Episode #0022 – TPD Chats with Aya Kitchens’ Lead Designer Amy Dillon

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews kitchen designer Amy Dillon a longtime friend and fellow Sheridan Interior graduate. She is a winner of the NKBA design competition. Previously featured in “Style at Home” magazine and “House at Home” online.

Amy is the lead kitchen designer for Aya Kitchens, and she has been with them for 14 years. She works with architects, other designers, and custom builders. She takes on media related projects including working with VIP clients. Aya Kitchens is a semi-custom Canadian cabinetry company. Semi-custom allows the clients to pick from Aya Kitchen’s catalog while still having it made specifically for their client’s home. Additionally, Amy will explain her experience in kitchen design. The difficulties she had, and her tips for working with other designers.  

So, join Crystal and Amy as she explains how she works, how she guides clients in potential choices without them feeling overwhelmed, and how effective clear communication is key.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for and learn some new tips from Amy that might help you in your kitchen design needs. 

You can reach Amy at the head office for Aya Kitchens, on Instagram @thehonestdesign, or at her blog thehonestdesign.com

More insights about kitchen design and luxury appliances on our episode 7!

Amy Dillon as guest on episode titled TPD Chats with kicthen Designer Amy Dillon

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Episode #0021 – Part #1 of Simulcast with Michelle Binette of the Real Talk Design

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews Real Talk Design podcaster and interior decorator Michelle Binette. She is the owner of Michelle Binette and unlike many interior design professionals, she is self-taught. 

 Michelle fell in love with the idea of interior decorating & design after doing her own home renovation.  She has aspirations to have her own home design show one day and has been contacted for casting several times. 

However in her early days, Michelle often felt out of place with her designer colleagues. Until she started her own podcast, Real Talk Design. After hosting her own podcast, she felt accepted. Because she was helping the listeners, gaining more knowledge from others, and now has some “street cred” to her name.

So, join Crystal and Michelle as they have a real talk about their podcasts. What parts of interior design they avoid, and different methods of approaching their business. And then, do something today that your future self will thank you for.

TPD episode Simulcast with Michelle Binette of the Real Talk Design

How to Get in Touch with Michelle:

Website : michellebinette.com 

Instagram : michellebinette.design

Facebook : michellebinette.design

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Episode #0020 Designer – Biographical Design-What is it?

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews Katie Gutierrez. Katie is the co-founder and lead designer of Errez Design Studio. Errez Design is eleven years old,. It is one of the forefronts for determining how the home can impact your wellness. Katie is also the creator of the Biographical Designers Collective. A group of interior designers led on a journey together guided by Katie to discover each individuals’ strengths. 

 Katie’s specialty is helping individuals feel as comfortable in their homes as possible. The goal is to create a space that suits the needs of their backgrounds, life stories, and personal requirements. Their best work is not staying up to trend or creating modern spaces. But instead creating spaces for their clients that reflect the client’s true selves. 

 Katie digs deep with her clients often by sharing a meal together to help them feel they can open up to her in a safe setting. She works on her own truthfulness to easily discover if others are being honest with themselves. She has worked hard on her own authenticity. By getting to the vulnerability, she is able to create a space that meets a person’s needs for safety, well-being, and individuality. This makes each client have a one of a kind home that represents their perfect place to live. 

Also, Katie helps other designers find their strengths and weaknesses through the Biographical Designers Collective. She facilitates this group throughout the year to guide, teach, collaborate, and build a community together. Her work with the Biographical Designers Collective allows others to grow in their interior design work and to discover their authenticity. The Designers Collective meet virtually and is comprised of people from all over the world. 

So, join Crystal and Katie as they dive into collaborating with others, and what biographical design means. You might want to grab a pen and paper for this episode as Katie gives some of the best tips and tricks, she’s discovered over the past ten years. 

How to Reach Katie: 

errezdesign.com I biographicaldesign.com

Katie Gutierrez s guest in TPD episode Biographical Design-What is it?

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Episode #0019 Designer – When One Door Closes, A Better One Opens Up.

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews interior designer Robin Daly. Robin is the owner of Robin Daly Color & Design which is an interior design firm group based in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. 

Robin started working with colour and design when she was fifteen by selling paint and wallpaper for her family’s paint store. Unfortunately, the store suffered greatly during the Recession of 2008, and the store was never able to recover from its losses during that time. In 2018, Robin and her husband made the difficult decision to declare bankruptcy and close their family business permanently. 

 After closing the family business, Robin decided to start her own company Robin Daly Color & Design. She started off doing colour consultations and working mostly on the colour spectrum. However, soon she began adding design consultations, e-design services, furnishings, window treatment, floor planning, and so much more. Robin’s business is only in its second year, and her profit has exceeded her first year’s already.

Robin is now not only making money, but after years of shame and unhappiness, Robin finally feels joy in her work again. She no longer feels the shame that she once did, and she feels successful in her current state. In other words, sometimes starting over is the hardest thing to do, but it will be the best thing for you in the end. 

So, join Crystal and Robin as they have a real, honest conversation about her life and what changing her business has done for her. And then, do something today that your future self will thank you for and find out whether you having feelings of shame or joy in your current life.  

How to Get in Touch with Robyn:

robindalycolor.com  Facebook: robindalycolor

Pinterest: robindalycolor  Instagram: robindalycoloranddesign 


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Episode #0018 Designer-Systems & Procedures sets her apart

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews interior designer Ashleigh Clark from Ashleigh Clark Interior Design Group. Ashleigh began in business in Ohio in May 2019, and she now has grown to a firm of six.

Ashleigh began her interior design journey working for a local interior design firm, and this is where she was able to build her skills and clientele. After another designer and herself left, the designer started a company where Ashleigh was able to get the first-hand experience on how to run your own business successfully with systems and SOPs. Ashleigh then started her own firm, one of her first hires was an Assistant to help run the business in a systematic approach. 

So, join Crystal and Ashleigh as she explains the tips and tricks, she has for running your own successful business. She will include why she chose an hourly based pay, why she has an accountant on payroll, and how she felt when she first began her business. 

Do something today that your future self will thank you for and learn some new tips from Ashleigh that might help you in your own interior design business. 

You can reach Ashleigh on Instagram at ashleighclarkidg

Ashleigh Clark as guest in the episode Systems & Procedures sets her apart

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Episode #0017 – Time Blocking (Solo Episode)

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson will discuss the importance of Time Blocking. She will go over what it is about, how she uses it effectively, and different ways it can change your workflow. 

Time blocking is scheduling out your days or weeks to set aside a certain time for tasks; such as social media, marketing, budgeting, current projects, and more. It is designed to put all your focus on one task at a time, so your mind is focused. It also helps challenge yourself to complete tasks during that time frame, and in most cases, you will find that it makes your workflow faster. 

Crystal will explain how she uses her planner to set up her time block schedule, how she focuses on one project at a time and limits herself to her schedule. However, she will also give examples of when or why there can be some flexibility in your schedule. She also gives a few different suggestions to help match you to what will work best for you. 

So, do something today that your future self will thank you for and learn how you can use Time Blocking to enhance your workweek.  

TPD host Crystal Collinson in episode titled time blocking


Resources:

TimeBlocking
TimeBlocking (what it is and how to do it ) (plus apps)

Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Apps for blocking distractions:

Self-control app
Freedom
Focus Writer
Stay Focused
Focus
Cold Turkey


Time Blocking Apps & Templates

TimeBloc
Time Blocking Planner Templates

Episode #0016 – Finding the “Sweet Spot” In Your Business

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews designer Andrea Colman from Fine Finishes Design Inc. She started off as a painting company and painted murals and faux finishes.

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews designer Andrea Colman from Fine Finishes Design Inc. She started off as a painting company and painted murals and faux finishes. After taking interior design courses and working with Benjamin Moore’s Painting and Decorating Design services, her work has now evolved into Fine Finishes Design.

Andrea takes on projects from concept to completion. Her projects vary from kitchen renovations to new home design work. She wants to help make each person feel unique in their home. She explains the process and procedures of the work before the contractor gets involved. While her work has been affected by COVID-19, she has taken that time to reevaluate her business and see where it could be improved to be more efficient. Andrea took the time to still proceed with consultations. And keep her clients at ease with how they feel about their projects. 

 Andrea will explain the importance of being selective with her work now. How she has improved her business during COVID-19 and how she takes time to herself each morning to better herself. She is an advocate for mental health. And has great suggestions in keeping your mental health a priority in your life. 

Do something today that your future self will thank you for and learn something new from Andrea that might help you in your mental health or your interior design mindset needs.  

Andrea Colman as guest in TPD episode Finding the "Sweet Spot" In Your Business

Connect with Andrea
Instagram fine_finishes_design
Website finefinishes.ca

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Episode #0015 – Designer-Outdoor Lifestyle Designer for Pools & Landscaping

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews exterior designer Holly Hull from Water Shapes Design. Holly creates backyard experiences that integrate from the inside of the house to the outside into the backyard to create a cohesive and welcoming environment. 

 For over 25 years, Holly has specialized in creating outdoor experiences for the back yard. This ranges from creating pools with putting green in the middle to play in to putting in a fire pit area for everyone to sit back and relax. She caters to her clients’ needs and wants by making spaces the whole family can find suitable to their lifestyle.

Holly will explain her process in designing, how she charges, and the different experiences she creates for her clients. Her ideas and creativity will be explored. Wherein she will give different approaches to pools and outdoor areas she’s worked on.  Listen in this related episode about living in place.

So listen in as Holly educates us to a different side of residential design by creating the ultimate outdoor environment. You can get in touch with Holly at watershapesbyholly.com.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for and call Holly to get ideas for all of your exterior design needs.

Holly Hull as guest in TPD episode Outdoor Lifestyle Designer for Pools & Landscaping

Connect with Holly

Website : watershapesbyholly I Facebook : watershapedesigns

Email : contactwatershapes@gmail.com

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Episode #0014 – Designer-Mindset (Designer and Life Coach)

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews life coach and interior designer Oriana Loduca. Oriana works with entrepreneurial women that are seeking fulfillment, joy, work life balance, and success in their lives. 

 As a life coach, Oriana’s job is to listen to others and does not give any advice. She helps others along their journey to lead to a more fulfilled and energized life. It emphasizes action particularly self-reflection and learning. Oriana explains the need to rest, take a time to sit still, and looking for signs in your life. She gives details about all the areas in life that a life coach can help with and gives some tips to better take care of yourself and your work life. 

Oriana tells how her life coaching plays into her interior design work, and how life coaching has impacted her work for the better.  She then goes onto explain some perspectives that can make any small business owner value their work more and learn how to stop devaluing their business. 

So, join Crystal and Oriana as Oriana gives Crystal tips and new views on life to benefit both her personal and work life. You might find yourself inspired by some of her ideas or finally hear the encouragement you needed to take the next right steps in your work. 

Do something today that your future self will thank you for and call Oriana to begin a more fulfilled journey in life. 

Connect with Oriana

Website : iDesignspace Instagram:@idesign_space Facebook :IDESIGNSPACECA

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Episode #0013-Freelance Decorator for Busy Interior Design Professionals

Featured in this week’s episode of The Productive Designer host Crystal Collinson interviews freelance interior design consultant Joanne Dolan. Joanne works directly with homeowners and fellow designers on custom cabinetry, storage solutions, fabric selections, soft furnishings, and custom window treatments.

 Since 2018 when Joanne Dolan Design began, she has focused part of her work on being a freelance interior designer to help other designers with their work, especially on large projects. Joanne will go through the importance of what she does, how she helps others, and how to manage your current work ethic to see if you need more help.   

So join Crystal and Joanne as they discover different areas where more help is needed, how to keep track of how much your work you are putting into a project, and know your worth in your field. 

Do something today that your future self will thank you for and call Joanne to get help with all of your interior design needs. 

Joanne Dolan Contact

Website – joannedolandesign.com

Facebook – JoanneDolanDesign

Instagram – @joanne.dolan.design

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