Interior Design: Student Houses, More Interviews & New Strategies

Today I drove from Southampton to Bristol, and back, in a day! As if I wanted to destroy myself further after driving to Portsmouth yesterday for a pretty slapdash job interview. It was lucky I didn’t see the rejection email until I got home, or my laser focus on the motorway in the pouring rain may have been wavering.


I have to be slightly positive, I’ve bagged some interviews with some legitimate companies for Interior Design and Marketing, I’m just losing out to experienced candidates. It sucks. Today’s rejector had obviously made some attempt at condolences as they mentioned they’d had over 50 CVs and only interviewed 8 people.

Go me.

On the bright side it got me thinking about wanting to do Interior Design, the common misconceptions that come along with my degree title, and the possibility to fulfill my ideal role freelancing. And that I think there’s more to desiging interiors than just moodboards and being ‘pretty’.

My very rough concept

Interior Strategy Consultant.

The fact that I arrogantly have much more to say about Interiors is maybe what I should put more energy into. Afterall I do want to expand my self-employment history and eventually work for myself. I’m 27, so why not start now. Such a graduate mindset.

Initial – Get to Know Me; Get to Know You.

  1. Work with Brands, People and Products, not for them.
  2. Conversation and research as part of the process.
  3. Defining what ‘Home’ is to each Individual client
  4. (Interviews, research, digging, client ideas, mindmaps)

In my interview the other day I realised a crucial order and part of the design process. I went in ill-equipped to start a conversation, I had no idea what they wanted or what part of the process they were in. It was stage 2. I was on a back-foot. BUT I don’t think they’d thought through HOW their idea was going to work – the budgets; the application.

Stage 1 – Who Is the Client?

5. Someones with an awareness of either: what they like, or, where they’re heading. But need not only a directing hand, but drawing out the why’s and the could be’s, that end in the how.

6. Establish an early strategy and budget

(Moodboards, Visuals, Concepts, Storyboards)

Stage 3 – Initiate Architect Services

7. How can the needs, desires and unseens be responded to through human-centric design?

(Bespoke or Book)

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