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Hidden Gems: Meet Jamie Laguilles of Domaine Interior Design

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Laguilles.

Hi Jamie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
When I was a kid, I knew I wanted to do something creative, something in the arts when I grew up. I was inspired by my talented parents. My dad painted landscapes or drew portraits in his free time. And when my mom wasn’t busy working, she sewed outfits and bedding and was constantly rearranging our furniture or decorating our home. I loved watching them create these beautiful things, surrounding our home with color and design as well as seeing the joy and pride in their work. It inspired me and I knew I wanted a creative and colorful life for myself. I just wasn’t sure where my love for the creative arts would take me specifically. 

By the time I reached college, I knew I wanted to major in art and design and somehow help people through art. Art therapy was so new at the time, so I majored in art and design with a minor in psychology. I knew I wanted to be an artist and helping people through art would present itself over time. In college, I had the best time learning about art, making art, spending hours in the studio working on my pieces with fellow future artists. By the end of my term, I had created a body of work that showed promise and I was ready to take the next step in the real world. 

After I graduated though, I learned that making it as an artist was a tough business. And I was not prepared. I did not have the right connections, nor did I know where to start. Instead of being discouraged, I decided to take a year off and work, figuring out where to go from here. At that time, I started working for a dance company and met some dancers who were branching out on their own, starting their own dance company. They brought me with them as their art director and gave me the task of designing the venue for their launch event on Valentine’s Day. I had never done anything like this before, but I loved the challenge and went to work. I created a candlelit environment filled with rich colors and fabrics and flowers everywhere. It was beautiful and a success! I was amazed how a well-designed space could be an experience, an adventure creating an environment, a place to inspire and delight. And I loved it! It was here that I realized I wanted to be an interior designer. 

I went back to school and studied interior design at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. I immersed myself in the design program and just like my college days, I loved every minute I spent working on my projects, playing with materials, and creating conceptual spaces. From there, I was fortunate to spend over the next decade working for high end design firms, building incredible homes with some of the best in the industry. I was living my creative life, expanding my interior design and interior architecture knowledge, gaining experience in construction, and being inspired for more every day. 

Then one day, I reached a point where I wondered “What’s next?”. After many years of being in the industry, working for others, I was ready for a change, a pivot in my career and I was reminded of where and why I started so many years ago. I loved my career in interior design, but I missed the freedom of creating on my own terms and the idea of helping people through the process. What I loved about being an artist was the freedom to create and be your own boss. And while I didn’t quite make it as an artist, the idea of being my own boss never left me. I knew the next step was to start my own design business and in time, I went out on my own and did just that. 

Today, I am the founder and principal designer of Domaine Interior Design. We assist homeowners with the design and style of their homes, redefining how they want to live, creating spaces where they can enjoy their every day. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely not. But all the bumps and turns in life make for an interesting story! It hasn’t been easy, but I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without the challenges. Life has a funny way of working out. It never goes as you planned and always delivers beyond your imagination. I started my business in 2019 and then the pandemic hit. Like everyone else, I did not see that coming. I thought it was the end of my business before it had a chance to start but the opposite happened – I got busy. With everyone at home, people wanted to work on their homes. It proved to be a very busy time and it has not stopped. Being a woman in the male dominated construction world has also had its challenges. I am not always taken seriously in the beginning of a project on a job site. I may look young, but I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with me to my projects. Once I am onsite and show them what I know and can do, I earn the respect of everyone I meet. Working in design and construction is a complicated job and every project has its own unique challenges. I have learned to always listen, ask questions and be part of the solution. Doing this has not only made me wiser but also an asset to projects and clients.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Domaine Interior Design LLC?
Domaine Interior Design LLC is a boutique, full-service interior design firm, based in Simi Valley, CA. We collaborate with homeowners in redefining their way of living by remodeling their homes so they can appreciate and enjoy their new and evolving lifestyle. We offer an engaging design process that inspires our client’s design vision. Our mission is to help clients create their dream home where they can experience the joy of everyday living. We are passionate about the art of living beautifully and creating favorite spaces to live, play and work. 

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years? The pandemic has changed the way we live and work. I think more people will continue to either work remotely or semi-remotely which will lead to more people wanting to update their homes over the next few years. Because of this, the demand for remodeling materials and labor, furniture, lighting, etc. will increase and until manufacturer’s figure out how to accommodate this demand, lead times will be longer than before the pandemic. We will all have to plan and be more patient as we evolve in our new normal.  

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Charlotte Lea – http://charlottelea.com/

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