Interview with an Interior Designer, Lauren McCreath Interiors

My Women at Work interview series is one of my favourites as I love learning about what other women do in their day-to-day lives and finding out what work “works” for them!

The concept behind this series to to showcase various inspiring women in their world of work, but it’s also about encouraging other women to find a career that they love… whether they are a high schooler choosing their field of study, a student heading out into the wide world, a mom heading back to work after the kids leave home or someone feeling trapped in their current career and looking to make a move to something new! I feel it speaks to all of these women and I hope you enjoy the series too! Let me know what you think (and who you’d like me to feature) by leaving a comment below!

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my space with an incredibly talented woman, Lauren, who is an interior designer and owns her own interior design company, Lauren McCreath Interiors.

You may recall a few months back I featured a few Room Reveals on my site featuring my own home… namely my kids rooms: The Teen Boy Bedroom and the Grown-up Girl Bedroom. Lauren was the person who pulled these rooms together with her effortless style… BUT she doesn’t only style kids’ rooms. She has an amazing portfolio of work which she’s done in both Cape Town and Joburg.

For more about Lauren and her life as an interior designer as well as a better idea of her style read on below….

Lauren McCreath Interiors
The Lauren McCreath Interiors team – Leslie & Lauren (right)

 

Tell me more about yourself and what you currently do?

I’m mom to two beautiful boys, Jordan 17 and Sam, 8. And wife to the most incredible and talented man, Darren.

I was born in Pretoria, where I attended art school, before moving to the Eastern Cape where I finished off my high school career at Kingswood College. I then studied Interior Design at The Calder School of Interior Design.

Living in such a small town, I worked in various fields to gain work experience so that I would be able to move to the big city… {Cue Journey’s “ Don’t stop believing.”}

I’m now my own boss, owning interior design firm, Lauren McCreath Interiors.

I’m also a feature stylist and writer for Garden & Home magazine and a collaborative stylist for various brands.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do?

As cliched as it sounds, I knew I wanted to do this since I was a little girl. My mom has the most impeccable taste, and I was always surrounded by beautiful things. I remember forever changing my bedroom around and redecorating.

What did you study – was it in this field or something different?

I studied interior design, but my focus is less on the architectural aspect, and more on the decor and styling side. I’m a very hands-on person, so sitting at a desk, working CAD on a computer was never appealing… in fact, when I do floor plans or perspective drawings, they are all done by hand.

What was your first job in the industry? and what path has your career taken since?

My father was a developer, so my first job was working in his office. It was a huge retirement village development, and my job was to liaise with all the new home owners and assist them with selecting their finishes. I also did some admin (which I never enjoyed) but it was very beneficial. This has allowed me to run a successful business. My father was the perfect mentor. He definitely passé in his skills as a great project manager.

What have been the highlights?

My greatest highlight since starting my own business was to be recognised by Block & Chisel and selected as a decorator of the month. It’s an honour to be amongst elite designers I admire. Being featured in various publications such as Living Space and Garden & Home was also right up there!

What’s the best part of your job?

It has to be, without a doubt, when a client sees there home/ space transformed in its’ entirety. I have been blessed with the most incredible clients, who have all become friends.

What is the most challenging part?

Determining a budget with a client. I think most people don’t understand the importance of having an idea of what they are able to spend. It is absolutely key to knowing how to start a project.

What is your typical day, or maybe week if days are very different?

It’s a good thing I enjoy driving, because most of my time is spent in the car! Sourcing, purchasing and meeting with clients takes up a large amount of my time. I usually tackle admin and mood boards in the evenings. Work never ends when you are your own boss!

 

What are the “secrets” to your success?

I have learnt very quickly that communication is absolutely key. It’s not always easy, but the trust that is built from being open and honest with a client is imperative to a successful outcome.

Having a phenomenal support network. From my husband, Darren, my business partner, Leslie and, of course, my girlfriends and family. Honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

As a mom how do you get the balance between your family and career life right? Your tips and tricks?

This is something I’m still trying to figure out. It’s very overwhelming at times. I’ve had to learn to not reply to emails and messages during certain times. Once we are home as a family – that’s our time.

What do you do for fun in your down time?

Scour markets and vintage stores! I’m also such a homebody, and there is nothing better than lazy pyjama days with my family.

What do you still want to achieve?

The perfect work life/ home life balance 🙂 Jokes aside, I’m working towards having a dedicated office space somewhere in Kalk Bay.

Perhaps my own store and textile range in collaboration with my hoard of creative and talented friends. My branding and logo is a good example – I commissioned one of my oldest friends for it – and we are working on exciting things with this!

Thank you Lauren for partnering with me in designing two spaces in my own home. They certainly are the most beautiful rooms in my house and I can’t wait to work with you again sometime!!

If you’re looking for an incredibly talented interior designer to help bring some sparkle to your space contact Lauren via the contact details below…

 

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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