Expert’s Advice on Building a Career in Interior Design With Debbe Daley

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Are you interested in becoming an interior designer but don’t know where to start?

Don’t worry, I had a great conversation with Debbe Daley, a seasoned mentor and interior design expert, who shares her inspiring story, starting from her childhood fascination with sewing and DIY projects to her eventual foray into interior design. Despite initial hurdles and societal pressures, she persevered, leveraging her passion and resourcefulness to pave her way into the field. From self-taught window treatments to working multiple jobs and running her boutique, Debbe’s story highlights the importance of determination, self-belief, and continuous learning in pursuing your passion.

Whether you’re considering a career change or exploring your creative side, Debbe’s wisdom will inspire you to take the leap and pursue your dreams in interior design.

Tune in and take that first step towards a rewarding future in interior design today!

Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode
  • Learn the importance of seeking opportunities, building relationships, and embracing continuous learning.
  • Be empowered to turn your passion into a fulfilling career. 
  • Get practical tips and advice for navigating the challenges of starting a business in interior design.
    About the Guest:

    Debbe Daley is an award-winning published interior designer with 30-plus years of experience in the design industry. She is CEO and owner of Debbie Daly Design serving Boston Lowell, Massachusetts, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the New England Seacoast area. 

    She has practiced in the furniture, flooring, and wallpaper industries, space planning, and home renovations all while owning her custom drapery workroom. She is also an educator of interior design, providing new students and change of career-minded individuals with education to begin their career in interior design. 

    Debbe is also the published author of her first book Interior Motives, Designing A Career With Passion

    She is a member of IDS, the Interior Design Society, and holds a seat on the IDS National Board of Directors and president of the Interior Design Society, New England Boston chapter. She is also a member of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers, and an educator of interior design at Middlesex Community College.

    Connect with Debbe Daley:

    Website: Debbe Daley Designs 
    Instagram: @debbedaley

      Check out these episode highlights

      02:51 – Debbe’s sewing background and creative influences

      04:15 – Her path to the interior design world

      07:25 – She started her interior design business after taking classes at the New York School of Interior Design

      09:54 – Her challenges of starting her own business and the importance of being organized

      12:24 – Why she wrote the book Interior Motives: Designing a Career With Passion

      16:26 – The importance of following one’s passion and dedicating oneself to a creative field, even if it’s not glamorous, to find enjoyment and success

      18:24 – The adjacent careers in interior design, with graphic design and writing as potential options

      20:05 – The importance of taking action and seeking out options for yourself to showcase your expertise and gain experience

      20:29 – Her advice to aspiring interior designers

      • Try taking a class at your community college to learn more about interior design and see if it’s a good fit for you.

      • If you are interested in niching, find a job and go work in the industry.

      • Start from somewhere because you never know where it might lead you.

        Next Steps

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        Thanks for listening! I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week…