We had the good fortune of connecting with Rhett Monson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rhett, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Before moving to Los Angeles, I lived in Orlando, Florida and West Palm Beach, Florida. In both cities, I worked for Interior Design firms that provided me with a steady stream of work. I expected to find large residential firms in California like those in Florida but the business model here is different. I never expected to start my own business but needed to so I could do the work that I love. I spent time meeting realtors and builders establishing relationships to open doors for myself. Nothing was handed to me and I am proud of what I have accomplished.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With my Bachelors Degree and over 25 years of experience, I can handle anything that comes my way to assist my clients in getting the home of their dreams. I meet with my clients and discuss what vision they have for their home. I take that vision and expand on it to make it even more wonderful than they could have ever imagined. The look of the home isn’t the only factor that I take into account. The home must function. I try to find out how they plan on using areas of the home to make sure all of the selections and decisions take it in that directions. I cook, bake, do landscaping around my home, can handle repairs around the home, and so much more so I understand how every room of the home should function to its maximum benefit.
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.
It is Los Angeles so you have to go to the Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, and Santa Monica Pier. One great tourist location that most people aren’t aware of it the Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building. I has such amazing Hollywood Memorabilia. I was blow away by the quantity of costumes, props, and set pieces that are house in that one building. I can’t recommend it enough. For food, I think Yamashiro is wonderful. A rich history, great food, beautiful architecture, and a breathtaking view of Hollywood and Los Angeles. I like a mix of museums, walking tours of historic Los Angeles, and for the kid in all of us Disneyland. Okay, I’m partial to Disney because I worked at Walt Disney World in Florida in the entertainment department years ago. So much fun performing in front of the castle in a variety of show and dancing through the park in the parades.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to Sharon Gilkey on Montanna and Associates. Sharon built her own Interior Design firm from the ground up. The largest project that I worked on while employed there was 32,000 square feet from the ground up. All interior detailing, material selections, lighting designs, finishes, furnishings, and accessorizing was done by the firm. It was an amazing training ground. She was awarded a job in Rancho Santa Fe and in Utah. She hired me to work on those jobs so we could split the travel time. Twenty two years after leaving the firm, I can still pick up the phone to ask questions to grow my business or just to catch up.
No idea who took the marathon photo because the 26 mile route is filled with photographers an all pictures are loaded onto a site connected to my name without any photo credit.