This week, iHomeRegistry is SO excited to bring you our first international designer spotlight profile! Introducing Mireille Huisman, an interior designer at Styled & Sold Vastgoedstyling in Holland. That’s right…Holland!
Their motto? “You never get a second chance to make a first impression!”
Find out how Mireille got started in the industry, her tips for designers breaking into the industry and who her designer role model is!
1. How did you get started in the interior design/decorative arts business?
I started when I was really young, as I always wanted to change things in the house. Eventually I did the windows and mannequins in boutiques. Later, I was living in the Canarian Islands with my family and built a house. People started noticing how I decorated my house and began asking me to decorate their homes, too. So, that’s how it all happened!
2. Tell us about your first Interior Design job.
My first job was the house of a friend of mine; she split up with her boyfriend and she had a house that was for sale for a long time. She had to move out that day, so she asked me to decorate the house in one day. I did, she was happy and moved in, but the house was still for sale. The next week somebody wanted to see the house, and fell in love. House sold! That’s when I knew I wanted to do home staging, but at the time people wanted me to decorate their house, too.
3. What advice do you have for the younger you or for a new designer trying to break into the industry?
The advice I have for a new designer is to never give up and to try to be him/herself. How nice it is if your hobby can become your work…then you will never have to work one day! Read a lot, learn every day, follow bloggers, always stay up-to-date, and study some art history.
Also, it’s all about the clients! Try to put yourself in the shoes of the client. Design is so personal and ultimately you hope to create spaces that reflect the people and families that inhabit them.
4. Where do you find your inspiration?
You can find inspiration everywhere…even when you walk in the forest or on the beach. I often take my camera with me and even with your phone you can take a lot of nice pictures. Of course, I am on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook as well.
And, here in Holland, we have a lot of interesting television programs that are about decoration, home staging and makeovers.
5. How have YOU distinguished yourself in such a rapidly growing industry?
It all comes down to being yourself. Don’t copy people. Try to be unique…and then people will talk about you and want YOU to make their house into a home (or their home into a house when home staging).
6. What are the top one or two keys to designing a living room or foyer (you pick!)?
I think the key is…less is more! Don’t put everything you like in one room, and you should change some things when its wintertime or summertime. Buy new pillows and paint the walls.
7. What is the most important room when it comes to designing a home?
I don’t think that there is one room that is most important. I like the living room, bedroom, hallway, and even the bathroom to be nicely decorated. When you study FengShui then it’s even more important to design every room in the house. Ask people what they like, don’t make a moodboard just with furniture. Try to make a moodboard that will show the feeling, colors and pictures that will make them feel good; then you can make a moodboard for how the house will look like.
8. Who is your design role model?
Check out Mireille’s profile on iHomeReigstry here.