Tips for a Day in the Life of an Interior Design Studio Manager

  1. What NOT to wear

It’s tricky. I work for the two classiest designers in the world so there’s some pressure to look my best because, I promise you, they always do. My job is the perfect balance of glam meets waste management. I must look good for my public but be able to break down boxes and haul 14 ft. drapery rods in and out of my SUV. Solid white attire and 4” pumps can be a bad choice depending on the day so I keep my Google calendar handy.


Tip #1 – Keep your Google calendar handy


  1. Know who your client is

Everyone in the whole world is your client. People are either already working with you or they will be, end of story, and your smile had better reflect it.  Vendors and retailers are your client, baristas, the UPS guy and the bachelor walking his Rottweiler past the studio are your client. When you’re seen carrying beautiful accessories, strange pieces of art and toolboxes, folks want to know what you do. You had better be ready to give them your best 5-point sales pitch.


Tip #2 – Everyone is your client


  1. Keep your eye on the prize

There are days that working in a design studio is taxing. Being the primary support for artists can be challenging, let’s face it. There’s a reason Peter Grant lost his hair and had a cocaine addiction. Seriously though, working for creative master minds is better than working for anyone else on the planet stay tuned for my next blog (12 Reasons to Work for Creative Genius). My brother managed a rock band called Crash Tokyo in Dover, DE. He said it was like working with little kids. My designers are not like working with little kids. My designers are pre-teen which makes them excited, passionate and adventurous. But I also have to make sure they eat right and get enough sleep. Standing in the middle of our studio and it looks like the aftermath of the Tri-State Tornado, can be overwhelming.  And then I wave goodbye to the two most confident women I know as they strut out of studio, completed design in hand to blow the minds of their clients. It is then that I collapse in a heap in the only chair not covered in fabric and thank God I’m a part of this creative mess.


Tip #3 – Keep your eye on the prize