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Meet Sharyea Obayuwana of Nomad Concepts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharyea Obayuwana.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My interest in interior design began as a child when I was very aware and sensitive to environments. I begged my mother for a subscription to Architectural Digest magazine when I was as a young girl. I grew up in Southern California and have always been drawn to nature and beauty. I have traveled and lived in various countries throughout the world and gained so much inspiration and influence. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University with a B.B.A in International Business/Marketing and minored in Spanish.

I later attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design and obtained a Master of Arts degree in interior design. My first job in design was at the largest design firm in the world, Gensler and I acquired so much experience in commercial work. I moved back to Los Angeles and worked for various high-end design firms throughout Southern California. I have had the fortune of working on all kinds of projects from A-list celebrity homes, a winery in Santa Barbara, a palace in Dubai and everything in between.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The journey hasn’t always been smooth. As a wife and mother of a small child, I realized that by working for another firm, I was helping to make their dreams come true and I yearned to create the dream for my own family.

Leaving a wonderful position as a senior designer for a successful firm was certainly a considered and difficult decision, but creating my own firm has been the best thing I have ever done. I have grown so much and am still practicing balance in my life as a wife, mother and business owner.

Nomad Concepts – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Nomad Concepts is a full-service interior design firm whose mission is to curate a lifestyle of elegance and luxury for our clients. With a keen awareness and sensitivity of space, we approach each of our projects with the intention of serving both clients and the spaces itself. The goal is to deliver a finished product that harmoniously blends with the architecture and one that pleases our clients. The name of our business Nomad Concepts speaks to our traveling nature and the ways in which we are well versed in the various styles of architecture and design throughout the world. We travel the world sourcing unique and beautiful resources to enrich our projects.

Just as nomadic people create livable, functional and beautiful spaces as they travel from place to place so too does our team. We work with a dedicated team of contractors, trades peoples, craftsmen and artists to cultivate the space and energy our clients wish to inhabit. As an Accredited Professional for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), I have an advanced depth of knowledge in sustainable building practices and approach projects with the belief that we should all live and work in spaces that nourish us and celebrate all the senses.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success as creating a lifestyle that allows time and space for family and loved ones while fulfilling my professional passion to create fulfilling spaces for my clients. My husband, I work very hard and it’s important that we stay connected as a family. I know whenever we feel disconnected as a family, that I have gone off course and it requires a shift to bring our family back to harmony.

Pricing:

  • Current promotional rate: $100/hr

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 310.648.0273
  • Email: sharyea_obayuwana@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @nomad_concepts

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