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Decorating With Exposed Brick

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Exposed brick is an endlessly debated design element, one you either love or hate. When done incorrectly, decorating around a brick wall can be a bit of an eyesore. Done correctly, however, an exposed brick wall can be quite magical, bringing in a variety of elements. Whether you’re looking for something elegant or rustic, be sure to embrace the aspects of exposed brick when decorating.
Here are a few of our favorite looks that feature exposed brick as either a focal point of the decor, or whether the brick is simply a backdrop.

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Painting over brick isn’t generally something  that’s recommended, simply because of the effort it takes to undo it afterward. If you’re coming in to brick that’s already been painted, use it to your advantage. The look of brick, painted in a crisp white, makes the possibilities for decorating around it endless. Above, you can see that the decorators used a muted color palette alongside their white brick, leaving behind a relaxed atmosphere.

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Weathered brick is always a gorgeous design element, simply because of the ways you can use it to your advantage. It brings in an unparalleled rustic look, and as you can see above, you can pair that with the sleek edges of Scandinavian design.

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Of course, it’s not necessary to leave your brick walls blank. It does take a bit more effort than a simple nail and hammer to hang artwork onto brick, but Bob Vila has you covered. When keeping the natural look of a red brick, use the color palette to your advantage, with some artwork that matches. Hanging artwork isn’t the only way to decorate the wall, though. This floating shelf makes its own statement, but you can put anything on there – books, picture frames, etc.

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Finally, we have the combination rustic and shabby chic look. The decorators either chipped away at many layers of existing paint to expose the brick, or simply chipped away at some plywood that covered it. Whatever the case, the end result is gorgeous. Paired with an open and airy room, this fireplace functions as an understated focal point.

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DECORATING WITH WHITE

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When it comes to interior design there are few colors as timeless, adaptable or popular as white. It is fresh, minimalistic, pure and naturally beautiful, and it can make rooms appear light, airy and larger with minimal effort. When used in collaboration with other colors and shades, white can also be used to create some truly outstanding looks and atmospheres; a blend of neutral tones will give a calming and peaceful aura, whilst juxtaposing white against darker shades will create bold, dramatic interiors.

Interior design that incorporates, or heavily relies upon, white can also be really flexible; it can be painted over with ease, or contrasted with different colors to create stunning new looks. In fact, there are very few colors that don’t blend well with white, making it a treasured staple tone in most homes.

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Decorating with white couldn’t be easier, and there are a number of interior design ideas with white as the key shade. Nautical and coastal themes, contemporary styles, shabby chic and vintage/antique looks that draw on the classical and romantic eras all benefit from the use of white. These themes are relatively easy to achieve with the right accessories, furnishings and contrasting colors; inspiration for these fantastic themes can be found almost anywhere.

White is also great for those who don’t want to be overwhelmed by big blocks of color; utilizing white allows designers to subtly inject color into a room by way of bold accessories and furnishings. A room that is decorated neutrally is often easier to change, too – personality can be added or taken away, and the whole feel of a space can be altered with very little effort.

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Using white in the…
There are a number of ways in which white can be used around the home. In the kitchen, for example, white can be used to lighten and brighten surfaces and preparation areas, helping to keep the space cool and contemporary. Using white with contrasting colored tiles and accessories will give any kitchen a fresh and clean feel and will help to create some truly dramatic looks. Meanwhile, white is always a popular choice in bathrooms, reinforcing the idea of cleanliness and neatness. Again, colored tiles and accessories will really bring a bathroom out of its shell.

White isn’t simply confined to the more functional rooms in the house; it can also be used to make a living room, dining room, or bedroom feel much bigger than it is, truly making the most of the space on offer. Bedrooms can be transformed into ethereal, peaceful spaces with the careful use of white and a selection of accessories, such as white wooden shutters; homeowners can draw inspiration from the clouds to create a haven in which they can drift away, shutting out everything else. Living rooms can also benefit from a lick of white paint, which will allow accessories and furnishings to speak for themselves and ensure that a homeowner’s personality shines through.

Painting with a color as crisp and unforgiving as white can be daunting; there is always a risk that it will appear overbearing, or too clinical. However, when the decorating is carefully planned, with the right accompanying colors, textures and accessories, using white can ensure that interiors stay elegant and stylish for years to come.

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Stark Presentation at Luxury Retail Summit NYC

I had the privilege of representing Stark at the Luxury Retail Summit in NYC yesterday and was able to inform attendees of what I am doing at Stark to protect our relationships with designs while expanding our business to include retail as well. Check out the below post from Luxury Daily‘s blog summarizing my presentation. Also, check out a quick video clip at the end on me speaking about how Ecommerce will help our business!

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NEW YORK – A Stark Carpet executive at the Luxury Retail Summit: Holiday Focus 2013 yesterday discussed the lessons that the company learned while transitioning from trade-only to a retail trade combination.

During the “Stark: Evolving a Luxury Floor Coverings Brand from Trade-only Business to Retail” session, the executive discussed the challenges the company faced and how Stark readjusted its business model to accommodate both trade and retail without compromising its brand DNA and relations with interior designers. Exploring various methods can allow a brand to better adapt to a new market sector.

“Understanding the role of interior designers is vital to Stark,” said Chad Stark, vice president of operations and technology at Stark Carpet, New York.

“Interior designers are responsible for the growth and success of our business,” he said. “They understand the value of our products and translate this to consumers.”

“Designers are valuable consumers based on the frequency of projects compared to the average retail consumer.”

Luxury Daily organized the Luxury Retail Summit: Holiday Focus 2013.

Technological, generational and economic challenges
Mr. Stark shared the brand’s challenges and lessons learned subsequently.

The Internet created design enthusiasts who had wide access to free design materials when previously this was left to a knowledgeable interior designer.

Between Web sites and design magazines, retail consumers are more informed than ever and many circumvent the advice and assistance of interior designers.

For Stark it was important not to tarnish its relationship with interior designers who had helped to elevate the brand to its standing as the leader in luxury floor coverings.

The new generation of consumers is less about touch and feel and is less inclined to travel far distances to experience a product first hand before making a purchase.

With a willingness to purchase online rather than in bricks-and-mortar locations, the new generation of Stark consumers prefer the accessibility of ecommerce.

Stark discovered that this new generation is much more price-sensitive than previous groups of consumers. The Internet and their increased knowledge led to consumers visiting showrooms without a designer in an attempt to buy products directly.

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Adaptations

To accommodate the growing number of informed and price conscious consumers, Stark held warehouse clearance sales every two years in different markets to sell its overstocked products.

Stark discovered that although the warehouse was successful from a consumer standpoint, interior designers pushed back at first. Overtime, interior designers began to bring clients to the warehouse sales.

Next, Stark developed retail outlets with a trade showroom within the same bricks-and-mortar location. The trade showroom was closed off to retail consumers, but the rest of the location was designed with a scaled-down warehouse format.

This concept damaged Stark because the brand featured its high-end exclusive products next to closeout items. From this model, Stark was able to re-envision its retail outposts in the form of Stark Home.

The Stark Home model replicated the exclusive nature of its trade showrooms but created a retail atmosphere as well. In theory, the Norwalk, CT, location was meant to amplify the New York showroom, but designers felt consumers were able to obtain Stark products without their assistance after visiting the showroom.

Stark, valuing the continued support of interior designers, sought out designers circumvented by consumers and compensated their time.

Ecommerce gave Stark significant exposure through flash sales with Web sites such as One Kings Lane, Gilt and Rue La La. Although sales and exposure were successful, the flash sales ruined the exclusive nature of its products while confusing design industry.

In 2014, Stark plans to re-launch its ecommerce site to increase convenience for trade and retail consumers.

Lessons learned
Today, Stark showrooms are rooted in experience. The showrooms carry carpets and fabrics, as well as “cash & carry” area rugs in a combined trade and retail space. To inform retail consumers about Stark, products are accompanied by relevant information allowing for more engagement.

Although the trade area is only shoppable by interior designers, retail consumers are welcome to browse the area. If a product strikes them, Stark suggests a local designer to assist with the project.

The “to-the-trade” program highlights interior designers as partners since their continued patronage has ensured the integrity of Stark. The program includes signature exclusive products for trade professionals such as Stark’s collaboration with fashion label Missoni, additional discounts online and in-store, and special services such a custom product development and home consultation.

Starks trials and tribulations during its adaptations from trade-only to retail is bound to affect the industry as a whole.

“Stark is the only luxury flooring brand and we take risks for the benefit of the industry,” Mr. Stark said.

“It is a scary and thrilling position to be in,” he said. “The industry is changing and the way interior designers work with clients is changing.

“The world is transparent and information is widely found online so our sales will likely to continue to be based on designers.”

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16 Chic Interiors from the 1970s

Sex, Drugs,  Rock and Roll, and now interiors…ahhh. Do you ever wish you got to live in the 1970s? I know I do. These room are, as Austin likes to say, “Groovy baby, yeahh.”

I want to point out an interesting difference between design preferences in the 1970s versus now; all of these pictures show wall-to-wall carpeting installed everywhere. In a sense, wall-to-wall carpeting was a sign of luxury, and having a large amount of exposed wood flooring was not considered eloquent.  Today, however, you see hard wood floors throughout entire homes. Personally, I prefer the look of the 70s…Then again, I was born loving carpet so I might be biased…

1. A soothing design and color scheme complimented by the Les Damiers design from Stark Carpet.

A soothing design and color scheme.

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2. Aside from the TV, this photo looks like it is straight out of an Ikea catalog.

Aside from the TV, this photo looks like it is straight out of the Ikea catalog.

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3. Nothing says 1970s more than a sunken living room, but the color palette keeps it modern.

Nothing says 1970s more than a sunken living room, but the color palette keeps it modern.

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4. ’70s ski chalet chic?

'70s ski chalet chic?

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5. This looks like an awesome place to host a key party.

This looks like an awesome place to host a key party.

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6. The mix of pieces from different decades keeps the design timeless.

The mix of pieces from different decades keeps the design timeless.

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7. Minimalist design: Two acrylic hanging bubble chairs and a million dollar Warhol silk-screen.

Minimalist design: Two acrylic hanging bubble chairs and a million dollar Warhol silk-screen.

8. OK, the carpet is horrendous, clearly not a Stark, but the swing is awesome.

OK, the carpet is horrendous, but the swing is awesome.

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9. A nice nod to Mid-Century Modern.

A nice nod to Mid-Century Modern.

10. The monochromatic harvest gold color scheme is so bad it (almost) works.

The monochromatic harvest gold color scheme is so bad it works.

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11. Really amused by the fact that the wall graphic coordinates with the bedspread…

Really dig the fact that the wall graphic coordinates with the bedspread.

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12. The perfect spot to curl up with a good book.

The perfect spot to curl up with a good book.

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13. Kind of forward contemporary design for the 1970s, it looks like it could be right at home on the set of Miami Vice (which I am all for).

Kind of forward contemporary design for the 1970s, it looks like it could be right at home on the set of Miami Vice (which I am all for).

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14. Surprisingly the mix of Egyptian blue, burnt orange, and white work really well together.

Surprisingly the mix of Egyptian blue, burnt orange, and white work really well together.

15. Like number 6, this has a very timeless design.

Like number 6, this has a very timeless design.

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16. Seriously, this is an awesome bathroom. It looks like a cross between the Playboy Mansion and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Seriously, this is an awesome bathroom. It looks like a cross between the Playboy Mansion and 2001: A Space Odyssey .

Via steampunkopera.wordpress.com

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Ultimate California Bachelor Pad

It has always been somewhat of a dream of mine to move to California. The weather is great, and people are relaxed, and the beaches are beautiful. The house in this article was Esquire Magazine’s 2010 Ultimate Bachelor Pad, and I couldn’t agree with them more.

Each year since 2003, Esquire Magazine has taken a house and turned it into a design showcase. They call it their “Ultimate Bachelor Pad” but it really does serve a higher purpose: The remodeled space is used to host some of the season’s biggest charity and celebrity events. And the house for sale winds up getting a lot of terrific exposure.

2010’s esquire Ultimate Bachelor Pad is located in Doheny Estates in Hollywood Hills. The 9,000-square-foot house was completely rebuilt from the ground up and newly outfitted under the design guidance of Elaine Culotti of Porta Bella. The remodeled home now boasts of 11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, an infinity pool, two-story pool house, hot tub and gym. Add to this a $500,000 music studio complete with state-of-the-art recording equipment, a one-of-a-kind $200,000 flight simulator that responds to body movements and an interactive 65-inch multi-touch video wall from Obscura Digital featuring Hard Rock memorabilia and you realize why they call it the “Ultimate Bachelor Pad”. The home is listed at $18.9 million.

Some of the top designers who contributed to making this property include, Mark Cutler, who did the study; Annette English who designed the master bedroom; Lonni Paul on the gym; and Ron Boren did the landscaping.

The house will made its world debut on October 15th 2010 with a benefit for the International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian relief organization. There are a number of events lined up for the Esquire House. What is more, for the first time this year, there will be a cable TV show on the re-making of the Esquire House. The DIY Network has scheduled it to air in January, hosted by Amy Matthews.

The Esquire House will host a season of red-carpet galas and events to benefit very worthy charity partners, including City of Hope, FasterCures, International Medical Corps, Oceana, and Oxfam. The famous hospitality of the Esquire House is enhanced by contributions from Absolut, DonQ, Glenfiddich, Heineken, and Woodford Reserve; cigars from Montecristo; and bounteous steak from Robinson’s Prime Reserve.

With its 2010 return to Los Angeles, the Esquire House continues its tradition of re-invention, and bringing the Esquire tagline, “Man at His Best,” vibrantly to life.

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5 Great Home Improvements available through Service Runner

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It took me about 3 months from the time I moved into my NYC apartment until I felt like it was my home. If only ServiceRunner.com existed back then…

The recent upswing of visually pleasing technologies like Houzz and Pinterest prove that we all spend a good amount of time finding beautiful home interiors that we wish could be our own. A common misconception is that these renovations are too costly, but the fact is it can be done! This is why one of my good friends is working with ServiceRunner.com: a website that can turn your home improvement dreams into reality affordably. The site is a marketplace that matches qualified contractors ( ie “Pros”) to dreamers like me and you across the NY tri-state area, making sure you’re getting the best price for any job.

Here’s are five great home improvements that you can book through Service Runner to make your home look more luxurious without breaking the bank:

1.     An antique TV frame adds simple elegance:

Antique TV Frame

A handyman will be happy to help you with this project

2.     A modest, organic kitchen area:

Rustic Kitchen

A handyman will be happy to help you build your own rustic kitchen

  1. 3.     A minimalist table:

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Have a carpenter bring some understated aesthetics to your home

  1. 4.     A little outside stonery:

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Have a landscaping Pro come enhance your greenery with stones

  1. 5.     A built-in shower shelf will make your life easier (and fancier)

Built-In Shower Shelf

A windows & walls expert will carve a cubby for your bath shower needs

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22 Brilliant Ideas For Your Tiny Apartment

As a follow up to my last blog post, I figured I’d stick to the BuzzFeed format and re-blog another one of their posts called 22 Brilliant Ideas For Your Tiny Apartment. This is especially relevant for anyone like me living in New York City. The only thing missing from this list is a great Stark rug like any of these. Enjoy 🙂

No matter how tiny that studio apartment is, nothing beats having your own space. Here are some actually feasible ideas that don’t involve remodeling or a completely unrealistic warehouse loft.

1. Place a curtain around the bed.

Place a curtain around the bed.

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It’ll give your sleeping space some tranquility and a nook-like feel.

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2. If your workspace only consists of a laptop, just use a bookshelf instead of taking up space with a desk.

If your workspace only consists of a laptop, just use a bookshelf instead of taking up space with a desk.

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3. The curtain separator works for a kitchen too.

The curtain separator works for a kitchen too.

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4. Use a piece of plywood to build a makeshift wall that you can place a desk against.

Use a piece of plywood to build a makeshift wall that you can place a desk against.

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5. Or a pull-down screen.

Or a pull-down screen.

Doubles as a surface to project movies on!

6. Put the bedroom under a gigantic canopy.

Put the bedroom under a gigantic canopy.

It’ll give the illusion of a private fort.

7. Use your TV to mentally separate your sleeping space from your entertainment space.

Use your TV to mentally separate your sleeping space from your entertainment space.

Also: love the accent wall in the “bedroom.”

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8. Opt for sliding doors for closets and bathrooms.

Opt for sliding doors for closets and bathrooms.

They require less space than swing-out doors.

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9. Repurpose an old window for kitchen separation.

Repurpose an old window for kitchen separation.

Also: a kitchen island on wheelies can provide some much-needed counter and storage space.

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10. A chest doubles as a coffee table and as storage.

A chest doubles as a coffee table and as storage.

11. Set your bed up against a wall so you can prop pillows up when you need to use it as a couch.

Set your bed up against a wall so you can prop pillows up when you need to use it as a couch.

12. Make a couch that swivels into a bed.

Make a couch that swivels into a bed.

You can finally get that dreamy sectional you’ve always wanted. Get the DIY here.

13. Use seating as an opportunity to store as much stuff as possible.

Use seating as an opportunity to store as much stuff as possible.

Instead of plain old chairs, opt for seating that serves double duty, like storage ottomans and storage couches.

14. Make use of a ladder in dead space behind a door.

Make use of a ladder in dead space behind a door.

You can hang things off of it, like a throw or a winter jacket.

15. Use your window as a projector screen.

Use your window as a projector screen.

If you’re not the type to watch television but still want the option to screen movies in your apartment, buy a white screen for your windows that double as blinds.

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16. Place your sofa against the bed.

Place your sofa against the bed.

17. Chaise lounges are a good alternative to regular-sized couches.

Chaise lounges are a good alternative to regular-sized couches.

They’re generally shorter than full-sized couches and are more versatile than a loveseat. And if you get two of them, you can sandwich them together into a makeshift bed.

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18. Turn your bed into a movie pit with a heavy dresser or console.

Turn your bed into a movie pit with a heavy dresser or console.

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19. A ceiling-hanging clothing rack takes advantage of your vertical space.

A ceiling-hanging clothing rack takes advantage of your vertical space.

The one shown here doesn’t look bulky or monstrous, and you have enough vertical space to stack things like shoes or books underneath.

20. Don’t have space for a couch? Giant pillows on the floor can be laid out when you have guests over.

Don't have space for a couch? Giant pillows on the floor can be laid out when you have guests over.

And then put away when you need the floor space. SO COZY.

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21. Build a super simple foldout table that’s mounted to the wall.

Build a super simple foldout table that's mounted to the wall.

If you have basic carpentry skills, you can make an incredibly simple kitchen table that folds back up onto a wall with some wood and some hinges.

22. Put your bed on lockable casters.

Put your bed on lockable casters.

This way, you can easily wheel it to be used as extra seating in the living room, or against a wall when you need some floor space to do an impromptu yoga routine or gymnastics flip.

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Tastemaker makes high-end design affordable

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Everyone should live in a well designed home. Until recently, that was almost impossible for those who could not afford an expensive interior designer. Tastemaker decided to mix things up…

The below post has been adapted from a post on Editor at Large on April 22nd 2013

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Last week marked the official launch of Tastemaker, an online service that connects designers with homeowners, and offers a turnkey decorating process. The site is available for San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Additional cities will be announced in the coming months.

The first step, Meet a Decorator, asks users to submit a Room Brief. Tastemaker will handpick three professional decorators who fit the style and budget outlined in the Brief. The selected decorator will respond with a vision for the space and a flat-rate quote. Finally, the customer hires the decorator and the project begins.

After further consultation with the homeowner, the designer creates a scheme and delivers a Tastemaker Design Box with floor plans, paint colors, detailed product info, and any additional instructions the client will need to finish the room. The client has the opportunity to make the new design a reality by purchasing any or all of the suggested furnishings from Tastemaker.

Editor at Large interviewed Tastemaker’s CEO and co-founder Joe Fraiman, who has a background in software engineering but calls himself a “design junkie.” He created the site with co-founders Esther Park, Juan Vasquez and Kyle Larson—none of whom have a background in design.

EAL: Where did you get the idea for the site?

JF: Tastemaker began with four friends who had a common problem: we loved home design, but we couldn’t create our own dream homes. Kyle designed his own home from scratch. It came out perfectly, but he couldn’t get the furnishings quite right. Juan loved to hunt for unique pieces for his home, but it was time consuming, and he felt like he’d never have a complete apartment. Esther loved to shop for home products online. But she had a hard time editing her ideas and pulling everything together into a cohesive design. Joe hired an interior decorator to help him, but the cost ended up being way too high. We all thought there should be a better solution that would work for each of us, but we couldn’t find one. So we decided to build it.

EAL: How did you begin to pull the business together? 

JF: We started by finding customers and matching them manually with designers. We had no website, we just did everything over email and by phone. We experimented with a number of different ways of connecting people and in the process we learned a lot about what worked and what didn’t. At the same time, we were designing and building our initial website. As the website took shape we shifted more and more of our process online, and again we tried different approaches to see what worked best. Along the way we raised venture capital and built a team of people to work with our designers and our customers. Now our team is 58 people, mostly designers, and we’re still growing.

EAL: What are your hopes for the site in the near term and the long term? 

JF: In the near term, we’d like to become the go-to place for designers to come to find great new projects, and we’d like to expand to work with clients all over the US. Long term, we’d like to build a platform and a community to help designers do more of the work they like and less of the work they don’t like, at every point in their career.

EAL: What other directions do you see the site taking?

JF: We always want to be focused on solving problems for our two key groups of customers—designers and clients. For designers, initially that meant connecting them with more customers and handling things like payment processing and marketing. In the future we’d like to give them tools to help them find products faster and help them create their design artifacts faster. For customers, we want to expand to be able to work in more cities and give customers access to designers from all over the world.

EAL: What is the biggest benefit of using this site for the consumer? For the designer?

JF: For the consumer: it saves them time and money. If they don’t want to go down the road of hiring a professional designer in the traditional way, perhaps for cost reasons, yet don’t have time or skills to do it all themselves, Tastemaker provides the happy medium. And it allows them to get a design quickly—in as little as two weeks. For the designer: it brings them an additional source of income. Our designers like the fact that we are out there marketing their services and finding them customers, then removing many of the tedious administrative parts of the process so they can focus on the creative design itself. They see this as a great way to maintain their business between large projects and many of them love getting to work with different types of clients.

EAL: Who are the main users of the site?

JF: Anyone who wants help decorating his or her home. We’ve had bachelors, young married couples, families and career couples all use our service.

With Tastemaker, users can get the help of an interior decorator at approximately 80% less than the cost of a traditional design service. Custom mood boards cost only $25 and complete design packages start at $400 per room.

For decorators, Tastemaker is a source of new clients and a way for them to focus on the most creative part of the role—the design itself—rather than administration or purchasing. Tastemaker’s 30 decorators are all experienced, in-demand professionals and represent a wide range of styles.

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BDC Style Watch: Living room tips

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On this week’s Boston Design Center Style Watch, Anna Rossi joins with interior designer Kristine Mullaney to show off some great living room décor ideas.

In Mullaney’s room she showed off, she said she wanted to keep the room light and airy. She brought light into the space with items like a Venetian mirror, a beautiful Stark Oushak rug, and other items with reflective quality helped to bring the light the room really needed.

She says to start with a carpet you adore, because it’s a great investment piece which other concepts can be built around.

For more, watch this attached video.

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Elle Decor: “When Design is the Family Business”

 

Elle Decor March 2013 Cover

Elle Decor, a top tier shelter magazine published by Hearst Magazines, wrote an article this month featuring young entrepreneurs who have joined their family businesses.  The article features A. RudinStarkHorchow, and Phillip Jeffries. I was fortunate enough to be quoted in their Facebook post announcing the article online! Thank you Elle Decor (and thanks for the “like” dad)!

Elle Decor Facebook Post

The article is right on point. Check out the first paragraph below:

Jobs like “app designer” and “video game producer” may be trendy career paths, but not every recent graduate is determined to live in the cloud. Young designers are devoting themselves to carrying on their families’ established brands, creating artisanal and luxurious home furnishings. Armed with tablets and iPhones, these tech- and fashion-savvy entrepreneurs are preserving tradition while pushing it forward.

Read the entire article by clicking here.

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