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83 – Vanessa DeLeon: Reality TV Designing Star

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Vanessa DeLeon:  Reality TV Designing Star

Joining me today in the lounge is my new friend Vanessa DeLeon, an interior designer based out of New York. A featured designer on the hit shows Restaurant Impossible-The Food Network, HGTV’s Generation Renovation, Designer Challenge, Bang for your Buck, Design Star, DIY’s Rev Run’s Renovation, Ice Loves Coco, and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing. She has made guest appearances on The Better Show, NBC’s Today Show, and is a contributing designer for Open House NYC. Vanessa had a segment on PIX 11 “Vanessa to the Rescue” and was a featured host and designer for You Tube’s Channel Spaces TV ” Your Place is a Deal Breaker”.

In my normal fashion, I start our conversation asking Vanessa how she got into interior design, where she tells be about growing up in her family’s furniture business.  No doubt this is where she learned her love for interior spaces and her drive to work hard. From there we talk about her experiences on numerous designer reality shows and the resulting effects on her interior design firm.

One of the biggest themes that came out of talking with Vanessa is how hard it is to build an interior design firm.  From the outset, a lot of people could look at her and determine that it is a lot of luck and good fortune.  In reality, if Vanessa had not shown up each day to figure out how to leverage each opportunity and maximize her exposure, she would not be sitting on a successful design business.  To balance out her abilities and her time, she had to find someone that would be present and action on her design vision on her projects.  Vanessa talked about finding that person in her right hand project manager Tim Davis.  As the business owners, we need to find those people that compliment and can do the things that we either do not like doing, or that we are not as skilled at.  Vanessa shared that she does not like to deal with the production side of things.  From my point of view, if she didn’t have a competent project manager, her company would not be as successful. 

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com.  Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business.  See ya!




184 – KBIS Show #1

KBIS Show #1

Today in The Lounge Nick interviews two designers and one vendor live from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, Florida. First up, Nick chats with Nissan Ringel of Liteshelf, an innovative lighting solution for kitchen and closet areas. Then stay tuned for Nick’s interview with Kerrie Kelly of Design Lab. Learn about her new business 42nd Street Design and latest brand collaborations. Lastly, Nick receives a personal guided tour from designer Vanessa DeLeon of the kitchen she designed in collaboration with True Residential.

Nissan Ringel- LiteShelf

New to KBIS, LiteShelf, is quite simply, a shelf that doubles as a light. Available in three versions, classic, floating and inset, LiteShelf provides even, shadow-free lighting ideal for closet areas and kitchens. It installs easily with adhesives or brackets. Most task light solutions have a single point light source that leaves behind dark spots and is harsh on the eyes. The even lighting offered by LiteShelf provides a calming, pleasant effect that you have to see to believe. LiteShelf is available through kitchen retailers or local dealers. For more information or to become a dealer visit www.liteshelf.com.  

Kerrie Kelly- Brand Relationships and Custom Furniture

Kerrie Kelly is the owner of Design Lab in Sacramento, California and custom furniture company 42nd Street Design. Available to the public as well as trade professionals, 42nd Street Design manufactures exclusive, custom created products that can not be purchased on Amazon or Wayfair. Their collection of case goods includes secretaries, bookcases, bar cabinets, and dressers. They also sell signature items and accessories specific to their local area of California. Brand relationships are an important component of Kerrie’s business. She continues to maintain her relationship with Brizo and Consentino and has welcomed her new relationship with Coyote Outdoor Living, Feizy rugs and Go Home. These are brands that she was already specified for her clients. Partnering with them brings forth another level to her specification allowing her to specify products that she had a role in designing.  

Recently Kerrie was elevated to Fellow in ASID, a trade organization of which she has been an active and engaged member since her days as a student. ASID has given her training and support that not only has elevated her as a designer but has provided her with the education and resources needed for continued success. Kerrie advises designers to think about design on a global level, seek out continued educational opportunities, and to continue to be your authentic self. You can offer the most value to your clients when you are operating as the truest version of yourself. To connect with Kerrie visit her collaboration page, or sign up for her monthly newsletter on her website. You can also catch her in attendance at the Dallas Market – Jan 17 – 23 and  Las Vegas Market – Jan 28 – Feb 1

Vanessa Deleon- Kitchen Tour with True Residential

Nick joins Vanessa DeLeon for a guided tour of the kitchen she designed for True Residential. Tune in with Nick, Vanessa, and Steve Proctor, the head of the Sales and Market Division at True, as they reveal their newest products on display at KBIS. All products are dual rated for indoor and outdoor use and are available in a variety of finish options. For more information or to build your own True custom appliance visit www.trueresidential.com .  

Chaise Lounge Updates

To provide our listeners with the latest information from our week at KBIS, we will be dropping a new show, recorded live from the showroom floor, every two days. On our next show, Nick will be interviewing an up and coming designer, a seasoned professional, and another vendor.

The Chaise Lounge will be at The Dallas Market for the first time on Jan 17-23.


Benjamin Moore


Design Manager

Universal Furniture

  • Upcoming Events

Atlanta Market – Jan 9 – 16

Dallas Market – Jan 17 – 23

Las Vegas Market – Jan 28 – Feb 1

Modernism Week – Feb 15 – 25

Design Bloggers Conference – March 4 – 6

BD West – April 4 – 5

High Point Market – April 14 – 18

HD Expo – May 2 – 4

ICFF – May 20 – 23

NeoCon – June 11 – 13

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes or on our website at TheChaiseLoungePodcast.com. Lastly, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or post a review on iTunes, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. With that said keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!