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.

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…
Sandra Funk Interior Design Standard
Sandra Funk

Designer Sandra Funk to Launch Interior Design Business Program

New York and New Jersey-based interior designer Sandra Funk of House of Funk has announced the introduction of a business-facing program as an extension of her company, “The Interior Design Standard…

Interior Design Career Lessons Learned

No matter the industry, everyone has some cringe-inducing memories they look back on from early in their careers where they learned something the hard way and added another thing to their mental “do…
tips for design selection process
Help clients make interior design selections with these 7 tips.

7 Tips to Streamline the Design Selection Process for Clients

For many remodelers (and these practices apply to interior designers), this process has become extremely protracted and complicated; so much so, that a group I work with in California found that the…

High Point Market Authority Teams Up with Design Influencers Conference to Co-Produce Brand Track

The High Point Market Authority has once again teamed up with the Design Influencers Conference to launch and co-produce a brand track for the 2020 conference, to be held in San Francisco on March 1-…