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A lively conversation about the latest interior design trends, travels to industry events, current design projects (the good, the bad and the ugly), do’s and don’ts, product recommendations and more. Just a warning - this is going to be fun and not too serious! After all, they do still have an interior design business running at full speed. Hosted by Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole, two nationally published Atlanta Interior Designers with a wealth of information to share and stories to tell abo ...
 
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In this week’s episode, we are joined by Yash Ranga, a Conscious Luxury Evangelist and Stakeholder Engagement Partner for Jaipur Rugs. We were honored to hear Yash speak recently at the Design Influencers Conferences and were blown away by everything we learned about rugs and especially the compassionate and uplifting initiatives Jaipur Rugs is tak…
 
The Spring High Point Market is almost upon us, and we are organizing our famous must-see list of manufacturers, speakers, and functions to attend in June. We thought it would be a perfect time to share with you our guest today, Lauren Clement, an award-winning, Charlotte-based Interior Designer who has a lot going on with the Market this year. Tun…
 
We've been in business for 16 years and are fortunate to have acquired many wholesale furniture accounts, as well as having an arsenal of talented artisans that we purchase for both our residential and commercial projects. There are times though that we turn to online sources and catalogs for certain items. Our wholesale sources may be out of stock…
 
As we discussed in our last episode about renovating vs. buying, Joann and I have spent the better part of the previous ten years making selections for renovations and new builds. Finishing touches are a daunting task when you aren’t in the business, so we thought we’d share some of our wisdom by chatting with Stacy Wray, our rep extraordinaire at …
 
Stay at home orders have left Kandrac and Kole swamped with an incredible amount of work this year designing remodels and new construction. We all know that many homeowners now place a high value on making their homes more beautiful and functional. However, for some homeowners, selling can be a much better option – tune into this episode to figure …
 
We are happy to introduce Katerina Rothman to our show today. She is the founder of Beflax Linen which offers 100% pure linen bedding and home décor products for bedrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Katerina talks about the importance and benefits of linen, how to choose a suitable fabric for your home, and styling tips using linen. In This Episode: …
 
The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design. It’s how we see the latest products and innovations, as well as hearing from industry leaders. Since we could not attend, we reached out to our design colleagues to fill us in on trends and new introductions. Due to t…
 
We are celebrating our 100th Episode with a very special guest that we are honored to have on the show - award-winning actress, author, activist, and consummate hostess, Marlo Thomas. Marlo serves as the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and is launching a collaboration with Williams Sonoma - Pottery Barn for an e…
 
After reviewing our podcast analytics to see which episodes are the biggest hits with our listeners, one of our top requests is to open our hearts and minds to all design-related questions and dilemmas you all have. In this episode, we are answering questions on floor plans, brands, lighting, making mistakes, and more. Tune in as we answer our list…
 
The infamous Robert Rufino, Style Director of House Beautiful Magazine, joins us for an exceptional episode of Inside Design. Robert opens the show explaining how Covid inspired him to reach out to designers and do something extraordinary for them. So, Robert started doing thirty-minute portfolio sessions; he gives designers the gift of time. Then,…
 
Today we give you ten tips on how to set business goals and achieve them. We are so glad that 2020 is over, and we have big aspirations for 2021. Hopefully, the vaccine will turn things around, and we can get back to normal. Because our 2020 goals were sidetracked, our 2021 goals are more critical than ever. One way to ensure you have a great chanc…
 
Let's put 2020 in our rearview mirror, shall we? Before we do, we thought we'd take some time to review the blessings, the fantastic projects, the podcasts, and the people we met along the way! The most exciting thing that happened in 2020 was our rebranding - a labor of love to revamp our entire website and service offerings. Come March, we starte…
 
What we are going to talk about today is the “science” behind paint, the applications and the many options available. We’ll try to keep it light and not make it sound like a science class! We are excited that our paint representative Rachel Moeller is with us today to share her expertise as she comes with years of experience in the “technology” of …
 
As you know from listening to our podcast over the last three years, you know that we run a very successful interior design firm in Atlanta that is now over 15 years old. We have invested a substantial amount of time and money to continue our education over the years to keep improving our operations, sharpening our design skills and expanding our d…
 
As the holiday season is upon us, Kelly and I are putting together gift ideas for our families, friends and our amazing team at Kandrac & Kole. We are also researching ways we can do something charitable to those in need. We’ve been very blessed this year and it is in our hearts to give back. We’ve given many interesting and thoughtful gifts throug…
 
We were two of the brave few who attended the Highpoint Furniture Market this Fall. Because of this, we had many peers as well as industry fans watching our every move anxious for all the news about trends. In case you missed many of our social media postings, we wanted to bring you the trends right here on the podcast. We have to give a huge shout…
 
Kelly and I are big proponents of original art and know how it can elevate a space and create a truly unique and custom design. We recorded podcast (Episode #53) entitled “Why Buy Original Art” a couple of years ago. We talk about the importance of art in design as well as how we were originally intimidated by art galleries and how meeting our gues…
 
Welcome to one of our favorite topics with one of our favorite guests – Sue Wadden, the Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin Williams. This is Sue’s third appearance on our podcast – we could listen all day to her insights about trends, world events, fashion etc. and how they relate to color. Before we get started, we wanted to let you know that…
 
For those of you not in tune to what is happening in the interior design world, get ready. Everyone in our industry is busier than ever before and having trouble keeping up with the demand. Contractors can only take on so much work and it’s getting to the point that most people will have to wait until Spring to have a renovation done. It’s not surp…
 
We are honored to have Franki Durbin as our guest on the show today. We were introduced to Franki by Cheminne Taylor-Smith who did some coaching for us as a referral to create our new website. Franki works with high-end creative service providers, entrepreneurs, influencers and luxury brands to build memorable and rockstar quality brands. Her uniqu…
 
We’ve been in business for 15 years now and still consider it an important part of our jobs to educate our clients on what things actually cost. It seems like everybody is wanting to improve their homes after being cooped up for long during this pandemic, so we figured this was the perfect time to don our teacher hats and have the discussion about …
 
We’re excited to be doing another podcast where we answer questions from our audience related to interiors or challenges they face in their home. There’s a lot of information at our disposal with shelter magazines, Houzz, Pinterest, and Interior Design blogs but sometimes there might just be a little something nagging at you that you can’t seem to …
 
Today we are thrilled to bring a new guest to you. She is not only our friend and industry colleague but a woman we have learned a lot from over the years. LuAnn Nigara began her career more than 30 years ago as a co-owner of Window Works, an award-winning window treatment and awning retailer in NJ. Now she’s also the host of the top-rated interior…
 
One of the best parts of our job is meeting and working with a lot of wonderful people. In our 15 years in business we’ve accumulated a large list of clients and projects. Newlyweds, couples with small children, couples with children going off to college, newly single people as well as empty nesters. We’ve done big spaces, small spaces, an entire f…
 
This episode of part II of a two part series about the One Room Challenge and the complete transformation of our Podcast Studio. We encourage you to go back and listen to Episode 82 but in quick summary, The One Room Challenge is a virtual design event in it’s 17th season where 20 chosen influencers around the country are asked to transform a space…
 
1. INTRO We were honored to be asked to participate in the One Room Challenge. Twenty design influencers were selected from around the U.S. to take the challenge of transforming a room and documenting the process and sharing their sources and professional advice over eight weekly posts. The One Room Challenge™ is currently in its seventeenth season…
 
Today is Part II of a super interesting conversation we started on Episode 80 with our friend and design industry guru Veronika Miller-Eagleson. To bring you up to speed on Veronika, she is the CEO of Modenus Media, a comprehensive online resource for design professionals and design enthusiasts, whether its client to designer, manufacturer to consu…
 
We have some interesting topics to dive into today and invited Veronika Miller-Eagleson as a person “in the know”. She is the CEO of Modenus Media, a comprehensive online resource for design professionals and design enthusiasts, whether its client to designer, manufacturer to consumer, or blogger to fellow blogger, Modenus works daily to grow and e…
 
We are many weeks into the COVID-19 Quarantine at the time we are recording this so we thought we should have a light-hearted show today. We hope you don’t mind if we use this opportunity to have a little more fun than usual this week! We thought we’d share some funny stories about us as individuals, our company and our projects. Before we get star…
 
We met Linda Holt at “Design Camp” in Atlanta in 2013. She was new in the design business and now has a beautiful portfolio of work and an extremely well written and interesting blog. Besides being a talented interior designer, she has now created an interesting new offering – assisting people on how to improve their cell phone photography with som…
 
WOW these are unprecedented times we are in right now with CO-VID 19 ruling our world. We thought that since the vast majority of people around the world are sequestered in their homes now would be the perfect time for us to lend a helping hand – virtually that is. If you are looking around your home and feeling the need to improve your surrounding…
 
This Episode is Sponsored by Helser Brothers Hardware. Helser brothers are a fully custom manufacturer of drapery hardware. It is run by Brothers Jay and Mark. Jay was an expert independent drapery installer and designs new products that are install friendly and engineered for strength and Mark, a talented metal worker with a mind of an engineer, h…
 
1. Intro Today we are super excited to sit down and chat with long-time friend and CEO of the infamous lighting brand Currey & Co. Brownlee Currey. Currey & Company (https://curreyandcompany.com) is a wholesale manufacturer of not only lighting but furniture and accent pieces as well. Their innovative furnishings can be found around the world in re…
 
We are happy to introduce our guests this morning Peter and Holly Ranney. They are the founders of “Sunshine on a Ranney Day” which is a non-profit organization that renovates homes for children with special needs here in Atlanta. Through partnerships and donors, they provide, at no cost, wheelchair accessible bathrooms, dream bedrooms and in-home …
 
Shelly Rosenberg has been a luxury interior designer in Dallas for 20 years. As a mother of 3 children with learning differences and special needs, she has dedicated her profession to creating and designing adaptive spaces towards what she calls the “differently abled”. We met Shelly several years ago at an interior design industry design event. Sh…
 
1. Intro We get a lot of resumes from wanna be interns as well as inquiries from kind people saying they’d love to work for us. To be honest, they don’t teach these kids in school the real-world stuff. I guess that’s what internships are for. Since people are always curious about what we are busy doing, we thought we’d share what we are up to as 20…
 
Intro: We are excited to have Jay Helser as our guest today. We were very honored that Helser Brothers was our very first “podcast sponsor”. It’s so nice to do business with nice people who not only have a lot of pride in their company but do so many things right! 1. A Bit About Helser Fully custom manufacturer of drapery hardware sold to the trade…
 
This podcast is sponsored by dowel furniture - https://www.dowelfurniturecompany.com 1. INTRO If you missed our VERY engaging and worthwhile Episode 67 podcast you might want to rewind before listening today. We had so much fun spending time with brand strategist and world-wide speaker Phil Phalen that we quickly invited him back for Round 2. 2. A …
 
Intro – We are thrilled that Sue Wadden, the Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin Williams, agreed to join us again, this time to discuss the Colormix 2020. Discusses her working career and how she landed at Sherwin Williams and became Director of Color Marketing Sue Wadden’s background: Mantra Heart Alive Play Haven Colormix Forecast 2020 – Wha…
 
1. INTRO We weren’t able to make it to the October High Point Furniture Market show because we had just returned from our adventures at the Roundtop Antiques Fair and had to get down to business. Good thing we have lots of talented and knowledgeable designer buddies who would fill us in on the latest and greatest trends. We asked them to call in an…
 
1. This podcast is sponsored by Helser Brothers Hardware Helser Brothers is a fully custom manufacturer of drapery hardware. It is run by brothers Jay and Mark. Jay was an expert independent drapery installer and designs new products that are installer friendly and engineered for strength and Mark, a talented metal worker with a mind of an engineer…
 
This podcast is sponsored by Helser Brother Hardware. Helser Brothers are a fully custom manufacturer of drapery hardware. It is run by brothers Jay and Mark. Jay was an expert independent drapery installer and designs new products that are installer friendly and engineered for strength and Mark, a talented metal worker with a mind of an engineer, …
 
1. THIS PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY HELSER BROTHERS HADRWARD Helser brothers are a fully custom manufacturer of drapery hardware. It is run by Brothers Jay and Mark. Jay was an expert independent drapery installer and designs new products that are install friendly and engineered for strength and Mark, a talented metal worker with a mind of an engineer,…
 
1. THIS PODCAST SPONSORED BY DOWEL FURNITURE COMPANY Dowel Furniture was created in 2015 by siblings, Joanne Lee and Ray Hallare. The company sources directly from their family factory in the Philippines, which has been manufacturing fine furniture for over 30 years. They collaborate with interior designers in creating licensed furniture collection…
 
1. INTRO We met Ray and Joanne Hallare at the Design Influencers Conference in Atlanta in February. We were introduced to them by Mally Skok, a South African born designer, textile/wallcovering artist and friend who lives in Boston. She was working with them on a furniture collection. Ray and Joanne work with their family factory in the Philippines…
 
1. INTRO We recently attended our 2nd immersion event with Designers Today Magazine and PBM Events – this time in Asheville, NC. We want to share with you all about our experience because if you are a designer at any level – right out of school or very seasoned – the value is tremendous. If you aren’t a designer and are listening to this episode, i…
 
1. INTRO We are very excited to announce that we are re-branding here at Kandrac & Kole. What that means is that we are shaking it up and creating a new logo, different brand colors, a completely new website and some new design offerings. One of them is referred to as e-design, which we will explain in depth. As a business, for 14 years, we have wo…
 
1. INTRO It takes a village as they say and we couldn’t agree more. In last week’s episode on Partnerships, we discussed the importance of agreeing on what outsourcing expenses to incur as a company such as bookkeeping, tax prep, social media etc. Today we are going to talk about all the other people we rely on (and why) to make our business succes…
 
August 15th marks our 14th year together as Kandrac & Kole. It has been quite a journey and similar to that of a marriage and raising a child! We’ve learned and grown so much in these 14 years and even though there have been some ups and downs, seriously we are luck to say there have been very few downs, it has been a great adventure. Several busin…
 
1. INTRO We owe much of our success as Designers to the fact that we make a commitment every year (and many times twice a year) to invest our time and travel funds to the High Point Furniture Market. It is here that we have created literally hundreds of relationships with manufacturers, artisans, a long list of leaders in our industry and of course…
 
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