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Coffee Talk: Roast to Roast | S5E4

Have you got your Chock full o’ Nuts ready? Nestled all cozy into a comfy, comfy chair? That’s okay, we’ll wait. There’s no rush.

Okay, good. It’s time for some Coffee Talk. No specific theme today, just a veritable potpourri of fun conversation topics with our favourite cross-coastal designers, Garrison Hullinger and Lisa Davenport. Who let all these purple cows in here?

Points of interest include: remembering projects past, gift ideas, special sauce and secret weapons – and seriously, where did all these purple cows come from?

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Creative Marketing Pt. 2: Calls to Action & Social Media | S5E3

Too much fab for one episode, Lisa and Garrison are still going strong on their creative and guerilla marketing share sesh in the second half of this two-parter (here’s Pt. I) . This time they highlight the importance of turning your relationships into evangelists for your work, differing approaches in how to go about a public portfolio, and have just a whole lot of laughs along the way.

Points of interest include: reviews, calls to action, much ado about Houzz – and much more.

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Creative Marketing: Relationships & Publishing | S5E2

Grab your coffee and pull up a chair, it’s time to listen in to another cross-continental conversation between the lovely Lisa and Garrison! They had so much to say on the subject that we decided to split this one into two episodes! (Stay tuned for Pt. II.)

Finding new and creative niches in marketing – particularly ones that yield results – has always been a challenge, but now it’s more crucial than ever. Is it truly time to say goodbye to print publishing? (Spoiler: No!)

Points of interest include: power partnerships, highlighting your vendors, getting featured in publishing and broadcast media – and much more.

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

Season 5 Premiere! | Keeping Up with Evolving Client Expectations

It’s a new season, baby! Garrison and Lisa are back, they’ve got their caffeine, and they’re excited to talk to eachother about all the learning and growing they’ve been doing these last few months. Particularly on the subject of client expectations, and how they’re changing in response to the new landscape.

Points of interest include: getting more involved with your projects, The Three F’s, preppers and planners, respecting the rules of high rises – and much more.

(You may notice some inconsistent audio quality due to the pandemic disrupting our usual setup. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we transition.)

What’s next? | S4 Hiatus Pt. 2

Garrison and Lisa just couldn’t stay away, and had plenty more to say on the subject of where things are at. What they’ve learned about themselves these last few months, more effects of working from home, and even a little light prognostication. So before our hiatus kicks off again in earnest, we’d like to bring you another conversation of humble, authentic hope and love between two extremely different interior designers that just can’t get enough of eachother.

Points of interest include: Remote works, funkytown, social media, working differently with teams – and much more.

The World Looks A Little Different Now | S4 Hiatus

Oh, hi there! Since most of Season 4’s conversations were recorded mostly before the pandemic, Lisa and Garrison really wanted to reconnect and talk about how their lives have been these last couple months. No doom and gloom, we promise. Just some lively conversation between friends that takes a look at the same world we all live in right now. Hardships, adjustments, expectations. That sort of thing.

Points of interest include: Working from home, how to deal, what’s the plan, taking smaller jobs – and much more.

Lessons Learned, Smarter Moves & Thicker Skins | S4E8

We all make mistakes. No early career is without its share of diving headfirst into exciting new opportunities. (And others kind of fall in.. or trip in!) The trick is to pay attention. To mindfully assess what happened and why, so that we can grow from it. If you’re doing it right, the longer you’re in business, the more mistakes you’ve made – and the more you’ve learned from them all.

Lisa and Garrison have learned so many lessons, which suggests they’ve each made a mistake somewhere along the road. Maybe even two! From the importance of a solid contract to learning the kind of clients that just aren’t a good fit. These lessons were hard-learned. This wisdom hard-won. And we’re all the better for it.

Points of interest include: Dialing for dollars, a brief kitchen check-in, how hard it is to be a sensitive person in business, navigating and finding the right partnerships – and much more.

Why Go to KBIS? (with The Chaise Lounge’s Nick May) | S4E7

Our exciting KBIS coverage continues, this time joined by The Chaise Lounge’s Nick May!

Still hype from their last discussion, Garrison and Lisa dig into the various reasons they feel it’s important to come to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (almost) every year – or to send your junior designers along at the very least. With Nick in the mix, our transcontinental crew reminisces about their hilariously-storied histories, and bring their combined decades of varied expertise to the table.

Points of interest include: Garrison’s 54th floor Las Vegas view, how important is it to come to KBIS, the value of relationships, how important it is to handle mistakes well, a special tease of Garrison’s hometown project – and much more.

KBIS Favorites: Lisa & Garrison’s Exciting Finds | S4E6

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)– held in Orlando, FL back in February – highlights “product innovations from leading kitchen and bath brands”. It’s our pleasure to bring you an on-location episode. Recording together, in person for the very first time, are our lovely hosts Garrison and Lisa, who just gush and gush over all the cool things they saw.

Points of interest include: Garrison’s blister and Lisa’s boots, being more conscious of product sourcing, thermally modified hardwood, fave after fave – and much more.

Lisa and Garrison’s Rules for Design – Which to Follow, Which to Break | S4E5

Rules are important. As we first started making our way in this world, coloring inside the lines helped us understand certain boundaries and why they were put there. As we got older, more experienced, and eventually made a return to childhood silliness – well, we realized that “oh my gosh”, there are just so many rules that we can break. To surprising and wonderful effect!

Join Lisa and Garrison as they go over a dizzying number of their favorite design go-to’s, including ones that just don’t follow the rules.

Points of interest include: antiquing, faux plants, reflections, every space having something to read – and much more.