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What happened in 2018?

12/31/2018


Man looking at the coast reflecting how his year went by


Another year is ending soon and Hurray 2019! Before I bid goodbye to 2018, this year I would say would be my trial year as I have survived to be working independently for my Interior Design business and a lot of wonderful things happened despite all the trials had come across.

Lesson learned and still learning.

Personal
1. Leaving toxic people behind and finding ourselves, Thanking them for they have come.

2. Personal Space is something I would look forward and not just work and home, finding another pack and still with the gang is another stress reliever.

3. Forgiving but not Forgetting people good deeds.

4. Welcome the unexpected, I am not a big fan of big changes especially when there is a third person involved and embracing them is hard since it will take a bigger responsibility to take and a single 28-year-old without any obligations to any and so many things I would like to wander off, things really changed when you're tasked to head the family.

5. Timeline, despite having a timeline in all the goals I planned for the year I can say 2018 had a different path for me and 40% of the things I have planned for the year did happen.

Business

1. No to "Design first, pay later". This is a bit costly too since I worked so hard and only not to get a "Thank You " and "Closed Deal" after a verbal agreement. I know I shouldn't but most of the time I got swayed by those sweet words especially from those people I know of and the lesson it gave me is to respect my time and skill.

2. Look at the numbers and find these people. Numbers can be frustrating when you wanted to do the design work more than looking at the figures. However, the figures determine the amount of work placed into the scope of work and having the discipline to yourself; We got goals and obligations to meet our needs and wants to maintain our lifestyle and to do tha stretching ourselves thinly can become over exhausting and its better to leave it off to people whom we can designate the task to get the results we wanted. 

3. Find your tribe. A support system by people who are the same business as you are and creating friendship because having a support system is something you can treasure both business and personal.

4. Stick to your goals and be flexible with your strategy. I got a million goals and ideas and not all of them worked well with me since not all are effective and matches my goals and not all give the results I wanted.


and Since I don't want to talk much about my other goals like I said 40% accomplishment is still something I will have to work harder, smarter and better. 



Project Mistakes learnt before becoming a Licensed Interior Designer

12/17/2018

A Female Entrepreneur  reviewing her mistakes in past the past by checking her laptop

Have you feel so much shame for not being knowledgeable enough over certain things and at that point you said yourself that one day, I'll become better and I won't have the same problem after all. So so many nights you'll be awake and remember what I should have done and what I shouldn't have. I am no exception on those times that I have encountered but it happened.

As an Interior Design student, I have begun getting projects for experiences and it helped me where I a right now. However, I started well for my client understood and help me in the process in the field of design and somehow business matter in this. I had quite a handful of project mistakes that I have learned to overcome as I continue to practice and 7 of it are the things that I would want to tell myself to find as early as those years.

  1. Contractor. Find a partner whom you entrust your design. A person whom you can confide with and be able to retain your business relationship. When starting out, a general contractor is your best friend to make your design a reality. I had none in the beginning because I relied on myself and those carpenters who are all-in-one.
  2. Hardware Supplier. I have a to go supplier and a salesman who became my friend with that it is easier for me to choose and select the type of brand I would likely see in most projects without compromising the quality outcome of the item. So everything I'm buying something or my client wishes to buy, I just tell them to go to this person and hardware.
  3. Your adviser. As a newbie in the design, find someone who will help you achieve your desired look for the space that person should be your advisor or an "ate" in school who has better taste than you.
  4. Your Bestie. Your design best friend will tell you what went wrong in your design if things didn't go well with what you have and how you can improve this next time.
  5. Finance. Understand the value of money. Not all clients you'll encounter will be understanding and not all will have the extra money to spend on the unforeseen purchases you wanted to add. I didn't understand all until I have to experience it.
  6. Function. Know and understand how they operate in their daily lives, not everything is base on the space provided will work for them because you said so. As the designer, one must dig deeper to make it functional as the aesthetics will follow.
  7. Communication. Passive communication with the contractor and owner will not help, it has to be in a timely manner and also let them understand when you are available. Avoid text messaging or social media app, it will just confuse you because you have to identify and trace your communication. Choose one and if the second communication is used, summarize your conversation on the primary communication to avoid confusion along the way.

Since this was base on a newbie mistake, I have improved and learned from them and still learning on ways how I can improve with it. Despite that I am a licensed interior designer, I still make mistakes but not similar to the ones I had before. Like I have said, every project is a learning process and I'm glad to make it through. Check my website to see more of the projects I have to undertake and see the improvement. 

What was my first interior design project?

12/03/2018
What was my first interior design project? I honestly don't want to post this but I think I should because it is where it all started from the first project up to the current projects I have undertaken and it brought me a wonderful experience in the past 8 years. Imagine, 8 years since I had this project.



My first project as an interior design student was an office for a construction firm. A Greek-inspired modern office using new and old pieces of available things. I remember going all my drawings in manually and designing things from a scratch and put so much effort because I wanted to make it perfect.

Since this was my first project, the owner has seen me evolve in the improvement that I have and still have a good relationship with them despite that it took so long to finish and the owner was happy and gave some comment as it was my first project. Not that bad for starters. This time it gave me a lot of pointers learnt and how I improved my craft after having this project and to the next projects that I have worked on.
Personally, I have achieved what I need to achieve at that time, standard wise, it was good and now, my standards has become higher my confidence to take projects from one to the other has gained me a whole lot experience and challenges along the way.  This project was even posted last Novemeber as I look back in my past projects.

For interior design students, For me, you shouldn't be afraid to grab an opportunity like this but it does takes time and effort showing what you can really offer after you presented your drawings and be challenge to take and pursue a license once you have graduated.



The project above happened like 8 years ago and it has been a long time already since then, so I encourage you dear readers to check my portfolio website at the following webpages.
www.emaripimentel.com and under my company name www.premieredesigninteriors.com , you'll see how much I have improved since this project.