Real Designer: Claire Parkinson

Real Designer: Claire Parkinson

All this month I’m interviewing real-life designers about what it is like to run a design business.  As you’ll see these ladies have all different backgrounds and experiences, but one thing they all have in common is that they have taken my course, The Golden Blueprint.

About Claire Worth Parkinson

Claire grew up in Southern California and always loved interior design.  Like so many of us in interior design, she was constantly rearranging the furniture in her childhood home and even painted some kitchen cabinets while her mom was out of town! She graduated from UC Berkley and received an MFA in Interior Architecture and Design.  She's worked with several design firms in both residential and commercial design, including AirBNB's San Fran headquarters.  As the Elite + Celebrity Design Manager for Decorist, she had plenty of experience with e-design.  Claire lives in Los Angeles, has been running her own design firm, Design Worthy, for about a year. 

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Real Designer: Oksana Kreiman

Real Designer: Oksana Kreiman

All this month I’m interviewing real-life designers about what it is like to run a design business.  As you’ll see these ladies have all different backgrounds and experiences, but one thing they all have in common is that they have taken my course, The Golden Blueprint.

About Oksana Kreiman

A native of Russia, Oksana moved to the US as a teen.  After getting an associates degree in Interior Design, Oksana worked for another Denver design firm for 10 years before setting out on her own with Pure Design in 2013.

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Real Designer: Corrine Wilbur

Real Designer: Corrine Wilbur

About Corrine Wilbur

After earning a Bachelors & MBA in International Business and working in International Trade for 9 years, Corrine left her job managing a team in exports/imports and customs documentation.  She got a certificate from the Interior Design Institute and started Boo and Rook in July 2016.  In addition to her residential interiors work, she does interior and creative design work for a consulting and branding agency as well as designing cases and displays for a jewelry company,  styling several sets for a photoshoo for the same jewelry company, and she'll be styling a launching event coming up in the next several months.

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10 Steps to Launch Your Interior Design Business

10 Steps to Launch Your Interior Design Business

Launching an interior design business is not for the faint of heart, some people want to get it up and running in a matter of weeks and others can spend years before they feel like they can hang their shingle.  I see designers get stuck in the process needlessly because they become paralyzed with decision-making.  Keep this in mind - you can always change it later.   I tried to give the steps in order that I would go if I was starting from scratch, but the thing is many of these steps can and should be done simultaneously.  You can't build a great brand without first knowing who you want to sell to and vice versa.  But that's what I mean about changing it later, you can always go back and refine what you've got. 

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Designers Around the World: Ogochukwu Agu- Nigeria

Designers Around the World: Ogochukwu Agu- Nigeria

I'm interviewing real-life designers about what it is like to run a design business in countries all over the world.  As you'll see these designers have all different backgrounds and experiences, but I think you'll be surprised how similar we all are too.  

About Ogochukwu Agu

What started as a bespoke bed and bath company has morphed into a full-scale interior design for Ogochukwu Agu in Lagos, Nigeria, every piece of furniture and bedding in her project photos below is made locally by her company.  She is a trained pharmacist and currently working on a Masters in International Management in addition to her rebranding her bedding and interior design business.  

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