Designers Talk About Resolutions for 2013

"I would like to use social media more to connect with clients. There are so many great ideas and products available, and clients love to hear about them. I think social media is a wonderful way to get the word out, through e-mail blasts, blogs, etc. Currently we use social media on a very limited basis. It’s such a powerful tool. I’d love to employ it more.

I would also like to network more with other kitchen designers, interior designers and vendors. There are so many talented individuals in our field. Whenever I talk with them it’s very inspiring.

I love connecting with them, and I always learn something. They have such wonderful information to share. Trading ideas sparks a lot of new ideas in my mind."

Judi Cooper, CKD, CBD

Julie Williams Design

Novato, CA


"One resolution is to try and get my CEUs in on time. I usually wait until the last minute, then it’s a hustle and bustle trying to get them in. I’d like to do a better job of getting them in as soon as I’ve completed them.

On a personal level, I’d like to get out and take more walks to keep myself focused, energized and healthy. It’s very important to keep a clear head and a clear mind. It’s a little tough this time of year, but I do want to make an effort to get out more."

Sandra Michaels, CKD

Gilley Kitchen + Bath

Winsted, CT


"We’re so busy now, which we’re so thankful for, that I haven’t really had time to make any resolutions yet. We’ve done a lot in the past couple of years to update our showroom to reflect what is currently going on in style and design trends. We’re pretty much updated now, but one resolution would be to stay on track with current design trends. Our clients are usually two to three years behind what is popular, so we try to bring current trends to our showroom to reflect what is going on with design in the rest of the world so our area can catch up.

Another resolution would be to continue to focus on client relationships. My clients aren’t just people coming in the door, many of them are close friends. When you work with someone on their home, sometimes for as long as two years, they become friends. I also want to make sure each customer feels like he or she is the only customer, that his or her thoughts and beliefs are important. It isn’t just my design, it’s a collaboration."

Carlene Corigliano, designer

Empire Bath & Kitchen, Inc.

Utica, NY


"My first resolution is to be more organized. I think it helps to de-clutter the mind. Our binder system helps with organization, but keeping them up to date is challenging. I’d also like to do better with job costing. Picking a specific time to do it, for example Mondays, could help with that. Overall, improved organization would help days run more smoothly and would help when clients call in with requests.

A second resolution is to be a happier person, and to look at each day as a gift, to not take things for granted. A happier outlook affects everything, not only the business, but also clients, family and friends."

Tiffany Williams, AKBD

Tangerine Designs Kitchens + Baths

Omaha, NE


"One resolution is to push my creativity levels further. I do go online to get some ideas, and I’d also like to take part in local seminars held in our area. We’ve been very busy so it’s been hard to find time to do that, but I think it’s helpful to know about the latest and greatest products available.

I would also like to get more organized. A lot of my jobs are very detailed. We keep binders for every project, but it’s important to make sure those binders are in order…to stay on top of everything, to minimize errors and to make sure everyone is on the same page, especially as far as product selections. Sometimes there will be multiple changes made before finally settling on a particular product. We need to make sure we’re all on the same page as far as what decisions have been made."

Kristen Myers, designer

Kitchen Choreography

Traverse City, MI


"I would like to expand my business and hire another designer. Currently I am the only designer. I would also like to expand more into general interior design.

Another resolution I have is to refresh and change some of my displays."

Margie McCulloch, owner/designer

Red Pepper Kitchen + Bath Design

Boulder, CO