Interior Design Powerhouse Kathy Kuo Is All About the Career Pivot

Glamour’s Women to Watch series spotlights women who are redefining what it means to be an influencer. Yes, they have “personal brands” and rapidly growing social followings—but in some way, each of these women is pushing the boundaries of what an influencer should look like, act like, or stand for. Their very presence is broadening the scope, which gives them the space to have actual influence: These women are changing conversations, dictating trends, and creating style. And they’re just getting started.

Every day more than a million people log in to Design Home, an interior design game that allows users to decorate virtual homes using real-life pieces from brands like Joybird, West Elm, and Williams-Sonoma. And if you’re one them, you might feel a slight thrill when you hear the name Kathy Kuo Home.

“People definitely recognize me now,” Kuo tells me. The interior and industrial designer opened her

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Q+A with Meritage Homes on Developing Curated Design Collections for Customers

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As many home builders know, design fatigue and choice paralysis are real phenomena that some buyers experience during the new-home design process. When overwhelmed with a copious amount of product options, buyers often become stressed, delay decision-making, and overall could be displeased with the process and their new home.

To take the stress out of selecting interior design finishes for new-home customers, Meritage Homes launched its Design Collections, or a designer-curated lineup of interior packages that includes coordinated flooring, cabinets, countertops, and more.

BUILDER spoke with Tracy Tannenbaum, chief marketing officer at Meritage Homes, to hear more about the research behind choice paralysis, how the company developed its curated collections, and what’s included in the streamlined packages.

BUILDER: Why do customers desire a simple and transparent design process?

Tannenbaum: From a research study we conducted through Wakefield of buyers across a variety of new-home builders coast to

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Designer, Home Improvement TV Insider Mark Brunetz Pulls Curtain Back On Obsession With Interior Design On Scandalabra: The Ugly Truth Behind Beautiful Spaces Podcast | News

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Emmy Award-winning designer, television host and author Mark Brunetz was right on the (stylish) ground floor of the early days of home improvement TV programming – from the “hay glued on the walls” heard around the TLC-verse to today’s obsession with married couples pulling off hometown makeovers in Laurel, Mississippi and Waco, TX.

He’s seen and heard a lot after 30 years in the industry, and now he’s pulling back the proverbial curtain on interior design with the launch of Scandalabra: The Ugly Truth Behind Beautiful Spaces podcast. The up front and personal format reveals behind-the-scenes secrets and never-before-heard opinions from some of the most provocative and fascinating people in and around the design community.

Hosted by Brunetz, co-host of Clean House on the Style Network, Scandalabra is the first podcast to critically examine the world of interior design. Curious, skeptical, and

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CB2 Reunites with Kravitz Design to Unveil a Globally Inspired Collection | News

Kravitz Design, headed by Lenny Kravitz rolls out new CB2 designs.

CHICAGO — Following their seminal partnership in 2015, high-design home destination CB2 debuts its latest collaboration with Kravitz Design by Lenny Kravitz. The extensive collection, inspired by African textiles, Parisian vibes, and rock ‘n’ roll edge address all areas of the home.

The assortment features an array of influences that come together for a seductive bohemian energy that’s quintessentially CB2 and Kravitz Design. Rich woods, modern frames, metals mixed with bold prints, and customizable upholstery are available throughout the entire collection.”Our first collaboration with Kravitz Design was really a turning point; the synergies of the Kravitz Design team and CB2 have been aligned for years,” said CB2 President Ryan Turf. “For this collection, the blend of African warmth and Parisian chic all felt so natural. Together we’ve found a new openness to take more risks in pattern, materials

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