Ep#008 Your lighting supplier making your days brighter.

Today I speak with Julia Fraser, owner of Watts Current “brick and mortar” lighting store located in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Julia and I talk about some of the pitfalls Interior Designers can run into when specifying lighting. Working with a knowledgable lighting supplier is liking having a “free employee” they are an extension of your design team, everyone can save time, the Designer, the Client, and the Electrician.


-Make sure you establish and share your lighting budget, and be honest and realistic about your timelines, this will give the necessary requirements that your supplier needs to be made aware of to provide you with the best lighting solutions for your projects.

-Electricians are not allowed to install light fixtures that are not CSA or ETL approved, very important if you order lighting online

-Warranties, by working with a trusted supplier they will be able to rectify any issues on your behalf.

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Quote from Mark Twain “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything” 



Podcasts Julia Recommends




Want to get in touch with Julia and her store Watts Current 




Episode #007 Working effectively with your luxury appliance A&D Representative

In this episode, we chat with Kitchen Design & Product Expert Margaret Macdonald. Margaret is the Ontario Architect and Design Sales Manager for Sub Zero, Wolf, and Cove – focusing on the education and specification of luxury residential appliances.

We learn why your A&D representatives can serve as a member of our team when it comes to specifying. Your A&D rep comes equipped with the tools, experience, and knowledge to take you and your client through the entire process of designing, specifying, installation, and the end-user experience of luxury appliances. 


Email: mmacdonald0415@gmail.com


#subzeroandwolf #luxuryappliances #kitchendesign #traderesource

Episode #006 Recommended Home Modifications for Aging and Living in Place.

With 30 years of experience in architectural design, project management, and general construction Foti Hatzidemetriou brings knowledge and experience to every collaboration he works on. 

Foti is a General Contractor, accessibility expert and Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), he gets his biggest satisfaction from helping his clients discover practical ways to modify their home/work so they can enjoy it for as longs as they want. He is an advocate of The Home Modification Council working on public awareness and government change. 


Listen to our conversation as we discuss ideas to improve and accommodate your client’s specific needs to have a safer and more liveable environment through the use of home automation, design, and materials just to name a few.  

Episode #005 Is there an Imposter in your head?

Today we chat with Interior Design Professional Ingrid Porter from Cleveland Ohio-we talk about that mean girl voice in our heads! You know the one, the voice that likes to remind us that somehow we have managed to “trick” everyone into thinking we know what we are doing, and we will soon be exposed for the “fraud” we really are. This is commonly known as “Impostor Syndrome”, and I am sure each and every one of us has battled it at some time in our lives and careers. As Entrepreneurs we are typically “high achievers”, some may say “A Types” who are typically not happy with the status quo, we tend to stretch ourselves outside our comfort zone, and that is often when the voice starts to get loud.

So listen in to learn how Ingrid deals with Imposter Syndrome, what books, podcasts, and mindset tools she likes to turn to when the “inner mean girl” rears her ugly head!


Episode #004 Tools I Use

What is in my toolbox_

Episode #004 I don’t know about you, but I love hearing what tools others use in their work life or daily life to be more productive or just make life easier for them. In this solo episode I talk about the tools and software I am currently using in my business. I discuss what is working for me now, and some of the software or apps I have previously used and why I switched. 

Below are the links to the apps or software mentioned in this episode.

 Here are two additional apps I use but forgot to mention in this episode. I will definitely talk more about time tracking & planning in future episodes.







Episode #003 Your design firms first hire, it is not who you think it is.


Do you find yourself working around the clock and you are thinking it may be time to hire? I bet you think it should be a Junior Designer or Design Assistant, as that is what is typically done right? Well, when The Productive Designer guest Sara Keeling felt the need to hire-it was not a Design Assistant it was somebody else. Tune into this episode to find out who Sara’s first hire was, and how her approach taught her some valuable business lessons we should all learn. 

We chat with Sara Keeling founder of Custom House Interiors & Co. Since 2005 Sara has been building her design-build business and has positioned herself as the go-to kitchen design-build expert in her area. 

When not designing and running the kids to their activities, Sara enjoys a fun golf game, (not too serious because her games needs some work) hanging out with her hubby and friends, and traveling.

Episode #002 A second set of eyes

Are you running your design business by yourself or as a small team. Do you ever wish you had a second pair of eyes to review the work, or handle some of the hundreds of details that goes into designing the perfect kitchen? Well you can…even if you are a solopreneur and you are wearing all the hats. 

Meet Kristina O’Boyle a seasoned Kitchen and Bath expert who has been pairing up with interior design professionals to be just that “a  second set of eyes” on your next kitchen remodel. She will go over all the details and will be your support staff-either in front or behind the scenes. 

Kristina O’Boyle brings 20 years of experience in kitchen design. As a natural organized and detail oriented person she approaches every project with a well thought out game plan.