We had the good fortune of connecting with Nishia Shubert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nishia, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
As an interior designer I work with my clients for an extended period of time so we get to know each other well throughout the process. I always want to have open and honest communication between me and my clients as it creates the best results for both of us. For instance, there is almost always an unexpected issue that arises in a project. And as the designer, I make sure to learn what I can about the issue, research possible solutions, and communicate all of this to my clients. Having a clear and honest conversation with them will always be less stressful and less work than trying to keep it from them.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
There are many interior designers in the industry and we all offer something different to our clients. I come from a customer service background so I pride myself in providing quality service for my clients in all aspects of the project from the initial phone call to product selection and order management to styling that last book on the bookshelf. I want my clients to feel confident that their design project is running smoothly and they feel their needs are met and voices heard every step of the way.
From a design perspective as a Southern California native, I am constantly inspired by my surroundings and landscape, and often use them as inspiration for my projects. I cannot define my aesthetic to one style though some common threads are that they are always layered, textural, minimal yet eclectic, and there is always something unexpected in the mix. Each space and home I design are also personal to my clients’ styles and daily lives – nothing is too precious! I also try not to use the same things/materials twice or if I do, I use them differently to make it unique.
I currently offer full-service design, hourly consultations, and virtual design. And this year I am excited to launch a new service that is focused on finding and styling those final touches in a space. With this service I will source and select new home accessories for clients who want an update but are not ready to completely re-design their space or maybe they have a hard time pulling together the final pieces such as vases, rugs, lighting, plants, even new bedding can make your bedroom feel like new!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Lucky for me, my best friend lives a few streets down from me! But if I had to create an itinerary for a fun day out it would be something like this: First, a latte and fresh croissant from Proof Bakery – hands down the best croissant you will ever have. Next, take a tour of the historical Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright or the The Gamble House by Greene and Greene. Later enjoy dinner and drinks at Speranza (the pesto pasta is delicious!) and then off to a live concert at The Greek – an outdoor venue up in the hills of Griffith Park where you’ll listen to your favorite musicians underneath the stars. If you’re up for more after the show, late night drinks at Tiki Ti are always memorable. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe a lot of my success to the support and encouragement of my family, friends, and former colleagues who all saw my potential and supported my passion. But I must give an extra shoutout to my husband who has been encouraging me from day one. He knew how much I wanted to start this career and business before I even realized it, and reminded me that it’s ok to try and fail but that I would always regret if I never gave this a chance. He is constantly researching new ways for me to be more proficient in my processes, acts as my sounding board when I am prepping to pitch new ideas, and gives a listening ear and words of advice when my self-doubt creeps in. When the pandemic hit and we chose to keep our young daughter home, I took on the bulk of watching her throughout the day but he also made sure I had time to focus on my clients and business while balancing his own full-time job. All this to say I certainly would not have started my design business without him – he is the best partner in life and business.
Photography credit Charlotte Lea Photography (@charlotteleaphotography) for the last 2 images (living room with dark blue sofa and the bedroom)