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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ericka Moody

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ericka Moody. 

Hi Ericka, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started my interior design firm in April 2020. After working with a firm for 21 years where I honed my skills–progressing from Design Assistant to Project Manager, Design Director, and ultimately, President– I decided it was time to move on. I left in 2019 and shortly thereafter accepted a position to open a division for a design firm out of Denver. Ten months into it, Covid hit, businesses were shut down, and I was laid off. As you can imagine, it was quite a shock, having never been laid off in my life! After the initial couple of days, I realized that with 30 years of experience under my belt, it was time to start my own firm. Two years into it, I am happier than ever, have more business than I could have dreamed, and the ability to take more time for myself. I couldn’t be more grateful for what came of it. My business is focused on 2 sectors of design — luxury homes (custom new homes and whole-home remodels), and spec homes for custom home builders. All my clients thus far have been referrals, and happy clients are my best asset!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been incredibly smooth (knock on wood)! It doesn’t hurt that I have many years of experience- out of college I worked for a firm where I learned everything about running a business. The owner took me under his wing and taught me accounting, billing, purchasing, HR, and customer service– in addition to design. I’ve been through ups and downs in the market, worked with all different types of clients and colleagues, and had many triumphs, awards, and challenges. I cherish every mentor and all that I’ve learned in the phases of my career. I feel extremely equipped with the tools it takes to collaborate with my clients to create homes that they love. It’s also very important to me to ensure the process is painless (and even fun!) for them along the way.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an interior designer for new homes and extensive remodels. Though my office is located in San Diego, my clients take me to locations across the country, and globe. In 2023 I’ll be starting a project in Costa Rica, and I love to travel so I’m really excited about that! My scope typically includes all facets of design, collaborating with the architect, landscape architect, builder, and client for the entire process of design and construction. This timeline ranges from 9 months to 2 years, depending on the size and scope of the project. I select and specify exterior and interior materials and finishes, and I also design, purchase and install all the furniture, artwork, window treatments, and accessories inside and out. I’d say I’m known for my hardworking, positive attitude, and of course making sure my clients are happy with the end result, and the process. There’s not one specific project I’m most proud of– I guess I’m most proud that my clients continue to engage my services and refer me to their friends. That is the best compliment I could receive and makes me happy to know they are happy. What sets me apart? I think it’s my left brain-right brain abilities. After leading teams of designers for many years, I have found that it’s very rare that a creative designer is also good at running a business or leading a team, which is why I think some do not succeed. I have always believed career happiness is achieved through channeling a person’s natural abilities, versus trying to shove a square peg in a round hole. My passion lies in both the creative design and the business aspect, so I am in my happy place. 

What does success mean to you?
One word– happiness. The pursuit of money nor power has never been my passion. In fact, I learned that it’s very lonely at the top, and it didn’t make me happy, so I made the decision to move onward. I have a simple gauge of success in my life– being excited to get up and get to work in the morning, and my goal of happiness is not only for myself but for making my clients happy. The best feeling is seeing tears of joy in your client’s eyes when they see their home for the first time at “the reveal”! 

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