Interior Designer Davian Rhoads
What led you to start your career in interior design and when did you start your career in interior design?
Since the early age of seven years old when I found out that I was able to draw and to produce art, I began to expand upon my artistic abilities. I have always been fascinated with the world of art, ranging from paintings, to drawings, to architecture and interior design elements. While working for the Army and managing my career as a soldier, I began to realize I needed more from life and a way to connect with people in a more positive light. I knew I wanted to utilize my artistic talents to create enjoyment and to inspire others in life, but was not sure how to approach this feature.
At one point in my life, I did want to utilize my artistic abilities and go into graphic design, but I knew the chances of becoming someone highly valuable, viewed by the masses, and of career advancement in that industry to be very low because of the nature of the career path and of the multitudes of people being very artistic and creative as well, not to mention having great abilities to draw also in that field.
Once my career in the Army was coming to an end, I ventured out to the beautiful state of Nevada and worked as a Security Manager for multiple casinos and hotels in the Las Vegas valley. It was not until I became tired of the hustle and bustle of the casino business that I really found my niche for interior architectural design. I noticed my mind had shifted from the aspects of using my artistic abilities to draw and to create to a more functional feature that utilized these abilities and also allowed me to give back to society and to create designs that were functional, organized, and created a better quality of life and ease for my clients. I also give thanks to the wonderful architecture and interiors I was able to see while living in Las Vegas, which played a major role in developing my interest to create inspiring spaces that spark an emotion or sense within individuals.
I began my interior design journey through the Academy of Art and University out of San Francisco, where I have about a year left until I will have achieved my Bachelors Degree in Interior Architectural Design. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work for the Company, Floor and Décor, where I work as a Design Manager and create wonderful spaces for individuals. These spaces range from kitchens, to bathrooms, to the interiors of entire homes.
What is your favorite aspect of your career in interior design?
What I find most valuable and my favorite aspect of interior design, is the initial interview with the client(s). From this face-to-face meeting with the client(s), sparks the entire flow of creative ideas and design applications that will be used to design and to create the space or structure. This first hand interview furthermore allows me to become acquainted with the client(s) and develop an understanding of their wants, needs, and even taste within certain design aesthetics and elements. From this initial meeting, I am able to utilize the skill sets I have gained in interior design to bring their visions to life with a mixture of my own taste and styles to create a well-designed and functional space for their enjoyment.
What have you learned the most from your career in interior design?
What I have learned the most through my schooling and interactions with clients through my current position as a Design Manager, is that every individual(s) or client(s) is unique in tastes and has different wants or needs to feel comfortable within their desired spaces. With this stated a good designer needs to be able to balance these aspects and create based on their client(s) wants and needs. A designer furthermore needs to be able to address certain issues and resolve them for all parties involved to be happy and to move forward with the design process. At the end of the day the important feature(s) are the client(s) and their views.
What tips and ideas do you have for other’s who would like to start a career in interior design?
I would have to say keep working hard and developing your skill sets. Secondly, also continue to advance your knowledge within the field and ensure you are up to date on the current design trends and capabilities. Without these tools we are not designers, but full time decorators.
What is the favorite aspect of your career in interior design?
I would have to say my favorite aspect of my career is the developing and expressing of ideas through the use of design principles and elements that spark a sense of inspiration and functionality with the design world. The ideas behind a great designer are to create spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, but at the same time remain functional and create a sense of ease for the users. To make ones’ life better or advance their quality of life is the key to design success.
What is at the heart of your career in interior design that you want your clients to take home?
I think what I want others to take home from my career in interior design, is to remember that designing is fun and a challenge at the same time. We are a culture that is becoming highly advanced and branching out daily within our designs and our quality of life. I think we as a population need to focus more on designs that coexist well with our natural surroundings and to develop ways that utilize natural resources and energies within our designs. We only have one earth to live upon and I think its in everyone’s best interest to design with her in mind and develop life-cycle structures that embody the use of natural materials and energies incorporated into their designs for a better future.
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