A Day in the Life of an Interior Designer

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an interior designer? Here Bernie Ferrari, head designer and owner of Ferrari Interiors shares with us one of her typical days.

8.30am: I head to the office armed with a cuppa and my ‘To Do List’. As an interior designer with several projects on the go I’m an expert multi-tasker. To start, I follow up on all aspects of my projects – this involves speaking with suppliers and tradesmen regarding status of work, orders and quotes etc.

10.30am: Time to tackle my inbox! I get straight onto responding to client emails and calls. It’s very important to keep my clients in the loop.

11.30am: I source products for current projects. Today I’m in search of an industrial style dining table and accessories for a St Kilda apartment. Next up, I compile samples and catalogues for a client meeting later in the day.

12.30pm: Brainstorm product ideas for new projects and finalise a colour palette for a stylish beach house.

1.30pm: Submit a proposal for an apartment fit-out before having a light lunch.

3.00pm: Meet with a lighting representative to learn more about a new innovative product. I’m excited – it’s a brilliant lighting solution that I know one of my clients will particularly love.

3.30pm: Attend a project meeting with my lovely clients that are having their kitchen redesigned. We review the budget and everybody is happy.

4.15pm: Next, I’m driving over to a project site to attend a construction meeting with the builders regarding progress of a bathroom fit-out.

5.30pm: At the end of the day, I return to the office to review floor plans and schematics, return phone calls and to do some online banking. I also send out a few invoices, place a couple of orders and request quotes from suppliers.

Before switching off my computer I jot down my ‘To Do List’ for tomorrow. It includes the follow up calls I need to make while I’m out and about.