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In recent weeks, the Flower magazine staff has been adapting to our new normal, and in that light, we’ve been keeping an ear out for new ways to inspire. The Chairish Podcast, an interior design–focused program that began at the top of 2020, makes the list. In each episode, host and industry insider Michael Boodro takes a deep (and entertaining) dive into a different facet of the business, from color(s) of the year, designer fabric collections, and confronting a blank wall to advice on social media and working with a PR firm. While all the episodes are enlightening, in current times, a good place to begin is Episode 8, “Creativity During a Crisis.” Here’s what you can expect.

The Chairish Podcast on Creativity During a Crisis

Put Episode 8 on your playlist if you are looking for …

  • Practical advice from a designer with boots (metaphorically) on the ground during temporary closures due to the coronavirus. Acclaimed designer Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors offers invaluable insight on navigating the waters of moving jobs forward with clients and vendors through production delays.
  • Alternative ways to discover new collections and design innovations. Spring markets, from High Point to LCDQ and antique fairs, have been postponed. Guest Anna Brockway, co-founder of Chairish, tells us about the platform’s virtual events planned for April to bridge the gap.
  • Other designers and architects to compare notes with. Guest Peter Sallick, founder of the Design Leadership Network, explains how his organization is facilitating those conversations remotely. 

Favorite Piece of Advice

“The uncertainty [of a crisis] can push healthy businesses into a dark hole,” Kemble says of the artisans, tradespeople, and manufacturers on whom designers rely for great products. To alleviate some of that uncertainty during temporary production shutdowns, her firm is sending purchase orders that will be confirmed upon the vendor’s ability to ship. “[That] lets them know work is coming; we just don’t know about timelines.” 

Favorite Quote

“Whatever changes the coronavirus brings, I’m convinced that home will be more important than ever, and that the design business, which brings beauty, joy, and comfort to so many people will come back stronger and more vital than before.” — Michael Boodro, Host of The Chairish Podcast

Pro Tip

Don’t miss the episode notes, which you can find on your podcast platform. (If an episode is new, it may take a few days for the notes to be published.) You can reference them to find conversation highlights, guests’ Instagram handles, and any products and paint colors mentioned by name.

Find The Chairish Podcast on multiple platforms, including Apple Podcasts.


By Terri Robertson

Chairish is an advertising partner of Flower magazine. Learn more at chairish.com

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