The Chaise Lounge

1stDibs’ Anthony Barzilay Freund on the Luxury Marketplace | S28E6

Welcome to this week’s episode of The Chaise Lounge! This week Nick May sits down with Anthony Barzilay Freund the Editorial Director of 1stDibs.

Nick and Anthony discuss the origins of 1stDibs, which was started 20 years ago by Michael Bruno, and their rise up to be the powerhouse that it is today.  With 4,000 individual shops from over 55 countries around the world, 1stDibs not only has luxurious items but also explains the origins of these items.

They also dive into 1stDibs’ survey on The Top Interior Design Trends of 2021

For more information on 1stDibs, check out www.1stDibs.com or follow them on Instagram @1stDibs!

*Editor’s Note: Anthony meant Paul Evans not Paul Williams.

It's my duty to not tell the story that people want to hear, it's to tell them the stories they should be hearing.

Chaise Lounge Updates

 Coast to Coast Design is back baby! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

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!

A Look into the World of Model Home Merchandising with Rhett Alexander | S28E5

Today on The Chaise Lounge, Nick May is joined by Rhett Alexander (Rhett Alexander LLC). Nick has an interesting connection to Rhett, as he designed the community that Nick’s parents are living in now!

Rhett was born in Columbia while his parents were serving in the Peace Corps which he later joined himself. Through the Peace Corps, Rhett was awarded a scholarship and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University. While teaching at a school in Orlando, he attended a community college for interior design and worked as an intern – later starting his very own firm. Rhett Alexander LLC specializes in model home merchandising, sales centers, clubhouses, and vacation homes.

Learn more about Rhett at his website, www.rhettalexander.com or follow Rhett on Instagram @RhettAlexanderLLC!

The single most important thing that I learned was starting every job with a budget and sticking to it.

Chaise Lounge Updates

 Coast to Coast Design is back baby! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

 

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!

Staging the Home with Interior Decorator & Home Stager Anne Carr | S28E4

Welcome! Today in The Chaise Lounge, Nick May sits down with Anne Carr of Anne Carr Designs. Anne is a home stager and interior designer in the Los Angeles area .

Anne discovered her passion for interior design when she helped her friends with creative home renovations. After working in finance,  Anne decided to enrolled in the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) to bring her talent to the next level.

Anne and Nick discuss her transition from finance to interior design, the difference between staging a home and designing a home to be lived in.  Also, Anne shares a tip with Nick, that in his 28 seasons of the Chaise Lounge has never heard.

Learn more about Anne at her website, www.annecarrdesigncom or follow her on Instagram @annecarrdesigns

We lived in a house and I designed it for me, and a woman came up to me and said "You should try staging. This is incredible."

Chaise Lounge Updates

 After a long winter/COVID-related hiatus, Coast to Coast is coming back this Wednesday (March 10).  Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

 

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 Interior Designer Carrie Brigham on Her Journey & Design Education | S28E3

Welcome! Today in The Lounge, Nick sits down with Carrie Brigham of Carrie Brigham Design

Carrie is based in Naples, Florida and graduated from Florida State University in 2008, during the recession.  Nick and Carrie discuss trying to break into the interior design business during that time and Carrie’s journey from working at other design firms to eventually starting her own in 2017.  They also discuss Carrie’s future endeavors.

Learn more about Carrie at her website, www.carriebrighamdesign.com or follow Carrie on Instagram @CarrieBrighamDesign!

I'm more of a strong leader and it was my next step in my natural progression, to take a risk a on myself and go out on my own and launch my own company.

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’ll be covering Spring High Point Market 2019! Stay in the loop on our Instagram and Facebook pages and keep an eye our for our upcoming market events!

Our new podcast Coast to Coast Design is live! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

 

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!

A Conversation with Architectural Digest’s Digital Director, David Kaufman | S28E2

You’ve seen them in the lobby at your doctor’s office. Maybe you’ve even read one. On this week’s episode of The Chaise Lounge, Nick May is joined by David Kaufman of Architectural Digest. 

At Architectural Digest, David is responsible for converting print media to digital content.  Nick and David discuss what it takes to be on the AD100 list, moving news to mobile applications, and trends we are seeing in design like paint colors and converting to multi-use rooms. 

David grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York to attend NYU. He studied journalism and had an internship at another well known magazine. 


Learn more about Architectural Digest at www.architecturaldigest.com

So I think the biggest trend is that people are going to continue to be in their homes much more than they used to before covid which means that there’s going to be a lot of wear and tear on their home.

So I think the biggest trend is that people are going to continue to be in their homes much more than they used to before covid which means that there’s going to be a lot of wear and tear on their home.

Chaise Lounge Updates

Coast to Coast Design is taking a hiatus as we are working to bring you a better listening experience. Stay tuned for further updates.

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!

HGTV/TDN Designer and VP of Global Industry Relations, Ronati: Kelli Ellis | S28E1

Welcome to the Season 28 premiere of The Chaise Lounge! This week on the Lounge, Nick May is joined by returning guest Kelli Ellis with Ronati.

Nick and Kelli are longtime friends who catch up on what they’re doing. Kelli is the VP of Industry Relations at Ronati, a service that provides an online presence for antique art dealers. She is also the designer for the Design Network, which is on smart TVs. Kelli’s creativity has been stirring and is excited about one day being able to film again.

They share a longing for getting out and traveling more. While on a wedding trip to Arizona, Nick made friends with the bartender at the hotel bar! He was in his element when they started to talk about business.

So grab a glass of chardonnay and join us for Season 28!


Learn more about Ronati at www.ronati.com. Follow Kelli on her Instagram @designerkelliellis. Listen to the episode Kelli was originally on  www.thechaiseloungepodcast.com/98-kelli-ellis-interior-design-entrepreneur/.

So I do a lot virtually and of course now we’ve all learned that we can do pretty much almost anything virtually except to paint a wall. Aside from painting a wall, or anything that’s handy, I can design virtually no problem.

So I do a lot virtually and of course now we’ve all learned that we can do pretty much almost anything virtually except to paint a wall. Aside from painting a wall, or anything that’s handy, I can design virtually no problem.

Chaise Lounge Updates

Coast to Coast Design is taking a hiatus as we are working to bring you a better listening experience. Stay tuned for further updates.

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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