Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharon Fox.
Hi Sharon, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
The love of interiors and personalizing spaces was a passion I’ve had since I was a kid. I started going to school for it when I was 19 but was discouraged by a professor who called it a cut-throat industry. I fell into sales in different sectors in my 20s, which taught me many valuable skill sets. After purchasing my first condo and having colleagues and friends telling me I should pivot back to interior design, I was inspired me to reconsider it. Eventually, I went back to an interior design school in San Diego. While in school, I staged vacation rentals and worked in furniture stores. I eventually acquired my business license in 2009 during the height of the financial collapse. To showcase my talent and design work, I needed before and after photos to build my portfolio. So, I performed pro-bono design work for clients and worked other jobs to supplement my income. Eventually, referrals for design work started coming in steadily, leading to my final pivot, concentrating on a full-time interior design business. It was a risk I had to take, but it was well worth the gamble. Each year after my business continued to grow, I became more passionate about interior design. Helping people and families every day is something that inspires me. I love integrating the outdoors inside, in small ways, with plants and outdoor elements such as stone, wood finishes, landscape wall art, etc. The final reveal of a space that embodies the aesthetics and functionality the client desires is a euphoric feeling. I’m grateful each day that I get to do this for a living …
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Building a business is definitely not a walk in the park.
The first obstacle was starting my business during the financial collapse in 2009.
Another was being a single mom with a young child. Thankfully, I have a supportive family helping me by caring for my daughter when I need to work. Initially I worked other jobs to supplement my income so I could build my new design business on the weekends.
Working during the pandemic was super challenging because of lead times on products or appliances needed. I had to learn the art of pacifying clients when remodels were taking much longer than anticipated because of supply chain delays.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Our work is a design business. I am a professional, at times, an artist who creates functional spaces for my clients, embodying their personal style and showcasing their homes or work offices. We specialize in residential design but also dabble in commercial design. We also need to know how to be a problem solver, merge different design styles, be a good listener, multi-task, and most importantly, create a cohesive design.
What sets us apart from others is “our passion for our work is reflected in the spaces we design.”
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I love to read in my spare time.
I also spend time in nature, hiking or traveling when my schedule allows. Nature inspires me, I’m constanting looking for ways to implement it into spaces that can bring people joy.
We strive to build beautiful spaces that are direct reflections of our clients and their lifestyles. Making a house a home is our happy place.
- Website: sharonfoxdesigns.com
- Instagram: @sharonfoxdesigns
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063695617182
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-fox-5a372055/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/sharon-fox-designs-carlsbad-3?osq=sharon+fox+designs
- Other: https://www.houzz.com/professionals/interior-designers-and-decorators/sharon-fox-designs-pfvwus-pf~1476635499
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