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Jessica Duce: The Vacation Rental Design Summit at High Point Market

Episode 894 of A Well-Designed Business®
894: Jessica Duce: The Vacation Rental Design Summit at High Point Market

Today With Jessica Duce:

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Jessica Duce, principal designer at both JDuce Design and Vacation Rental Designers is back on to talk about her Vacation Rental Design Summit she held in spring 2023 at High Point. We talk about the importance of noticing gaps in the industry and how she used them to her, and everyone’s benefit, in more ways than one. We also learn about the membership program she and her partners started, and everything else Jessica has been up to since she was last on!

Pick It Apart

[1:45] Jessica fills us in on why she was so passionate to create the Vacation rental Design Summit.

[5:00] Jessica explains that there are, in fact, differences between vacation rental design and regular design.

[13:09] Jessica shares what the new summit consisted of for both new and old vacation rental designers.

[24:20] Jessica talks about the membership program her and her partners launched at the summit.

[36: Jessica tells us about the evolution of Vacation Rental Designers since she was last on the podcast.

LuAnn Nigara and Jessica Duce’s Ah-Ha Moments

“People want to stay somewhere that doesn’t look like their home.” – Jessica Duce

“Brands want to be apart of a rental, so guests or designers that they bring in can experience these brands there instead of in a showhouse.” – Jessica Duce

More About Jessica Duce

In business for almost 20 years, interior designer Jessica Duce brings her creativity and expertise to both residential and commercial projects. With Houston as homebase, she works with clients across the country which she says affords a unique perspective on regional design trends and needs. The principal designer at both JDuce Design and Vacation Rental Designers, she saw the latter as a much-needed niche service bringing value to short-term rental property homeowners who require a unique mix of budget and modern style. Together with business partner and real estate consultant Julia Harmon, they are creating new opportunities for designers and owners in that space.

As an accomplished speaker and presenter, Jessica has appeared on numerous panels and podcasts, and she has been featured in community lifestyle publications as well as trade magazines including Business of Home, Furniture Today, Designers Today and KBIS magazine. Most recently, she announced her role as key strategist in the inaugural Vacation Rental Design Summit to be held in conjunction with High Point Market in April 2023. Jessica is the incoming President for IDS Houston as well as National IDS membership. Additionally, Jessica is proud of her ongoing relationship with Modenus and its Design Hounds Influencer program.

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