We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailey Bishop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bailey, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always worked for extremely talented, ambitious business owners, and personally always wanted to be right in the mix. I had already worked in Legal, Finance and Construction industries by the time I joined the Interior Design community, so even my very first day on the job as a junior designer I was chomping at the bit to be more involved on the business end of things. I think I said as much during my interview and really surprised the owners of the company. I’m sure they thought I was crazy!
Years later, when I was complimented at how seamlessly I had filled in for another Senior Designer, and asked to work on more and more Client Proposals and costing spreadsheets when Owners and VPs were too busy, but always sent back to my Junior Designer chair, I finally realized things were only going to change if I changed them. It finally took one boss saying over and over again “This is not rocket science” before I realized I am fully capable of starting my own business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am diverse. I am left-brained and right-brained. I love a good spreadsheet as much as an eye-catching piece of art.
From sculpture to welding, to ceramics to now my 3D design software…. the mediums I have explored to be creative are forever growing!
I think my upbringing in New Mexico and living abroad help me understand that the beauty of a space is in the eyes of the beholder.
The icing on the cake is that I fell in love with 3D modeling and use that to visually communicate with clients to translate THEIR ideas and dreams into a physically built environment. Interior or exterior, we want to represent who you are.
So most importantly I’ve learned that in order to create, I have to listen. Listen to my clients’ needs. Listen to how they want to live. Listen to what makes them smile when they imagine their future space. I use my technical skills to paint a picture of my vision and inspire every element with color, texture, and a contemporary edge. I live for the moment my clients say, “I can’t believe I live here,” and it’s only by listening to exactly what they want that I can achieve their dreams.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First we would fly out of Montgomery Field and do the Coastal Route over San Diego Bay, over the Coronado Bridge and past the beaches, Torrey Pines and the Del Mar Race Track so they get their bearings. We would definitely have to stop at Lupe’s, the BEST TACO SHOP in town for lunch, then maybe a bike ride around Mission Bay, stopping for a drink and a snack at the Catamaran Hotel….. then stop at Yokohama Yakitori Koubou for dinner off Convoy before passing out from a full day enjoying San Diego!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have contributed to my success in business and growth as a human being.
My first Woman Boss, Pamela Newcomb, was so empowering in a male-dominated Investment Banking world! Followed closely by my pitbull senior manager, Janees Williams, who showed me how important it is to be always be prepared and never surprised by a conversation.
My amazingly ambitious bosses, Graham Downes and Paul Basile, helped me realize starting a business is the easy part, but developing a culture that represents what you stand for and where you’re going is the challenge of a lifetime.
Of course Arsalun Tafazoli , who helped me realize everyone wants some skin in the game in order to feel appreciated. Everyone cares about their work and sharing that responsibility of ownership provides real purpose for why you get out of bed in the morning.
The endless amount of fellow design colleagues who encourage me creatively along the way, as well as continually sharing knowledge and insight into the nuances between commercial and residential design; Linda Medina, Jeff Hines, Chris Jordan, Sam Tosti, Kristin Kostamo-McNeil, Lori Ramsay… and the list goes on.
And last but not least my students. The young and curious who design for the love without knowing there are rules and limitations, like budgets, schedules or sheer physics. The students who dream big and constantly make you revaluate the boundaries of what is possible.
Each encounter and piece of encouragement is fundamental to who I am today.
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