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Explore Home - A Podcast from Universal Furniture

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Welcome to the Explore Home podcast brought to you by Universal Furniture. Hosted by Universal’s Marketing Director Neil MacKenzie, Explore Home navigates all of the latest happenings within the furniture industry, from design trends to changing marketing strategies. Featuring a new guest every episode, Neil delves into their unique skillset and knowledge as it relates to furniture in a warm, casual, conversational tone. Expect to hear from a range of top authorities, including furniture business professionals, interior designers, design bloggers and influencers.

Welcome to the Explore Home podcast brought to you by Universal Furniture. Hosted by Universal’s Marketing Director Neil MacKenzie, Explore Home navigates all of the latest happenings within the furniture industry, from design trends to changing marketing strategies. Featuring a new guest every episode, Neil delves into their unique skillset and knowledge as it relates to furniture in a warm, casual, conversational tone. Expect to hear from a range of top authorities, including furniture business professionals, interior designers, design bloggers and influencers.

Location:

United States

Description:

Welcome to the Explore Home podcast brought to you by Universal Furniture. Hosted by Universal’s Marketing Director Neil MacKenzie, Explore Home navigates all of the latest happenings within the furniture industry, from design trends to changing marketing strategies. Featuring a new guest every episode, Neil delves into their unique skillset and knowledge as it relates to furniture in a warm, casual, conversational tone. Expect to hear from a range of top authorities, including furniture business professionals, interior designers, design bloggers and influencers.

Language:

English

Contact:

3368228416


Episodes

Explore Home with Kyla Herbes, Creator of House of Hipsters

5/5/2021
Welcome to Explore Home Podcast! This week we explore home with Kyla Herbes, creator of the House of Hipsters blog. Neil and Kyla begin by talking about the birth of House of Hipster, which started as a hobby after her second child was born. Kyla knew it was special and was willing to put in the time and effort to turn it into one of the top blogs in the country. Today, House of Hipsters is a consistent award-winning blog and launched Kyla into the limelight. Kyla details how when she...

Duration:01:14:46

Explore Home with Sara Serarle, Account Director at Promoboxx

4/19/2021
Welcome to Explore Home Podcast! This week we explore home with Sara Serarle with Promoboxx. Neil and Sara discuss her time spent on the account management team at Snapchat. While there, Sara took note of how the platform fostered conversations between friends using Snapchat integrated content, allowing people to interact with brands in a personal way. Out of this experience grew a passion for advertising and social media. Sara then describes the challenges her multi-generational small...

Duration:00:32:41

Explore Home with Benno Duenkelsbuehler, (re)ALIGN CEO and Chief Growth Sherpa

4/13/2021
Welcome to the Explore Home Podcast! This week explore home with Benno Duenkelsbuehler, (re)ALIGN CEO and Chief Growth Sherpa. Neil and Benno discuss his background as a buyer and a seller. First, a buyer for Ikea and Pottery Barn for over a decade. He then changed careers to sell to exhibitors in High Point and Atlanta. This background inspired him to start his own company to help others start and grow their brands. His company, (re)ALIGN, lives at the intersection of growth and execution....

Duration:00:32:21

Explore Home with Scott O'Neil, VP of Global Sales for Cylindo

2/9/2021
Welcome to the Explore Home Podcast! This week explore home with Scott O’Neil, VP of Global Sales for Cylindo. Neil and Scott discuss how Cylindo’s focus on 3D product visualization platforms allow manufacturers and retailers the ability to provide customers the power to visualize products while shopping from home. You can preview the work that Universal and Cylindo have worked on here. Scott comments on how 3D technology is now front and center. With more people shopping online before...

Duration:00:41:03

Explore Home with Lori Paranjape, A full service luxury designer from Nashville, TN who also stars under the handle @mrsparanjape on Instagram

1/28/2021
Welcome to Explore Home Podcast! Today we explore home with Lori Paranjape, owner of her own design firm based in Nashville, TN which focuses on luxury homes and new construction. Lori's work has been featured in publications like Domino, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Traditional Home. Discover how an English Literature major and former TV reporter turned her beloved hobby into a powerhouse interior design firm. Lori discusses how the tempo and style of interior design has...

Duration:01:03:42

Explore Home with Melissa Galt, Interior Design Business Coach

12/21/2020
Welcome to the Explore Home Podcast! This week, we invite you to Explore Home with Melissa Galt, a premier interior design business coach. First, Melissa shares a brief history of her professional journey with Neil, detailing what influenced her transformation from being an interior designer into an interior design coach. They then touch on the advantages of digital technology and the rise of e-design and remote working, especially in the age of COVID-19. Next, they discuss how to not only...

Duration:00:45:55

Explore Home with Michele Wiebe, President, Founder and Principal Designer of Studio M

12/3/2020
Welcome to the Explore Home Podcast! After a bit of a hiatus, we are back and excited to start the series back up with Michelle Wiebe, President, Founder, and Principal Designer of Studio M based in Clearwater, FL. First, Neil and Michelle start from the beginning, detailing Michelle’s initial launch into the design industry. They then chat about the unique evolution of her business throughout the years, as well as how Michelle and husband Tom have found balance working together at Studio...

Duration:00:42:26

Explore Home with Stephanie Cohen of Stephanie Cohen Home

9/22/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Stephanie Cohen of Stephanie Cohen Home. Listen as Stephanie begins with her professional journey to interior design, one that includes switching from a law student to a full-time design student. After detailing this transition, Stephanie shares more about her business which is comprised of an interior design firm as well as a brick and mortar storefront. After delving into both the challenges and opportunities associated with owning a retail...

Duration:00:40:52

Explore Home with John Hillman, Real Estate Developer at Crane Island (A Coastal Living Community)

9/2/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with John Hillman, Vice President, and Broker at Crane Island Real Estate, an exclusive Coastal Living community. Crane Island was also the location of Universal’s second Coastal Living photoshoot featuring the Getaway collection. First, John touches on his background in the design industry and what led him to the custom home business. He then touches on the holistic community aspect of his developments and why his clients gravitate towards this kind...

Duration:00:39:25

Explore Home with the co-founders of Regina Andrew, Carla Regina and James Andrew

8/19/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Carla Regina and James Andrew of Regina Andrew, maker of luxury interior products with an emphasis on lighting. Listen as Carla and James take us through a brief summary of their individual professional backgrounds and detail the beginning stages of Regina Andrew. They also touch on the pros and cons of running a business with your significant other as well as some lessons learned along the way. The team then discusses their home base of Detroit...

Duration:00:41:21

Explore Home with Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio

7/28/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio. Rachel is a self-described color obsessed interior designer with a background in graphic design. We were able to chat with Rachel about a recent collaboration that we worked on together along with Crypton Home in Oklahoma. This collaboration featured items from the Coastal Living collection, proving that this laid back, relaxed style can work just about anywhere — not just at the coast. Listen as...

Duration:00:37:19

Explore Home with Kaitlin Petersen, Editor and Chief of Business of Home

7/9/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Kaitlin Petersen, Editor-in-Chief of Business of Home magazine. Listen as Kaitlin shares her start to journalism and what eventually led her to Business of Home. She then discusses what’s involved in putting together an issue of the magazine, from longer lead times to incorporating meaningful themes that designers will not only enjoy but benefit from, and more. They then discuss how COVID-19 has affected the design industry and Kaitlin’s personal...

Duration:00:44:15

Explore Home with Sean O'Connor of Universal Furniture

6/16/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Sean O’Connor, Universal Furniture’s Senior Vice President of Sales and chief merchant for our upholstery program. Listen as Sean shares with Neil more about his personal and professional background within the furniture industry as well as how he eventually found his way to Universal Furniture. They then touch on the beginnings of Universal’s upholstery offering and how that has grown the last several years, including the launch into special...

Duration:00:39:18

Explore Home with Sita Montgomery from Sita Montgomery Interiors

6/4/2020
This week, we invite you to Explore Home with Sita Montgomery, interior designer and owner of Sita Montgomery Interiors based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sita shares with Neil a bit more about her professional history and what eventually led her into the interior design industry while raising her children. They then chat about how COVID-19 has affected the business. They also discuss social media marketing and how Sita approaches Instagram and imagery as well as maintaining authenticity. For...

Duration:00:37:26

Explore Home with Jane Dagmi of Designers Today

5/19/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Jane Dagmi, Editor-in-Chief of Designers Today. Listen as Neil and Jane discuss Jane's vast background in publishing as well as her love and appreciation for design. Jane also shares more on her unique professional journey that ultimately led her to her current role at Designers Today. Later, Neil and Jane delve into not only the challenges but also the opportunities that designers are facing today as we social distance during quarantine. They...

Duration:00:34:27

Explore Home with our friends Jack Eger and Elise Gabrielson from Crypton

5/12/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Jack Eger and Elise Gabrielson from Crypton, a leading manufacturer of performance fabric. Listen as Jack and Elise each detail their unique career journeys that ultimately led them both to Crypton. Then, they delve into the importance of performance fabric especially within the furniture industry and how Crypton presents a premium solution, focusing on wear-ability and cleanability. They then discuss the evolution of performance fabrics and all...

Duration:00:37:55

Explore Home with Sackett Wood, President and CEO of Moore & Giles

4/29/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Sackett Wood, president, and CEO of Moore and Giles located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Listen as Sackett shares with Neil more on his professional journey in the industry, starting in the banking business and eventually merging into the world of leather goods. Then, Sackett chats more on the growth of Moore and Giles through the years, elaborating on the company’s forward-thinking tactics to grow into what they are today, especially in regards to...

Duration:00:31:51

Explore Home with Jessica Thuston of Coastal Living Magazine

4/14/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Jessica Thuston, special projects editor for Coastal Living Magazine. Listen as Jessica shares with Neil about her professional journey in the magazine industry, from being a founding editor of Cottage Living to serving as Southern Living’s executive editor for over 10 years. Then, Jessica discusses how the magazine industry has changed in order to suit our increasingly technology-based world, including how Coastal Living has shifted to a...

Duration:00:26:59

Explore Home with Franziska Neumann better know as FZK

3/30/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Franziska Neuman, founder and creative director of FZK Franziska, a creative agency that helps design-oriented clients grow and steward their online presence. Listen as Franziska Neumann shares with Neil more on her background, what lead her to start pursuing the interiors industry, and the “a-ha” Oprah moment that eventually became the turning point of her professional career. Then, Franziska elaborates on how she helps her designer clients...

Duration:00:38:07

Explore Home with with Anne Sage and Laiza Cors of Embello

3/12/2020
This week we invite you to Explore Home with Anne Sage and Laiza Cors of Embello, a dedicated online space for social influencers to connect with home and design brands. Embello was co-founded by Laiza, who also serves as their CEO, while Anne is Embello's talent relations strategist. Anne also has a unique background in design, media and the influencer space allows perspective on how to leverage influencer relationships for both brands and influencers. Listen as Laiza and Anne elaborate on...

Duration:00:46:36