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 clients discover practical ways to modify their home or work. So they can enjoy it for as longs as they want. Additionally, he is an advocate of The Home Modification Council working on public awareness and government change. 

Guest Foti Hatzidemetriou with episode title Recommended Home Modifications for Aging and Living in Place
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Join Crystal and Foti as they discuss ideas how 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 in The Productive Designer, host Crystal Collinson chats with Interior Design Professional Ingrid Porter from Cleveland Ohio. We talk about imposter that mean girl voice in our heads! You know 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 “Imposter Syndrome”. 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!

Ingrid PorterEpisode#6 titled Is there an Imposter in your head?

Episode #004 Tools I Use

Episode titled Tools I use in my interior design business

I don’t know about you, but I love hearing what tools others use in their business, 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 interior design 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.

Episode number 3 TPD Guest Sara Keeling in the episode titled Your Design Firms First Hire

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 an interior design professional like 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

Podcast guest Kristina O'Boyle for episode 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 set 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.