In what ways do you manage a work/life balance?
Once we are out of the startup phase, I’ll hopefully have a better answer for that. Right now, I work seven days a week. But bringing on more talented, passionate team members as we grow has given me more time back in my day to focus on my fiancé, health, golf and a little bit of travel.
Now something more personal. Define your home’s style in two words:
If you could recommend any pivotal books, podcasts, leaders, etc., what would you recommend?
How I Built This is really great because you get a true peek behind the curtain of companies you love. It’s encouraging to learn the trials and triumphs of so many great entrepreneurs, plus the lessons you can apply to wherever you are in your own life or business. For marketing, I recommend One Hundred Thirteen Million Markets of One. This was a book recommended to me by Slate founder Stan Kniss and has been instrumental in defining who our customer is both in real estate and retail. For business, I really love The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.
What’s your vision for the future of Guest House?
A world where every beautiful home on the market is staged by the community of passionate artists, woodworkers, shopkeepers and designers who live around it. We’re building a higher-quality and more sustainable model for staging that will lead to the end of fake lettuce, artificial plants, Ikea Eiffel Tower art prints, Live Love Laugh signage or made-in-China furniture. In any city with a strong community of artisans like Denver, I wholeheartedly believe that this is the future of staging.
In your opinion, what makes a house a home?
The people who live in it and the relationships they have outside it. Our house is filled with gifts from family and friends, finds from antique markets and souvenirs from our travels. Just like anyone else’s home, there’s no place like it.