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S24 E1 – High Point Market Fall 2019: Retail Isn’t Dead and Nick in the Lounge

Patina Vie's storefront
Setting the Space's storefront
Leon & Lulu's storefront

The Chaise Lounge is back from High Point Market. This week brings with it two episodes packed with everything Nick got up to in High Point. This week’s episode is one part Nick’s panel featuring successful independent retailers, Retail Isn’t Dead, and one part classic Nick in the Lounge. 

Nick’s guests on the panel include Sarah Willett of Patina Vie, Mary Liz Curtin of Leon & Lulu, Anne Rainey Rokhar of Trouvaille Home and the SnobShop and Blair Hamaty from Setting the Space. Each of these business owners work in different parts of the industry and different parts of the country, but they all have something to say about how running a store works for them. 

In the second portion of this episode, Nick kicks it in the Universal Designers’ Lounge with Hilary Farr from “Love It or List It,” home stager Bobbie McGrath of Successful Staging, DMc ID’s Drew McGukin and furniture designer Regan Hayes.

"If you buy an 18th century chiar, we've already stripped it down, made sure it's completely solid, we've reupholstered it, and made it so it can go straight into your house."

Chaise Lounge Updates

Welcome to the week of High Point content! Stay in the loop for more on our Instagram and Facebook pages and keep an eye our for our upcoming market events!

 

 

Resources

Upcoming Markets

BDNY – Nov. 10 11, 2019

KBIS – Jan 21 – 23, 2019

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!

S23 E20 – Nick at the International Association of Home Staging Professionals Conference

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

S23 E8 – Die-hard Designer John McClain

On this new week of the Chaise Lounge, Nick talks with John McClain of John McClain Design about passion, the power of marketing by being on TV and the value retail locations can add to a design business. 

S23 E6 – Getting Salty and Saying “No” with Kate Lester

Today on the Chaise Lounge, Nick talks to Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors about growing up in Southern California, wanting to grow up to be rich and evolving into a designer and how fun it is to tell people “No.”

S23 E5 – Bespoke Carolina Retail with Anne Rainey Rokahr

Today on the Chaise Lounge, Nick talks to designer, retail entrepreneur and “Queen of Eclecticism” Anne Rainey Rokahr. Rokahr is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and after a career as a film producer, she returned to her roots and bought the then-34-year-old Snob Shop consignment store before also establishing Trouvaille Home which serves as a retail option for antique and custom pieces. 



Rokahr found design as a second-and-a-half career. She spent time away from film to work as a publicist for a few years before returning to show business and then transforming her life into what it is today, where she curates unique and beautiful pieces of in both fashion and interiors.

If you’re ever in North Carolina, maybe twice a year for some event, you can visit Rokahr at the Snob Shop and Trouvaille Home, and scout them out at their websites TheSnobShops.com and TrouvailleHome.com. And follow Trouvaille Home on Instagram @TrouvailleHome to catch inspiration from Rokahr’s ever-changing collection. 


This episode of the Chaise Lounge was sponsored by Benjamin Moore. Consider specifying their Scuff-X for its longevity, especially in high-traffic spaces. And this episode was also brought  to you with the help of Design Manager, the business software for interior designers that handles project management, order tracking and accounting.

If you have to go to school for six years to do something, you're in the wrong business

Anne Rokhar

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’ll be covering Fall 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.

 

Resources

Upcoming Markets

High Point Market – Oct. 19-23 2019

BDNY – Nov. 10-11, 2019

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!

S22 E4 – Custom Kitchens and Cabinetry with Jean Stoffer

This week, on the first regular Chaise Lounge episode of the season Nick chats with Michigan designer Jean Stoffer. Stoffer is another designer who found out about design as an adult. She grew up in a cozy home that was never intentionally designed, and got a business degree. She discovered the craft of design when she got a job as a business administrator at a design firm where the designers turned her interest into an informal apprenticeship, teaching her how to draft and why choices get made. And one day, a friend of her mother’s called looking specifically for her to help out with her house now that all her kids were off at school. And, through word of mouth, empty-nesters kept seeking her out.

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