How I Became an Interior Designer : Part 1

>> Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I get a lot of emails with questions asking me the path to becoming an interior designer. The most honest answer is, there are several paths. Some of the most talented, successful interior designers I know have no formal training. You see their work on the cover of shelter magazines everyday. On the flip side, some interior designers have both an undergraduate and a masters degree in design. They are your design professors or the head of interiors departments in commercials firms, like my insanely talented friend Heather who was just named one of Nashville's 40 under 40 (baller!) Me? I am somewhere in between. But if you want to hear my story, I'm going to make you start in the beginning. And so I bring you a new blog series...

How I Became an Interior Designer 
Part 1

The year, 1988. 
Just doing second grade, one day at time, occasionally gazing into mirrors to remind myself how lucky I am to be a child of the 80's.

And then one weekend in that very formative year, our elementary school had it's annual school fair. There was a fortune teller at this event, who I knew was not legit because she was my second grade teacher, BUT I was willing to overlook that in hopes of gaining some insight on my future. So, being the planner that I am, I went straight for the meat...what am I going to be when I grow up? She looked into her crystal ball and said "an interior designer." And I said "what do they do?" She said something along the lines of picking out fabrics and decorations and getting paid for it, and I was like uhm, ok! 

And so at the ripe old age of 7, my career plans were set and I have not changed my story since 
(minus that stint after college where I hated my job and wanted to take the LSAT)
Be back soon with part 2.


Alice Marshall February 5, 2015 at 1:48 AM  

This is perfect! I'm just starting my Interior Design studies and I've been following you for years :) love your work! Looking forward to reading the rest.

Meg February 10, 2015 at 10:36 AM  

Love this! Looking forward to the rest of the series. I am just beginning my own journey!

Mary February 11, 2015 at 3:09 PM  

No wonder you're so good. You got a head start. Can't wait for the next chapter.

Kimberly Lemmon February 25, 2015 at 9:58 PM  

Clearly you missed you other calling - fashion styling. Nice to have options.

Heather Mathias April 1, 2015 at 12:07 PM  

You are insanely multi-talented, my friend- thanks for the shout-out!

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