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Listeners’ Advisory is the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) podcast and audio access point that connects users with SDPL services, facilities, and staff. Enjoy a mixture of narrative-driven segments, in-depth interviews, and roundtable discussions about everything from professional recommendations to community-centric matters. Now in its third season, the Listeners’ Advisory podcast strives to engage listeners with unique content that expands perspective and knowledge.
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The Holistic Interior Design Podcast guides new, aspiring and current Interior Designers as they navigate the entrepreneurial path of an independent Interior Designer. On this podcast you will learn from the experiences of seasoned Interior Designers as they share strategies of how they built their businesses. Discover supportive trade partners and inspiring artists from around the world. You'll also get insight on how our host Rachel Larraine Crawford shares her take on design from a holist ...
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This is a limited-run podcast with only four episodes, leading up to the release of the new thriller "Perfect", the first book in the Genesis Trilogy, by L.A. Kessler.L.A. Kessler is the pseudonym of award-winning horror and paranormal romance author Lisa Kessler. She's a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance. Her books have also won the PRISM award, the Award of Excellence, the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award, ...
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In this episode, Bob hangs with Listeners' Advisory cohost and Library Shop Manager, Scott Ehrig-Burgess for a second installment of the pop-culture recommendation segment, Queue Time. Recommendations range from non-fiction reads, to crime shows, to marathon interview podcasts on the limits of LLMs. Scott's recs Welcome the Wretched: In Defense of …
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I’m excited to welcome our first doctor to the Holistic Interior Design Podcast, Dr. Natasha of Tulsi Wellness Center. Dr. Natasha practices Holistic Health, and as Holistic Interior Designers, it’s important for us to make our overall health and wellness a priority, while also considering how our designs contribute to the holistic health of our cl…
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I’m kicking off April with a preview of all the exciting Design Coven events coming up this month, for both Free and Pro Members. And as I am in the process of hiring a paid intern for my design business, Tiger Veil, I’m giving you a behind-the-scenes look at my hiring process. If you’re in the process of building a staff or just thinking about hir…
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In this episode, Bob hangs out with staff from READ/San Diego, the city's premier literacy service. He chats with Program Administrator Nicole Settle about the program's mission and history, as well as with Coordinators Stephanie Contreras and Tim Donolon about READ's two prongs of service: Adult & Family Literacy. They also discuss the recent 35th…
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I’m excited to welcome two Design Coven members, Cassie and Angelica, to the podcast to share the story behind their holistic interior design business. Cassie and Angelica met in the Design Coven and discovered they had a unique connection, which led to them building a business together. They talk about how they work and fit so well together, how t…
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This week I’m sharing an update on where I’m at with this podcast and my business, and I’m introducing my NEW podcast, The Holistic Hospitality Design Podcast. I outline seven reasons why I decided to start this new project, and I’m hoping it inspires you to find a targeted way to connect with your ideal clients. With us entering the second quarter…
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In this third and final installment of our romance series, Jessica catches up with three librarians and romance enthusiasts to hear about how they got started with the genre, recommended authors and titles, and where newbies can get started. Authors Mentioned: Victoria Holt Julia Quinn Tessa Dare Jayci Lee Leah Brunner Sabrina Jeffries Kate Bateman…
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As AI becomes more and more popular, I want to address when interior designers should avoid working with it. I believe that AI can have many great uses, and I’ve talked about that in previous episodes, but when it comes to your design images—especially the ones in your portfolio—I think it does more harm than good. In this episode, I cover three sp…
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We have a lot of great events coming up this March in the Design Coven, and in this episode, I’m giving you a preview of each of them. This month, we are embracing the energy of Pisces season by diving deeper into our dreams, exploring how they can empower us in life and business. For our Design Coven virtual events this month, we begin on March 11…
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In this episode, Scott presents his third and final report on the now City Council approved Library Master Plan. Scott gives us a sneak peek into the library’s efforts to collect feedback from the community in the form of listening sessions as well as presentation highlights from the consulting firm, Group 4, that was hired to put the plan together…
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This week we’re diving into the writing and messaging on your website with Masha Koyen, a copywriter who works specifically with interior designers. She walks us through the 7 most common mistakes she sees interior designers make on their websites and tells us how we can correct them. Masha also gives us a preview of what she’ll be covering in her …
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In this episode, Bob hangs with Deputy Director of Customer Experience and Listeners' Advisory Executive Producer, Jennifer Jenkins, for a new segment titled Queue Time. Queue Time participants discuss what they're currently reading, listening to, and watching so listeners can enjoy popular culture recommendations beyond the collections of the San …
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In this week’s episode, I’m giving an overview of the Design Coven’s theme for the month of February: Heart-Centered Design. I explain what it means to design from the heart and how all of our events this month will support us in reconnecting to our heart space. Together we’ll explore how we can connect with our clients’ heart centers as well, usin…
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In this episode, Romance Librarian, Jessica Buck hangs with podcast host and romance author, Kelly Reynolds and podcaster, Bookstagram Bree. They discuss common tropes of the genre, spice levels, content warnings, terms, and more. *Warning, this episode contains language that is sexually explicit in nature.* Kelly Reynolds - Boobies and Newbies Boo…
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The World Design Capital has named San Diego Tijuana the design capital for 2024—the first bi-national designation in the organization’s history! And I’m excited to share that the Design Coven has collaborated with Sparks Gallery, ASID San Diego, and the World Design Capital to create a whole weekend of Holistic Design events, February 9 to 11, 202…
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This week, I’m inviting you behind the scenes for a sneak peek at a Design Coven Group Coaching session, usually available only to our Design Coven Pro members! This is a preview of our January workshop and group session, which centered on pricing. After I shared exactly how I establish my flat rate prices, the designers asked questions, and we wor…
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A lot of new interior designers ask me how they should price their services, specifically whether they should bill hourly or do a flat rate. In this episode, I’m sharing my experience with different pricing structures and how I ultimately came to the decision to ditch hourly billing. I’ve been doing a flat rate since 2022, and I’ve found that this …
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In this episode, cohost Scott presents his extended interview with Red Team Blues author and journalist, Cory Doctorow. They discuss a wide range of topics that include Artificial Intelligence, differentiating fables and predictions, issues of intellectual property, and absurdist potentials for technology-driven dystopias. Cory Doctorow’s Craphound…
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Harness the power of this month’s new moon with this special replay of our January New Moon gathering in the Design Coven. Together, we tap into the energy of the New Moon in Capricorn and our Tarot card of the year, Strength. Move through a meditation with us to connect to the strength of the Lioness, and set your intentions for the year ahead. Th…
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In this episode, I’m sharing how I personally weave rituals into my everyday life. I give you a sneak peek into a typical day for me, bringing you through my morning ritual, my workday ritual, and my evening ritual. I also talk about my new client ritual and my new moon ritual. All of these help me stay grounded so I can move through my days with a…
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This week we’re exploring how you can incorporate rituals into your design business. I explain what rituals are in a business context, why practicing them can be so powerful and transformative, and I offer you a few different types that can be done at various points of your design projects. If you want to explore rituals in your business further, j…
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In this episode, I’m taking you behind the scenes in my business with 8 ways I’m planning to level up in 2024. Some of these are practices that I’m building upon from previous years and some are newer introductions to my business. I’m sharing these with you so you can also use them in your design business, and perhaps you’ll even be inspired to cre…
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In our first episode of 2024, I’m sharing what’s ahead for the podcast and the Design Coven. I’m excited for these changes which include going back to two podcasts a week, releasing new episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’m also making the Design Coven more accessible to members around the globe by making our official events and meetings virtual.…
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In this episode, Youth Services Librarian Jessica Buck chats with historian Steve Ammidown and Becca Title, owner of Meet Cute Book Shop, about the history of the romance genre. They share their personal connections to the genre, discuss its roots, and aspects of its continuing evolution. Jessica Buck - College-Rolando Branch Library Steve Ammidown…
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As we head into a new year, you might be looking for opportunities to uplevel your business, and one great way to do that is to attend networking events that will help you connect with other designers and vendors. I’m excited to share an event with Cosentino coming up in February, and Cosentino’s Regional General Manager Scott Newhan and Account Ma…
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One of the most popular questions I am asked by new designers is how to get started right now in the industry. Today I am outlining seven steps you can take that don’t require you to wait until you have a certain amount of experience or a degree, and most don’t cost anything. You can truly take any of these steps right now! And if you have already …
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In this episode, Bob speaks with Mission Valley Branch Library Manager, Karen Reilly and Youth Services Librarian, Marika Jeffrey about the branch's new Homeschool Resource Center. They discuss identifying the community need for the center, the homeschool community that relies on the space, and all else the Center has to offer. Mission Valley Branc…
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In this week’s solo episode, I’m diving into some important design logistics and breaking down the differences between freight, shipping, curbside, and the white glove experience. Knowing your options and how to explain them to the client often separates new designers from experienced ones. So if you’re new to the industry, learning about this now …
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This week’s solo episode is inspired by a question from one of our live audience members in Episode 137, and it points to a challenge we all face as interior designers, regardless of how long we’ve been in the industry: taking credit for our work. We likely will all find a time when we pour a lot of heart and work into a project that we’re proud of…
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In this episode, Bob speaks with Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Professor and former host/producer of the NPR podcast, Codeswitch, Shereen Marisol Meraji. They discuss race and culture reporting, growing up in the Bay Area, and a subject near and dear to both Shereen and Bob, hip hop music. "Can't Truss It" - Public Enemy "Humpty Dance" - D…
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I’m excited to share with you the first episode we’ve recorded with a LIVE audience! I moderated a panel all about publishing for an ASID chapter meeting held at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Encinitas. We covered the key components of getting your work published, including hiring photographers, building your social media, and pitchin…
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In this Season 3 premier, Bob speaks with Supervising Librarian, Monnee Tong about the 10 year celebration of the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. They discuss Monnee's history with SDPL, some of the enduring features of the new building, and what we can expect from Central's future. Bob also catches up with Listener's Advisory cohost,…
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This week is a special replay of a past episode, episode 35, Do You Need an Interior Design Degree? This question is consistently among the ones I am most frequently asked, and so now, about 100 episodes later, I want to make sure we address this important topic again. There isn’t a simple yes or no answer that applies to everyone, so in this episo…
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This week, I’m taking on a suggested topic from a podcast listener, a new interior design firm that wants to learn more about networking. I believe networking can be a gamechanger in the interior design industry, so learning how to make meaningful connections from the start is really important. But when you’re new, there’s a few common mistakes you…
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This week I’m talking with nontoxic lifestyle expert and author Sophia Ruan Gushée about the common toxins that show up in our homes. As holistic interior designers, this is an important topic we’re becoming increasingly aware of and needing to share with our clients, who often look to us for information and resources. Educating ourselves on the mo…
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Following our Artist Spotlight with artist Stefanie Bales, I’m talking to Sonya Sparks, the owner and Chief Curator of Sparks Gallery, where Stefanie is currently showing her work. I love going to events at Sonya’s gallery, so it was great to sit down with her and hear the full story behind the creation of it and her vision for it. Sonya tells us h…
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In this month’s Artist Spotlight, I’m excited to introduce you to local San Diego artist Stefanie Bales. Stefanie’s unique journey as an artist highlights just how valuable it is to be in touch with and follow your intuition. Stefanie has trusted her own instincts and ability to manifest, and the stories she shares in this episode show just how mag…
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This week I welcome my friend Lara Worm of Bivouac Ciderworks to the podcast for a conversation about community and design. Lara and I are currently collaborating on the design of “Bivouac 2.0,” or Bivouac Adventure Lodge, a beautiful gathering space for cider tasting–and much more–in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. This episode (and futu…
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I recently had the opportunity to participate in ASID Career Day, where interior design students from all over San Diego County gathered to ask questions as they prepare to build their careers in the industry. I enjoyed meeting all of these up-and-coming designers and sharing with them what I’ve learned. In this episode, I’m answering the top quest…
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In this episode, I’m sharing the recording of an interview I did with Aisha Rose Melodie Hassan as part of her Sacred Blueprint Interview Series in early September. I share my personal journey with design, specifically how I integrated more aspects of myself and my spiritual practices into my interior design business. We also look at a few specific…
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In this bonus episode, Bob conducts several lightning round interviews with his colleagues about their favorite banned books and why they matter. Bob also makes a couple announcements regarding a new service and the upcoming third season of Listeners' Advisory! I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou And Tango Makes Three - Peter Parnell and…
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In this month’s Artist Spotlight, I’m introducing you to Natasha Patel of Napa Gogo Art. Natasha is a self-taught artist whose specialty is creating beautiful mixed media fluid abstracts. She shares her journey to art, which included a courageous leap away from the corporate world to become a full-time artist just a couple years ago. We discuss her…
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In this solo episode, I’m sharing how I’m moving from being a solopreneur, managing all aspects of my business on my own, to building my dream design team. For anyone who is coming to a crossroads point in their business, wondering if it is time to hire, this episode will help you assess when you’re ready to hire, which positions to hire for, how t…
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This week I welcome Jessica Phelps, the founder of Trād Furnishings, to the podcast to talk about sustainability, creativity, and responsible resourcing. Through Trād Furnishings, Jessica offers a great, sustainable solution to a problem most designers have at some point: leftover, unused materials from a job. Sometimes we order too much of somethi…
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This week, I have Design Coven Member Sasha on the podcast to talk about her experience in the interior design industry and how she recently built her own business. A lot of designers ask me about starting their own businesses, which is amazing, but I find most aren’t aware of all the work that goes on behind the scenes (often spanning several year…
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This special replay of Episode 30, Breathing New Life into Fallen Trees, features my friends Dan and Jessica of San Diego Urban Timber. I want to share this episode with you again as a reminder of the many amazing partners that we can work with locally that support our mission as holistic interior designers and that also bring something truly uniqu…
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This special replay episode features designer and artist Paul Basile, who joined us for our Inspiration series during San Diego Design Week in 2022 (Episode 53). In this conversation, we dive into inspiration and vision. Paul shares how his journey with design began, what led him to create BASILE Studio, and how his work has evolved over the years.…
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I’m excited to share another local artist with you this month, Joanna Cutri. She is a visual artist and her work includes painting, drawing, and sculpture. She describes how her love for art developed and how her work has evolved, especially since the pandemic. We also talk about her experience working with interior designers and why she loves this…
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I am excited to welcome Amanda and Debbie of Design Shop to the podcast to talk about mentorship and the value of experience in the interior design industry. Debbie and Amanda share how their passion for design developed, how they met and began working together, and what led them to eventually partner to create their own design firm. Both spent sev…
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When we design beautiful spaces for our clients, we want the art on the wall to not only fit well in the space but also enhance it. I’m talking with Founder and Lead Curator of JFiN Collective Jennifer Findley about the importance of art and how to navigate the art collecting world as a designer, even if you’ve never done it before and find it inti…
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