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We & Mrs. Jones: Lisa & Garrison’s Client Journeys | S6E8

Holding hands, making all kinds of plans, Mrs. Jones has entered our lives and now we’ve gotta’ walk her through the process of being an interior design client. As usual, Garrison and Lisa have some dramatically different approaches to each step of the client journey. But no matter their differences, their professional vibe holds true. Come along with us on this thing we’ve got goin’ on, from initial discovery to a happy Jones home.

Points of interest include: the discovery process, when and how to qualify your potential clients, onboarding and expectations, keeping professional boundaries – and much more.

Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
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Baby, You’re the Boss at Home: Studio vs. Home Office | S6E7

You don’t gotta’ go to work (work, work, work, work, work), but you gotta’ put in work (work, work, work, work, work).

Okay, we’re being silly, but it’s true! No matter where you decide to keep your office, you’re still the boss. You take your business with you wherever you go. So where do you want it to be? Lisa and Garrison explore all the various angles of this crucial question and recount their own experiences as design professionals working from a home office and eventually getting into a studio of their own.

Points of interest: update your Google My Business profile, the professional presentation of your home, strategic partnerships in office spaces, hidden costs both personal and professional – and much more.

Lisa & Garrison Paint with All the Colors of the Year | S6E6

Have you ever heard the Lisa feel the color blue? Or asked the grinning Garrison why he grins? Can you paint with all the Colors of the Year?

On this episode of Coast to Coast, Lisa Davenport and Garrison Hullinger dig into some official colors of the year and how they feel about them. You also get to hear their own, personal color picks for the year – and, what’s this, a brand-new segment?!

Points of interest include: Color of the Year (of course), some complementary colors, hanging art: should it match the room, client stories – and much more.

Goals for 2021 | S6E5

After a much-needed holiday hiatus (or a COVID coffee break, if you will), Lisa Davenport and Garrison Hullinger are back! And they are rearing and ready to round out the remainder of our season, so buckle up.

Recorded just after the turn of the New Year, our Coast to Coast hosts (to hosts) with the most (to most) eagerly say a hearty BUH-BYE to 2020 and look forward to 2021 with renewed energy and ambition. Won’t you join them?

Points of interest include: Bouncing back from 2020, marketing budgets, supporting local and small vendors, vendor reps and new product exposure – and much more.

Celebrating Differences Pt. 2 | S6E4

And we’re back.

More anecdotes. More wisdom. More ways to be a professional success from two amazing, different people.

Points of interest include: qualifying clients, standards and consistency, the kickoff process, commercial work, the office’s role in landing a client – and much more.

Celebrating Differences Pt. 1 | S6E3

One of the dirty little secrets of success is that there’s actually more than one right way. Every path and every philosophy has its pros and cons, sure, but it’s all about finding the right one for you and making it work. After all, what is Coast to Coast if not a celebration of two different people with two different styles making their way through this world as successful, creative professionals?

When Lisa and Garrison sat down for this conversation, they came to the table with so much to say that we couldn’t resist breaking it into two episodes. Enjoy a heaping helping of anecdotes and wisdom from our favorite transcontinental couple, and stay tuned for even more in our next episode.

Points of interest include: more on Lisa’s home project, commercial work, smaller projects vs. bigger and more bespoke, talking to clients – and much more.

Non-Competes & Professional Behavior | S6E2

There are rules that we have to follow, and there are rules that we define and follow ourselves. Set by our own internal compass. A personal code. Character. Where does one begin and the other end? And which should be written down on paper and enforced?

Eww, what is this – a college course on Theories of Law? No! Just our two favorite design professionals talking about how contracts and behavior come into play when you’re trying to make your way in this world of ours. It’s still Lisa and Garrison, kooky as ever!

Points of interest include: when are non-competes necessary, how to handle employees that act in bad faith, maturity – and much more.

Season 6 Premiere! | Catching Up & Project Talk

We’re back! Gosh it feels like it’s been forever. Has it really been that long – or is it just a 2020 thing? (Our vote is 2020.)

Lisa and Garrison were so excited to reconnect and catch up, and we’re excited to share that with you. No special topic this week, just two friends getting by as professionals and human people in these modern times.

Points of interest include: projects projects projects, the discovery phase, state-by-state, the Andy Griffith Show – and more.

Overcoming the Failures of Others: Protecting Your Reputation and Your Clients | S5E10

Sometimes you walk into a professional relationship with someone and they already have some pretty strong prejudices in place about what to expect. Maybe they learned it from TV. Maybe they were burned by a previous designer or contractor. Whatever the case, you know that you’ll have to go above and beyond to make sure that you really wow them.

On this week’s Coast to Coast, Lisa and Garrison talk all about the times they’ve had to pick up the pieces from somebody else’s mess. It can be frustrating when it happens, sure, but appropriate damage control can win a good relationship for life.

Points of interest include: inheriting a bad situation, how to handle somebody taking credit for your work, raising the bar for yourself and those around you – and much more.

Brand Identity | S5E9

Consistency is key. In your messaging, your quality, your pricing. All of these (and more) add up to how you’re perceived by your clients. To the reputation that precedes you when a photo of your work or the name of your company enters a room. That’s your brand, y’all. It’s, like, important and stuff.

Lisa and Garrison have worked long and hard to build their brands, and learned plenty of lessons from their failures and successes along the way. 

Points of interest include: having a brand book/style guide, how your brand shows up in your work, selective partnerships and when to be picky – and a special appearance by The Chaise Lounge host and iMay Media’s own Nick May!