the Lisa Kahn Collection

Danielle Hatfield and Brandon Pierce, of Linking Triad, attended the launch of the Lisa Kahn Collection from Chelsea House at High Point Furniture Market. Lisa shares her new designs and how Chelsea House discovered her via Kahn Design Group’s new website.

Lisa Khan, luxury designer

Lisa Kahn, luxury designer

Kahn Design Group
DISTINCTIVE INTERIORS
http://www.kahndesigngroup.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaLKahn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kahndesigngroup

Chelsea House

SPIRITED SOPHISTICATION
http://www.chelseahouseinc.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChelseaHouseInc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaHouseInc

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Video Produced by Linking Triad

Interview by Danielle Hatfield
http://www.daniellehatfield.com

Video by Brandon Pierce
http://www.brandonpierce.net

Why Whole Foods Market is one of Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’

In the May 2011 issue of Fortune Magazine, Whole Foods Market was ranked 24 on the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list. (which they made again this year!)

It’s not surprising to learn that for 15 years in a row Whole Foods has remained one of the top companies to work for. Considering that the Triad is now host to two locations (Winston Salem & Greensboro) I wanted to share a few reasons that Whole Foods Market, which is headquartered in Austin, Texas, is one of only 13 companies that have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.

With (at the time of the article) 51,800 employees, Whole Foods Market has proven that it has an committed investment mentality for every community it opens a store in. It’s no secret that they love to support locally grown products.

One thing that really stands out to me is the fact that they have one of the most equitable pay structures I have seen. Considering that the gap between CEO and worker pay has soared in recent decades it was refreshing to learn that Whole Foods Market is proud that they cap salaries of executives at 19 times the average full-time salary and hold no secrets from any employees when it comes to take home pay. For the record, Co-founder John Mackey‘s 2006 pay reduction to $1 a year hasn’t changed.

In case you were wondering, currently a U.S. CEO’s pay is 231 times higher than that of an average worker. That figure puts it into perspective that Whole Foods is true to their motto of Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet. If the capped salaries aren’t impressive enough, once every 3 years the entire workforce gets to vote on benefits packages.

Are you as blown away as I am so far? Wait, it gets better!

Employees, or ‘Team Members” as they are referred to, are rewarded for their healthy lifestyle with discounts of up to 30% off if they meet certain requirements. All employees receive a 20% discount, a six week unpaid vacation for every 6000 hours worked and those same Team Members also have access to 100% paid health care premiums. Yup. You heard me.

The fact that the company actually encourages it’s employees to submit ideas and then take and implement them to further company wide success is a testament as to why they have consistently made Fortune’s list.

For more information on Whole Foods Market be sure to take some time and get to know them online.

I know that I am more impressed than ever with what I have learned about Whole Foods as a culture and a company and am happy they are here in the Triad. I never knew any of this information regarding how they operate until reading that Fortune article and visiting them online.

I am more determined now that ever to support them in our community.

Does your family shop at Whole Foods? What is your most memorable experience?

Do you work at Whole Foods? What benefits did I miss that makes you a proud Team Member?

 

 

High Point Furniture Market : Interview with Bruce Barone

Photographer Bruce Barone

"Photography is my passion. Gourmet cook. Lover of cats, dogs, and red wine." - @brucebarone

When many think of the High Point Furniture Market, the first thing that comes to mind (aside from the 10 million square feet of incredible showroom space!) is meeting people you haven’t yet met, as well as seeing old friends and colleagues at the many mixers, dinners and events that take place just inside a week.

We had the opportunity to sit down with friend and photographer Bruce Barone at the Spring 2012 market and had him explain why he loves coming to High Point, why he will be back and what makes High Point Furniture Market the world’s leading trade show for the home furnishings industry!

Follow Bruce on Twitter @BruceBarone, ‘like’ him on Facebook and tell him the folks from @LinkingTriad sent you!

What do you enjoy the most about High Point Furniture Market?

High Point Furniture Market: Interview with Sheilah MacSporran

Sheilah MacSporran, Co-founder & CEO of OlioboardAnother High Point Furniture Market has come and gone and your next chance to visit is not until October. If you are wondering where to get your interior design fix until then, look no further than the online interior design mood board creator, Olioboard. At the market I met the wonderful co-founder and CEO of Olioboard, Sheilah MacSporran.

About Sheilah
Sheilah and her partner, Cole Mackin, live in Vancouver, Canada. Together, they also run a successful web design business called Keele UX. After creating successful websites and mobile apps, they wanted the chance to create something for themselves.

About Olioboard
Olioboard was conceptualized in late 2008 and launched in June 2010. Users have created their own digital interior design mood boards. Users browse a product library of over 150,000 products, including West Elm, Crate and Barrel, CB2, Ralph Lauren, and more. Select any item, drag it onto your mood board and create a 3-D space. Users are also able to shop for all products used in their mood boards.

Where did the idea for Olioboard come from?
I love interior design just as much as I love web design. This lets me combine both of my loves. I wanted to create a site I would enjoy and have fun with. We created a project I really enjoy and others like it as well! I’ve already designed my ideal home ten times over.

Who is using Olioboard?
Design enthusiasts love Olioboard. It is a great tool for people who just bought home and want to design the interior. It is easy to do that on Olioboard and no need to commit until you are happy. There is also a large community of professionals who use it to conceptualize, work with budgets and present the end idea to the client.

How many are currently using Olioboard?
Currently, there are over 65,000 users. We gained a lot of new users when Olioboard appeared on the Today Show and the Nate Berkus Show. I had an interview on the Nate Berkus show in New York. It was my first time on TV, it was very exciting! Nate was so sweet and made it a nice easy process. After the show launched, the users started piling in.

Olioboard is open to anyone. Just create a username and password and begin to design your dream home. If you are an interior designer, there is also a Pro plan for a small monthly fee.

Connect with Shielah via Twitter @olioboard.

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High Point Furniture Market : Fanshawe Blaine and Interiors from the Road Less Travelled

FanshaweBlaine Map Desk at High Point Furniture Market

For years I have collected maps to hang on my walls, fill my shelves and tuck in my weekend travel bags. My adventurous spirit has lead me on many journeys and I freely admit that I am drawn like a moth to a flame to the travelers design style, especially when I see vintage maps that speak to me in soft nautical colors.

While exploring the Antique and Design Center at Spring High Point Market, I was brought to a full stop by the eclectic antique collection of Amanda and Victoria of Fanshawe Blaine.

See for yourself why I was smitten by their incredible eye for the global travelers style. From FURNITURE, TRUNKS BOXES & TRUGS and ARCHITECTURAL & GARDEN elements to CURIOUS DISCOVERIES – I am in heaven!

 

High Point Furniture Market: Interview with Jaime Derringer

Jamie Derringer of Design MilkHigh Point Furniture Market takes place twice a year, in April and October. On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my first market and had the opportunity to interview bloggers and editors covering the market.

When I found out Jaime Derringer of the wildly popular Design Milk was attending market, I knew I wanted to get in touch with her. She took time out of her busy schedule to talk to me about her blog and her first experience at market.

About Jaime
Before Jaime began blogging, she worked as a project manager in marketing, advertising and publishing for medical and pharmaceutical companies. In 2006, when she and her husband moved into a townhouse in suburban New Jersey, she discovered blogs and her passion for design.

About Design Milk
Design Milk is a blog dedicated to modern design and boasts a global audience. It focuses on art, architecture, interior design, furniture and décor, fashion and technology.

How did you start Design Milk?
In 2006, I had a job with a lot of down time and was online a lot, looking for furniture for our new home. I discovered design blogs around the same time and used my own blog to catalogue items I was finding for my home. Then I started to find other cool things and began posting about them. More and more people started to read it and people liked the things I was posting about. I did it part time for three years as I worked full time, then I quit my job to follow my dreams. Design Milk is my passion, 110 percent. I wake up everyday happy I’m doing it.

What do you like about High Point Market?
Market is different than what I normally write about on the blog. I try to spot trends and new design innovations that are accessible to everyone when shopping for their home. The products at market are what we deal with everyday.

How do you use social media?
Social media is the single best thing I have ever done for my blog. Not only does it drive tons of traffic to the site, but it allows readers to easily access the content and pick and choose what they want to read so they do not have to be bombarded with their RSS feed. Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are valuable tools. They can be a challenge to manage, but at the end of the day those are the best tools I’ve ever had for my blog, bring readers in and keep them interested.

Look for Jaime’s market posts on Design Milk, complete with video in the next few weeks. You can connect with Jaime on Twitter @designmilk.

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High Point Furniture Market: Interview with Crystal Gentilello

Crystal Gentilello, Founder and Editor in Chief of Rue MagazineHigh Point Furniture Market takes place twice a year, in April and October. On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my first market and had the opportunity to interview bloggers and editors covering the market.

Crystal Gentilello, founder and editor in chief of Rue Magazine, was kind enough to spend some time chatting with me about Rue and her experience at the market. She is also a Style Spotter at market, so make sure to follow her board on Pinterest.

About Crystal
Crystal has a background in English and journalism, but has a true passion for design. After college, while working for a publisher, she became friends with a couple of interior designers. Their success planted the seed that design was a feasible career option. She started a design blog (formerly known Plush Palate) as an after work hobby. With her eye for design, she was able to form a captive audience. Two years after the launch of her blog, she made the decision to launch Rue Magazine.

About Rue Magazine
Rue, an online lifestyle magazine, was founded in 2010 by Crystal and Anne Sage. Since its inception, it has become a leader in the shelter magazine category.

Where did the idea for Rue Magazine start?
After blogging for two years, I had the idea for the magazine. I didn’t realize how much work it would be to create a magazine. As I was setting up my first photo shoot, I mentioned it to a friend, Anne Sage. She was really excited about the project. She became involved and took ownership of the project, becoming a bona fide co-founder of Rue.

What are your plans for your personal blog?
Rue is my number one priority and passion. I wake up and thinking about Rue and the future of Rue. My blog is fun and a great way to have a daily conversation with my readers. It also allows me to be part of the design industry daily.

How will your experience at the market tie into Rue?
I think it is important for bloggers and editors to come to come to High Point because it is one of the biggest trade shows in the country. You see everyone; it is a great networking opportunity. It is a great place to spot trends and see the best of the best in one spot. Without a doubt, some of our finds at High Point Market will show up in Rue’s upcoming issues.

Where do you see Rue going in the future?
I want to continue to grow our readership, online presence and advertising program. We would like to publish more often. Right now we come out every six to seven weeks. We would love to bring that down to every four weeks to provide our readers with more content. The possibilities are endless right now in our day and age because of technology. We are excited about making it an interactive experience. We would love to see the business grow in an e-commerce way. There are a lot of exciting things in the works that readers will start to see.

The next issue of Rue is scheduled for a May 3 release. You can connect with Crystal on Twitter @crystalg.

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High Point Furniture Market: Interview with Roxy Owens

Roxy Owens of Society Social and My Cup of TeHigh Point Furniture Market takes place twice a year, in April and October. On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my first market. I had the opportunity to interview bloggers and editors attending the market.

I sat down with Roxy Owens, founder and designer for Society Social, and the writer behind the delightful blog, My Cup of Te.

About Roxy
Roxy grew up in a small North Carolina town, just an hour away from High Point, and received her undergraduate degree in marketing from North Carolina State University. Roxy made the move to the Big Apple to pursue an MA in marketing from Parson The New School for Design. She started off in the fashion world, working at fashion week and interning with Donna Karan. After graduation she became a buyer for Belk. When the economy started to fail, she found herself stuck in an office crunching numbers and not feeling creatively fulfilled, and so her blog My Cup of Te was born.

About Society Social
Society Social boasts a line of fun, festive cocktail carts, tables and chairs and accessories introduced in summer of 2011. You can visit Society Social at High Point Market hosted by Acacia Home & Garden, IHFC, Wrenn Wing #346.

How did you enter the blogging world?
I’m one of those crazy, idealistic people, if I’m not happy, I’m not going to do it. I quit my job, I was unemployed for a year. I was happier, I was poor, but happier. During that time I started my blog. I really felt like my blog brought me back to who I was. I read other blogs like Design*Sponge and other interior design blogs and Rue came out and I knew, this is what excites me.

What is the focus of your blog?
My Cup of Te chronicles my personal journey. I blogged about the whole process of starting Society Social. I think that is what helps sets the brand apart. People want a personal connection.

The Draper Accent Table by Society Social

Where did the idea for Society Social come from?
As I read interior design blogs, I saw a gap in the market for fun designer bar pieces at a price point people in their twenties can afford. Personally, I love to entertain and hangout with family and friends. The bar cart is where it all started.

How do you use social media for your blog and business?
I am a huge advocate of social media, which stems from my marketing background. I am always sharing. People like to connect. As a small business owner, I can’t afford an ad in House Beautiful, so I use social media to market my business. It’s genuine and I love to connect.

It was wonderful to meet Roxy and I wish Society Social success at the market!

You can connect with Roxy on Twitter @SocietySocial or @MyCupofTe.

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Family Fun Day at Camp Weaver

Families matter. A lot. And spending time together as families is what our children will remember.

I don’t remember what I had for breakfast every day as a child, or even things my mother said to me. I do, however, remember my mom helping me select a pair of awesome red tennis shoes from the Sears catalog, visiting historic Civil War battlefields as a family, working together in our backyard garden, playing baseball because we had enough people for two teams without calling the neighbors as extras, feeding the ducks at the park, catching fireflies in the middle of the night, dancing around the living room to our favorite records, eating popcorn while we watched the Disney Sunday Night Movie every single week, and the list goes on and on and on. The foundation on which we build our adulthood are the memories of experiences we shared with our families as children.

The Guilford Parent Academy is holding its FAMILY FUN DAY on May 19, 2012, at Camp Weaver.

This FREE event is a way for parents & children to spend some time together and highlights the importance of doing things as a family to build community. There will be wholesome food, entertainment, health screenings and activities like canoeing, swimming, kayaking and more…. again, all for FREE.

The Parent Academy offers free seminars, classes and events to parents/caregivers and children throughout the year in order to help both succeed in school and in daily life. This event is their way to say thank you to the parents/caregivers of Guilford County. Take a look at this promo video for the Parent Academy for more info.

Here are more details:

FAMILY FUN DAY at CAMP WEAVER
Saturday, May 19 from 10am to 4pm | 4924 Tapawingo Trail, Greensboro, NC 27406

Free transportation provided at pick up / drop off locations:

  • Smith High 2407 S. Holden Rd.
  • Dudley High 1200 Lincoln St.
  • Gateway Education Center 3205 E. Wendover Ave.
  • High Point Central High 801 Ferndale Blvd.

Shuttle buses to Camp Weaver run every hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Return shuttles provided every hour from 11am to 4pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is targeted to K-8 grade students of the Guilford County Schools.

Put it on your calendars now. Tell your kids about it. Plan a memory and go have fun making it!

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100 For 100 Event at The Center For Visual Artists

Currently on display at the CVA Gallery. Piece is made entirely of cardboard.

When is the last time you have been Downtown to the Greensboro Cultural Center? I have to admit that as someone who is born and raised in Greensboro, I don’t take advantage of visiting the great art, music, retail, food and historical venues we have at our disposal Downtown as often as I should or as I would like to.

I will, however, be going to this:

On Friday, April 20, 2012 there is a great free event that will be featuring 100 different works from 100 different local artists held at The Center for Visual Artists on the 2nd floor of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Some of you may know the building better if I say that it is across from Center City Park and that Cafe Europa is connected to it.

Each artist has been given a 10×10″ canvas to work with and each piece will be offered for $100 with all proceeds going towards sustaining the Center for Visual Artists. Works are available first come, first serve so you may want to get there early to acquire your favorite. It may end up being my creation, as I was asked by Gallery Curator Kristy Thomas to contribute!

For more information about the Center for Visual Artists check out www.greensboroart.org.

What events have you enjoyed most at The Center For Visual Artists?

 

 

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