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Resort Designer & Valentine Project Founder Joni Vanderslice | S25E26

Deciding what you want to do is hard enough. If you’re lucky, you figure it out at a young age. This week’s guest on The Chaise Lounge, Nick May sits down with Joni Vanderslice of J. Banks Design Group, who in her childhood rearranged the furniture in her living room.

J. Banks Design Group specializes in residential and resort design. Joni tells us about the effects to the hospitality industry during this Coronavirus pandemic. Driven by a desire to mix passion and purpose, Joni and her family started an orphanage in Africa where they house 29 children. A true family of the village.


Learn more about J. Banks Design Group and the Valentine Project.

You have to be able to take your passion and your purpose and put them together at some point. You might not do that when you first step out, but that should be the goal.

Chaise Lounge Updates

We just wrapped our latest season of Coast to Coast Design, with Garrison Hullinger and new co-host Lisa Davenport! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

Also check out our pair of hiatus episodes where Garrison and Lisa talk a little about these modern times.

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

Interior Designer Anne Carminati with Guest Host Bruce Macdonald | S25E25

Mixing the old and the new inspires designers from all around the world. Today on The Chaise Lounge, guest host Bruce McDonald talks to Paris’ own Anne Carminati (Maison Anne Carminati). A designer who first cofounded a firm in New York City, and recently started her own firm in France – Anne understands that different locations serve different cultures, different needs.

Anne is a classical and contemporary designer who understands the importance in the stories and heritages of her clients. Using the surrounding natural environments, Anne designs holistic spaces that complement each other. A home in the French countryside will have different design aspects than an apartment in a bustling city. Go figure.

"I think it’s very important to keep your roots, the authenticity, have a strong message, and making the link between the past and the present."

Chaise Lounge Updates

We just wrapped our latest season of Coast to Coast Design, with Garrison Hullinger and new co-host Lisa Davenport! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

Also check out our pair of hiatus episodes where Garrison and Lisa talk a little about these modern times.

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

Interior Designer &TOBE Design Group Founder Todd Ezrin | S25E24

A well-designed space should not merely satisfy a basic need, but should do so artfully and thoughtfully. This is one philosophy of Todd Ezrin, founder and principal of TOBE Design Group, and today’s guest joining Nick May on The Chaise Lounge. But that’s not his only philosophy:

“I was raised in a family to do philanthropic efforts no matter how small it is.”

Todd took architecture in high school, and later started his career in a small multifamily design firm – where he learned much of what he uses today. Since then he’s founded and grown TOBE to do both multifamily and residential, tackling all of the difficulties of running such a complicated business on a day-to-day basis. And of course, we hear a little about how he and his firm are responding to these trying times.

No matter what type of project it is - let's focus on the experience. And the experience of working with us.

Chaise Lounge Updates

We just wrapped our latest season of Coast to Coast Design, with Garrison Hullinger and new co-host Lisa Davenport! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

Also check out our pair of hiatus episodes where Garrison and Lisa talk a little about these modern times.

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

Bespoke Fine Furniture Maker Keith Fritz | S25E23

Much like art, another crucial element of interior design – and living – is furniture. It fills the volume and contributes to our perception of a space, and we interact with furniture in all manner of casual and personal ways. Today on The Chaise Lounge, Nick is joined by Keith Fritz (of Keith Fritz Fine Furniture) and dives deep into the world of fine, bespoke furniture.

The son of a carpenter, Keith was raised in Indiana and taught to respect the value of making your own way and making your own sundries. A jack of all trades who advocates for more bespoke, more personal furniture – Keith has even done custom design work for the Clintons. And he and Nick share an interesting, unique piece of history.

We're very lucky to have a group of clients who want American craftmanship, and want art, and want something that's one of a kind.

bespoke fine furniture maker Keith Fritz Tweet

Chaise Lounge Updates

We just wrapped our latest season of Coast to Coast Design, with Garrison Hullinger and new co-host Lisa Davenport! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

Also check out our pair of hiatus episodes where Garrison and Lisa talk a little about these modern times.

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

Atelier Interior Design Owner and Interior Designer Katie Schroder | S25E22

Come, join us on The Chaise Lounge for a whirlwind tour around the mile high metro. Local experts and today’s tour guides Nick May and Katie Schroder know all the hot spots, and certainly know for sure where specific areas of the city are after having lived here for so, so long.

But seriously folks.

Katie owns Atelier Interior Design here in Denver, has been featured numerours times in 5280 Home and Luxe, and brings a wonderful energy to the show. As we come to something of a middle during the ongoing pandemic, Nick and Katie talk about how things have changed and what comes next as businesses pivot to new modes of operation. Plus, marketing!

I would say I'm a little technology reluctant. I'm not afraid to delve into it ... but it's not my first choice. I'd rather be with a client, have them touch and feel things. But I'm really having to step my technology game up big-time.

Atelier Interior Design owner and interior designer Katie Schroder Tweet

Chaise Lounge Updates

We just wrapped our latest season of Coast to Coast Design, with Garrison Hullinger and new co-host Lisa Davenport! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

And stay tuned for a special episode or two during our hiatus.

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

Art to Designers with Artioli Findlay’s Rebecca Senior and Pauline Findlay | S25E21

Bit of a shorter one today, as Nick invites Pauline Findlay and Rebecca Senior onto The Chaise Lounge. The founder and director, respectively, of Artioli Findlay, Pauline and Rebecca are something of a departure from our usual business of design discussion. So join us for a brief sojourn into the world of art, and learn a little about what it’s like to source and provide art pieces for interior designers – as well as a little about their world in general.

Chaise Lounge Updates

We just wrapped our latest season of Coast to Coast Design, with Garrison Hullinger and new co-host Lisa Davenport! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

And stay tuned for a special episode or two during our hiatus.

 

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

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