Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Fundingsland.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Carrie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always wanted to be a designer for as long as I remember. Growing up, I’d rearrange my parents home, design and build furniture for my Barbie Dolls, etc. In school, I was a very good athlete and did well in class so my counselors didn’t want me doing many art classes. Once at University, I was able to explore the arts and gain confidence in my desire to be an interior designer.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For the most part, it has been a smooth road. Once I graduated from The Art Institute, I thought it would be best to learn the side of the business from the vendors’ point of view. I worked in textiles, stone, and tile. before moving to LA and working for an antique dealer/interior designer on Melrose. This last job was incredibly stressful – not only because I was new to LA, but the owner was very challenging to work with. I learned a lot though and eventually went out on my own and never looked back.
HOUSEplay – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I grew my business very slowly – starting with just a few projects a year. I purposely did this so I could be home with my children while they were growing up. Now that our youngest is in school full time, I’m able to dedicate more time to my company and grow it to where I want to be.
I’m most proud of two things – the loyalty of my clients; it’s a true testimony of your skills and who you are as a person when the client’s hire you over and over again, referring you to friends and family – and the diversity of my portfolio. I love design regardless of whether it’s traditional or contemporary, large or small, residential or commercial.
I’m most passionate about large remodels and new construction. Creating functional floor plans and architectural detailing is where I feel the most creative. I’m very good at visualizing how space will look, feel, and be lived in, and translating my client’s aesthetics and lifestyle into a finished product, even when they can’t articulate that themselves.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, success is defined by my home life – am I able to attend soccer matches, school plays, help with homework, and cook dinner for my family and friends, while still providing top level customer service and producing a great product for my clients? If the answer is yes, then I can’t ask for more.
- Website: houseplayinc.com
- Phone: 323-333-7545
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