How do you turn a career in banking into a career running a full blown interior design business? Just ask Cecily Mendell, of Cecy J Interiors, who took advice she received in the banking world and channeled it into a business mantra to help power her way through
Next up in our San Francisco "Behind the Design" series is Lauren Ranes. A quick glance at Lauren's portfolio will make it obvious- the girl's got style. She's the kind of designer that pulls inspiration from everything around her, whether it's an embroidered Valentino dress, a pile
There's a lot more to being an interior designer than creating really, really, ridiculously good-looking homes.
1. Fielding calls from potential clients concerning design projects.
2. Trying to fit everything in your tote bag.
3. Running to client meetings.
4. Scoring a new client.
5. Estimating time and product costs and
Preparing for your first meeting with a new client is a lot like getting ready for a first date. The pressure’s on to impress and create the framework for a strong, trustworthy, long-lasting relationship where both parties are happy. You have one shot to convince
In a world where inspirational quotes follow you everywhere from Instagram to Pinterest to t-shirts and tote bags, it can be easy to dismiss them as trivial typography. But stumbling upon the right quote from the right lady boss one day might be just the motivation
San Francisco-based designer Ellen Nystrom's love for design was sparked by her love for travel. A year spent in Aix-en-Provence as an undergrad at UC San Diego and a summer in Copenhagen while earning her Masters of Interior Architecture, exposed Nystrom to the wonders of international architecture that continue to inspire the
It can be hard to unplug and make space in your mind for things that fall outside the "work" category, but the clarity that comes from taking time to be mindful can have a real impact on your success. Ethan Nichtern, of the Shambala Meditation
Imagine each of your clients as if they were their own trendy coffee shop. Now choose wisely..
1. The Client: Young Brooklyn transplant who appreciates a good slice of fancy toast
[caption id="attachment_3543" align="alignnone" width="500"] Photo: Victor Goods Photography[/caption]
The Meeting Spot: The Mill
Instagram (to location tag, of course): @themillsf
These 6 San Francisco based florists are serving up some major fleurspiration.
1. Ampersand // @ampersand_sf
You can easily spot an Ampersand post in your feed by their signature turquoise barn that houses an insane selection of local-grown blooms. The founders, Emerson and Benjamin, are as adorable as
Get inspired by this Homepolish-designed San Francisco home, whose airy vibe and muted color palette serve as a backdrop for the homeowners' own unique treasures. Source 6 of our favorite standout pieces for your next project, below.
1. Pillows that pop
Source: Vintage embroidered Jira pillow, $295; shoppe.amberinteriordesign.com