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The Spark of Creativity

My foray into interior design was less of a decision and more of a calling. From a young age, I found joy and satisfaction in rearranging my room, playing with textures, and experimenting with colors. However, it was during my early adult years, while working in the luxury goods market that I truly understood the power of interior design. I saw how spaces could influence moods, productivity, and even relationships. That realization was my eureka moment, sparking a desire to pursue interior design professionally.

Learning the Ropes

The initial years were filled with learning—both formal education and real-world experiences. I absorbed every bit of knowledge I could, from historical influences on modern design to the psychological impact of spaces on individuals. Internships with seasoned designers and architecture firms provided me with invaluable insight into the business's practical aspects. It was during this time that I started to hone my unique style and philosophy towards interior design. 

Crafting My Niche

Venturing into the professional realm, I aimed to craft a distinctive style resonating with my personal philosophy. I was drawn to projects that transformed spaces into captivating destinations – a cozy cafe offering an escape, a retail showroom narrating a unique tale, an office inspiring and invigorating as its occupants, a winery showcasing its heritage. I believed that design should not only be visually pleasing but also serve a purpose and evoke emotions.

 

Furthermore, sustainability plays a significant role in my work as I strive to incorporate eco-friendly practices into every project. This not only benefits the environment but also adds value to the clients' investment by reducing long-term maintenance costs.

 

Crafting this niche proved to be a demanding journey, calling for patience, perseverance, and a continual cycle of learning and unlearning. Nevertheless, the obstacles encountered along the way only ignited my passion further.

The Philosophy of Destination Spaces

Creating destination spaces is more than just a design approach; it's a philosophy. It's about understanding the essence of a space—its purpose, its heart, and its soul—and then bringing that essence to life. Every element, from lighting to layout, color to texture, must serve the story you're trying to tell.

This philosophy has guided every project I've undertaken. Whether it was transforming a mundane corporate office into a space that employees looked forward to coming to or turning a bland apartment into a warm, inviting home, the goal has always been to create a destination within a space.

Lessons Learned

Over the past 14 years, I've learned countless lessons, but perhaps the most important is the understanding that interior design is not just about beautification. It's about transformation. It's about creating spaces that enhance human experience and interaction. Here are a few key takeaways from my journey:

  • Listen First: The most crucial skill in interior design is listening. Understanding your client's needs, dreams, and lifestyle is foundational to creating a space that resonates with them.

  • Functionality is Key: Beauty without functionality is art, not design. A well-designed space must be as functional as it is beautiful.

  • Sustainability Matters: In today's world, sustainable design is not optional. Integrating sustainable practices and materials into your projects is not only good for the planet but also adds value to the space.

  • Never Stop Learning: Trends change, technologies advance, and new materials are developed. Staying current is essential to being relevant in the field.

Looking Ahead

As I continue my journey in interior design, my mission remains unchanged—to create spaces that are not just places but destinations. The path ahead is filled with exciting possibilities and challenges. Yet, the passion that fueled me 14 years ago continues to drive me today.

To those just starting their journey in interior design or any other field, remember that passion is your greatest asset. Hold on to it, nurture it, and let it guide you in your quest to make the world a more beautiful, functional, and sustainable place—one space at a time.

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