Today With Susie Novak:
Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today I am speaking with Susie Novak, owner of Susie Novak Interiors on a variety of topics. One being what it’s like being a part of a mastermind group. Spoiler alert: it’s fantastic to be a part of a mastermind. And hey, why not start your own? Susie has a good size design team too, so we also talk team tips, sustainability and networking.
Pick It Apart
[1:50] Susie shares with us how she formed her mastermind group.
[11:20] How accountability plays a role in her mastermind.
[25:10] LuAnn and Susie discuss the importance of having diversity within a group.
[35:03] Susie shares tips on how to manage a big team.
[39:20] Tips on how to drum up more business.
[46:27] What sustainability means for Susie in her business.
LuAnn Nigara and Susie Novak's Ah-Ha Moments
“I think you find balance in unique ways.” - Susie Novak
“If you can put a room together, but also explain the global perspective of using higher quality pieces that are built to last and can be reupholstered, that's a win win for clients, our Earth and our profitability.” - LuAnn Nigara
More About Susie Novak:
Susie’s aesthetic is a combination of California Modern with a British flair. Known for her love of clean neutrals, bold pops of color and modern sculptural forms, Susie’s work has been nationally and internationally recognized in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, WSJ and more.
Skilled at creating beautiful residential designs under a variety of budgets, styles, timeframes, and requirements, Susie guides her clients through every phase of the design process. Originally trained as an artist, Susie transitioned into the Interior Design world in 2016 after receiving her certification from the Interior Design and Architecture program at UC Berkeley. She calls Oakland, California home where she lives in a 1920’s Tudor remodel with her husband and two daughters. California is an abundant source of inspiration for a life in design and Susie is continually pulling ideas from her travels including many in her home state.
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