Today’s episode of the Chaise Lounge is the last of the season, and it is graced by Chris Roughan. Roughan is principal of Roughan Interiors, a high-end residential and commercial firm with offices in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. In today’s conversation with Nick, Roughan talks about how her company is growing more into digital marketing, how a firm can land projects all over the place and the importance of believing in your own capabilities.
Welcome to the final week of the Chaise Lounge season 23. The first designer who will usher the season into High Point weekend is Michele Plachter, principal of Michele Plachter Design in Philadelphia. Plachter tells Nick about how she uses video to market her business and they get into all the ways that business owners can stay out of legal trouble by knowing what their liabilities and responsibilities are.
Today’s episode of the Chaise Lounge is the conclusion of Nick’s adventures in Nashville. In this batch of interviews, Nick talks to Melissa Marro of Rave Home Staging and Redesign, a home staging business that teaches other people how to get into staging themselves and Blair Hamaty, owner of Massachusetts-based staging firm Setting the Space.
This week brings with it a two-part episode of the Chaise Lounge with guests Nick spoke to at the International Association of Home Staging Professionals Conference in Nashville. Today, three guests join Nick in the lounge:
Kelly Moore, the vice president of Karastan a luxury machine-made rug brand. In addition to wool, he tells Nick, Karastan weaves rugs from fibers made out of recycled water bottles and corn.
Sanja Radovanovic, the president of IAHSP Europe and a Rome-based home stager. She offers perspective about the differences between the markets European home staging professionals serve compared to American markets.
Young Kim is the CEO of Washington D.C.- based Staged Interior which he founded with his wife in 2006. Kim talks about the ways Staged Interior markets and specifically the importance of digital and social media marketing.
Visit each of the guests online at Karstan.com, IAHSPEurope.com and StagedInterior.com
On the penultimate episode of the Chaise Lounge season 23, Nick talks to Tish Mills of Harmonious Living by Tish Mills. Tish tells the story of how she came up with degrees in both behavioral psychology and design and she uses both every day, and she tells Nick about the role showhouses play in her career.
Both of these roles are responsibilities she took up after her boss and mentor Kimberly Ward died of cancer in August 2017. Today, McSwain designs and manages projects all over the country with Kimberly + Cameron and works to build an expanding network of black members of the design community to pool and share resources.
The Black Interior Designers Network currently holds one conference per year but may expand to more as the network grows. Be on the look out for events and news at the organization’s news page and on its Instagram @blackinteriordesignersnetwork.
For Keia McSwain’s designs, follow the firm’s Instagram @kimberlycameroninteriors.
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