8 Interior Designers on the Biggest Industry Lessons They’ve Learned

Whether it’s your first year in the interior design world or you’ve been in the game for 20 years,  you understand that sometimes your most valuable lessons are gained on the job. We asked some of our favorite designers to share the biggest lessons they’ve learned in the industry so far. Here’s what they had to say:

“The most well curated spaces engage all of the senses, demonstrate effortless balance, and require a heightened awareness towards simplicity.  These are the spaces that give us a natural urge to linger.”

Brittany Haines, Authenticity B Designs

“In 14 years in the business, I have learned a lot of lessons. One of them is that the most successful design is one that looks like the designer was never there because its such an embodiment of the client’s style, but maybe just a bit more chic!”

-Holly Hollenbeck, HSH Interiors

“It is a really small industry. Be kind and be humble.”

-Cecily Mendell, Cecy J Interiors

“When the business feels like it’s running you then it’s not really your business anymore.”

– Anastasia Faiella, Faiella Design

“I’ve learned that one must continually evolve and grow both naturally and deliberately.”

-Lauren Ranes, Lauren Ranes Interior Design

“I’ve learned the importance of a strong concept.  There are so many decisions to be made over the course of a project, and it’s easy to get lost if you don’t have a strong concept to help you stay focused, and to ensure that the end result feels cohesive.”

-Ellen Nystrom, Nystrom Design

“I think that I’ve learned that you often need to let people earn your trust, and the best projects come from collaboration-  collaboration with your client and vendors. It’s a team effort and mutual respect makes for the most rewarding and successful projects.”

-Justine Sterling, Justine Sterling Design

“Trust your instincts.”

Heather Deragon