We recently connected with Emily Larkin and have shared our conversation below.
Alright, Emily thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. So, let’s start with a hypothetical – what would you change about the educational system?
I would suggest that Interior Design schools give their students more realistic projects as well as train their students further in AutoCAD. When I was in school, I had a couple of classes in AutoCAD in which one was a lecture class (with no hands on experience!) We were also given lots of projects that had no budget restrictions or it wasn’t particularly applicable to the “real life” residential projects that I would be doing in my future career.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I am a Dallas-based residential Interior designer who owns the firm, EJ Interiors. We work all over the Dallas metroplex on many different types of projects- from new construction to older homes. A large amount of our clients reside in the East Dallas/Lakewood area (where our office is) and live in historic homes. We love working on these types of projects as they present a challenge of mixing the old with the new and keeping the charm and integrity of these older homes. This definitely is a passion of ours and one that sets us apart from other firms.
What’s been the best source of new clients for you?
Instagram is one of the best sources of new clients! Our professional room photos and portfolio are what clients hire us from, so having a social media platform that has such a great emphasis on photos has been the best tool for our business. We have met so many new clients on instagram (as well as Facebook) but particularly Instagram with its photo heavy content. A good room photo really speaks for itself and it’s usually all you need to grab the attention of a future client!
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
It sounds cheesy, but we live for the moments when a client walks in and sees their room for the first time. The installs that we do (although stressful), can be really rewarding when you see all of your hard work come together at the end. We love getting texts from clients regarding how much they love their new space and that they are spending more time at home making memories with family and friends. It is really heartwarming to see how much a comfortable home can affect a family and be life changing!
Photo by Lance Selgo