How did you get your start in design?
I loved interior design from a young age and would design floor plans “for fun” as a child. Interior Design was actually my first major in college, however, my parents didn’t feel it was practical and steered me in a different direction. I regretted not following my passion and when I was nearing 30, I realized life was too short for regrets and decided to pursue what I loved. So, I left my well-paid corporate gig and started over. This was definitely a bit scary. Fortunately, after attending the UCLA Interior Architecture program, I landed a position working with a very talented interior designer. Her attention to every minute detail was inspiring and she opened up my eyes to elements of traditional design that I hadn’t previously appreciated. I feel very fortunate for those couple of years of mentorship.
2. What inspired you to launch your own firm, and what have you learned in the process?In a way, I stumbled into launching my own firm. I had outgrown the role with my mentor and a few friends had asked for interior design assistance all around the same time. It was more than I could take on as a side hustle without my day-job suffering, so I thought, why not give it a try on my own?
The autonomy and creative freedom has been truly rewarding. Although admittedly I wasn’t initially prepared for all of the administrative elements. I hadn’t considered the amount of work that went into details, such as sales tax and payroll and whether or not to incorporate, I was just thrilled to be doing my own projects. I hired a bookkeeper straight away to ensure everything was being handled correctly on the business end. This enabled me to focus my energy on designing.
Each project is different so you learn something new with every client. On one hand, that can be challenging, but I love the variety and uniqueness of each project. There is never a dull day!Read More