design desk
October 21, 2019

Common misconceptions in your design business

Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of  Jaguar Land Rover, once said:  “If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.”  I’m sure you’ve seen first-hand how bad design can ruin a room. Whether it’s lighting that kills the mood, an atrociously painted accent wall or another faux pas… you…

interior design desk
September 20, 2019


Why is it that some interior designers are more successful than others? Of course, financial acumen and hiring a team of experts helps. But is there more? Is there a way to ensure your business profits and thrives year after year? In my experience working with interior designers, the answer is yes. In fact, there…

green paint can hello
August 26, 2019

Choosing an accountant for your design business

Here’s a comment I often hear from interior designers… “I spend more time paying bills, entering transactions in Quickbooks and filing sales tax reports than I do actually working on design projects.”  Time is our most valuable resource. The way you make use of your time can make or break your design business. When you’re…

clean desk soft light
August 5, 2019

Knowing Your Numbers: The Importance of Accounting for Designers

You’ve heard the depressing statistic … nearly eight out of 10 small businesses fail within 18 months.  The silver lining? Your business doesn’t have to fail, and it won’t – as long as you avoid common pitfalls that plague new business owners. The most common mistake that I see my design clients make is one…

designers save money
July 10, 2019

Tax Savings Designers Use to Save Big

Regardless of how much money you make, paying taxes is always a drag. Avoiding your taxes, though? That’s pain on an entirely different level. When I work with clients, my main goal is to help them save money on their taxes and minimize end-of-year surprises. Going into tax season knowing what you owe and having…

open space design
June 13, 2019

How Designers Can Handle Sales Tax Without Losing Their Minds

There are no two ways around it: sales tax is a huge PITA. It’s one of the biggest frustrations for interior designers and a challenge I discuss at least a few times a week. I’d love to decode it for you in this blog post, but because of the variables of location, items, tax jurisdiction…

April 10, 2018

Are you paying Uncle Sam more than you have to?

The insider secret saving interior designers thousands on their taxes …and how to make it work for you!   What if you could save thousands annually in tax payments by doing something incredibly simple? A small, relatively easy change, with a massive payout come tax time. You’d want to know about it, right? In fact,…