Career Choice: Interior Designer

This post won’t tell you about interior decor or layout, today I will tell you how to become an interior designer. Even better, I will share my experience of how I became one.

 

Choose a course

This is the most important part, you must be careful when choosing the university you plan to study at. Do a good research, try to contact people who are studying or already graduated from the course. Ask them how do they feel, what are they learning about and what projects they get to do. Of course take each word with a grain of salt, it is everyone’s personal experience after all. I know there are people in my course who hated it and then there are those who loved it. Definitely read the university rankings, you want to study in a good course and receive a diploma you can be proud of.

 

Prepare your portfolio

Building your portfolio might be a long task, but I want to make it clear IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT. All of us want to show how good we are, that we do everything perfectly and this idea was holding me back for years… I even ended up studying tourism which I was never really passionate about… So don’t hold back! Put absolutely everything there, in portfolio you must show your diversity. Put your artsy experiments, raw sketches, photography attempts, images of crafts you have done, drawings – the ones you are proud of and not so much. Showing different media also helps, if you know how to use Photoshop or any other programs make some collages or mood boards. Be creative and remember it is not about being perfect it is about showing your passion, creativity and dedication.

Write a cover letter

Cover letter is a way to show how passionate you are and how much you want to get into the course. Here you should talk about your journey to this degree, when did you realised that you want to be an interior designer. Be passionate and don’t hold back, speak from your heart, what emotions interiors evoke in you, what details you pay attention to, have you seen any significant ones which you cant forget? Do not forget to mention any other life experiences which you think could add on to show your dedication towards academic life. In my case I also wrote about my previous studies and how they made me realise what i really want to study – what I am trying to say here is that sometimes even bad experiences can lead you to positive outcomes.

 

Secret ingredient – work experience

The best edition to your cover letter and later on CV is the work experience in interior design or architectural practice. There are many benefits to this, firstly you will get a real chance to see how such an office functions, what it is like. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions, it is an opportunity to get intel from professionals, who do this for a living. There is no one else better to get advice from. This actually also may show you that this is not the right path for your career, which is much better to find out sooner rather than later. Secondly it will very much help to build your portfolio when getting ready for your university application as well as be a big part of your cover letter, your arguments will be stronger because you already had first hand experience. And most importantly – in the future when looking for a job in your CV it will show your future employer that you are really dedicated person with a lot of ambition from early days, not mentioning that you will already have a relationship with the company you had your work experience or internship with and they will definitely take their time to have a look at your job application. So get out here, look for programmes which help high school  students get a placement or go even bolder – apply by yourself!

 

Studies in a university – what to expect

This could actually be an article on its own so I will sum it up in a few words. The first year might not be exactly what you expected, you won’t be doing interiors straight away. It is more about getting to know the university standards, meeting deadlines and to encourage your creativity. Most likely there will be only some hints of interior design in the first year rather than a proper full on course. However, things will significantly change from second year onwards!  

 

Job prospects after graduating

This is where it gets tricky. After graduating you will have a diploma, which will open up a completely new world for you. With interior design degree there are loads of options what you can do. One, when graduated, can be an interior designer in either commercial or domestic interiors, you can also work as a retail designer who designs shops, hospitality interior designer who creates restaurants or hotels or you can be furniture designer if you wish so. These are the ones that mostly overlap, you will find yourself creating bespoke furniture constantly, furthermore one client will want you to do a shop, the other a restaurant… It is really a versatile career – no two days are the same. There are also a bit more niche career choices such as bathroom or kitchen designers, those usually work in a retail showroom and help with mostly residential interiors. I believe that after gaining some experience working for someone else, there is always a way to go and work as a freelance interior designer or an interior decorator. But I would strongly recommend to learn from professionals before striking out on our own. There are many other options too, you will be getting a degree in arts, so sky’s the limit when looking for right path for you. Think what you are passionate about!

How to stand out when looking for a job

This is the scary part, but I have a couple of short advices. Make sure your CV and portfolio are creative and matching. Use good quality materials, invest in your portfolio binder it is something that people will touch and feel in your interview. There are many good examples of those online and advices on how to make your CV stand out. Think about sending a creative introduction video when applying! That would definitely stand out! Again loads of good examples of this online. When you are in an interview be confident, talk about important design decisions you have made and remember that nobody else knows your projects better than you! Be friendly, relaxed and smile! Treat it as a conversation – there is nothing you have to lose so try and enjoy it. Even if you wouldn’t get the position, although it will suck try to see it as a positive experience, it will make you better next time!

 

Money money money

Pay is the most controversial topic probably in any career. There is no average number, the gap is huge. Everyone mostly start with a standard beginners wage which is similar to other degrees. After this – it is all in your hands, how fast and how much you will earn… This is tricky and is very individual for everyone… There are interior designers who are millionaires! It is all about hard work and million other circumstances.

 

Recently I received most of above questions about my career from a girl who wants to apply for this university course and it inspired me to put all of my thoughts into this post. Hopefully it will be useful for more of you.

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Holiday in your bedroom

Hello Darlings

Summer is a holiday time for most, but what to do for those who doesn’t get a chance to escape? Past couple weeks in UK has been really nice and warm which inspired me to think about ways of bringing holiday to your own home.  One of simple ways to feel like you wake up in a hotel room is to refresh your bedroom.

Here I am showing few examples of bedrooms which can take you to exotic Thai or Caribbean holidays at least for couple hours. What is around these rooms that create this mood?

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First of all – Sun

Rooms feel airy and sunny, so open up your blinds and windows, let this Summer breeze to get into your bedroom and sunshines to play on your floors and walls. How relaxing would it be to have some time and read a book while you are sitting in a sunshine in your own bedroom?! Sun gives warmth, lifts our mood and gives us vitamin D!

Natural materials

There is no authenticity in spaces which has imitations of certain materials. Do not hide the original nature of your wooden bed frame (the older the better). Do not forget natural fibres bed sheets. These can be linen, cotton or even luxurious silk, as long as they represent your vision of relaxing dreamy holiday bedroom. They can have creased linen effect, have beige or vibrant colours and patterns – anything that goes with theme you have for your holidays.

Exotic patterns

Refresh your bedroom with some exotic patterned cushions, bed linen, carpets or a bed throw. Something that would scream to you – it’s Summer and wildlife outside! This could be animal, tribal or herbal print. Bed usually takes up the most space in a room so accent bed linen or a throw will have huge impact on overall mood of a room.

Colour scheme

I personally suggest to choose natural shades which can be found in the nature. It is all beige, brown and green accents. These colours are calming and we feel the best when surrounded by them. If you would look at the best resort hotels (or main image of this post) they all offer really natural environments and usually has outdoors incorporated into interior. Use this idea and get yourself a nice plant to bring more life into the room as well as something that purifies the air. Do not to forget water it though!

Holiday sounds

This topic is personal for everyone but there are few options on how to bring holiday mood into your bedroom by using music. No matter if you work and only can enjoy the weekends or your lifestyle allows you to have a Monday off you can always play either ethnical music, nature sounds or your favourite Summer tunes. Anything that works for you. Youtube is full for playlists created for these occasions. See how you feel and what makes you to relax – lounge, nature or pop music.

Treats for your skin

Quite feminine advice would be to place your skin care, favourite perfume and other small pieces you admire on display and use as a treat for yourself. This creates an illusion of complimentary hotel treats we all love so much. Having your favourite products in a reach of a hand makes your life easier and this display can be easily changed by adding new products or little treats. It does help if products are natural, holiday edition or something that you would only use on a special occasions. Pamper yourself. Don’t we all just love skincare products which are natural and have amazing smell which takes us to new places or brings treasured memories.

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Lets not forget our nose

For full experience it is really important to tackle all senses, vision, hearing, touch and smell. It is hard to think you are on holiday if you don’t smell anything different from everyday life. Treat yourself with an aromatherapy. See what is appropriate for your dream holidays and try to purchase what could be the best fit. It might be Eastern scents, coconut candles or flowery oils. There are so many different options!

Do not be afraid to experiment and create your own holiday bedroom that will last you all Summer and you can feel pampered even if you are stuck at home. Your days off could be as relaxing and zen as days spent on the other side of the world. Just adopt at least few of my advices, grab yourself a holiday book and do not forget to turn off your phone at least for an afternoon, so you could recharge for a new, challenging week.

 

Always yours

Lina

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Hello, World!

Everyone,

My name is Lina Stasaityte and I am starting this blog as a platform to express my honest opinion about interiors, furniture, philosophie behind interiors and many other things connected to interiors and our wellbeing.

First of all I would like you know a bit more about me and my journey to becoming an interior designer. This is not my CV its not detailed story about my work experiences it is something I believe tells you about me more as a personality and expresses my love and passion for interior design.

Talking about how i see Interior design – to me it is about people. My initial question when starting to design is who and how will use the space and not as usually we get to hear about furniture, cushions, curtains and fabrics… It is a delicate thought process of how we feel in a room, how we will behave and how we want to feel in the space. In my opinion indoors we must feel good, comfortable, inspired and motivated. But enough of my tantra about interior principles.

I hope this blog will be a happy place for everyone who is interested in interiors, are doing their homes or just wants to refresh their room. I hope to touch all of the fields and talk you through styles, inspirations, wellbeing and give advices on various fields when creating or maintaining your home.

So thank you and I hope to see you here again!

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