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Meet Jill Seidner of Jill Seidner Interior Design in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Seidner.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I think given my lineage, I was destined to become an interior designer. I grew up in a family involved in the design and building industry. My grandfather was a developer (and one of the early developers of the Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills), my father (now retired) was president of a division of a carpet mill, my mother is an interior designer (and currently working as a designer in a furniture showroom), my aunt is an interior designer (fun fact: decorator Michael Smith grew up next door to her, and a few streets over from where I grew up, and used to come over and read my aunt’s Architectural Design magazines), my aunt’s husband, Russell Jacques, is a well-known artist, my other uncle is a builder (specializing in historical and structural restoration, has completed notable projects such as the restoration of the Museum of Science in Downtown Los Angeles), another relative (by marriage) was an early developer of Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles and Promontory Point in Newport Beach, and his children, my cousins John & Craig are successful builders in Orange County. And I thought I would consider interior design as a hobby. Right. I guess that’s not how it works when it’s embedded in your genes. (Even my last name in German Seide means silk, apparently my Austrian ancestors were silk traders.)

Early Signs: Since I can remember, I have been drawing furniture plans and houses. While other kids in school were drawing stick figures, I would draw floor plans and layouts of houses. When we got to play with clay and play-doh in school, I used to mold it into rooms complete with furniture. Later on, I started rearranging the furniture in my bedroom. I actually have a letter I wrote (and was hoping to find it for this post, but it wasn’t where I thought it might be, so I need to keep searching) – but it was a letter I wrote when I was probably in second or third grade, and I guess we had to write “When I grow up…” and I wrote how I wanted to be an interior designer like my mom. In the letter I listed all the things interior designers do (looking back, I actually can’t believe I knew some of the things I wrote!). I guess when you grow up with a mom working at her drafting board (until late at night, which is what I remember!) – You learn these things!

On my own: Eventually there came a time to go out on my own, and start my own design business. I think for me it was a very natural progression. It sort of came about when one of the designer’s I was working for had slowed down a bit. I listed a profile on Guru.com and my first few projects came in (a client remodeling her bathroom in Santa Monica, a florist retail shop in Orange County). Soon I discovered I was taking on more projects and continuing to freelance a few days a week. As I got busier, I decided I needed more time to focus on my projects and ultimately quit working freelance. Happy to be completely on my own now, but it’s certainly a lot of work! My days (like Emily mentioned too) are very long – from early morning meetings to late client evening meetings, to running around in between, to catching up on emails and the “real design work” begins late in the day or night. However, I enjoy being on my own, working for myself, being responsible for everything that comes with running one’s own business, and the rewards of a project completed. I also enjoy the process and most of all the learning. Each and every day I seem to learn something new, from blogs to research to subs to vendors to even my clients (whom share experiences with me too!).

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve taken the progression from years in school getting a design education to work experience, freelancing for other interior designers and design firms in Los Angeles. I feel like I paid my dues for many years obtaining that experience. As far as on my own, of course there have been challenges and that’s mainly having to do with wondering where and what the next project will be but inevitably with hard work and perseverance comes. You have to keep at it and continue to evolve.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Jill Seidner | Interior Design story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m an interior designer specializing in both residential and commercial interior design and design consulting. Whether a full scope project or just hourly on site design feedback / consulting. I’m happy to help clients if they are just looking for a bit of advice and direction or a full scope remodeling project. I maintain a reasonable hourly fee and clients can utilize my design services regardless of their budget. I’ve helped young clients with their first homes to other’s I’ve worked with over the years in phases. I’m truly happy to help anyone that I can. I think this flexibility and fee structure is what sets me apart. I also offer online design and complete room design packages for a set fee for anyone, anywhere.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I suppose luck is just the result of good karma. Hard work and as I mentioned before, perseverance.

Pricing:

  • Hourly rate for design consultations & design services: $75/hr
  • Complete Room Design via Online Design: $375 per room

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