Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Gebhardt.
Katie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was lucky enough to know Interior Design was my passion early on and went to FIDM in Los Angeles to study Interior Design, and also Business Management. I started my own interior design company – previously Within Design Co., and now Solstice Interiors – after working on the business side of design for four years.
I remember my first big project on my own I worked on these crazy tiled stairs, each row being a different tile, and the contractor called me with a tile dilemma, and I was SO excited, like “wow, what a great problem to have!” HA! I was still in my previous career working for a multi-line hospitality sales-rep and chasing design jobs and work on the side.
I knew design was my passion and just fully immersed myself in EVERYTHING interiors as much as I could. Since then I’ve been growing my business through some amazing client referrals, repeat clients, and family + friends!
Great, 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?
While it hasn’t been the smoothest road, it also hasn’t been too rough in my opinion. Maybe I’m blinded by my love for this career, but I’ve chalked up most hiccups to be learning experiences and a chance to grow into something better.
It was a big risk for me to leave my previous full-time job to pursue my design career, and while I had the comfort of freelancing and learning from another local designer, it was still scary starting my own business with not much in the pipeline.
A struggle I faced was just that – getting new clients! It’s all about getting that first job (no matter how big or small) that you can professionally photograph that really showcases your style.
Once I got that, I was able to market via social media, ramp up my website, and really put my feelers out there. With each project and each new client, I was able to better portray my style and what I’m capable of.
Please tell us about Solstice Interiors.
Solstice Interiors is a full-service interior design firm. I specialize in residential design, but also take on commercial and hospitality projects. I’m most proud of my ability to intertwine a client’s needs and vision with my own personal aesthetic and technical skill set. I truly want to create a space that people look forward to being in whether it be one room or a full-home remodel – your surroundings heavily influence your day to day life.
While I’d like to think it’s my eclectic blend of ‘California cool’ meets mid-century modern meets surf-shack style that separates me from others, I think that when it boils down to it, it’s how I mesh with clients as a designer. Having that understanding of what your client wants (and needs!) paired with a similar aesthetic is what I believe keeps people coming back.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
This is going to sound so cheesy, but honestly setting up my bedrooms. I moved a lot as a kid and always looked forward to getting unpacked in my new room and setting everything up.
- Website: www.solsticeinteriors.com
- Phone: 760-814-7228
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solsticeinteriors/
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