The Chaise Lounge

Selling Luxury Through Changing Times: A Panel with Nick May | S26E12

Amy Kartheiser
Mary Pat Wallace
Mary Jo Fasan

As we push through COVID, one word echoes in many businesses: pivot. Today on The Chaise Lounge, Nick May is joined by three guests: Amy Kartheiser (Amy Kartheiser Design), Mary Pat Wallace (Chicago Luxury Beds) and Mary Jo Fasan (Jo Chicago Communications)

With COVID lockdowns and protests in Chicago, these ladies have all found ways to adapt to the changing times through digital services, deliveries and using social media content to help market their businesses.


Learn more about our guests at the links below:

Amy Kartheiser (Amy Kartheiser Design) @amykartheiserdesign

Mary Pat Wallace (Chicago Luxury Beds) @chicagoluxurybeds

Mary Jo Fasan (Jo Chicago Communications) @jochicagocomms

To thread from what you just said about pivoting, one of the best lines I’ve heard through this pandemic is that deprivation leads to innovation.

Chaise Lounge Updates

A new season of Coast to Coast Design is live, with Garrison Hullinger and returning co-host Lisa Davenport! That’s right, it’s their second season together and they’ve got plenty to say. Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business, and keeping up with the changing landscape.

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!

Chicago Interior Designer Donna Mondi | S26E11

Many times, success has a rough beginning. Our next guest started her business the week of 9/11. Joining Nick May today on The Chaise Lounge is Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design. Nineteen years after that tragic event, Donna has turned her startup into a successful firm specializing in luxury.

Formally educated in interior design, Donna discusses learning the business of interior design through an interest in business books. She has grown her business with hard work and expediting services to a business management company. She no longer has to spend as much time in her business and is working on her exit plan. Talk about success!


Learn more about Donna at her website, https://www.donnamondi.com/ and on Instagram @donnamondiinteriordesign!

I think both my husband and I are starting to look at our exit path. I’m a bit younger than him which I probably remind him of enough. And we’re kind of looking at what is that going to look like.

I think both my husband and I are starting to look at our exit path. I’m a bit younger than him which I probably remind him of enough. And we’re kind of looking at what is that going to look like.

Chaise Lounge Updates

A new season of Coast to Coast Design is live, with Garrison Hullinger and returning co-host Lisa Davenport! That’s right, it’s their second season together and they’ve got plenty to say. Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business, and keeping up with the changing landscape.

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!

Luxury Interior Designer Gavin Brodin | S26E10

Luxury: a state of great comfort and extravagant living. For those who live lives of luxury, there is luxury interior design. Joining Nick May on The Chaise Lounge today, Gavin Brodin of Brodin Design Build knows that all too well.

With no formal education in interiors, Gavin found himself thrust into the world of design after moving to Los Angeles (he’d previously fallen in love with L.A.’s winter weather on a Christmas trip). As often happens, he met a guy. Guy worked special events, like the Oscars and Emmys. The rest is history.

Gavin designs luxury residential and commercial spaces, the interior of a Gulfstream G650 private jet being one of them. Celebrities and the social elite have come from all around just for his unique eye and attention to detail.


Learn more about Gavin and Brodin Design Build on his website www.brodindesignbuild.com and on Instagram @brodindesignbuild.

We’ve been fortunate I’ve been doing a couple aviation projects, Gulfstream G650 which have definitely been the most exciting projects that we’ve ever done.

We’ve been fortunate I’ve been doing a couple aviation projects, Gulfstream G650 which have definitely been the most exciting projects that we’ve ever done.

Chaise Lounge Updates

A new season of Coast to Coast Design is live, with Garrison Hullinger and returning co-host Lisa Davenport! That’s right, it’s their second season together and they’ve got plenty to say. Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business, and keeping up with the changing landscape.

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!

Entertainment to Interior Design with Sara Barney | S26E9

Seeing a celebrity in public would render most people starstruck. Our next guest is immune as she worked in entertainment before her transition into interior design. Sara Barney (Bandd Design) joins Nick May today on The Chaise Lounge.

After years in the entertainment industry, Sara went back to school for interior design. She found a way to blend her creative and entrepreneurial spirit and started Bandd Design. Originally intended as a hobby that paid, she couldn’t keep up with her leads and needed to quit her job. What a successful side gig!


Learn more about Sara and Bandd Design at her website, www.bandddesign.com! Also check her out on Instagram @jointhebandd.

I say the number one thing I look for when I’m hiring is the culture fit. This is the first place I’ve ever worked where there has been no drama and there are no major issues that come up within the team. We are all very respectful of one another, really like one another as people.

I say the number one thing I look for when I’m hiring is the culture fit. This is the first place I’ve ever worked where there has been no drama and there are no major issues that come up within the team. We are all very respectful of one another, really like one another as people.

Chaise Lounge Updates

A new season of Coast to Coast Design is live, with Garrison Hullinger and returning co-host Lisa Davenport! That’s right, it’s their second season together and they’ve got plenty to say. Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business, and keeping up with the changing landscape.

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!

The Chaise Lounge Remembers: Throwbacks and Highlights | S26E8

Today on The Chaise Lounge, we bring you something completely different – clips from some of Nick May‘s and our team’s favorite episodes and clips! We even dusted off our very first intro sequence for this Throwback Thursday (Friday). Gotta say, it’s really nice to go back and remember great guests, good times, and big laughs. Plus we finally learn how to pronounce Nick May.

There are timestamps to identify each guest and links to their respective episodes and Instagram pages below. 


Barrie Livingstone – Episode 1 (3:40 – 7:28) @barrielivingstonedesigner

Kia Weatherspoon – Episode 13 (7:28 – 13:18) @kianweatherspoon

Garrison Hullinger – Episode 24 (13:20 – 15:39) @ghidinc

Franco Crea – Episode 254 (15:44 – 19:15) @franco_crea

Bobby Berk – Episode 74 (19:19 – 20:21) @bobby

Ghislaine Viñas – Episode 37 (20:25 – 22:36) @ghislaine_vinas

Sarah Wilson – Episode 134 (22:40 – 24:29) @chansaeraedesigns

Sally Williams – S23 E1 (24:33 – 27:54) @colorfulconceptsinteriordesign

Dan Rak – Episode 191 (27:58 – 32:14) @danrakdesign

Kim Scodro – Episode 21 (32:18 – 37:05) @kimscodrointeriors

Well welcome and thanks for joining me today on the lounge. I'm Nick May your host, and today we're going to be talking about growing your interior design business.

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Chaise Lounge Updates

A new season of Coast to Coast Design is live, with Garrison Hullinger and returning co-host Lisa Davenport! That’s right, it’s their second season together and they’ve got plenty to say. Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business, and keeping up with the changing landscape.

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!

Marketing Genius and Home Stager Karen Post | S26E7

There are lots of ways our guests have entered interior design – some have stumbled into the industry, some have gone through an educational program. Karen Post of Home Frosting joins Nick May today on The Chaise Lounge

She got her start in the sale of a high rise unit, when her realtor advised her to stage her home. Karen started her business and wanted to learn all about interior design, so she attended seminars where she found Nick. Her and Nick have one important thing in common: they know the value of marketing. HGTV even found her website and she has been on four of their shows. Now that’s strong branding!


Learn more about Karen Post and Home Frosting at HomeFrosting.com and follow @homefrostingfl on Instagram.

Sometimes it’s better if you don't know all the stuff because then you don't have any limits. As long as you do your homework and you take care of your customer and you have fun, anyone can do anything.

Chaise Lounge Updates

A new season of Coast to Coast Design is live, with Garrison Hullinger and returning co-host Lisa Davenport! That’s right, it’s their second season together and they’ve got plenty to say. Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business, and keeping up with the changing landscape.

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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