This week we bring you another wonderful interview we did with an interior designer and blogger Darla from Darla Powell Interiors. One thing that makes Darla super unique is that she spent 20 years as a detective sergeant in Miami. She has since then started a really successful interior design business that is located in Miami Florida. Here are some of the insights she gave us into her career, her favorite projects, and what she would do differently if she had a chance to start over.

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1. How many years have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since February of 2017

2. What is your favorite Interior Design project that you’ve ever done?

A pro – bono project for the sweetest family. A grandmother with 4 family members with autism in need of a bathroom remodel complete with features for special needs. It was so rewarding.

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3. What does a day in the life of an interior decor blogger look like?

We have so much going on. Where do I begin? Not only do I blog about interior design, but I also run a full-time interior design firm, Darla Powell Interiors. Between projects, events, and meeting with new brand partners, finding time to blog can be challenging. Also, I am the founder and EO of a marketing firm, Wingnut Social so double that above statement. My daily routine can be quite hectic.


4. What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?

As designers, we are always in love with natural lighting in a space, but DPI is a contemporary firm so we tend to gravitate towards modern or contemporary pieces.

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5. What is your favorite lamp or string lights that you’ve used for a project?

I really love the Bastian Chandelier from Curry &  CO.

6. What is the greatest tip that you could give to our readers? 

Never underestimate lighting in a space. How you plan out your lighting scheme and type of lighting will make all the difference in your space.

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7. What is the hardest thing about interior design? 

Juggling all the projects! The logistics and project management were certainly a challenge in the beginning. Thank Goodness I have a great project manager in the form of my partner, Natale Grafe.


8. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would have hired a business coach at the very beginning.


9. What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?

Definitely my social media marketing efforts! It’s so important in this day and age to have a solid presence on social.

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