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Rising Stars: Meet Paniz Motamedi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paniz Motamedi.

Hi Paniz, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve been working retail since I was 15 years old. By the time I was 19 I decided that Interior Design was my dream so I started working in a furniture store from there I attended FIDM in downtown LA got my degree in interior design. During this time parallel to my studies at FIDM, I was soul-searching and came across a few beautiful programs where I was able to let go of a lot of past traumas and really free myself from any limiting beliefs I was holding. I took a series of seminars including the Landmark Forum here in Los Angeles and through the years I found that this work not only has helped me clear my head but it allowed me to create from a space of clarity and freedom. I realize that this spiritual inner work along with Interior Design plays hand-in-hand in allowing to create spaces that are actually healing for my clients.

I worked many jobs to gain experience from creating custom furniture to product development for a luxury candle company, design custom closets, kitchen and bath design, tile design and managing showrooms. For the past seven years, I’ve been working closely with high-end residential clients creating spaces that inspire living a life of love. All of the spaces that I design are meant to spark joy and happiness.

About three years ago I got really interested in Feng Shui and healing as a part of my interior design work. I found out that Feng Shui is not just about placing a bed in a certain direction or having a mirror on a certain wall, I realized that every single item holds energy and that that energy can either create happiness or the opposite it can create stuckness in life. This led me to study Feng Shui and reach out to fellow Feng Shui masters to learn more.

It was always a dream to have a space of my own a showroom that I can display furniture wallpaper tile flooring chandeliers that I have curated. In March 2022, I decided that it was the right time for me to make that dream a reality so I signed a lease in August for a showroom in Calabasas California. The vision is clear, A Feng Shui Showroom! Coconut Interiors Calabasas will be opening in September 2022.

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?
Not all clients are good clients. When I first started taking on projects, I didn’t know how much I could charge my clients, so I didn’t charge much. A few of those clients ended up being real nightmares to deal with. The real challenge was not to leave this industry all together. There were times where I really felt like I was not able to move forward. I would say that this work is not for the faint of heart. We are working inside of clients’ homes and offices, their most sacred spaces. Not everything is easy and not everyone is easy to work with. Today, I have an interview process where I sit with my clients and discuss trust, finances, our vision as well as expectations. The just comes with experience and I find that my clients are very different people these days as a reflection of who I am! I’m happy I didn’t quit.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m most proud of my work ethic. I truly love Interior Design so it makes it really fun to work with. My clients, vendors and colleagues. The one thing that sets me apart from other Interior Designers is simple, I really care about my clients like family. It’s not all about making money for me.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
My advice is to get as much experience doing different things in your industry so you can see what you are really good at. I’m really good at Sales and I love Interior Design so having my own shop makes sense. But without all of those years of working for other people, I would not know how to do it.

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