Behind the Design with John Colaneri | 272 | The Designer’s Home



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design with a virtual case study of a designer’s own home with, designer, builder, design influencer, John Colaneri.

You most likely know John Colaneri from HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, his books, or you have seen him on national talk shows. It’s easy to forget when watching celebrity designers that they are currently active designers and builders. It’s also easy to forget that they have homes of their own and designing for themselves can be even more challenging than designing for a TV show where the edit is always available. This conversation is from a virtual gathering called The Showroom presented by Walker Zanger, the presenting sponsor of Convo By Design. You are about to hear a walkthrough of Colaneri’s own home, recently completed. You are going to hear about how he put it together and how the internal negotiations with his wife made for some interesting product choices. This is a masterclass on design, product specification, and putting your true desire at the epicenter of the design. There are a number of references to the work and products in John’s home. You can follow along and see it for yourself @ColaneriJohn on Instagram as well as JohnColaneri.com. Both will be linked in the show notes. This is John Colaneri.

Thank you, John, Thank you, Erika, thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support and thank you for listening, downloading every episode and engaging on the socials. Please follow the show stay up to date on where we will be at convobydesign.com and @ConvoXDesign with and “X” on Instagram. If you are not yet subscribing, please do, you can find the show everywhere you find your favorite podcasts or simply ask Alexa or Siri, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo by Design podcast”, and she will. Be well and until next week, keep creating.


Designing For Wellness | 271 | Mitch Altman – CEO THERMASOL



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is another episode of Convo By Design featuring Mitch Altman, third-generation CEO of THERMASOL. This is a conversation about multi-functional design for beauty, health, and wellness.

THERMASOL is a family-owned and operated business producing amazing steam shower products for over 60 years. This is the story of a California company now based in Texas and still run by the family that started it all. Mitch Altman is constantly improving the company and that product company is now so much more. THERMASOL is a technology company that provides the tools to turn the shower into an experience, a source for wellness and sanctuary and so much more.

I want you to hear from Mitch, and every month on Convo By Design, THERMASOL will be presenting a new feature on the podcast called, “A Moment of Zen, Designing For Wellness” where we explore new ideas in design with a focus on health, wellness and creating your personal oasis.

Thank you, Mitch, for the time. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support, and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode, and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 270 | Part 4 of 4



For over 50 years, the LaCienega Design Quarter has been a design destination serving LA’s vibrant and extremely talented design community. This design district is special and has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. For the past 11 years, Legends of LaCienega has been a celebration of design, showcase for amazing design talent and social gathering for anyone who loves design.

In 2019, Convo By Design was represented as an official media sponsor of Legends. I cannot tell you how amazing this was for me and how saddened I was when I learned that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled this year. I think what saddens me most is that I personally will miss seeing all my friends and I imagine that many of you listening feel the same way. So, I wanted to take a look back and share some of the amazing designers from last year’s event. My hope is that this gives you a little bit of joy, I will republish this in a series of episodes so you can hear all about the 2019 designs and showrooms whose windows served as the canvas for these amazing designers. I would also like to again remind you how special the LaCienega Design Quarter is and suggest that when this is all over, please go visit the LCDQ showrooms again.

Tom Stringer

Dan Mazzarini

Legaspi Courts

Peti Lau

Alex Papachristidis

Kevin Isbell

Gianetti Home

Patrick Sutton

Brooke Wagner

Bridgid Coulter

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design featuring the amazing creatives who decorated and designed the windows of the LaCienega Design Quarter in 2019. I hope hearing from these creators brings you a little joy and I look forward to Legends of LaCienega returning in 2021.

Thank you LCDQ for having me, thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support, and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode, and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Special Series on Designing for Disaster | 7 | Designer Kim Gordon on Finding Your Happy-Place Now



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design with a special series of episodes focused on the COVID – 19 pandemics from a different perspective. You already know about washing your hands and staying at home. But, staying at home has created a whole new set of unforeseen issues. Our homes were not created to serve as home, office, school, restaurant, daycare all at once. This series of episodes is designed to address the fact that most if not all of us are home riding out this pandemic, hopefully, this provides you with some inspiration and makes weathering this a little bit easier.

You are about to hear from an amazing design and an equally exceptional person. Kim Gordon is fearless, strong & sensitive. Her raw approach is refreshing and allowed for an amazing conversation about the idea of home. If this sounds too woo-woo for you, hang on a minute. Think about the idea of home and what you want it to be. It’s different for everyone and yet, there are consistent through lines that allow us to find what that special place means to each of us individually. In this episode, Kim talks about:

Hitting The Reset Button- Time to stop, think, and reassess.

Accept the Tension and Uncertainty- Stop fighting it and learn to live with it.

Time to Focus- This will allow you to rediscover what is truly important.

PLANTS- Kim loves to bring plants into foster relaxation.

Bring the Outside, In- Adding on the idea of plants with outside materials incorporated into the interior design.

What’s That Smell- The smell of home.

Water Feature- With the outside incomes sound with sight and smell.

Be Good to Yourself- That really is the core tenet.

Walk Your Space with a Fresh Look- Leave your preconceived ideas at the door and walk your space for the first time.

Home as Personalized Retreat- This process leads to a reassessment, rediscovery, and finding your personal happy place. A place you never want to leave.

Thank you, Kim for your time and talent. For more about Kim Gordon, please go to Kim Gordon Designs dot com. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your partnership and support of Convo By Design. And thank you for listening, were it not for you, there would be no Convo By Design. We will get through this, together. And until we do, I will keep bringing you the ideas from incredibly talented creatives to make this a little bit better. If you have a question, ideas for a segment or you are a designer that wants to help, please email me at ConvoByDesign@Outlook.com. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.


Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 269 | Part 3 of 4



In 2019, Convo By Design was an official media sponsor of Legends. I cannot tell you how amazing this was for me and how saddened I was when I learned that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled this year. I think what saddens me most is that I personally will miss seeing all my friends and I imagine that many of you listening feel the same way.

It has been such a joy sharing these interviews with you. This is the third of four in this series and you have heard from over half of the designers from the 2019 event. I want to invite you to head over to the Convo By Design YouTube channel to see these windows, these showrooms, and these designers.

So, I wanted to take a look back and share some of the amazing designers from last year’s event. My hope is that this gives you a little bit of joy, I will republish this in a series of episodes so you can hear all about the 2019 designs and showrooms whose windows served as the canvas for these amazing designers. I would also like to again remind you how special the LaCienega Design Quarter is and suggest that when this is all over, please go visit the LCDQ showrooms again.

Masa & Jon Kleinhample
Klein Agency
http://www.klein.agency/about
Los Angeles, CA.

Kristi Nelson
KM Nelson Design
http://www.kmnelsondesign.com
Los Angeles, CA.

Gary Hutton
Gary Hutton Design
https://garyhuttondesign.com
San Francisco, CA.

Tim Barber & Patrick Tennant
Tim Barber, Ltd.
https://www.timbarberltd.com
Los Angeles, CA.

Drew McGukin
Drew McGukin Interiors
https://www.drewmcgukin.com/
New York, NY.

Max Humphrey
Max Humphrey Interior Design
https://www.maxhumphrey.com
Portland, OR.

Julia Wong
Julia Wong Designs
https://www.juliawongdesigns.com
Los Angeles, CA.

Chad Dorsey
Chad Dorsey Design
http://www.chaddorseydesign.com
Dallas, TX.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design
https://martynlawrencebullard.com
Los Angeles, CA.

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design featuring the amazing creatives who decorated and designed the windows of the LaCienega Design Quarter in 2019. I hope hearing from these creators brings you a little joy and I look forward to Legends of LaCienega returning in 2021.

Thank you LCDQ for having me, thank you Walker Zanger for your continued support, and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode, and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Lone Star House of Design | 3 | Allison Crawford on Blending Style to Create Livable Luxury



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Lone Star | House of Design, produced and distributed by the team that brings you Convo By Design with another story about design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. I had a great chat with Allison Crawford, founder and principal designer of her eponymous firm Allison Crawford Design in addition to HOTELette, a design/ vacation-rental company. Allison is a highly praised, Austin based designer with a truly unique background and a story about design, business, and real estate. Allison is active in design and real estate investment. She is both a creator and entrepreneur. I truly enjoyed this conversation with Allison and I hope you do as well. Allison is a master creator who blends and bends style to create livable luxury.

Thank you, Allison Crawford, that was fun and I truly appreciate the time. Please subscribe to the show so you catch every episode of Lone Star House of design and Convo By Design, ask Alexa or Siri, say, “Hey Siri, Play Convo By Design” and she will. You can follow the show on the socials as well, @ConvoXDesign with an “X” on Instagram and check out the YouTube channel for videos from some of your favorite episodes. Thank you for listening and until next week, Keep creating.


Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 268 | Part 2 of 4



The LaCienega Design Quarter exists and functions as a design hub where lovers of design can find what was, what is, what’s new, and what’s next. This design district is special and has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. It’s not just because there are showrooms with beautiful works displayed, no, it’s more than that. LCDQ is a social glue that bonds this vibrant and diverse community. It is a place to gather, meet, and see. That is exactly what is missing in the Spring of 2020 and what will be again soon, hopefully in the not so distant future. For the past 11 years, Legends has been a celebration of design, showcase for amazing design talent, and social gathering for anyone who loves design. 2019, Convo By Design was an official media sponsor and I cannot tell you how amazing this was for me and how saddened I was to learn that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled this year. 

I think what saddens me most is that I personally will miss seeing all my friends and I imagine that many of you listening feel the same way. So, I wanted to take a look back and share some of the amazing designers from last year’s event. I also wanted to share the conversations that came out of an eight-day journey that had me riding my bicycle up and down LaCienega, Melrose and Melrose Place securing interviews with these amazing creators, some of whom were in from out of town and had small windows of time for me to hit. But we did it, and you can hear all about it here.

My hope is that this gives you a little bit of joy, I will republish this in a series of episodes so you can hear all about the 2019 designs and showrooms whose windows served as the canvas for these amazing designers. I would also like to remind you how special the LaCienega Design Quarter is and suggest that when this is all over, please go visit the LCDQ showrooms again.

Emily Summers

Emily Summers Design Associates

https://emilysummers.com

Dallas, TX.

Showroom: McKinnon & Harris

ICON: Robsjohn-Gibbings

Melissa Warner Rothblum

Massucco Warner

https://massuccowarner.com/warner

Seattle & Los Angeles

Showroom: Hollywood at Home

ICON: Sister Parish

Mary Ann Schicketanz

Studio Schiketanz

https://studioschicketanz.com/

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA.

Showroom: Mansour

ICON: Josef Hoffman

Jeff Andrews

Jeff Andrews Design

https://www.jeffandrewsdesign.com

Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Dragonette

ICON: Billy Haines

Ohara Davies Gaetano

Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors

http://odg-interiors.com

Carona Del Mar, CA.

Showroom: Barakat

ICON: Françoise Catroux

Jake Alexander Arnold

Jake Arnold Interiors

https://www.jakearnoldinteriors.com

Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Hollywood at Home

ICON: Rose Cummings

Sasha Bikoff

Sasha Bikoff interior Design

https://sashabikoff.com

New York, NY.

Showroom: Marc Phillips

ICON: Madeleine Castaing

Neal Beckstedt

Neal Beckstedt Studio

http://nbeckstedtstudio.com

New York, NY

Showroom: Woven

ICON: Pierre Jeanneret

Catherine Casteel Olasky & Maximilian P. Sinsteden

Olasky & Sinsteden

https://o-and-s.com

New York, Houston & London

Showroom: Mecox Gardens

ICON: John Fowler

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design featuring the amazing creatives who decorated and designed the windows of the LaCienega Design Quarter in 2019. I hope hearing from these creators brings you a little joy and I look forward to Legends of LaCienega returning in 2021.

Thank you LCDQ for having me, thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode, and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Special Series on Designing for Disaster | 6 | Architect William Hefner on Creative and Effective Use of Space



This is a look at the COVID – 19 pandemic from a different perspective. You already know about washing your hands and staying at home. But, staying at home has created a whole new set of unforeseen issues. Our homes were not created to serve as home, office, school, restaurant, daycare all at once. This series of episodes is designed to address the fact that most if not all of us are home weathering out this pandemic, hopefully, this provides you with some inspiration and makes weathering this a little bit easier.

This episode features William Hefner of Studio William Hefner, a globally recognized and celebrated designer whose eponymous design firm, at any given time, has projects in multiple locations across the globe. So, to speak with Hefner about how all of us can ‘tweak’ our home situation to better weather this stay-at-home reality, well, needless to say, I am so appreciative that he took the time to do this.

You have been hearing from some of the world’s greatest design and architecture minds about how to make the best of this situation and the advice has been amazing. This is no exception.

In this episode, William Hefner talks about;

  • Look at your floor plan, find what’s not currently working, and reevaluate it.
  • Don’t become attached to the form at the expense of function.
  • Think big picture and learn from your home. Commercial design requires forethought and that can help now.
  • Blend indoor/ outdoor to find and use every available foot of usable space.
  • If this were to happen again in the future, plan now and fix it the moment you are able to do that.

 

What is the best use of space, Hefner talks about making it feel like you have to make the space work before you get attached to the design. There have been some recurring themes over the course of this special series. Light, space, functionality, and emotion. 

This has been an exceptionally trying time for all of us. For me, this has been wonderful in the sense that I have had the opportunity to make dinner for my family almost every night, spend more time with my kids. Quality time, going for walks and throwing the lacrosse ball, practicing soccer. We made a gym at our house and my teenage daughter works out with me. I have not only been hosting the conversations and presenting them to you. I have been taking it in as well. You are about to hear some fantastic advice from William Hefner, I hope you find it as useful as I have.

Thank you, William, for your time and talent. For more about William Hefner, please go to William Hefner dot com. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your partnership and support of Convo By Design. And thank you for listening, were it not for you, there would be no Convo By Design. We will get through this, together. And until we do, I will keep bringing you the ideas from incredibly talented creatives to make this a little bit better. If you have a question, ideas for a segment or you are a designer that wants to help, please email me at ConvoByDesign@Outlook.com. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.


Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 267 | Part 1 of 4



For over 50 years, the LaCienega Design Quarter has been a design destination serving LA’s vibrant and extremely talented design community. This design district is special and has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. For the past 11 years, Legends of LaCienega has been a celebration of design, showcase for amazing design talent and social gathering for anyone who loves design.

In 2019, Convo By Design was represented as an official media sponsor of Legends. I cannot tell you how amazing this was for me and how saddened I was when I learned that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled this year. I think what saddens me most is that I personally will miss seeing all my friends and I imagine that many of you listening feel the same way. So, I wanted to take a look back and share some of the amazing designers from last year’s event. My hope is that this gives you a little bit of joy, I will republish this in a series of episodes so you can hear all about the 2019 designs and showrooms whose windows served as the canvas for these amazing designers. I would also like to again remind you how special the LaCienega Design Quarter is and suggest that when this is all over, please go visit the LCDQ showrooms again.

Laura Umansky/ Laura U Interior Design

https://laurauinteriordesign.com

Houston, TX.

Showroom: Janet Yonaty/ ICON: Kalef Aloten

 

Kenna Mazaros/ Studio Kenna

https://www.studiokenna.com

Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Hollywood Sierra Kitchen/ ICON: Angelo Donghia

 

Philip Nimmo/ Philip Nimmo Design

http://philipnimmodesign.com

West Hollywood, CA.

Showroom: Mansour/ ICON: Toy Duquette

 

Sheldon Harte/ Harte, Brownlee & Associates

http://hartebrownlee.com

Laguna Beach, San Francisco & Palm Springs

Showroom: Paul Ferrante/ ICON: Jean Michel Frank

 

Scott Shader/ Shrader Design

https://www.shraderdesign.com/html/index.html

West Hollywood, CA.

Showroom: Richard Shapiro/ ICON: David Hicks

 

Penny Drue Baird/ Dessins, LLC.

http://www.dessinsllc.com/profile/

New, York & Paris

Showroom: Dragonette/ ICON: Mario Buatta

 

Nicole Fuller/ Nicole Fuller Interiors

https://www.nicolefullerinteriors.com

New York & Los Angeles

Showroom: Galerie Carole Decombe/ ICON: Henri Samuel

 

Cathrine M. Austin/ Catherine M. Austin Interior Design

http://www.catherinemaustin.com

Charlotte, NC.

Showroom: Janet Yonaty/ ICON: Alberto Pinto

 

Kelly Schandel/ thinkpure

https://thinkpure.com

Santa Monica, CA.

Showroom: Marc Phillips/ ICON: Elsie de Wolfe

 

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design featuring the amazing creatives who decorated and designed the windows of the LaCienega Design Quarter in 2019. I hope hearing from these creators brings you a little joy and I look forward to Legends of LaCienega returning in 2021.

Thank you LCDQ for having me, thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Lone Star House of Design | 2 | Cindy Aplanalp-Yates of Chairma Design Group



Cindy Aplanalp-Yates is the Principal of Chairma Design Group, an award-winning design firm in Houston. Cindy goes into the game a bit later than most. The family came first, then the business. Cindy and I sat down at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas to talk design, trade shows and the uniqueness of Texans which makes designing in Texas so much fun. This is Cindy Aplanalp-Yates.

Thank you, Cindy, that was amazing and I truly appreciate the time. Please subscribe to the show so you catch every episode of Lone Star House of design and Convo By Design, ask Alexa or Siri, say, “Hey Siri, Play Convo By Design” and she will. You can follow the show on the socials as well, @ConvoXDesign with an “X” on Instagram and check out the YouTube channel for videos from some of your favorite episodes. Thank you for listening and until next week, Keep creating.