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From the Tap - A KBB Podcast
The From the Tap podcast is hosted by the editors of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine and covers a myriad of hot-topic and out-of-the-box discussions with leading kitchen and bath design industry experts.
Sep 27, 2023
Talking With Clients About Money
A banker turned designer, Colleen Primm of Colleen Primm Design in Cleveland, Ohio shared with us her expertise in talking with clients about money and remodeling.
Sep 14, 2023
Selecting the Perfect Kitchen Package for Your Clients
On our most recent From the Tap podcast, we spoke to Summer Jensen, CEO and principal of Hawk & Co., a design firm in Laguna Beach, Calif., about how to choose the perfect kitchen package for your clients.
Aug 31, 2023
Susan Wintersteen on Designing Spaces for Kids in Medical Crisis
Designer Susan Wintersteen of Savvy Interiors in Solana Beach, Calif. talks about her experience in making a positive impact through design by establishing Savvy Giving by Design, a non-profit organization dedicated to redesigning spaces for children facing medical crisis,
Aug 16, 2023
Designing Your Own Home Versus One for a Client
On our recent From the Tap podcast, we spoke with Emily Del Bello of Emily Del Bello Interiors in NYC. She was recently in charge of renovating her own home, and she talked about the differences and similarities of designing for yourself – the pro – versus designing for a client.
Aug 3, 2023
Kitchen and Bath Design for Busy Families
Katie Browning, principal and lead designer for Lucas Browning Design in Pacific Palisades, Calif., talks about kitchen and bath design for busy families. Browning and co-owner Heather Lucas are busy mothers themselves, so they have plenty of experience with these kinds of projects.
Jul 19, 2023
Breaking up With Clients at Various Project Phases
Robin Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS, owner of Robin Rigby Fisher Design in Portland, Ore., discussed having to “break up” with clients at various project phases. As someone who has been in the business for more than 30 years, this designer has had some experience with this unfortunate but often necessary challenge.
Jul 6, 2023
Sara Barney on Starting a Professional Organization for Designers: Podcast 52
In our latest podcast, Sara Malek Barney of BANDD/DESIGN in Austin, Tex. shared with us her experience in starting a local organization of design professionals, The Designer Alliance.
Jun 22, 2023
Making a Career Transition Later in the Game
Molly McCabe, AKBD, CLIPP, CAPS, co-owner of McCabe by Design in Washington state, talks to us about how she decided to make a career transition at the age of 61, as well as her ADA-accessible website and favorite products from Design & Construction Week.
Jun 7, 2023
Building a Top-Tier Design Firm in a Remote Location
Jess and Alan Weeth, the owners of Weeth Home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., talked to us about how they can run a successful firm in a remote location, meaning one that does not have easy access to showrooms and retailers.
May 17, 2023
Getting It Right: Casey Ridley on Avoiding Costly Design Mistakes
Casey Ridley of The Designery shares his tips on avoiding the common – and costly – mistakes designers can make if they don’t fully understand the installation requirements for the products they specify.
May 4, 2023
What Every Designer Needs to Know About Their Contracts
Designer Sharon Sherman has spent years perfecting her own contracts and learning about necessary amendments as the whole project experience evolves.
Apr 13, 2023
The Concept of Circular Design in Kitchen and Bath Projects
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, I spoke with Laurence Carr, whose New York City-based eponymous design firm blends beauty, function and sustainability in its projects. We talked about circular design in our industry and how it relates to kitchen and bath projects.
Mar 30, 2023
Minimizing Waste While Creating Sustainable Spaces
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, we’re welcoming Wayne Turett, founder of the architecture firm The Turett Collaborative, based in New York City. Our discussion focused on how designers can complete kitchen and bath renovations with the least amount of waste while creating a more sustainable space.
Mar 16, 2023
Creating a Client-Centric Design Firm
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, I spoke with Veronica Solomon of Katy, Texas-based Casa Vilora Interiors about creating and maintaining a client-centric design firm, something she has done since she started her own business.
Mar 2, 2023
The Inspiration Behind the Design
On this week’s From the Tap Podcast, we spoke with Tina Ramchandani, owner of NYC-based luxury design firm, Tina Ramchandani Creative, about the inspiration behind her designs and how she creates timeless projects.
Feb 15, 2023
Hits & Highlights from KBIS 2023
On this week’s From the Tap Podcast, we talked about all things KBIS 2023. We shared our impressions of this year’s event: energy filled, enthusiastic attendees, good crossover among the various shows, record-breaking attendance.
Feb 7, 2023
A Chat with KBB’s 2022 Person of the Year and Praiseworthy Picks
On this week’s From the Tap KBB podcast, we spoke to the overall winner, Jeanne Chung – along with the Praiseworthy Picks – about their accomplishments and how they are giving back to our industry.
Jan 19, 2023
How Designers Can Fast-Track Their Business Goals with Rebecca Hay
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, we’re welcoming Rebecca Hay, CEO of Rebecca Hay Designs, located in Toronto. In addition to running her design studio, she is also a business coach, helping interior designers achieve entrepreneurial freedom by optimizing their time, money and creativity without sacrificing the things that matter most. Our discussion focused on how designers can fast-track their business goals.
Jan 5, 2023
Driving Profit in Design
Designer Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors in Modesto, Calif., shares her tips for driving profit in design.
Dec 15, 2022
2023 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends
JT Norman, director of business development, product and design innovation for Kitchen Magic, a kitchen cabinet refacing firm in Nazareth, Pa., talks about his picks for what will be hot in kitchen and bath design in 2023.
Dec 1, 2022
Creating and Cultivating Joy in the Workplace and Life
We spoke with designer Nicole Salceda, owner of San Francisco-based Eye for Pretty Design Studio, about creating and cultivating joy in the workplace and in life.
Nov 17, 2022
Developing a Strategic Approach to Clients
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, we’re welcoming Amy Youngblood, founder and lead interior designer of Amy Youngblood Interiors, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. We discussed a key business principle for her studio: developing a strategic approach to clients.
Nov 3, 2022
Tackling Issues That Arise During Kitchen & Bath Projects
Mindy O’Connor, principal of Philadelphia-based Melinda Kelson O’Connor Design, talks about tackling issues during projects, including things that occur behind the walls, concerns with clients and supply chain challenges.
Oct 20, 2022
Designing Outdoor Spaces and Kitchens with Brian Brown
We discussed a residential design element that’s essential in his endless-summer market – outdoor spaces.
Oct 6, 2022
All About Luxury Design
On our most recent KBB – From the Tap podcast, we spoke with designer Christopher Grubb of Beverly Hills, Calif-based Arch-Interiors Design Group about all things luxury. He is no stranger to affluent projects – we have definitely covered some in the magazine.
Sep 22, 2022
Maintaining Your Brand During Turbulent Times
We spoke with designer Nar Bustamante of Nar Design Group in Sacramento, Calif., about maintaining a luxury firm’s integrity during our industry’s ever-changing landscape.
Sep 8, 2022
Incorporating Feng Shui Into Interior Design
This week we spoke with Julie Schuster, a New York City designer who is also a certified feng shui practitioner, about how she uses the Chinese science to promote wellness in her work.
Aug 18, 2022
How to Move Your Business Forward
Gail Doby is a coach and consultant for interior designers. She and her team at Gail Doby Coaching and Consulting have helped more than 10,000 designers in 76 countries move their business forward.
Aug 4, 2022
Effectively Working with the Whole Project Team
Designer Killy Sheer, owner of Austin-based Sheer & Co., tells us how to work effectively with the entire project team. She works with a variety of team members, including internally and externally, all of whom are relevant in completing a successful project.
Jul 21, 2022
How to Stay Creative – in Busy Times and Slowdowns
Designer Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, of Seattle-based Timeless Kitchen Design is no stranger to staying creative. She has spoken on the topic at myriad events, and she recently shared her tips for maintaining creativity during good times and those not so good.
Jul 7, 2022
Perfecting Communication with Your Clients
Susan and Paul Kadilak, owners of Kadilak Homes in the Boston area and hosts of the TV show, "Renovation Rekindle," recently shared their tips for bridging the communication gap with clients. Susan got her contractor’s license in her early 20s, and Paul – who is also a firefighter – has been in the industry partnering with Susan for 15 years.
Jun 22, 2022
All About Vegan Design
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, Deborah DiMare, founder and principal of DiMare Design, discussed a driving force in her practice: vegan design.
Jun 9, 2022
Successfully Designing a Kosher Kitchen
Daniella Hoffer of New Jersey-based Daniella Hoffer Interiors talks about how to design a successful kosher kitchen for your clients. She began creating kosher kitchens starting with her own when her home was built about seven years ago.
May 26, 2022
Differences Between Residential & Commercial Kitchen Design
Brea Elles, founder and director of Atelier Honnete, a design/build firm based in Miami, Fla., fills is in on the differences between residential and commercial kitchen design.
May 11, 2022
Participating in a Design Show House
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, I am welcoming Bob Bakes, cofounder and head of design at Bakes & Kropp, a luxury kitchen design and manufacturing company with showrooms in New York City, the Hamptons, Long Island, Michigan and Palm Beach. We discussed participating in design show houses from a designer’s point of view.
Apr 28, 2022
Creating Boundaries When Working with Family
Calvin and Chris LaMont, who are the stars of HGTV’s new show, “Buy It or Build It," chatted about how to create boundaries when working with family members, as these twin brothers have a lot of experience with that.
Apr 14, 2022
Embracing Children in Kitchen & Bath Design
Designer Malka Heft, founder of Think Chic Interiors, talked about how to design kitchens and bath with children of all ages in mind. She said 90% of her clients have young kids, and she has specific questions she asks to ensure she provides a successful project for everyone involved.
Mar 31, 2022
All About Being a Kitchen & Bath Brand Ambassador
We delved into what it takes to be a brand ambassador in the kitchen and bath industry with seasoned designer Kerrie Kelly of California-based Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. She shared with us how she has gotten involved with various brands throughout the years and which ones she is working with now.
Mar 17, 2022
Using Your Design Talent to Do Good Things
On this week’s From the Tap KBB Podcast, I spoke with Missouri-based designer and winner of HGTV’s “Design Star,” Jennifer Bertrand. We talked about cause marketing, or in other words, how to use your design skills to do good things.
Mar 3, 2022
The Art of Exhibitor Booth Design
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, I am welcoming designer Richard Anuszkiewicz – also fondly known in our industry as Richard A to Z. We discussed what it takes to design exhibitor booths for industry events and the difference between that and residential design.
Feb 17, 2022
And Just Like That – KBIS 2022 Is a Wrap!
On our new From the Tap podcast, I spoke to CE Pro’s executive editor Arlen Schweiger and editorial director of DesignWell 365, Nicholas Boever, about all things KBIS 2022. Each of us had various perspectives from our industries, and our discussion covered everything from new products, trends, programming and the overall show experience.
Feb 3, 2022
Cultivating Winning Teams
Green Forest Cabinetry CEO, John Morgan, and Emily McCullum, the company’s director of market/business development, discussed how to cultivate winning teams for your business. Among many other things, we covered the definition of an exceptional team, how to attract and retain successful talent, necessary skills leaders need to create these teams and innovative ways to work around the labor shortage.
Jan 27, 2022
Designing with Pets in Mind
Designer Sarah Robertson of Studio Dearborn in Westchester County, New York has been getting more requests for including spaces for pets in her residential projects. As people are spending more time at home with their pets these last few years – and maybe for the foreseeable future – it makes sense that they want to incorporate their furry best friends into the mix.
Jan 13, 2022
Managing the Client Experience
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, we talked with designer Rebecca Robinson of Monarch Lane Interiors about managing client expectations as part of the overall project experience, which can help with client retention and referrals for a successful business.
Dec 29, 2021
Top 2022 Kitchen Design Trends
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, we talked with JT Norman, director of product design and innovation for Kitchen Magic, a kitchen cabinet refacing firm in Nazareth, Pa., about his thoughts on the most relevant kitchen design trends we will see coming down the pike in 2022.
Dec 16, 2021
What Homeowners Want from Their Industry Pros
On this week’s From the Tap podcast, we spoke with Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing at Houzz, about what homeowners want from the industry professionals they hire. Houzz recently conducted some research on this topic by surveying 900 homeowners who were planning, in the midst of or had completed a renovation within the last two years.
Dec 1, 2021
Innovative Design Tips from a Pro
On this week’s episode of KBB’s From the Tap podcast, designer Meredith Weiss, owner of Commack, N.Y-based Merri Interiors, gave us an exclusive rundown of the innovative design solutions she’s come up with during her career.
Nov 11, 2021
Connecting with Color
On this week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast, we spoke with Arianne Bellizaire, owner of Baton Rouge-based Arianne Bellizaire Interiors, about all things color with regard to residential projects.
Oct 28, 2021
Getting to Know the 2021 KBB Person of the Year and Praiseworthy Picks
On this week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast, we spoke to the overall winner, Cheryl Kees Clendenon – along with five of the seven praiseworthy picks – about their accomplishments and how they are helping our industry.
Oct 14, 2021
Learning the Value of a Great Contractor
On this week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast, we spoke to Sharon Sherman, who founder of Wyckoff, N.J.-based Thyme & Place Design, about the importance of having a good contractor on your team and how to foster that relationship.
Sep 30, 2021
Going Through Pregnancy While Running a Business
On this week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast, we spoke to Ariana Lovato, owner of California-based Honeycomb Home Design, about what it’s like to be pregnant and run your own business at the same time. This is a topic the designer feels should be shared more in our industry.
Sep 16, 2021
Getting Real About the Skilled Labor Shortage
This week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast topic covers the major elephant in the room – the skilled labor shortage. We talk with Bill Feinberg of Allied Kitchen & Bath about how to attract new workers by thinking outside the box, which messages to send to teachers and parents and how you as design professional can help.
Sep 2, 2021
A Sneak Peek of What’s in Store for KBIS 2022
This week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast is all about KBIS 2022! Registration opened on Sept. 1, and the show takes place Feb. 8 to 10 in Orlando. We recently spoke with Jason McGraw, the KBIS show director, and Mike Waterman, chief sales officer of Visit Orlando, about what’s in store for the live event, as well as what’s new in the sunny city of Orlando since we were all there four years ago.
Aug 18, 2021
Doing What’s Really Best for Your Clients
This week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast talks with designer Morgan Molitor from Construction2Style on how a design pro is able to separate their own style or opinion when it comes time to renovate for a client. We talk about how they deal with letting their clients have a say and not design a space solely for themselves – among lots of other things.
Aug 5, 2021
The Outdoor Living Explosion
This week’s From the Tap KBB podcast topic is on what’s new and exciting with outdoor living, as we know this concept has become even more popular these days. My guest was John McClain, principal designer at John McClain Design. With locations in Los Angeles and Orlando, he is no stranger to outdoor projects, and although he feels this movement was heavily brought on because of the pandemic, it is now here to stay.
Jul 22, 2021
The Couple Conundrum
This week’s “From the Tap” KBB podcast topic – the Couple Conundrum – covered what it’s like to work with significant others with different approaches and opinions. We spoke with John Colaneri, one of the well-known “Cousins” on the hit show(s) on HGTV. He has completed projects on a variety of TV shows, and he also owns his own high-end residential design and custom spec home firm Lilyshea Development LLC serving the New Jersey area. So he has had a lot of experience working with various couples over the years.
Jul 7, 2021
Pet Peeves of the Job
KBB’s second episode of its new podcast – From the Tap – talks about pet peeves that can rear up as a design professional and how to make the most of those situations. Our guest was Patricia Davis Brown, owner of Vero Beach, Fla.-based Patricia Davis Brown Designs. The designer has been in the industry since 1985, so she has had a lot of experience with certain pitfalls of her profession.
Jun 24, 2021
Getting into Product Design
Our first episode – Getting Into Product Design – is a discussion with Matthew Quinn, principal of Atlanta-based Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio, where he shares his advice on an interior designer getting involved in product design, which he has been doing for a little over 10 years.