Interior design has been a commercial skill for thousands of years – even the ornate palaces of the ancient past needed a decorator. In the modern world, professional interior designers like Cintia Dixon from Tlina Design specialize in helping individuals spruce up their indoor spaces to make them as effective as possible in setting the desired mood.
We spoke to Cintia about Tlina Design and her experience with/approach to interior design.
What was your inspiration for getting into the interior design industry?
When I grew up in Brazil, I was routinely exposed to the vibrancy of the culture in the form of food, music and of course decoration! Brazil is well known for being a colorful place and being engrossed in this all the time as a child it influenced my current passion for interior design. I’m motivated by getting to use my experience and expertise to create inspiring spaces for our clients.
After following a career in events planning, I decided to go back to school and follow my passion for design. I then started my business Tlina Design LLC and have never looked back!
What is your approach that you use with new clients?
Working as an interior designer is all about taking what the client says they want and turning it into something they didn’t even know they wanted. I know that the client is coming to me because they are not an expert with interior design, so while I ask them to prompt me with their ideas, they ultimately want me to expand on what they have suggested.
What are some of the challenges you faced early in your career as an interior designer?
I had some early trouble building my portfolio and proving to people I had what it takes. As with any career like this, your portfolio of past work is going to be your strongest tool in attracting more business demonstrating to employers you have practical experience. Building a portfolio from scratch can be incredibly hard because nobody trusts you to know what you are doing, so settling for smaller jobs or interning can be useful for new practitioners.
What advice would you give a new interior designer?
Identify what your strong points are and study the connection between your tastes and your upbringing, as well as your general exposure to interior design. Knowing the origin of your aesthetic taste gives you a lot more power and confidence as an interior designer.
Also, have a uniform vision for the spaces you create and achieve the ‘mood’. True interior design is all about creating something that is more than just the sum of its parts, not just including some throw pillows or changing the wallpaper.
What are some things you are planning for the future?
Exploring new ways to brainstorm with and inspire my clients so that they can feel fully involved at every stage. My goal is to make sure my clients are surprised and delighted by what I am able to create for them.