What struck me the most about our conversation is how Patricia speaks about interior design. As a profession, I would argue that it’s easy to get caught up in interior design because it’s such a passion career (as I like to say). I have yet to come across a designer who wasn’t passionate about their work, but being passionate about your work can also cause you to be very emotionally tied to it, for better or for worse.
Patricia, on the other hand, speaks very calmly and subjectively about interior design. As I spoke with her I could really feel the healthy respect that shes has for her work. While she loves interior design, it certainly doesn’t consume her like it does for so many designers, at least not any more. Instead, Patricia seems like she’s the one who’s mastered it, and not the other way around.
Patricia’s mastery over interior design comes from both her experience in the field, as well as igniting her passion for art and painting. During the course of her career she decided at a pivotal point to scale her company back from 12 people, and later during an economic downturn, pursued art as a means of staying creative. Now, Patricia only works with a few select clients and simultaneously (with the help of her incredible assistant) spends her time painting.
It’s a pretty great gig, if you ask me!