Today we’d like to introduce you to Deirdre Doherty.
Deirdre, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m a native Angeleno (valley girl at heart). I started out with a career in the project management side of Advertising. It was not ‘creatively fulfilling’. If you ever watched Mad Men you could probably imagine. Interior design was something I loved doing as a hobby so I went back to college for a degree. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made.
Prior to starting my own company, I worked for well-known developers designing and project managing construction remodels. We managed design concepts, decorating and even landscaping. At that time, I didn’t have visions of my own design firm, but a few clients pulled me aside and encouraged me to go out on my own. I’ve worked on projects all over the U.S. and been lucky to have some creative visionaries as clients who have supported me in my craft to this day.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is Interior Design. This encompasses picking materials, colors, furniture, lighting, space planning, coordinating with Architects, consulting on exteriors of Buildings and even some Landscaping to ensure a project is seamless. It is a multi-faceted art where attention to detail and problem solving are paramount.
In order to set my vision apart from others in my field, I dig deep deep in the process. I feel every space has an essence that can be brought out with thoughtful interior design. My goal is to create spaces that feel like the people who inhabit them and can ignite further personal growth and change.
We have all entered a space and felt like we didn’t belong. Similarly, other spaces have made us feel comfortable instantly. Sometimes we can put our finger on what that is, maybe a paint color or a piece of art. Other times it is just an intuitive feeling. I love to work with that intuitive feeling while I am designing.
When I collaborate with clients, I get to know who they are and who they want to be. I feel if there is a disconnect and ask questions. Is there something missing that could bring them more joy? How their space could be working better for them? The power is in the intention and seeing the opportunity for change. The space, be it a room, lobby, restaurant, etc. inhabit the person and their life — just as much as they inhabit it.
I live for that moment when a client steps into their new space and literally loses their breath because it’s more than they could imagine and exactly what they need.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Wow! This was a conversation I just had with a friend the other night.
Stay connected to your community. It takes a village and birthing an artistic project can be a long, lonely road. There are tons of art shows, openings and gatherings that are happening every night across town. Ask for an invite! (Or just show up!) Join a professional group. Take a new class outside your discipline. There are tons of co-working spaces with artists renting by the month or day for just this reason.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Most of my work can be seen in my portfolio at www.ddidesigns.com.
For more public spaces, last year I completed a restaurant and bar in the Arts district downtown LA, as well as a luxury large scale movie production office. Up next and currently in construction is a 38 unit small lot housing project in Eagle Rock called Arla. I am also designing a handful of private residences dotting LA’s east and west sides.
People can support my work by hiring me to envision their new space or decorate their home! It truly is my passion.
- Website: www.ddidesigns.com
- Phone: 3233755759
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: ddidesigns