265 – Ellen O’Neil and Jane Dagmi: Benjamin Moore and Designers Today

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166
Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690
Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690

Welcome back to The Lounge! Today, Nick sits down with Jane Dagmi, editor-in-chief of Designers Today, and Ellen O’Neil, creative director of Benjamin Moore. Jane shares her expertise on what publishing entails and chats about High Point Market. With Ellen, Nick gets a peek into what it’s like to choose the color of the year. This is an incredibly interesting episode to listen to for any lover of color or designer looking for publishing tips!

Editor-in-Chief, Jane Dagmi

Jane, a Philly girl, is primarily based in Florida and is now starting to spend more time at her new home close to the heart of High Point, North Carolina. Following earning her Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University, she meandered through merchandising and communications.  Then, she stepped into the interior design realm after studying at Parsons in New York City. Sitting on her coffee table, Jane has Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary book and an array of her favorite magazines. She loves to travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to experience the spring snow in the old city.

After 14 years writing and producing stories for Country Living Magazine, she is now approaching her one year anniversary as the editor-in-chief of Designers Today. Jane and her team are creating a magazine of substance, made explicitly for designers.

Ellen O’Neil and the Color of the Year

Ellen O’Neil is the creative director of Benjamin Moore and mind behind Metropolitan. The two talk about the 2019 Color of the Year, Metropolitan AF – 690, and 2018’s red Caliente. Choosing a color is a process that takes many months. The team researches and synthesizes everything they see in clothing, interior design, landscapes, restaurants, and even the coats of horses and dogs. Seems like the team looks practically everywhere!

Metropolitan is inspired by trips to the English countryside and London, muted colors, and feelings of quietness. Ellen vividly describes a scene of the glamorous and timeless color. Ultimately, the complete Trends Palet embraces the color cues seen in trends of everyday life.

Learn more about Jane at www.designerstoday.com and be sure to listen to Recipe For Success! Check out the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year at www.benjaminmoore.com.

My job is like an anthropologist. I have to go out into the culture of design and gather things and put them in an exhibit

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About the Author
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Lauren moved to Denver three years ago and is loving every bit. Though she came to Colorado to study communications, marketing, and journalism, she’s got a love for all things art, design and media related. Lauren’s gig at The Chaise Lounge includes writing, copy editing and creating social media content. When not in classes at the University of Denver or writing about the business of interior design, you can find her with a camera or paintbrush in her hand, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, or on the ski slopes.

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