Today we’d like to introduce you to Eddie Mickenberg.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My story is very unconventional, as I believe most entrepreneurs’ business ventures are. What I can say is every job I have had, aligned with my end goal to become an interior designer and to work independently. Always have an eye on the board while keeping tabs and checking in on myself with the details of what I am doing. I worked on Visual Merchandising for Macy’s in San Diego, where I grew up, at 17 years old and that’s what sparked my interest in creating environments for a career, whatever that meant at the time. I also was involved in the selection of furnishings for my parent’s home, since I can remember. Once I realized I can make a living designing home interiors, I moved to LA over a decade ago to attend FIDM in DTLA and earned my degree in interior design before they offered a Bachelor’s Degree for this study.
Interned for a handful of design firms, worked on sales at numerous luxury interior design showrooms, worked at an edesign company, staged luxury homes, staged for a few well-known design magazines, and designed for multiple established design firms all around Los Angeles. Every opportunity was methodical to achieve my end goal, all while keeping an eye on the prize. At 25 years old I hopped in my car, drove to City Hall, and registered my business for formality, although the train I was in was already moving. Working 9-5 on my primary income job, but hustling on the side, night and day, was how I was able to get my feet wet designing for luxury clientele. I took everything I learned, failures, achievements, and knowledge, and used it to formulate a business strategy for my own design business. I have been working on my own now for a few years, and I owe it to the pandemic to allow me to take the leap of faith with very little to fall back on. I am very grateful to be in a position where I can call the shots and inspire clients with my work! Sparing hundreds if not thousands of details, I could not have done this without every experience I hold close to my chest.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My approach to failure are welcomed because I had to get in the mud before achieving anything. I personally like being challenged and I think that’s why I keep pushing the needle to be better every day. It’s how you react to the failures you have that will define who you choose to be. At the end of the day, everyone has a choice regardless of all of the circumstances. You can either quit when you are in the eye of the storm, or fight until the dust settles and just get stronger brick by brick. But, if I had to mention one struggle that covers the foundation of my road to success in my early career, was not knowing my worth in every sense of the word.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Eddie Mickenberg – Interior Design?
My Interior Design business is in Los Angeles, CA serving all of Southern California. I work with many different styles and scales of work. Creating space for my clients to love and enjoy in their everyday life is my end goal. I prioritize my client’s needs, functions, and wants, then enhance and refine them to the best potential they can be. From speaking to many of my clients, I am not always the first designer they interview. But, from what I’m told aside from liking my designs, is that they feel confident I know what I am doing, I provide advice not many others see, and they like my business structure. It’s hard to put my finger on one thing I am most proudest of, but I definitely set the bar high for myself last December, on a project I am almost done with. Feel free to go on my site www.eddiemickenberg.com or my Instagram @interiorsbyeddie to see my work! If you have any questions or design needs, don’t hesitate to contact me and learn more about my design service plans and costs.
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
In business, luck seems like a strange word to use when I know everything I have done is with intention and persistence. I’m a firm believer that if it’s not meant to be it’s not meant to be, but I know I have exhausted every option before closing that door. However, I do believe in a dose of luck in my personal life. That story is for a different time.