you. We are ALL great within our lane & what is for you is for YOU! Learn to celebrate those that are around you & cheer them on, because one day, they will do it for YOU!
Sep 6, 2019
6 Things To Do for Your Design Business
There are 6 important steps that are a requirement when you are in business. There is so much more to running a business than having a logo & colors. In this episode, I discuss the 6 components that are essential to you moving the needle on your business. * Hire a business coach * Have a solid website * Systems that help you run your business. I use Studio Webware. * Insurance * Tax Accountant * Find your tribe
Aug 30, 2019
Episode 3 - Your Home is Therapy
Do you consider that your home is therapeutic? It is important that how you design your home replenishes your spirit. So many folks take decorating & designing their home lightly. It is your safe haven where you rear your family & spend time with loved ones. In this episode, I want you to look at why you should be hiring a designer with new eyes.
Aug 23, 2019
Episode 2 - Expectations
What is it that a client thinks a designer does? Are you setting clear expectations when you interview a potential client? Do you ask smart questions that will help a potential client understand the design process? It is important to clarify your services and if it is a job you cannot do, then suggest a designer bestie that can do the job.
Jul 16, 2019
Why Hire an Interior Designer
Why hiring an interior designer is of VALUE to your wallet, your home and your sanity.
Jul 12, 2019
Welcome to the podcast! Allow me to introduce myself.
We will talk ALL things design! And I’m talking about getting perspective from the Architect, Interior Designer, the Trades people & the client. We will talk what to expect when working folks in the industry.