Creative Genius Podcast

Season 7 Episode 7

Dream Big (Tamara Day)

Dream Big (Tamara Day)

What dream do you have for your business? Do you aim for national recognition? Do you want to be sought after for your unique design talents? Do you wonder what it would be like to have celebrities and the ultra-rich as clients? No dream is too big to be out of reach. Many successful entrepreneurs will tell you, if you can dream it, you can make it happen.

In this podcast, Kansas interior designer and design TV personality Tamara Day drops by to chat with Gail and Erin at High Point Market. Tamara is the owner of Tamara Day Design, headquartered in Prairie Village, Kansas. She is also the host and designer on the highly successful Magnolia Network design TV show “Bargain Mansions”—now in production for its seventh season—in which she and her team bring all types of neglected houses in Kansas City back to life. Tamara has also collaborated with a number of manufacturers to design her own line of products for the home, including Kaleen, Varaluz, and Forum.

Just prior to her conversation with Gail and Erin, Tamara launched a new upholstery line with Spectra Home Furniture. Gail asked her about her experience working with manufacturers. She said she has been very impressed with the product designers’ talents and the quality of the craftspeople who make the products. “I feel like I’m learning design again in a whole new way,” she said.

Gail was interested in how Tamara started doing product design. She said it just happened as a result of relationships she had formed with reps at High Point. It was something she had wanted to do but hadn’t planned on. One collaboration led to another. She has a new one in the works and plans for more in the future.

Ten years ago, Tamara said, she would never have believed she would have her own lines of products and a national TV show. “I didn’t anticipate any of it,” she said. “I just followed my instincts. It’s put one foot in front of the other every day and follow your intuition.” She truly believes anything is possible, so why not dream big?

Erin asked Tamara if she had any advice for listeners. She offered the following:

  • Hire someone to do the things that you don’t want to do or don’t do well.
  • Invest in social media
  • Rest when you can. You can’t be productive every minute of every day.

To learn more about Tamara’s product lines, her design firm, her plans for the future, and how she manages all her commitments and being a mom of four children, listen to the entire podcast.

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Visit the website for Tamara Day Design at to find out more about her design work, her “Bargain Mansions” TV show, and her lines of products for the home.

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