For over 16 years, Tania has been running her own boutique interior decoration & design studio. As she explained to us, she loves nothing more than to drill down and get to know her clients and find out what makes them tick.
“This approach has enabled me to draw out of my clients their vision even before they know what it is. Using my intuition it guides me every step of the way to select the most appropriate material or design to make my client’s hearts sing.”
What does a typical day look like for you?
My alarm rings at 5am every morning and I jump out of bed and into my office. I check emails, follow up on admin, research etc. Then at 6.30am, I do 15 minutes of meditation and priming to set me up for the day ahead. After I get my daughter off to school, then my day re starts at 9am. I am then either visiting clients on site or at a showroom or spending the day in the office sourcing and designing for my latest project. I then complete my working day around 4pm. Exercise either yoga, bike ride or a run tops off the day to then spend with my family.
What has been the most memorable project you’ve work on and why?
The most memorable project is in fact the one I am currently working on. It is a new build which is architecturally designed and I have been working very closely with the owners right from day 1 for over 15 months now. We are now up to the decorating and even after all these months of working together, I am still enjoying working with the client and the whole process. It is my largest project to date and the most rewarding as I have a lot of creative input and the client is very trusting of my advice and allows me to push the boundary a little. I can’t wait to have it photographed, as it will be spectacular and a celebration of all the hard work.
What is the most challenging thing about being a designer?
Clients having second thoughts and changing their minds. This is mainly due to lack of confidence in their decisions. I recognise this quite early on with some people and try to alleviate any room for doubt by providing visuals as well as reassurance that it will all work out in the end.
What advice would you give someone wanting to enter the industry?
Never listen to the naysayers about our industry, every industry is competitive. If you are passionate about design and have a clear vision, then stick to it. Be prepared to work hard and start at the bottom. Success comes from sheer perseverance and guts and never giving up!