What do you do:
Where do you work:
Rose Meechan Interior Design, New York City, New York
When did you realize your interest in interior design:
I’d always had a remote interest in it, and even as a kid was always moving my furniture around to find the best way for it to work. While working in a fast food restaurant, a designer presented the scheme for a remodel and I knew I could do better! I looked into it some more and eventually took a class at a community college. I knew the first night that I wanted to stick with it.
Why work in this field:
I am always pleased to see someone buy something that I suggested, since it’s validating to know they like my ideas. I’ve also learned that the clients who appreciate me the most are not always the most lucrative projects and I’d rather have a nice client who appreciated me than a rude one with a huge budget.
How would you advise others:
Take a job where you can learn about some capacity of the industry, even if it’s not your dream job. Working in a fabric showroom, assisting a designer, or as a tile salesperson all provide exposure to the industry, contacts in places that you’ll someday be qualified to work for, and experience that people who work straight out of school won’t have. Read magazines and books to stay current with the trends, but also learn the background on furniture styles and history.