What I Learned in One Year of Entrepreneurship
I can’t believe it’s been a little over a year since I stepped out on faith & launched my interior design studio.
I could probably talk for hours about all the lessons I’ve learned during this first year, but I made a short video sharing just a few. Take a few minutes to check it out!
Does their personality gel with yours? Does their “look” match the desired outcome you want in your home? Do their services cater to the way you would like to work?
Y’all I cannot believe that 2018 is over! What a rollercoaster of a year it was.
I am so grateful for the growth and trajectory of my blog and business over the last year. Some days it feels like a dream that I am running my own company and get the opportunity to share my journey with you along the way. It’s the first Monday of 2019 and I wanted to take some time to reflect on the past year.
Before You Enroll in Design School, Read This
Over on Instagram, I get a lot of DM questions about how to become a designer and whether or not one should pursue formal education in order to provide interior design services to clients.
As someone who completed a bachelor’s degree in interior design as a second bachelor’s degree, you would think that I am firmly PRO interior design education. If you haven’t, go back and read my whole design journey story here.
But to be completely honest, I lean more towards the opposite response. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely proud that I completed my degree program and I’m so grateful for the education and nurturing I received at Meredith College. However, the interior design industry as a whole is changing so quickly and what most aspiring designers desire to do for a living is NOT what is taught in design school.
The Perfect Girl's Night Out
This fall has been super busy for me. Between client projects, I traveled to Athens and Atlanta to visit friends and complete design consultations. High Point Market was so inspiring and informative per usual. But all work & no play makes Niki a dull girl… See how I took a night off at so.ca in Cameron Village in today’s post!
How You Can Become a Designer
As I mentioned yesterday, there is no formula to becoming an interior designer. Every designer I know has a different story about how they got to where they are now.
There are, however, some common threads that I have noticed between all of their stories, and I want to share them for aspiring designers out there!
How I Became an Interior Designer
I recently realized that I have never shared my story of how I became an interior designer here on the blog. I get asked this question constantly by aspiring designers, and quite frankly, there is no short answer to give! This long story starts back in 2007. I was a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and after years of preparing to go to medical school, the reality set in that I was graduating in a few months and I did NOT want to apply...
This week I completed another model apartment for Level Five Designs. This is the 4th model apartment install I've done in less than 2 months, and I have to say that this probably went the smoothest of them all! I can't wait to see it professionally photographed!