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40 – Shannon Scott : Designing Wine Country

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Happy 2016! We are happy to kick off the new year with our new weekly format and new sponsor. Benjamin Moore just joined us as a sponsor for the show, which is enabling us to produce a weekly format.  We couldn’t be more excited!

Today in The Chaise Lounge we have Shannon Scott of Shannon Scott Design, an all-female studio based out of Los Olivos, California. Living in the middle of wine country has shaped the way and the style in which she designs. She has worked with several wineries, hotels and even designed a castle in Newfoundland. Before all that though, Shannon graduated from UCSB and worked at SFA practicing large-scale hospitality design where she quickly gained recognition for her skillset in the design-build process as well as collaborating with local artisans, which laid the foundation for her comprehensive knowledge of custom design. Shannon touches on decorating verses designing and hospitality design verses commercial design. She has designed some beautiful spaces in the hospitality sphere. Though she does feel it’s important to treat all design projects in the same format. Systems, communication and attention to detail are what run her business as solid as it is. Though Shannon has had her fair shares of ups and downs since she started her business in 1999. She explains the adversity that she has overcome and manifesting the career that she desires.

Shannon can be reached on Facebook and Linked In as well as her beautiful website.

The best small business resource for learning about systems is a book by Michael Gerber called E-Myth.  If you are now into your interior design business, I highly recommend you pick up a copy.  It will be the best investment of time you can make.  BUT, if you want a free copy, all you need to do is give me a review on iTunes!  That’s right, I believe so strongly that this book will help you, that I am giving away 20 copies of The E-Myth to the next 20 people who write me a review in iTunes.  Just take a screen shot of your review, and email it to me at me@nickmay.co with your mailing address.  I will send you one book with free shipping.

Our sponsor Design Manager is your best answer for all your back-office needs.  It will help you with your accounting, paperwork, and logistics.  There are a lot of things to track in your business, don’t leave it up to Word docs and spreadsheets.   If you give DM a try, please let them know you heard about them in The Lounge.

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