Student Success - Lauren Liess
NYIAD students are out there in droves decorating clients' homes, serving as consultants in department stores, and re-designing everything from metropolitan penthouses to lakeshore cottages. If you've started your own business, if you've been hired by a decorating firm, or if you've achieved success in some other way in the field of interior design, we want to hear from you! Click here to let us know about the waves you're making!If you missed earlier installments of this series, here's your chance to read more about the accomplishments of NYIAD students. Just visit our NYIAD Student Success page.
Sometimes it takes awhile before you realize that in fact the things you love to do most are the same ones that can earn you money. That’s right — you don’t have to drive a forklift or look at tissue samples under a microscope or stare at a computer screen all day.
This is what Lauren Liess found out after graduating from college. From the time she was a little girl, she arranged her room and doled out free advice to her friends on decorating their rooms.
“Still, when I went to college, I didn’t even think of interior design as an option,” she said. “When I graduated from college and started decorating my first apartment, I was in heaven. I was doodling room designs and making lists during my work conferences. Friends and family began asking me for help decorating their homes and I realized how much more design work appealed to me than my ‘real’ job.”
Soon, those same friends and family members began recommending Lauren’s skills to others, and evenually Lauren opened her own business, thinking it would just be a part-time endeavor. It’s now her full-time business, and she loves it.
She decided on NYIAD Interior Design School for her education because of the solid information which is infused with fun projects. Her studies at NYIAD are what allowed her to launch her new career.
“I chose NYIAD because it seemed straightforward, all-encompassing and fun. I really loved it & was able to start my business from what I learned,” she said.
Lauren works primarily on residential projects, sometimes as a consultant. Her favorite project was for a client “who wanted a whole new outlook on life and in her home.”
“She was turning over a new leaf, and it was so great to help her get where she wanted to be by making her home special to her. We re-did her entire home. I’d describe her style as earthy and natural with a twist of traditional elegance,” Lauren said.
In any business, there are of course challenges, and in running one’s own interior design business, most often the difficulty is in finding the right people to work with. The designer often has to sub-contract work to contractors, carpenters, painters, electricians, and other professionals. Lauren has also found this to be true.
“It's been a challenge for me to find really reliable people to work with. I am working with some amazing people right now and it’s really one of the most important things for my business. “
There are also surprises in any business, and for Lauren, the biggest surprise has been a happy one.
“The most surprising thing I’ve discovered is that my work doesn’t feel like work anymore! It’s true what they say: ‘Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.’”
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