The first thing you need to know about Georgia is that she’s awesome. Interior designer, furniture designer, and blogger. Seriously, this babe is pumped full of energy, ambition, sincerity, and humor. I loved meeting her!
Georgia identified her passion for interiors, space and form early on and never questioned it. She got into interior architecture straight after school, worked for other peeps for a while, and then jumped into setting up her own firm.
After speaking with her, I was surprised to find out that Georgia hadn’t always known she’d be her own boss so early on in her career. To me her unstoppable energy, can-do attitude, and wonderful problem with authority figures, totally exudes born entrepreneur.
As well as heading up her own interior design firm, Georgia recently started a furniture design business. I loved hearing that, for Georgia, interior design involves working for other clients, but when it comes to furniture design, she gets to be her own client.
And as a client she must demand only the best; Georgia was recently awarded a Melbourne Design Award for her furniture design work. This girl’s clearly going places. I’m betting you’re gonna love learning all about Georgia.
Tell us about your journey into entrepreneurship.
I was working at an architectural company for 2 years and at the end of 2010 I decided to leave my job. Of course my first thought was to find another job at a similar firm. I started looking for a job, and at the same time started designing new furniture ranges.
One day I was speaking to a mentor of mine. I mentioned my dream to go out on my own and start up my own firm, “but only in about 2 years”. He looked at me and said “why don’t you just do it now?”
This planted the seed. Soon after, I was given an opportunity to design some apartment interiors. This made me realize I could do it, and so I made the decision and set up shop. I was a little nervous but knew that if I couldn’t find an answer for something or I needed help, I had ample resources and people to ask around me.
I didn’t see it at the time, but I now realize how unhappy I was at work! I haven’t looked back since.
From where do you draw inspiration?
Oooh, I love this question! I get inspired by so many things. I usually find my main inspiration comes from my overseas trips. Walking through unfamiliar routes off the map, fabric textures I find, seashells, food, colorful items in markets and the pattern of seeds inside the natural interior of fruit (think papaya, pomegranate, and passion fruit).
I lived in Spain for 10 months a few years ago and fell in love with the country. These days my work is heavily influenced by all things Spanish. For example, I love the idea of togetherness and collective sharing experiences. ‘El Tapar’ from my furniture line was inspired by my fondness of this important part of Spanish culture, and each range will continue to be drawn back to this key element.
What’s been your most exciting business success so far?
I have two! The first was when an interior I designed made it into the pages of FRAME magazine – one of the top architectural magazines in the world. This was such a huge achievement for me was because FRAME was my ‘bible’ for the whole time I was at uni. To have a full page spread in it was definitely not something I ever expected to achieve in the 2nd interior I ever designed. I hadn’t even considered dreaming about it, it was such a distant vision!
The second exciting business success was winning the Melbourne Design Award for my furniture line mid last year! CAJA was only 6 months old, so competing amongst top Australian designers and winning was thrilling!
Talk us through your typical workday.
Every day is different, but I always like to start my day early. As I work from home I try to get out for a walk or a coffee first thing for as long as I can, just to free my mind. If I don’t do this I find myself going straight from the bedroom to the office!
If I find myself too busy to get out in the morning I will do my best to spend some time each day to doing something fun like meeting a friend for a pilates class or lunch, reading a magazine in the park, or some other way of giving myself some time out! I’m a massive foodie, so I need to structure my day around meals. This way I never go hungry and I always have energy to do the things I need to do. Some days I spend entirely indoors in the office, and other days I find myself on the road driving between meetings and manufacturers. What I love most is that each day is different. It keeps things interesting!
You can find out more about Georgia here.
Here’s your take away hotties:
I love that Georgia takes time out every day to actively switch off. Pilates in the park and lunch with friends might sound like nice ways to slack off, but actually they represent something way cooler. Doing things that completely swap up your focus like these can bring a freshness and creativity to your work that, in my experience, if you want to be at the top of your field you just can’t beat.
Take breaks. And I don’t just mean slumping in front of the teev, or switching between your computer screen and looking out the window. That’s lame and you know it. Don’t short change yourself. Immerse yourself in something totally different and you’ll re-engerise your brain. (And for the record it’s the immersion that counts here – not the amount of time.) The caliber of your work – and even your productivity (strange but true) will thank you for it.
Now tell me:
- Do you take quality breaks as part of your daily routine?
- If yes, how do you rock your breaks? What do you do?
- Have you noticed a difference in your work between times you’ve routinely taken breaks and times you haven’t?
I’d love to know so we can all learn together!