Homepolish designer Marcy Garcia is part of the expansion team, working primarily by-video. We caught up with her to hear about how working with Homepolish has changed her approach to design.
So great to meet one of our by-video designers, Marcy! Since our expansion design team tends to be scattered all over, we don’t often get the opportunity. Where are you at now?
“I’m actually on the road right now on the West Coast, specifically the Bay Area, but my home is based in Miami. When I moved from my native Colombia, I lived in San Francisco for 15 years., and I still travel back and forth for work.”
Ha, just like with clients, you’re taking care of business no matter where you are! Are you very familiar with digital design?
“Well, when I moved from the West Coast to the East Coast, I continued working with my western clients and referrals. So even though I came on the Homepolish team a year ago, I was already familiar with designing by video.”
How do you think this model differs from designing in person?
“In video design, the client is an essential part of the design success. As a designer, you need to be more connected and have a stronger relationship with the client. If you and the client are in tune, the design process is actually easier than in person, in my opinion.”
Interesting! Do you think there are any challenges it presents then?
“Measurements are consistently a challenge. Most clients don’t have a floor plan of their space available, and they have trouble giving you dimensions of the space and their furniture.”
So what are some tools and attitudes you bring to the table to get around digital design challenges?
“I always have my notebook, color paint deck, measuring tape, and cell phone at the ready. However, being an interior designer is about more than simply being creative. It’s about developing other skills that will help you understand your client better and better their lives through design. Critical thinking, empathy, teamwork, resiliency, and realistic goal-setting and planning all come into play. For the most part (99.9% of the time), interior design isn’t all glamorous and fancy.”
However, being an interior designer is about more than simply being creative. It’s about developing other skills that will help you understand your client better and better their lives through design.
That’s true, for sure. How do you keep yourself inspired and developing those skills?
“I just try to be open to the world. I travel when I can, always to different places. I read a lot about what other creatives do, not only designers. And I’m always paying attention to every interior I step into.”
Oh, speaking of travel, do you have a favorite destination?
“It’s kind of difficult to choose just one! There has been so much talent over history and throughout the world! One of my favorites is Machu Picchu, one of the new wonders of the world. I had the opportunity to visit this place a couple of years ago, and it has been in my mind ever since. It amazes me how such an engineered city was built on such difficult terrains more than 5 centuries ago!”
Would you say that spaces like this change your own design?
“I don’t know if these places have influenced my design style, but I know Homepolish has. I used to consider my style to be European modern with Scandinavian influences, but in the past year, I have become more eclectic and have developed an interest for unique bohemian elements that bring something different to the space. I love the carefree and adventurous design that captures the spirit of today’s avant-garde and cosmopolitan lifestyle. The more I design for different audiences in various locations, the more my horizons expand and I learn to appreciate more things.”
The more I design for different audiences in various locations, the more my horizons expand and I learn to appreciate more things.
Guess that’s a major benefit to being a by-video designer… exposure to many tastes. Has it affected your life besides interior style?
“Actually, as my design aesthetic has evolved, my wardrobe has as well. I go for the formal/informal outfits all in one. As I live in Miami, on a work day, I will wear shorts, a blazer, a patterned top, and sneakers. I am so glad I don’t wear heels anymore, especially when visiting a client on a job site. I am formal enough for a business meeting, but informal enough to be an interior designer on the field.”
Love it! And do you have any parting tips on how to succeed as a designer?
“I will be the first to admit that this is not an easy field. As a designer, there are a lot of ups and downs, but I think that if this is your passion, you can incorporate it into your lifestyle, make it an essential part of your being.”
To follow Marcy on Instagram, check out @@studioid_as.