For Episode 105 of The CareerMetis Podcast, we will learn about:
A Day in the Life of an Interior Designer from our guest Darci Hether.
Guest Introduction – Darci Hether
As an esteemed interior designer located in New York City – with projects that span coast to coast and internationally – Darci Hether specializes in luxury, full service, turn-key residential interiors
1. Since her childhood, Darci Hether has had a strong affinity toward interior designing. It was not uncommon for her to rearrange her parents living room or her bedroom furniture. Not knowing it was a viable career, she was prepared to take courses until she found what she enjoyed.
2. After helping a friend with a design project, Darci found her passion and pursued it without regrets.
3. Darci goes into detail about what an interior designers do, and how it differs from what we see on HGTV. Her firm takes the project from conception to completion, and that takes a lot more attention to detail and communication than most people are aware of.
4. Darcy outlines her day to day, complete with meetings, outlines, marketing, client relations and communication. She also has to stay on top of the marketplace to see what’s new and available for her next client.
5. The selection process and curating the items for presentation tends to be Darcy’s favourite part of the process. When she was a solo entrepreneur, she had to run it all, and there were parts of her job she didn’t enjoy as much, but now that she has a team she gets to focus on business development. Bringing in the finishing touches and injecting the client’s personality into the space makes her truly happy.
6. Darci shares her thoughts on how someone who is interested in becoming an interior designer could get started. She feels that both design and business courses could make a huge difference in the success of a new designer.
7. Darci also talks about the value that can be gained from working alongside another designer in order to learn in a more immersive way.
8. Darci also talks about certification, and the best ways to learn more within the interior design industry without paying a ton of money for courses.
“I feel like a lot of times there’s a misconception that we pet pretty fabrics and we pick pretty sofas and it’s all very fabulous”.
“There’s kind of a saying in the industry where it’s 10 to 20 percent design and 80 to 90 percent business”.
“There’s a lot that happens behind the scenes, and we’re very detailed.”
“I do recommend at least taking the intro class”.
“You need to know your numbers, you don’t want to just blindly hand it off to someone”.
“There’s definitely space within the industry”.
“Find a mentor, somebody who can help you along the way”.
Links & Resources
Intro Music provided courtesy of Accelerated Ideas (www.accelerated-ideas.com). Soundtrack – Siren Kickback
Ending Music provided courtesy of Accelerated Ideas (www.accelerated-ideas.com). Soundtrack – No Need to Rush