We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Seidner of Jill Seidner Interior Design and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jill, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I think it was destined to be that I pursue a creative career, that of becoming an interior designer. Since I can remember, I have been drawing furniture plans and houses. While other kids in school were drawing stick figures, I would draw floor plans and layouts of houses. When we got to play with clay and play-doh in school, I used to mold it into rooms complete with furniture. Later on, I started rearranging the furniture in my bedroom. I actually have a letter I wrote when I was in about second grade, where we had to write “When I grow up…” and I wrote how I wanted to be an interior designer like my mom. In the letter I listed all the things interior designers do (looking back, I actually can’t believe I knew some of the things I wrote!). I guess when you grow up with a mom working at her drafting board (until late at night, which is what I remember!) – you learn these things! I also grew up in a family involved in both the design and building industry. Over the years, I’ve had to learn the business side of operating a design business but I love the balance between that and the creative aspect of interior design. It always feels like you are learning, evolving, and accomplishing onto every next design project using your creativity.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
It was a natural progression for me to go on my own, after years of freelancing for other interior designers. I started my own design business at the age of 34, in 2006. Early on, I began offering online interior design services, which has become more popular now but I was doing “online design” or “e-decorating” since the very beginning. I like to think of being able to offer interior design services for “anyone, anywhere”.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would show them all the various distinct neighborhoods of the city – from the east side to the Westside.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout is dedicated to my family, my lineage – I grew up in a family involved in the design and building industry. (Even my last name in German “Seide” means silk, apparently my Austrian ancestors were in the silk textile business.)