Vicente Wolf’s Exclusive Design Seminar

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It is my personal belief that we should never stop learning or challenging ourselves. My formal background lies in teaching, so of course, I am a huge advocate of being a lifetime student. The minute we think we have it all figured out, is the very minute it could all fall apart. You may wonder why, if I am such a huge proponent of education, did I not go back to design school when I switched careers? Simply put– I was over 30 and had thankfully enjoyed a trajectory which had allowed me to explore the interior design industry in various facets and had access to incredible mentors. There are things that one learns in the classroom and then there are the things that one learns by entrenching oneself in their vocation. I am self-taught, but I am always seeking out professional development opportunities. I am fortunate to have friendships and relationships with people who have inspired me for years and when they speak, I listen very intently. I read between the lines, pick up on nuances, and dissect the details. My insatiable desire to learn and better myself has undoubtedly helped to propel me along my path.

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Last year, I had the opportunity to hear design master, Vicente Wolf speak at a conference and I was blown away by his candor and honesty. He was an open book and shared so much with the audience. He inspired us with the story of his personal trajectory and pulled us in closely as he shared the very real details of how he operates his incredibly successful business on a day to day basis. Vicente certainly doesn’t need any sort of introduction, but he is arguably one of the most important designers in our industry today. For over thirty years, his New York design firm has completed inspiring projects for top-tier clientele. His work has been published in every important design publication, including Architectural Digest which has repeatedly named him to its AD100 list.

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I am excited to share that Vicente is hosting an exclusive design seminar next month in New York on July 22 and 23. The Vicente Wolf Design Seminar will allow designers to experience the step-by-step processes and techniques to run a successful design business. This is a comprehensive course, giving you an inside look at the creative and business-side of interior design. This two day event will include guest speakers that will provide straight talk and information to help designers exceed their potential and achieve results. I will be in attendance and am thrilled to have been invited to participate in a panel discussion about social media, blogging, and interior design. The two-day seminar is sure to cover a wealth of information, including the following topics:

How to present
Contracts, billing and procedures
Charging upfront
Fees
How to price a job (hour vs. flat fee)
How to get your work published in a magazine
How to be realistic about your work
How to publish a book on your designs and what it can bring to your firm
Website importance (to blog or not to blog)
Round table of problems we all face
When do we say no to a job
How to find out what clients want
Figuring out your style
Can we be designers to all people
Where to get inspiration
Trusting in your gut
Custom or readymade (pros & cons)
How to be good to your creativity
How to create floor plans
Balance of color & furniture
To CAD or not to CAD

Designers of all experience levels will learn how to effectively market and sell their services in today’s economy. The fee is $2,500 which includes: guest speakers, breakfast, lunch, activities and a cocktail party. For more details, visit the Vicente Wolf on Facebook. The seminar is filling up quickly, so be sure to purchase your ticket soon!

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{A Chic Dining Room featuring Louis XVI Style Dining Chairs with Leopard Upholstery by Melissa Rufty via Domaine}

We’ve all heard the old adage about leopard being a neutral and it truly is. I happen to like it in small doses, whether I’m using it in a room or in my wardrobe. I find that it has a stronger impact that way. It works beautifully with most color palettes from dark and saturated to those with light, crisp neutrals. It also lends itself to every style whether masculine or feminine, traditional or modern. Leopard often makes an appearance on pillows, chairs, and even rugs or stair runners. It seems ocelot and cheetah often get confused with leopard and it is easy to see why, but no matter which spots you are seeing, chances are the results will be chic! I’m currently working on a new design project in which the overall look will be ultra tailored, polished, and chic with a mostly neutral color palette. I always opt to throw in a pattern or two for visual interest and texture and I’m thinking a little dose of leopard will do just the trick! Are you a fan of leopard? It seems people either love it or hate it. Do you embrace it in both your home and wardrobe?

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{A Beautiful Antique Chair in Leopard Upholstery | Image via Pinterest– Original Source Unknown}

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{A Leopard Pillow in the Original Iteration of my Friend, Mark Sikes‘ Los Angeles Living Room | Image via Lonny}

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{A Show-Stopping Leopard Ottoman by Vicente Wolf}

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{Leopard meets Prep on a Green Sofa | Design by Palmer Weiss}

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{An Ultra-Chic Vignette by Kirsten Kelli as featured in Veranda}

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{A Sunny Room with Pops of Leopard by Luxe Report}

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{How fabulous is this leopard settee by Melissa Rufty?}

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{A Leopard Stair Runner via Metropolitan Home}

 

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{Mark Sikes’ Beautiful Leopard is Dressed in Neutrals including a Pair of Leopard Lumbar Pillows}

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{Another Chic Leopard (or is it ocelot?) Ottoman by Allen Kirsch}

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{I mixed leopard pillows by Arianna Belle with polka dot bedding in my guest bedroom as featured in the current issue of Domino.}

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{Leopard Pillows add a Graphic Touch to a Neutral Living Room by Benjamin Vandiver}

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{A leopard rug reads as a neutral in this fabulous, maximalist bedroom by Miles Redd}

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{Another beautiful leopard chair, this time paired with an amazing Bernard Frize painting in a vignette by Alex Papachristidis}

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{A little leopard stool is the perfect match for an oversized photograph in this lovely living room. | Image via Pinterest– Original Source Unknown}

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{1. Safari Pillow | 2. Pair of French Walnut Stools with Square Leopard Seats | 3. Faux Branch Arm Chair with Leopard Upholstery | 4. Hand-Knotted Leopard Rug}

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