Have you ever looked at an image from a high-end design magazine and wondered how they’re able to do that? We do, on a consistent basis. We are wowed by how talented designers can take a concept, a few design principles, and make magic. For this week’s interview, we got in touch with Amy from Amy Kartheiser Design, named one of the Top Contemporary Designers in Chicago. What’s really special about Amy is that no only she is an incredible designer but she also has a business background and runs her company like a tight ship! She has a team of interior designers that are able to send you a full plan of your room without even stepping foot in your home.
Check out the interview and leave Amy any of your questions or comments below! 😊
Q: How many years have you been blogging?
We’re approaching our one-year anniversary of blogging!
Q: What is your favorite Interior Design project that you’ve ever done?
I completed a project in Winnetka, IL with a fun client who had a “more is more” personality — it made for a fun project! She was not afraid of anything that was proposed and would actually push back on us to find even more ways to add color and texture to each of the rooms, while still maintaining the feel she wanted in each space. It was a fun challenge that turned out beautifully.
Q: Which project are you most proud of?
My Tribeca Loft project definitely comes to mind. The client, who collects antiques and treasures from their travels, told us they wanted us to make a “sophisticated, modern yet livable Manhattan loft” and they trusted us to do our thing. It was our job to take all of these incredible pieces and incorporate them into all of the living spaces throughout the home so the clients could enjoy them, and I’m particularly happy with how their art wall turned out.
Q: What does a day in the life of an interior decor blogger look like?
Well, a lot like the day in the life of an interior designer, who has lots of clients and is trying to fit everything in her days and writing her blog at night! It is certainly not always glamorous, but it is very fun. My head is always spinning with ideas, whether for projects or ways to run my business, etc. The blog is a great way for me to funnel some of those ideas.
Q: What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?
Our office has extremely high tin ceilings and it came equipped with track lighting. It is not typically my favorite type of lighting, but with the high ceilings, they work! To update the look a bit, we put on very modern track heads. We also have some wonderful ceiling lights!
Q: What is your favorite lamp or string lights that you’ve used for a project?
My favorite lamps are these round, brass lamps we used in a client’s bedroom. When I found them, I knew they were just going to be perfect for the space, and guess what? They were!
Q: What is the greatest tip that you could give to our readers?
There is no perfect formula for a successful blog. I feel it’s so important to be authentic, and I think if you touch on pieces that are interesting to you, you will be amazed at how many people find it interesting too.
Q: What is the hardest thing about interior design?
For me is that I cannot turn it off! I walk into every room and want to rearrange furniture, reupholster chairs, add wallpaper. Design is on my brain 24/7. And, owning your own business on top of that – don’t even get me started! It’s a ’round the clock commitment.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
Nothing. I am a true believer that all of our experiences lead us to where we are today. I started out in the business world before I went into the design, and those years were most impactful on how I run my business and how I treat my clients. I feel I’m a business owner first and a designer second, so I am thankful for the path I have been on.
Q: What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?
Again, I think that I have just been genuine and I am using my unique voice, rather than trying to be someone I am not. I always tell my kids: “you be you”. I feel for designers who want to have a blog, that phrase makes sense too.