Birds of a Feather Flock Together @ Custom Home Interiors Tweet-Up

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Wow!  What a turnout at Custom Home Interiors‘ 1st Tweet-Up!  With the delicious food, fantastic company and wine flowing, we’re still trying to figure out what the best part of the event was.  So, for now, we’ll just say the whole thing!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicKimberley Seldon withThe Moggit Girls, Mary Taggart, Jane Daly & Heather Burke

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Custom Home Interiors’ Suzy Kendrick (far left) helps one event attendee with their first tweet

Behind the scenes, a lot went into getting the CHI Showroom ready for the Tweet-Up.  We are in the final stages of a total showroom renovation, so all the staff pulled together and worked really hard to make CHI shine.  We cleaned!  We organized!  We “made pretty”!

For some of the “pretty”, we’d like to sincerely thank @MVPetals (Florist Michelle VandenBosch).  Michelle prepared 3 amazing floral arrangements for us and WOW did they ever add to the beauty of the new diggs.

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Floral arrangement by @MVPetals a.k.a Michelle Vanden Bosch

A BIG special thanks to Kimberley Seldon, and her daughter, Raleigh, for coming up from Toronto to see us again.  We were thrilled to have her back.  Since Kimberley’s seminar at the CHI Showroom in March was such a huge hit, we knew a reunion would have to be arranged.  However, this one would have a little twist to it.  We wanted to put a face to all the names we “tweet” with so frequently.

Tweet-Up n. A real world meeting between two or more people who know each other through the online Twitter service.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicNames tags were worn by all showing their Twitter handle at the top and “real world” name underneath (ex. CHIOttawa/Tim or CCIOttawa/Suzy).  One person even did their very first “tweet” at the event.  Once everyone had arrived, we were treated to some insider tips from Mary Taggart from Ottawa at Home magazine on how to get yourself published.  Then Kimberley Seldon gave some tips on how to use Twitter effectively. (Credit to Design Ties for writing down these great points!)

  • 30% of your tweets should be about you and give some insight into who you are. Let people get to know the real you.
  • 30% of your tweets should be about your business (assuming you have a business you want to promote).
  • 30% of your tweets should be thanking people who mention you in their tweets. Share the love!!

For all you mathematicians out there, yes, that still leaves 10%.  So, we decided that the last section should be bumped up to 40%.  Make the extra 10% about recognizing your followers.  Keep sharing the love and give props!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicKimberley Seldon explaining the benefits & best practices of Twitter

On that note, we really wants to show Twitter some love.  Twitter has given CHI such a tremendous amount of brand exposure as well as introduced us to many designers in the Ottawa community.  Through these connections we’ve been given fresh & cool design ideas and found a great way to spread the news about different events.  As I’m sure you all know, news on Twitter travels fast!

So why should your business develop and maintain a social media strategy?  Here’s what we think:

“Twitter has enabled me to create and nuture meaningful business relationships as I am able to share and collaborate with my peers.  It’s critical that you manage your brand effectively on Twitter and especially pay attention to what people are saying about you.” – Tim Das, Custom Home Interiors

“Being new to Ottawa and the design industry, Twitter has been a fantastic way to meet people and find out what’s going on in the world of design and decorating in the nation’s captial.  Building and maintaining a reliable network of contacts is so important in business development and as I move forward with the development Custom Commercial Interiors, I know that Twitter will continue to be a powerful tool.”  – Suzy Kendrick, Custom Commercial Interiors

We’re not the only ones who think Twitter is great!  Take a look at this video from our Tweet-Up:

Thanks again to those who attended.  Until next time!

– Tim Das & Suzy Kendrick

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Calling all Design Professionals!!!!!

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Everyone has dreams, goals and ambitions. Certain dreams and ambitions might involve starting up a business or finally doing the thing that you love most. BUT! You are inexperienced, scared and unsure where to turn to?

Well now there is an answer………

When Kimberley Seldon held her Business of Design seminar at Custom Home Interiors in Ottawa, a common issue that arose among designers was that there was no actual place to go for help when it came to dealing with business issues and practices related to the design industry. Especially if you are just starting out and do not have the budget to hire a business coach.

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As a result, Ottawa based designer, Donna Hargrove of DH Designs, decided to start the Ottawa Design Network Group (ODNG) and mold it into a community of designers, decorators and students. The sole purpose of this group is simple. Share information and support each other in developing their design business and create an open forum where design professionals can express their concerns and find common solutions to the issues that they face on a daily basis.

The motto of the Ottawa Design Network Group is 80% Business / 20% Design

The ODNG held it’s first session at the Custom Home Interiors showroom and the attendance exceeded our expectations. Over 25 designers from all over Ottawa and its surrounding areas showed up with the right attitude and zeal to share and collaborate with their peers on design and business issues!

If you were unable to make it for the first session, the ODNG group has decided to meet once every 6 weeks at the Custom Home Interiors showroom.

Next meeting has been scheduled for:

Thursday June 24th 2010
6:30pm
CHI Boardroom 1

If you are a design professional and reside in the Ottawa region, and are looking for a place to connect and collaborate with other designers, please click on the link below to register for the next session!

http://bit.ly/cbyYTx

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Kimberley Seldon Business of Design Highlights

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As Kimberley Seldon held her first Business of Design Seminar of the Year at the Custom Home Interiors showroom in Ottawa, participants had left the seminar satisfied and content! One of the attendees was quoted as saying “This seminar has given me a renewed belief towards my interior design business and i’m glad i attended the Kimberley Seldon Business of Design Seminar”.

The following are a few snapshots of the the Kimberley Seldon Business of Design Seminar:

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(Directors of Custom Home Interiors, Andrew Emmans (left) & Tyler Dren(right) gets a quick shot with Kimberley Seldon (centre)

If you were a attendee of the Kimberley Seldon Business of Design Seminar and would like a copy of the photos, please feel free to email me at timothy@customhomeinteriors.ca

Thank You
Tim

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Kimberley Seldon @ Custom Home Interiors

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Greetings!!

Author & Decorating Editor of Canada’s Style at Home magazine & Interior Designer, Kimberley Seldon is at Custom Home Interiors today doing her Business of Design Seminar for the designers, decorators, and design enthusiasts of Ottawa who are looking to either to start their own Design business or simply enjoy a weekend with Kimberley at the Custom Home Interiors Showroom in Ottawa. After a light breakfast and coffee, Kimberley started the seminar off with a big smile and her enthusiasm and passion for the industry showed just by the way she conducts herself. She is always willing to help out or give advice! For those of you who have not signed up for the remaining two days, you are encouraged to do so as you won’t want to miss out! Here are the details for the remaining two days:

Kimberley Seldon Business of Design link!

BUSINESS OF DESIGN™ II (Saturday March 6th, 9:00 – 3:00, $395.00) Expand on learning from Business of Design™ I:

  • defining your unique company experience
  • procedural development
  • concise contracts
  • budgeting with assurance

BUSINESS OF DESIGN™ III (Sunday March 7th, 9:00 – 3:00, $395.00) Participants learn to:

  • create winning presentations
  • get a “yes” from clients
  • successfully exit relationships
  • track and bill for design hours
  • turn projects into promotional vehicle

As the first Business of Design seminar is taking place right now as i write this, it certainly feels as though the attendees have got their money’s worth! I would go as far as say that some of Ottawa’s best designer’s and decorators are in our Showroom and you do not want to miss out!. So if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 613-248-1244 or email timothy@customhomeinteriors.ca Stay Tuned more for updates….. Tim Das

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Our First Post!!

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Greetings!

Welcome to the Designers Desk!

Created with one goal in mind, the Designers Desk will share some of our cool “SECRET” designer tips and engage and connect with people not only interested in design and decorating but social media as well! In the design industry, many people believe the Internet is solely for email and searching for suppliers. We are here to prove the doubters wrong!

Custom Home Interiors is an innovative Ottawa based company that focuses on interior decorating, design and home outfitting. People that walk into our 8000 sq ft. showroom all share the same expression…”WHOA!” From our fabulous décor and design concepts, to our super cool home theater and automation display, we enjoy the simple things in life and love to help people out with their projects!

We want to use this blog as a platform to get to know all you wonderful people from all walks of life and to share our thoughts and advice on what we feel is important to note!

At the Designers Desk, we have four great individuals who will be contributing to this blog. Allow me to introduce them:

Andrew Emmans
Big Man on Campus     

Tim Das
The Marketing Guy

Dawn Simpson (not related to Homer; we checked to make sure)
The Decor Diva

Peter Swail
The Techie

Along with our friends at M2JL studio, Kimberley’s Design Dish , Design Ties as well as many others, we hope to bring to you a whole new perspective to interior design, decorating and the power of social media. So as opposed to reading the assembly instructions for your furniture, my hope is that this blog will make you color outside the lines!

Let us know YOUR thoughts and feedback and what YOU want to read, so we can keep this baby running!

Follow us on Twitter @CHIOttawa
Find us on Facebook @CustomHomeInteriors

Until next time!

Tim Das

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