Blog Posts | Success - Better By Design It

Strategy - Take Time To Evaluate What's Working...and What's Not

"Old Stuff Does Not Open New Doors" As a business owner and creative entrepreneur, I am always...

Sep 28, 2017

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Strategy - Establish A Design Process For Success

Establishing A Design Process Early For Success It is super important to have a process in pla...

Sep 08, 2017

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Trending Style: The Appeal Of Live & Work Spaces

The Appeal Of Live/Work/Play  "I will be right down...." The idea of living above the sto...

Sep 05, 2017

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Strategy - Freelance To Expand Your Network And Portfolio

  Getting out into the work force in today's rapidly changing market is challenging but d...

Sep 01, 2017

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Design - Beautiful Ceilings and Why

Ceiling Details Are Often Considered Last When building a new property, architects will always...

Aug 29, 2017

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Strategy - Tips on Staying in The Moment

  There is nothing like nature to remind me to be right where my feet are....   St...

Aug 27, 2017

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Design - Trending..Courtyards

Courtyards Provide An Allure - An Escape The Above: Upper East Side, New York  by Steven ...

Aug 26, 2017

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Design Strategy - Narrowing In On Style

With So Many Design Images And Styles.... It is difficult to narrow the focus.  Not for d...

Aug 10, 2017

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Design Strategy - The Winning Combo

Shopping For Those "Treasures" That Round Out A Project Have you ever purchased art, accents, ...

Aug 08, 2017

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How Value To Your Creativity

Creativity is a natural gift.  It is something to be revered, respected and valued.  ...

Aug 05, 2017

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Design Strategy - Editing And Knowing When To Stop

Editing a room, or a design requires intuition When our name is on it, of course, we want it t...

Aug 04, 2017

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Design - Working With Curated and Collected Pieces

Art and Artifacts, Collections and Curated Items.... They truly are valuable in reflecting who...

Jul 28, 2017

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Design Strategy - 5 Tips To "Yes"

Designing a new space is expensive....How to get to Yes Whether you are working with a client ...

Jul 28, 2017

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Interior Design - Why Wall Treatments Are Important

Wall Treatments Are Key In Creating A Finished Space This powder room is adorable....but what ...

Jul 25, 2017

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Successful Design Business - Why Mentor?

I Am A Busy Designer ...So Why Mentor?? I have been in business for almost all of my life. &nb...

Jul 15, 2017

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Time Alone Benefits Everyone

Time Alone Is Necessary  It is a way to recharge and process.  This quote made me la...

Jul 15, 2017

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Strategy - Feeling Stuck? Tips To Overcome Blocks

Sometimes I Get So Focused On The Goal Deadlines, schedules....life gets me focused on the goal....

Jul 14, 2017

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Creative Careers Require Courage

Creativity Is An Extension Of Ourselves When we choose a career that is creative, we are choos...

Jul 08, 2017

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Success By Design - 5 Ways To Work In Interior Design

  Talent and Hard Work Are Needed  As in most fields, you have a certain skill set an...

Jul 08, 2017

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Home Office - Set The Intention

Setting the Intention It could be the humblest of spaces .....but it sets a tone, an intention...

Jul 01, 2017

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Inspiration - Keep It Close

Creatives Do What They Do Best When they keep the inspiration fluid and available around them....

Jul 01, 2017

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Why Don't More Women Start Businesses?

A Recent NY Times Article by Claire Caine The question of why more women do not start bus...

Jul 01, 2017

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Trending In Design - Porcelain Slabs and Sintered Compact Surfaces

Compact Sintered Surfaces and TPT TPT and Compact Sintered Surfaces were introduced years ago ...

Jun 24, 2017

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Strategy - Embrace Change To Stay Strong In Business

Change isn't comfortable but adapting is key As an entrepreneur, I have always had to stay in ...

Jun 24, 2017

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Dwell on Design LA 2017

Inspiration, Innovation, and New Resources  As a designer and entrepreneur,  it is i...

Jun 24, 2017

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Design Business Strategy - Projects With Quick Turnarounds

Furnishing A Project Completely in Four Weeks It seems like it should be an easy task but those ...

Jun 10, 2017

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Design Business Strategy - 5 Tips from a Tile Expert

Tile is Tile....Easy Right? No. Be Informed   Tile is a detail that adds beauty and funct...

Jun 10, 2017

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The Home Office - Transitioning into a Remote Office Space

More and More As the Work Force Changes, People are Working Remotely....The Home Office - Desig...

Jun 03, 2017

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Designing Your Life - It Takes Planning

Your Best Life Is Waiting....It Is By Design Goals...Yes.  But this is more.  Right ...

Jun 03, 2017

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Career and Life Design Strategies - Managing Fearful Thoughts

Managing Fearful Thoughts That Can Get You Stuck Throughout your career...whether you are &nbs...

Jun 02, 2017

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Custom Wood Furniture - 5 Tips From An Expert

When The Design Is Unique.....You Have To Go With Custom Before the economic recession, there ...

Jun 02, 2017

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Employee or Entrepreneur....Or Both?? Staying Relevant in Today's Work Force

With Careers Changing Up More and More...Staying Relevant is Key  In the past, the typica...

May 26, 2017

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Presentation Success - Tips to Streamline the Process

Streamlining the Process of a Presentation  I often hear clients talk about working with ...

May 26, 2017

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Closet Envy - 5 Tips From a Closet Design Expert

By Utilizing Others Expert Talents, You Will Shine and Your Clients will be happy I have worke...

May 26, 2017

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Inspiration - Take Aways from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2017

Showcase Homes are a Great Source of Inspiration This week I toured the Pasadena Showcase Hous...

May 20, 2017

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Small Steps For Success

Starting Anything is Intimidating  Often goals and dreams  are put off or reschedule...

May 20, 2017

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Smart House - Home Automation

Smart Home - Smart Designer...Tips from an Expert Its with rapid advancement that homes are be...

May 19, 2017

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My La Cienaga Design Quarter 2017 Experience

Hollywood at Home   This is An Absolutely Delicious Event This event has brought new li...

May 12, 2017

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Are You An Entrepreneur By Default?

You're In Demand Without A Plan Here's a hypothetical.  You are an employee and you love ...

May 12, 2017

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Lighting - 5 Tips From An Expert

Choose Wisely Decorative lighting is clearly a beautiful addition to a  designed space an...

May 12, 2017

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Trends - How To Design For Today and Years To Come

  Forecasting Trends:  Design Tips That Go The Distance Trends reflect our times and ...

May 05, 2017

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Rugs - Experts Provide 5 Types and Tips

    Identifying and Knowing the Quality  Rugs "ground" and identify a space, pr...

May 05, 2017

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Reaching Goals By Design

  A Rooftop Business Lunch Sitting on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles made me ...

May 05, 2017

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Designing For Marital Bliss - Overcoming The Ugly Chair

Designing A Work Around To Keep The Peace Designers wear many hats.  One of them is to wo...

May 05, 2017

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Plumbing - 5 Tips From An Expert

Ferguson Plumbing  I have been using Ferguson plumbing for many years.  I can rely o...

Apr 28, 2017

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Feeling Stuck in Your Career? 5 Steps To Get You On Track

Decorate It Feeling a little stuck on your career path?  In a hallway is what I sometimes...

Apr 28, 2017

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What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Interior Design Business

  And Glad I Didn't Know I didn't plan on becoming an interior designer....it found me. ...

Apr 28, 2017

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Creating Success By Design

A Valuable Resource and Story That Inspires Montana Ave. , Santa Monica, CA is a small street in...

Apr 21, 2017

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It's In The Planning - 5 Business Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs

Planning and Preparing Are The Keys To Success... Whether it's as small as a floral arrangemen...

Apr 21, 2017

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Time Management Strategies for Creative Entrepreneurs

Its 4 pm And You Are Still in Your Pajamas As a creative entrepreneur...it is easy to get caug...

Apr 20, 2017

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Retail Furniture Showrooms - Help or Harm?

Retail Furniture Showrooms - Help? or Harm? The field of interior design has changed rapidly o...

Apr 14, 2017

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The LIST - Delegating and Outsourcing is Key

The List - Delgating and Outsourcing is Key "THE LIST.... keeps me out of the moment.My b...

Apr 14, 2017

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Design Is Collaboration - Daniels Design House

Design Is Collaboration - Daniel's Design House Valuable Tips on Custom Upholstery from Expert D...

Apr 14, 2017

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

I Have Received Incredible Projects ...from simply taking small jobs.  The small jobs usual...

Apr 07, 2017

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Design Is Collaboration - Powers Interior Services

Valuable Advice & Tips From The Window Treatment Experts At Powers Interior Services Relyi...

Apr 04, 2017

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Unexpected Challenges- Effective Decision Making

  Arriving At Solutions That Are Effective For My Business   As an entrepreneur an...

Mar 31, 2017

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Deliver The Unexpected

Why It's Important and Where to Find It   Catherine, one of my assistants and mentees ha...

Mar 28, 2017

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Friday 5 - Park City

  Friday 5 - Park City   PARK CITY The week started with a getaway to Park City, ...

Mar 24, 2017

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5 Tips to Balance A Room

        5 Tips to Balance A Room   My phone buzzed and it was a ...

Mar 24, 2017

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Rise and Shine - 5 Tips for Daily Success

You were meant to Rise and Shine Owning your own creative/design business is exciting, rewardi...

Mar 22, 2017

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Design is a Collaboration

  Clifton Schmidt  - Designers Axess Fabric Showroom and Curator  Time is my m...

Mar 21, 2017

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Friday Five - March 17

  The Friday Five - March 17 An Overview of this Weeks Posts    Design trip ...

Mar 18, 2017

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Artists and Artisans - The Stories

Artists and Artisans .... Without them, I cannot deliver the level of work that I do. IEach week...

Mar 17, 2017

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Interior Design - Travel to Projects

Travel for Interior Design Projects Its exciting to travel to  another location for a cli...

Mar 17, 2017

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What's Exciting About Dallas, Texas Now

  Upscale and Curated Resources are the lifelines to designers success Steppin...

Mar 16, 2017

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Designer? Or Decorator?

  What is the difference between a Designer and a Decorator??   Most people are no...

Mar 10, 2017

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5 Quick Tips for Estimating Remodeling Project Costs

Lake Sherwood Master Suite   That first meeting and Forecasting Costs I expand on all o...

Mar 03, 2017

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Day in the Life - Idea to Reality

                    Ideas Are Great But How Do...

Mar 03, 2017

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"Day in the Life" - Design with Confidence

  "Its about confidence in my intuition, ability, experience, knowledge and choices..... ...

Feb 18, 2017

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"Day in the Life" - Design Success or Nightmare??

    I deal with successes more than nightmares..... But that is because I have learn...

Feb 16, 2017

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5 Things To LOVE About Interior Design

Just for fun,  I once took one of those quizzes on social media a year or so ago about wha...

Feb 14, 2017

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Day in the Life - She loves Pink

  It Began with Fabric. Doesn't it Always? Throughout my interior design career, I have ...

Feb 14, 2017

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Lake Sherwood Remodel - The Master Suite Transformation

  Part 1: A bit of history..... Lake Sherwood is a beautiful location in California with...

Feb 10, 2017

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Curated...It Tells a Story

Curated means collected, sought out and revered.   A collection of items in someone's spac...

Jan 24, 2017

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Weekend Recharge

              I am creative. I am a professional interior de...

Jan 24, 2017

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"Day in the Life" Perfection.....It all looks so easy

The ability to take a vision and make it a reality is a trademark of a professional designer. &...

Jan 18, 2017

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Home for the Holidays - Designed Just in Time

Clients hire a designer for design guidance. They are also expecting a level of good taste, des...

Dec 23, 2016

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8 Color Combinations For Your Clients Space

Color combinations can make a world of difference in the overall look and feel of a home, offic...

Dec 21, 2016

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You've Got the Degree. Now What? Try on Shoes

  Obtaining a degree in a selected field of study is a huge investment of time and mone...

Feb 18, 2016

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Networking - The Necessary Task

Devoting time to network as an Interior Designer in the community or within your professional...

Jan 21, 2016

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The Missing Link to Becoming an Interior Designer

 As you are researching online for Interior Design degrees, 'Top 5 Things You Need to Be...

Nov 18, 2015

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