It’s that time again! First off, thanks so much for the great feedback! I started this series to highlight WOC and women entrepreneurs and creatives under the design umbrella. I am only 3 interviews in and I’ve learned so much! I’ve also connected with great women doing great things!
This week I had the privilege to interview, Interior Designer, Quintel Gwinn! I am so excited to share this interview. Not only is Quintel an Interior Designer but she also owns her own design business. I discovered Quintel when she featured in an Interview with Niki McNeil of Single Bubble Pop. I was curious and eventually found her blog and Instagram. She has hosted events with her local West Elm and is working on this beautiful new construction home! See her progress here and here. Oh and did I mention she just had a beautiful baby girl! Superwoman?!
What is your morning routine?
I’m usually up and at ‘em by 6:00 every morning. I try to spend the first 30 minutes creating to-do lists and catching up on the news. Everything after that is a domestic blur! Random baby stuff, a quick breakfast, misplaced shoes, and well-packed lunches — you know, the usual 5-person household antics. Still, I usually manage to start my workday by 9:00. I like to handle all of the “serious” business before lunch — check emails, make phone calls, invoicing and purchasing, etc.
Who/What inspired you to pursue a creative career?
As long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed creativity. I designed doll clothing as a little girl and doodled like crazy as a teen. High school ushered in many opportunities for me to explore my creative side. After taking every art class that was offered, I knew deep down in my soul that for whatever I was to become, I needed creative freedom. A field trip to the High Museum of Art sealed my fate. It was then and there that I was introduced to the furniture design and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. I battled with practicing architecture and teaching art for some time before realizing that designing environments would be my happy medium.
What is your creative process? What project(s) are you currently working on?
I am pro- pre-Pinterest, if I may. I get good vibes from placing fabric swatches, actual textiles, photos, and magazine tears on an inspiration board. Inspiration is the beginning of each project and directs all of the decisions made thereafter. My creative process doesn’t necessarily happen in a particular order, but almost always includes sketches/drawings, paint sampling, trips to showrooms and art galleries, and experimenting with a myriad of materials. I like to have everything in front of me, and then edit. This usually results in a well-thought design/style concept that I’m ready to share with my clients. After that, more editing and refining! I’ve learned that as a creative thinker I have to be flexible and adaptive, and open to rearranging my ideas through an iterative creative process.
Currently on the books – I’m finishing up the first custom kitchen I designed in its entirety, wrapping up the decor for a boutique hair salon, and I just came under contract to design a mobile classroom re-using an old school bus! These are all unique projects for me and I plan to share my progress and updates on my blog.
Interior design is multidimensional. One of the most thrilling aspects of my work is that I get to draw on my creativity at multiple junctures in the design process.Quintel