Happy Friday! Today's post is one I thought I would share because there's a lot of new faces around here! I often get questions about the following topics so here you go.
Where did you go to interior design school?
I attended college at ASU - Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where I studied textile merchandising. I am one of those crazy individuals who followed their passion and learned all about design, furniture and construction by the seat of my pants on the job site. For those of with ADD there is no better way to learn lol! Looking back I wish I would have majored in interior design but hindsight is 2020.
Don't you just love your job? What is your favorite part?
Yes! Most of the time! But there are days when things go wrong and it's stressful. Over the years I've discovered most everything is figure-outable so I don't get to worked up and instead go into problem solving mode. Also surrounding yourself with good suppliers and contractors is key.
Hmm... I love space planning with my computer program and selecting materials. But I think my most favorite part is walking onto a finished job site that looks AMAZING and feeling absolutely giddy!
What is your favorite style kitchen?
That's hard to say because I love so many! I am drawn to the wholesome white kitchen still because it's so light and airy... but I also love a moody kitchen with cabinet colors like dark gray, green and blue. White quartz and dove gray corian are my favorite countertops. Antique brass, matte black and acrylic blends are my favorite current hardware finishes. And then there's lighting... I love mixing and matching metals and bringing in unique textures like glass or basket weaves to layer.
What is the worst design blunder you've had to date?
Ya'll! Back when I was ordering furniture, I was working with a client who wanted to recover some chairs to match a sofa. We grabbed a back cushion from the sofa and left it with the upholsterer to make matching cushions. It took forever and when I went by to pick up the sofa cushion... it was gone! It was sent to the dump because they didn't think we wanted it back! I about died! The solution - I had to buy 20 yards of fabric to recover the entire sofa and the upholsterer made a new back cushion and recovered the whole thing.
Do you offer virtual design services?
Yes! I'm used to working off a set of blueprints for new construction projects and create my own for remodels... so all I really need are accurate measurements from your end. Plus, once your project gets underway, the trades dedicated to your project will come out to measure before starting work. For example, the flooring, cabinet, tile and countertop companies will come out to double check measurements before ordering materials. The last thing they want is to eat product!
What do you do in your down time?
I exercise almost everyday... I practice yoga twice a week and love walks on the beach or head to the gym. I also enjoy reading non-fiction and listening to podcasts by Oprah Winfrey, Brene Brown, Jenna Kutcher and of course Ted Talks. I'm currently binging Good Girls on Netflix and see the new season of Bridgerton is out too!
What advice do you have for people wanting to start an interior design business?
In my opinion, starting an interior design business encompasses a lot! And honestly, it's hard to be good at all of it. It's almost like being a general practitioner vs being a specialist. Start small and figure out what it is you like to do best... what lights you up and what wows clients when you deliver. Then do that! Create a niche for yourself and stay focused... don't try to be everything for everyone.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. That's all the questions I can think of now. More questions?? Ask away... DM me anytime!