During this time of coronavirus, it's more important than ever to get creative to attract and connect with the customers and clients that support your design or home furnishings retail business. Get your learning on with Furniture, Lighting & Decor at our next Home Design Business Think Tank, Maximizing Profitability on Tuesdays, starting September 15 and wrapping up October 6. Register under the headers below for the panels you'd like to attend and check back often as we fill out the panelists for coming panels. Thank you to our sponsors Crestview Collection, Temple Furniture and International Market Centers.
Home Design Business Think Tank
Maximize Your Profitability: We’ll explore the facets of growing a successful interior design business in this series of four panels — from the categories and opportunities you should be considering to ways to make money outside of client interaction. The following four panels will explore growth opportunities in interior design and home furnishings retail.
Down to Digital
What are the additional revenue streams designers and retailers should be looking at to 1) grow and cement an online presence and 2) bring in additional revenue when home furnishings sales and design clients are limited. What virtual educational and design services can you offer for added value to your customers and a boost to the bottom line? REGISTER HERE
September 29, 3:00 PM ET
Benefits of the Retail/Designer Business Model
We’re seeing more designers opening retail showrooms, and retailers delving into the designer side of the business. Whether brick-and-mortar or e-commerce, how does playing in both the retail and design spaces open up opportunities in the home design market? These hybrid designer/retailers share what works best for them and how to be successful in both retail and design channels.
October 6, 3:00 PM ET
Where’s the Growth?
Designers and retailers need to have their fingers on the consumer pulse. Do retailers need to branch out into new categories? Is e-commerce an essential in today’s environment? Does balancing hospitality, residential and more help a designer’s bottom line? Are there new business models retailers and designers should be keeping an eye on to ensure longevity in times of crisis?
September 15, 3:00 PM ET
Panelists: Laurence Carr, Laurence Carr Designs; Carrie Fusella, Design Alternatives Inc.; Colleen Waguespack, Colleen Waguespack Interiors; Kirsten Recce, Black Whale Lighting.
The Ins and Outs of Product Design and Licensing
Designers know what they need for a project but it’s not always available. How do you develop your own designs, find vendor partners to create them and then secure licensing deals that showcase your brand aesthetic? Our designer panel shares their experiences and expertise on the path to creating product for design clients or to bring their brands into new dimensions.
September 22, 3:00 PM ET
Panelists: Shayla Copas, Shayla Copas Interiors; Libby Langdon, Libby Langdon Interiors; Edward Nader, Nader's Gallery; and Gracen Ashton; Sorella Glenn.
SEE THIS PANEL HERE