Designer Education

Product designers, interior designers and lighting designers are working in a changing industry. Competition from online services, DIY and home improvement tv shows, plus changing consumer lifestyles have continued to shift the way business is done. In this section, product designers, interior designers and lighting designers can read news, trend articles and more.

Melissa Galt Attracting Luxury Clients
Melissa Galt Discusses Finding the Millionaire Interior Design Client

The Millionaire Next Door: Your Next Luxury Design Client

Sometimes called the “Invisible Rich,” those who qualify as the millionaire next door can be good design clients. Few have inherited their wealth, instead they’ve worked hard to earn it and they are…
randall whitehead
An upscale establishment on Duval Street in Key West.

Color is Key in Commercial Lighting Design

Everywhere I go now I see color being used and misused in commercial environments. In some instances the mistake is obvious and a small fix would greatly improve the situation. In other situations it…
KUFRI
Mili Suleman with her KUFRI textiles designs.

Masterminding a SHIFT: The Forum Changing the Dallas Design Scene

Deep in the heart of Texas, two women were dissatisfied with a design scene they felt was years behind New York and Los Angeles. So Mili Suleman, founder and designer of Dallas-based KUFRI, a textile…

Interior Design Business Coach Rides the Learning Curve

Melissa Galt understands the design industry. She cut her teeth in hospitality management. She runs an interior design firm.  She comes by her predilection for interior design quite naturally — her…

3 Tips for Organizing Your Interior Design Business

Do you struggle getting organized? If you do, you’re not alone. I’ve worked with many clients who struggled staying organized. I’ll never forget visiting a client for the second time, years ago. It…
Martha O'Hara Interiors
Office Designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. Troy Thies Photography.

5 Goals for Interior Design Entrepreneurs in 2020

January is the perfect time of year for interior design entrepreneurs to reflect on the past year and set business goals for 2020. If you haven’t done this yet, I’d love to walk you through some of…
Cisco Brothers showroom
High Point exhibitor Cisco Brothers is SFC certified and committed to responsible wood sourcing. The manufacturer uses Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood in its frames and furniture.

The Sustainable Designer’s Guide to High Point Market

Today’s consumers are increasingly interested in sustainably-designed products and spaces. According to the Sustainable Furnishings Council’s (SFC) 2018 Green Home Furnishings Consumer Study, 98…
environmental impacts of luxury furnishings
Helen Rutledge, owner of antique shop Bibelot, says mixing antiques like this Georgian Pine Secretary with modern pieces looks fresh and luxurious.

Minimizing Environmental Impact With Eclectic Antique Furniture

With today’s consumer looking more toward the sustainability of the products they purchase, there is more to designing a luxury space than the beauty of the pieces. Clients want to know where their…
Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.
Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.

5 Passive Income Streams for Interior Designers

Are you aware of how digital technology can give you multiple passive income streams? In today’s interior design world, savvy interior designers have extra revenue streams because one-on-one…
Succession Planning for your business
Are you ready to be "fired" from your business? There is planning involved.

Are You Ready to Be Fired? 5 Tips for Your Business Succession Plan

Many years ago, I was having lunch with a business friend who was moving into the final stages of his career. I asked him, “So what are you focused on now?” He said something I will never forget. He…