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How to Get Published

We’ve worked hard to have our design projects published nationally and regionally many times over. To us, it’s a stamp of approval from the highest level of our peers – the editors of the magazines we covet. Our first national publication was a 6 page spread in Southern Lady Magazine. We were (and still are) so proud of that feature! Our next feature is coming up in August/September issue of Southern Cottage which is published by Engaged Media, Inc. To be totally honest though, we’ve never...


Our Work In Guatemala

1. INTRO We’ve just returned from a week in Guatemala. We are exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time. Everywhere we go people inquire about our work in Guatemala and how we got started so we thought this was the perfect time to share. 2. KELLY'S FIRST TRIP TO GUATEMALA 3. CATALYST RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL A. Fontaine and Paulas’s Story B. Our partnership with CRI 4. THIS WEEK IN GUATEMALA A. The makeup of our team B. Building a House C. Shoe Drive D. House of Hope E....


Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer Guest

Kelly is on vacation visiting family in New York so Caren Danneman, an amazing certified and bath kitchen designer is joining Joann in the studio. Caren’s Bio: Caren Danneman, CKD, CBD Owner/Principal Designer – Danneman Designs, LLC Website: Serves the Southeastern states Caren is a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer with over 20 years of experience. She is a winner of a NARI CotY Award for Baths in 2015. She has written many articles on Kitchen and Bath Trends and...


Tips to Designing a Great Home Office

An estimated 3 million Americans work from home. Many people who work from home claim to be more productive because they're not in a loud environment or distracted by co-workers. There are some obvious advantages of working from home: avoiding a nightmare commute and getting to work in your PJs. Employers see working from home as fewer sick days, employee retention, and less money spent on office space. 1. HOME OFFICES CAN BE USED FOR: A. Running a business B. A full time job C. An...


Listener Design Questions

1. INTRO We have always been big sharers of information, life and business lessons, sources, advice, etc. One day when we are tired of designing residential and commercial spaces, you will probably find us on the speaking/coaching circuit or writing a book. We got such great feedback on our last Listener call in episode, we thought we’d do it again. 2. LISTENER QUESTIONS A. Lisa – How to figure out a lighting plan in a large space B. Danny – How to make the most out of a galley...


Nightmare Clients

1. INTRO A. We have a wonderful client base, many that we have worked with for years, others who we may have done one project for, and some others who have been, let’s say “challenging”. B. We have an excellent qualifying system but every now and then, a crazy, whacko client slips through the cracks. 2. The RED FLAGS A. They’ve worked with multiple designers that “didn’t work out” B. They want you to meet on evenings or weekends (they don’t value your time or treat you like a...


How to be a Dream Client

1. INTRO Our clients come in all shapes and sizes with interesting histories and stories to tell. They come from all regions of the country with varied backgrounds and different budgets and goals. The ideal and most common residential client for Kandrac & Kole is a married couple, highly educated and traveled with corporate jobs and no time to make their home beautiful. We are lucky that our screening process is such that 90% of the time we end up with wonderful clients. We could tell...


What's the Biggest Impact You Can Make in Your Home?

WE ASK OUR DESIGN COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS QUESTION. HERE THEY JOIN US WITH THEIR ANSWERS: Kelli Ellis, (Los Angeles, Las Vegas) interior designer and lifelong traveler, represents the epitome of livable luxury, casual international style mixed with rock star glam. Her celebrity and discerning clientele benefit from her extensive world travels, adding dramatic artwork and unique accessories used to create havens You’ve likely seen Kelli as the featured designer on TLC’s Clean...


Repairing Unattractive Elements of an Older Home

1. Intro We all have certain things we dislike about our homes but when we make that purchase (if it’s not a new build) there may be a few things that are nagging. Here are some of those things and how to deal with them: 2. Popcorn ceilings A. They date a space – depending on time frame of home, get a sample tested for asbestos. i. Difficult to repair ii. Hard to Clean iii. Collect Dust B. Ways to remove i. Scrape – use a utility knife or drywall knife to chip away to create a...


What We Are Working On Now

1. Intro As of today, we have (19) projects in the works all in different stages of completion. They range from an upcoming consultation, proposal stage, design phase, waiting on product phase, complete and waiting upcoming install phase. No day is the same at K&K so we thought we give you some insight and story lines behind a few of the projects we are currently working on. 2. A Color Happy Sunroom and Kitchen Refresh A. Our color crazy and pattern brave client wants to redesign her...


High Point Furniture Market - Spring 2018

1. Intro – What is the furniture market? A. The largest home furnishings trade show in the world. i. 10 million square feet ii. 2,000 Exhibitors iii. 180 Buildings iv. 75,000 attendees v. April and October vi. We walk about 15,000 – 20,000 steps per day! B. Who Attends i. Furniture store retailers ii. Interior Designers iii. Bloggers iv. Buyers v. Press 2. Social and educational Events A. Seminars – Color, what to charge, new product licensing, Instagram and Social Media for...


How to Run Interior Design Business

1. Intro – how we jumped in feet first A. All the legal stuff – Tonya’s boxer advise about the coaches in your corner i. Business License ii. S Corp filing iii. Buy Sell Agreement iv. Life Insurance v. Liability and Errors & Omissions vi. Bookkeeper and CPA B. Our office i. At home ii. Turning lemons into lemonade during the recession – moving to Acworth then Kennesaw iii. Hiring our first sub contractor (now employee) and a slew of interns 2. Software A. Excel and QB to...


Your Design Questions

Join Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole as they answer all your questions regarding design, business, travel, etc. 1. Design related question: A. Christine from Marietta, GA a. I love your work and I love your show and wanted to ask a question about pairing different elements within the same room. Do you have any tips on how best to mix design elements that normally wouldn’t be paired together, for example, antiques with modern pieces? 2. BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP QUESTION: A. Michelle from...


Why Start a Blog

What is a blog? Join Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole as they share why they started the Kandrac & Kole blog back in 2009 and how it has benefited them and their business. 1. Why? A. Attracts an audience B. Great marketing tool C. Tells your story D. Makes you an authority on a subject or subjects E. Creates opportunities F. You can make money from it G. Improves SEO 2. HOW YOU benefit A. You will be a better writer B. You will learn more as you do research C. You will meet new...


Tricks of the Trade Part 2

Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole have learned a lot in 13 years so join them as they share what they know. They’ve seen the same issues time and again in house after house and they've shared many of their tips in Part 1. Join them as they share even more tricks that everybody can use in their homes. 1. Intro We had so much to discuss during Part 1 of this series that we thought we’d just continue sharing some designer tricks we’ve learned over the years. But first, let’s discuss Joann’s...


Making Selections for a New Build

Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole talk with Tasha Elrod from MODA Floors and Interiors ( about how to make selections for a new build. 1. FLOORING A. What is the difference between Hardwoods and Engineered Hardwoods? i. Different kinds of species of woods – Oak vs. Hickory vs. Maple etc. ii. Is there a big cost difference? iii. Is one better than the other (say in a basement). B. What is Luxury Vinyl? i. Where is this best used? ii. Cost? C. Tile...


Tricks of the Trade

Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole have learned a lot in 13 years so join them as they share what they know. They’ve seen the same issues time and again in house after house so during this episode they will share some tricks that everybody can use in their homes. 1. HOW TO MEASURE – GO BIGGER THAN YOUR COMFORT ZONE A. Keep your measurements in your bag at all times with a small tape measure B. Art above a sofa - Should be ⅔ the width of the sofa C. Rugs – Dining room – 36” wider on all sides...


Charity Work

1. Intro a) Using your talents to help others is a rewarding experience. Helping those less fortunate to have a sense of home has been a goal and mission for Kandrac & Kole. b) Starting with a “princess room” for Emma and onto Room Service Atlanta, Dwell with Dignity and Guatemala mission trips, our deeds have been varied and purposeful. 2. Making Generosity Part of our Growth Strategy a) EMMA – child of a 25 -year old mother who was a victim of domestic violence and had to move in...


Design Challenges

Every design project has a challenge (or sometimes several). Some are fun and challenging to deal with and some are not so fun. Join Kelly and Joann as they share stories from their many client projects and what they’ve learned over the years. IN THIS EPISODE: 1. Intro a. Every design project has a challenge (or sometimes several) some are fun and challenging to deal with and some not so fun - but in the end, we are always learning – even after all of these years. b. Some challenges...


Designing for Durability

Join Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole as they discuss fabrics and their performance, best uses for different fabric types, and designing with pets and kids in mind. IN THIS EPISODE: I. Intro a) What are considered “performance” fabrics b) Properties of Crypton and Sunbrella c) Designing with pets and kids in mind d) Beach House Rental e) Outdoor products II. Performance a) “Performance can mean many things: abrasion, stain resistance, light fastness, flame retardance.” b) Abrasion:...